Sure there was a lot of death... and depressing things... and sometimes it was downright unbearable, but it couldn't have been ALL bad, could it?
Some highlights of the year for me:
-Discovering the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. This was one of those series that I always looked at and was kind of curious about, but could never pull the trigger of actually buying/reading it. I found the first book at a used bookstore and the rest is history. I was hooked from the first chapter. HOOKED. I got lost in the relationship between Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall completely and fell utterly in love with Scotland through the descriptions in the book. The best thing about this series is that I have approximately 1 million, 47 pages (give or take a few thousand pages) left to read of it and the TV show that accompanies it is just the icing on the cake.
-Carrie came home for good. Carrie came home for good! After accepting a position at Grand Valley State University, my LYBF returned to the Mitten this past summer and my heart is so happy.
P.R.O.U.D. Detroit) and after petting her, and learning that her name was Bryn (sounds great with Bristow, doesn't it?!) and getting all the info we needed, we walked out with this 50 pound pitbull mix who had been through a great deal prior to being rescued (with the scars to prove it) and who was absolutely terrified of us. After a bit of a rocky start (destroyed crates, couches, shoes and Charley's bedroom), we are absolutely head over heels for each other. She is the sweetest, cuddliest pup there ever was and always wants to be by, if not on top of, one of us. And though Charley didn't get a dog who wants to sleep in his bed every night, he did get a dog who is fiercely loyal and very loving, and Bristow got a sister who loves to play tug of war as much as he does. She's our little defunct dalmation from the ghetto and we can't imagine life without her now.
-The Olympics. I love the olympics. I love them. I love reading about them and hearing the feel good stories and watching the competition and seeing all the happy, ecstatic faces and feeling for all the athletes who came just shy of the ultimate goal. It's full of competition, and heart and excitement and for two weeks it makes me feel like I could achieve some phenomenal feat like all of those other extreme humans have done. Let's be honest though, I'm just going to sit on my couch, drinking a coffee drink and feel inspired by watching them. I'm not about to go out and become the ultimate fencing queen. But that's part of the beauty of the olympics... It makes you feel like it's actually a possibility.
-The final Tragically Hip show. The Hip have always been one of our favorite bands. Canada's ultimate rock band has brought Jeff and carrie and myself many, many, many happy memories. Gord Downie is one of the best performers you will ever hear/see live. He is an artist with words and the microphone is his paintbrush. Back in May, when he announced he was battling terminal brain cancer, my heart plummeted. The band decided to do one final farewell tour throughout Canada. We tried to get tickets to the venues closest to us, but it wasn't happening. Those tickets sold out in seconds and rightly so. In August, CBC decided to air their final show live and uninterrupted (during the olympics) for whoever had access to see. It was one of the most beautiful, heartbreaking, exquisite things I have ever seen, and to be able to experience it with Jeff, Charley and Carrie, it's something I will cherish for the rest of my life.
-Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them. You want to give me more stories in the world of Harry Potter? You go right ahead. I will be right there to see it. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and the characters, and I loved the subtle shoutouts to original Harry Potter characters/settings. I'm happy that the story made sense and it felt authentic to the HP world. I look forward to seeing the rest of the movies as they come out.
-Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan on The Walking Dead. I have never ever wanted a bad guy to get what he deserved more, but to still remain on the show because he is So. Damn. Good.
-My mom turned 65. And what a celebration we had! Dennis orchestrated the most amazing birthday video for her compiled with old video clips, songs, and tons of well wishes from her friends and family from all over. It was a lot of fun and I know she appreciated it and we had so much fun watching it.
-The Me Before You movie was released and it was beautiful and lovely. Just like the book.
-Working with some really great people. I know it's corny, but I feel truly lucky to like and enjoy being around the people I work with. We are always laughing with each other and trying to make the best of the situations that aren't so great. We have a good team and it makes me happy to be a part of a group like that. Something so small can make a big difference in your every day life, I tell ya.
Those are my highlights. Honestly, there were way more than I thought there would be and that's pretty cool to look back on, considering a lot of the year was a crapshow (we won't talk about those here though). I truly wish you all a very happy, healthy, safe 2017 filled with the things and people you love, and if bad things come your way, try your best to sprinkle some positivity glitter on it. That's my glass half full, January 1st, page 1 perspective on this brand spanking new year. Thanks for reading my thoughts and being my friend and loving me as family (and if you don't love me, that's okay too because I'm pretty awesome and you're just missing out).
I don't make resolutions, but here is a list of maybes for the year ahead:
-Maybe we will finish painting our kitchen that we started painting last February.
-Maybe I will write more.
-Maybe I will continue on my ophthalmic journey to becoming certified.
-Maybe I will learn to try to be a more forgiving person.
-Maybe I will learn to be a little more patient.
-Maybe I will try to take a little more time for myself.
-Maybe I will stop having mom guilt all the time (HAHAHAHA that's not going to happen)
-Maybe I will read more.
-Maybe I will be a better friend, mom, wife.
-Maybe I will find some motivation to organize my house.
-Maybe I will want to workout (L O L)
-Maybe, just maybe I will go to London and see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on stage.
-Maybe it will be a really great year