2016

I had a nice, long, really well thought out and edited reflection on this past year, and then, not ironically given the reputation that 2016 has gotten the past few months, the page froze and I lost it all before saving. Suffice it to say it's been an eventful year. Lucky for me personally, though we had a few obstacles and set backs, we spent the year seeing beautiful things in the world and I am really grateful for all of it (along with everyone in our lives). 

Here is hoping that everyone had a lot of good in their year and that 2017 brings with it more kindness, and a rejection of all of the negativity that seemed to be winning at the end of this year. Happy New Year! 

2016: The good; sitting in a muddy hot spring in the middle of a meadow with cows, seeing Austin for the first time, visiting the oldest trees on the planet in the Bristlecone Pine forest, hiking by Rainbow Springs and later laying in the foot of the waterfall, touring the other worldly tuftas by boat in Mono Lake, seeing the incredible Charles Bradley at Pappy and Harriets in the desert, visiting the Harry Potter Wizarding World with 2 fellow Potterfiles before it was officially open.

2016: The good; sitting in a muddy hot spring in the middle of a meadow with cows, seeing Austin for the first time, visiting the oldest trees on the planet in the Bristlecone Pine forest, hiking by Rainbow Springs and later laying in the foot of the waterfall, touring the other worldly tuftas by boat in Mono Lake, seeing the incredible Charles Bradley at Pappy and Harriets in the desert, visiting the Harry Potter Wizarding World with 2 fellow Potterfiles before it was officially open.

(from top left): Rain Room at LACMA, seeing Gena's new house for the first time, climbing a huge hill with bears on it in Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons from a vista point, walking across the Brooklyn Bridge alone, making Christmas with mom and Sheila, Grand Prismatic mist with Mark and Mike, HP world (again) with the Hufflepuffs.

(from top left): Rain Room at LACMA, seeing Gena's new house for the first time, climbing a huge hill with bears on it in Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons from a vista point, walking across the Brooklyn Bridge alone, making Christmas with mom and Sheila, Grand Prismatic mist with Mark and Mike, HP world (again) with the Hufflepuffs.

(from upper left) The best kitty in the universe, Miss Madeline, Old Faithful right on time, floating for the first time, volunteering at Reading to Kids with Mike, the rock haul from the annual Quartzsite trip, snow angel in a Milwaukee blizzard, one of the best hikes of my life in the Tetons, sleeping next to mom in the hospital.

(from upper left) The best kitty in the universe, Miss Madeline, Old Faithful right on time, floating for the first time, volunteering at Reading to Kids with Mike, the rock haul from the annual Quartzsite trip, snow angel in a Milwaukee blizzard, one of the best hikes of my life in the Tetons, sleeping next to mom in the hospital.

2016: the crap collage: Election night going from serendipitous euphoria to tears and depression alone on a cold street in Manhattan, flyering cars after my parked Nissan was smacked into and I was stuck with the bill (the flyers, while making me feel better at first, were unsuccessful in bringing the culprit to justice), and the sh*t show of our last apartment with landlords who broke all kinds of laws and forced out us and the two other tenants in unpleasant ways for months. #SayonaraAholes 

2016: the crap collage: Election night going from serendipitous euphoria to tears and depression alone on a cold street in Manhattan, flyering cars after my parked Nissan was smacked into and I was stuck with the bill (the flyers, while making me feel better at first, were unsuccessful in bringing the culprit to justice), and the sh*t show of our last apartment with landlords who broke all kinds of laws and forced out us and the two other tenants in unpleasant ways for months. #SayonaraAholes