If you’ve spent any time on the internet whatsoever this year, you’ve undoubtedly heard the sentiment that 2016 has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year. I won’t deny that some upsetting things happened over the past 12 months, but I think you’ll agree that we’ve all spent enough time pulling our hair out over those particular topics. So instead, I thought I’d use this obligatory end-of-year blog post as an occasion to reflect on some of the nice little things that helped make my year worth smiling about.
Foxy got a tiny, adorable hat
She doesn’t like it but I do.
I went for my first 10+ mile run
I almost puked afterwards but instead I just ate an entire bag of tortilla chips.
Stranger Things gave me an excuse to finally cut all my hair off
I take Halloween very seriously.
People showed up to my office book group
So far we have read Cat’s Cradle, Ready Player One, and Yes Please.
The supermoon was super
I exchanged compliments in the grocery store checkout line with a nice girl named Amber
Her outfit was on point.
I found gluten free ramen for the first time in five years
The emus on the side of the freeway entertained me during my daily commute
I didn’t know people had emus but apparently these folks on the side of the 680 do.
I met an adorable couple named Mr. Cat and Mrs. Cat
You encounter some truly wonderful creatures at Petco.
Nature continued to be amazing
Mountains, oceans, forests, you name it. Awesome.
My wonderful friend agreed to get matching tattoos
To celebrate strong women everywhere.
The Safeway by my friend’s house put up an Easter display in December, which allowed me to replenish my stock of Cadbury Creme Eggs when I thought I would have to wait several more agonizing months
In a heroic demonstration of self-restraint, I managed to only buy three.
Here’s to more smiles in 2017.