Some small nice things that happened in 2016

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.