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We’re all just trying our best, 2017: A Year in Review

The tone of this post was going to be really different than what it turned out to be. Don’t get me wrong, 2017 was a really good year for me, despite, y’know, [gestures to the entire United States]. Work was good, school was good, social life was good, living situation was good! Good times all around!

So why is this post still going to be so down in the mouth?



GET WRECKED, 2016: A Year in Review

Man, what a dumpster fire of a year. The most jarring thing about how awful 2016 was, globally speaking, is the contrast with my individual life in 2016, which was actually pretty great? It’s made it very difficult to be excited about good things happening in my life, because they seem very small in comparison. 2017 is shaping up to be more of the same, unfortunately, but that’s a post for a different day.

At any rate, here’s what I was up to in 2016, with the usual Instagram annotations. (Eventually I will use this blog for something that isn’t year-in-review posts. Eventually.)


2015 was a thing that happened

Yes, my New Year’s resolutions post is happening in March. Don’t @ me.

I did a year-in-review/New Year’s resolutions post last year, and I’ve actually revisited it several times since posting. My specific brand of brain weirdness means that I focus way too much on negative things that have happened and ignore the positive, so it was really helpful to have a list of good things that happened in 2014. That post also helped to remind me of my resolutions, which were… well, you’ll see. (more…)

Three Conferences for the Price of One

…one YEAR off my LIFE, probably.

The semester is over! I emerge relatively unscathed from the maelstrom that was my last two months of college! And good god, I want to collapse. March and April were hands-down the busiest and most exhausting months of my entire life, and I’m glad they’re over. Three conferences in two weeks is a good way to run yourself straight into the ground, as I found out the hard way.

The conferences were amazing, though, so I wanted to do a quick rundown of what happened, for posterity! Also to brag a bit, because I presented three times and did not embarrass myself even a little.

[n.b. this post is so, so late; forgive me, blog gods.]


March madness (no basketball required)

You know how they say that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb? I feel like for me, March is coming in like a goddamn freight train and will go out the same way. I don’t think I’ve ever been this busy in my entire life. Some friends and I went to the Porch tonight for our monthly Dinner Club meeting and I spent the entire night moaning into my wineglass about how stressed out I am. Is this what being a real person is like? Because if it is, I would like to opt out, please.

To help my head stop buzzing all the time I decided to write out my week-by-week plan. I don’t think it helped, but here it is anyway. (more…)

The same New Year’s post that everyone else on the Internet has already made

2014 was a good year for me! Especially when it’s considered next to 2013 and 2012, which were varying degrees of rubbish. I feel like I finally got to a point where I’m happy with myself and the direction in which my life is moving. Some 2014 highlights, ranging from the significant to the mundane: (more…)

Summer Plans: A Tentative Idea List

Finals are almost over — I only have a paper and an exam, both Thursday, so I got off really easy! — which means it’s time to start thinking about what I’m going to be doing with all my free time over the summer.

Oh wait, that’s right. I’ll be taking four classes. GROSS.

Even if I’m still in school a lot of the time, it won’t be all the time, so I still want to make the most of the summer. I’ve got a few specific things planned out — friends’ graduations, the Haunted Pennsylvania Road Trip, Puerto Rico with the fam — but I’m taking a leaf out of Jess’s book and writing down some more general ideas of things to do.