What a year 2018 was! Here are some highlights from the year
In January, my boyfriend and I decided to bite the bullet and finally adopt a cat. We had been going back and forth on whether or not to wait or get one now, and we decided now was the time. 🙂 We adopted Adelle from our local PAWS shelter and immediately fell in love. She just turned four, and she is full of sass. We don’t know her backstory or how long she was in the shelter, but I’m assuming it was for quite a while as it took her a long time to warm up to us — longer than any other cats I’ve adopted. She will now let us hold her for a short period of time but is still not a lap cat. Oh well. You win some you lose some.
In March, I went with my friend Heather to the Friends of Seattle Public Library used book sale. I’ve been wanting to go to this for YEARS now but have either worked or haven’t been able to go. We definitely did some damage. I bought 28 books and if I remember right Heather bought around 40. But hey, it’s all for a good cause. I’m really looking forward to the book sale this year as we will be in our new apartment, and I’ll have more room for books. 😉
2018 was the year of concerts for me. In May I FINALLY saw my all time favorite, Pink! I’ve been obsessed with her since her first album Can’t Take Me Home came out in the early 2000’s. I spent an arm and a leg for my ticket but it was so worth it! Hands down I think my favorite of the year. In late August I saw Ed Sheeran, which was AMAZING. Boy can he sing. In early September I saw Sam Smith and talk about a singer, jeez louise! In early October I saw the queen herself, Beyonce (and Jay-Z). The production of their show was the best I’ve seen in years. It was three hours of non-stop hits, lights, and everything else. Finally, in November I ended the year of concerts with a small show by one of my all time favorite bands, Kodaline. I know they’re quite huge in the U.K. and parts of Europe, but here in the States they still play really small venues. This was the the third time seeing them, and they did not disappoint.
In June I went back to Michigan to visit my family. I hadn’t been back since Christmas 2015, so I was a bit overdue. I was there for 5 days and while I was hoping it would be a nice relaxing vacation to catch up and see everyone, it quickly turned into a hectic and chaotic trip. But, it was good to see my family. I went and visited my old university and a lot has changed in just the short 5 years I’ve been gone. There’s a bunch of construction going on right now, and it just doesn’t feel like the same university as I was there. It’s lost it’s charm a bit.
I went to my favorite bookstore in the ENTIRE world, Snowbound Books in Marquette, Michigan. If you’re ever in U.P. (Upper Peninsula) you need to go to this bookstore. Also, I forgot what humidity feels like (we don’t get much in Seattle) and boy oh boy was I miserable.
Also in June, I got a new job! woohoo! This by far I think was the best thing to happen in 2018. I loved my old job, but it was time for a change. My new job offered better hours, more money, and better benefits so I really couldn’t pass it up. Since getting hired I’ve already received two raises, so YAY! (time to buy some more books 😉 )
Speaking of reading, once I got settled into my new job and used to the new hours, my reading habits improved and I was suddenly reading everything I could get my hands on. I originally set a reading goal of 20 books back in January and smashed that to bits, so I upped it to 30, then 40, and I’m finishing the year with 50 books read! It’s the most books I’ve read in a single year, and I’m really proud of myself. I’ve always been a reader, but I’ve also been reallllllly busy. Like two/three jobs, volunteering, interning, homework busy. I’m realizing with working only one job and being in a better mind set I can really read a lot.
In August my best friend in the entire world came to visit me. We met in college in 2011 and have been basically inseparable ever since. We went our separate ways after college — me to Seattle and her to Washington D.C. — but we talk multiple times a week and try to see each other if not every year, every other year.
In September, my boyfriend and I celebrated three years together. Also, in September we went to the Cat Video Fest — yes you heard that right. We sat in a theater and watched cat videos with strangers for two hours. It was quite fun and a really cool fundraiser for PAWS.
In October I decided to start this blog to better connect with the book community and serve as an outlet to discuss what I’m currently reading and loving. I’ve been enjoying writing again and more importantly writing for fun. It’s been interesting to see what everyone else is reading, writing, or talking about and I definitely feel more up to date with upcoming releases and news. I don’t really have big plans for the blog in 2019. I just want to keep posting, talking about what I love, and hopefully share a bit more of my life and Seattle with you.
In December, my boyfriend surprised me with tickets to the Nutcracker. Growing up in a small tiny town in rural Michigan, I never had the chance to go to the ballet, or the theater. I would watch movies or tv shows and they would always go and see the Nutcracker during the holiday season and I would think, “well that looks like fun.” For the past three years I’ve been bugging him to go but tickets aren’t cheap. So I was incredibly happy when he sent me an email at work one day with the ticket confirmation.
Overall, this year has been pretty great. This was the first year that I have felt content –where I didn’t have this insane amount of worry that I wasn’t doing the right thing or trying to keep up with my peers. Maybe it was something about turning 27, but everything seemed to settle — get a bit calmer. I had a good long conversation with myself and asked myself what do I want to do, what makes me happy. (totally recommend this if you haven’t done it already) In a way, over the last couple of years I’ve had to discover what I like and what my hobbies are as an adult. From ages 18-25 I was in college and then graduate school, so I didn’t do much outside of school life. I had to relearn who I was, what I enjoy, and what I want (still working that one out).
I’m hoping for more self discovery in 2019 as I enter my late 20’s, and for more book reading, obviously. 😉
Sorry this is so late! As you know my boyfriend and I are planning to move apartments in our building soon, so I have been SUPER busy with prepping for that. I had planned to post this right after January 1st, but I wanted to include pictures and I couldn’t find some. LONG STORY SHORT I hope you enjoyed this post. 🙂
Until next time!