Wednesday, January 4, 2017

#Notdead || 2016 Roundup

Hello, people of the internet! 

You are all so awesome to have not abandoned this blog, even though the blogger did. You are good, kind people, and I love you all.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, by the way! How did you all spend it?

I shall be considerably better at blogging from now on, I have been quite literally run off my feet with socializing over December.

ANYWAY, it's time for my annual end-of-the-year tag, and it's gonna be fun!

1.) What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before?
     2016 was actually a whole year of firsts for me. I flew by myself, I went to Front Sight, I bought a gun, I went on a boat, I cut my hair, I went mini-golfing....

Crazy year. lol.

 2.) Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make one this year?

3.) Did anyone close to you give birth?
      My sister did, and I held that baby when he was two hours old and it was freaking amazing.

4.) Did anyone close to you die?
      No, not really. I've been really blessed.

5.) What countries/states did you visit?
      WELL I went further into Nevada than usual. (For Front Sight, and it was awesome.) And I stayed with my sister and her family in Montana for a few weeks and it was a gift.

6.) What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
      A sense of self-worth.
      KIDDING. Gosh! Ehm... a Glock 43 maybe. 

7.) What date from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory? 
      December 23rd, cause reasons.

8.) Did you move anywhere?

9.) What was your biggest achievement of the year?
      I'm not a terrible shot anymore. *high fives*

10.) What was your biggest failure?
        Ehehe... life?

11.) Did you suffer illness or injury?
       I didn't, nope.

12.) What was the best thing you bought?
        My gun.

13.) Whose behavior merited celebration?
        My mom is amazing.

14.) Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
        Some person. Said person has a tendency of leaving me appalled and depressed. 

15.) Where did most of your money go?
        Rent? Art supplies. Movie tickets. Christmas. Gun related things.

16.) What did you get really, really, really excited about?
        Holding my sister's baby. Front Sight. This one person...

17.) What was the best concert you’ve been to this year?
        I didn't?

18.) What song/album will always remind you of 2016?
        Better Place by Rachel Platten for the song, and then probably Ghost the Musical for the album.

19.) Compared to this time last year, are you:
        Happier. I'm a happy little cookie at the moment.


20.) What do you wish you’d done more of?
        Praying, I think. And drawing.

21.) What do you wish you’d done less of?
        Stress. Haha, I think that's the same answer every year.

22.) What was your greatest musical discovery?
        Erhm. Probably Ghost the Musical? Rachel Platten's Superman.

23.) How did you spend Christmas?
       With friends and family and my adorkable neices. 

24.) How did you/are you spending New Year’s?
       Okay, this was one of the best New Year's I've celebrated in a while. We were having a Lord of the Rings marathon with Sammi, and so we watched RoTK at her house on New Year's Eve, and it finished at like 4 minutes to midnight... (I know, the timing was perfection.)

So we poured champagne, counted down to the New Year, hooted on noise makers, and popped poppers.

I did some fancy relationship changing on facebook and it was really really awesome. 

25.) Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
        Gina, cause we pals.
        But she's being outed by someone else. We talked for longer than I care to admit, thank you very much.

26.) What was the best book you read?
        The Creeping Shadow by Jonathan Stroud

27.) Did you fall in love in 2016?

28.) What was your favorite TV show?
        Probably Hawaii Five-0, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and recently Lethal Weapon. 

29.) Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
       Hate's such a strong word... lol. I do have a couple people that make me just...

30.) What did you want and get?
        I'm getting a little embarrassed at how many time my gun is my answer on these things.

31.) What did you want and not get?
        I don't really want a whole lot of stuff. I'm pretty content. 

32.) What were your favorite films of this year?
        Captain America: Civil War and Magnificent Seven.

33.) What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
        I... worked. And then my entire family, and several friends of the family came over to my tiny apartment and we had cake and coffee and watched Jurassic World because Chris Pratt acts just like my brother-in-law.

I'm 21 years old.

34.) How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?
       It's called classy-cas..? I dunno, I just threw that out there. There were many maxi skirts.

35.) What kept you sane?
        Um. God. And my family and Sammi, and also TV shows.

36.) Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
        Gianluca Ginoble has the most magnificent voice, my people.

37.) What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
        ..... I don't know?

38.) What political issue stirred you the most?
        The Presidential Election. That was stressful. Dang.

39.) Who did you miss?
       My sisters, Sammi, and Charlie.

40.) Who was the best new person you met?

41.) Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016.

42.) Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
        "I'll tell the world, I'll sing a song: It's a better place since you came along."(Better Place, by Rachel Platten.)
         And then probably, "You crossed the line too many times, I'm gonna put you in your place. You play with dynamite don't be surprised when I blow up in your face." (Done, by the Band Perry.)

43.) Five personally significant events of 2016:
       1. Art.
       2. Bought a Glock.
       3. Visiting my fantastic sister, and fantastic brother-in-law, and their fantastic kids.
       4. Found myself this cupcake of a lad. He's awful dear.
       5. Went to Front Sight.

44.) Five things I want to do in 2017:
        1. Art.
        2. Visit my sisters.
        3. Visit the boyguy. (Inside joke, sorry.)
        4. Get my concealed carry license.
        5. Front Sight

45.) Five people I’d like to know better in 2017:
        This question kills me every year. I can't figure out how to answer it because there are never five people that I actually want to get to know. At the moment, there's only one. 

 And that, my dears, sums up my 2016. 

2016 was simultaneously one of the best and worst years of my life. It started out great, sucked big time* over the summer, and then got better again. 

*I mean. BIG TIME. 

But so far, no year has managed to top 2012 for absolute suckiness so hurray!

I'm looking forward to 2017, it might actually be an awesome year. 

Alright everyone!

Question Time!
Best gif usage?
What did you do for New Year's?
Can you answer at least three of the tag questions for me? I'm interested!

You can expect a Picture Saturday for the first time in freaking ages. 
I love you all!

And here's to 2017! I hope it's wonderful for all of you. 



  1. Ahhhhhh! Tell us about the boy! Seriously, you were so mean in this post with your tantalizing hints followed by door-in-the-face gifs (especially the smirking, knitting Rapunzel - that was the best usage of a gif in my opinion... although, now that I look back at it, that might not even be related to your new relationship status, and I totally just twisted it to fit the narrative in my head). ;) Anyway, all curiosity aside (hard though it is to forget THAT), I need to acknowledge how cute your family is - like, every single one of you guys.

    My New Years Eve was spent playing a bunch of the games that we got for Christmas with my siblings, cousins, and parents. That's our tradition, and I love it. :)

    You reminded how badly I need to see Magnificent Seven! My sister and I rewatched Jurassic World a few weeks ago after we both read Jurassic Park, and I also finished watching Parks and Recreation recently, so I'm definitely feeling the lack of Chris Pratt in my life right now. :)

    I always love seeing a post of yours pop up in my feed. :) Happy 2017!

    1. Ehehehe. He's mah boy.
      (The smirking Rapunzel made me so happy, like YESS IT'S PERFECT. {No, you weren't reading into it, that was related to the relationship status lol.} LOL I like being mysterious.)

      hahaha awwwwwww thank you! We appreciate people thinking we're cute.

      Aw that sounds like an awesome tradition! We should start doing that... *squints at family*


      THANK You! I love it when people love seeing my posts! *boing boing boing*

  2. Hey, good to see you again!
    I like this idea of summarizing the year with questions and answers. (although some of your answers are leaving me with more questions)

    Best gif usage?- The Baymax one is always a winner.
    What did you do for New Year's?- watched The Force Awakens with my family. I also finished a needle felted rabbit.

    Can you answer at least three of the tag questions for me? I'm interested!
    1.) What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before?- several things, actually! I started a blog, tried to use a Wacom Bamboo, and set foot in three different countries (not including my own).
    5.) What countries/states did you visit?- Since I've already mentioned that... Mainly Wales and Switzerland, but managed to squeak in Iceland, Italy, and France.
    35.) What kept you sane?- Nothing! It's too late!

    A picture Saturday? *cheers!*

    1. Hey!

      Yeah, it's really nice. And it's so easy, cause it basically just jogs your memory for everything cool that you did over the year. It's fun. (lol, which questions were those, that left you with more questions?)

      Baymax is always perfection.

      YAY for the Force Awakens! I like that movie! lol. (You do needle felted animals? can you make me one???

      1.)You started a blog, and I don't have the link? *squints at you.* Where IS this blog?
      5.) YOU WENT SO MANY COOL PLACES. *has jealous*
      35.)oh no! hahaha. :)

      Yesssss. XD

    2. Is that an actual request for a felted critter? I'm sure I could whip something up.

      *Quirks eyebrow* Didn't I send a link? Here, try this:

      (Looking forward to picture Saturday!)

    3. OOOH THERE'S THE LINK. I will go through and read it next time I'm off. lol.

      ehm... yes. I love felted critters. (like a mouse or a squirrel?) should I pay you?

      *boing boing boing*

  3. Yooooouuuuuu and your hinting, omg. Spoilers...

  4. The spoilers gif's stick out in my mind for obvious, "curiosity" reasons! Take care in this new year. Love you blog as much as always!

    1. Hahaha. Thank you. *bows*

      Aw thank you! I hope you have a great new year as well!

  5. 2016 is like a blur to me, sort of want to forget, but I seem to have done a few things, according to my blog...

    yeah, I read the hints/spoilers... that is so sweet to hear. I think I would keep it to myself also.

    I hope 2017 will be very blissful for you.

    have a lovely day.

    1. I've had years like that too. *sends cyber hugs*

      *covers face* Aww thank you so much. You're so sweet. <3

      Me too. XD I bet your 2017 will blow 2016 right out of the water.

      Have an awesome week, Lissa. :)

  6. AWWW A BOY?!?!<3

    you're so precious. Im so happy that you're happy. this post was so cute. I hope you have an incredible 2017

    1. Ehehehehee. :)

      hahaha thank you! (lol, this post is always so long, I try to make it funny. So yay, I'm glad you liked it. :)

      I hope yours is awesome too!

  7. Ahhhh!!! Treskie!!! A guy!!! That is super duper awesome and I am super duper happy and...!!!!!!!! *runs off squealing uncontrollably. family looks at me like I'm nuts*
    Okay, breathing.
    That is awesome. I wish you every happiness, and know that you'll be the cutest couple ever! :)
    Okay, it's like midnight, so toodles! God bless you and your man!



      Thank you so much, m'dear. You're so cute. (And yes... yes we are.)

      Love ya!

  8. Hanna Fahnestock ShwartzJanuary 31, 2017 at 7:18 PM

    Hi! You're dating?!?!?!?! Really?!?! Where did you meet him? You are keeping us in suspense....sigh...
    Love finding new posts on your blog!

    1. Heeey, Hanna!
      Haha, yes, I am. :) Lol, we met a long time ago and reconnected over facebook. Actually you know him, remember Charlie Knowles? He used to serve Mass when you guys were still in Tahoe. :)

      Awesome! That makes me so happy! :)


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