Wednesday, January 3, 2018

January || 2017 Roundup

Wherein it has been an obscene amount of time since I last posted.

Like whoa.

But hey, I figure the best thing I can do is start again, right? New year, new me!

And what better way to start than with my annual yearly roundup?

Buckle up, ladies and gents, it's gonna be a long and hilarious ride.

1.) What did you do in 2017 that you’d never done before?
     Mmm. 2017 feels like a really long year. Let me think...
First date, first kiss, first time getting my own internet, first time writing with my right hand. (Yeah, that's a long story. lol) First time shooting a rifle and a shotgun. Started a stick fighting class.

 2.) Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make one this year?
    So New Year's Resolutions are impossible and I refuse to answer this question.

3.) Did anyone close to you give birth?

4.) Did anyone close to you die?

5.) What countries/states did you visit?
2017 was a crappy year for travel lol.

6.) What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2017?
     Self-confidence! Woooo!
(Or my concealed carry license, it's a toss up)

7.) What date from 2017 will remain etched upon your memory? 
      November 1st, because reasons.

8.) Did you move anywhere?
Not an apartment, a house! With bedrooms! And a big old kitchen! (With a big enough oven to cook two pizzas in at once.)AND A FIREPLACE! And my own room!
And a garage! And a backyard! (No, washer or dryer though, but we have hookups, so that will change.)

You guys. I can sing as loud as I want.

It's amazing.

9.) What was your biggest achievement of the year?
      I am an underachiever.
I'm a designer of flowers at the shop now. So whoo.
I shot a shotgun. (It nearly dislocated my shoulder. I kick butt.)

(Yes, dangit, I am aware this is a rifle, not a shotgun. But I don't have any pictures of me with the shotgun. Deal with it!)

Also, no, that is not my jacket, why do you ask?

10.) What was your biggest failure?
  I my blogging sucked. Also any attempts to make my art better sucked.

11.) Did you suffer illness or injury?
       So, I dropped this entire dumpster lid on my left thumb.
11 stitches later, I looked like Frankenstein's Monster's Daughter, and it was freaking stupid.

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

13.) Whose behavior merited celebration?
Probably Gavin, because Gavin is a good person.

14.) Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
        The same person who has left me appalled and depressed the last couple times I answered this question.

15.) Where did most of your money go? 
Rent, art supplies, and Christmas pressies.

16.) What did you get really, really, really excited about?
        November 1st.

17.) What was the best concert you’ve been to this year?
        Ehe...Probably the Beauty and the Beast musical in Carson.

18.) What song/album will always remind you of 2017?
        The song of the year would probably have to be Something Just Like This by the Chainsmokers, (although I usually listen to the version by Luciana Zugbi, cause her voice.

19.) Compared to this time last year, are you:
       More tired.

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?
       Stressing out and fighting. Cause that's been a thing this year.

22.) What was your greatest musical discovery?
       Prolly Dear Evan Hansen?

23.) How did you spend Christmas?
       At our new house. With Christmas Mass in the morning (which we sang,) and presents later on in the afternoon. It wasn't the way we normally celebrate, so it was kind of bittersweet.

24.) How did you/are you spending New Year’s?
       We have decided to make the Lord of the Rings marathon an annual thing.

So we did that, and then I got sick. It was awesome lol.

25.) Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
        Charlie and Gina

26.) What was the best book you read?
       Best new book would have to be The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud,
and the best reread would have to be the Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner.

27.) Did you fall in love in 2017?
I did most of the falling in 2016, so no.

28.) What was your favorite TV show?
I haven't really had a chance to watch new shows this year. So, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is still currently my favorite, although Stranger Things is also really good, and weird as heck. (It does have some adult content, however, so you know.. Be warned.)


29.) Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? 

       Not really. The people I don't like as the same people as last year.

30.) What did you want and get?
A heavy duty metal target.
This amazing St. Teresa of Avila statue. (totally cried.)

31.) What did you want and not get?
Nothing really, I didn't get a glock 43 (cause California sucks)
or a concealed carry (Because I'm a procrastinator and I suck.)

32.) What were your favorite films of this year?
        Spiderman: Homecoming because that kid is perfect as Spiderman and Peter Parker.

33.) What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
   My birthday was odd this year. Although my bestest cousin came up to see me, which was awesome.
I had a meltdown in the evening.

I was 22.   

34.) How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2017?
lol, so funny story.
When I was little, I was the single most girly-girl on the planet. I had twirly skirts and patent leather shoes that clip-clopped. I liked tea parties and princess stories.

These days I am the single least frilly girl in my entire family (and I have a lot of sisters.)
baseball shirts and maxi skirts, and little to no make-up or jewelry. I can't tell if that's because I legitimately made that choice, or because I am too lazy to make more of an effort except on special occasions.

35.) What kept you sane?
God, music, and my people.

36.) Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Surprisingly enough, I didn't fancy a celebrity this year.

37.) What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? 

I don't know. I want a family of my own with little tiny babies and a dog, please and thank you.

38.) What political issue stirred you the most?
*starts list*

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

40.) Who was the best new person you met?
I am a hermit.

41.) Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2017.

42.) Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

"I hope you're somewhere praying. I hope your soul is changing.
I hope you find your peace, falling on your knees, praying."
"Praying" by Kesha  

43.) Five personally significant events of 2017:
       1. November 1st.
       2. November 3rd.
       3. Moving into our new house
       4. Shot a rifles and a shotgun
       5. I dunno, crap hit the ceiling this year.

44.) Five things I want to do in 2018:
        1. Art.
        2. Visit my sisters.
        3. Visit Alaska
        4. Get my concealed carry license.
        5.Go on retreat

45.) Five people I’d like to know better in 2018:
I am seriously considering just replacing this question, because I never have 5 people I want to get to know better. Because I hate people.

 And that, my dears, sums up my 2017. 

Honestly, I don't know how I feel about this year. It was simultaneously really good, and so bad it rivaled 2012. (Which if you know me or my blog at all, you will know I hated 2012 with every fiber of my being.)

A lot of amazing things happened.
A lot of awful things happened.

I'm sick to death of drama.

But I've been so blessed too, you know?

Uuuugh. With God all things are possible, and God's ways are not our ways, but seriously.. I'm tired.

That being said, I hope you all had a fantastic year, and a fantastic New Year and here's hoping that 2018 means a lot of prayers will be answered and a lot of good will happen, yiss?

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!

I love you all!

And here's to 2018! I hope it's wonderful for all of you. 



  1. I sort of slept through the new year. I've already forgotten about 2017 and am trying not to be too lazy in 2018.

    happy belated new year.

    have a lovely day.

    1. That's actually a better way to do it. lol.

      That's a good goal, I will probably try to do that too.

      Happy new year!

  2. Yay! So glad to see a new post from you! Haha !
    I'll repost this tag on my blog ^_^ I WAS trying to think of a good holiday-themed post to do - thank God for tags eh?

    1. Aw thank you! :)

      Ooh I'll read it if you post it. Haha. (Tags can be a nice way to info-dump your followers. lol!


    Hey from your worst friend evarrr. I am so bad at keeping up with youuuu. I sowwy. I vewy sowwy. I miss you.

    I really wanna ask you about November 1st. But I have the strange feeling like you won't answer me. Either that or it's something I should know and don't because I'm a bad friend.

    Best Gif was the Merlin one. Because that part is awesome. XD

    New Year I had a friend over and we talked until midnight then went to sleep. XD It wasn't super exciting but it was good for this little introvert.

    Three tag questions (in no particular order):

    Song lyrics that sum up the year:
    Hm, is there any song that says, "This was the worst year of my liiiiiife"??? :-P Sad, but sadly true. But for real, probably something like:
    "I don't want you to know where I am / 'Cause then you'll see my heart in the saddest state it's ever been / and this is no place to try and live my life / Stop right there, that's exactly where I lost it / See that line? Well I never should've crossed it / Stop right there, I never should have said that, it's the very moment that I wish that I could take back / I'm sorry for the person I became / I'm sorry that it took so long for me to change / I'm ready to make sure I never become that way again / 'Cause who I am hates who I've been, who I am hates who I've been" "Who I am Hates Who I've Been" by Relient K
    "You can do more in my waiting / Than in my doing I can do" "For Those Who Wait" by Bethany Dillon.

    What would I like to have in 2018 that I didn't in 2017.... more joy. The ability to surrender. Less hurt.

    Five things I wanna do in 2018:
    1. Write my book finally.
    2. Get well.
    3. Study the Bible more.
    4. Be a better friend.
    5. Learn digital art.

    Wooo now I will disappear again.... ;-P


      No, that's okay, I'm actually the worst, I think I ended up leaving your email unanswered. SO... ThAT'S MY BAD AND I'M SORRY.

      lol November first is when I met Charlie in person. It was super awesome, and not that awkward at all and whew, he is tall.

      I really love Merlin, it's such a good, clean show. I've gotten to the point where I hold my shows that are still good very close against my heart. XD

      Okay though, staying up talking is the best way to celebrate. Particularly for introverts. XD

      AW HANNAH I'M SORRY IT WAS A HORRIBLE YEAR FOR YOU! I KNOW THAT FEEL I HAVE HAD THAT FEEL I'M SORRY. *throws hugs and chocolates and teas (or coffee) at you*
      Also those songs sound super sad I'mma look them up. (I'm a glutton for punishment.)

      .... Less hurt. Same girl.

      I'm sorry you're sick. :(

      I like digital art when it has traditional art at its root. lol.



  5. Well hello! It's good to have you back!
    You have a new house?! In which you can cook many a pizza and sing songs as loud as you please?! My bathroom renovation is looking a little dinky compared to that.

    Best gif usage?- The ones you used for #2, #6, and #16.
    What did you do for New Year's?- Nothing much. Enviously browsed other peoples' Deviant Art galleries, mostly. I sure know how to have an epic party, eh?
    Can you answer at least three of the tag questions for me? I'm interested!
    Let's see:
    26.) What was the best book you read? - I think you mean bookS: Cyrano De Bergerac; Cost of Discipleship; Strong Poison; A Branch of Silver, A Branch of Gold; The Warden and the Wolf King; the Pensees; The first three books of the Bright Empires Series...

    35.) What kept you sane?- Nothing!

    40.) Who was the best new person you met?- meeting my cousin's new wife was a special occasion.

    Happy New Year!

    1. Hello! :)

      Yes, yes yes and it's so amazing lol. (But okay a bathroom renovation is pretty awesome. I like fresh bathrooms)

      haha, yes, the awkward slide gif made me laugh. ;)

      I enviously browse other people's deviantart galleries as well. It makes me sad when I am a sad little artist and they are amazing lol.

      OOh the Warden and the Wolf King is quite good.

      GOOD ANSWER!!!!!!!!!

      Aw congratulations on the new relative. :)

      Happy New year!

  6. Wow, are we the same person? Like, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Lockwood and Co, Queen of Attolia, Beauty and The Beast musical??? I approve of your tastes most heartily!!!


      Spiderman was awesome and no one can tell me otherwise.
      (Yaaaaaasssssss the last Lockwood book made me so freaking happy.)
      The Queen of Attolia might be my favorite book of that series.
      (Musicals are always good. Lol.)

  7. Treskie, you're alive! *pretending not to notice the fact that this was posted over a month ago, and I haven't commented before this*

    Best gif usage?

    Either Thorin awkward sliding or 9 adorably apologizing...

    What did you do for New Year's?

    I stayed up until 2 am because staying up until midnight has become normal so I needed something extra exciting, and then I saw The Greatest Showman and it was wonderful.

    Greatest musical discovery of 2017 would have to be Anastasia the Broadway musical (it is one of my absolutely favorite things in this world.)

    Fashion description of 2017: I realized that I dress like an old man/librarian/I don't even know how to categorize it but basically jeans, t-shirt, oversized sweater and interesting socks with converse. It looks very eclectic I think.

    Did you fall in love in 2017? Yes...ish? Unfortunately, it's unrequited but, maybe 2018 will be the year for that to change!

    So glad you're back in the blogosphere!



      I thought Thorin awkward sliding was the cleverest.


      (I Havne't heard the Anastasia musical yet. OOOOOOH.)


      OH NOOOOOOOO unrequited is the woooorst.

      Thank you!


      The Greatest Showman was so gooooooooooood you must go to see it post haste.

      Anastasia is my sister’s and my go-to car trip music, it’s so beautiful and I sing the songs as much as possible.

      And indeed, it is the worst. Makes for fun stories sometimes though. :)


  8. Great blog! Do you have any recommendations for aspiring writers?
    I'm planning to start my own website soon but I'm a little lost on everything.
    Would you advise starting with a free platform like Wordpress or go for a
    paid option? There are so many options out there that I'm totally confused ..
    Any recommendations? Kudos!

    1. I think if you're starting out, I'd start with a free options. Blogger and Wordpress are good for blogs.

      Actual websites that are free, are a little differently set up, but I hear Wix is really good. :)

  9. I have a question for you! I’m interested in watching Fullmetal Alchemist. What do suggest I start with? There’s the Fullmetal Alchemist anime, and there’s Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood... what’s the difference?

    1. OOOH.

      I'd say you must start with Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

      The Difference is that the Fullmetal Alchemist anime itself started before the manga author was finished with the series, so when the anime writers got to the end of the author's writings, they finished the series with their own plot. (I think there's time travel? It's weird.)

      FMA:B was the anime that's fully based on the manga. (and if you're not sure what that is, mangas are the comic books, and the animes are the animated series) So the characters and plotlines stick to what actually happened. (There's also more of it.)

      So yeah, go with Brotherhood.

      I will warn you, within the first... 5 episodes? There are a couple REALLY DARK plots like I was tempted to stop. But then they lighten up. Also, there's a little creature near the end that has God confused with something else and that irritates me, but overall, holy heck yes, can we talk about how awesome the characters are?!?!!?

  10. I’m reading through the manga, and I’m only on vol. 5, but I already love it! Pretty much the only other manga I’ve really gotten into are the Maximum Ride adaptations and Attack On Titan, so compared to that, it’s, like, WAY lighter and funnier. And I love the characters. I’m just waiting (not patiently) until the next ones get returned at my library!


      lol It's definitely lighter than AOT. I absolutely adore Mustang.

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  13. Aaaaare you alive?


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