2018 has come to an end. Truth be told, I never thought of a future beyond the year 2018. My singular long-term goal was graduating college in 2018. 2019? Inconceivable. I never expected anything to happen after 2018. But here I am, on the cusp of another twirl around the sun.

Before we move into the future, let’s reflect on 2018, the best and most looked-forward-to year of my life. I put together a list of things I enjoyed during 2017 and decided to do it again for 2018. Lucky you!

Disclaimer: I did not see every movie, listen to every album, read every book, nor did I consume content as culturally relevant as the things on Obama’s 2018 list. I will also not attempt to rank the things I did/see/hear/read because ranks are for the military. This is not the military, this is my blog.

Places I Visited
  • Cancun, Mexico
  • Newport, California
  • Manzanita, Oregon (oldie but a goodie)
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
New Things I Tried
  • Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Having a career
  • Being a bridesmaid (#nailedit)
  • Killing stink bugs all by myself
New Foods
  • Baklava
  • Escargot
  • A fig
  • Indian Food
Some Concerts I Enjoyed
  • BeyoncĂ© and Jay-z
  • Boygenius
  • Death Cab for Cutie
  • Howard Jones
  • Lorde
  • Panic! at the Disco
  • Taylor Swift
Albums I Liked (2018 releases)
  • A Dawn I Remember by Holly Arrowsmith
  • Boygenius by Boygenius
  • Everything is Love by The Carters
  • Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves
  • Historians by Lucy Dacus
  • Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B
  • KOD by J. Cole
  • Scorpion by Drake
  • Sweetener by Ariana Grande
  • Thank You for Today by Death Cab for Cutie

(Wow, Rachel listens to some bops. I want to listen to what Spotify claims are her favorite songs from 2018.)

Things I Watched (also 2018 releases)
  • Beautiful Boy
  • Black Panther
  • BlackkKlansman
  • Incredibles 2
  • Lady Bird
  • The Olympics #BeyondPyeong
  • On the Basis of Sex
Things I Read
  • Brother’s Karamozav by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Bus on Thursday by Shirley Barrett
  • The Third Wave by Steve Case
  • The Weather Detective by Peter Wohlleben
  • The Hollywood Reporter because, without paying for a subscription, it is mysteriously delivered to my office biweekly
Weird Things That Happened/Important Life Lessons
  • I was shamed out of a wine sale because of my social status (and because I wasn’t carrying $200 cash).
  • One of my photographs was almost used on the cover of a crime novel.
  • I asked Brandon Routh (aka Superman) why he wasn’t wearing any shoes and he asked me why I thought he wasn’t wearing any shoes and I said I thought was he was too warm and he told me that was the wrong answer.
  • The nine year-old boy in sitting in front of me at the Panic at the Disco concert was shopping on Kohls.com for mens shoes on his iPad.
  • My family tailgated outside the Regal Cinema for The Incredibles 2.
  • I found out Owen Wilson and Matthew McConaughey are two different people.

Thanks to everyone who made 2018 a great year! I look forward to the year 2019 because from here on out, I don’t have any idea about anything!

One thought on “2018

  1. AHAHAHA, I remember the day I found out Owen Wilson and Mathew McConaughey weren’t the same person (mind boggling!!!). Also, killer playlist – thanks for that!

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