2021 came and went faster than a peahen on a wet log.

It’s not unusual for me to make a little year-end wrap up list. But you may have noticed I haven’t been writing as much on this site. That is largely due to the fact that I have not wanted to and also because I have been sending out a weekly(ish) newsletter (I started it because people kept wanting me to update them on my improv shows). You can sign up for it here if you miss me.

Oh, and I made this little 2021 recap video because someone told me recap videos were annoying and I love being annoying.

Before I give you some more dazzling highlights, I will say my 2021 resolution didn’t pan out as expected. Normally I’m really good at my resolutions. I wanted to use all my gift cards. In reality, I used a handful of them. But hey, that’s better than nothing. I guess I just didn’t have it in me to use all of them. Oh well, that’s what 2022 is for.

Okay, now onto the good stuff.

2021 Highlights (in no particular order)

  • Left Oregon for the first time in over a year
  • Travelled to Yakima, Fargo, Sioux Falls, Minneapolis, and the beach a few times
  • Made good ramen at home
  • Visited the Tulip Festival AND the Rose Garden
  • Self-published a book
  • Went to Enchanted Forest for the first time since I was just a baby
  • Took a stand up class and did exactly one open mic
  • Hit 250+ followers on my anti-crow Twitter account
  • Started investing in the stock market (mostly in the railroads)
  • I took a lot of surveys and ultimately got $10 to Aerie (and I already used my gift card )
  • Became a New York Times subscriber
  • Became a Patreon subscriber so I could be someone’s one and only subscriber
  • Had my first real massage (I don’t really count my spleen massages because they sucked)
  • Ate a record amount of sushi in a year
  • Got three COVID shots (and Washington County filmed my booster shot for the #archives)
  • Wen to the batting cages
  • Worked two days on a secret job where I got pranked
  • Killed two plants
  • Had a fever three times but it wasn’t ever COVID
  • Got my annual haircut at a new salon
  • Emailed two Tolstoy experts with questions about a Tolstoy short story and did not receive answers from either of them

Movies I Watched and Liked in 2021

  • Spider-Man into the Spiderverse
  • Luca
  • Tick, Tick…Boom!
  • Palm Springs
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Growing Up Animal
  • All the Oceans Movies
  • SpaceJam: A New Legacy
  • 10 Things I Hate About You

TV Shows and Specials I Watched and Liked in 2021

  • I Think You Should Leave Season 2
  • Nathan For You
  • Inside with Bo Burnham
  • Black Lady Sketch Show
  • Ted Lasso
  • Only Murders in the Building – rarely have I been so excited for a new show
  • Mantracker

Music I Listened to (A LOT) and Liked in 2021

  • Fearless and Red (Taylor’s Version) – Taylor Swift
  • Yebba – DAWN
  • Collapsed in Sunbeams – Arlo Parks
  • Women in Music Pt 3 – HAIM
  • Different Kinds of Light – Jade Bird
  • Sour – Oliva Rodrigo
  • McCartney III Imagined – Paul McCartney (& various artists: Phoebe, Beck, Dominic Fike, etc.)
  • Djesse Vol. 3 – Jacob Collier
  • This Japanese Jazz Playlist
  • Cutting Grass Vol. 2 – Sturgill Simpson

Concerts I Attended When I Could in 2021

  • Jade Bird
  • Lawrence the Band
  • Bedouine and Bill Callahan
  • Harry Styles
  • LiveWire (kind of a concert)

Books I Read and Liked (and published) in 2021

  • The Choice Factory – Richard Shotton
  • The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  • Dream Big – Bob Goff
  • Tweet – Rachel Rogers

Podcasts I Liked in 2021

  • Every Single Album
  • Composed with Chase Bernstein
  • Black History Bootcamp
  • Entry Level with Brooks Wheelan
  • Pointed Questions with Brent Weinbach
  • Comedy Bang Bang

Restaurants I Visited in 2021 that I Could Remember off the Top of My Head

  • Teote (what to order: mezcal, arepas)
  • Original Pancake House (what to order: pumpkin pancakes)
  • Pinolo Gelato (what to order: gelato)
  • See See Motor Coffee (what to order: chocolate chip cookie)

Bonus! My Top 100 Playlist from Spotify

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