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2017 was the year of getting my shit together.  I haven't succeeded yet, and I wonder if it's going to be a never-ending struggle for me.  I strive to be like the friends I have who seem to not only have their shit together, but have an endless supply of energy and an even more endless list of things they do on a regular basis.  But I think I bit off more than I can chew this year.  I need to get my current life in order first, then add stuff to it. Slowly.

The good news is I feel like I'm finally on the right path. I think I can get my shit together the first half of this winter, and can organize it by the end.

I learned some new skills and hobbies this year - new drawing techniques, crochet, ice skating, aerial tricks, more third position in Violin, geocaching...

I friend-wrangled in many ways - met up with some old friends, made some new friends, cut down and eventually cut off with overbearing friends, dealt with friends' mood swings, learned things good and bad about certain friends & now former friends...

Got some interesting work - moved to a new campus at my main job, got a new job at a liquor store, booth'd the punk picnic, and two holiday sales, sold my underwear to panty-sniffers, made a new website for myself, joined a podcast audio drama cast, landed a paid book deal, which also gave me my first radio interview and signing event, and most recently landed a commission for 3 paintings.

Dealt with some new stresses like having a shit-slinging orangutan as a "president," having mild and severe panic attacks, being threatened by a schizophrenic student, getting a root canal on a front tooth, diet issues, getting shingles and other rashes, and dealing with shitty behavior from friends.

Made it to some fantastic events - TCAF, Dave McKean meet and greet and film debut, Guillermo Del Toro's exhibit, Nick Gurewich's book launch, my own book launch, Krampus party in NYC, Emmet Otter's Jugband Xmas Live performance, and some sweet concerts (see below).

And got some stuff! Playstation 4, a new couch, another ball-joint doll, my first leather jacket, a heated blanket, some halloween stuff (like, a lot of it), a new list board, and an Amazon Echo Dot (Alexa)!

A couple other things to note: ten year anniversary since Paul's death, guerilla crochet event, first ice skating hardcore wipeout, fourth of July date, KonMari crap, diet crap, exercise crap.

The only person I'm planning to kiss at midnight on New Year's Eve is my 2017 self GOODBYE! New year, new me. At last, I'm gonna try.

My biggest new year's resolution: GROW

Bella Morte*
David Bowie
Japanese Breakfast*
The Long Losts*
Flogging Molly*
Olivia Ruiz
Shonen Knife*
*(seen this year)

BoJack Horseman
Twin Peaks: The Return
13 Reasons Why
Yuri on Ice
Handmaid's Tale
Alias Grace

Seven Nights
Black Dog
American Gods
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Mister B. Gone
Howl's Moving Castle
The Vorrh
The Boys from Brazil
Wolf in White Van
Samedi the Deafness
The Magicians
The Hobyahs
The Composer is Dead
Fifty Shades of Greys

Giant Days
The Wicked + The Divine
Sex Criminals
An Age of License
The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up
The Wendy Project

The Boy
Nina Forever
Swiss Army Man
Song of the Sea
The Lure
Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
Hidden Figures
Dead West
Trainspotting 2
Get Out
Tales of Halloween
Gerald's Game
The Babysitter
The Host
What Happened to Monday

Life is Strange: Before The Storm
Little Nightmares
I Am Bread
The Last of Us*
Until Dawn*
Adventure Time*
*(got for xmas, but not played yet)



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 28th, 2017 09:49 pm (UTC)
Even if you haven't completed all you wanted to achieve, the fact that you were able to move forward at all is still an achievement! Keep on keep on forward :)
Love how "First leather Jacket" made the list lol
Jan. 2nd, 2018 03:21 pm (UTC)
It was on super sale (ten bucks) and is the only cute leather jacket I found that fit me. I needed it ^_^

Dec. 28th, 2017 11:05 pm (UTC)
Ooh. Your post encouraged me to make my own 2017 year ender...

I think you accomplished a lot this year even if you felt like 'you bit off more than you could chew' and that's fantastic.

I wish I could be one of those people who do all sorts of things in a day too, and even like the friend-wrangling you... But maybe that's for another time yet.

Cheers to a great 2018 for you.
Jan. 2nd, 2018 03:29 pm (UTC)
Re: 2017
Thank you! Yeah, doing a recap is great, if just to reference your own highlights of years past and summarize what's been learned. :)

Someday, I'll be one of those people who do a million things a day and still has time to relax. But I'm gonna build up to it instead of tackling everything at once. For right now, I'm starting with little to-do-today things.

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