Saying goodbye to 2016! Hello to a new year!

Goodbye 2016… Hello 2017!

Is anyone else ready to let go of 2016? I know I am!

Looking back on the year, there have been many highs, and inevitably a few lows. That’s the thing with remembering, you always remember the bad parts, and hardly ever the good parts. But the truth is that the good parts make life joyful, and I wanted to share a few of those joys with you!

This year I…

kitten candy cane

…adopted Candy Cane!

We rescued her in January, and she’s been a mischievous little squirrel ever since! This is my first time having a cat as a pet, and Shey’s first time having a pet at all. We weren’t sure if we were cat people, but it was love at first purr.

…married my best friend!

We spent a few months planning a wedding in late 2015, and then decided that it was too stressful to continue planning. Don’t get me wrong–we still want beautiful pictures and maybe a small ceremony, but we both don’t have a lot of people that could attend, and also didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a wedding. Instead, we eloped in March and went to get breakfast afterwards. Best part? We took a nap after that big breakfast!

…passed my qualifying exams!

And subsequently started this blog! Proposing a doctoral project was a huge beast, and I conquer it every day. I thought that life would get easier after I became a doctoral candidate, but in some ways I find that it has stayed the same. Same pressures, same obligations, a bit more responsibility. The next step is to finish the degree and become a doctor, and then who knows where my journey will take me after that!

…moved in with Shey!

After living apart from Shey for over a year, we moved in together after we got married. Even though the commute is dreadful, I get such joy from waking up to my wife every morning. A lot of people who aren’t in long-distance relationships or who are not military spouses don’t often understand how wonderful it is to just have your partner nearby. The picture above is from the first snow of 2016, and quite possibly the last. The temperatures have warmed up, and we may not see another snowflake until 2017.

EHMTIC…used my passport for the 1st time!

I went to Scotland for an international conference about headaches. It was my first time flying out of the country, and had no idea how to get through customs. I couldn’t understand a word of what anyone was saying, and I just wanted some McDonald’s for dinner. Typical American, I suppose. Either way, I learned that passports are important, that flying is a bit uncomfortable, and that I still have no idea how planes work.

…went to San Francisco!

We usually take a summer trip to celebrate Shey’s birthday, but were unable to do that this year. Instead, we went to San Francisco in the fall and visited Muir Woods. These trees are huge!

…got my nose pierced!

 I’m terrified of needles, and even more terrified of open wounds. So why get a nose piercing? I thought it’d be cute, honestly. I wanted to express myself, and not care about what others thought. Academia is filled with people telling you how to look, what you should wear, how you should talk, what your hair should look like, what you should look like, the list never stops. And I wanted to just stop caring about it all. So here I am, with my 2nd piercing ever.

What’s in store for 2017?

  • Taking more photos. I love photography, and I want to capture all of my memories. I’m on the look-out for a good beginner DSLR camera, and am excited about what 2017 will bring!
  • Traveling more. I’m an introvert, and have never really traveled before meeting Shey. Shey loves to travel! She may be part nomad. She’s encouraging me to see what’s out there in this great big world we call home.
  • Being more creative. I’ve always loved crocheting, writing, photography, and DIY projects. Now that I’m in graduate school, I have put all of my hobbies on hold. But life is short, and hobbies are fun, so why not make something?!

See you in the new year!

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