So six months later I made the time for this... better late than never?
Neatest Place You were in 2017
It’s always so hard to answer this one. I was privileged to visit NYC, DC, Palmyra, and Jackson Hole, but the best place I was last year was Carnation, WA. Especially as my in-laws have now set plans to move across the country, this was one of the only two chances I’ll ever have to experience where my wife grew up. I’ll always treasure that.
Biggest Surprise of the Year
Biggest surprise was easily falling in love. I’d all but given up on dating when I downloaded Mutual. I had a few casual dates after that. And then BAM. Caren came into my life and changed the course of my life.
Best Movie/TV Show You Watched
One of my first fandoms was Digimon. In recent years some sequel movies were created and dubbed for the 15 anniversary of the franchise. Two of their movies were released in Japan and one dubbed, giving me an amazing chance to revisit my childhood from a new angle.
Saddest Day/Time in 2017
Saddest time was the end of my family vacation in August. We briefly had all of us together (even Caren was there for a day). The sad part was saying goodbye. Every family has their issues, but to have all of us together was a blessing. With my oldest nephew graduating this year, who knows when/if it’ll happen again.
Happiest Day/Time in 2017
Do I pick the day I got engaged or the day I got married? I think I had a much larger adrenaline rush getting engaged. Getting married was less stressful on my end (except for that infinitely long second waiting for her to say yes in the temple). But as the wedding was a full day celebrating the two of us, I’ll go with that.
Best Book/Magazine You’ve Read
I’m so horrible at reading. The goal with my new job is to read more (currently working through the Harry Potter series for the first time in 10+ years). The only I’ll I could say I’ve read this last year is (again) the Book of Mormon. I feel very blessed to have visited Palmyra and refresh my spirit with the history of the Book of Mormon.
Things you will remember from the news
To be fair it’s been six months, but I don’t think it would have helped. I actively avoid the news in some ways. Just too much negativity in the world. I’ll stick to my dog memes.
What would you like to do in 2018?
Seeing as it’s halfway through the year, I won’t cheat and say anything from January to June. But as far as the second half of the year, I’m planning to visit my in-laws this summer and my family this fall. Other things I’d like to do.... let’s do some hikes and trips to southern Utah. But really I guess life will surprise me.
I've had a lot of thoughts coming to me lately that I need to write out, so I'm hoping to give this blog some more love this year (anything is more than it's had).