Monday, November 20

2016 in Review

Like in 2015, 2016 saw large stretches of time without a post. I started this post about a year ago, but blanked on what happened in December, which is why it's only going up now. I'll... start on 2017 Year in Review right now and maybe it'll go up before July 2018!

But honestly, rereading this post makes me incredibly thankful for the people I have in my life and proud that I seek out adventures that make me happy in between work and day to day drudgery. 

January Atlanta Conference
I wasn't very busy with work in January and so I had the opportunity to go to a conference in Atlanta. While the conference itself was meh, I met and got along with one of my table mates. We found ourselves chatting the entire time and spent all of our free time together as well. I haven't connected with her in a very long time... I should! 

February Chinese New Year 
Part of what I thought I did really well last year was to explore Seattle and the nature around it. As February was the CNY, my SO and I went to the International District to join in on the festivities. This trip cemented the International District (ID) as one of my favorite places to go for these activities. It's an unassuming place most of the time, but these festivals can draw out large crowds!

March Rattlesnake Ridge and Sushi Obsession
Continuing on the exploration, I went and climbed Rattlesnake Ridge. This was a very hard hike for me due to the elevation and I thought of giving up several times. But I didn't! The view at the end was very rewarding and I found my favorite sushi place after the hike! Trapper's Sushi is a very Americanized sushi joint, but the fish quality was fresh and they had an "all you can eat" menu... so what's not to love? The most special part is that this chain is only outside the Seattle city limits so it's a roadtrip treat. 

April Ballard Locks
Spring in Seattle was new to me, so I went out on a sunny day to explore the Ballard Locks. The Locks were a very interesting feat of engineering and the Ballard is just so pretty! I got to see some gorgeous flowers and walk around the neighborhood. 

May AZ Graduation and Antelope Canyon
During last May, my little brother graduated high school. I went back home to celebrate his graduation and spend some time with my parents. We ended up visiting Antelope Canyon. The pictures of this place always look shopped, but it's incredible to see this in real life. The town we were in didn't have cell reception, so I really got to spend some family time. 

June - Planner Love
Food I'll spend money on quickly. Travel experiences I know will be worthwhile. But overpriced physical items I mull over. This is why getting a planner was such a big deal for me. After coveting the planner from Kikki K from a year or so, I finally bit the bullet and purchased my baby!  

July Family Visit + Leavenworth
During July, my family visited and I loved showing them around the city. Also, I went to Leavenworth and went tubing for the first time in my life. Roadtripping is always fun and a mixup in the daily routine is always appreciated. 

August Alaska Cruise
Vacation time! After a summer of working hard, I went on a Cruise with my friend. I had been on a cruise in my teens with my family, but going with my friend was another experience all together. We ate such amazing food on the cruise and just generally played around. When just the two of us explored the cruise ship, I felt like a kid again, getting into places I shouldn't. 

September China Trip
I planned my big trips a bit close together this year. During September, I went to China. This was my first time visiting China by myself and my first time in a long time going in the fall. I had a great time and also experienced a little bit of the scary pollution there!

October - Crescent Lake
Before it got too late in the year, and too cold, I needed one more trip to explore the natural NorthWest. The Lake was already freezing, but I still enjoyed the fall leaves and beautiful views. I have been dying to go back! 

November Spontaneous Friendsgiving
During November, I was content to do nothing but chill out at home -- even during Thanksgiving. Last year, my SO and I cooked a Blue Apron for Thanksgiving and that gave us quite a little feast. This year, I was spontaneously invited to a Friendsgiving. I made sangria and a kale and apple salad. It was great to see old friends and hang out with people!

December - Home Again
I visited Phoenix again during December. it was a frozen month, but the brief stint back home made it bearable. We didn't do too much for the birthdays and holidays other than stay at home with friends and family. 

Happy Thanksgiving, folks. Enjoy the company, even if it is just you. 


  1. It's always so great being able to look back on your blog and remember all the good times! Which reminds me that I should probably start putting together my end-of-year blog posts :P -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

  2. Haha better late than never, right?? I love looking back on the year and seeing everything that we've done. Ben keeps meticulous calendars throughout the year and it helps us see how much we accomplished!
    You are a seriously busy lady!

    Susie |

  3. Sounds like you had a fun and eventful year. Can't wait to read your next year in review.

  4. Can you believe how quickly time flies?!

  5. Lovely post! Love the food shot! xoxo

  6. I love that you decided to publish it, even if it's a bit late, haha. Looks like 2016 treated you well. Trip to China sounds amazing, I would love to go there someday :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  7. Sounds like you had an awesome 2017! I for one don't mind splurging on my yearly planners just cause I love them so much!

  8. Awesome round-up, sweetie! Happy holidays to you & family! xoxo

  9. Happy 2018 to you! Hope you had a wonderful 2017.

  10. Wow, that's so cool that you got to go to China!!


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