2016 was a whopper of a year. We elected an orange child as President while waving goodbye to the most adorable White House couple ever. (America, I just can’t with you these days). The news flickered daily with tragic events in the U.S. and abroad plus just a lot of crap went down in all of our lives! Am I right? But what doesn’t kill us has given Saturday Night Live! some truly excellent material.
There were still wonderful things that happened in my life and the world so I’m going to share them with you. Focusing on the positive keeps life’s wheels turning. What are your bests of 2016??
1. This guy.
Michael Doyle. The Nick Miller to my Jessica Day, the Jesse to my Andrea Lacey, my soulmate, and fellow foodie. He is the best part of my 2016. It’s funny how you think you’ll never find someone who is a mirror of you but I have and am now the sappiest believer in love. Not a day goes by that he’s not encouraging me to be my best self, making me laugh Aziz Ansari style, and just all around amazing me with his genuine soul. I love you and am more and more thankful for you every day.
2. I went to some RAD music festivals with cool humans.
Sloshing through mountains of mud in Memphis, all to scream Weezer’s “The Sweater Song” and hear Jason Derulo sing his own name without a shirt on. Taking too many Snapchats for certain people’s liking while watching Ellie Goulding slay it in a kilt in Athens. Sweating grossly and getting soaked to the bone while accepting beers were $9 a piece at Sloss Fest. Seeing Brand New, the band of my youth, in Atlanta and at the Alabama Theatre, all while coming to terms with the fact that Jesse Lacey has a baby now and is too enamored with the gift of life to produce a new, darker than ever album.
It surely was a great year of concerts with some fabulous friends!
3. My mother retired and I got to hear how awesome she is.
My mother taught at Pizitz Middle School for more than 20 years before retiring this year. I’ve always known she was a special person but it was lovely to hear her described as a “bulldog” at her retirement ceremony in May. I know she’s touched many lives and am honored to be her daughter!
4. My brother headed off to Seminary.
This guy can do anything he sets his mind to and I’m excited to see where his journey takes him.
5. Matt Bellassai continued to make hilarious drunk videos.
If you don’t know who this guy is click here and spend some time watching his videos. The gist: He gets drunk and says what we all feel in our hearts about Christmas, adulting, and the election in vulgar, sassy terms. You are welcome in advance for your new weekly time waster.
6. Emily Gilmore returned to the television screen.
A major plus for 2016 was the Gilmore Girls series revival! All the petitions I signed, all the late night fan fiction written, all the watching and rewinding of the show’s best moments Melody and I did in grad school resulted in a glorious revival. While some parts dragged (that musical??), some parts did not fly by me (um, that actor was NOT Tristan), and Rory Gilmore was portrayed as a whiny, wookie-loving brat, Emily Gilmore salvaged it all and remains my favorite tv character.
7. I joined a book club, quenching my thirst for literature.
8. Oh yeah, I interviewed lead singer of Rooney, better known as Michael from The Princess Diaries.
I got the chance to interview Robert Schwartzman for a B-Metro article over the phone. I only a giggled a LITTLE when asking him about his role in The Princess Diaries. Check out the article here.
So there it is. I know that was riveting. Let’s raise a large glass to 2017! I have good feelings, very good feelings. 🙂
“My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart.” — Maya Angelou