• Bye-Bye, 2016

      posted in Life In General by Kay on December 31, 2016

      I cannot believe today is already the last day of 2016. Though honestly, I’m not too sad to say goodbye to this year. It had many good things of course, but both in my personal life and especially on a global level, 2016 really wasn’t a stellar year.

      Despite this rocky year, I’m thrilled with how fantastic the last week of 2016 has been. My kiddo was on school vacation (her first big one) and I did NOTHING this entire week except playtime. I mean, yes, I kept up with house chores, but I did no work. No art. No blogging. I was mostly absent from the internet. I put off all my errands that weren’t essential. It was amazing. Just being with her, every day, fully present, soaking in the play time. I needed that. I’ve loved the days where I get to make art all day while she’s at school, but having her home again all day reminds me of how much I cherish that time.

      Anywho, with my sappy parenting rant out of the way, let’s get on with bidding adieu to 2016! Dee from Princess Deia came up with some great geeky 2016 wrap-up questions, so let’s get reflecting!

      Highlight: What one great thing happened to you this year.

      The greatest thing that happened to me this year is that I took the opportunity to work on making art my career. I still have OODLES to learn about navigating freelance life, and it’s often scary and uncertain, but I am so thankful I even have the opportunity to give this a try.

      Surprise: Be it TV show, film, game etc. that impressed you the most.

      I have to pick The Raven Cycle series for this one. I’d heard a lot of hype about these books, and I was really unimpressed with the prologue when I started the first book. Luckily, I kept reading because this series is amazing. In the realm of TV: Sense 8 and Stranger Things – both unexpected and fantastic.

      New Fandom: Did you gain a new obsession in 2016?

      Not this year! My love for Pokemon was reignited thanks to Pokemon GO, and it’s been amazing to introduce something from my childhood to my own kiddo, but I don’t think I discovered anything new this year that I became completely hooked on.

      The Comeback Kid: Was one of your fandoms rebooted, re-released, or re-imagined this year?

      Well, we did get a lot of new Harry Potter world additions this year. I really loved the story of the Cursed Child (check out my full review here!) and I’ve heard nothing but good things about Fantastic Beasts! I’m excited to see it (eventually).

      Still Going Strong: Did one TV show have an amazing season? Or did a book series have a truly impressive addition this year?

      Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo did not disappoint. I loved Six of Crows, and was thrilled to find it’s sequel even better.

      Biggest Disappointment of the Year?

      He Who Must Not Be Named, aka the USA’s President-Elect. I have never been more ashamed of my country’s people than I was on November 9th.

      Event of the Year: (Be it a convention, viewing party, geek girl brunch etc.)

      This one isn’t geeky, but in June I took my first ever friend-cation, aka a trip with my friends without our kids coming along. It was an absolutely amazing trip that I so needed. I love being a mom, but having adult time is so important too.

      What are you looking forward to next year?

      SO. MANY. THINGS. In fact, I have a whole post going up on Monday all about them, so you’ll have to check that out for the details!

      Quick Fire Round
      TV Show of the Year: Tie between Sense 8 and Stranger Things
      Movie of the Year: Deadpool
      Game of the Year: Tie between Firewatch and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
      Book of the Year: The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater
      Album of the Year: Oh geez. I never buy full albums anymore. So I’ll go with discovering Electro Swing as a musical genre. I’m in love with it.

      That’s a wrap for 2016! I’m looking forward to New Year’s Eve tonight. For the first time, we are going to see if our kiddo can stay up until midnight and ring in the new year. We have no plans, just the three of us snuggling with video games and movies tonight, waiting to toast in 2017 with sparkling cider. Just perfect. I hope you all have a happy and safe New Year’s Eve, and I’ll see you all in 2017!