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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Best of 2017

To wrap up 2017, here are a few “bests” from my year...

Eight Best Books (of the 52 I read): Cordelia’s Honor (Lois McMaster Bujold); The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (Naomi Klein); Lords and Ladies (Terry Pratchett); History of Wolves (Emily Fridlund); A People’s History of the United States (Howard Zinn); Etta and Otto and Russell and James (Emma Hooper); The Shepherd’s Crown (Terry Pratchett); and Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen (Lois McMaster Bujold).


Best New Experience: Going to protests – I went to 14 different protests, rallies, and vigils this year, in addition to other activism events and meetings!


Two Best Adventures: My roadtrips with Zach to Maine – to explore Acadia National Park – and Missouri – for the solar eclipse!


Best Harvest: Cucumbers – I harvested 95 cucumbers from my garden this year!


Best Timing: The Vegan Month of Food – Vegan MoFo taking place in October coincided with the absolute worst part of this year for me (Buttons’ cancer, her declining health, and her passing), and yet it helped me keep it together in spite of all of that was going on. I could hang out with Buttons while she rested, reading about all the great food everyone was enjoying around the world; in those moments, I was experiencing the lives of other people instead of dwelling on all the worries and anxieties I had for my dear Buttons girl. Additionally, if I hadn’t committed to posting every day and trying new foods and fun recipes, I know I wouldn’t have eaten well in October; Vegan MoFo kept me cooking, and I sketched my food every day as part of Inktober as well. The Vegan MoFo community was so incredibly supportive during this difficult time; all the comments and love and understanding definitely got me through it. Thank you so much, everyone! <3


What are some “bests” from your 2017, and what are you looking forward to in 2018? I’m excited to read more good books, cook and eat more good food, grow my garden, cuddle with my kitties, make more art, and have some fun adventures! 


Thanks for reading and commenting this year, and I’ll see you again soon!


Peace. :)

8 comments:

  1. 2017 was not a good year for me, with Sahara. Much like you, I relied a lot on my online community to help keep me going through so much of it. My friend Molly visiting was definitely the best part of the year. I don't really have a lot of plans or hopes for 2018. I want to spend a lot of time with Dim Sim, I'm not planning any more trips away because I don't want to leave her. I am mostly hoping for a better year than last year!

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    1. I definitely enjoyed reading about your adventures when Molly visited! Yes, here's to 2018 being a better year than last year! :)

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  2. 95 cucumbers is a feast and a half - did you eat them all?!

    I'm so glad VeganMoFo was able to help even a little bit with coping with poor Buttons. I've found the vegan community to be so helpful and VeganMoFo is the highlight of my year because of how lovely everyone is!

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    1. Thank you, Emma, and that's great that VeganMoFo was such a nice part of your year, too!

      I ate a lot of the cucumbers, pickled a bunch, and gave away the rest! :)

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  3. I love this post! I think it is easy to focus on bad things that happen over the year rather than all of the wonderful things that happen. Although it has been a difficult journey, I'm really proud of how far I've come on my journey dealing with my mental health and I look forward to continuing it and seeing even more improvements :)

    Happy New Year! I'm excited to see what you share in 2018!

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    1. Thank you, Sarah, and Happy New Year to you as well! That's a great accomplishment; I'm wishing you the best of luck as you continue your journey in the new year! :)

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  4. Awesome that you went to Acadia National Park. It holds a special place in my heart. Stinks that you couldn't go when they had an all vegan restaurant. It was really yummy and they had locally made tofu!

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    1. The all-vegan restaurant sounds like it was a really nice place, especially the tofu, how neat! That's great that you got to experience it while it was still there! :)

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