πŸ“” 2018: A Recap

🏑 Re-visited London and the UK and brought Mom along with me. We've decided to go along on regular (and sometimes out-of-the-country) trips together for the next few years. Here we are looking out at the beautiful garden of our B&B in Arnos Grove, London. Tell Jasmine that Jacob sent you.

β€ŽπŸŽ’ I still haven't received my Hogwarts letter but that hasn't stopped me and @samrawiththecamera from continuing to visit Universal Orlando. Whether we're helping Dudley Do-Right capture the Bad Guyβ„’ or trying not to vomit after visiting Gringott's, it's always great to see her again.

πŸ‘οΈ The great Group I from @mississippihoby. This is the highlight of my summer every single year. Not pictured is @whitneykni who puts up with my nonsense every single year and provides a therapy session that always occurs unknowingly across the weekend. In any case: kaiser; Sweet; Hoagie; Sushi; Tootise; Cinnamon.

πŸŒ† Got to visit Chicago after snagging a cheap flight. Had a great time watching Second City, going on a food tour, visiting their great park and zoo, and also having my return flight cancelled. Well... 3/4 of those things I enjoyed.

πŸ‘¦πŸ‘¦πŸ‘¦ Got to watch those good, good boys live. Was everything that I hoped for and more. It's like I told my friends as I arrived:

I showed up to the parking garage maybe 15 minutes before the show. And there was a line of 40 other cars waiting to get in. I've never seen that kind of line that late for a show before. And I was just thinking, Wow this is extremely on brand for us.

πŸŒƒ Another Welcome to Night Vale live show. My last live show of WtNV was in 2015 and in St. Augustine, FL. This time, I dragged @samrawiththecamera and her boo to listen to the happenings of a sleepy desert town. We visited all over Atlanta, and it only made me want to 1) visit Atlanta again, 2) watch more WtNV live shows, and (last but never not least) 3) visit Samra again. If The Dream Team could live in the same town for once, watch out world.

β€ŽπŸ‘¨β€πŸ³ Okay this is a weird one. But I made butter and am very proud of that. I bought a Southern cookbook in Atlanta (at the lovely Charis Books and More bookstore), and it included a butter recipe. So I obviously had to buy a better food processor and make some. Spoiler: it's good but not worth it.

πŸŒ‰ This year's "artistic" submission. Just an after-sunset photo of the entrance to the bridge across I-4 in Seminole County, Florida. "We go forward."

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§ A photo of my sister and brother-in-law during Thanksgiving, while he cuts the cranberry sauce into a cross (???). Why does he do this? I have no idea. Maybe my soon-to-be-born niece (!!!) will have better luck understanding him.

πŸ“” 2017: A Recap

βš“Visited Boston and walked all over the city. First time I tried to one-bag travel, first time staying in a hostel, first time tried budget travel in general. Totally worth it. (Boston Harbor)

β€ŽπŸ²Never got my Hogwarts letter, but I did make it to Hogsmead, fly with dragons, and threw back delicious butterbeer. @samrawiththecamera by my side the whole time. #TomFeltonInACowboyHat

🍿Mad food scientist @altonbrown playing guitar and singing while surrounded by popcorn. Y'know. As you do.

🌢️️Had the privilege of being a group leader for @mississippihoby again this year. Group J never looked so good.

😊A smiling rock. Honestly, could have used more smiling rocks this year, I think.

β˜€οΈThe Great American Solar Eclipse. Managed to get totality in the great city of Independence, MO. Wow. Just wow. Im already planning for 2024.

β€ŽπŸ—½Went to New York for a business trip and managed to find time to get to NYC for a few hours. Here's Milton's, a jazz bar in Harlem.

πŸ’’One of my best friends in the whole wide world married her best friend in the whole wide world. And if that's not amazing, then I don't know what else you want. @whitneykni

πŸŽ„Wrapped up the year with family and continuing our Christmas pizza tradition. Photobomb by my sister.