It’s the little things that make happy moments, not the grand events. Joy comes in sips, not gulps.
As the year wraps up, I hope you’ve braced yourselves for the onslaught of “year-in-review” and “2017 bashing” videos and posts coming your way from all sides this weekend. I’ll let the big news agencies and everyone else cover the heavy stuff.
Instead, I’ve taken a much more lighthearted approach. From January to December, here’s my year, summed up in 25 Facebook statuses. I went through all my posts from the last year and picked my favorites. Never forget, 2017 was the year that Starbucks dazzled us with unicorn frappuccinos, the Harry Potter series turned 20, and poop emoji’s are still a thing, leaving sociologists and cultural analysists with plenty of material for future research.
- Facebook attempting to figure out what level of single and Protestant I am: apparently the answer is Catholic nun.
- My outfit at the moment would’ve most definitely gotten me on the show What Not to Wear.
- WHATTTTT !!!!!
YOU HAD ONE JOB.
-Everyone watching the Oscars
- Netflix recommended a 2-star movie for me, and now, I’m questioning all my life choices.
- I really want someone to do a Sesame Street parody of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” featuring all the best shapes like circle, triangle, and diamond. I bet the letter E and number 4 are willing to sponsor it.
- You can spend your whole life looking for unicorns but only end up with a Unicorn Frappuccino. —Ancient Proverb
- Pro Tip: The secret to throwing away something sentimental is to put it in a box, stick it in your closet for a few years, and then throw it away.
- Add this to trends I will never understand:
- My 3yo nephew just wished me a Happy Mother’s Day….
(Side note: I’m 23, and according to Facebook, God is calling me to be a Catholic nun.)
- My special talent is always picking the worst cart at the grocery store.
- A complete stranger at Costco just told me they loved me.
They were about 2 so it was okay.
- Yesterday proves that the journey to self-discovery begins with taking an online sorting hat quiz to figure out what Hogwarts house you’re in. #HappyBirthdayHarryPotter
- Swimming instructor: I want you to swim on your back.
Little boy: Nah, I don’t want to.
Swimming instructor: Okay, I’ll just sing then.
Little boy: WAIT! I’ll swim! I’ll swim, okay?
- This week in creepy and way too specific Facebook ads:
- I know that if I ever want to get serious about my photography, all I need to do is add 20 hashtags to my Instagram posts.
- I need to find more opportunities to use the word “brouhaha.”
- One of the most underrated first world problems of our age is watching a show that ended years ago, and now, you have no one to discuss with why all the main characters are making you upset.
- “I bought a stapler but no staples: A modern tragedy in 3 acts”
By the makers of “I didn’t read the small print and other regrets”
- On my first day teaching, I was so nervous, I spoke in a British accent. I pulled a Ross.
Kidding. But that would’ve been cool. That show has so many levels (especially now that I’m entering my mid-twenties).
- My worst nightmare is becoming a viral meme for something awful.
That’s perhaps a slight exaggeration.
- Uber driver: Wow, lots of naked people out today. Maybe there’s a parade.
Me: Yeaaaaah please don’t take me to it.
- I think it’s happened. Academia finally did it; I’ve become a “data are” person 😮😧
- I carry an umbrella in my backpack everywhere so that it doesn’t rain.
- Me: *Makes mistake in English* Sorry, English isn’t my first language.
Also me: *Makes mistake in Spanish* Sorry, Spanish isn’t my dominant language.
- “Tía Evie, when are you coming home? I miss you!”
Oof, my heart.
It’s a good thing my 4-yr-old nephew didn’t know he could’ve asked for almost anything for Christmas after that comment, and I probably would’ve bought it for him.
And there you have it—a brief collection of random thoughts and small moments that made me smile throughout the year. Nothing groundbreaking, nothing crazy, and some of it may not have made sense out of context. Even so, it’s always a blessing to find the beauty and humor in the ordinary. I hope you enjoyed this recap.
To all my lovely readers, I wish you a very Happy New Year. Here’s to many small moments of perfect happiness in 2018!
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