March 1, 2018

2017 in Review

I think that I needed to post the whole "we're having a baby" thing before I could properly post a year-in-review post from 2017. It was like the final pin in the year and now I can close the book on 2017.

2017 was a weird year. It was almost, like, the worst, but I really can't hate it. It was just a huge lesson in how we don't KNOW what's coming next, even if we assume we do.

So, I'm doing my review of 2017 quite late, but I figured I'd go with this theme that Rachel used because it's more compelling that just a list of things.

Things that were new to me in 2017, in chronological order.

1. Interviewed for 4 jobs in 6 weeks and I got none of them.

2. Went through a cycle of IVF that didn't work and the doctors couldn't tell us why.

3. Boarded the dogs at a kennel. Jett, who was vaccinated, got kennel cough.

4. Drove through Utah, Nevada, Arizona, California, and New Mexico. The only state I'd been to previously, of those, was California.

5. Spent a week in San Diego.

6. Bought a house in Wyoming.

7. Decided that my teaching career can be halted for awhile and that's okay. I actually decided this months before I posted it on here. Had to be sure.

8. Flew out of Denver to go to Pennsylvania. In the 4 years we've been here, I've never flown out of Denver.

9.  Got a positive pregnancy test.

10. Drove from Colorado to Pennsylvania and back again.

What new thing, good or bad, did you do in 2017? Have you already done something new to you in 2018?

What's New With You


  1. I became a kayaker in 2017. I had never set foot in a kayak before, a canoe yes, but not a kayak. :)

    What you said is true, about how sometimes the bad years are the years that teach us something or that reinforce the fact that we never know what the future holds. Some of my worst years were followed by some of my best. Life is funny that way.

  2. omg i am so behind! thank you for linking to that post so i could go comment on it. congrats again! so happy for you guys :)
    i like your way of recapping 2017. off the top of my head i can't think of anything new i did or anything like that, but 2017 wasn't a fantastic year for us, mostly me. i keep hoping that means 2018 will be super awesome, but so far, no dice lol.

  3. Ahh - the pregnancy one made me smile.
    Oh geez - we were just talking about putting the dogs in a kennel to go on vacation & it terrifies me - this confirms it - I just can't. I know my dogs will get something & the dog flu is going around so bad here & killing dogs. NOPE

  4. I love to examine things I haven't done previously. Good to keep track even of the little stuff.

  5. What a year! 2018 is going to be an amazing year for you guys that's for sure!

  6. I vividly remember putting our beloved family dog in a kennel while we went on holiday once. I think it was for less than 2 weeks, but when we got back she had worn a sore patch on the top of her nose from sticking it through the mesh of the kennel doors so much :( :( :( (I think she also had kennel cough)

    Congrats again on the pregnancy! What a rollercoaster, after no luck with IVF and stumped doctors. Funny old world.

    I'd say my new thing for 2017 would proooobably have to be living in Australia.

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