2016 is Coming to an End, But 2017 Will Be Great!

It’s been awhile since my last post. The past few months have proven to be extremely busy without many free moments. While a lot of what has been going on has been fun and exciting, for the most part, it’s been a lot of just life getting away from me without knowing where time or the rest of the year has gone. How can it already be the end of 2016, when it feels like it has just begun?

Here is a glimpse of the past several months:

I had the opportunity to work many awesome events at the Schottenstein Center. Some of the concerts that I worked this year were Garth Brooks, Justin Bieber, Kesha, and Nick Jonas/Demi Lovato. I also was staffed for the Alternative Press Music Awards (much more my kind of music), where I got to see performances by many of the bands that I would have loved to have seen ten years ago, but never got the chance. Some of these were Papa Roach and Good Charlotte. There were also newer singer and bands that I was able to hear, such as Andy Black of Black Veil Brides. I have to say that I enjoyed his music a lot, and even got my husband to listen to him. That in itself is a miracle because it is not every day that we like the same music.

img_0725In September, I saw Korn and Breaking Benjamin at Express Live in downtown Columbus. Breaking Benjamin has, for the past thirteen years, been on the list of the top three bands I want to see live one day. The other two are Disturbed and Three Days Grace. Now, I can officially knock one off of that list. They were incredible in concert, and I wasn’t the least bit disappointed. Korn was pretty good too. Although not the greatest photos, I was able to get close enough to get some decent shots. Now, I just need to find the chance to see the other two on that list. img_0709Although still great, it’s a shame that Three Days Grace has a new lead singer because if I ever do get the chance to see them in concert, it won’t be the same as it would have been with the original.

I’ve also recently gotten a part-time job at Starbucks. I am enjoying it and am meeting a lot of great people. It’s keeping me busy for sure, but it really is a perfect second job for me considering I am there four mornings out of the week anyways.

For most of the year, I’ve also been working on editing my next book (first book Not So Bad) while at the same time working on its sequel/next up in the series of four. I am hoping that sometime in 2017, I will find it good enough to start looking into publishers. For the time being, though, it just doesn’t seem ‘quite’ right and there are a few sections that need a little TLC. It’s getting close to that point, I can feel it. And when it is there, I’ll know! It’s one of those things that I don’t want to rush, and if I put something out that I am not 100 percent happy with, I will always wonder the what-ifs had I just taken that little bit of extra time to make it how I wanted it.

We’ve also had our first ‘major’ snow (sarcasm). So far, it has been the only one that has brought anything worth mentioning. The snow accumulated a whopping 3-inches and messed up traffic everywhere. No, seriously…the snow melted as it hit the blacktop, yet people were driving like there were 10 inches with a sheet of ice underneath. Although pretty to look at, I hate having to go out in it and already can’t wait img_0013until spring and warmth. I say this every year, but living somewhere like Florida or Arizona just sounds so appealing! To the left is an image of the snow from the window at work.

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  1. Ayleen
    December 29, 2016
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    Loved your review of the year! I’m so excited for you on the concert and the adoption and your writing! And your new recipes! I know this is going to be the best year you have ever had!

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