A year in review

What a year it has been!

I think I’ll recap some of the highlights:

I turned 21 and had my first alcoholic beverage (a Bud Light. Gross. Happy to say that Abe has taught me to appreciate good beer, and I will never again darken the doorways of my tongue with a Bud Light)

Celebrated with these cool folks

My boyfriend of three years broke up with me on facebook (which didn’t seem like a highlight at the time, but looking back, all I can think is Hallelujah, Chunky Peanut Butter!)

I discovered that I could, in fact, survive without him.

I sang my favorite symphony, Beethoven’s Ninth, with the BGSU University Chorus and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.

I “came out” as a feminist.

Some guy named Abraham asked to take me out to coffee, and I said yes, because, you can’t say no to a guy named Abraham when your name is Sarah, right?

Abe and I had our first date. We watched Shaun of the Dead.

I taught Abe how to kiss.

Abe taught me how to cook.

I visited fabulous friends at Grace College.

I chose to love someone.

I went to counseling.

I quit my job the way I’ve always dreamed of quitting it–by saying, “You can’t fire me! I quit!” and stomping out.

I road tripped to Nashville.

I got a tattoo

I started blogging on a regular basis.

I went to the midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2.

I met (and side-hugged) Jon Acuff

I went to Warped Tour (which I’ve wanted to go to since my angsty teen years), and I met (some of) Relient K…

…And the insanity that is Foxy Shazam.

I went crowd surfing (and was dropped in a mosh pit)

I went to Harry Potter World in Florida (and, yes, I tried Bertie Botts Every Flavor Bean and Butter Beer)

I signed my first lease and paid my first electric bill and lived in a HOUSE!

I made my favorite blogger, Rachel Held Evan’s “Sunday Superlatives” list (three times!)

I joined BGSU’s campus feminist group

I saw Jonathan Coulton (of “that one song at the end of Portal” fame) in concert.

And, I saw one of my favorite bands of all time, They Might Be Giants, in concert. 

My BEST FRIEND SINCE WE WERE BABIES got married, and I was the maid of honor!

For the first time, I submitted an article to a magazine and I submitted essays to books.

I made 32 cents off of something that I wrote!

I lost my faith.

I found it again.

I made my struggles with depression public.

And I went to a doctor with those struggles.

I started taking Zoloft, and discovered what it was like to be happy again!

I found a unicorn.

I sat in the “splatter zone” at Evil Dead: The Musical.

I hosted a Thanksgiving dinner (of turkey burgers)

I participated in a protest.

I participated in No-Shave November

I played the new Zelda game!

I changed my major to Women’s Studies

I asked an awesome man if he would marry me.

He said yes.

He asked me to marry him.

I said yes.

We started planning our Zelda-themed wedding that will take place at an as of yet unknown time in the future

We turned my bedroom into a blanket fort to celebrate

I was an extra in a Foxy Shazam music video.

I learned that two of my favorite dead bands, The Beach Boys (with Brian Wilson), and Five Iron Frenzy, are both getting back together to tour and record new music.

I learned to play the organ and the harpsichord.

I survived the hardest (but most wonderful) year of my life.

And (one of my favorites), I got to know some of you awesome folks! Thanks for making my first year in the “blogosphere” so pleasant, and thanks for being good friends! You’re always encouraging, inspiring, and challenging me! Y’all are the best.

What were some of the highlights of your year? What awesome shenanigans do you have planned for 2012?

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  • Wait, did I miss the wedding proposal post? Or was this it?

    Either way, congratulations to you and Abe! And hooray for Zelda-themed weddings! I’m pretty sure my oldest will have a hard time deciding between Zelda & Doctor Who when she gets married. Which makes me profoundly happy.

    Looking forward to seeing what 2012 has to in store for you!

    • This was it! I had a few ideas, from Zelda, to Scott Pilgrim, to Zombies. But Zelda eventually won out! We thought of Lord of the Rings, but my sister has her heart set on that.

  • Congratulations on your engagement! And it sounds like you had a great year, struggles and all. Those things are tough, but you are pushing through them and growing, and that’s what’s important. Thanks for sharing it all with your readers. 🙂

    To answer your question, I’m doing my own Finish Year, inspired by Jon Acuff, and blogging about it. Hopefully I stick to both (Finish Year and blogging)!

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    oops, sorry for the double post

  • The part with the engagement and the picture and the awesome earrings made me smile very big. Congratulations to you two. 😀

    I hope next year is amazing. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this blog. I’m so glad I’ve had the opportunity to read them. 🙂

    • hah! I plucked ornaments off the Christmas tree and stuck them in my ears for that picture!

  • Best review post EVER.

    And congratulations!