2017 – A List

This time last year I was impatiently waiting to hear about the results of my background check. One year later, I am employed with the seeker of that background check and live on a completely different coast.

What a world.

Each year I keep a list (just a few words; mostly of food and I rarely remember what the quotes are from) of things I happily enjoyed or experienced throughout the year.

Here was 2017:

  • WPSU Folk Show with Jim Colbert
  • “WTF is anime.”
  • “You’ll be dating a surfer dude in a year.”
  • “Pigs don’t live in holes.”
  • A REAL SWORD
  • “Leave the door open for the Maple Fox.”
  • WTNV 101
  • Montclair Art Museum with NJLA Member Services Committee
  • Secret Scumbag
  • “It was probably the best Madea movie I’ve ever seen; it was also intolerable.”
  • “…call the Piscataway Library.”
  • MBMBAM: Got dragged to hell/miracles can happen and angels do exist.
  • Welcome Bee Plant
  • Pub 199 with Louisa and Juan
  • Lego Batman (movie)
  • Library going-away party
  • LLNJ / BBWAB Instagram re-post
  • Snowtubing with Kaytlyn
  • Lancaster with Kaytlyn
  • LC climbing with the Pinhos
  • “Only tell me about large mammals and extra large reptiles.”
  • “All men are dumb.”
  • Dirty Dancing with Lauren and Gina.
  • Meeting Julia and Kaleb
  • Pinhos housewarming party + their new house
  • Jennie’s pep
  • Roosevelt Presidential Library / Hyde Park with Nancy
  • Shout-out on WPSU from Jim Colbert
  • 3755 San Remo
  • Nashville – Capitol Building
  • Bonuts and biscuits with gravy at Biscuit Love
  • Civil Rights Museum in Memphis
  • Draper James
  • IHop Day
  • Doubletree cookies
  • Fiesta parking lot mayor dog
  • Clinton Presidential Library
  • “Did you break the paper dispenser?” “…I did.”
  • Cadillac Graveyard
  • Stump Dog  / Indy in Flagstaff
  • Karla, Steve, Alex B. and Meaghan B.
  • Chaucer’s
  • The Harambe – air mattress – baby prank
  • Meaghan B.’s welcome package
  • Remove animal from hole. Fix hole.
  • Camput Point sunset
  • Tacos with Jody
  • Land Shark Night
  • Grass Mountain hike
  • Poetry with the Research Librarian
  • See’s chocolates
  • Friars in Goleta
  • Donuts and coffee at St. Raphael’s
  • Surfer on April Fool’s Day
  • “Okay, don’t act like you’ve never given yourself an aggressive pep talk in the frozen foods section before.”
  • SB toasted coconut cold brew
  • “Hidey-hole surrounded by garbage and broken dreams.” Colson Whitehead
  • Lunch with Hong
  • On the interview panels
  • Easter Mass with the McGowans
  • Moby Dick early bird steak dinner
  • Arroyo Burro / Hendry’s Beach
  • Boathouse sunset and soup
  • Katie and Conner and the Pacific Ocean
  • Kelp – the most dangerous thing in the ocean
  • Earth Day
  • Tribal Seeds in Ventura
  • Los Angeles Times Book Festival at USC
  • Jessica’s thank you note
  • North branches visit
  • Sandwich bread at Patti-Cakes
  • Founding Day – Folk Orchestra
  • Hendry’s Beach with RP
  • RP’s eastside encouragement
  • On the morning bus, Randy: “You are doing a great job at the library. So warm and happy.”
  • Seaside Story Time with Jace and Cassidy
  • Ira Flatow with RP
  • “I see you at your desk and I’m just happy.”
  • “You’ve got a bus to catch.”
  • “Where are you from?” “New Jersey.”
  • Tillie Matt
  • Goleta Pier at night
  • Octopus caught off pier
  • Tacos with RP
  • Goleta Beach
  • Devereux Beach
  • Hiking with Kaytlyn
  • McConnell’s ice cream
  • Tamales
  • I Madonnari
  • Wind Canyon hike
  • Gaviota Beach – first swim in the Pacific Ocean
  • “You’re a very pleasant person.”
  • “He’s wonderful and you’re wonderful.”
  • Nite Moves
  • TJ SB
  • Brent wearing sunglasses
  • Katie Ellen show
  • Korean BBQ with Hong and Justin
  • Islands over the marine layer
  • Summer Solstice
  • 4th of July fireworks
  • Saying hi to the Tamira owner
  • Shorts above the knee
  • Surfing at Campus Point
  • Everyone should have a nemesis
  • Yellow Belly / Jack’s / Wild Cat date night
  • Tamira and Uncle Chen’s owners
  • “Gruyere”
  • “How do you know how to say that word?”
  • Goleta Lemon Festival
  • When the time comes, kids
  • AG bros
  • Summer spent in Carpinteria
  • Jack’s bagels with lox spread
  • Cowgirl Blues (album)
  • Box of lemons
  • San Francisco Half Marathon
  • Siam Elephant
  • Sushi with LC and RP
  • Gilroy, CA
  • Greek Festival – gyro
  • MAC lipstick
  • Churros
  • Fiesta
  • Olguad
  • Jim the Volunteer
  • Palomas
  • Rodeo Night
  • Miami Beach
  • “Shrimp Heaven Now.”
  • Empire sushi roll
  • “You’re not a local until you run into someone on the street.” / Uncle Chen’s
  • Carpinteria Culinary Crawl
  • “Keep the squad goals attainable.”
  • Itsuki with the Ps
  • Boxing matches with the Ps
  • Thank god for Libby and the Way Back Machine
  • City Picnic
  • “Are you queuing?”
  • Dodgers vs. the San Francisco Giants – Dodgers win!
  • LA Dodgers birthday game
  • 9/27 – surprise ice cream with RP
  • Chumash pow wow
  • “You don’t need to show off – you already got the girl.”
  • Kaytlyn and Josh’s wedding
  • October weekend DTS with the family
  • Strawberry birthday cake
  • Faux Animal skeletons for Halloween
  • Sushi burritos
  • “Keep going weast
  • Tweezing Tim
  • Ambassador of Fun
  • United economy plus
  • “You always have fun weekends”
  • Harbor fest boat ride + seal sighting
  • JLSB rummage sale
  • Lunch with Nicole and Hong
  • Pozole for the Day of the Dead
  • Father’s last sermon on love
  • CLA Annual Conference 2017
  • Friday night out and about with Stacey et al
  • Bev’s resourceful egg bake and bread pudding
  • RP’s  Friendsgiving
  • “Dropped food on the floor, made a ruckus, passed out on the floor in front of children – if that hawk is still alive, it’s definitely getting suspended.”
  • “Cats I gotta check on the cats”
  • Thanksgiving
  • Dumpster out of 10
  • Santa Barbara holiday parade
  • Burger at Harry’s
  • Venice and eggslut sandwiches and Philippe’s and Mexican hot chocolate and La Placita Olvera
  • Home for Christmas
  • 2017 holiday lights at Livingston High and the Landmark
  • RP wrap bracelets
  • Breakfast with Jennie
  • Princeton 2023 with Kaytlyn and Lauren
  • PJ’s Pancake House
  • Barstow with LC and KGW
  • Campus Point lemonade at Goleta Pier
  • Lunch with Bob and Dan
  • #gotghosted
  • Lauren’s promotion
  • The La Raza exhibit at the Autry Museum
  • My going away disco fries at the Hibernia diner with friends and family

Have a happy 2018!

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