This has been an extremely eventful year for me and since I think a lot of people are going to be focusing on political or celebrity things in their year recaps, I wanted to share my personal year with you and at the end I have some interesting news to share. So, grab some coffee and get ready ’cause this is gonna be a long one.
March: The Big Move
I grew up in a small town in Iowa and always wanted to move away so when the lease was up at our apartment back home my husband and I quickly decided to move away. I love my family and can’t be too far from them which meant Minneapolis was the obvious choice. We are a 3 hour drive from family and get to see them every couple of months but we are now in one of the largest cities in the Midwest. Since we are in a large city now, we have more access to tours, stores and activities that are not as available in our hometown. One of the most exciting things we got to do when we first moved was going to the Minneapolis Institute of Art to see the Guillermo Del Toro exhibit and we were the first city to get the collection.
April: The Wedding
We were pretty careless in our move though because we moved away from home a month before our wedding and had to drive back every weekend to finish up planning. We got married on April first, I know, I know its April Fools Day. We really wanted the ceremony and reception to both be at our local art gallery and that was the only Saturday available for the spring. Now we have no excuse for forgetting our anniversary. You would probably expect the colors and theme to be black and gothic but we went for spring vintage with mint and rose gold, which was all themed around my dress because I had it picked out before we had even gotten engaged.
June: Hannibal the Hedgehog
For my birthday I was surprised with a hedgehog that I named Hannibal after my favorite movie character of all time, Hannibal Lecter. Having a nocturnal pet is probably the best thing for me being someone who works all day and he brings so much life to our otherwise empty household. I highly recommend hedgehogs as pets but they do require quite a bit of work and might not be the best pet for children as they do have quills that can hurt and bite if your hands smell like food.
July: Warped Tour
I have been going to Warped Tour every year since 2012 and am so devastated that 2018 will be the last year, everyone has been saying punk is dead for a while but the end of Warped really marks the death of punk culture for me. Punks built the tour in the 90s and they moved away from that for a while but this year they brought back some amazing bands from the beginning. I was so excited to have met Anti-Flag and hear my favorite of their songs live (Broken Bones is my all time favorite). I also met GWAR which was amazing especially to see their costumes up close and the work that goes into them.
August: Curvy Alt-Girl is Born
August was the month that I got to see Ozzy Osbourne live, even after all these years he is still an amazing performer and seems genuinely happy and grateful to be on stage. I also started this blog that month with my first OOTW post. I am amazed at how successful it already is after only four months and look forward to seeing how much it grows in 2018.
October: Vegas Trip
I have already talked about our trip to Las Vegas here but wanted to include it in this list because it was the biggest trip my husband and I have gone on together and the first time he had been on a plane. It was so weird to be in a place that has been featured in tons of movies and has such a huge reputation.
Now, it is time for my announcement. I got my first affiliate opportunity for Curvy Alt-Girl with Target! I know that most bloggers have connections with brands but I am so excited to be partnered with such a large company and one that has their corporate offices just a few blocks from my apartment. This does not change my content or opinions, the only thing that will change is that in my posts that feature Target products I will include a special offer or discount for you guys. It may appear as a link the way that I normally do in text form or as a traditional ad banner.
Well, that was my year. I am very grateful for every opportunity and experience I had this year and look forward to what 2018 has in store for me.
Thank you so much for reading!
See you next year