THE FIRST 1/3 OF MY 2017 IN PICTURES

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    New Years Day. Began bullet journal at Taco Bell that overlooks the Pacific
  2. β€’
    Pensive New Year's Day ocean selfie
  3. β€’
    First sunset of 2017
    I resurrected an old tradition of heading west to catch the first sunset of the year at the beach. It was a good choice.
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    Felt artsy and captured this shot of the Bay Bridge in my mirror on my way home
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    Got to check out my high school buddy's insane Christmas light display.
  6. β€’
    Procrastinator always. Grading and lesson planning the night before going back to school.
  7. β€’
    My "first day back after Christmas break and I don't wanna deal with these 7th graders" selfie
  8. β€’
    I have 6 year old babyniece 😳
  9. β€’
    And our love and silliness is strong.
  10. β€’
    My cousin and I went to visit grandpa in the hospital after the babyniece party. They had thought he had a stroke but he was fine and bragging about us to his nurses. Well, not me, I still don't play any instruments but I've still got time πŸ˜‰
    (Grandpa played about 17 instruments and most times I saw him he asked "you picked up an instrument yet, kid?" I don't have those skills but I take after him in the joking entertainer way)
  11. β€’
    My first week of my bullet journal.
    This line from La La Land gave me liiiiiiiiiiife. Also shoutout to @kate81 for the quote at the bottom.
  12. β€’
    It was gloriously wet winter. I had forgotten it could rain multiple days in a row. And it gave me sights like this on my drive to work.
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    Babyniece deciding she needed to give me pigtails on my kitchen floor. She's gotten good at braids!
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    She. Is. The. Cutest.
  15. β€’
    πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—
    Win! And it was birthday weekend and they're my favorite band!
  16. β€’
    Middle of California! One of my favorite things on the 99. Pine tree = NorCal. Palm tree = SoCal.
    (Actual middle is a few miles off the highway)
  17. β€’
    Got to enjoy a glorious sunset while I waited for my friend to get there
  18. β€’
    I got to run the camera for the concert
    (I did not. But I had a great spot)
  19. β€’
    Friend arrived!!
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    I suddenly felt a presence next to my face and freaked out that the camera guy was RIGHT THERE. like I said, I got a great spot.
  22. β€’
    The venue was so small. There was less than 100 people in the room. I had a front row spot. They sang all my favorite songs. I had the camera in my face as I sang along and this got on the Facebook Live livestream. It was THE BEST.
  23. β€’
    Set list
  24. β€’
    As we walked in search of food we stopped and marveled at the full moon and how we were just casually walking over a major freeway.
  25. β€’
    After finding nothing in walking distance we got in the car and ended up here
  26. β€’
    Where apparently is a car show every Friday night!
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  28. β€’
    Drove by and saw that one of my favorite stores from college was still in business! So had to stop and decided to...
  29. β€’
    #treatyoself
  30. β€’
    Drove down Superior which is aptly named because it's superior to most views
  31. β€’
    Sat and read and journaled and soaked in the sun and the view and was fully content.
  32. β€’
    Got home and was freaked out by my iPhone's creepiness. Thoughtful, but creepy.
  33. β€’
    Took myself to the movies because no one else was interested in seeing Apollo 13 on the big screen. Idiots. It was fantastic, obvi.
  34. β€’
    Got my favorite meal at my favorite restaurant with a ginormous mug of my favorite marg.
    Birthday tradition. I've been coming here for my birthday dinner for almost half of my life.
  35. β€’
    Got $50 to my other favorite restaurant because my friends know me and love me!
  36. β€’
    This is 35.
  37. β€’
    Babyniece picked out this balloon for me for a specific reason, which we promptly demonstrated.
  38. β€’
    More rain = more cool views on my drive
  39. β€’
    Mr. Turner and Shawn Hunter hugging was one of many moments that made me cry during the Girl Meets World finale.
  40. β€’
    I couldn't go to the Women's march so I chose that day to hang my @roaringsoftly piece
  41. β€’
    The best of the Biden memes. What a time to be alive.
  42. β€’
    The day I woke up at 7:47 and school starts at 8:12 and I got there a minute earlier than usual
  43. β€’
    Career Day choices. More than one kid added their own option of YouTuber (and thus inspired the book I'm now writing)
  44. β€’
    Introduced the babyniece to the library book sale and we went nuts. Her face when we found the Frozen big golden book was priceless.
  45. β€’
    My "I am finally done with long term subbing for 7th graders can I please take a nap now" selfie
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    😎
    But I really was disappointed it didn't happen at the end of La La Land.
  47. β€’
    The fog has arrived
  48. β€’
    Went to visit my friend and her family for a couple of days...
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    ...and she made me a schedule :) the best!
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    Kelp forest!
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    Jellies!
  52. β€’
    Me high fiving the jelly
    I had said on social media that I would, the Monterey Bay Aquarium had posted a live feed of the jellies and threw shade at a certain spineless leader of the free world. Boom.
  53. β€’
    The wave tunnel is THE BEST
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    My friend and her kiddo in the wave tunnel
  55. β€’
    We became best friends, obvi.
  56. β€’
    Breakfast the next day in Davenport. Highly recommend if you're ever in the area. Amazing Mexican Hot Chocolate too.
  57. β€’
    Shark Fin Cove. So cool.
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    Terrible views.
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    Just awful.
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    And Catan! A great weekend!
  62. β€’
    Finished it off at Marianne's with the best ice cream!
  63. β€’
    Drove by this reservoir that has been making me cry the last few years with how dry and empty it's been and NOW it made me cry with how full and beautiful it is.
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    And I got to enjoy sunset there.
  65. β€’
    My best friend's brother sent me this text out of nowhere and made me cry.
  66. β€’
    Best sign
  67. β€’
    Finally put up some art including some prints of my own (and some from my favorite photographer)
  68. β€’
    My life was made when @kaydbug89 drew me.
  69. β€’
    May we all live our lives where you are so into eating the cheesecake that you give zero Fs
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    Sunset ❀️
  71. β€’
    Flooding was legit on the way up to Sac
  72. β€’
    Visiting mom
  73. β€’
    Got to listen to Japanese internment camp survivors from our area with some 8th graders
    Learned a lot. And it was painful how relevant and timely it was. This was a few weeks after Trump signed that first executive order.
  74. β€’
    This instantly became one of my most liked instagram posts of the year. Because it. is. TRUE.
  75. β€’
    This was on the wall by the door of the locker room when I was subbing for PE. it is clearly wrong because ya girl is 5'4" in real life (in my head I'm at least 5'7")
  76. β€’
    We had a Galentines party for our high school girls small group.
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    This meme is my life.
  78. β€’
    Day one of Best Picture marathon
  79. β€’
    After watching Lion my crush on this guy grew exponentially.
    Also, if you still haven't watched Lion, get your act together and watch it ASAP!!
  80. β€’
    First spotting in the wild. I audibly gasped.
  81. β€’
    Best Picture marathon day 2
  82. β€’
    Entered a contest on twitter and won a Buster Posey autographed Captain America valentine.
    Two of my most favorite things.
  83. β€’
    Almond Blossoms are out!!!
  84. β€’
    Went to the mobile office hours for my congressman and he was a no-show as he has been all year. Someone brought a fill-in.
  85. β€’
    My hometown was namedropped on The Mindy Project as an Uber driver. I flipped out. Because like how/why?!?! I need to know the connection and how anyone on the writing staff knows of Turlock.
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    To be continued again because ugh no drafts.