Ok inspired by the NPR pop culture blog, every day until Christmas I'm going to post one thing that made me happy this year. Shout out to the new Li.st update @bjnovak for making this cool. 2016 sucked but some things were nice.
  1. 1.
    Not only was this movie insanely cute, but I got to go see it with my little brother when he was on Spring Break. And he might be 19, but there's something that's just right about seeing Disney movies with your little brother.
  2. 2.
    A Soft Place to Land from the Waitress Musical
    I didn't love this musical the way I wanted to, but this song is amazingly gorgeous (the music for this show in general is great). Here's a live version: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=q9pFS1zRxmI
  3. 3.
    The Cubs won the World Series
    In my whole life, I've never felt that happy for a team that was not my team. Pure joy.
  4. 4.
    The Heavyweight podcast
    Prepare to weep openly in public about your regrets and the possibility of future happiness
  5. 5.
    Good as Hell by Lizzo
    If you're having a bad day and want to feel like you're the best, hottest person in the world, listen to this song https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SmbmeOgWsqE
  6. 6.
    The comedian Josh Gondelman's bit on Wedding Toasts
    And as a bonus, here's a video where someone animated it: https://vimeo.com/159262835
  7. 7.
    Chance the Rapper
    Obviously Chance was a thing before, but I really only got into his music this year. Coloring Book is sooooo good. And his Dear Theodosia on the Hamilton Mixtape kills me.
  8. 8.
    Shrill by Lindy West
    I've loved Lindy West for so long and her writing has been really important to me as a fat woman. Her book, Shrill, is so good. ALSO when I went to a taping of the 2 Dope Queens podcast she was a special guest and I shrieked so loud Phoebe Robinson laughed at me. No regrets.
  9. 9.
    I saw this movie last Friday and I loved it so much.
  10. 10.
    Pillowtalk by Zayn
    This is a good song
  11. 11.
    Who? Weekly
    Biweekly podcast about all the "famous" people that make you ask "wait, who?"
  12. 12.
    The Zardulu episode of Reply All
    I love this podcast but this was the first episode I really really loved. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/reply-all/id941907967?mt=2&i=363624279
  13. 13.
    All Night by Beyoncé
    Lemonade is amazing and I got to go to the Formation world tour which was awesome. But this is probably my favorite Bey song ever.
  14. 14.
    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
    Technically this premiered in 2015 by I didn't start watching it until this year. Now on Netflix! It's so funny and smart and catchy and good.
  15. 15.
    I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore by Lucy Dacus
    Story of my life great song https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=88hQgxgqdo4
  16. 16.
    Bridget Jones' Baby
    Was this kind of dumb? Surely. Did I love it? Yes.
  17. 17.
    La La Land
    I saw this last night. It was amazing.
  18. 18.
    Did y'all sleep on this show? It's so funny and good and thoughtful and the clothes are so good and the music
  19. 19.
    The Vision Vol. 1
    The best comic book I read all year. Creepy, grounded, thought-provoking. Damn.
  20. 20.
    That Brienne and Jaime scene in the tent
    I only watch Game of Thrones still because I want Jaime and Brienne to be together and this scene (including Bron's guess that they were banging) gave me everything but a kiss
  21. 21.
    Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee
    It's long but it's wonderful
  22. 22.
    2 Dope Queens
    The world is a better place with Phoebe and Jessica in it. Also like I said I saw them live and it was awesome.
  23. 23.
    Steven Universe
    I should make a list about how good this show is. It's funny and thoughtful and heart breaking and the songs are jams and I cannot endorse it enough.
  24. 24.
    The Crown
    This show is good. God Save The Queen. (And I did! It's Christmas Eve! Thanks for reading this list. Love u guys)