I'm not sure how it's possible, but 2018 is here! It seems like only yesterday the world was a buzz for Y2K. Yet, kids born in 2000 will turn 18 this year. Freaky.
Earthquakes, hurricanes, fires and floods, and most recently bitter cold. It is safe to say 2017 was rough! It was tough on Las Vegas with the 1 October shooting. Losing my dad so suddenly was hard on me. I'm sure I'm not alone in wishing good riddance to 2017. Thankfully, I had just enough grit to see me through.
Even in the most shitastic years there are plenty of beautiful moments and treasured memories. I try to focus on the good, rather than dwell on the heart ache. Even if challenges outweighed my triumphs I'm extremely fortunate to have my home, my health and my core. Frank, Mike and Amy and the kids make me whole. To see them thrive and grow make all the difference in my world.
It felt like I longed for trips on the calendar. The end of the year felt like a real drought, but we snuck in a few trips. Overall, we traveled far more than I had realized, with trips to San Felipe, San Diego, Cancun (Tulum, Mahahual, Xpu-ha, Akumal, and Playa del Carmen), Hualapai Mountain, Los Cabos (La Paz, Buena Vista, Los Barriles, La Ventana, El Sargento, Todos Santos, El Pescadero and Cerritos), San Diego (Tijuana), Chicago (Johnson's Beach, IN), Palm Springs, Chicago, Louisville (Frankfort) and finally San Francisco.
After 20 years together Frank and I found something new - Hockey. Watching the Vegas Golden Knights has been a wild ride. The city was ready for a professional sport and they came when the community needed it most. We've rallied and united. The games are electric. It's been great fun.
Dining has taken back seat, we're cooking more at home. But we still visited our favorites (Cleo, Joe's and Mariscos Playa Escondido) and found some new gems like Meraki and El Tamalucas.
In 2017 we got started with home improvements by painting and adding shutters. There will be more to come in 2018.
More importantly, we'll be improving ourselves.
The past few years have really taken a toll on me. I'm hopeful 2018 will be magical. If nothing else more kind. Unlike years past, I've chosen a word to kick off the new year because I know there are big changes on the horizon. Resilience. With any luck it will serve me well, and provide encouragement and inspiration as I navigate these 365 days of 2018.
And now, the notable of 2017 (local eats were lacking this year; so they've been excluded):
Biggest Regret - Letting my dad return home in July
Do More - That feeds my soul
Life Changing - Carne Asada Tacos, Tijuana
Best Eats - San Francisco it's such a melting pot; the best of every cuisine.
Most Disappointing - Baja Fish Tacos
Most Relaxing - Farewell tour of Al Cielo, Xpu-Ha
Best Song - Good Old Days, Macklemore and Kesha.
Best Album - Divide, Ed Sheeran
Best TV Show - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amazon
Best Concert - Rebelution at Mandalay Beach
Best Movie - Slim pickings. Pretty sure I saw three and not one wowed me.
Television Movie - The Wizard of Lies, HBO.