Roche Harbor on San Juan Island, Washington. - the living emoji

2016 in review

So 2017 is almost over, but I’ve been reallll deep in my external hard drives, finally backing up all of my photos onto Google Photos, which means a real fun trip down memory lane of 2016.

This was accompanied by many exits into backroads and secret alleyways into high school, middle school, and even some grade school photos. Those we can save for another post. Or never. (Or maybe upon request, if you ask nicely enough.)

2016 was a wild, confusing, and exciting year for a surplus of reasons. I was all over the place — literally and metaphorically — and experienced a pretty solid range of emotions.

Manhattan skyline at sunset. Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

I held five different jobs: I started the year unemployed. I got back onto the sports broadcasting track, commuting up to Connecticut to call high school basketball games various days of the week. I picked up a waitressing job in downtown Manhattan to help make ends meet. The free burgers were a huge bonus. And also delicious.

I also walked dogs for Wag! People literally pay you to spend time with their fluffer nugget. Done aaaand done.

I joined back up with the NBC Sports team in June to work in production for the Rio 2016 Olympics, eventually heading down to Brazil for three weeks. Two weeks after that, in the first week of September, I moved to LA to start working for Nike.

Woof.

Here’s a look back at 2016 and everything that came with it.

J A N U A R Y

The Metropolitan Museum at night. the living emoji

Upper West Side in Manhattan. - the living emoji

trips to the Met to avoid the biting New York winter

Old Town in Montreal, Canada. - the living emoji

Winter in Montreal, with one of their beautiful murals. - the living emoji

an MLK day weekend spent visiting friends in Montreal, Canada

Seaport District in Manhattan - the living emoji

starting work in South Street Seaport

F E B R U A R Y

The Statue of Liberty, seen from the ferry. - the living emoji

B and I at the Statue of Liberty. - the living emoji

The Statue of Liberty, from a new angle. - the living emoji

The main receiving room at Ellis Island. - the living emoji

Columbia apples in the museum of the Statue of Liberty! - the living emoji

New York City at night, seen from the Empire State Building. - the living emoji

Photos taken at Empire State building! - the living emoji

a full weekend of activities planned by B to both celebrate and finish my 101 things in 1001 days list, including visiting the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and a show on Broadway (read about it here!)

M A R C H

Hanging out in the cherry blossoms on the lawn in Washington, DC. - the living emoji

The Gettysburg Address at the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, DC. - the living emoji

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. - the living emoji

The Jefferson Memorial at dusk. - the living emoji

a trip to Washington, DC, with best friends to see the legendary cherry blossoms in the spring (VIDEO)

A P R I L

April in Battery Park City, Manhattan. - the living emoji

April in Battery Park City, Manhattan. - the living emoji

Tent wedding in Connecticut. - the living emoji

discovering new alcoves within NYC and a wedding in Connecticut

M A Y

The ferry from Anacortes to the San Juan Islands. - the living emoji

The ferry from Anacortes to the San Juan Islands. - the living emoji

Roche Harbor on San Juan Island, Washington. - the living emoji

a trip back to the San Juan Islands for Easter with the family

J U N E

Beyonce on her Lemonade Tour, at Citi Field, New York. - the living emoji

Beyonce on her Lemonade Tour, at Citi Field, New York. - the living emoji

Kayaking on Pier 26 in Tribeca, Manhattan. - the living emoji

Views of the arch in St Louis from the Four Seasons. - the living emoji

Behind-the-scenes with Gabby Douglas for an NBC Sports shoot for the Olympics. - the living emoji

seeing Beyonce in concert at Citi Field, celebrating B’s birthday with kayaking on the Hudson, and starting production work with the USA gymnastics team (Gabby Douglas!!) in St. Louis

J U L Y

Wildflowers by Mormon Row in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. - the living emoji

Checking out the Grand Tetons National Park. - the living emoji

Chinatown, New York in the summer. - the living emoji

Grabbing drinks and pasta in Little Italy, New York. - the living emoji

visiting S in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and exploring Chinatown and Little Italy with DK

A U G U S T

Flying into Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. - the living emoji

Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. - the living emoji

At the Olympic Rings in the Olympic Village at the 2016 Rio Olympics. - the living emoji

going to Brazil for the Rio 2016 Rio Olympics

S E P T E M B E R

A parking lot in Santa Monica, Los Angeles. - the living emoji

Wedding on the rooftop of the Seattle Modern Art Museum. - the living emoji

Pikes Place Market in Seattle, Washington. - the living emoji

Los Angeles Rams vs the Seattle Seahawks in the LA Coliseum. - the living emoji

Dodger Stadium. - the living emoji

moving to LA, going up to Seattle for a wedding, seeing the newly re-located Los Angeles Rams take on my Seattle Seahawks at the Coliseum, and going to my first Dodgers game

O C T O B E R

Me and a puppy. - the living emoji

Echo Park, LA, in style. - the living emoji

slowing down a little bit and exploring the neighborhoods of LA

N O V E M B E R

A night out at the Moonlight Roller Disco. - the living emoji

A Thanksgiving hike at Del Valle Regional Park. - the living emoji

roller blading at Moonlight Roller Disco and spending Thanksgiving in Northern California

D E C E M B E R

Seattle Seahawks Color Rush game - the living emoji

New Year's Eve - the living emoji

ended 2016 with the Seahawks Color Rush game in Seattle and a college best friend’s wedding

 

And now, 2017 will be coming to a close in just three months. In the meantime, look out for a new 101 things in 1001 days list, more posts about Cuba and maybe even a resurrection of weekend digestions.

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