2017 Social Media Highlights

I like this post series I do every year! Here are my favorite bits of my social media from last year, as well as some of my favorite media in general from movies to music and more. It was a good year for me!

FAVORITE MOVIE

I’m having a terrible time picking my favorite movie from last year, as I loved quite a few about the same for different reasons. Currently stuck between Baby Driver and Thor: Ragnorak so we’ll go with those. Baby Driver is freaking iconic; it has some of the best sound editings you will EVER see in a film. The soundtrack is LIT. The character Baby is very lovable, and the other characters are colorfully quirky and fun! Plus, very little CGI was used in all the action sequences, which is just awesome. Edger Wright is a freaking KING as a director and always fresh; his three Cornetto films are all in my top fifty films of all time and Baby Driver joins them.

And then there’s Thor: Ragnorak. Best Thor film yet, and somehow managed to be stronger than Spider-Man: Homecoming. Dead hysterical: the humor is just spot on 90 percent of the time. Hulk nearly steals the show, which is pretty hard to do because Chris Hemsworth as Thor is PRETTY DARN GREAT IN THIS FILM. Loki is forever a favorite of mine. And soooo many ICONIC lines I could mention from this film, but my favorite being, “Piss off, ghost!” XD Marvel put out three films in 2017 and they each were better than the last. I thought for sure Spider-Man: Homecoming would be my favorite of the year, but Thor just had to be spectacular.

Runner Ups: Spider-Man Homecoming, Logan, Dunkirk, Kong: Skull Island, War for the Planet of the Apes, The Lego Bat-Man Movie.

FAVORITE MUSIC

Probably the only album that I will clearly remember from 2017 is TAYLOR SWIFT’S REPUTATION ALBUM OH MY GOSH I ABSOLUTELY LOVE HER NEW LOOK AND SOUND. LIKE I’M NOT EVEN SORRY THAT I’M NOTHING BUT A MAD FANGIRL THESE DAYS, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS ALBUM AND TAYLOR HAS ALL MY SUPPORT IN THE WORLD. 😀 😀 😀 ❤ ❤ ❤

Anywho. XD

My new favorite tradition lately is to create a soundtrack of my year once its all over! It was so hard to boil these 35 songs below into that playlist. But there it is. The music that played during my 2017. Some of them aren’t even my absolute favorites–but they hold MEMORIES, so they belong. (You can go to the playlist on my music blog to see my memories for each.)

Some of them take me right back to Dairy Queen, with Matt and Trent and Ashlyn, arguing over what stations to play on that static little radio. Others are songs I discovered and listened on repeat madly throughout the year, either from TV shows and movies or randomly stumbling over them online. Others like Strip That Down and Bad at Love I bellowed with Ashlyn at 1 AM in the morning coming home from Walmart with the windows rolled down. So many memories. (If you’re sensitive at all to the language, not all the music in this playlist is clean, so explore are your own risk. :P)

FAVORITE ANIME

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My favorite anime from this year is easily Land of the Lustrous. At the beginning, you’re not sure what the expect–but wow does it deliver. Its been ages since I’ve seen a character go through such a sobering, maturing arc like Phos does. Consequences are real in this anime. Plus the animation is freaking GORGEOUS–like, you can’t tear your eyes away, kind of gorgeous. The world is so unique and slowly explored in an utterly satisfying way. All the characters are lovable or intriguing and feel real. I’m PRAYING we get a second season because dang, I need more. I need more. I need more. Anime of the year, hands down, end of story, wow. Watch it on Amazon Prime haha!

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Runners Up: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, March Comes in Like a Lion, Welcome to the Ballroom, KonoSuba S2, Made In Abyss, Scum’s Wish.

FAVORITES FROM MY SOCIAL MEDIA:

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PINTEREST

I’ve also enjoyed adding gorgeous artwork to this board. I just absolutely adore all the imagery in it. You could call it my whacky zen board. XD

I’ve had my funnies board for ages but now with the Sections optioned I went through and sorted them all and I LOVE my selection. XD You’ve got the classic 2012 stick people memes, historical art funnies, anything fandom related, and my new favorite, relatable retail-fast food employee memes. Love it. XD

FINAL THOUGHTS

I wasn’t quite as active on my some of my social media sights this year, but that’s ok. I worked a lot haha. But I’m thankful for what I have used to save little “screenshots” of my life! Can’t wait to see what I will look back on for 2018! (If you missed seeing my favorite Instagram pictures, those are featured in my post here recapturing my last year and all the work I did lol!)

~Jamie

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My Favorites from 2016

I did this last year and I really wanna do it for last year too, even though it’s already mid-Feb. XD What were your favorites this year? These are mine!

Favorite Movie

My favorite movie from the whole year was Captain America: Civil War. It’s probably been the biggest payoff movie to a film franchise that I’ve followed or watched in my life. All those superheroes all coming together like that, for one of biggest most enjoyable fight scenes ever…plus all the emotional punches and clashes…it was perfect. As a Marvel fan who’s invested money and time to follow this series, I felt very much rewarded!

Runners Up: Deadpool, Passengers, Finding Dory, Arrival, Doctor Strange, Zootopia.

Favorite Music

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Susumu Hirasawa, Sia, Lindsey Stirling, Odesza just scratch the surface of all the music that became my new favorite this year; I introduced myself to Madonna too, and select pop songs throughout the year.

In the playlist below, I compiled 30 songs that I keenly remember listening to this past year,or that remind me of something that was going on when I discovered it. There’s a strong memory imprinted on each of them. You can read about them on the playlist on YouTube if you’d like. Feel free to scroll through it and help yourself to maybe some new music (there’s soundtracks and all sorts of songs sprinkled in there!)

Favorite Anime

I began watching JoJo way back at the beginning of the year. I watched three full seasons by April to watch the new season weekly with James (it was one of his favorite stories and I said as a Christmas present I would catch up and watch with him.) Wow, was it worth it. I watched this show weekly from April alllllll the way to December and it was flipping awesome. Brilliant genre twists, creativity out of this world, with truly lovable, quirky characters who sneaked into my heart: it was anime of the year for me and James for sure!

Runners Up: Mob Psycho 100, KonoSuba, Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinju, The Diasterous Life of Saiki K., Flip Flappers, Sweetness and Lightning, Orange, ReLife.

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INSTAGRAM

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These are some of my favorite Instagram posts; they capture some big moments, as well as some small ones that I’d nearly forgotten!

PINTEREST

I love my “Me” Pinterest board; I’ve been art, quotes, and images that I feel truly capture an esences of who I am. It’s been wonderful for self-exploration and identifying with my core personality and how I process or think of things! ❤

I made this to collect all the reasons why distance doesn’t matter when it comes to love. ❤

This is of a story I want to write one day; scraps of the plot are scrapping together, and I have magazine clippings from ages ago that have the same vibe for the same story. I decided to make a board for it. ❤

Final Thoughts

This year I did so much! I’ll be recapping some of the things I accomplished in an upcoming post soon in that regard. But looking back over this post, I already really appreciate all the little memories social media saved for me. Plus, I discovered some of the best music ever this past year, and CIVIL WAR WAS JUST AMAZING. xD So, what were your favorite things this year?

~Jamie

Where Blogging Brought Me

This was written last week, but its long overdue to be documented on my blog because it’s thanks to blogging that I got to find my very best friend and confident.


Right now, I’m blogging with my very best friend, at the same time! Some of you will recognize him as James from J and J Productions. We’re elbow to elbow at the moment on the couch, both typing up our posts and looking at each other’s screens. XD We’ve been blogging friends for years and even closer best friends for over two and half years, but this is the first time where we’ve actually gotten to simultaneously write blog posts together in the same room in real time, and it’s quite fun. XD

What I’ve decided to blog about is just about us and how we ended up here, because what else should I be writing about? 😉

Once upon a time, five years and seven months ago, 16-year-old me watched a movie called A New Hope and I fell in love with Star Wars. Earlier that same day, I’d literally started this blog. And after watching A New Hope, I wanted blog friends who liked Star Wars too. In that quest, I stumbled over a young blog like mine, run by a boy my age named James, and he loved movies enough to attempt reviewing them. I commented, then he commented back; we followed each other’s blogs. We both loved Star Wars. Tonight, we’re going to watch A New Hope together for the first time, and the last half a decade of our lives will come full circle for me.

Blogging and Star Wars brought us together, but Marvel made us real friends. About four years ago, I saw Captain America: The First Avenger in theaters–it was my first superhero movie–and James wrote to me saying, “hey, glad you liked it! There are more movies you should see before The Avengers comes out!” He wrote blog post after blog post, mostly for me, mentoring me in characters and films and our friendship really solidified. After the Avengers came out, we skyped every time a new Marvel film was released just to rave and hype about them.

Last week, we saw Captain America: Civil War together in 3D. THAT was surreal. That movie was like the climax of a very grand adventure that for the two of us had shared for years. We clutched hands in gasps and jumped in unison, and spazzed in hype at character introductions. I cried over a certain funeral scene and he squeezed my fingers to let me know he felt it too. We both shrieked with laughter. It was the first new Marvel movie that we did not have to message each other to say, “I’VE SEEN IT. TELL ME WHEN YOU DO SO WE CAN TALK SPOILERS.” We finally saw a Marvel movie right. XD

Marvel made us real friends, but anime made us pretty much inseparable in 2014. We skyped every week to discuss new anime episodes and that was the platform that helped us become the best of friends. Anime, which so rich in life and emotion and fantastic storytelling, gave us so many avenues to connect and discuss ethics and beliefs and our own lives. We built trust and solid communication skills as we spent time together goofing off and enjoying conversation. Over the last two years, we were especially able to be there for each other when life got rough on the other. And finally about seven months ago we decided enough was enough, and began to plan how we could meet in person.

This past week, after five years of blog comments, movie and anime rants, and 10,000 skype calls, I’ve flown to Georgia so I can see my very best friend in person instead off of a screen. After an early morning rise, a three hour flight and turbulence, we met in the Atlanta airport and it was incredibly surreal. We were both in Star Wars shirts and I almost knocked him over hugging him the moment I saw him. 😀

I think we felt like us by the time we were dragging my 49 pound suitcase to the car. I pushed it on its rollers up the ramp while insisting I was as strong as Thor and could handle it, through huffs and giggles. He scrambled behind me pointing me in the direction we needed to go and freaking out that I was going to trip and tumble over the suitcase. I got to the car and exclaimed, “It’s humid” and he grinned, rolled his eyes and said, “Yep!” It was hysterical. XD

The trip so far has been amazing and I’ve felt so at home. I was made welcome by his family immediately too. When we reached his home, his grandmother was standing there with open arms almost as soon as I was out of the car, and everyone is all smiles and making sure I’m comfortable. By day two, everyone said it felt I’d always been there. It feels amazing to fit in so well! ❤

I love being here with my best friend. We hug a lot; we can’t believe the other is real. I’ve never been so grateful to be with someone in the flesh. We spent the first days marveling how the other looked in 3D instead of 2D on a screen. XD And awesomely, we get along better than we’d hoped in person! He’s less smug XD and apparently, I’m more sweet in person. XD We’ve already watched a lot of anime in person, and of course seeing a Marvel movie together just put us on cloud nine.

I’d singing his praises, but this post is already incredibly long, so I’ll save that for another day. ❤

I can’t wait to spend the next few days with this guy. I’ll blog more when I come home, but for now I best enjoy where it’s brought me so far. 😉 ❤

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my favorite picture of us, taken directly after the end of watching Star Wars: A New Hope.

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I’m home now and I’m getting ready to publish this. I will write more about my visit another day, but for now, this is where blogging for the past five years has brought me. It blows my mind at the opportunities that God has allowed me to have. I’m incredibly thankful to be able to visit my best friend at all, all the way from Arizona to Georgia. And we just had to blog at least once together, because hey, so much can happen just from blogging. 😉

~Jamie

Currently: (it’s a leap day!)

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Currently listening: “Remember The Time” by the king of pop.

Currently sitting: NOT in a magical swing-set at the top of a pirate ship or a throne of ice cream cones and fudge, so that sucks. 😛 😉 No, I’m in my room at the moment. XD

Currently liking: that MAD MAX: FURY ROAD WON SIX OSCARS LAST NIGHT. YEEEAAAAS, IT TOTALLY DESERVED ALL THE WINS. *climbs on roof and sprays fire from electric guitar.* 😉

Currently drinking: nothing, but what I SHOULD be drinking is water because I didn’t drink enough yesterday.

Currently reading: shame on me, nothing at the moment. I have two books and a manga from the library sitting beside my bed. But I’ve started none of them.

Currently writing: blog posts (specifically a post about The Force Awakens.) I fell out of the habit of blogging and I’m trying to begin more drafts now. I’m revisiting some old novel drafts as well but I haven’t actually written more for them.

Currently watching: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. After putting it on hold for basically a year, I’m going to finish that show soon! I’m also following the Winter seasonal anime shows too, like ErasedShouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, KonoSuba, Grimgar of Fantasy and AshMyriad Colors Phantom World, Gate, and Osomatsu-san. And all the shorts. XD

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“Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash”

Currently obsessed with: music…but more specifically, learning about Michael Jackson.  ‘Cause I knew crap about his music. XD After accidentally becoming obsessed with Smooth Criminal last week, I started exploring for more. In turn that led me to reading Wikipedia and watching interviews and his super bowl performance.
I do this every so often: I enjoy learning about parts of pop culture I was completely ignorant about before. It’s fun, especially for musicians who create music I actually like. 😀

Currently tired: from painting the downstairs guest bathroom. While I always like painting, I forget how heavy the paint rollers get after a while. XD  But the bathroom is now a sunshine-y yellow instead of the previous deep blackish-blue! ❤

Currently excited: that I bought my plane ticket for my trip to Georgia this summer! That was actually last week, but I’m still excited! Although the reality of the visit has honestly not quite sunk in yet for me or my best friend. XD

Currently failing: well, actually, I feel pretty good about myself today. I’m not majorly sucking at anything for now. XD I’m still doing good biking to school, I’m keeping on top of my laundry piles and my room, and getting math homework done on time. So yay for me!

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Currently scaring myself with: the idea of using the bus to get myself down to the big mall. XD I still haven’t gone on any big trips that’s off my normal school bus route yet. The idea is scary, but I totally need to visit the mall for errands and to try to see Deadpool if I can. Maybe I’ll do that this month. XD

Currently wishing: that I could rearrange my room. But alas, I don’t want to spare the extra time or energy. So for now I’m just wishing. LOL XD

Currently praying: for my sister to continue to do be excellent in the military. So proud of her! ❤

So, what’s up with you?! And today’s a leap day, isn’t that awesome! ❤ I want to watch the Modern Family leap day episode today. XD

~Jamie

The Happy Tag!

My blogging pal SW tagged me to do the happy tag (and do check out her blog A Free Mind, it’s one of my favorites! <3) So I complied just a few things below that make me happy!

BOOKS:

“The Night Circus” ( ’cause magic) // Sherlock Holmes original novels and short stories  // “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (THE NOSTALGIA.) // Treasure Island” (pirates, hello?! XD) // Dracula”  //

WORDS

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Twitterpated (“Love-struck.”) // Serendipity (“Finding something good without looking for it.”) // Wanderlust (“a great desire to travel or rove about.”) // Collywobbles (“butterflies in stomach.” // Kawaii (“something super stupid cute.” pst, my own definition. XD ) //

MOVIES/TV:

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Movies/TV:

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (because Ellen equals happy LOL) // Clue (my fave! XD ) // The Office US (I credit it as saving my life with joy.) // Frasier (my life was not complete before I saw Frasier.) // Murder by Death (mystery parodies FTW) // Erased (tears. so many tears, but most of them happy.) // Harry Potter (#ObviousReasons) // KonoSuba (happy feels happy feels happy feels.) //

SCENTS:

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the air before it rains // pizza // pool water // freshly baked brownies // white citrus Bath and Body foam soap // hotel rooms// the smell of mint when you open the floss container // and that speCIAL SMELL NEWBORNS HAVE ON THEIR HEADS THAT YOU JUST WANT KEEP YOUR NOSE BURIED IN FOREVER, BECAUSE SWEET MAMACITA.

SONGS:

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“Sh-Boom”  by The Chords // “Clean” by Taylor Swift // “Sing” by Pentatonix // “Rise” by Selena Gomez // “Female President” by Girl’s Day // “Spy” by Super Junior // “Fireflies” by Owl City // “Walk Like An Egyptian” by The Bangles // “Sleigh Ride”  by Leroy Anderson //

MISC:

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balloons // aquarium trips // Hercule Poirot // fairy tales // CASUAL CAPSLOCK CONVERSATIONS XD // Encyclopedia Brown // jellyfish // candles // anime marathons // bubble baths //  Mickey Mouse // color // bubble gum chewing //


 

I tag anyone who hasn’t ALREADY been tagged to do this…is there anyone left who hasn’t? Everyone in my circles seems to have done it. XD But if you want to do it, I’ll come comment on your post if you leave me the link! ❤ Because comments and commenting also make me happy! ❤

~Jamie