Favorite Memories of 2017

Hey guys!

It’s officially my last blog post of this year (but only my fourth blog post since I accidentally deleted them all). I started this blog in February and throughout that time I’ve chronicled some of my favorite memories with you. But since all of those memories have since been wiped from this little space, I thought I’d compile some of my favorites into this post for you all.

It’s 9:05 p.m. right now in California, but I know it’s already 2018 in many places, including the Eastern United States. So, a very happy New Year to all of you from me. I wish you all the best.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne.


On January 21st, my mom, aunts, cousins and friends marched from Southside Park to the Capitol Building. My cousins had designed beautiful protest signs and I had hastily scribbled “Pussies Grab Back” on an old t-shirt. We donned Planned Parenthood crowns and walked the few blocks, chanting as we went. When we got to the Capitol itself, we listened to speeches and watched performances. The turnout was absolutely incredible. Standing at the Capitol and looking down the streets packed with people filled my heart with a happy feeling that I’m not quite sure how to describe.


I met Maddie when I was still dancing. We were casual friends at first, but we were brought together by our love for Twenty One Pilots, as I was looking for somebody to go to their Oakland concert with and she was looking to go as well. Since that night in October of 2015, we’ve seen the band every year they’ve come locally. February 11th was our third concert, in our home base of Sacramento. It would also be the last concert we saw together before Maddie left for college. Not only did we have barricade for one of the stages, but we also met two lovely friends, Tim and Abby. Tim, Abby and I were also fortunate enough to visit with Mrs. Joseph, who had happened to be standing next to us. Still one of the most unforgettable nights of my life.


It might have been one of the busiest weeks of my life, but it was also one of my favorites. I wanted Matt and his friends to have the graduation and celebrations that they deserved, so I worked with the parents to get everything together. I helped them with a slideshow, with decorating the house, and I made this video of the graduation celebrations itself. I like being the only kid at home, but I still get misty every time I watch it.


I’ve been a fan of Hamilton for a couple of years at least, and I’d gone through phases where all I would listen to would be the soundtracks. I dreamed of one day seeing it (preferably on Broadway, but I’d take whatever I could get). When my aunt told me and my mom that she had actually secured tickets for the San Francisco performance on June 13th, I was elated. It was by far one of the best days of my life. The show was amazing; the vocals were impressive and the performance was moving. I was in awe for hours afterwards.


One of acme’s traditions. Standing for “By the Seat of Our Pants,” BTSOOP is a yearly event in which acme members get together and write a play in 24 hours. There are no guidelines, only that the play must include a certain line. I’m wishing now that I remembered the exact line, but it was something similar to “Take your shinebox and get the f**k out of here.” Actors are then randomly selected for each script and are given eight hours to rehearse before performing that night for a small audience. It was my first real acting experience and I loved it. I played a very, well, seductive fairy in a lesbian dream love story and it was absolutely amazing.


Continuing on the theme of acme, since so many of my favorite memories come from there. One of the talented actors and lead of The Odyssey, McKella, threw an early birthday party on August 8th at a local campground. We packed the site full of acme members and spent the night singing, dancing and telling good stories. We jumped into the freezing cold river after nightfall and fell asleep under the stars. Although camping isn’t usually my favorite thing in the world, this trip was definitely one for the books.


Last acme memory here. Throughout the end of summer, especially after rehearsals and shows for The Odyssey, a huge group would storm the local Taqueria for burritos. I would even make sure to join them after practice once cheer started back up again. There were always a ton of laughs and good food involved, two things necessary for life.


On Friday the 13th of October, the Devils took on Franklin in a not-even-close homecoming game. The stands were packed with excited students and parents hoping for a miracle. The night before the game, the cheerleaders met to make posters and decorate the boys’ locker room. Homecoming day was spent practicing our halftime and making an appearance in the homecoming parade. And finally, we cheered our little hearts out for our boys, and took a sad, hard loss. Still unforgettable.


The weekend after Thanksgiving, my friend Kay and I visited San Francisco for a little bit of shopping and eating. We took BART in, shopped all our money away, and spent some time in Union Square taking in the city. I was so happy to have spent this day with my best friend and I can’t wait for more days like this in 2018.


Last but not least would be Wiball. Although Wiball itself was super lame, and Alice and I left early, it was still one for the books. We got all decked out, and I wore the most adorable dress. We also took super cute pictures and had a blast with our friends for the forty-five some-odd minutes we were there. An amazing way to end the first semester.

What are some of your favorite memories from 2017?

xx N



  1. January 24, 2018 / 11:32 am

    beautiful post, love!!! So fun to reminisce. You certainly live your life to the full <3 New years resolution: Hangout in person with you!! <3

  2. January 5, 2018 / 4:40 am

    Aww seems like you made so many lovely memories through 2017! Hope 2018 is as amazing to you!! xx

  3. January 2, 2018 / 10:51 am

    Happy New Year Natalie! What a great trip down memory lane. I think my favourite memory for 2017 was flying in a helicopter over Niagara Falls! All the best for 2018!

    • January 3, 2018 / 11:46 am

      Thank you! Oh my gosh, that’s insane! I can’t believe you did that, I’m sure it was absolutely beautiful. Happy New Year!

  4. January 1, 2018 / 9:59 am

    What a great year! I’d love to see Hamilton.

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