28 Reasons 28 Rocked

29 reasons 29 was awesome

Every year for my birthday I look back on the year I had. And do a blog post about it. (see 27 Reasons 27 Wasn’t So Bad After All to compare)

What did I accomplish? What did I do that scared me?

What did I return to? What did I try for the first time?

A lot can happen in a year. Everything can change. For the longest time, I used to say my champagne birthday, 22, was the best year yet. Looking back on my 28th year – where it seriously lacked in the romance department, it made up for in the holy shit I got my dream job department.

And for that (and many other reasons) I give you 28 Reasons 28 Rocked. In no particular order this year because let’s face it – I’m way too busy to do this chronologically.

1) I said Aloha Bitches sooner than I’d imagine

2) Two Words. Il Divo.


3) I returned to the famous Bubba Burgers – home of the best burger in the world (Robert Downey Jr. said so) and my heart.


4) I watched B marry M – and it was perfect.


5) I MC’d my first wedding. Aloooohaaaaa.

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6) I had a moment of silence at Pearl Harbor. 


7) I got swallowed by an 8ft. wave. And survived. Then did it again.


8) I watched H marry TC – and it was Hawaiian bliss.


9) I reunited with Sheldon. 


10) I quit my first serious grown-up job.


11) I got my dream job. 


12) I was royally screwed by a hurricane.  New York – I will see you in April.


13) I hiked the famous Kalalau Trail.


14) I saw the Saga end.


15) I got bit by an emu. My mom was right. It did leave a scar.


16) I joined the Women’s Progress Club.


17) I was Team Peeta.


18) I watched A marry G – it was a Cape Breton good time.


19) I was there when the Dark Knight Rose. 


20) I celebrated my parent’s 30th Wedding Anniversary.


21) I was reunited with fresh California Dungeness Crab – for breakfast. Judge not.


22) I FINALLY experienced the Dole Whip. 


23) I tagged a shrimp truck. 


24) I experienced THIS sunset. 


25) I also experienced THIS sunset.


26) I had a major childhood moment here.


27) I got a Mac. Which I agreed to share with Bella.


28) I got the Starbucks GOLD card. 


To my 29th year –

May you be madly epic. 


  • Jennifer
    January 22, 2013 at 3:21 am

    what a great year! That rhea at the zoo actually wrote me a letter saying she’s sorry for biting you. I have it right here (waves the letter). It is, however, a good story, even if no one knows what a rhea is so it’s best just to call it an emu, lol. 29 will be madly epic. I met Mike when I was 29 (swoon). Wait…33 was rather gangbuster too…I met Evening. Still, would never have happened without 29!

  • Meg
    January 22, 2013 at 3:24 am

    Perfect blog post for a perfect year!

    It’s going to sound cheesy, but I’ve SO enjoyed being your friend this past year and watching you accomplish all of these wonderful things.

    I hope you have a LOVELY birthday because you’re a LOVELY person, and completely deserve the best, Crystal! I love you!

    Okay, enough of the sap.

    Love, Meg

    P.S. Meow Meow better make your day special! :)

  • Jenn Carroll
    January 22, 2013 at 5:19 am

    omg your year was epic! also, the “i got screwed by sandy” with the images of sandy from Grease, lololol

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  • Jess (@JessWink22)
    January 22, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Such a perfect blog post. I look forward to these each year. You had a pretty damn good year. NGL, the “I saw the Saga end” almost made me cry. I digress. Congrats on a kick ass 28th year. Here’s to hoping year 29 brings that much more! ILY!

  • Jayde
    January 24, 2013 at 10:34 am

    What an amazing year you had! Emus are SCARY. I never go near them when I see them. They scare the eff outta me. Here’s to an amazing year of being 29. xoxoxox

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