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In no particular order, here’s a 2016 retrospective:

Strangers with whom I Fell In Love:

  • The woman who makes the signboards for Embee Performance along the 55 freeway.  I really hope you have a kind holiday season, too.
  • The guy who keeps putting the “This is a stolen car” sign on all the annoying cars in my company parking lot.  I get this act of rebellion on a deep level, kiddo.
  • The man who saved the bees that decided to live in the bathroom vent.  Thank you for seeing how beautiful they are.

My Favorite Rarasaur Posts (Based on my willingness to re-read them):

Most Popular Rarasaur Posts (Based on an aggregate of views, like, comments, and offsite-retweets or shares):

Projects Started:

  • Sack Nasty, a book of prison poetry – Published!
  • A patreon account – started!
  • Not-for-Children Children’s book – started!
  • Handwritten book of Rarasaur Blogs – started!
  • Signboard Instagram Posts – started!
  • YouTube channel – started!
  • Audcast – started!
  • Rarasaur-themed clothing at RedBubble – started!
  • International Quilting Project – almost ready for announcements!

Hardest Things I had to Explain to Non-Bloggers:

  • Boys: “It’s November.  That means I take pictures with peppers and never sleep. I might not even make Thanksgiving, I certainly don’t have time for a date.”
  • Uber drivers: “Stop the car, stop the car! There’s a dinosaur. I have to take a selfie with it.”
  • Mail guy: “Yes, mail addressed to The Dinosaur is for me.”

Most Disappointing Moments:

  • Learning that, because of my case, I have a debt of nearly half a million dollars.
  • Finding out that the post office basically melted a ton of signed copies of my book.
  • Realizing that I am not considered a widow since the government sees being in prison as being separated from Dave.
  • Crashing Dave’s car on the 405N.

Proudest Moments:

Most Strangely  Emotional Moments:

Most Understandably Emotional Moments:

Famous to Somewhat-Famous Celebrities I Started FanClubbing

  • Lin-Manual Miranda
  • Chris Hardwick
  • Dallas Clayton
  • Lilly Singh
  • Liz Climco
  • Emily McDowell

Most Cherished Finds:

  • An eyeliner that suits my (new?) personality.
  • A restaurant that I can go to all the time
  • Instagram memes

Proudest Moments That Weren’t Mine to Be Proud Of

Best Blogging Moments:

  • Spending individual or small group time with bloggers, whether it be through Skype, or Instagram direct message, or the Cheer Peppers Facebook group, or google hangouts, or phone calls, or texts, or facebook messaging, or … in person.
  • Seeing Pictures of Sack Nasty roll in from all over the world
  • Getting letters and texts from then-strangers saying that they found my blog randomly and spent hours reading through it.
  • Successfully implementing the new theme

The way forward, the way back. #milestones #bestBeloveds #newFriends #blogging #wordpress #presser

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Adulting Levels Unlocked:

  • Learned how to say “I don’t know how to do this.” without turning it into a self-hate rant.
  • Learned how to explain to people that there are certain things I cannot do for them, because I am still healing, and my trying would eventually hurt us both.
  • Learned how to unplug, regularly.
  • Got glasses, all by myself.

Best Dreams:

  • The one where Dave gave me post critiques and then turned into a llama and bounced away.
  • The one where I could see all the strings connecting all my friends together, and it looked like a CSI crime board, with faces and names and red strings thumbtacked everywhere.

De Ja Vu Moments:

  • Watching the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in theaters.
  • Reading the announcement of Muhammad Ali’s death.

Things I Could’ve Done Better:

  • Blog post titles.  Seriously.  Next year may be the year of very clear blogging titles, instead of vague single word thoughts.  I keep having to click my own posts to see if it’s the right one.
  • Contact. I always say that I’m bad at reaching out, but if you reach out, I will reach back.  This year, that’s been true only 60% of the time.
  • Diet.  I’ve eaten very poorly this year.  A lot of it has been in the name of figuring out what I like, but it still needs to calm down a bit.
  • Schedule. I’ve done a lot this year, but my schedule has been inconsistent.  Everything has been inconsistent.  Time to organize!

Things I Did Better than I Would Have Guessed:

  • Trying new things, like clothing choices and foods.
  • Going back to old things, like my hairstyles.

Things I wish/prayed for and instantly received:

  • A local best friend with a love of a diet sodas and space sagas.
  • This cloth.



It was good to share a year with you, Best Beloved.  Let’s all make good wishes for 2017, just in case it’s one of those seconds where anything you wish for comes true…


  1. ❀ I shall be forever thankful to Diet Coke for bringing us together, Happy New Year! I'm going to work on my good wishes all day… because you never know when that second will turn up… (and I should really finish that draft of the story about that and send it to you but my mind is rather full of butterflies right now!) ❀

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  2. simply delightful and from my perspective, you are an inspiration to all but please do not take that as any kind of pressure. It’s not your job, just a gift you get to decide how and when to share. (I sound kind of motherly, don’t I? Sorry. )

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  3. Dearest Rara, I haven’t been around as much as I wanted to be. So from one old dragon to one young dinosaur, have a wonderful New Year’s weekend. We are friends that need to reconnect. ❀

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  4. Happy New Year Ra, when it comes. You should be proud of all you’ve achieved this year. Thank you for sharing such a lovely retrospective on your year and it’s been wonderful watching you grow. Best wishes for 2017 x

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  5. Thank you for the shout out. I was proud of our whole group that day. It was a day of awesome.
    What a year… that was. What a year awaits? We shall see, one day at a time. Some will be harder than others. Most will be filled with glorious adventure and painful beauty, because that’s how this frightfully wondrous world likes to work.

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  6. RaRa,

    I’m still a long ways off from having a single word (or sentence) to describe you. I might slide “nimble” across the table to you for 2016…not that you need a word. I don’t even like pigeon-holing people (nimble is pretty fluid) even with positive words (I kinda do it anyway at times).

    Where am I going with this? I have almost no idea…2016 has been a strange one.

    See you next year ❀


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  7. Awesome post Ra! and this…. “Mail guy: β€œYes, mail addressed to The Dinosaur is for me.”….that…ahahaha that is so awesome, cute and cool all rolled into one. I wish you all the very best and may you not only be debt free but have abundance flow into your life easily…and abundance of love and light and joy..which you already have (may it continue to flow) and of course physical abundance as well!! So yay to a New year and new adventures πŸ™‚

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  8. I could barely do a New Year’s tweet. This was a wonderful-to-read wrap-up and look forward. I think I’ll be viewing my 2017 through the lens of this post for the next 364 days to come.


  9. Onward to a bright new year, Rara! I must say the Uber selfie made me spit out my water. That is too funny!

    Non-bloggers at least understand what selfies are now, because when I first started out as a blogger, it was not a thing. I still feel like holding up a sign when I’m taking random selfie pix that says “i’m blogging, not self-centered.” Oh, well! πŸ˜‰

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