Prompted by another revolution around the sun… it’s the 2017 year in review.
Truthfully? 2017 felt like the prolonged hangover that was the entire bottle of vodka of 2016. New year, probably not new me… but it can only go up from here. It can’t get any worse, can it?
I’ve just got back from the Bothy. I celebrated Hogmanay with my friends, the mountains, and fours days in my sleeping bag. Ellie drove, plenty of shenanigans.
I began 2017 at the Bothy. It was just a few days after my hero and pretty much the inspiration for my attitudes toward life, Carrie Fisher, passed away. The following week, I traveled to London to meet up with Ellie, Caitlin, and Sophie. Term started. I also got a new president and the following day the US had its largest protest to date. The Women’s March had 500,000 marchers in Washington DC, 4,600,000 in the rest of the US, and an additional 5,000,000 worldwide. I also climbed some mountains.
I finalised plans for nine weeks of field work over the summer and my dad came to visit me. We went to Bamburgh Castle were I ended up spending five weeks excavating an Anglo-Saxon industrial area.
March is Women’s Month in the US and so I spammed people on Facebook with an inspirational woman everyday. I also spent a lot of time reading and writing for courses.
I finished up second semester of second year. Then I went down to Chester for the first of my excavations. I spent two weeks working in a medieval kirkyard excavating, recording, and lifting a burial. I returned to Edinburgh and turned twenty. Then I began to revise for my exams.
I revised for sometime. I took my exams. I skipped down and went north.
I travelled around with my friends across the UK on the annual EUMC road trip. We went to the Lake District and then up to Iona. The EUMC held its dinner meet on the island so after a week of travelling and climbing, we all cleaned up, ate a meal, and had a bonfire on the beach. I began excavations at Bamburgh Castle the following week.
Still at Bamburgh Castle. I really loved it there and I learned a lot. Mallory, a friend from home, came to stay with me for a week. Then it was off to Italy for my last excavation of the summer. I flew into Naples to study human remains from the Roman period at Aeclanum.
It was back to America. I flew into Florida to meet my family for vacation. Then I helped my kid sister move into college in Iowa.
The start of third year. I helped out with Freshers’ Events for the EUMC.
I climbed some more mountains and revisited a Roman fort. I was also very stressed.
I was very stressed. Wrote three essays in four weeks and went to Christmas dinner.
I finished early in the month. My mom came over to visit me. Then it was back to America for Christmas. My parent’s adopted another cat. I saw Star Wars three times. Then it was back to Scotland for New Years. I cried at multiple airports.
So what did I learn from 2017? Things suck, but not entirely.
Had I wished things had gone differently in the 2016 Election. Everyday. But, am I glad that the silver lining is that people are becoming active again in politics? Everyday. Am i hopeful for the 2018 by-elections? Hecka. Am I proud of Alabama in the monumental election of Doug Jones? Yea boiii.
As stressed as I get during the semester am I proud to be a student at a top world university? Duh. It’s part of the contract. As Britney would say, ‘You gotta work bitch.’
The summer excavations may have been cold and rainy and then hotter than the sun… but I was still excavating. And I was loving it.
I may have missed a flight and cried in front of an American airlines employee… but I still made it.
Carrie Fisher might not be around anymore… but her performance in The Last Jedi was everything.
Things suck, but not entirely. It’s really easy for me to forget that sometimes and only look at what’s gone wrong and not what’s gone right. I worked a lot on that in 2017, trying to find positive things in what seemed like an awful year long hangover.
So, here’s 2018.