Tuesday, January 9, 2018

2017 Recap - My Favorite Things from Last Year!

Happy 2018, Starliters!

With a new year comes new things, new challenges, new ideas to explore, and my New Year's Resolution is to do everything I can to get Molly Starlite and the Sputniks performing at Viva Las Vegas in 2019! It's too late for us to get in the line-up for 2018's meet-up, but, by golly, I sure hope to be there in 2019!

I'm planning and designing a photo shoot for the band (I can't wait for everyone to see how we're styled!) and we'll be releasing a full-length album in 2018, too! We're starting to play some live shows, and I hope to make more music videos for the Troublemaker EP before winter's out, too!

But enough of the future! Let's look at the past and some of my favorite moments from 2017:

In January of 2017, I cut my hair for the first time ever, and I don't regret it a bit! It might not seem like a big thing, but to me, it was! There's a lot of reasons why, but I am going to keep this post positive. Cutting my hair to shoulder-length was a huge part of developing my own vintage style over the course of 2017....



I also started my Mid-Century Kitchen with Molly Starlite web series... I started by making one of my favorite mid-century meals, Rigatoni with SPAM! I made a total of 39 episodes that are all on my YouTube channel. I actually have four or five more that I never finished, but when youTube said that I was prohibited from advertising or displaying ads for revenue until I got 10,000 followers, it took the wind out of my sails, so, I stopped making the videos right after Thanksgiving.

I also released a calendar featuring the photography of Memory Layne Photography and the cars of Tommy Lee's Customs...



Over the course of the year, I got better at sewing, making this pink plaid swing dress in February...

And I got published in a magazine for the first time in March!
In April, I entered the first pinup contest for the year, and only made it in because one girl dropped out; I didn't get enough votes on my own. But I did go to the contest and made a complete ass out of myself, and I didn't place...


I got published for a second time in April, too...

I also met the Miss Shifters All Girls Car Club in April at the Spokane Speed and Custom show, and I joined the club in May:



Also in May, right after my birthday, my drummer abruptly and without warning quit the band... I was devastated....


But I picked myself and started going to open mic nights in Sandpoint...


And in the first week of June, I entered another pinup contest at Rosalia Battle Days, got a HELLUVA sunburn, had a vendor booth, and was in the car show...


And recorded a custom song for Stina Rae Photography at That One Basement with Glenn Case!


I also got to sing on the radio for the first time thanks to the talented Kevin Dorin!


And in mid-June, I participated in the Miss Shifter's car show, the "Hub Bub!"

And in late June, I bought an entire record collection and a record player for $40... I level-filled a full-size pickup truck with shellac and vinyl records, and the music I brought home that day has made me happy the whole rest of the year!
The American Legion post #217 in Cusick has been a big part of my life for years, I did cocktail waitressing up there throughout the year (as well as managing their web site and social media), including on the 4th of July...
And later in July, we went to The Big Noise Show at Stateline, where I entered another pinup contest, and I actually placed!
And then my friend Oona, who I met at Rosalia Battle Days, came up to my house and I made her a skirt and she made me a a purse and some heels to match a dress I was making for myself... this was very special to me because it is REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY rare for anyone to come visit me instead of me going to where they are, so this is one of the specialest days on my whole year...
That weekend, I went to another pinup contest at the Harley-Davidson dealership in the Spokane Valley...
And then, at the end of July, was my favorite night of the year every year, the Neon Nights Car Cruise by the Asphalt Angels in my hometown! The next day, we participated in their car show!
In August, I won a raffle at the Legion and won a night stay at the Northern Quest Casino & Resort and a dinner at the FANCIEST restaurant I have ever been to... Tommy Lee and I still talk about the tangerine butter!
Also in August, the Sputniks and I finished the Troublemaker EP at That One Basement studio in Spokane...

And I quickly sold out of all the CD copies... TWICE!

Then, I got to do a photo shoot with Stina Rae photography...

There was that eclipse...

And then I won a songwriter's showcase in September...
And took first place in a pinup contest for the first time at The Retro Studio's pinup contest!
And Tommy Lee and I both got kinda "go to the prom" for the first time (neither of us got to go in high school)...
Later in September, I filmed a music video for "Summertime," a song from our Troublemaker EP...
And did a calendar photo shoot for the Miss Shifters...
I started a new novel in October...



And then I wrote and recorded a bunch of parody songs for my Patreons...

Finally got the "Summertime" video finished...


Dressed up for almost a week for Halloween, including this retro look...
And this super hot witch look...
I filmed the last episode of the Mid-Century Kitchen in November...
And got a call that shocked me to my core... now, at the beginning of October, I got rid of ALL my college textbooks and teaching manuals... I got rid of ALL my Scottish history books and books about herbs and magic and whatnot. You see, I hit a low point and literally gave up on getting a teaching job in my field or for anyone to ever read my trilogy because the first book sucked so much that nobody can get to the second and third ones which are really good. But then... I got a phone call from a local community college center asking if I wanted to teach! I have put in my application almost 2 year ago; I had given up on ever getting a job. This came out of the blue and I can only pray that there is more for me to do after this class and I can continue working and maybe even - GASP! - have health benefits!!!
In late November, I expanded Mediocre Gulch, building a "commercial district" for the town out of cardboard...
And then I painted it...

And then after Thanksgiving, I got the Sputniks in the studio to record our rockabilly Christmas song, "Hot Rod Christmas!"


I repainted my office in December...
And went to the Miss Shifters Christmas party...
And then got to dress up for a fancy Christmas dinner party!
And I spent the last week of 2017 getting ready for my new job in 2018!
I am really looking forward to all the cool things I'm gonna get to do this year and I hope that you'll follow along beside me every mile of the ride!