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2012 Recap

JANUARY

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I combined a work trip to Austin with a visit with my college friend Alexis.

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I took a surprise trip to San Antonio.

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I took a very relaxing working vacation in Puerto Rico: Day 1, Day 2 & 3, The Hotel, & The Takeaway.

FEBRUARY

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I attended to IMPACT opening at the Museum at FIT.

MARCH

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I went to the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden.

MAY

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I went to a taping of the Daily Show.

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I struggled with wrist problems and ultimately had surgery.

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I attended The Great Googa Mooga.

JUNE

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I went to visit my friend Becca in Washington, DC.

After the week I've had punching and kicking is 100% necessary.

I returned to kickboxing after my wrist problems.

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I saw Dave Matthews Band at Jones Beach.

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I paid my fifth visit to Amarillo, TX (what I ate there).

JULY

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I went to a cool art exhibit on Governor’s Island.

I fell out of love with running.

I graduated physical therapy.

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I paid my third visit to my grandparents and Portland, OR: Day 1, Sunday and Monday, Mt. Hood, Haystack Rock, Final Day, Vacay Reflections, Working Out on Vacation, What I Ate There.

I watched the Olympics non-stop for two weeks.

AUGUST

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I went to see Mumford and Sons.

I paid my fourth visit to Austin, TX. (And what I ate there)

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I went to my ex-roommate’s wedding.

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I went on my third trip to Cincinnati. Driving to PA, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Driving Home.

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I did my yearly US Open pilgrimage. Qualifying, Monday Night, Wednesday, and Thursday.

I implemented austerity measures.

SEPTEMBER

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I witnessed a pretty crazy Brooklyn flood.

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I attended my fifth Vendy Awards.

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I took an amazing tour of Grand Central Terminal.

OCTOBER

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I went to the Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY. And saw a goat wearing a floral jacket!

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I prepared for and survived Superstorm Sandy.

NOVEMBER

And again in 2012 :) also known as the year @leftylaura tried to punch me. #obama

Laura and I once again watched the election returns together. And were happy with Obama’s win

Throughout the fall I went through a really difficult time with my family. I didn’t really feel it was my place to put it all out on the interwebs, but I did get some solace from the few times I wrote about it here. I’m happy to say that things are going in the right direction. They’ll probably never be ok, but it’s not anything like it was back in September and October.

Ran the pretty hilly 5K in 31:25, considering I haven't run since May I'd say that's pretty good.

I ran my first race in over a year and a half on Thanksgiving.

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I attended my cousin’s wedding.

DECEMBER

I finally attended my first NYC Vesper’s concert, went to my SIXTH holiday party for my office, said goodbye to my roommate Abby, and celebrated Christmas in NYC.

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I paid yet another visit to Amarillo Texas.

Montauk Point lighthouse! Merry Christmas everyone!

I celebrated Christmas with my family.

I also read 112 books (my favorites) and attended 117 kickboxing classes.

2012 wasn’t always easy, but honestly, I think it was both the best and worst year of my life. I laid the groundwork for so many things and I can’t wait to see what 2013 will bring!

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The Year 2011

I’m not going to lie. I’ve been treating 2011 like an ugly stepchild. If I had to name the best year I’ve had, in my memory, it would be 2009. I feel like everything kind of came together in 2009 and it’s just been downhill from there.

But, in looking at pictures to write this post I realized I had a pretty rocking 2011. It was certainly backloaded (which makes my idea that it wasn’t good even more strange), but I did some amazing things and spent time with some amazing people.

JANUARY

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I went to the rodeo in Madison Square Garden. It wasn’t really the rodeo, it was something about bull riders. They prayed before they started. It was fantastic.

FEBRUARY

I got an iPhone. It changed my life.

MARCH

I went to the US vs. Argentina soccer game. And all I got was this shitty picture on my brand new iPhone.

I re-did my bedroom!

APRIL

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I went to see the Cherry Blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden for the first time (pretty crazy since I had been living in Brooklyn for 4 years).

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I throw a Royal Wedding party, complete with cupcakes my friend Laura and I made for a bake-off at work.

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Champagne at 5am before going to work to toast Will and Kate, what’s better?

MAY

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I ran a 5K, my first road race in over a year.

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I went wine tasting on Long Island.

JUNE

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I went to visit my friend Natalie in Cambridge.

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We went to see the USA vs. Spain soccer match and road the train with these crazy Spanish fans.

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The US lost. Shocking. Not.

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I attended my friend Elisa’s wedding celebration. And made fascinators with Laura for the occasion.

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As part of a work trip I drove from Amarillo, TX to Dallas, TX. It was like nothing I’d ever experienced and I loved every minute of it.

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In Dallas I went to visit the Texas Book Depository. Then I got really wasted and did things I probably shouldn’t have in downtown Dallas. But I had fun!

JULY

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I went bike riding on Governors Island.

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I paid my second visit to Portland, OR to visit my grandparents, uncle, aunt, and cousins. I went on an amazing Brew Bus tour.

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I also visited the Spruce Goose while in OR.

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And Fort Vancouver.

AUGUST

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I took my second trip to Austin, TX. And experienced the hottest weather I hope to ever experience.

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I also did a self-curated Friday Night Lights tour. It was one of the highlights of my year.

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I went back to Governors Island and went swinging.

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And visited a Civil War reenactment on Governors Island.

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Ashley and I took our second trip to the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. And got to do our second coin toss.

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I got some great photos.

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And some less great ones.

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And probably the best tennis photo I’ve ever taken. (Total mistake)

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We had an earthquake in NYC.

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I attended the US Open (duh)

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I really like this photo.

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Hello Giles, that was a great 5-set match.

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Poor Flavia lost.

SEPTEMBER

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I went to a party and 7 World Trade Center and saw the most spectacular views.

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And very sad views.

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I attended my fourth Vendy Awards.

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I went to the Black Eyed Peas concert in Central Park.

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Where I got completely soaked.

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I started taking kickboxing classes (the only photo I could find to demonstrate this was this one of the bruises on my shin from kickboxing).

OCTOBER

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I went to a screening of Martin Scorcese’s George Harrison documentary at HBO headquarters.

I went to the Sheep and Wool Festival in upstate NY.

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I won my company’s Darth Paper origami competition.

I visited my Alma Mater.

I saw my college roommate get married in an absolutely gorgeous ceremony.

And got to catch up with great college friends.

I was a Macy’s balloon handler for Halloween.

NOVEMBER

I blew my vuvuzela at the NY Marathon.

I marched in my second Macy*s Thanksgiving Day Parade (with the Wimpy Kid balloon, not with Buzz :()

DECEMBER

I paid another visit to Amarillo, TX

I made a pin the heart on the Grinch game for me and my roommate’s Christmas party.

I attended my 5th holiday party at my company!

I made Ugly Christmas sweaters with Amy based on the Hallmark snowmen my mother buys me.

My family paid our annual Christmas Eve visit to the Montauk Lighthouse.

I made my family’s traditional Christmas tree cake.

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The Month of June

I haven’t posted on here since the end of May. That’s not good. I feel like my life is better when I sit down to reflect upon it, which is really what I view this Tumblr as. So, without further ado, I give you my June 2011.

A great trip to Boston to visit my friend Natalie.

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Highlights of the trip include visiting a very cool bar called Meadhall with 100s of beers on tap, walking around Harvard Square,

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Natalie being asked to take an Asian tourist’s picture, going to the USA vs. Spain soccer game,

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and attending a delicious dim sum lunch with some fellow Mount Holyoke grads.

Next up a walk along the Highline the following Friday

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After the Highline we went to the Lot on Tap and had Rickshaw and spent a gorgeous Friday afternoon outside.

The next day I took my mother out for lunch at Blossom and then we went to see Anything Goes.

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I’ll admit I can sometimes be a bit cynical about musicals but I thought Anything Goes was very good. The performances were all great and it’s just a really fun time.

After that my friend Laura and I went shopping for supplies to make hats for our friend Elisa’s wedding celebration.

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And then we made hats.

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That Tuesday I attended the Mount Holyoke Club of NYC’s annual meeting at the Harvard Club.

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I have to say that the Yale club was a much nicer space and had much better food.

That weekend was Elisa’s wedding celebration which was great. Our hats went over really well and everyone had a great time.

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The following Wednesday I was off to Texas for work. I flew into Amarillo Wednesday, had some fun wasting time, and then had a good meeting Thursday morning.

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After my meeting I drove the 6 hour route to Dallas.

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I have to say, as lame as it sounds, it was a hell of a lot of fun. I pretty much just drove through nothing and I loved it. About every 30 miles or so I would come to a town that had one traffic light, a gas station, a Dairy Queen, and a smattering of other buildings.

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I passed a few interesting places were I wanted to stop for lunch but being in the middle of no where I wasn’t sure how safe it would be. I eventually stopped at Jackson’s in Childress, TX (home of Lou Dobbs!). My brisket and onion rings were great and super cheap.

Extra special highlights include driving through Memphis, TX, home of the 1991 football state champions (like in Friday Night Lights!)

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and seeing freight trains.

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I know my love of freight trains is weird but I grew up on Long Island so I never got to experience the crazy long train thing. I also did a lot of singing along to country music. There are an incredible number of songs about loving Texas, missing Texas, and being in Tennessee because all your exes are in Texas.

The only bad moment was when I figured I would wait until I got through the “city” I was driving through, Wichita Falls, to get gas. I don’t know why I thought it would stay city/suburban-like. But it didn’t and I had a panic that I’d run out of gas. But I found somewhere to stop.

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They also sold western clothes and had tons of showers for truckers. And were in the middle of no where. It was super windy also, I think I my skirt might have flown up and flashed some truckers!

I finally made it close to Dallas where I passed the Dallas Motor Speedway

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and things started to get a lot more city-like.

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I checked into my very nice hotel in Dallas and immediately headed to their complimentary beer and wine happy hour.

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I only intended to have one glass of wine but when I finished my first a second magically appeared so of course I had to drink that too.

After the wine I headed out in the heat to see the Texas Book Depository which was a short walk from my hotel.

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I was obsessed with Jackie Kennedy as a kid so this was really exciting to me.

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When I finished there (the museum was closed) I used Yelp to find a really great bar to eat. They had an amazing selection of beers, very good food, a great band, and fun people to talk to.

After staying out much later than I intended I woke up feeling a bit worse for the wear on Friday. But I headed to the Dallas Market Center to work all day.

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I love southerners. I honestly think Dallas is somewhere I could picture myself living. It was hot as hell, but I was really surprised with the liveliness of the downtown and everyone I met was great.

Unfortunately I still wasn’t feeling so great Friday evening (I think a combination of the heat, dehydration, and maybe a smidge too much alcohol Thursday night) so I headed back to the hotel around 5pm and took an hour nap. I still didn’t feel great and my plans ended up falling through so I just went to bed around 7pm.

I woke up Saturday morning feeling great and spent the remainder of my time in Dallas at the Market Center.

I left Dallas Saturday evening and made it back to my apartment in record time after landing in Newark.

I spent Sunday walking around Brooklyn with friends

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and I tried a great new ice cream place called Ample Hills.

Monday night I went to Cincinnati night at Edward’s and enjoyed some of my beloved Cincinnati chili and Graeter’s ice cream.

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Thursday night I went to the Van Cleef and Arpels show at the Cooper Hewitt. They have a garden party on Thursday evenings so we sat outside and had wine and I had a chicken skewer.

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Friday afternoon (I know we’re in July now) I headed out to my parents’ house. I ran a bunch of errands because my friends Maria and Tim were coming to stay Saturday and Sunday.

Unfortunately my parents’ oven and stove (it’s brand new!) broke that night, but I still managed to make a quinoa, black beans, citrus salad.

I watched the women’s Wimbledon final and Maria and Tim arrived Saturday afternoon. We hung out on my parents’ patio for a while before we figured it was late enough for parking to be available at the beach. It was a perfect beach day and we stayed for about 3 hours.

That night my parents’ barbequed and we hung out drinking beers and watched the USA vs. Colombia soccer game.

The next day, despite the overcast weather, we headed to the beach. Even though it was chilly we stayed for quite a while. It was nice because there were very few people around.

After that we headed back to my parents’ and then they headed back to the city via a quick stop for all of us at TGI Friday’s.

Monday morning I was up early to head to the beach. Even though it was bright and sunny at my parents’ house it was hazy at the beach.

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I thought the haze would burn through, but it just became foggy as the day went on. I stayed, freezing, for about three and a half hours before I called it a day.

After a quick stop at 7-11 (the Coke slurpee wasn’t working!) I headed home to eat lunch, and watch the recorded men’s Wimbledon final.

I spent the rest of the afternoon on my parents’ patio and then took the dogs for a walk with my dad.

And now I’m posting this and relaxing before I head back to NYC tomorrow.

Wow, that was long! Happy Fourth of July! A special thought to everyone serving overseas and their families!

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