Out with the old, In with the new

2013 is over. I’m pretty thrilled about it. To be honest, 2013 kind of sucked.

This pretty accurately describes how I felt about the end of 2013…

There WERE some good times, don’t get me wrong, but in general the year just bummed me out. Last year I posted about how much I kicked 2012’s ass, but since 2013 kicked MY ass a bit, I decided to pro/con list it instead.

Pros:

  • I went to CA to see my good friend marry the man of her dreams and reunite with friends I haven’t seen in a while
  • I quit a job I HATED and started one I like much better
  • I took some trips with my lady pals: to Mexico and Colorado
  • I tried some new things: kayaking in the Charles, the Blacklight 5K, finally saw a Taylor Swift show, went fishin’, attended 2 yoga classes (I sucked and did not like it sadly), made some progress with my fear of dogs by befriending 2 of them, took a cake decorating class, went to Walden Pond

    Here's some photos of the new stuff

    Here’s some photos of the new stuff

  • I got a bit closer with my sister–but then she moved across the world to the Dhabs for 2 years…counted as a Pro because, having travelled and lived abroad so much myself, I am genuinely happy for her and all the super cool stuff she gets to experience…even though it makes me insanely jealous

Cons–because cons suck I’m adding a Silver Lining to each one so I can (and you can) see them in a more positive light

  • I stopped exercising regularly and going to the gym—silver lining: I’ve started back up and at this very moment my whole body is sore from the gym 2 days ago.
  • I had to reenter the dating pool…which is the WORST—silver lining: I ended a relationship that made me really unhappy and ended up finding someone really cool
  • Someone I considered a very close friend ended our almost decade long friendship—silver lining: other friendships were strengthened this year and I’ve learned (through Facebook actually) that I’m not the only person who has gone through this, which made me feel better
  • I’ve had what feels like unending roommate drama—silver lining: still working on it
  • I stopped blogging consistently—silver lining: I was never super “consistent” but this blog does make me happy so I’m recommitting myself to more regular posts!

Welp…got that out of my system. Time to MOVE ON.

I have a big backlog of posts that need to be made stretching back to before Thanksgiving…but I WILL post them all…even though some are a bit “out of season.” I’m also really excited because I got a bunch of new kitchen appliances over the holidays and I can’t wait to share them with you…get ready because SPOILER ALERT this girl bought herself a Ninja.

I hope everyone had a happy Thanksigiving/Christmas/New Year. I fully intend to make 2014 a success.

Thanks for following! More food posts to follow soon!

The Story of How I Kicked 2012’s A**

Well…we’re a solid 2 days into 2013 now. So far so good I’d say. And with a new year comes the inevitable blitzkrieg of resolutions (I mean seriously, have you read Facebook lately?). But this isn’t really one of those things. Last year I made a resolution to actively try more things/new experiences. And I thought now would be a good time to share with you how I totally crushed it.

I’m going to give you all a little breakdown of some of the things I tried this past year.

January: Joined the gym; started personal training; started a BLOG! (yup…my baby’s a year old!) Accepted a salary position at my job.

February: Took the Foreign Service Exam (sadly didn’t pass…sigh); actively participated in karaoke; Joined the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus; Went to the trampoline park!

The ladies and I hit up the trampoline park and spent an evening bouncing around.

The ladies and I hit up the trampoline park and spent an evening bouncing around.

March: Went to Chicago; signed up for online dating (yikes); went on the first date with my boyfriend.

The ladies and I at the Bean!

The ladies and I at the Bean!

the couple

April: Went to Gotye show; tried Paint Nite for the first time; went to a High School party with my bestie in our mid-20s.

 

Gotye show 1 of 2 this year. This time at the House of Blues.

Gotye show 1 of 2 this year. This time at the House of Blues. Look at how close we were!

First Paint Nite experience!

First Paint Nite experience!

May: Went to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero’s show; went to Feist show; tried a scorpion bowl; date night at Top of the Hub

Awesome Feist show at the House of Blues!

Awesome Feist show at the House of Blues!

Yup…there he is…standing right in front of me!

June: Visited Indiana and road tripped though Ohio for my friend E’s amazing wedding!! Was a date at a NJ wedding; participated in a Young Professionals Day of Service with the MA Women’s Political Caucus; saw Hello Dolly with my mom and sis!

the BEAUTIFUL couple!

the BEAUTIFUL couple!

Hello Dolly!

July: Watched my first UFC fight night; went kayaking; saw the Totem Cirque du’Soleil show; went to Rufus Wainwright and Ingrid Michaelson show!

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Kayaking like a champ

August: Went swimming in an indoor/outdoor salt water pool; had a lady boating adventure in New Hampshire

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The view of the lake from the boat

That time we played ladder ball and pretended to be Olympic commentators lol

That time we played ladder ball and pretended to be Olympic commentators lol

September: Went paddle boarding on the Cape; jumped off the boardwalk (so scary lol); white water rafting in Maine; Pentatonix show; had High Tea; went to Phantom Gourmet Food Phest; saw Gotye again at BofA Pavillion.

Going through the rapids!

Going through the rapids!

some singing action

some singing action

Mom, Z and the sis at Phantom Phest!

Mom, Z and the sis at Phantom Phest!

October: Pottery painting; went to a political rally and met Elizabeth Warren!; The Royal Concept Show; Halloween Scavenger Hunt in Salem; Haunted Corn Maze!

I painted the crap outta this tea pot!

I painted the crap outta this tea pot!

Oh you know...that time M and I met Elizabeth Warren

Oh you know…that time M and I met Elizabeth Warren

The time I the haunted corn maze scared me half to death

The time I the haunted corn maze scared me half to death

The Royal Concept and Frank + Derol were AMAZING

The Royal Concept and Frank + Derol were AMAZING

November: wine tasting and outdoor concert at Nashoba Valley Winery; saw the new version of The Nutcracker; took a gun shooting lesson; took a trip to Philly.

yummy wines on the grass at Nashoba Valley

yummy wines on the grass at Nashoba Valley

watch out...cause this girl can shoot.

watch out…cause this girl can shoot.

Philly Cheesesteaks in Philly!

Philly Cheesesteaks in Philly!

December: Attended a video game tournament; saw Seussical the Musical; saw The Slutcracker; hosted my first dinner party!

Local theater production of Seussical the Musical

Local theater production of Seussical the Musical

If you haven't seen this yet...go see it next year ;)

If you haven’t seen this yet…go see it next year 😉

Got to use my punch bowl at my ladies night party!

Got to use my punch bowl at my ladies night party!

Overall, I got to do some really fun things in 2012. I have loved keeping this blog and am so excited that more people are starting to read and follow it. I also did some awesome crafts and made some great treats but since they’re already on the blog I left those out.

I wanted to thank everyone who takes to the time to check out my ramblings and kitchen shenanigans; you helped make my year extra special!

I hope everyone had a great New Year’s and are planning some epic adventures for the year to come!