Alright…everyone is doing it.So I’m doing it too! (copy cat) Here is my
Year in Review just like every other blog out there.
In January of this year we were still getting
used to living in this strange land called the East Coast,
we were experiencing our first real snow (and so were the dogs),
we made our first
trek to DC since our move,
and I turned 30 and didn’t totally freak out about it.
In February, I came up with my Pinspiration
posts which I just realized I need to do more of,
I did a day in photos post which looking back, man being unemployed was cushy,
I talked about fear and opened myself up to a new scary job opportunity,
and I ended up saying no to the job anyways because it really wasn’t right for
me at the time.
I spent most of March focusing on this diet and
exercise plan I was a blog representative for that Mike and I quit doing
because if we have to eat only protein and veggies for the rest of our lives in
order to be thin, we’d rather be fat. Aside from that, my sister visited (yay!)
and I finally got really super sick of being unemployed.
Most of May was taken up with Blog Every Day in
May posts that are not all that interesting (I just don’t do well with
prompts). Other than boring posts, we had an amazing trip to DC for our
I found a rare sunny patch in my dreary unemployment fog,
and I wrote about my all-time favorite photo of me.
We had an awesome day at the Great Grapes WineFestival when Mike's brother was visiting,
I got a job (!), the bloom is definitely off the rose now, but whatever dude, I was
unemployed for 7 months,
we visited our first East Coast beach of the summer,
I started my job and remembered how un-fun being a working woman is, and we ran our first (and my last) mud run.
I survived my first concert season, but my foot
my watching way too much Bachelor and Bachelorette inspired this post about
their oft-used word “spontaneity”,
and I really loved this goofy outfit.
Megan visited and we had an amazing trip to DC
Mike and I got schnackered on Labor Day,
I took a really pretty boat ride at work,
and I can’t stop talking about how happy being near wineries makes me.
We went to California for an amazing wedding
and got to finally meet B (I didn’t blog about either of those things, but they’re
worth mentioning) I
shared why I’m such a chubby bunny (aka telling you all the shit I ate that
I cheered myself up by talking about random things I’m good at,
and we had a great time at Oyster Fest.
I wrote a random post worth sharing mostly because of the wedding photo and also because I find myself so funny,
we had a great cooking class date night,
I was cranky a lot, but this picture of a corgi in a hoodie helped cheer me up,
and we had a lovely little Thanksgiving.
I don't have a lot going on right now. Just trying to get ready for Christmas, being irritated that it's HOT today even though it's December, and so glad that I have a couple days off coming up. Here are some iPhone scenes from this morning...
Tea and a cookie brought to me by my husband on a rainy, dark day.
We started opening one stocking gift a day last night and Mike loves his new picture frame.
Gizmo keeping my outfit warm for me.
I love our tree this year, oh man.
Gizmo gets the wrapping paper tubes when we're done with them.
I can’t believe it, but we’ve officially been
on the East Coast for over a year now. We left the Saturday after Thanksgiving
in 2012 for that loooong ass trek across the country. Just me, Mike, Tuffy, and
Gizmo. Oh man did that truck stink like dog sweat and cheeseburgers by the end
of the trip. Not really a lot has happened since then even though it feels like
it should have. We live here now, we both have new jobs here, we live in a new
apartment…and that’s about it. no big news, no big life changes. Just living in
another town with the same ole’ stress and the same ole’ lives. Except, you
know, we’re super happy that we’re in a bigger area and close to one of our
favorite cities in the world.
Since I don’t have anything important or deep
to write about our first year here, instead here are some things I’ve learned
in the last year:
1)People in Southern Maryland cannot drive.
California drivers may be intense, but at least they know what they’re doing.
2)People in Southern Maryland don’t know what
double yellow lines mean. Alright, that’s pretty much what #1 was saying,
butoh man half the accidents in this
town are because of those damn double yellows.
this close to DC/Baltimore/Annapolis/Alexandria really don’t appreciate it.
When people here talk about how far a drive it is to Annapolis (1.5hrs) I
always laugh. It was 1.5 hours to the nearest Target where we moved from. We
have no problem driving that far to be in a beautiful, water-side town filled
with great restaurants and shops.Worth
here think their commute is bad and I find that funny. You can take the metro.
It may be late or suck sometimes, but at least you’re not stuck in LA rush hour
don’t take their kids into DC even though it’s so damn close. The museums are
free, the zoo is free, and your kids are an hour and 45 minutes away from so
much culture…take them dammit!
because you’re on the East Coast doesn’t mean they know how to handle weather.
The schools here close if they THINK it’s going to snow. Apparently that’s not
a California thing like I thought it was.
Coast makes me fat. Okay not really, but not running as much because of the
cold and laziness has made me fat. And I blame the East Coast.
red eye from CA to here is way easier than going the other direction.
windy here too, it’s not just a Ridgecrest thing (dammit).
GUYS IS BETTER THAN IN N OUT SUCK IT CALIFORNIA.
near the water makes me happy. I never knew this about myself, but working near
the water and being able to look out at it whenever I want brings me this weird
happiness and peace I never experienced before.
having to put on moisturizer at night because I no longer live in the desert is
is huge here. Just huge and dumb and huge.
hates rain. Who knew?
who live in Maryland have an accent. A very distinct accent that I had never
apparently goes with everything.
somewhere where people take great pride in their industry and their town is
really nice. Watching people cheer wholeheartedly for the oyster shucking
competition at the Oyster Festival kind of melted my icy little heart.
pies?! I mean come on. Those things are gooood.
live in the second story apartment of a three story building, you never ever
have to turn on your heat and it’s kind of awesome.
road kill here is deer and it’s way more depressing than other kinds.
here can tell if the crab in their crabcakes is local or not.
never had a crabcake until you’ve had a locally-sourced one in my town. Holy
And that's about it for now even though I'm sure there could be a lot more deep and important things I've learned. I do love you Maryland, you weird little place.
One of my
favorite things to do is make wishlists. Partly because I love making lists so
much in general, but also because I really love getting presents. I mean, who doesn't? My family started doing Amazon wishlists a couple of years ago and
while it takes away some of the surprise of opening gifts on your birthday or
Christmas, it’s pretty awesome because it basically guarantees you’re going to
love the gifts you get. And they’ll be the right size/color/all that.
I also think it's a fun way to introduce friends and family to new stores and items they may not have heard of. I love finding new sites and stores online, especially with unique and fun things I've never even thought of. My newest store find is Urbanara which is chock full of awesome home goods. That and ASOS are my go-to clicks right now.
are some things currently on my wishlist. What are you wishing for this year?
This dress from ASOS (leather details and comfy sweater material?? Hello!
These pants from Uniqlo - I just bought my first pair of jeggings from them and oh man are they comfy.
This print from CarolineHPArt on Etsy - I know I know, I'm a giant Harry Potter nerd...
And besides all the fun things I have on my list including seriously like 8 million pieces of clothing, here are some non-selfish things I want for Christmas (so you don't think I'm a total selfish jerk):
Family and friends to live closer to us (it's our fault we moved away, but come on...Ridgecrest sucks!)
For B to get his dream job. Because shouldn't we all?
Visits from people who haven't gotten to visit us yet. Okay, that's semi-selfish...
For Gizmo's allergies to magically go away. Poor itchy dog.
Now that all of our Christmas cards have gone out (except for the one person who will not send me their address *cough* *cough* answer my e-mail!) I wanted to share the super cute (if I do say so myself) year in review that I included in each card. I completely 100% copied this from one I found on Pinterest found here, but I'm still pretty proud that I pulled it off and what is Pinterest for if not ripping off people's ideas, but it's okay because you link to them on your blog?
The funniest part of making this was trying to figure out the things to include because although it was an exciting year with the big move and all....we still didn't have THAT many big events. Anyways, enjoy!
Listening: To Mike watching soccer in the next room and me watching reruns of Grey's. We just finished watching some Dexter (we watch too much tv) AND I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS!
Thinking: I'm super sad that tomorrow is Monday.
Smelling: Nothing. I'm never smelling anything. Is that weird? (It's better than smelling farts I guess)
Wishing: That I could stay home tomorrow cuddled up on the couch because there's supposed to be more freezing rain and I just really don't want to go to work.
Hoping: For a positive outcome to something I'm working on.
Wearing: Plaid Abercrombie pajama pants that I bought back in Bakersfield (that makes them like 10 years old) and a brown Abercrombie thermal from the same time period and I just realized I'm wearing an entirely Abercrbombie outfit even though I refuse to physically walk into those stores and the CEO probably thinks I'm too fat to shop there.
Loving: The giant glass of Barboursville Pinot Grigio that my husband poured me.
Wanting: This adorable dress from H&M. (This section will pretty much always be a dress I want...)
Needing: To figure out what I'm going to wear tomorrow and to the Board Dinner on Wednesday.
There isn't much to write about our first Thanksgiving on the East Coast. It was lazy and cold and pretty and tasty and boozy. Which sounds pretty darn good to me. Instead of a mushy, rambly post about our holiday, here are some crappy iPhone pictures to sum it up.
The Husband in his Christmas sweater.
Me. This is what I look like 80% of the time.
Mike and Monica slaving away while I took iPhone photos and rambled on and on about nonsense.
We stayed at the 1804 cottages at Barboursville Vineyards and dinner was in their tasting room and it was DELICIOUS. Also the wine? Oh man, we bought two bottles during dinner, that's how good it was.
Yum yum yum.
I of course, wore the least amount of anyone there and luckily got sat by this toasty fireplace. Lucky me and my bare legs!
It wouldn't be a fancy dinner without a bow tie, right?
This game was effing hard, but fun. I know nothing about where wine is from apparently.
My step-mom got drunk. It was amazing.
After dinner, we went back to our cottage to drink wine, eat a bunch of cheese, and play an alcohol board game.
We were so lucky to come home Friday evening so we had all day Saturday and Sunday to relax before work started back up. We spent it being super lazy and putting out our Christmas decorations. I love this time of year!