2012: A Year in Review

Last Saturday Joey surprised me with dinner and a Christmas show in Lone Tree. He also surprised me by getting the stomach flu the day before, which meant he could barely eat and I got dessert all to myself. And then I started making sugar-high-driven demands like “Let’s recap what happened in 2012!” The convo went a little something like this.

In January, I quit my job at Starbucks and rang in the new year by drinking champagne from a margarita glass.


In February, I had my first New Orleans Mardi Gras experience and celebrated Valentine’s Day at my favorite Boulder restaurant.


In March, I landed a job in Boulder and celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by drinking a pitcher of “Strong Island Tea” by myself, followed by a 3 hour nap.


In April, we celebrated Joey’s 25th birthday, entertained my cousin for a week when she came from New Orleans to visit, and watched the Rockies lose on Opening Day (and a million other times during the rest of the season).


In May, I finally gave in and joined a bowling league, celebrated my 5 year anniversary and ran my favorite 10K, the Bolder Boulder.


On June, I celebrated my niece’s first birthday, my 2nd blogging anniversary and climbed a 14-er!


In July, I celebrated the 4th of July by being hungover and walking most of my 10K, turned 23 and switched blogging sites.


In August, I took a trip to Vail/Glenwood Springs, said a sad goodbye to the Olympics, and won an “award” (cough a magnet cough) for most improved bowler.


In September, Joey and I brewed our first batch of beer and took a trip to Colorado Springs for the hot air balloon festival.  Then I quit my job… again and watched Joey finish his second marathon.


In October, I saw a horrible Madonna concert, watched Joey’s cousin get married, carved pumpkins and celebrated Halloween like an old boring person by staying in and watching a scary movie.


In November, I saw my first James Bond movie, ate more delicious food than I thought my stomach could hold on Thanksgiving, painted my own Christmas ornament and marched headfirst into the Christmas season.


In December, Joey and I went to Jamaica, waited in line for our KBCO Studio C CD, watched every Christmas movie known to man and celebrated Christmas with food, gifts, laughter and family.


Like any normal human being who is given a “fresh start,” I do have some hopes for 2013, but that’s a topic for another day.  I hope you all have a Happy New Year’s Eve and a good start to the new year!


Christmas Things

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!


Per usual, ours was busy and hectic at times but that’s half the fun, right? Right.

Christmas Eve was split between Joey’s mom’s side of the family and my family. Tradition calls for breakfast and a movie with the former group so that’s what we did.

Pretty sure I hijacked the celebration by choosing both the breakfast restaurant and the movie. And then I ordered for everyone. Just kidding.


I think everyone approved of Turley’s. I definitely approved of this giant cafe au lait.

The 3D thing is kind of lost on me. After 5 minutes I usually forget it’s even in 3D but regardless, I really liked Life of Pi! Visually it was beautiful and it was definitely thought provoking. Poor Joey had to listen to me analyzing it for the rest of the day. I just wish the ending had been a little less spelled out.


We spent the evening with my brother and co. over at my parents’. It’s always so fun watching little ones open presents (and to open some for myself). My nephew spent the evening taking super close-up pictures of everything on his new camera and my niece loved her new jacket so much that she burst into tears when my brother took it off of her.



I also let my dad eat about half of the casserole I made before telling him it was full of cream cheese. I think he quickly forgot after opening his iPad mini. And this is probably how my dad is going to look from now on.


I finished the evening by watching A League of Their Own with a sleeping dog on my lap and was greeted with snowfall when I headed back home.



Christmas Day involved breakfast, mimosas, dominating in Scattergories, and lots of present opening. Santa was good to everyone this year. My mom actually cried when she opened presents from my sister and I. It was so sweet 🙂






I don’t think I’ve removed this pair of Frye boots from my feet since opening them.

There was also a good amount of relaxing.




You would think a 3-day work week would go fast but it’s so slow at work and the 3 days just keep dragging on and on. Does anyone else find this time of year depressing? It’s cold and there’s no Christmas to look forward to.

C’est la vie!

What were the highlights of your Christmas?

Are you experiencing the post-Christmas blues?

Do you have a Christmas Eve tradition?