Five Friday Favorites: Memories of 2012

As today is the last Friday of the year, I think it is appropriate to reflect on the year and remember some of the best things that happened.  The list is varied and helps me to remember all of the amazing opportunities that I’ve had so far.

  1. Tennessee Vacation.  I’ve been thinking about the vacation that my family took in June for a few weeks now.  We started in Kentucky with a tour of Mammoth Caves, went to Nashville and saw a show at the Grand Ole Opry and a performance by Idina Menzel.  We went to Lynchburg to tour the Jack Daniel’s Distillery (my favorite whiskey!) and then headed to Pigeon Forge where we explored the Smoky Mountains and Dollywood.  It was an awesome vacation for my family and I have so many funny memories of our adventures in Sha-kon-o-hey (Land of Blue Smoke).  For Christmas I made my mother a little scrapbook of all of the memories and pictures from the ten day jaunt through the Smoky Mountains.  Here’s a few of my favorite pages!
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  2. Bunbury Music Festival.  Another one of my favorite memories was the music festival I took C, G, and his friend to in July.  It was the first inaugural Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio.  It was so cool!  We saw so many awesome bands like Grouplove, Reverend Peyton and the Big Damn Band, Hotfox, Weezer, Manchester Orchestra, and I could go on and on.  It was a challenge to stay pumped for the full three days, but we toughed it out and had an awesome time with only a mild sunburn.
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  3. Starting a new chapter in Ypsilanti.  So far the biggest change in the year has been when C and I relocated to Ypsilanti to start our new chapter.  We moved into an adorable apartment, I started school, C found an exciting job that he loves, and we’ve settled in nicely.  I’m so happy with our little home and can’t wait to see where our next adventure takes us.
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  4. Semper tres sumus.  One memorable moment of this year was getting my tattoo done with G.  Though the circumstances were awful and I’d rather not have to have the tattoo, I’m still so glad to share something so meaningful with my little brother.  Someday I’ll share the full meaning of the tattoo with all of my readers, but not until I’m ready.
  5. Starting this blog.  It’s cheesy and lame, but one of my favorite things of this entire year has been developing the blog.  Sure, I know I’ve got a lot of work left to do, but I think it’s been a good run so far.  I’m really enjoying the routine of writing and planning and brainstorming for posts each week.  My process can only get better and my writing can only improve.

So thank you readers for putting up with my experimenting and offering your support!  Cheers to the new year and many more adventures ahead!

XOXO

A

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Winter Reading Update

Well, I’ve successfully crossed one book off of my winter reading list – The Great Gatsby.  It took me just under three days to tear through the rich two-hundred or less pages.  I had no idea it was so short when I decided to read it nor did I really know anything about the plot or the time setting.  It really was all about parties and love and secrets in the fabulous 20s.  I know already that I’ll have to read it again since I was blazing through the pages.  Everyone has told me that there are so many subtleties and nuances that you have to catch again and again.  Mostly, I’m glad I read it and look forward to reading it again in the near future.

And now, since I got The Casual Vacancy for Christmas (Thanks Mom and Dad!) I’m dipping in to that.  So far it’s been interesting to read a J.K. Rowling that isn’t Harry Potter.  Sure, I miss the magic and Hogwarts but so far this book is incredibly interesting.  It’s still the incredibly detailed and cozy world that Rowling so often creates it’s just a different setting and a different type of drama.  I won’t spoil it for anyone who is still planning on reading it, but thus far, about one-hundred pages in, I’m not too disappointed.

What are you reading this Christmas season?

XOXO

A

Happy Christmas from Traverse City!

This Christmas has been different to say the least, but one thing remains the same: I am so lucky to have such a wonderful family. When some things start to go wrong, we band together and find ways to laugh.

After a rough night not being able to get in the front door of our rental cabin and a frantic search for a hotel room at 3 am that could house the five of us and our two dogs, we’ve enjoyed a different kind of Christmas than we’re used to. We didn’t open presents until we had unpacked the car, had some coffee, and properly settled in. We found so many small ways to lift each other up whether that was with a story, a joke, a hug, or offering to help with something. Now as the day comes to a close and we’re watching the Grinch and sharing a bottle of wine, I can call this Christmas a success.

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I hope your Christmas was just as good!

XOXO

A

Christmas is coming!

We’re just a few days away and I’m currently making up my huge packing list for C and I’s adventure across Indiana and Michigan in the next week.  We’re heading down to be with his family for a few days before heading up to Traverse City for the rest of the week, where I hear they have something like 18 inches of snow.  Needless to say, I’m excited to spend the entire week with family.  That’s what the season is all about, isn’t it?

That being said, I can’t promise that I’ll be posting as regularly, but maybe you’ll hear from me a few times!

Happy Holidays!

XOXO

A