Friday, December 30, 2011

If you didn't come to party...

don't bother knockin' on my door.

sometimes no one can say it quite like prince.

it's hard to believe that 2011 is coming to a close (wasn't will smith just singing Will2k?) but what a year it's been. as another dec. 31 approaches, i once again reflect on the past twelve months and i feel so overcome with love, luck and happiness. most importantly, i'm happy to say that i made good on most all of this year's resolutions which means to me, i've made myself a little more good as well. :)

to recap:
our little home is littered with photos of us committing to a lifetime of wedding bliss on our favorite NC beach; e + i explored the food and culture in san francisco and on two islands of hawaii and vieques, puerto rico; i've experimented more with my closet full of gems and am finally re-incorporating my heels and color into my wardrobe over my cardi + jeans; i volunteered for both habitat for humanity and a local cat rescue organization and whether at the beginning or the end of the day, i got enough "me" time to help me gather my thoughts/feelings for or from the day, which totally recharged my energy. from that though, i DID learn that i just loved to take that energy and use it up on friends + family, because i have the kind that are totally worth it. the road rage...well...five out of six ain't bad!

e + i will be compiling our list of resolutions + the year's highlights like we do every year, tomorrow over wine + yummies. and we're sure to pop bottles, throw some confetti and mumble the lyrics to auld lang syne when that NYC ball drops at midnight. above all, i couldn't be more excited to write down things that i hope to make happen in 2012. among some of the many adventures, there will be paris! e will start his new job! and...this gal will welcome the big 3-0! as all others, it'll be a year of new beginnings, growth, change and surely, surprises!

cheers + happy new year to you!

Monday, December 5, 2011

christmas, christmas time is here.

and i'm SO excited! it's been a whirlwind of a month. while the number of holiday parties we attended actually went down, we seemed to stay just as busy and celebrate the season just as hard (like there's any other way we'd do it...). kicking off the whole fiasco the day after thanksgiving, we picked out (and cut down) our very own tree. with a fir this beautiful we HAD to have a party to show it we hosted the old fashioned tree trimming kind and acquired a solid number of amazing ornaments from our friends while we rocked it around the christmas tree. over the next couple of weeks our group celebrated three birthdays and one amazing wedding. and now, on a late dec. 22, we're packed and ready to head to NC to wrap up this holiday season with our families and a bang.

when i moved to MA, for the first couple of years i felt that my christmas didn't officially start until i touched down in carolina. but now i find the moment the wheels hit that NC pavement, the culmination of all the holiday fun that actually begins well before plane tickets are even bought. and i think to myself how this place i live in and these people i'm surrounded by, have truly become a home. my how far we've come.

this weekend i plan to cruise around the sleepy streets of southern pines and take in as many lights as possible. i also plan to ingest an absurd amount of eggnog, red velvet cake, sparkling cookies and champagne, and sing mariah carey one too many times (i maaaay have already done that one...) all the while collecting long, snug hugs from my family and friends. and i suggest you do the same.

happy holidays!

Friday, December 2, 2011

december days are here again.

if you know me, you know this is my favorite time of year. i like spring and summer but

from september 21 through december 21 you can find me floating. my feet tend to sink back down to the ground after christmas and certainly after new years, but for four glorious months I am flying high.

while I’ve been slow recording my fantastic fall excursions including apple picking in 80 degrees, a trip to upstate with the usual suspects, pumpkin carving and one delicious thanksgiving…i can honestly say it’s because I’ve been unable to catch my breath, much less type out some details, due to the high speed at which life has been passing.

here’s a quick run-down of some highlights:

  • 2 grand weeks of hiking, dolphins, turtles, volcanoes and general pure paradise in hawaii
  • 3 years, 2 summer internships and 6 rounds of final exams later, e graduated from harvard law, magna cum laude, might I add
  • we swapped gifts and memories on our 2nd anniversary then flew down to NC the next morning to spend a week on the very beach where we tied the knot
  • we witnessed 6 friends commit to a lifetime of wedded bliss, and celebrated with 2 that agreed to head down that path as well.
  • we lounged away fridays + saturdays at the cape, north shore or someone’s backyard
  • we welcomed irene with one helluva hurricane party
  • and i…i prepared for my fourth new england fall

oh mah gawd it’s been a ride. and that’s just a few months. there’s more to come by way of tree-trimming parties, another wedding celebration and of course, a few birthdays! so dare I say, in hopes that it’s a form of a promise that will keep me writing, i’ll keep you posted.