New Years & Weekend in Photos

Hello all and happy (belated) new year!

I celebrated on the Oregon coast with my roommate and 6 of our friends at her family’s cabin. Here are a couple of my favorite snapshots:

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Unfortunately, during our canoe trip pictured above, I took an unexpected dip into the river with my iPhone in my pocket. Oops. Luckily I had my iPad to capture a few precious moments from the trip for the 3 days that followed!

After 4 days with my phone in a bucket of rice, the verdict was in and my phone was dead. Lesson learned – bring a plastic bag next time!

Don’t worry though, I’m back in action now 😉

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Just in time for a dodgeball selfie. #typical

Here’s what I was up to this weekend:

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On Friday, I spent the afternoon with my mom and her best friend/college roommate Linda, who made it out of New York just before the big storm. We had an awesome photoshoot at the Sacramento City Cemetery, where we draped ourselves in shiny fabrics and posed with statues. No big deal. See more of Linda’s photos from the day at her blog Journal Your Journey, where she plans to document pictures of her doing yoga poses throughout her post-retirement travels!

We grabbed a bite to eat afterward at Tower Cafe, where Linda helped me food style my lunch 😉

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On Friday night, I went ice skating with friends at the downtown rink. It was crowded and the ice was choppy, but it was super fun! Even if 4/5 of us fell 😉

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I was nervous that I would be too sore from ice skating to run the next morning. I definitely was feeling it (especially my butt, since I fell right on it!), but not enough to keep me away from my 8 mile run! I even made it to the Farmers Market afterward 🙂

Eating pizza and nachos and drinking a beer the night before probably didn’t help my pace… This was a good 10-15 seconds/mile slower than my usual long runs. But I ran on the hilly half marathon course again and it went really well. The fact that I’m already at 8 miles a whole 10 weeks before my half marathon has me feeling very confident!

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Last night, I took it easy – caught up on some of the most recent season of Homeland (only 2 episodes left!), did my nails, and put green stuff on my face. Typical girly Saturday night in.

Today I have been laying low and am currently streaming the 49ers game on my computer… On deck for this evening is dinner and board games, followed by T-Shirt pick up for the next season of Sunday dodgeball! Apparently the fun never ends around here.

This post is coming to you on Sunday rather than Monday this week, because I have another post planned for tomorrow. My main New Years Resolution this year has to do with living on a tighter budget than I’m used to – my new job is full time, but only pays $10/hour. The next 6 months will be an interesting test in self control and cutting back! Check back tomorrow for more 🙂

Where did you go or what did you do for New Years Eve?

Do you set yourself a budget each month? If so, do you use an app or website?

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New Years Eves Past

In honor of New Years Eve, I decided to look back on 3 of my last 4 New Years Eves by sharing pictures and remembering what fun they were. They brought me to two different countries and two different states, and I celebrated with different people each year. How’s that for variety? 😛

I didn’t include NYE 2010 because if I remember correctly, I had just moved home from college and spent the night on the couch watching Snooki drop in a ball. The thought of that scene alone was so depressing that I went straight to my computer the next day and wrote this blog post, then soon after, this one about getting off my lazy butt and applying for internships. Within a week I had two interviews for internships, one of which I got on the spot…and it set me on the path I am today.

Maybe that New Years Eve was mention-worthy after all 🙂

Munich2009Munich, GermanyNYE 2008 — I welcomed in 2009 in the most confusing and exciting New Years Eve setting to date: surrounded by Germans and Austrians (namely, my Austrian friend/host Laura, who was also studying abroad in Lyon with me) in Munich, Germany. Laura met me at the Munich train station on New Years Eve day, after I’d spent 3 days in Prague and had a hell of a time figuring out how to take the train (I speak neither Czech nor German). We went straight to Hofbrauhaus and shared German sausage & beer and chatted in French, much to the confusion of the Italian lads sharing our cafeteria-style table. The rest of the night was spent at a house party and later wandering the streets of Munich, where there was no real fireworks show but rather random people lighting firecrackers out of champagne bottles. Craziest experience EVER, as I spent most of the night speaking surrounded by a weird mix of English, French, and German, with fireworks flying inches from my face. New Years morning (as well as the next week of my Euro trip through Munich, Salzburg, and Stockholm) was snowy and glorious.

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San Francisco, California USANYE 2009 — 3 of my best friends from college and I (we went to UCSB but are all from the Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto area) traveled to San Francisco to ring in our graduation year (Class of 2010, woo!) together. We started the night in Berkeley and had more fun getting ready and taking pictures in front of Starry Night together than we actually did in SF – we couldn’t get into any bars (AKA we didn’t want to pay a cover) and ended up roaming the streets most of the night…until we made it to the Ferry Building at midnight and saw the fireworks!

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Croft Lake, Oregon, USANYE 2011 — Last year, we spent New Year’s weekend in beautiful Oregon, at my roommate’s parents’ cabin on Croft Lake. The weekend was spent canoeing, lounging around and cooking in the cabin, and checking out holiday lights at Shore Acres National Park in nearby Coos Bay. We were pretty much the only inhabitants of the maybe 1 dozen cabins on the lake there for the weekend, so we had the whole place to ourselves and the 6 of us set off firecrackers while blasting music, having a dance party on the deck, and drinking champy. T-Man’s mom had bought me a nice bottle of bubbly from Domaine Carneros, where she had treated me to a nice outing as a Christmas present, so we got to enjoy that too 🙂

My ideal NYE this year would have been something like last year, and until yesterday or the day before, we were contemplating going up to Tahoe for a mini-re-creation…but I think this year is a better year than ever to stay at home and appreciate what I have right in front of me: family, friends, my own apartment (!!!), a job. Despite an overall horrid year, I do have a lot of good things to look back on.

Plus, who knows where I’ll be next year? That’s always the fun thing to wonder. 🙂 Have a safe and happy new year everyone!