Getting ready for
a morning full of soaked courts and delayed match times Drew’s first match of the day, I realized that on this day, six years ago, Audrey and I got inked. With our moms (and one little brother). SIX YEARS AGO!! Happy birthday little green lightning bolt!
Anyway, I don’t know about you, but 2014 was a whirlwind of a good time! I always say I’m not much of a horoscope person, but I think I’m lying to myself. I’m not superstitious or bank my luck on the stars by any means, but honestly? The Year of the Horse (my sign) was particularly kind to yours truly.
Let’s recap, shall we? In January, I rang in ’14 with some of my bests in San Diego! From fancy seafood dinners to a hotel party to hole-in-the-wall burritos, it was definitely a beginning I won’t forget.
Also got to celebrate Maria’s birthday in Atlantic City — my first time visiting Vegas’ East Coast cousin (or is it brother? Sister?).
Was visited by both my sister and mom in February and March for belated birthday celebrations. Most importantly, mom and I got to see Stef graduate the Marine Corps’ TBS!!
Rang in my big sister’s quarter century in April 🙂
Then in May, my (hilarious) friend DKeane visited NY before starting medical school. Afterwards, I flew home and watched one of my best friends – my cousin Allison – see her hard work pay off when she graduated from SJSU. I can’t even begin to talk about how proud I am of her!
Without a doubt, June left the other 11 months in the dust. While traveling solo to London & Ireland was experience in itself, it was a chance for me to learn not only who I was, but how to love – and entertain – myself. Cannot thank our UK office & my sister’s boyfriend Q enough for their hospitality. Other highlights include eating deer for the first time at Camden Market, WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR, making penpals at Tig Coili & getting tattoo #6 in Galway.
And so the travel bug decided to stay put. July meant being reunited with family in Brookline, Massachusetts for my favorite holiday – the Fourth – only to double back two weeks later to celebrate a
bachelorette party bridal shower for my cousin Tam.
Then in August I watched Tam marry her one & only, surrounded by close friends and our awesome family in Cape Cod. Hands down, it was one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever seen and really thankful to have been a part of it! This month was also bittersweet for our family, when we said see you later to my better half — my sister moved to Okinawa, Japan, where she would finally began her military career.
Said hello to September in Miami with my best friend!! 09/14 was another turning point for me, deciding that my complacency for the way I lived and, albeit subconscious, unnecessary stress I put on myself was to cease (or at the very least, lessen significantly, at least until holiday season anyway). September was also synonymous with strength – finishing two races (5 & 10K) within my goal times.
October? I can sum up this month in four words: Patriots game in Foxboro. Still pinching myself. (Yes, it was that big of a deal.)
Hosted some girlfriends for our first Friendsgiving this November at Two Frank Sinatra – pretttaayyy successful (read, did NOT cook a turkey). Crazy how nine years later, we are all spread out across the world and when we get together, it’s as if no time has passed whatsoever.
Still can’t believe how fortunate I am to have had the opportunity this December to see two amazing people get married on the Winter Solstice! It was already exciting enough that it was my first Jewish wedding! Let me reiterate: a million and one blessings to both of you!
While Christmas seemed a little sparse for the Tons – what can you do when your person is overseas serving our country? – the year wrapped up in one last trip. Can’t wait to ring in ’15 with my parents and little brother in Phoenix while DrewDawg attempts to acquire his second Gold Ball (dubs)*.
So curious to see what 2015 has in store.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
– gold ball: first place at a national tournament
– dubs: the abbreviation for doubles