I've been rather bad at maintaining this little corner of the internet. I can't tell you how many times I've started and deleted posts either getting bored, running out of steam, or assuming you'd all abandoned me and lost interest. Well, even if you have lost interest I've decided to try and come back for my own sake.
You see, 2012 was rather busy. Ok, 2012 was INCREDIBLY BUSY and 2013 is shaping up to be more of the same. I've decide that recommitting to maintaining my blog will be a nice break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. So, let's give it another try, shall we?
2012. What can I say? There was a lot to be done and somehow I managed to pull it all off. Whether I was a nice person to be around or even tolerable through most of it is a question for those around me. At this point it all seems like a bit of a blur. However, I will admit that I've been patting myself on the back for making it through the year relatively unscathed. So what exactly made 2012 so busy?
Well, first I joined the Junior League. The actual joining part occurred in the fall of 2011 but the real work was done in 2012. There was a lot of fun but there was also a lot of work. I really tried my hardest to get involved in my community in 2012 and I think I made a good start. My involvement in the Junior League and some of my Pasadena excursions have really helped me settle in. In 2012, I finally reached a place where I was comfortable called Pasadena home. I now love it here so much, and feel so invested, that the though of moving somewhere else is actually really distressing. We'd always talked about Southern California being a temporary move but I really love Pasadena and leaving is, at the moment, unimaginable. Now all I need to do is won the lottery so we can buy a craftsman home. haha. JK ... but seriously... Mega Millions Gods, I'm talking to you.
Anyway, Junior League kept me busy. There as a lot to plan and a lot of donations to be solicited for our provisional member event. I had a lot going on but managed to volunteer at some really amazing places, meet a great group of women, and dedicated a lot of time to a really great non-profit. I learned a lot about myself in 2012 and managed to develop some skills I didn't even know I had. Thanks, Junior League!
The other big thing that went on in 2012 was wedding planning and then you know, the actual wedding part. Man, I traveled A LOT in 2012! Shuttling back and forth between NYC and LA to get the wedding planned and everything in place. I'd originally intended to be one of those people who documented wedding planning on my blog but when it came down to it I was usually way to exhausted or just didn't feel like thinking about certain things any longer than I had to.
Wedding planning definitely wasn't without its stress and
I got a first hand lesson - as in, in your face, this is happening whether you like it or not, so hold on lest you be swept away in the maelstrom - in the one thing everyone tries to tell you the second you get engaged - weddings bring up crazy things and make otherwise rational people act insane. I'm fairly certain the last month or so before my wedding aged me ten years. I've got the budding gray hairs (seriously) to prove it. But, I survived and actually the wedding turned out really well. It was smallish - probably a max of 90 guests - in the end. For the most part, despite the absence of a few people who we wished could make it but didn't, everyone we hoped would be able to attend did. The wedding was a lot of fun and at brunch the next day, I heard a lot of really funny stories - including stories from basically all of my bridesmaids about how they took shots with my mom. Suffice it to say, everyone had a good time.
Mostly, I can't believe its been six months since the wedding. When I look back on some of the not so happy stuff that happened in the days leading up to the wedding I'm starting to feel less and less of the "I wish none of this had happened" emotions and more of the "I'm happy none of this happened at the wedding" emotions and some of the "such is life" emotions. Nothing is really ever perfect but I think the end result - the wedding - was as close as it could have been. What matters anyway is that after what felt like the longest engagement on the planet (obviously, not really) we got married. The day of went really smoothly and I'm happy the actual day of didn't stress me out. Although, that is because through most of it I kind of felt like I was in a haze and everyone sounded like the teacher from Charlie Brown.
Oh yea, and then I got a job. Two or three days before I left LA for the wedding, I got a call from the LA Superior Court for an interview. If I talk to you somewhat regularly, you'll remember that sometime in April (or maybe May), I was called in to produce a writing sample on the fly. I was given an assignment and told to do it, as phase 1 of my interview. Apparently what I wrote was acceptable and I was then asked to come back in for an in person interview. It went well but I thought I was for sure doomed when I started the interview with "BTW - I'm flying to NYC it three days and won't be back for a month. Sorry!" But apparently that was fine because before I felt for the wedding, I got a call telling me I'd got the job. yay! Except then when I got back I worked my ass off the months of July and had about 2 days off the entire month. Mostly, my life has been full of a lot of this...
While it definitely sucks at times, I'm thankful to have a job and let's be honest, to have the money. With two incomes we're flying through our debt which is really one of our biggest accomplishments this year. The start of 2013 is showing no chance that my job will slow down of be more manageable. Wish me luck...
Those are just the big three things from 2012. There were so many other exciting things this year that I wish I had shared with all of you - like Wine Riot, our Thanksgiving 5K, the fact that I joined a gym (and actually go - le gasp - when I can get out of work before 7pm), I read 41 books this year, I enjoyed some great live theater!! Scrolling through my pictures I am reminded of all the fun I had in the midst of the insanity that was 2012. I'm hoping 2013 is just as fun but a tad bit slower - for the sake of my sanity.
So with this (lengthy - sorry) post, I'm resolving to make 2013 a year where I update my blog at least one a week. I think I can do it! I can do it, right? Is it cheating if I write some posts in advance and have them auto publish on certain dates? I'll try not to do that but I have a few things I've been meaning to blog about so I might bang out some posts this weekend.
So ... here's to a wonderful 2013 full of lots of blogging and merriment, and (hopefully) less stress!