Happy New Year, friends! With a week off between Christmas and New Year’s, I took the opportunity to tune out the internet noise and let my attentions focus on what was right in front of me. Now that it is 2013, I am ready for reflecting on 2012 aka the busiest year ever.
January began 2012 with museum visits. I also hit the ground running in January by committing to 12 changes in 12 months and taking Zumba classes. They were unrelated activities/goals, but I didn’t get very far with either of those. I did, however, take a photography class, which helped encourage me out of manual mode for a while. It was in January at the Fancy Food Show and Food Fete where Ryan and I were so inspired that we planned a trip up to the Oregon Cheese Festival in March!
February began with my first Beach Blanket Babylon show. February was also our trip to Costa Rica. We travel quite well together – a real blessing! We spent one and a half weeks in three different parts of Costa Rica, eating and absorbing as many experiences as we could. When we returned, we went on our second foraging expedition, but I only wrote about our first foraging expedition, which really happened back in December. Even though February’s the shortest month of the year, we gladly stood for hours in line for good beer.
March began with Mamma Mia the musical with the seester. Two months with shows to kick them off?! I’m a lucky girl. I was also beyond lucky to be chosen through the Toyota Women Influencer Network to attend the Women in the World Summit in New York City. I didn’t write as much as I had intended to about that experience, but it was pretty mindblowing. Hilary Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Meryl Streep, Oprah, Sheryl Sandberg to name only a few!
I also wrote my first post for Art of Backpacking. Later in the month, Ryan and I drove up to the Oregon Cheese Festival to eat a lot of cheese and drink plenty of beer and wine. I can’t seem to get enough of it!
April ended up being a low travel month, but it seemed more like an eating month. Meals I enjoyed in the month ranged from the low key, such as having friends over for wine and cheese, to dining about town and discovering places like Beast and the Hare, to even a little adventurous with bugs! I also brunched with bloggers in Suisun City. At the end of the month, Ryan picked up a new [to us] car!
May kicked off the summer of travel. We spent the first weekend up in the Shasta and Southern Oregon area. We drove a roundabout way to get to Lava Beds National Monument because of the snow. Later that day, we met the equivalent of the “most interesting man on Earth” at a brewery up in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He fixed us up a delicious BBQ plate and invited us to his off-the-grid ranch, which we have yet to visit. May was also Bloggers in Sin City. I’d been counting down to the event for quite some time.
In June, the seester and I ran a 5K and followed it up with a brunch with bloggers. Ryan’s birthday was also this month, and we spent a week in Colorado split between Denver, Boulder, and TBEX, soaking in all those have to offer. We were super lucky to have Ashalah house us while we were in town! On the local front, I was finally able to refinance my house. It was a long process, but I got through it! June is also the time that I basically signed my life for the next year away when I ran for a Board position with the social and philanthropic organization. Lots of work, more than expected!
To be continued in Part Two!