2013: The Year in Review

2013.  Holy cow.  What a year it has been.

This year has had it’s trials and tribulations, as all years do.  But I must say, I feel like 2013 was a defining year in my life.  I learned a lot about myself.  I learned a lot about the world.  I feel like I’m beginning 2014 as a smarter and wiser individual — one who is more compassionate, more determined, and more patient.  (Patient?  I never thought I’d see the day!)

I know this recap is a few days premature, but I’m heading to Vermont for New Year’s Eve and am most CERTAINLY not bringing my computer with me.  (35 friends in one house for five nights.  I know.  Pray for us.)

Without further adieu, here’s a look back on the last 365 days of my wonderful life:


We went ice skating in beautiful Bryant Park.  Chelsea and I got a personal trainer.  (That didn’t last long.)  HOCKEY MADE A TRIUMPHANT RETURN.  We threw a “hands on” dinner party for our best friends.  I cooked for pretty much the first time ever.  I also threw a carton of Almond Milk out of our window and it hit our neighbor in the face.  I will never forget that.

We went to our first hockey game of the season.  I won another contest and flew to St. Louis for 24 hours to see Lady Gaga, up close and personal.  (I may or may not have made a fool of myself on camera.)  I escaped a blizzard by jet-setting to Miami, and then London.  We got bored and rented a car for no reason at all.  Tom had us over for one of the most epic brunches ever.  My friends Jesse and Justin launched TIE THE KNOT!  And then, Frank and I gave up social media.  Oh, the horror.

We all participated in Cycle for Survival in honor of our beautiful friend Kristen.  (Disclaimer:  Four hours of spinning while hungover is one of the LEAST pleasant experiences one can ever have in life.)  I shot engagement photos for my friends in Central Park.  We saw SHM at MSG.  (We also saw Patrik Elias at the Short Hills Mall.  I’m not sure which was more exciting.)  WE POSTED VOLUME 1 OF FRIDAYS WITH FRANKIE D.  My eyes just welled up with tears.  I turned 25, and paid my very first visit to Drybar with all my gal pals.  I also think I went to Canada for a day?  Yes, I definitely went to Canada for a day.

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April was a crazy month.  I flew to Los Angeles.  Then to Beijing.  Then back to Los Angeles.  Then to Portland.  Then?  ITALY — where we ended up spending more time in a car (driving from coast to coast) than we did at our actual hotel.  Frank continued to cook in my absence.  Later in the month, he launched his website!  Our best friends from high school came to visit us in the big city.  We paid Yankee Stadium a much overdue visit.

The madness continued.  I went to  São Paulo, Brazil and never wanted to come home.  Shortly after, I went to Manila!  It was one of the most incredible cities I’ve ever been to.  My friends got engaged, and I was in on the surprise!  Frank started his roof garden, and we made a few enemies.  I went to the Hamptons for the first time and had a wonderful (and chilly) Memorial Day Weekend with KP.

My little brother graduated college!  I celebrated my three year anniversary of living in Hoboken… with boys.  We played on our roof.  A lot.  The summer started on a good night with a visit from K-Smooth and a trip to the theater.

I fulfilled my lifelong dream of singing at an Open Mic Night.  We made our first trip down to Ocean Grove, where we drank way too much beer at The Parker House and invented blanking.  Frank started doing crazy things, like waking up at 5:00am to make pizza dough.  I got slapped in the face.  I shot engagement photos for two of the most wonderful people I know.  I went to Cincinnati, Ohio and ate WAY too much Skyline Chili (above).  We headed back to Ocean Grove for one of the most fun weekends of my entire life.

I went to Newport and had an absolute blast celebrating Lindsey and Charlie’s wedding with all of my old co-workers.  I went to my first country concert, and explored Brooklyn with my mom and dad.  The girls invited me to see Donovan Frankenreiter at the Brooklyn Bowl.  Holly and I saw “Wicked” in Boston.  Oh, and FRANK AND I WENT TO THE VMA’S.

I MOVED!  And ate a lot of grilled cheese.  I learned the true meaning of the phrase “all good things must come to an end.”

We ate at Toro and it exceeded our expectations.  I carved pumpkins, more than once.  We went through the TOUCH TUNNEL at the Liberty Science Center.  I saw an original Banksy on the streets of NYC.  MY BIG BROTHER GOT ENGAGED TO THE MOST WONDERFUL GIRL ON THE PLANET!!!  And, once again, Halloween ended up being the perfect opportunity for me to show the world that I AM MY HAIR.

Alex and I went to the first annual YouTube Music Awards, and they were bizarre.  I finally got to try a CRONUT.  My cute roommate turned 26, and we celebrated with karaoke and a mimosa bar.  I had the great honor of shooting Nick and Anna’s engagement photos, and I got asked to be a bridesmaid!  We went to see Macklemore at MSG.  My mom and I spent a lovely day together in the Big Apple.  I spent Thanksgiving at home with the people I love most.

We donned our ugly sweaters.  More than once.  I got to go home for my momma’s annual Christmas Cookie Baking Day.  (And then I gained 5 pounds.)  Kelsey threw a Ramen Noodle party, and it was a hit.  Hayley and I went to see The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center!  My dearest friend Catherine came to town for a long overdue reunion.  Christmas Day was magical, as always.


Though there have been times I’ve been tempted to stop blogging for good, I’m glad I haven’t given up on this little space.  It’s so wonderful to reflect upon all that’s happened in the past year, and how much I’ve grown.

Here’s to the next 365 days.  Let’s make them our best yet, okay?

Thank you for reading!


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Comments (7)

  1. YOUR LIFE! Always so fantastic. Always amazing just like you! I am so happy I got to meet you in Newport even if for just a few minutes. I hope we can spend more time together in 2014. XOXOXO

  2. 2013 – the year we turned from blends into friends 🙂 MISS YOU BOO! happy happy new year!!!!

  3. Omg what a year! You traveled SOO much! How?! My wanderlust is in full swing.

    • My best advice to you is to find a job that involves travel! My job has given me the chance to see the world in just a few short years.

      Thanks for reading, and happy new year! xx

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