January 1, 2010

on 2009...

It's time again to revisit a few important things. It is the beginning of a new year - nay, decade, after all!

It's time to begin exercising again in order to regain the ability to sit comfortably in my jeans without unbuttoning the top button, to quickly consume any and all leftover holiday goodies/alcoholic beverages and start out fresh with healthy eating habits, to gaze lovingly at all the fond memories of this past year and, of course, to write the annual year-in-review post.

So, here we are. The good things, the better things and all the shenanigans tucked in-between.

January: I started out the new year with a new feature called Work it Out Weekends (which will hopefully be making a shiny, new come-back very soon!). I realized just how much of a difference tiny acts of kindness make. I continued with my running adventures - gaining speed, confidence and (depending on the day) legs made of meatloaf. I was thrilled to have won the titles of Most Sincere and Most Distinct Voice through the 20SB Bootleg awards! I pondered my desire to live a more creative life. And my lovely older sister had her first baby.

February: I made a trip to visit my new nephew (AKA: cutest child in all of humanity) and in the process became all emo about the idea of being "home". I took a moment to really be happy. I drooled all over myself when I saw Angel from Buffy in Hollywood, and was thrilled to finally purchase a sewing machine! I I felt the need to video blog some of my teenage emo-poetry (you're welcome). At the end of the month, we celebrated our third wedding anniversary and I purchased the most glorious dress, just for the occasion!

March: I continued my love affairs with Fresh & Easy and my lovely sewing machine. Jay and I finally decided to eat our wedding cake three years later (word of advice: DON'T). In a lovely twist of fate, my job paid for a trip to Las Vegas that involved entirely too many martinis and a John Travolta impersonator. And half of the month was spent in my tiny nubbin of a car during our two-week road trip to Minnesota! Oh, and we almost died in Montana. Snow? What's that?

April: I perfected the running man at an 80's party. An intense case of baby fever took over my life and I struggled with being content in the moment. After seeing Sex in the City, I realized how much of a "Charlotte" I am. I realized that you're never too old to be homesick.

May: I wrote about the current state of my marriage. Happily, I enjoyed many "Jay days" and was ridiculously giddy about my glorious new car! I wrote one of my favorite posts, about my first name and coming to terms with a long, often-mispronounced, German last name.

June: I enjoyed a crazy, wonderful, shenanigan-filled weekend with some of my favorite bloggers! Jay and I consumed too much alcohol during a wine tasting and beer tour. I took a giant leap with my photography, taking engagement photos for one of my best friends. I tried to make a great return to running after an extended break, and experienced the greatest hair day of my young life (not on the same day).

July: For the 4th, Jay and I made a trip to Washington to see both our families! Following our vacation, I wrote one of my bravest posts regarding my faith. My pure, unadulterated love for the "LC Braid" only continued to blossom. And, you know what? I broke the law. (Which wasn't as fun as it sounds.) Also, I continued my never ending decorating of the duplex, making curtains and buying the perfect teal shelf of my dreams.

August: I did a lot of thinking about body image, the good and the bad. I mixed curtain hanging with margaritas and approved of the result. I was brave enough to post a photo of myself - completely make-up free! I turned twenty-five and hosted a giveaway from my etsy shop.

September: I tried to get back to the gym yet again, and also worked on my own, little happiness project. I wrote about my first love. After hours and hours spent crafting, I did a happy dance for hours when I discovered one of my items was featured on etsy's front page!

October: I learned what jury duty is like in Compton. I struggled a bit with the body image monster. I successfully proved that marriage is nothing like eHarmony commercials, and wrote about all the things I miss from when I was young.

November: Life became ridiculously busy! As a direct result, I blamed my tummy pooch on a phantom pregnancy. My splurge of the year was in the form of a twee, chartreuse vintage-style tea table! I was thrilled to fly back to Washington for a vacation at my sister's place where I got to hang out with my nugget of a nephew and catch up with the rest of my family. Thanksgiving was quite lovely and I enjoyed some time off from work. I wrote a post about time management and my dream of crafting full-time.

December: I did a bit more decorating (do I ever stop?) and channeled Martha Stewart while hosting a cookie decorating party at the duplex. I enjoyed the holiday season more than ever! I realized just how safe and cozy married life can be. I was stuck working on Christmas and struggled through the morning after. Finally, I share the story of "wishcake" and of this cozy little blog!

And that was my year. It makes me all jittery and excited when I think of all the year ahead will bring...hopefully there will be many good (and great!) things. Happy new year, lovelies!

[what I was up to in 2007, and in 2008.]

28 comments :

  1. I love your blog. I'm so happy to have met you "for reals" this year, and hope we have another pretend book club in the future. Here's to an even better 2010!

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  2. thank you for all your blog posts this year. you have no idea how many times your posts have brightened my day and made me laugh. look forward to your posts in 2010! happy, happy new year! xx

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  3. Love your blog! Glad to know you ate your cake (or didn't) 3 years later. It's been 18 months and we haven't eaten ours.

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  4. Wow, I loved this post and I've been reading all of the highlighted posts for the past hour!! You've done so much, can't wait to read about loads more :)

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  5. Your blog is lovely. I am glad I found it in 2009. Thanks for this cute little summary :))

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  6. It's been a pleasure sharing your life the last year! Best of luck with all your endeavors in 2010 and know I'll be over in OR cheering you on!:)

    Loves.

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  7. Aw quite a year. I think I started reading your blog around the teal bookshelf so I have a few of your posts to catch up on!

    Best wishes to you in 2010!

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  8. Love the summary - your blog is one of my faves! I think I started reading in April, during your intense baby fever - I was undergoing the same, I just didn't have a name for it! Hope you have a fantastic 2010 :)

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  9. I think I've been reading for over a year now! Happy New Year, dear! Hope 2010 is one of the best years yet!

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  10. Happy New Year, Kerri! Wishing you much joy and awesomeness in 2010.

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  11. Happy New Year to you!

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  12. Happy New Year Kerri!!!!

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  13. Happy 2010 & thanks for the recap! It was nice to go back & read some of your self-proclaimed best of the year after having come across your blog mid-year. <3

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  14. happy new year kerri!! i love your yearly monthly recap of the year! maybe in 2010 we can finally meet up! xo.

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  15. I remember most of those posts.. I guess that means I've been reading for over a year too?
    I must comment more... be less of a blog stalker!
    Happy new year!

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  17. I can't even remember what I ate for dinner last night, let alone what happened in January.

    It's cool that you do though- sounds like an awesome year.

    Oh, hi, I'm Cheryl.

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  18. January felt like such a long time ago, but I remember reading those posts ... and it feels like I read them just last week.

    Happy 2010, dear.

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  19. I adore how you do this. Your blogging is brilliant. I like.

    Spatzi, Nonsensical Sprinkles

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  20. Posting a pic of yourself without make-up was very brave - although you are very pretty anyway. I don't think I could do that though...

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  21. You are one of my favorite bloggers. Happy New Year to you too!

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  22. I've had a few new commenters lately and I've been following links... it's so fun to learn about other bloggers when the first post you read is something like this!

    Cheers to a great 2009 and an even better 2010 :)

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  23. Happy New Year Kerri!

    I hope you find this one as interesting as the last! I shall be reading to find out!

    xx

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  24. Kerri,
    I love this post of your look back on 2009. It has been a ride! Thank you for sharing it with us. Happy New Year!

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  25. What a great 2009! I'm glad I've been able to read along - thanks for your posts - they never cease to brighten my day. I hope 2010 is good to you!

    Happy (belated) New Year!

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  26. I love the "safe and the cozy" post.

    Happy New Year! :-)

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  27. love this and love your year and hope 2010 is just as fabulous if not a million times better. :)

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  28. I have no doubt that 2010 will be a wonderful year for you! I think my favorites were the Vegas recap as well as the cookie hosting party recap =0)

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