Friday, December 28, 2012

2012 Did Not Suck

I believe that this may have been my most eventful year—it was chock full of unique and first-time experiences.  Some were much more pleasant than others, but I hardly have room to complain.  I got to cross some big-ticket items off of my Bucket List, and a couple of them were things I didn’t even know I wanted to do until they happened!  If I were to really write a Christmas newsletter about myself for this year, it would go something like this:

I Turned 30
It happened in August, and it did not sting nearly as badly as anticipated, so I threw myself a New Wave Dance Party.  So many of our festive and obliging friends joined us to celebrate, decked out in their 80s best.  It was a memorable party that will be hard for me to top; although, I have been toying with the idea of a Depeche Mode party for my 40th.  Hmm, I’ve got time…
She doesn't look a day over 35

My First Grownup House
Kit and I moved into our first house in March--the first house I have lived in since I was at home with my parents.  Getting settled in has been a meaningful experience, and we have hardly had any run-ins with Tommy.  The house is very comfortable and just the perfect size for us plus the pups.  It has proven to be a great venue for parties, which makes me a very happy hostess.  I look forward to many years enjoyed in our home.

 It's adorable.  Admit it.

I Do Weddings
I have years of experience helping coordinate, decorate, and execute wedding ceremonies and receptions; I typically offer my services as a gift to family and close friends.  But one thing I never thought I would be asked, is to officiate a wedding—and it happened THREE times this year!

Back in June, my cousin in Denver asked if I would unite him with his fiancée, and how do you say no to that!?  It was an absolute honor to stand up with them and perform the ceremony, truly a unique experience that comes around once in a lifetime.  Or so I thought.

Lauren & Will on June 23rd

When word got out that I was performing one cousin’s wedding, another cousin asked me to perform her ceremony in September—so I got to be the Priestess for a second time!  I even wore the same dress, which I coined The Priestess Gown, since it already had good wedding juju on it.

Jen & Justin on September 15th

In December I was asked to perform a third wedding ceremony, and I was happy to oblige.  Kit and I have a dear couple friend, and her mother was planning to get remarried.  They asked if I would help with a small ceremony in their home, and we had a lovely time.  It was an intimate affair with just family and very close friends.

I currently have one wedding on the calendar to officiate in 2013, and I could not be more excited to unite such sweet friends who are absolutely perfect for each other.  I am looking forward to helping them put their ceremony together early next year.

Both Sides of the Operating Table
Earlier this year I actually had the opportunity to observe a surgery!  I was approved for observation privileges, and I was able to witness an actual surgical case.  For job preservation, I cannot say exactly when, where or what the surgery was, but I will tell you that it was simply amazing to witness surgeons do what they do.  I have so much respect for the physicians I have the pleasure of working for—they truly are the best.

Would you let this woman operate on you?
Me neither. 

Disclaimer: I did NOT touch the patient.

In July I began to not feel well.  I thought I had a tummy bug that I was having trouble shaking, but two months of testing and progressively feeling worse finally revealed a bum gallbladder.  On October 4th, I went under the knife for the very first time!  Surgery could not have gone better—I was fortunate to have the Chairman of Surgery perform the procedure, and recovery went quite smoothly.  I was nearly immediately able to tell a major difference, and life is fantastic once again.  If you have the opportunity, I recommend that you have them suck yours out, too.

I don't look as tough in this one.
Full disclosure: (1) I have never been so terrified in my life;
(2) Yes, I did my eyebrows before surgery.  If I had died,
there's no way the funeral director would have gotten them right.

With all of the things we have had going on, it’s no wonder 2012 felt as though it flew by.  We have been busy between traveling and helping others with their important events, while also continuing to get completely settled at our new home.  We hosted our families for Thanksgiving, and our first Christmas in the house was truly a delight.

2013 already promises to be off to an exciting start!  I will be able to reveal much more about that in another week, but I can say that I am going to be a very busy gal and I can hardly wait to dive in!  Thank you for checking out my Christmas Confession series—I sincerely hope you enjoyed reading them even half as much as I enjoyed writing them.  I wish for you a safe, healthy, happy and prosperous new year.

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