Reflecting on ‘09

Well here it is, the obligatory New Year’s post!  Last year I wrote my Yearly Reflections, as a look back at the year, and small glimpse of what was to come.  Little did I know many life changes were to come in one short year!

Since I’m not big on New Year’s Resolutions, I thought I’d use this opportunity to reflect back, rather than try to guess what is to come.  So here it is – a look back at a year that I never could have predicted…

January started with a week-long snow storm, and an entire week off of work – score!  (This also ultimately led me to hate winter weather and start looking to move south…) 

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The early part of the year was mostly centered around planning our wedding, and stressing about small details.  In February, I wrote a post about Kroger’s Carbmaster Yogurt – which ended up becoming my highest rated post of all time, and still brings new visitors to my site every day through Google searches.  Way to go Kroger for making such a kick-ass yogurt, and for bringing me new blog readers!  In February, I turned 28 and had low-key celebrations with my family and friends!

In March, my little sister was in a bad car accident, and I am so grateful that she walked away from the totaled car without more than a few bruises.  March was also a big running month!  Casey and I ran the Strides of March 10k, followed by the Emerald Miles 5k on our anniversary, when we both won age group medals! 

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At the end of the month, we traveled to Atlanta and I cheered on Casey while he ran the ING Georgia Marathon – his third one!


In April, I did my marathon 20 miler and started tapering for my upcoming marathon.  I also had my amazing bridal shower, planned by Lindsey, Liz, and Sarah – best bridesmaids ever!


May was aaaaaall wedding celebration for days on end.  But first, a small hurdle.  Just six days before the wedding, Casey and I ran the Flying Pig Marathon, and both set new  personal records! 

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The week of the wedding, I had my Wedding Tea, Rehearsal Dinner, Bachelorette Night, and finally…MY WEDDING!


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Followed by a week-long Caribbean cruise in paradise…

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As soon as we got home, the celebrations continued all month long.&#
160; My little sister graduated from high school – I was soooo proud of her! 

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And that weekend one of my best friends got married – congrats Leah and Greg!!

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Summertime brought more travels.  Without telling many people, we both started looking at schools and new opportunities that would take us out of Cincinnati.  We planned a trip to Hilton Head with the Vondersaar family, and on our way we stopped in Charlotte, North Carolina for the first time, to check out a far fetched idea that I might consider culinary school…

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Just a week after returning from Charlotte and Hilton Head, we packed up again and went to Washington, DC for a wonderful Fourth of July weekend with Blake!  This was our first time visiting our nation’s capital, and we totally fell in love with the city.  We hope to move there someday!

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I took a brief two week blogging hiatus while my personal life got flipped upside down.  Finally, at the end of the July, I posted our BIG announcement on the blog, and life hasn’t slowed down since. 

August brought a whirlwind month – two more trips to Charlotte to find a place to live and attend my JWU orientation, followed by weeks of packing up a house that I absolutely loved.  I sobbed through my entire last day of work at Springer, and drove off the next morning with two dogs in the backseat of my Honda, and a 24 foot moving truck in front of me. 

After arriving in Charlotte, I took another two week blogging hiatus, and had the biggest meltdown of my life.  Adjusting to the move was really hard on me and I didn’t handle it very well (i.e. not showering for days, sobbing uncontrollably, etc.).  But I finally picked myself up off the floor, and started embracing my new life and my new home.  After two weeks in Charlotte, I traveled back home to help move my baby sister into COLLEGE – how did that happen?

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And after a fun visit to Indianapolis for Labor Day, it was time for me to officially start culinary school!  Just as I started to get homesick again, we had our first visitor in Charlotte – Lindsey!

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September was also marked by one of the biggest scares of the year – the dogs got really really sick from the turtles in our backyard.  Thankfully they recovered, about $2,000 later – ugh. 

In October, we all headed north for my big sister’s farm wedding!  She was such a beautiful bride, and her wedding was absolutely perfect.

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Back in Charlotte, the DLO came to visit for Mary Ann’s Bachelorette Weekend!  One of the most fun weekends I had all year…

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At the end of October, Casey and I headed back to DC for the second time this year – this time so that he could run the Marine Corps Marathon!  He ran it without training, and had a tough but amazing race.  I was so proud of him!

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In November, we ran our first race in Charlotte – the Charlotte Airport 5K – and I met Kath, and Amanda, who helped me discover my new love for HOT YOGA!  The next weekend, we headed down to Jacksonville, Florida for Mary Ann’s wedding!  It was another amazing DLO weekend, and I was honored to be her Matron of Honor! :)

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I had a long 10-day break for Thanksgiving, so I took advantage and headed to Cincinnati for my first visit back home since I moved in August!  I surprised Leah for her 29th birthday party…

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After a wonderful visit home, I met Casey in Indianapolis for a fabulous Thanksgiving with both of our families! 

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I also got my new camera, which has made blogging so much more fun!  In December, Marathoning, Marrying, and Milestones became The Front Burner after hours and hours of work and a lot of praying.  On a whim, I set out to prove something to myself by running Charlotte’s Thunder Road Marathon in the freeeezing cold, and without training.  I did it, and faster than I thought I could, and developed a whole new love of Charlotte in the process…


And just recently, we hosted a humongous joint family holiday celebration here in Charlotte!  A week filled with family, fun, and food that went by way too fast…



WHEW – there it is – 2009 in review!  Is anyone still reading this??  I laughed a little when reading last year’s post about the new year.  Never in a million years could I have predicted all the things that 2009 would bring.  So I’m not going to even bother guessing what is in store for 2010.  But I know it will be another year of exciting changes and surprises for me and Casey, and I’m excited to continue to explore the unknown into the next decade…

Happy New Year!!