Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012

 I found this year wrap-up quiz on my fellow bloggers page and figured it would be fun to review my 2012 year.

1. What did you do in 2012 that you'd never done before?
Moved out of state! :)

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Last year I hoped to become more organized which I think I did but I still could be better.
This year my resolution is to stress less and work out at least three times a week.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
YES! ... and Joe and I are God Parents! I cannot explain to you how honored and blessed we are to have little Emma in our lives.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, thank goodness.
5. What countries did you visit?
6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you didn't have in 2012?
Our second honeymoon!
7. What dates from 2012 will be etched upon your memory, and why?
May 22nd when Joe and I packed up and moved to New York.
8. What was your biggest achievement of this year?
Moving, and building our life from scratch.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Not being able to secure a union position at my company, but I have confidence that if I continue to work hard I will be rewarded in the end.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Stress attacked my neck before the move and my back a coupe months after... nothing big.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Our new car, it feels amazing to purchase a car and not have a car payment.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
All my family and friends who supported us no matter what!
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
ANYONE who speaks harsh politics on Facebook!
14. Where did most of your money go?
Moving Joe and I from CA to NY.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Going home for the Holidays meant the world to me.
16. What song will always remind you of 2012?
"Call Me Maybe":))
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: A) happier or sadder? B) thinner or fatter? C) richer or poorer?
B) Thinner... I think
C) Poorer... thanks to the relocation
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Decorating our apartment.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Being stressed.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
In CA with all our friends and family.
21. Did you fall in love with 2012?
Nope... still in love.
22. What was your favorite TV program?
Sons of Anarchy has become one of my new favorites.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No, it was a tough year but I have reconnected with more people than I thought I would. :)
24. What was the best book you read?
Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin... Chick Lit but I loved how the story had you trying to pick sides but you couldn't.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Rediscovered Diamond Rio.
26. What did you want and get?
I wanted a new job and I got one that I LOVE.
27. What did you want and not get?
I wanted to purchase a home... but that is in the future.
28. What was your favorite film of 2012?
Real Steel... I know it's dorky but Joe made me watch this movie against my will and I loved it.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 26 and we went to a street festival in downtown Campbell right before we moved.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A home of our own.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2012?
My style is usually very classy casual but I have been trying to purchase some funky fun pieces and take more chances.
32. What kept you sane?
Reading, scrapbooking, and most importantly Joe.
33. What political issue stirred you the most?
Gun control following the Sandy Hook tragedy... but no I will not be explaining my position.
34. Who did you miss?
My cousins that I didn't get to see while on vacation.
35. Who was the best new person you met?
My co-worker Jimena... She has been my rock at work and just a great friend all around.
36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.
Life is too short!
37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"Don't stop believing" Not only the last song at our Wedding but a song that truly shows you can achieve anything you put your mind to!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Hitting the Road (or Air)

This weekend Joe and I will be making the trip back home to visit our family and friends for the Holidays. I cannot explain how excited we are to take some time to ourselves and enjoy our favorite people. In anticipation I have been working insane hours at work trying to get organized enough to be able to leave for a week. After the last two weeks I am so excited to be able to take some time off.

My rules for any vacation I take is to remove myself from any social media and things like that. So in preparation for our trip I would like to say goodbye for the next couple of weeks. Be sure to check back sometime after Christmas or New Years because I am sure the posts are going to be lengthy and exciting.

Happy Holidays My Bloggers!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

X-Mas List

We all have a Christmas List for each year. I really don't want or need much this year, I am just thankful to be able to fly home and see the family. (Keep your fingers crossed the weather allows us) 

We defiantly could use and need a double burner stove top grill. Lacking a BBQ this will help us still enjoy  steaks or burgers.

At my old job back in California I was able to wear sneakers to work. In result I have ruined my gym shoes.

Now, it wouldn't be Christmas if I didn't have new Uggs on the Christmas list. These were screaming my name from the moment I saw them but I won't even tell you how much they cost. I most likely will never own these but a girl can wish. :)

What are your Needs, Wants/Needs, and Wants for this Holiday Season?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Winner Winner!

I became addicted to a couple months ago. Although with my current schedule I seriously have no time to read I still wonder onto the website every now and then a find books I want to read when work slows down. There is a part of the website I truly love, its called the "giveaway" section.

This section of the website is fun for me because of two reasons... 
1. Who doesn't love free books? 
2. I get to browse through giveaways to enter and find books I would not normally stumble across.

Well, we have a winner!
I won the following books from the giveaways I entered:

I am excited to see if I enjoy my freebees.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Crazy Married Life

Our life for the past month or so has been out of this world busy. I have been working between 50-72 hour work weeks sense the storm hit. I can't really complain because of the amount I love my job but I have really been wearing down. Not only am I working overtime nearly everyday, Joe and I joined a gym by my work so we are not usually getting home before 8pm every night. This is where our challenge comes in, cooking dinner. Not only are we exhausted but we don't have time to really cook a good meal. One night I basically feel asleep in the car on the drive home from the gym. Joe told me to take a shower and he would make dinner. This is what was waiting for me after my shower:

I am so thankful to have such an amazing husband!

Thursday, December 6, 2012


About a week after Hurricane Sandy we got our first snowstorm of the season. It wasn't much but it was enough to cover everything and make my commute a nightmare. 
This was just the beginning...

 I know this is a horrible picture (thanks iphone) but you can see our backyard covered with snow. Unfortunately the snow storm was not much enjoyed because of the timing and the fact that we were still cleaning up from Hurricane Sandy. 

I am looking forward to other snow storms in our future just not crazy amounts. ;)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

My New Best Friend

As some of you may know I received an early Christmas gift from Joe

I was so excited you have no idea. I just had to use it that day. Some of the things I have made so far are:

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies (Requested by my coworker)

On Thanksgiving Joe and I have an amazing dinner out but I wanted to do something special so I made my first cheesecake from scratch. I know it's not that pretty but it tasted amazing.

On a side note I think my New Years resolution is to stop being lazy and use my regular camera. I hate the way my iphone pictures look.