Finally made it to the last post of the series! I hope you’ve enjoyed re-living 2012 with me. Personally, it was a really solid year. I felt successful in my work at City Year, made leaps forward towards finishing my Master’s degree, and made a lot of awesome memories with friends both new and old.
As I look forward to the new year, there is a lot I want to accomplish both personally and professionally. I truly believe that 2013 is going to be a formative year for me and I’m looking forward to what it will hold.
But before I get too ahead of myself, here is how I finished out 2012…
December is chock full of holiday celebrations. A tradition I have had the pleasure of becoming a part of is the PIC Party. Essentially, PIC throws a baller holiday party and we somehow get invited. I’m talking 13 different passed apps, a flatbread pizza station, and oh yeah – OPEN BAR. This party is incredible.
After the PIC Party, my roommates and I hosted our second holiday party together. This year, people actually showed up! Katrina did a great job of decorating the apartment, and they both made really awesome food/drinks. It was definitely a fun night.
SantaCon is quickly becoming my favorite event in Boston – surpassing St. Patrick’s Day and Halloween (which if you know me, you know I LOVE both of those holidays). I dressed up as Ralphie from A Christmas Story which I thought more people would understand, but most people thought I was Piglet (WTF) or the Easter Bunny. Thankfully, the people who got it thought it was super awesome and I was able to be condescending towards the people who just didn’t get it.
Of course December means going home for the holidays. I had a really great time spending time with both sides of my family – especially our annual Christmas Eve party that we now have at my Uncle Bob and Aunt Jen’s. It’s definitely an event that I look forward to during the holiday season!
While home, I also had the opportunity to hang out with my friends. One of the highlights was going to the Genesee Brewery with Bob and his girlfriend and then getting drinks with Joe and Kurt afterwards on Monroe ave. I’m thankful that I still have good relationships with my high school friends – they were there for me during my formative years and it is awesome to be able to go home and pick up where we left off.
I had an incredible New Year’s this year! I went to Chicago with a great group of people from across the City Year network. The weekend was full of laughter, brunch, pizza, dancing, and celebrating. Definitely the perfect way to bring in the New Year!
Other highlights included:
- Book Club at Deluxe Cafe with co-workers – great conversations about what people love to read
- Going out after the last class of the semester with grad school friends – The Littlest Bar is awesome and I will definitely plan a triumphant return to Dumpling Cafe
- Finally making it to Bleacher Bar to catch a Bill’s game
- Private Sam Adams Tour/City Year Holiday Party
- Skipping my flight and going to Syracuse instead to hang out with Andy and Erica