I don't quite know how to describe 2012. It just kind of hit me, you know? Even thinking about this past semester, and all that's happened, I can't get my head around it.
In some ways 2012 was so, so
good. It was one of the best years, I think, in terms of personal growth, my academic life and all the other amazing things that have happened. Unfortunately, 2012 was also one of the worst for my family. It was a series of ups and downs, and while everyone goes through ups and downs, I think we experienced it a bit more than we did in the past years. 2012 was an important year for us; I just wish I had been more prepared.
But now's the time to focus on the positives. I want to enter the new year with a peaceful mindset, thinking about the good things and not the bad things. so, I give you:
2012, the year in review
In February, New Haven had a huge snowstorm, I drank the best hot chocolate of my life, my love for cultural anthropology grew, and I ate tons and tons of sushi. My anxiety over summer plans was put to rest as I was offered an internship right in my home town, so I'd be able to still see my family. I was also a bit MIA from the blog. :(
In April, I managed to squeeze in a little extra time with my parents and brother, here
, I prepared for my second round of college finals, learned about flow
, and we finalized our rooming plans for next year (it was quite the ordeal).
In May, I headed home, did nothing but watch Vampire Diaries for two weeks, finally got to reading some books for pure fun, saw a Dave Matthews concert
, visited my parents' pre-babies neighborhood and became a complete photo-mom for my brother's last prom.
In June, I had my first finger printing in preparation for my internship, baked tons of lemon squares
and mixed our new favorite sangria
, changed up lots of things around the blog (like the banner and the name!), hopped on the bandwagon and read Fifty Shades
(p.s. I still haven't been able to get myself to sit down and finish the second...), and basically slept downstairs all month because of the heat.
In July, we spent the fourth up in beautiful Vermont
, I cracked open my first lobster
, had a fun day in the city
, helped coach softball Monday nights, and always came home exhausted but happy from my internship. I also got in a lot of driving practice. :)
In August, I successfully finished my first Instagram photo-a-day
, I finished up my internship (but not before being asked where babies come from
!), I discovered my love for oysters (and deep-fried oreos) at the Jersey Shore
, and I moved in for sophomore year at school
In September, I ate lots of Wenzels, settled in to my third semester in college
, and finally bought a mint green nail polish
In October, I voted in my first-ever election
, made it through a rather tough week of midterms, enjoyed Yale's first ever fall break, and survived hurricane sandy
In November, I said goodbye to a very inspiring, strong woman in my life
, spent some quality time with extended family and (more than in any other year) really took a moment to stop and think
about how much I appreciate my family, our health and our strong bond.
In December, I finished off the semester (sans a couple final exams), experienced Christmas in the city
, helped host our 11th annual Dahl family holiday party
, baked cookies for Santa
and am currently (at press time) awaiting the new year. plus, we finally found out if the Mayans were right about the end of the world.
2012, it's been real.
how was your year? what are you looking forward to in 2013?
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