Welcome to 2011

At this point, my so-called blog is becoming laughable. Give me a break -- I've been busy and in this post, you'll see why. It's a new year and that means a new me...er, at least a version of me that makes time to blog.

Anyway, it's 2011 - how the hell did that happen? 2010 was an intense year, and so many exciting things happened. I thought I'd take a moment (or 60) to go through the year and all it's goodness.

Let's start with December 31, 2009: My older sister got married! It was the best way to start off 2010. We were surrounded by friends, family and tons of love. Jessica was cool, calm, collected and the most beautiful I've ever seen her. I've never seen her, or my new brother, Klint, so happy. Oh, and I didn't sob my way through my speech, so that is always a plus :)


In February, most notably, I started a new job. While I loved working at CareerBuilder and felt like it was a great start to my career, I felt that my career path there had run its course. I accepted a position as an editor at a company called Imagination Publishing. It's a fantastic company, with great people and clients. So far, I'm really enjoying it. It's been one of the most challenging jobs I've ever had, but I'd rather be challenged every day than not. And I'm still freelancing for CareerBuilder, which has been great as well! Thank you CareerBuilder, for helping fund my upcoming wedding.

March was a month of celebration. It started with one of my best friends' bachelorette parties, which we had here in Chicago over St. Patrick's weekend. Friday night we went for dinner downtown, and hit up Howl at the Moon, a great piano bar. We were a little crazy on Friday night, but not enough to hold us on down for Saturday. We started the day with Bloody Mary's and mimosas at my place while Mandy opened some gifts. We had a party bus come pick us up, where we spent a few hours drinking and driving around the city, before stopping off to bar hop for the rest of the day.

Later that month, I made the trip to Minneapolis to stand up in Chelsie's wedding, one of my closest friends from college. She and her husband Jon got married in such a beautiful church and threw one heck of party at a venue called Spill the Wine. It was the first of many wonderful weddings I was privileged to be a part of last year. AND, Chels is doing me the honor of singing at my own nuptials in a few months. She and Jon are currently living in Columbia and traveling the world and having a blast!


In April, we made the trip to Kansas City for Mandy's wedding to Dr. Scott Solomon. I was another bridesmaid for another beautiful bride :) The weekend was a whirlwind, but so much fun. Especially when Sara's drunken husband was walking around in his underwear and dress socks, and I thought it would be funny to give him a little push. He didn't find that nearly as funny as me, and gave me a deserving shove back, causing ME to fall over, start crying and cool down by walking to get pizza down the street. Pizza makes everything better.

One of my favorite parts of 2010 was all of the weddings. Sure, at times it was stressful and exhausting, but at the end of the day, I was happy to do everything for them and so honored to be a part of it. Mandy is doing me the honor of standing next to me in May, and I can't wait!


In May, we got a break from weddings and did something to celebrate ourselves. Bryan is obsessed with Boston and I'd never been before, so we decided to celebrate our INNversary (one year until our wedding) by taking a trip there for Memorial Day weekend. We did some sight seeing and stopped off at the original Cheers bar:

Bryan took me to my first Red Sox game:

We met up with my best friend's boyfriend, Russ, who lives in New York. Then we ended up a weird bar where there was a group of people dancing without shirts on and we decided it was time to go home. Bryan and I spent the next day doing more sightseeing and on Sunday, we took the ferry out to Martha's vineyard. We rented bikes and spent the day riding through the town, out to the beach, etc. It was amazing. I also got my first sunburn of the season and it HURT! Before we came home, we had a seafood dinner outside and I tried lobster for the first time. Bad idea..I used to be a cheap date, but now - sorry, B. 

June began what would be the busiest summer ever. I'm being serious about that. In fact, I quite literally can't remember entire weekends because I don't know where I was or what I was doing, but more often than not, I was at a wedding, a bachelorette party, traveling somewhere and/or drinking. Many times all of the above.

Things got really crazy...

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