For the past two Decembers in 2008 and 2009, I’ve done year-in-review posts. This one comes to you in January, as I was flying in Dec. 31, but I didn’t want to miss the chance to recap my 2010 for my own amusement, mainly because I have a short-term memory and tend to forget to count my blessings. And because 2010 was an AWESOME year! Without further ado…
My year started out with a first trip of the season to Tahoe in early January, where I finally had a private lesson and became much more comfortable on the slopes.
I was hired by Alaska Airlines magazine to do a last-minute story on Wine Country, so SVV and I got to go on our first safari—and in Santa Rosa, at that.
At the end of January, SVV and I skied again, this time at Mammoth Mountain. We also tried our luck at snowshoeing, snowcatting and snowmobiling—all activities I like nearly as much, if not more than skiing.
The morning we flew back from Mammoth, we drove back to our San Mateo house, packed all of our belongings in a moving van, and relocated back to San Francisco, in the ritzy Laurel Heights neighborhood, in an apartment we absolutely adore, with neighbors who couldn’t be nicer. We love our place!
February was spent settling into our new digs and finishing up the 2011 Frommer’s guides. And I wrote a first edition book for another company on Tennessee, so I took a week-long research trip to Memphis, which I spent with my cousins and this little angel. (We also ran one very cold half-marathon in Birmingham while I was in town.)
In March, I took off for a five-week trip, which had me starting off in Rwanda.
After 10 days in Rwanda, I flew back to Johannesburg to meet my mom. We then hopped a flight to Cape Town, where we met my sister.
Mom and I spent a little over two weeks exploring the natural beauty that is South Africa, then I flew back to San Francisco via Dubai for one month of accelerated wedding planning.
In May, SVV and I went to LA, flitting around between Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Long Beach, Santa Monica and Orange County. I had to tackle a number of assignments for the California board of tourism, but we also squeezed in visits with my friends China and Stef.
Then we came back and had a little event to tend to: our wedding!
…and in Taiwan.
Then, we flew back to Tennessee for three weeks for our hometown wedding reception in Tullahoma.
In July, I had planned to stay home after the craziness that had been that spring, but the moment I landed, I got an amazing opportunity to go to Tasmania…
…so I took it obviously. I also got to spend a couple days in Sydney for the first time, which has quickly moved up the ranks to one of my favorite international cities.
August came quickly, and my mom flew out to visit for her third California trip of the year. This one had a purpose, though: to deliver our new baby!
The day after my mom left, I became a negligent parent (already…I know!) and left for a week in Bonaire.
When I returned, it was September. I spent the first few weeks trying to be a good owner to Ella, then flew back to NYC to visit my people.
SVV came to join me halfway through the trip.
I’d only been back in San Francisco three days after that trip when October came ’round the bend, and it was time to hop a plane again. This time, I was Bahamas-bound! I love the Bahamas, and even though everything that could go wrong did, it was a glorious trip.
When I got back to California, it was time to tackle the new Frommer’s California guide, so SVV and I headed down to Carmel for a weekend.
The weekend after that, we flew to Alabama for what was the shortest weekend trip ever in Auburn for my good friend Jana’s wedding.
In November, we chilled out. At last! We spent afternoons in Half Moon Bay, and Ella and I visited Ocean Beach on more than one occasion, and we went to Sacramento to see all of SVV’s family and Ella’s brother Marley.
Thanksgiving was spent in Berkeley at SVV’s sister’s house. It was nice, for once, to only have to travel 20 minutes over the bridge to celebrate a holiday. Having lived so far from my own family these past six years, I’m definitely not used to that!
Then, I turned around, packed up my things and my pup, and flew to Nashville. After less than 12 hours at my parents’ house, Little Sis, Mom and I drove 650 miles down to Orlando. Though the trip had one mission, and that was to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and consume as much butterbeer as humanly possible. It did not disappoint!
What’s on the docket for 2011? Who knows…I have a clean slate these next few months, but do I foresee big changes in SVV’s and my future—and I can’t wait to see just what they are. In an effort to reflect on all the graces, big and small, we were given this past year, I made this video of 2010’s highlights, set to music of my spirit animal, Taylor Swift.