2012 – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Another year down in the books. Was 2012 good for you? It was an action-packed year for me, to say the least.

And as always, I love to use this post-holiday time to reflect on the year that’s just passed. You can visit any of the other 53 posts from 2012 to see my year in detail, but here is a quick summary:

The Good 

Kicking off 2012 in Hawaii & enjoying the time spent w/Cory’s family.
Making the decision to move.
Coming home to the arrival of sweet Baby Briggs!
Gaining one naughty, little chihuahua Winston (thank you, BooBoo).
Lots of traveling for work – Kansas City, Chicago, Vegas, etc.
Volunteering w/Junior Achievement.
Trip to California, including wine tasting through vineyards (best part!).
Putting our first home on the market.
Completing my first Warrior Dash, alongside my husband & some friends.
Starting a Book Club.
Vegas Trip w/my best friend.
Training for my first 1/2 marathon w/Cory & several good friends.
Skypping with a REAL author (How to Love an American Man).
Spending 8 days over the 4th of July holiday in peaceful Montana.
Running my first 10k with my husband & friend, Bonnie (thanks for cheering us on, Alex).
Becoming a First Year Active in the Junior League of Wichita.
Celebrating two years of marriage w/the man who was put on this earth for me (& I for him).
Running my first 15k w/Cory.
Selling our house!
Handling the social media for Holiday Galleria 2012 while on the JLW HG Promotions Committee.
Running a 1/2 marathon w/Cory, Alex & several other good friends. What a feeling!
Celebrating two years at my job.
Celebrating Days I Can’t Get Over’s first full year of existence.
Finding an apartment in Fort Collins.
Traveling to NYC to ring in Alex’s 25th birthday.
Achieving some sort of balance – my word of the year.
Making the BIG move to CO!

To name a few…there were many more good times spent w/friends & family in 2012.

The Bad

Losing our sweet, little chihuahua, Coco.
Lots of traveling for work – to some very non-glamorous locations that will remain unnamed.
Discovering Cory’s grandmother has lung cancer (though this isn’t all bad, since she is recovering & doing well – thank you, Jesus!).
Finding out my mom has breast cancer, though everything looks to be extremely hopeful.

The Ugly

Have I mentioned lots of traveling for work?
Trip to California – I learned the lesson that not everyone travels alike & that some friends just aren’t meant to be travel buddies! Beth – You think I would have learned that lesson in Peru, right? : )
Vegas trip w/my best friend (for my wallet).
Running my first 1/2 – the last several miles were NOT pretty. But we did it!
NYC trip w/my best friend (once again, solely on the Ugly list for my wallet).

While making this list I realized that in 2012 I did a lot of firsts (I highlighted those). This is something that I think is important for everyone to do each year, even if they are not “big” items. Something as simple as trying sushi for the first time can really give you energy & adjust your outlook on life.

I hope that you had a great 2012 & that your 2013 is even better. I encourage you to reflect on your year & identify your successes, failures, good & bad times and then decide what you want your 2013 to look like from there.

I’ll be doing the same in my next post. Happy New Year!


5 Days

T-Minus 5 Days until we call Colorado our home. The last couple weeks have literally flown by. Here’s how:
Day 19

On this Friday evening I attended Brodie’s 2nd Christmas Program. It was a sweet, sweet night filled with family & laughter!

Day 18

Although the concert wasn’t as good as I expected, we were definitely entertained. : ) I suspect it has something to do with our pre-concert party being the most awesome one ever.

Day 17

We took my parents out to dinner at one of our favorite spots, Bonefish, to thank them for their hospitality over the past 2.5 months.

Day 16

My good friend & coworker, Kate invited us out to their house in Andale for dinner. Not only did we have the most delicious meal of New York strip, bacon wrapped green strings & salad, but we saw the largest dog ever. And such a cuddlier. : )

Day 15

The truth had to be made known. 110 lbs. Time for Leon to go on a diet.

Day 14

After dinner with my friend, Griffin, I spent most of my night finalizing my NYC suitcase, which weighed in at 36 pounds (the lowest # I have ever seen on the airport scale!). Now the weight on the way back was a much different story…

Day 13-9

New York City! Alex & I rang in her 25th in the Big Apple. Post on that to come…

Day 8

My last Wichita Book Club meeting was one to remember. Not only was Jennifer an awesome host, making everything picture perfect, but I had a lot of fun just hanging out with my girlfriends.

Day 7

Last lunch with our favorite “vendor”.

Post-work Cocktails with 10 or so of my coworkers to celebrate my last week in the Wichita office!

Day 6

Yesterday was Cory’s last day at QuikTrip after 8.5 years, so his best friend Nick, along with his girlfriend, Casey surprised him by coming over for a Mexican dinner & the Wichita State basketball game.

It was my last day of work for the year too & I celebrated by having lunch at Larkspur w/some of my favorite colleagues.

And of course, we had one very sad Kate.

Day 5

Today we are running some last moving errands & prepping for tonight’s Going Away Party.

We hope to see you all there!

20 Days

We are now 20 days out from our big move. The last 10 days have gone by so fast. Here’s what they have looked like:
I was sick for four days. Yuck.

So I tried to nurse myself back to health with Cory’s delicious chicken noodle soup. Leon (my parent’s dog) wanted in on that action too.

Then I tried to suffer through a work day, with the help of DayQuil.

And then I just gave up & laid in bed all day. With Natty on top of me, naturally.
Luckily I started feeling better, just in time to watch two of our friends GET ENGAGED!
Then next morning Alex & I cheered on Cory as he ran the 4 mile Jingle Bell Run. His time was 30.38 & he got 77th place out of 818 4 mile runners. There he is, the second in yellow, approaching the Finish line.
Obviously we had to celebrate this with a delicious brunch at Copper Oven, an Indian Hills fav.
We spent the afternoon loading our stuff in a 24 ft. moving truck. If anything makes our move real, it was this!
That night we attend our third Kennedy and Coe Christmas Party. This year’s theme was a Masquerade Ball & it was so much fun, as always.
We had an early morning & long day on Sunday, driving the 24 footer all the way to Fort Collins, with Bill (our Prius) following behind. It took us 10 hours. Luckily my dad made the trip with us, so we had good company & help. 
Look who we saw on the drive!
On Monday night, after a day at the office for me & unloading for the guys, we made it to downtown Fort Collins for some yummy Mexican food & strong margs at The Rio. Isn’t FC gorgeous at Christmas time?
On Tuesday we left at 6 am sharp to head back to Wichita.
I plan events for a living & my last one for the year began yesterday & ends today at 3 p.m. Hallelujah! This year I’ve planned (from scratch) 13 events and assisted with our All Employee Event (200 people!).
 Keep in mind that this is in addition to coordinating @ 24 trade shows & attending @ 24 events that my company sponsors  like the Girl Scouts’ Cocktails & Cookies or Catholic Charities Cruise Night. Not to mention all of the additional networking events that I attend throughout the year. 
So it’s safe to say that I am ready for a break from events.   
We have a fun little coffee date w/a friend at Cafe Moderne (famous for their gelato, but everything there is just as good) & I’m meeting my girlfriend, Chelsey at Kanai for sushi later tonight. 
BTW, if you’re a sushi lover in Wichita & haven’t been to Kanai, you haven’t really lived.
One more fun fact for today – Cory has 10 shifts left at QuikTrip, the company he has been with for almost nine years.

We’re really doing this, kids!!!