Here’s a list of things I did in 2012. Some of it interesting, some of it not, but it all happened.
January: Spent most of this month at home, on winter break. Got my new Warby Parker’s and fell in love with the company. They’re one of the few retail e-mails I actually read. Went to Chicago and had yummy pancakes (and lots of other food - you will notice a theme), saw the Bean, and had a lovely time with friends.
February: I list-chronicled this month here. But some highlights from that list include learning a lesson about eye-makeup to red-lip ratio, spending the best weekend in Andover, Vermont with best friends and the best dog, and the 100 Days To Graduation dance was pretty fun - I wore a white lace dress with black tights.
March: Went on my first spring break trip with friends. We went to Miami: paid too much for 2-for-1 drinks, got into a Victoria’s Secret themed party, got massively sunburned and thus spent the rest of our beach days renting umbrellas and buying baseball caps, and enjoyed alcohol-infused slushies at a place called Wet Willie’s. I finished The Hunger Games series. Also, I spent a night out at Skidmore in a colorful silk shirt exclusively flipping off the camera in every picture.
April: Won the poster competition for Fun Day aka my favorite darty (day party) at Skidmore — I have actually dreamt of winning this poster competition since Freshman year, as nerdy as that sounds. Fun Day ensued and it was really awesome. Did a lot of things I thought I’d never do, and maybe one day I’ll tell my grand kids.
May: Last month of college. Went to a wonderful senior art show by the Art majors that kicked off the best Senior Week I could have imagined. Showed off my
non-existent bowling skills, had a Fun Day repeat, went on a rainy booze cruise where I danced a lot in rain boots, and went to the best Senior Formal where I wore my hair in a beehive. Then we graduated and we all cried at different times. Also, they read my name as “Catherine” as I walked across the stage. Bye-bye Skidmore, we had the best year. Bye-bye The Ranch, thank you for being the best college house ever.
June: Birthday month! I wore a black dress on my birthday with a sparkly headband, ate churros, and went to a bar that got very crowded. Adjusting to living at home. Started a new internship. Went to see the Chanel Little Black Jacket photos in some warehouse in SoHo.
July: Melted on the 4th of July with some friends and homemade Sangria. Spent some lovely weekends on the beach in Connecticut - got sunburned again. Picnicked in Central Park. Saw Best Coast in concert at Terminal 5 - we had lots of fun and all the songs were stuck in my head for days.
August: Friend visited NYC before she left for China for the year and we went to see Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark, ate pizza and Chobani yogurt, and chatted on a rooftop. That all sounds romantic, and it was. Spent some time in Quogue, NY, and got judgey at a bar in Hampton Bays - I wore a blue and white polka dot dress. Tried to late night swim but it was colder than we thought.
September: Went to my first wedding since I was little - had fun dressing up and meeting new people. I wore a black dress and black heels (!!), but more importantly Joe wore a tie clip. Wore matching t-shirts and sweats in Willimantic, CT whilst eating matching burritos - the first of two burritos that day. Got hired full-time - I’m a big kid now. Joined a gym - I’m a buff kid now.
October: This month is basically defined by Sandy. Got lucky in terms of power/LIPA - got addicted to watching the news and Sandy coverage; couldn’t go to work for a week. Spent Halloween weekend (prior to Sandy) dressed as a (homemade thankyouverymuch) skeleton on a NYC booze cruise in the company of none other than the best Rosie the Riveter.
November: Visited a friend in Boston and had a lovely weekend. We took pictures by giant baby head sculptures and got matching t-shirts that say, “Chillin’ with my gnomies.” Went to a double birthday party at a beer garden in the Lower East Side in the afternoon - nothing’s nicer than lots of beer in the afternoon. Thanksgiving rolled around and that’s my favorite holiday. I wore a dress with lots of fall browns, but that was also loose enough to cover up my imminent food baby. Saw the last Twilight movie.
December: Participated in an office-floor wide White Elephant gift swap. The gift I received was a lantern and batteries. Ended up bartering for a poster in the end. Got to celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas this year! I’ve been wearing new fuzzy reindeer socks for days. Drove around looking at Christmas house decorations and we got very judgey. Ate a lot. NYC got very crowded with tourists that all hold hands. It is very difficult to walk.
Now, I am spending my last hours in 2012 awaiting a New Years Eve party (by awaiting I mean I’m googling hair/makeup tutorials while still in bed). I haven’t come up with solid resolutions for 2013, but maybe I will. Like everyone else, I hope 2013 is a happy, healthy, and bright new year, with lots of new adventures, and maybe I’ll move out on my own one day. But for now, Happy New Year from my childhood bedroom (I even still have a memory candle in here from my bat mitzvah - but we’ll discuss that further another time).