I am currently in the last one hour and ten minutes of being twenty years old. Amidst the excitement of finally being 21 and being able to go to bars and clubs without a fake ID (which was used maybe 3 times, because I'm a baby and get too paranoid about getting in trouble), I got to thinking that while there were absolutely some downs this year, I had some absolutely amazing times and learned a lot about myself.
So I thought, instead of thinking about all the rough times I went through, I'd rather count down my nine favorite times this year :) So again, I'm sorry for all you guys to have to read these, I just kind of want to get it all down and reflect on them.
1. My trip to Miami with R.
This trip was like, so last minute. She invited me about a week and a half before spring break to go with she, her father, and his girlfriend to Miami to stay with her cousins who have a house in Coconut Grove. I didn't think my parents would say yes, but they did, and so after my flight being delayed, and having to catch a 6 a.m. flight (aka being to LaGuardia by 4 a.m.), I arrived in sunny and beautiful Miami.
It was one of the best times I've ever had in my life. We went out to dinner every night in fantastic restaurants (R's cousins actually drove their boat to dinner one night!), ate gelato every night, tanned by the pool, and shopped a LOT. Also, I want to live in Miami.
2. My birthday celebration with my family.
Unfortunately, last year my birthday fell on the Super Bowl, and my family always has an annual Super Bowl party at my house. But they still drove up to PA to spend my birthday with me, and take me to PF Chang's for lunch. It was just one of those times where we all joked around with each other, enjoyed delicious food, and just had a great time with each others company.
3. NYC for E's play
My bff from high school E goes to NYU in the drama program. She invited me to her very first play called Women of Manhattan, so I brought two friends from school home with me to go into the city for the day with my family, grab dinner and see the play. It was really fun to see E graduate from the high school plays she had been a part of to something a bit more real.
4. NYC Restaurant Week with mom and daddy.
Every year, New York City (and cities around the country) host restaurant week, where you can go to 5 star restaurants for a $35 prix fixe 3 course dinner.
This year, my family went every single day. We tried numerous restaurants, and visited some old favorites. On one warm summer afternoon, we ventured in to the city to head to Delmonico's, which is one of our favorites. It's an old steakhouse that has been around since the 1800's. The inside is really fun - it's all mahogany and has the appearance of one of those old gentlemen's clubs. And seriously, I'm not a huge red meat eater, but their steak is to DIE for!
Each time we went in, after dinner we headed to the West Village for some delicious Magnolia Bakery cupcakes (which are my addiction, as I've said before - if you get some, my favorite is the vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting).
It was another perfect, blissful evening with ideal weather and no conflict. Yay!
5. I became more domesticated (which was not really one specific day, but many).
This year I decided that I would indulge more in my love of cooking. I made goals and followed through, especially during the summer when I swore I would learn how to make crabcakes for my dad's birthday (they're his favorite). So when we went up to our house on the Cape, I banished my dad to the TV room (to his regret obviously), and got to work.
The more I've been cooking, the more confident I've become, and I'm enjoying it a lot more too!
Please excuse how disgusting I look in this picture. It was 100,000 degrees, and I had no makeup on. But the crabcakes were gooooood (and I don't even like seafood!).
6. Babysitting this summer (I know, lame).
I love kids, I really do. And this summer I was fortunate enough to babysit for a wonderful family who kind of adopted me as a surrogate family member. They wanted to know what was going on in my life, things about my family, and were kind enough to work around my schedule. It really was an awesome experience (and definitely reaffirmed the fact that I want to teach/have kids some day!).
7. Wildwood '08.
My dad's side of the family all went in on a fabulous Condo in Wildwood, NJ together. Every year since my Nanna died when I was three, we've headed down for family time. The tradition has grown less steady as we've all gotten older, and now we're lucky if we get down for a week, or even a weekend. My dad and I decided to head down without my mom and brother this year, to take advantage of the private beach our complex offers, as well as the four pools. It's also nice to just get away. It was an awesome time - it was just my dad, me, my Poppy (grandpa) and my Aunt Sue. We beached every day, laid out by the pool, went golfing one day, watched movies, and went out to fabulous dinners followed by ice cream at our favorite place.
I can't remember the last time I've had so much fun with my Poppy or my aunt.
8. Roommate Dinners.
My roommates and I vowed to spend quality time together more often, so we said that at least once a month we would go out to dinner - even if it was just to Applebees for half priced apps. One night, we ventured into Philly and headed to this fantastic restaurant called The Continental. It was just another one of those great times with friends, and lots of memories.
9. Halloween '08.
Well, at around 7 p.m. on Halloween, when we all realized we had nothing to do, we decided to go trick or treating. This was quite the project since on my friend J actually had a costume (a guido, in case you can't quite tell what he is...), and we all had to pull from our closets to find things to wear. We decided on two Catholic school girls (since we had 2 plaid dresses and ribbons for hair), a hippie, a priest and a kitty cat (though he wanted to be a tiger). We headed out and met all the creepers in town (after wrongly guessing that C and I were Scottish dancing girls (?) and hearing we were in fact Catholic school girls, one very old man said "Oh, I've seen you girls in a video before"). We ended the night with a massive candy trading session, elementary school style. God, I'm cringing with how lame we are, I really am.
Now that I look at this, I sound unbelievably lame. Most of my memories involve food in some way! :)
When I first started this blog, I was so nervous - I didn't think anyone would want to read what I had to say, or give me the time of day. But then starting with Jocelyn, Amy and Tom, and then spreading to the rest of you darlings, you really make me so happy! I appreciate all your comments and feedback so much, and every day I can't wait to see what you have all said on your blogs as well.
You're so, so wonderful.
P.S. Sorry the pictures are kind of cropped...I have no idea how to make them bigger so that no one gets cut out! If anyone knows and wants to help, that would be great :)