Note: This post has been a draft for… a month and a half, so I think it’s time to clear the dust and actually publish it.
I can hardly believe 2013 is here.
Last year was such a wonderful one, I feel so blessed and would love to share the biggest triumphs with you.
- Shane proposed! He started the year off with a bang and asked for my hand in marriage. Of course I said YES and we are now less than two weeks away from the Big Day. It’s crazy how fast the year flew by, I remember laying in bed telling Shane it seemed like forever until our wedding. Now my dress is at the cleaners, the flower arrangements have been finalized, and we are making our way out to Butte Superior Court to redeem the marriage license within the week. I’m thankful we had over a year to sift through each and every detail that goes into planning a wedding. We’re less than two weeks out and I am feeling surprisingly confident in our level of preparedness.
- Our precious pup turned a year old in February! As many of you know, our golden is our world. We love her so much and mamma loves spoiling her to high heaven. With that being said, I think it’s a requirement to fill you in on the delicious doggy cupcakes I made for her birthday. Shredded carrots, apple sauce, cream cheese frosting, topped with chunks of molasses treats — she literally peed her non-existent pants because she was so excited.
- In May, I graduated from California State University, Chico with a degree in photography. After a few semesters of partying, four semesters of Dean’s List, and a semester abroad in Italy, I finished my degree and started applying for ‘big girl’ jobs.
- I couldn’t have asked for better timing with the job situation. I was working in Public Affairs and Publications as the social media and photography intern, loved the experience and am so thankful I was able to touch on so many aspects of the industry including copy editing, magazine design and layout, publication photography, and much more. It was the breadth of my internship experience that helped me land a full-time position at Build.com, a leading online home improvement retailer. I had two weeks of freedom in between my internship and my first day at Build, a much-needed break before starting up my 8 to 5.
- Shane and I remodeled our living room and dining room during the summer and started the kitchen remodel in the fall. (Both of these home improvement projects will have blog posts of their own soon so I don’t want to reveal too much yet.)
- I had been looking for a car for months and felt financially secure enough to purchase one in the fall. I wasn’t sure what I was looking for so I started the process by reading Consumer Guide Reports on sedans, American-made and imports. After months of research and oogling at cars on the road, I decided I wanted a Volkswagon Passat. Shane did a bit of engine research and gave me his suggestions on engine size and fuel type. We took a day trip to the bay area to look at a dealership which did not end well, the manager pitched a price higher than we saw on their website, lied about and refused to show us the additional fee breakdown, and wouldn’t budge a dollar when I gave an offer. Needless to say they were out of a customer, I won’t let anyone try to strong arm me like that. I then heard from a co-worker about a local place called New Autos, Inc. They are basically the hagglers of the auto buying process. You inform them of the car you are looking for, any additional luxuries you are hoping to find, and a price range you are willing to pay and they contact partner dealerships, find the car you’re looking for, AND haggle with the dealership on price to get it within your budget. It took a total of 5 days including a weekend to finalize the purchase, and I am so pleased with my experience. I am now the proud owner of a 2008 Volkswagen Passat, V-Dub-Love Unite!
- We ended the year with our first real Christmas tree set up in the front room window. Oh what a lovely sight to come home to, especially when presents started appearing under the tree! And the fresh pine smell, nothing makes me feel more at home. I ended up buying a wall Scentsy for our room, and I keep pine-scented wax on hand for those days when I need some extra comfort.
Those are of course the BIG things that happened in 2012… We also had a ton of fun in the garden during the spring and summer, and I got my wisdom teeth removed in February (I still have a numb spot on my chin because the doctor nicked a nerve and it hasn’t healed correctly yet). There were numerous breakfasts in bed, too many Taco Tuesdays to count, and the sweetest hugs and kisses a girl could ask for. I have to say 2012 was the best year so far, and I’m excited for the plenty of amazing ones ahead!