So since it’s the beginning of a New Year and I’m just now starting a blog… I thought it’d be neat to do a quick little recap of things that happened in 2010! It sure was a great year for me in a number of ways! I think I’m going to split up the year into 4 different posts… just to make it more manageable. So make sure to check them all out!
First, a quick backstory… Ryan and I have been dating for 2 years after meeting in the Fall of 2008. About a year later, in November of 2009, we decided we wanted to move in together. However, my lease wasn’t ending until July 2010 so Ryan went ahead and found an awesome apartment to live in. He moved in at the beginning of January with his good friend (and coworker) Jon. Jon understood the situation and was totally okay with having a temporary place to live, as he was new to Charlotte and wanted to get a feel for the city so he could find his own place to live come summer. Talk about things just falling into place, huh?! I moved in with Ryan this past June and we have been loving living together since!
–Had a fun New Year’s with Ryan and his new rommate, Jon
-Ryan moved into his new apartment, the apartment that we both live in now!
Hilarious story on how the movers had to hoist our hugeass couch up and over our balcony that is literally a full story off the ground in the backyard… It was unreal. I took pictures because I was in disbelief. I probably should have been helping… ha! Good thing we just signed a new year-long lease on our place. I don’t want to deal with moving the couch out of here quite yet. That’s gonna take a miracle.
-I started opening the present Ryan gave me for Xmas. He created something like an advent calendar that counted down the days until I moved in with him in June. I was instructed to tear away one page a day as we moved through the spring and summer. Each page detailed something special on it—like a memory we have together, something he finds special about me, or an inside joke between us. It was like opening up a gift every single day! Best present ever. Well…. I can say that every present he’s given me has been the best gift ever. More on this later, though.
-I helped put on the Runners Expo at the Y. My advisor at Furman was the keynote speaker, and other FU professors came up from Greenville to talk as well… so neat to catch up with them!
-Ryan and I attended a Panther’s game (my first NFL game that I could actual enjoy since I wasn’t working it!) Turns out this game was the coldest in Panther HISTORY! It was so cold. SO cold. Picture this: seats at the top of the stadium and steady gusts of wind throughout the whole game…words don’t even describe.
-I got my 15 minutes of fame when the News channel came to the Y during the huge snowstorm we had. Seems like everyone and their brother watched the news that day. 3 weeks later people were still recognizing me as “the girl from the Y” on the news station… even the cashiers at the grocery store!
-Ryan and Jon hosted a super-fun Superbowl party! Hoping for a second-go-round in 2011 🙂
-Ryan treated me to a very special Valentine’s Day dinner at McCormick and Schmick’s. So, so delicious, and the service was impeccable! Been wanting to go back ever since.
-Ryan and I bought some fun things to help decorate his apartment and make it feel like “home”
-I decided I wanted to take a different route with my career at the Y and I really started figuring out my options so that I could focus more on public health
-I ran around like a crazy person between all the center city YMCAs to help the put on Corporate Cup – an annual half marathon event that we have each year to help with fundraising efforts. I seriously LOVE putting on races!!
-My mom and stepdad, Gerry, drove through and visited me and Ryan in Charlotte on their way back to Ohio after spending the winter months in Florida (they call themselves snowbirds… live in FL during the winter months, and OH the during summa time).
-I interviewed for, and landed, the job I’ve been aiming to get at the YMCA since I started … a Health Educator in the Y’s wellness center!