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As always, a few days late, but better late than never. Here are my 2010 and 2011 recaps if you care to check them out.

In 2012 Taylor and I :

Paid off his car early (the VW Jetta). Then, just a couple of weeks later, had a huge issue, where we brought the car in to the dealership to check out a problem with the door lock. They said it would be several hundred dollars to repair the lock, and we said, no thanks. Then later that same afternoon they called claiming that there was gasoline in the diesel engine (um, there’s no way in hell!!) and it would require major repairs (to the tune of at least $8,000 dollars, and you better contact your insurance company to get them involved.) After many talks with insurance and the car dealership and about 6 weeks of the car being in the shop, we paid our insurance deductible, turned in our rental car and traded that sucker in. So we also…

Bought a new car. A 2012 Toyota Camry SE.

Celebrated my 31st birthday, our 3rd anniversary, and Taylor’s 29th birthday.

We also did a lot of mentally preparing and budget planning for buying a house in 2013.  EEK!!

Taylor’s sister had a baby, so this year we became Aunt Andrea and Uncle Taylor! Here’s our sweet nephew from just a few days ago. He’s about 4.5 months old here.

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And I:

I didn’t cook as much as I’d like to throughout the year. This year was the first time I in my 31 years that I didn’t go to my parents’ house for Thanksgiving, so I cooked my First Solo Thanksgiving Meal for my in-laws. And for the first time ever, I also didn’t see my parents on Christmas day, so I cooked a ham dinner on Christmas. I didn’t take any pictures.


  • Las Vegas (March)
  • Washington DC/Arlington, VA(April)
  • St. Louis (July)
  • New Orleans (August & October)
  • New York City (September)
  • Dallas (October)


I got a Kindle Fire for Christmas in 2011 and I also joined Goodreads and set a goal of 30 books for the 2012 year. I didn’t make 30, but I did read 24 books, so not too shabby.

I enjoyed everything I finished, some more than others. I started Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, The Art of Fielding, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, but didn’t finish. The only one I legitimately quit because I simply could not get into it was Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. My favorite books were the John Green books (in order of my personal preference) The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska, and An Abundance of Katherines.

Here are all the books I read.

  1. The Hunger Games
  2. Mockingjay
  3. Catching Fire
  4. Divergent
  5. Paper Towns
  6. Girl Over the Edge
  7. Wife By Wednesday
  8. Water for Elephants
  9. Looking for Alaska
  10. Thirteen Reasons Why
  11. The Fault in Our Stars
  12. Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  13. Juliet, Naked
  14. Fifty Shades of Grey
  15. Fifty Shades Darker
  16. Pretty Little Liars
  17. Flawless
  18. Perfect
  19. Unbelievable
  20. The Book Thief
  21. Gone Girl
  22. Flight
  23. An Abundance of Katherines
  24. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

I am too lazy to link those books to another site and/or list their authors, but if you’re interested in knowing more about something and can’t find it, let me know and I can point you in the right direction.


  • True Blood (Season 4)
  • The Tudors (Seasons 3 & 4)
  • Dexter (Season 6)
  • And plenty more miscellaneous episodes of Sister Wives, Family Guy, South Park, The New Girl, and Tosh.0

Listened to/Discovered MusicA few of these albums aren’t new, some are especially played out, but I loved them this year anyway. Saw Two Door Cinema Club at House of Blues in Houston in October.

  • Two Door Cinema Club – Beacon
  • Fun – Some Nights
  • Of Monsters and Men – My Head is an Animal
  • The Lumineers – The Lumineers
  • Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
  • The Black Keys – El Camino
  • Keane – Strangeland
  • O.A.R. – Rain or Shine

Did nice things – As a sort of informal resolution, I tried to do more  nice things this year. I kept track for myself, but don’t care to post the tally here. In general, I sent cards and care packages to friends and family who needed it, and I also did nice things for people I didn’t know. I really enjoyed it and I hope to continue this year.

How was your 2012?


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I came home last night from getting my hair trimmed and Taylor told me he just loves how flat and stringy my hair is.

He tells me something similar pretty often, and he doesn’t mean it as an insult at all. He really means it looks smooth and straight, but he just doesn’t always use the right words. He particularly doesn’t like how big some girls try to make their hair (we do live in the land of big Texas hair) and prefers a simpler look.

He makes me laugh. 🙂

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For Taylor and I we don’t usually do anything big for Valentine’s Day. I like to exchange cards, but sometimes we forget. Sometimes we’ll do small gifts, sometimes not. We always go out to dinner somewhere.

A couple days ago, Taylor asked, “Do you already have a card for me?” I coyly smiled back at him*, so of course he was like “WHAT? When did you have time to get me a card?!” So I told him that I have been out shopping alone in the past few weeks.

So yesterday a little before 5, I remembered that I had to go to the hospital after work to do crafts and give Valentine’s Day goodies to the kids in the pediatric unit. Since we carpool, I joked with him that my hour at the hospital would give him time to go get me a card.

When I got in the car after work he handed me a campus mail envelope. See, we also work at the same place, so on occasion someone will send something meant for him to my box or vice versa. So I wasn’t terribly surprised, and started to open the envelope to see what it was.


He tricked me. It wasn’t actually something sent to the wrong address. He made me a card at work. It apparently took several drafts to get the alignment right, but it was so sweet.



Inside he wrote an incredibly thoughtful message about how he loves how much we laugh and enjoy each others company and that he wishes more people had relationships like ours. It was very touching.

After my hour at the hospital passing out funfetti cupcakes, crafts, pizza and goodie bags to the kids, we enjoyed dinner at Freebird’s Burritos and then spent the rest of the evening watching How I Met Your Mother. It was pretty much exactly the same as every other night. Right before bed, I remembered I brought home a few pink frosting-ed, heart sprinkled cupcakes, so we ate them and called it a night. We’ll probably eat a fancier dinner this weekend. But yesterday was absolutely perfect and wonderful!


*Of course I just picked up a card yesterday afternoon! Taylor hasn’t figured out yet that even if you wait until the last minute, you don’t have to tell on yourself! I had already picked up a pair of boxer shorts with a candy heart design on them. In his card I listed just a few reasons why I love him including the fact that when we do the dishes together, he almost always pinches my butt with the tongs. Don’t tell him I told you! 🙂 Also, don’t worry if I ever cook for you, I promise they are properly cleaned after. 


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I didn’t think I was going to write one of these, but then I finally looked back to see what I wrote last year, and thought I’d do it again. I kind of like having a little summary all in one place. Here’s 2010 if you’re interested.

This year Taylor and I :

Moved into a new apartment, and survived.
Celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary.


  • New Orleans (March)
  • New York (May)

And I:

Completed a 2nd Warrior Dash, without barfing


  • New Year’s Day in New York City
  • My 30th birthday

Cooked – Not as much as I would have liked. Learned how to cook risotto.


  • Italy (July)
  • Austin (October)


  • Room

Harry Potter Series

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow

Started but couldn’t finish

  • The Pioneer Woman, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels
  • Chelsea Handler, Chelsea, Chelsea Bang Bang


  • True Blood (Seasons 3)
  • Lots of How I Met Your Mother &  Big Bang Theory
  • Tosh.0
  • The New Girl
  • Lots of Intervention, Addicted and Obsessed

Listened to/Discovered MusicAgain, not all new stuff, but I love all the same.

  • Matt & Kim – Cameras
  • Eric Hutchinson – Sounds Like This
  • Freelance Whales – Weathervanes
  • Discovery – Discovery LP
  • Ke$ha – Animal
  • Grouplove – Never Trust a Happy Song
  • Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
  • O.A.R. – King

And talking about 2011 wouldn’t be complete with a special new category.

Developed Friendships

  • I became closer to friends I already had while planning our trip and traveling to Italy together.
  • I also met new friends at the Blathering. Some of them I think will be friends for a very long time.

Can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store!

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Two years ago, Taylor and I tied the knot.

I could wax poetic about how much I love him and how happy we are, but I’ll spare you. For the most part. 

I will tell you we are so very happy. And we enjoy being married. We enjoy each other’s company and laugh together… a lot.

Two years has passed in the blink of an eye. And we are looking forward to many more years to come.

Photo by Michelle Loconto

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I’m a few days late posting because I had a hard time making myself finish up this wrap up. I kept thinking of more things I wanted to add. This past year was great, and I can’t really complain. I’m sure I’ll miss something with this year in review, but I’ll do my best.

This year Taylor and I :

Paid off my car and his student loan (if only we could pay off mine!)
Waited (not so patiently) to find out if I would still have a job (yes I would!)
Celebrated our first wedding anniversary

And I:

Ran a 5k
Completed the Warrior Dash


  • New Year’s Day in New York City
  • My 29th birthday

Cooked – Plenty of tasty recipes including Pioneer Woman Mac & Cheese; Pico de Gallo; Tequila Shrimp; Goat Cheese and Carmelized Onion Pizza. There are even more that I somehow didn’t get around to posting about.


  • Los Angeles and Long Beach (February)
  • Austin (February and November)
  • San Francisco for the 2nd time (April)
  • Chicago for the 4th (5th?) time (May)
  • Washington, DC/Arlington, VA (July)
  • Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM (November)

Read – Don’t judge. Even though I’m like 10 years behind the times on some of these, they were all very good, and easy reads.

The Twilight Series

  • Twilight
  • Eclipse
  • New Moon
  • Breaking Dawn

The Sookie Stackhouse Series

  • Dead Until Dark
  • Living Dead in Dallas
  • Club Dead
  • Dead to the World
  • Dead as a Doornail
  • Definitely Dead
  • All Together Dad
  • From Dead to Worse
  • Dead and Gone

Harry Potter Series

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


  • True Blood (Seasons 1 & 2)
  • The Tudors (Seasons 1 & 2)
  • Lie to Me (Season 1 and part of season 2)
  • Dexter (Seasons 1-4)
  • And plenty of miscellaneous episodes of Family Guy, South Park and Top Gear on streaming Netflix

Listened to/Discovered MusicA few of these albums aren’t new, but I loved them this year anyway. Also saw Two Door Cinema Club and GroupLove live at the Warehouse Live in Houston in October.

  • Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History
  • We are Scientists – Brain Thrust Mastery; Barbara
  • Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
  • GroupLove – GroupLove EP
  • The Avett Brothers – I and Love and You
  • MGMT – Oracular Spectacular; Congratulations
  • Band of Horses – Infinite Arms
  • The Black Keys – Brothers
  • Arcade Fire – Neon Bible; The Suburbs
  • Broken Bells – Broken Bells
  • Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga; Transference

What were some of the highlights from your 2010 year?

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Monday marked our 1 year anniversary of being married. The weekend started with a day trip on Saturday to visit my parents. 

Our anniversary will forever be linked to Father’s day, since we actually got married on Father’s day last year. So I brought my dad a card as well as some homemade pico de gallo and tiramisu. I also promised a photo walk in the upcoming weeks since both of us like to take pictures, and he got me a nice DSLR camera for Christmas a couple years ago. We spent the day swimming and hanging out, which was lovely and relaxing.

Sunday, we basically hung around the house until it was time to get ready. We went to L’auberge du Lac in Lake Charles and ate at their Snake River Grill for our official anniversary dinner. We started the meal with lamb chop lollipops. I ate filet mignon and Taylor had wild boar wrapped in bacon. The wild boar tasted very good, but it too raw for my taste. I sipped a couple glasses of Malbec with dinner and we finished with dessert.  

We spent a little time at the casino after dinner, but didn’t win anything before heading home.

We both took Monday off, the day of our actual anniversary. We cooked breakfast together (biscuits, bacon and eggs) and had mimosas (made with Tosti Asti, the same kind of sparkling wine Taylor “won” when he proposed, and that we drank at our wedding). We spent the day running errands and doing normal stuff that we can’t normally do during business hours since we are at work. It was normal, just like our relationship every other day.

During the weekend we also gave both sets of parents a wedding album I made using Snapfish…finally, one year after the fact (it’s difficult to pick out photos for an album). Everyone loved it as far as I could tell.

We didn’t exactly exchange gifts. All along I had told Taylor that my gifts to him were not expensive but they were thoughtful. We did exchange cards (in mine I rewrote a portion of our wedding vows, in his he wrote a very heartfelt message about being the perfect team). I gave him a mousepad with one of our wedding photos on it. I also made tiramisu, our wedding dessert, and bought the Asti for mimosas. He made a reservation for dinner at Snake River Grill and will probably be buying me a Nike Plus sportband.

Over all it was a great weekend. I know all our anniversaries will be as good or better.

I love you honey. Here’s to many, many more years together.

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