Highlights of 2015

—Moved into a new apartment

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—Enjoyed/endured a very snowy winter

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—Saw my name credited on the copyright page of a book for the first time

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—Went ice skating at Bryant Park (and confirmed that I am terrible at ice skating)

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—Took a copyediting class at NYU, in the Woolworth Building

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—Got my last wisdom tooth removed

—Continued volunteering at the Sisters of the Renewal Soup Kitchen

—Walked (most of) the Pilgrimage of New York

—Went on a ski trip

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—Watched the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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—Spent a week working from home after a gas explosion happened on the block where I work, destroying a few buildings a few doors down from my office

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—Saw ND basketball advance to the Elite Eight and won my March Madness pool (For Glory and Baked Goods)…not my family pool this year, but I at least won my friends pool

—Spent Easter at home with family

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—Went on the spring Frassati retreat in April

—Enjoyed spring and summer in Astoria Park

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—Saw five plays over the course of the year (Les MiserablesAn American in ParisThe Surprise, Ever After, and Laugh It Up, Stare It Down)

—Won a lot of trivia nights and hosted several game nights

—Began playing flute at Frassati holy hours

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—Spent a few summer weekends by the pool

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—Brought some NYC friends to visit my hometown in NJ and walked across the Delaware River

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—Visited the Cloisters Museum and the Museum of Natural History

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—Saw Fourth of July fireworks in Astoria Park

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—My sister and cousin both moved to NYC this year, which means I’ve gotten to hang out with them more often!

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I am the oldest and shortest cousin of the group.

—Got a promotion and took on bigger projects at work

—Fought off an infestation of bugs in July…I have pictures of this, but I’ll spare you ;)

—Took a brush lettering class with Erica of Be A Heart Design and began experimenting with watercolor calligraphy

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Wrote monthly for Ignitum Today and for the BIS Blog in August

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—Went camping with friends in August

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—Played tourist in NYC for a weekend in August when a friend visited

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—Was retested for food allergies to gluten and dairy in August, and the tests came back negative! I’ve outgrown the allergies that I was diagnosed with a few years ago (I had a parasite that has since been treated), and now I can enjoy all my favorite foods again! I didn’t think that would ever happen, and it had been three and a half years since I’d eaten any gluten or dairy, so it was exciting this fall to try foods for the “first” time again after so long.

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No allergies (the only reaction was the control!)

—Went on a family vacation down the shore

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—Went on the fall Frassati retreat in September

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—Got new glasses

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Saw Pope Francis in Central Park!

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—Read some great books with the St. Malachy’s women’s group and bonded with good friends

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—Visited Notre Dame for a football game in September with two of my NYC friends

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—Celebrated my cousin’s wedding in October

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—Started teaching CCD

—Went back to Notre Dame for the USC game with my dad

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—Dressed as Merida for Halloween (and my roommate was a bear)

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—Cheered my sister on as she ran the NYC Marathon

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Went on pilgrimage to Mexico over my birthday weekend and saw Our Lady of Guadalupe

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—Traveled to Boston over the weekend of the Fenway Park game (Notre Dame vs. Boston College)

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—Spent Thanksgiving with family

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—Went to an Ingrid Michaelson concert

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—Experimented with expanding my very limited cooking skills

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—Enjoyed December in New York City

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—Hosted a Gaudete Sunday party and decorated our apartment accordingly

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—Spent Christmas with family

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—Helped my cousin Taylor celebrate her 21st birthday

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—Watched my cousin Kristen score her first Division 1 basket at Fordham

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—Rang in the new year with great friends at Midnight Mass for the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God

2014 was a great year, and 2015 was even better! Looking forward to what 2016 brings.


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