Highlights of 2018

  • Started off the year with a Notre Dame bowl win over LSU, a snow day, and…an endoscopy to diagnose gastritis. Not the most enjoyable event of the year, but at least I was able to start healing.
  • Got to see Liz’s first ultrasound in January!

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  • Celebrated an Eagles Super Bowl win!
  • Went to a family baby shower in January and welcomed my cousin’s new baby in February.

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  • Went on vacation to California with Liz in March and revisited the area where I used to live. It had been four years since I’d been back!
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Our hotel room had an amazing view.

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We took a behind-the-scenes tour of the Aquarium of the Pacific.
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Made a visit to San Juan Capistrano.
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And of course we went to Disneyland. :)
  • Hosted a goodbye party for Liz & Aaron when they moved to the Midwest.

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  • Went to the Big East Championship at Madison Square Garden and celebrated a Villanova win.

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  • Celebrated Easter with family.

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  • Saw another Villanova NCAA championship win, as well as an incredible buzzerbeater win for the Notre Dame women’s team!

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  • Welcomed spring when it (finally) came after a late snowstorm in April.
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Sadly, this photo was taken in April.
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That’s more like it.
  • Continued babysitting for the Sisters of Life and visiting with friends I’ve made there.

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  • Went to two retreats at Villa Maria Guadalupe: A silent Ignatian retreat in February and the spring Frassati retreat in April.
  • Dogsat a few times for Aughie, my sister’s dog.

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He can swim, but he is decidedly not a fan of the pool.
  • Went to a friend’s wedding in Buffalo and made trips to Toronto and Niagara Falls along the way.
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First visit to Canada! Toronto had a cool aquarium.
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We stopped by the harbor to see Lake Ontario and walked around the campus of the University of Toronto.
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Got a chance to catch up with college classmates at my friend’s wedding and visited Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House while in Buffalo.
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Niagara Falls!
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Another amazing hotel room view. At night, the falls were lit with the colors of the American and Canadian flags.

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  • Saw three Broadway musicals (The Band’s Visit, Hamilton (for the second time—now a Flag Day tradition!), and Mean Girls) as well as three off-Broadway shows (Sorin, The Rainmaker, and All Is Calm) over the course of the year.

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  • Got a goose egg on my forehead after a curtain rod fell on my head.

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  • Celebrated my cousin’s high school graduation and met baby Hayden.

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  • Got a scar on my foot after an unfortunate run-in with a metal porch door.

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  • Celebrated the Fourth of July at a friend’s barbecue and got an excellent view of the fireworks from the bridge on the car ride home.

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  • Spent a weekend visiting friends in Indiana.

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  • Met up with cousins in the city.

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  • Saw Taylor Swift in concert (in the pouring rain, which I could have done without…although admittedly it does fit a lot of her lyrics).

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  • Went to a family birthday party for my cousin’s three-year-old (featuring Elsa!).

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  • Celebrated Hayden’s baptism!

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  • Spent some quality time with a good friend who was going through a tough time this summer and joined her on a spontaneous trip to Disney World.

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  • Grieved the ongoing crisis of clerical abuses within the Church and entered into a period of fasting and prayer for healing, in solidarity with many other Catholic women.

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  • Attended the Frassati Ministry Leaders’ retreat.

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  • Liz and Aaron welcomed baby Bridget in August!

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In 2018, the world was graced with this human emoji.
  • Got dinner with Michelle in September—I hadn’t seen her since she moved away last year.

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  • Said goodbye to my manager at work and went through a transition period on our team.
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He actually requested this cake.
  • Visited my cousin during her first semester at Penn State and went to a football game.

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  • Came home to find tiles falling from the bathroom ceiling in my apartment.
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Never a dull moment.
  • Continued writing weekly Frassati reflections and launched a new reflections website.
  • Celebrated my cousin’s wedding in October.

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  • Flew out to Indiana for Bridget’s baptism! And got to spend some quality time with the baby.

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  • Went out to Notre Dame for Band Alumni Weekend and got to relive the marching band experience during the Pitt game! Also got to catch up with a lot of great friends from college.

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John was very interested in my rental piccolo.

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  • Continued teaching the same CCD class and began their final year of Confirmation prep.
  • Carved pumpkins for Halloween.

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  • Enjoyed the views from Top of the Rock on a beautiful Marathon Sunday in NYC.

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  • Notre Dame came to New York for my birthday! The Shamrock Series was in town that weekend, and I got to see the band perform right near my office. And ND had a great win against Syracuse in Yankee Stadium!
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The Empire State Building was lit in blue and gold on my birthday!

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  • Met up with Liz and Bridget for a day as they stopped through New York in December.

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  • Enjoyed December in the city (and braved the crowds of tourists in Rockefeller Center).

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  • Celebrated Christmas with family.

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A new addition to the long list of Yankee Swap gifts that have featured my dad’s face on them.

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  • Read 37 books over the course of the year. Also curated a collection of children’s picture books to give to Bridget, John, and all the other kids in my life.
  • Watched Notre Dame finish an undefeated regular season and go to the College Football Playoff…where we had a disappointing loss to Clemson. (Still not over that one yet.) But overall, 2018 was a good year for the Irish—12-1 is not too shabby!

On to 2019!


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