Highlights of 2019

  • Escaped the January cold with a trip to Orlando, visiting Disney World and Universal.

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  • Went to my first opera, Carmen, and saw The Ferryman on Broadway.
  • Met Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga and heard his incredible story of bringing healing and forgiveness to Rwanda.
  • Went skiing in Colorado for a week in March.

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  • Met Audrey Assad!

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  • Spent a weekend away with friends up in Cold Spring.

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  • Played music for the spring Frassati retreat.
  • Welcomed my friends’ new baby, Ana Bernadette.

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  • Celebrated Easter at the vigil Mass with the CFR Friars, which began with an epic trash-can bonfire, and then Sunday Mass and brunch with my family.

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  • Enjoyed the spring weather and decorated Easter eggs Polish-style with my Polish friends.

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  • Watched my CCD class receive the sacrament of Confirmation.

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  • Volunteered with the Sisters of Life for their Mother’s Day celebration.
  • Saw my cousin graduate from Fordham.
  • Visited Liz, Bridget, and Aaron in Indiana and took a trip to the dunes.
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We tried to keep Bridget from eating the sand, but alas, she was determined.
  • Spent a few days at Notre Dame and got to meet new baby Ana.

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  • Made good use of my Met membership.

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  • Enjoyed summer in Central Park.

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  • Went to a few Mets games.

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  • Celebrated the Fourth of July with friends.

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  • Went on a Frassati hike during the hottest weekend of the summer…and then ended up in the ER for heat exhaustion a few days later, followed by a few days of copious Gatorade and air conditioning.
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At least the view was nice.

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  • Celebrated my sister’s engagement in August!

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  • Went to a Backstreet Boys concert with the same girls who used to make me do choreographed dances to I Want It That Way as a child ;)

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  • Ran into a college friend on my morning subway commute—small world!
  • Visited Indiana for Bridget’s first birthday.
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She created a toddler-sized door by busting a hole through the screen. Also works for the dog. She’s very pleased with herself.
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All her favorite things: eating, being outside, and dogs of all kinds.
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Savoring those birthday cupcakes.

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  • Celebrated Simone’s wedding.

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  • Went back to Notre Dame for a football weekend with my parents (and saw ND beat Bowling Green in a 52–0 rout).

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Also featuring my return to Duck Island! It was the first time in years that I’d been there when the bridge wasn’t flooded.
  • Started teaching a new CCD class.
  • Welcomed my cousin’s new baby, Cole Brian.

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  • Went shopping with my sister for her wedding dress.
  • Celebrated my birthday with dinner at Eataly.
  • Saw the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for the first time in person, taking advantage of my office location and watching from a comfortable indoor perch with coffee and bagels.

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  • Got snowed in before heading back to the city from NJ after Thanksgiving.

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  • Celebrated Christmas with family.

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  • Watched Notre Dame cap off an 11-2 season with a bowl win.
  • Welcomed my new godson, Felix Joseph, on December 28!

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Three days old and already contemplating deep thoughts.

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  • Rang in the new year at midnight Mass with the Sisters of Life.

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