2010 In Words and Pictures

2010 has come and gone, and it’s so hard to believe! It’s already January 1… 1-1-11 (I love dates like that, don’t you?).

It seems like just yesterday, my fiancé boyfriend and I were kissing at midnight to celebrate! Let’s hope I don’t catch the coughing sickness my fiance has when I kiss him. Here’s a recap of the year :).

In January, I trained for and ran in the Polar Bear 5K, which is a race sponsored by my company. I’d been running for awhile, but this is the first 5K I actually put effort into training for. My friends Nick and Buddy ran too, along with some other people from work. I finally made it out of the woods and over the horrendous hill mountain in 31:48. I plan to run again this year and improve on my time :).

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In February, it snowed on Valentine’s weekend, and I spent time with Clay playing in the snow and being crazy. You know, typical snow stuff like snowball fights, snowmen, and trying to shove snow down each other’s shirts…

Sure, I guess we could’ve gone out for a fancy dinner or he could’ve gotten me some extreme nice piece of jewelry, but honestly… I think playing in the snow was probably much more fun!

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Oh, and the extremely nice piece of jewelry was on the way too, because in March, Clay proposed.

I was bummed that weekend because we were originally going on an out-of-town trip that got cancelled, which was his original proposal idea. So, after a night of shopping and eating in Columbia, Clay told me we were going to a fancy restaurant (in Florence, what?) the next day, and that I’d need to dress up, so I was already a bit suspicious. Then, at his house, he cooked some awesome stuffed pasta shells and Greek salad, and not trying to help me carb load or anything, offered me dessert. On the dessert plate sat the ring :).

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Of course I said yes, then we ate Oreo cookies for dessert and watched Comedy Central for the rest of the night.

In April, I got sick over Easter weekend with a really bad stomach flu and stayed sick for almost two weeks, but I managed enough energy to have a House Party with my then-roommate.

We ate tons of awesome goodies, and it was great to spend time with friends who I don’t always get to see. Since then, I’ve won two other House Parties and they’re really great. You get free stuff, and it’s an excuse to have a party, so who can complain with that.

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I did an awesome community service project called Paint the Town with my church and the City of Florence in May. Over two weekends, we painted a lady’s house for her and took her homemade foods, household supplies, and other goodies.

This was my first time ever painting a house, but I had an awesome time, and I really can’t wait to do the project again in 2011! It really helped me get out of my comfort zone, meet new people, and try something that I didn’t know if I’d be good at or not. Turns out I’m not horrible at painting houses :).

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I got even sicker in May and had to buy one of these. Definitely not a fun week for me or a fun purchase (hey, at least I didn’t have to buy one that has separate compartments for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bedtime). After much lecturing from my Den Mother-esque coworker, I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with severe anemia and put on high-powered iron supplements. I couldn’t run for 5 weeks either :(.

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Fortunately, things are SO much better now! I’m still taking the iron supplements, I’m not super pale anymore, and I can run 10 miles. I definitely couldn’t do that before :).

In June, Clay and I went on our second cruise on the Carnival Fantasy out of Charleston. We went to Nassau, Freeport, and Key West (our favorite!). We had such an awesome time touring Nassau, snorkeling in Freeport, being random in Key West, playing bingo on the ship, reading and laying out, and going to shows. Oh, and how can I forget the awesome Sushi bar every night, dinners and breakfast in the dining room, and the waterslides?

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Once we got back on land, we immediately started thinking about where we wanted to go next, so for our honeymoon, we’re going to Coco Cay, St. Martin, and St. Thomas on the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas!

We’re already searching Cruise Critic for good excursions and saving up spending money, which is something we learned about in the Financial Peace University class we started in July. Since the class, I’ve started an emergency fund that has 3-6 months of living expenses, a money market account that makes interest, and a Roth IRA for retirement. You know, if my job ever lets me retire so I can plan and go on cruises all the time :).

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I also started running again, slowly but surely, and besides that, we pretty much took it easy, spending Independence Day with my family at the river and cooking Shrimp Curry.

August was another easy month.  Clay started the second semester of Computer Science degree at Francis Marion, which he finished a few weeks ago with a 3.85 GPA (my super smart fiancé!).  I got contact lenses because I was super sick of dealing with glasses and crooked ears.

In September, I cooked vegetarian chili and wished for slightly cooler temperatures.  I also ran in the Arthritis Foundation 5K and picked out my wedding dress!  The wedding dress is totally unique and different (I’m anything but traditional), and I finished the 5K in under 30 minutes :).

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I turned 25 in October and officially rebelled against the idea of a Quarterlife Crisis.  I had an awesome time hanging out and running with friends in the Camp RAE 5K race.  Clay and I went to the fair, where he rode this crazy ride and almost lost his hat, and we ate funnel cakes and petted the animals :).

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In November, I went to the Pecan Festival with my friends, where we had lots of fun chilling out (it was chilly) and supporting downtown redevelopment. We celebrated Thanksgiving with Clay’s family, and my mommy and I went Black Friday shopping for Christmas presents :). I also did a 30 Days of Thanks blog series.

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I ran the Run Like a Nut 10K and the Florence Museum 5K races with a bunch of friends from the Run FlorRUNce Run group. I keep getting faster with each race, which is really awesome, but I’m most thankful for the people I’ve met and friends I’ve made through running the local races :).

December was a crazy, busy, month, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything! I moved in with Clay, and we decorated our first Christmas tree together. I also ran in the Bayler’s Bash 5K and took a random road trip. We had an awesome Christmas, even if we did go to tons of parties and take more photos than the studio at Sears.

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So, what does the future hold?

2011 is going to be another great year :). Sure, 2010 had its ups (getting engaged, running and meeting new running friends, moving in with Clay) and its downs (getting sick, taking time off from running, having to let a few friendships go). Of course, there were WAY more ups than downs, and I definitely learned from all of the downs, too.

As for 2011, I’m getting married in March, going on a cruise/honeymoon in May, and hopefully running a 10-mile race or half marathon. At the beginning of 2010, I had no idea I’d finish the year engaged, dealing with the first health issues I’ve ever had, being pretty successful at work, and winning my age group in local races.

Who knows what else the year will bring?

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8 Responses to 2010 In Words and Pictures

  1. Rebecca says:

    WoW! Your entries are always so nicely organized, and I follow along with them very well. 🙂

    By reading and seeing your entry, I can see that you’ve had a really great year. I wish you and your fiance well as you continue with the wedding plans. And pretty soon, you will be Mrs. 🙂 Are you changing your last name to his, or are you hyphenating names? I’m planning changing over to my future husband’s name. 🙂

    Happy New Year!

    • proudpatriot07 says:

      Probably hyphenating or something else. I know I don’t want to just take his last name. It really gets me when women change their names, and people talk about their new name and say “She got married, so she’s a *insert husband’s last name here* now”. Like getting married and changing a name totally disowns you from your parents and ancestors, that you’re now ONE OF HIS FAMILY and no one else.

      Oh, and I just happen to like my given name. My ‘rents did a good job.

  2. mel says:

    I loved this entry so much that I may do one tomorrow when I get home from work.

  3. lindsay says:

    your wedding is in march?!? you never talk about the details girl – you need to share some of the excitement 😉

    i may be a financial geek but i *love* finding/meeting people who are financially responsible. i am so proud of the few of us who can manage our finances, lol. roth ira’s are SO exciting. i guess they will be exciting in 30 years when we are living it up, right? 🙂

    • proudpatriot07 says:

      My future in-laws are handling most of the details. It’s not that I’m not excited or anything, I am, but having a wedding was not something I ever dreamed about growing up. Honestly, growing up, I never thought I’d even get married, so I’m just happy to get this far :).

      -A.L.

  4. Tori says:

    So much can happen in a year, it’s crazy! I never thought my life would be filled with some of the things it does now, this time last year.

    And it looks like 2011 will be busy for you! So happy for you getting married! Such an exciting time in a girls life. (or so I’ve heard. never gone through it myself.) Haha!

    ❤ Tori

  5. Samantha says:

    I really liked the 101 tips and they were about running and I thought it was great for those wanting to start running for the new year. But I didn’t just want to post the tips so I gave my opinion on them as well!! I’m so glad you liked them and I absolutely love your ring!!! So gorgeous!

  6. Bella says:

    Great wrap up and 2010 was a good year for you! May 2011 bring only joy and blessings!!

    BTW, Left you a little award! http://www.southernsomedays.com/2011/01/awards-day-doncha-love-em.html

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