This post is long past due and something I have wanted to do for more than a month now. Here are 12 awesome things from 2012. Without further ado, here they are in chronological order.
Madison with the BF: I spent the week after New Year’s with my my boyfriend. I spent the week being shown off (introduced) to family and friends and exploring the beautiful city of Madison, WI.
Dance Marathon: I danced FTK (for the kids) at U Iowa’s Dance Marathon. A 24 hour dance celebration (participants are not supposed to sit for down from 6 pm Friday night until 6 pm Saturday night.)that works to raise money for children’s cancer. (more info here) It was one of the hardest experiences of my life. I didn’t make it all the way. I confess. I almost feinted at the end from exhaustion. I would not trade if for the world. I don’t think I will do it again.
Jar meal: My BF and I save all of the money we find, or bet each other, for fun spending only. Slowly quarters, nickles and dimes go into the jar. Our first jar money purchase was a meal for under 10 dollars.
Easter: My best friends and I continued our tradition of celebrating Easter together. After a month of lent it felt great to cook meat and sweets to share with friends.
Being the National Communication’s Coordinator (NCC) for The University of Iowa Associate Residence Halls (ARH) This one doesn’t really have a time, it is several things in one. In 2012 that meant winning the school of the year award in our region, along with several others. That meant organizing three different schools to go together to Boulder, CO. That meant all of the great memories with ARH and NRHH
Hunting and Fishing with my dad: Maybe this makes me SUPER Midwestern Maybe this makes me sentimental. Maybe those things are both true, but either way, I am always happy to spend what time I can just my dad and I doing our things. Be it fish, foul, or bear.
Moving to Spain: I won’t blither on about this too much. Read back posts if want that (joking…mostly). Let me just say it has been one of the hardest and most rewarding experiences of my life. It all began here (if you are interested)
Madrid: Our first trip with CIEE, just a few weeks into our program, we were off to Madrid for a long weekend. We bonded as a group and I began to realize what this was all about. Check out my post from the time, Madrid in My Lense.
Peninsula with the parentals: Spending the holidays with my Dad and Connie was great. It was great to get to see them again. It was enchanting to spend Christmas in Segovia, and the New Year in Madrid.
1. Photo crashing BF in Madison.
2. Posing for dance marathon with amigas.
3. The food (minus a few things)
3. The man who finds the money holds the money
3. We really didn’t cheat on this one
4. ARH Board of Directors 2012-2013
4.The three Iowa delegation’s in Boulder, CO. for the international residence hall associations conference
5. Foul hunting with my dad, “uncles”, and cousin.
6. Fishing with my dad and favorite dog, Buddy.
7. My first real glimpse of the island of Mallorca. I didn’t know what I was getting my self into yet.
8. I am as fierce as a bull in Madrid.
8. Floating Building and Garden Walls: Group Photo of our CIEE group
9. A night walk in Stockholm. Sweden
9. Our second day in Uppsala we went for a bike ride.
10. New Year’s in the Plaza del Perta de Sol. Madrid.
10. During our day trip to see the roman aqueducts in Segovia.
The rain bow this morning when I woke up made me feel hopeful. Maybe more hopeful than the day turned out. (not a top ten day in the least. good thing it’s not Friday.) Now that this day is almost over
Now that the day is over, this picture still makes me smile.
Now Dad, don´t panic. I do actually do my homework. I am not failing my classes. I am doing this right, but we can´t all be perfect. So here are my study pitfalls for my first semester in Spain.
These are, as always, in no particular order.
Reading the first 5 books in Game of Thrones. If you have not read them, DO! They are amazing. Tough I warn you not to get too attached to any one character, they will probably get brutally murdered at some point in time. If you have them because they are annoying when the narrate, look for them to survive. Tough seriously. These books are amazing
Facebook. Yup. The world goes round and Facebook still eats your life.
Skype. Missing people from home? Wanting to brag about how amazing your life is? Want to hear the same inane stories friends tell each other over and over again? Skype is your friend. Just remember, talking about your paper to someone 5,000 miles away does not make it disappear.
Walking the dogs. And no this does not involve a yoyo, but it does involve a stroll through old town Palma and the ocean. What is so much better than manth, waves dramatically crashing into rocks next to a gothic cathedral.
Blogs. I love getting to share, but sometimes … well you know how it goes.
Travel web sites: *sing this with me* Where in the world is… If you did not finish that, you are probably not of my generation. Anyway… dreaming about traveling to cool new place, esp. places I might actually go > math problems.
Picture editing. With over 4,000 pictures taken, there is often sorting to be done
Excursioning. (is that a word?) Hike a mountain, see a castle, walk a beach, you name it. It is probably available. It is probably more fun than homework. It has at some point distracted me.
Cleaning. I don´t know about anyone else, but when I have something I am avoiding I tend to do the things I need to do but have been avoiding. Say hello to cleaning.
The ever tempting friends. With more opportunities and more people to do it with, life can get tempting.