I am thrilled to be able to say I've been blogging for a year, especially since I started this whole thing on a whim basically.
Rather than regale you all with tearful, sappy words of thanks for your follows, comments, and reads, I'm going to instead do something that I am really looking forward to; a summary of what I've done this past year, because I feel like I've done a LOT.
And maybe this seems like something I should be doing for a New Year's post or something, but I'd rather do it now. So...maybe no one else will find this very exciting, but I'm stoked to reflect on my year. There will be pictures. Lots of pictures. So if you aren't ready to be bombarded with photos...turn back now. And...here we go.
In this fantastic month, I took my first steps into the blogging world, and began this blog. Dehydration and Procrastination was born.
I also rocked out my fall term exams of my senior year of college, which felt great.
Then we had an awesome Christmas. I always love Christmas. It just makes me happy.
|Tree dance I guess?|
|Our lovely Christmas tree. :)|
|Yeah...We're something like this.|
|We love big fluffy stuffed animals!|
And my one Christmasish post of the month was this one.
We rang in the New Year with lots of excitement and fun, and lots of hope for what 2011 would bring. That was about it, so I'm just going to hit you with a bunch of pictures.
|Cousin New Year's picture.|
|First picture of my dog, Maggie, in 2011.|
|We love our fake alcohol.|
In February, my AMAZING grandpa turned 80 years old! It doesn't even seem possible that he's actually that old. He's the most fantastic, wonderful, brilliant, loving man I've ever known in my life.
|Best Grandpa EVER!|
Also, there was Snowpocalypse.
Nothing else super exciting happened in February that I can think of, but I did write my most popular post in February: The Curse of Medical Students' Disease.
The main reason my dad decided to surprise me with this trip-of-a-lifetime was because...I am a massive Phantom of the Opera fan. (Not massive enough to spell it "Phan" though, because that's just going overboard. Even for me.) I saw it for the first time when I was in 8th grade, and I've been in love with the show ever since.
This was easily one of the best months of my life so far. My spring break was the first week of March, and my amazing dad surprised me with an AMAZING trip...to LONDON!
|St. Stephen's Tower. NOT Big Ben. Big Ben is the bell. That is all.|
|Me and a guard. Of course.|
|Harrods all lit up and purdy. What a crazy shopping experience.|
|Underground sign. Because I had to.|
It just so happened that there was a sequel to Phantom called Love Never Dies. Being a huge fan of Phantom, I got the soundtrack for LND as soon as I could, and listened to the whole thing with my best friend, who is an equally huge fan. The man who played the Phantom in LND was Ramin Karimloo, and basically my best friend and I fell in love with his voice right away. He's incredible. Love Never Dies was only playing in London at the time, and I really wanted to see it. Well...and see Ramin.
So, my awesome dad not only took me to London, he took me to see Phantom of the Opera AND Love Never Dies. Literally a dream come true.
|Her Majesty's Theatre.|
|I got chills when I saw this. And yes, I cried at the end of the show. Like a little baby.|
|The Adelphi Theatre.|
|I was super excited.|
Phantom was spectacular, as I had expected, and Love Never Dies was incredible. Ramin Karimloo is one of the most phenomenally talented performers I have ever had the joy of seeing. I bawled after his first song in the show, and I bawled at the end of the show. And then, to top it all off, my dad was amazing enough to wait around for almost an hour and a half at stage door just so I could have the chance to maybe meet Ramin Karimloo. It was freezing cold outside, the cast was having a party that night, and there was absolutely no guarantee that they would be out anytime before midnight. But my dad waited around like an incredibly good sport, and...it paid off.
|I MET RAMIN!|
Let me just say, he was such an amazing, humble, kind man. He thanked us for coming to the show and apologized for how long we'd waited. Then, because we obviously sound like Americans, he asked where we're from. I told him we were from Michigan, and he said "Oh yeah? Not far from me, I'm from Toronto." Then he thanked us again for coming all that way to see the show, I told him in a semi-squeaky voice that he was phenomenal and he thanked me yet again. Then he gave me his autograph (twice, because I HAD to get one for my best friend) and posed for a picture with me. I think I was floating around off my high of meeting him until long after we'd come back home to the States.
At the end of the month, I turned twenty-two. My great friends and family made it an awesome birthday.
|My roomies attacked my door with festive streamers!|
|My mom and sister came up to take me out to dinner and brought presents!|
|Yup. I got penguin footie pajamas for my 22nd birthday. Be jealous.|
|Can't explain my sister's goofy face, but I can explain the sweatshirt. It's Mal's, and it's a tradition among our friends.|
|I wore it to dinner, and got a card from *gasp* Ramin! (aka, Mallory) :)|
|"He's" such a sweetheart.|
|Birthday pub trip.|
|Why yes, we did take coloring books to the pub.|
|Amazing friends. :)|
And...to keep up with the trend I seem to have going on with the "post of the month," in March I wrote a post about my socially awkward issues.
In April my four years of hard work paid off, and I graduated from college with honors and a BA in Psychology.
There was a dinner and a party for the seniors which were both a pretty rockin' time.
|Three cool girls with dress pockets, one sad girl without. Also...this will be our album cover if we ever become a musical group.|
|Romantic (?) dance with my awesome roomie.|
|We're very pensive girls.|
|I did it!|
And I wrote a post about graduation and the scariness of what post-graduation life might be like.
The month of May brought about my second trip to Europe for the year. My spring term class travelled to Austria and Germany for the month to learn about important things in the history of psychology.
|And "Mad" King Ludwig's fairytale castle.|
|And the Berlin Wall.|
And I wrote about the trip a little more in detail when I got home.
In June, nothing too terribly exciting happened, but I did get a job! No, it has nothing to do with psychology. You know...that thing I studied for four years in college...? But it's still a wicked fun job. I'm a barista at Biggby Coffee, and I love it. I've been there for six months now, and I still have an awesome time every time I work.
I knew before I'd even finished training that it was going to rock, so I wrote about it!
In July...holy crap, my cousin got freaking MARRIED! She's a year younger than me, so it was so weird to have happen. Especially since she'd never dated anyone else. But they're sickeningly adorable together, and I love her husband so much. It's like he was always my cousin. He fits into our family so well.
|Cute happy couple. :)|
Sadly my only post for the month of July was this one, and it's not even really worth mentioning. I'm ashamed.
August was another AWESOME month, because I got to go to Europe again. Yes...for the third time in one year. Insanity, I know. My family and my dad's brother's family got to go to Paris and Rome together. It was incredible.
|My favorite place in Paris, the Opera Garnier. (Phantom of the Opera nerd, remember?)|
|Notre Dame de Paris.|
|Moulin Rouge. No, we did not go inside. Haha.|
|Gorgeous Sacre Coeur.|
|Of course, le Tour Eiffel.|
|Arc de Triomphe.|
|Saw this on our last night in Paris. I cried. And then I cried on the way to the airport.|
|Pompeii. Mt. Vesuvius all ominous in the background.|
Once again, this was a sucky month in blog world, as I only had one post again. And it was about how much I suck.
Honestly...I don't recall anything especially exciting happening in September. Weird. And I have absolutely no posts from this month either. Apparently I was in a coma this month. So...moving right along...
This month my family took a trip to Florida for my sister's birthday. We totally hit up Disney and then we went to Hogwarts. No big deal.
|We're princesses too. For sure.|
|Childhood dreams come true.|
|Honeydukes Sweet Shoppe! So awesome.|
|Hilarious conductor of the Hogwarts Express.|
|Oh Hogwarts...I love you.|
Um...but seriously, I died and went to heaven. I love Harry Potter. So much.
Then I got to dress up for Halloween. Twice! I wore one costume to work, and one to hand out candy at home.
|I was a kitty for work.|
|And a Gryffindor at home!|
|And my best friend came over to be an evil Slytherin.|
Yet again...no post that month. Fail.
November was...not too exciting either. Though there was Thanksgiving, and I LOVE Thanksgiving. Sadly I was a slacker and didn't have my camera with me at the family gathering, so I have no pictures to share. Which is a bummer. But it was an awesome time anyway.
Also, November and Thanksgiving means putting up our Christmas tree, which is so much fun!
|Our lovely tree. :)|
Also, my sister and I have pictures taken every year before Christmas so that my mom has some to send out in Christmas cards. So here's a few of my favorites.
|My sister hates this one, but I love it.|
|We love doing jumping pictures.|
|My sister looks like High School Musical.|
So now we've come all the way to one year after I started this blog. I've had a heck of a year. I'm extremely blessed. I can't believe some of the opportunities and adventures I've had this past year. And I still can't believe how popular my blog is. 142 followers? What?! I mean, really...I'm so thrilled, because I never thought anyone outside of my tiny college, my tiny hometown, and my family would read or care about my blog.
I know I'm not doing anything wildly creative or different with my blog, but apparently what I am doing works. So I think I'll keep it up. And I definitely want to get back to doing more of my terrible drawings. I know I've had a few lately, but I think I can cook up something really special in the near future.
I'm not going to promise it will be within a week, or even a month, because as you all know, I've slacked several times, and maybe if I don't put any pressure on myself I'll actually be more motivated. Meh...we'll see.
What I will promise though is that I will continue blogging as long as people continue reading. And commenting too. Comments make me happy. So comment! Please. Unless you want me to be sad. Which hopefully you don't. Because I look like this when I'm sad:
That's right. My arms get all wiggly. So unless you want me to have wiggly arms...don't make me sad.
But seriously, I appreciate all of you readers and followers and commenters very much. Thanks for the love this first year, and hopefully year 2 will only get better!
Also...if you stuck around for this whole, extremely long post, I appreciate that even more. So here's a cookie.
I think it's chocolate chip...