what i will remember
i had big plans to share a comprehensive “year-in-review” post and to remember 2009 with photos i snapped over the past 365 days. but i’m having trouble putting my thoughts and photos together like that. maybe it’s because i always feel a little more quiet and introspective at this time of year. or maybe it’s just the jet-lag.
instead, i’m sharing a few new photos from NY and london, my 2 homes in 2009. and i will say this: i feel very lucky for 2009. a lot of it was unexpected. if you had told me on january 1 that i would be living in london on december 31, i would’ve laughed in your face. but here i am. funny how that works, huh?
365 days ago, i also did not expect to meet so many wonderful people through this blog in 2009. many online friends became real-life friends this year, and it has been nothing short of wonderful. personally and creatively, these individuals have put a smile on my face numerous times, given me bright bursts of inspiration, written me funny and thoughtful emails, and have given me unfailing support and encouragement. (and yes, i’m still speechless over this.)
so in honor of new friends, i wanted to remember those moments in 2009. it started with tapas and wine with meg (an old friend) and luisa (a new friend). i met amisha and jen for drinks and eats, and in june we spent the most perfect day in brooklyn with shari and tom. in september, i headed west to portland and seattle, where i chatted with abby over breakfast and coffee. next, a delicious lunch with stephanie at clyde common, complete with lots of laughs and the feeling that i had known her for a long time. i took a train up to seattle, and i met anna, jon, and alexandria – they were excellent tour guides and we enjoyed beers, conversation, a photo walk and a special meal at delancey. and i can’t i forget a saturday morning spent with molly, where we talked for hours and once again, it felt like we were old friends. finally, towards the end of the year, i shared drinks, laughs, a delicious meal and sweet potato pie in brooklyn with maria and CDR, two very special people that i am happy to consider friends.
of course, these are only the wonderful people that i met in person. there are so many others that i’ve had the good fortune to “meet” online. you know who you are. and i hope i can sit down for a drink with you soon.
when i look back on 2009, i feel fortunate and i remember a year that included many good things – food & drink, concerts and music, travel, a big move, new discoveries, and a 30th birthday. what i will remember the most are the good times with the people in my life. i think that’s the measure of a successful year, don’t you? the chance to spend your days surrounded by good people. whether online or in person, thank you all for filling 2009 with such excellent memories. i am certain that 2010 will include more new friends (especially some people here in europe) and i can’t wait for that.
more soon … about my hopes for 2010 and the 1-year anniversary of this blog.
in the meantime, cheers and a happy new year to you!!