Oh Hay, 2012!

Happy 2012, everyone! I truly hope you had a wonderful holiday and new year with your loved ones. I sure did!

2011 was hands down the best year of my life. Not only did I spend a great amount of time with my family and friends, but I married the man of my dreams, we got our first place together, and went on a trip of a lifetime.

The highlights of our year include:

Ringing in 2011 aka “Our Wedding Year” with the best of friends in Astoria.

My mother and bridal party threw me a bridal shower in April. I thought I was going to my MIL’s surprise birthday party, so you can only imagine MY surprise. It was a day I’ll never forget.

In May, my bridal party threw me an epic bachelorette party on the Norwegian Gem cruise ship. My best fried who lives in London flew in for the party as a surprise to me. When she tapped me on the shoulder on the deck of the boat I literally almost had a heart attack. Thinking about that day still fills my heart with joy.

At the end of May (talk about waiting until the last minute!) we finally found our dream apartment. We searched, and searched, and searched and finally found the place we knew was perfect for us.

Oh, June 18th. The best day of my life. The day I became Mrs. John Dickerson.

We went on a dream honeymoon to Hawaii. We spent time on Oahu, Maui and Kauai. I wish we were back there right now!

In August I started this blog! It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but never had the gumption to start. There are days when I still question what the heck I’m doing, and the internal battle of “but I have nothing important to say!” happens on a daily basis, but I’m glad I finally went through with it.

December marked our first Christmas together and it was amazing. I didn’t realize it would be so different now that we were living together and married, but it really was. Different in a great way.

So there ya have it, our 2011 in review. I have to say, the last few months have been really amazing, so I can’t help but think 2012 is going to top this past year.

Yea, I said it. Bring it, 2012!


Hola from NOLA

Today I’m in New Orleans for a work event, so I won’t be writing a regular post (not that my posts so far have had an overall theme, anyway).

This is my third work trip to NOLA and I love it here. It’s a city rich with history and culture, spiced with a little spookiness. Unfortunately I’m only here for the night, so I won’t get to do all that much in regards to sightseeing.

From my past trips, some of my favorite things to do here are eat at Desire Oyster Bar, try some beignets at Cafe Du Monde and go for a drink on Bourbon Street at just about anywhere. See a theme here?

Last time I was here I went and saw one of the cemeteries right here in the French Quarter, which was pretty awesome and freaky all rolled into one. I haven’t gone to the Garden District yet (I’ve only been in the French Quarter), but being a huge Anne Rice fan that is obviously on my someday-do list.

Have any of you been to NOLA before? What are your favorite things to do here? Hope everyone has a fantastic Tuesday!