Is it really New Years again? What a year. Looking back at some of the greatest moments–the laugh till you cry, cry till it hurts, and then laugh all over again moments–I feel really fortunate. Here’s what comes to mind when I think of the greatest moments of 2010 (and warning, this is a photo packed post):
Southern Italy & Hiking the Path of the Gods from Amalfi to Positano on an empty stomach.. err bread and gelato. The free roaming goats, cliff-side grapevines, lush green mountains and crystal clear water, with breathtaking views of Capri and the Mediterranean. I’ve never seen anything so beautiful. And I had great company, cracking my up the whole four hours with ridiculous jokes.. spaghetti and blankets anyone?
Then there was the night in Alberobello.. a one bar town. We managed to befriend locals and attempted to tell jokes (language and culture barriers made it all the more interesting). I’ll never forget how hard I laughed at Joe’s attempt to tell the bicycle joke in Italian. Priceless.
Cooking with my girls. No longer living with my besties. I’ll always remember the 2 1/2 years we shared in our Magnolia townhouse, and all the “counter talk” nights we spent propped up on the kitchen counters sharing wine and dishing girl talk.
Going to a Minnesota Vikings away game. I love my boys, and was happy to fly from Seattle to New England and cheer my heart out in the presence of Patriot fans. No. Shame. Andi and I even sported full on purple and gold– including tutus (It was, after all, Halloween). Pats fans turned out to be a great bunch to tailgate with. Fabulous time! Sorry that neither of us have Randy Moss now. I do forever heart him.
Time with family. Whether home in eastern Washington or visiting mama in Boise, I loved being with my family. I loved wine tasting in the RV last summer with grandma driving(!), the late nights on grandma and grandpa’s deck having heart-to-hearts, playing Scrabble where the Urban Dictionary flies as real words 😉 floating the river, fishing with the kids, barbecuing… all great times.
Hiking Mount Vesuvius of Pompeii, and later laying in the grass amongst the ancient Roman city of Erculano.. imagining life in 79AD. Not too shabby if you were Roman (and wealthy).
Bologna, Italy–I learned the craft of handmade pasta spending a day in Maribel’s home–drinking Prosecco, stuffing tortellini, and sharing our passion for food talk. I also loved the opportunity to CouchSurf with a great group of Italian guys who were so much fun, and happy to entertain and feed me every night! I can’t wait to return the favor in The States. Bologna is a beautiful city to photograph, and it has a reputation for having the best food in Italy. Truly a foodie’s paradise. The open air markets, the endless selection of fresh pasta, cured meats, real Parma cheese, and fabulous Modena balsamic. I can’t wait to return.
Prague Half Marathon–although my flight getting to Prague turned into quite the fiasco I now have an awesome story tell.. which may or may not involve missing an airplane, boarding a train with a bottle of Prosecco, making friends people who didn’t speak English and then waking up in Rome after having falling asleep on an old Austrian guy’s shoulder. Maybe. Either way I still made it to Prague the next morning, in time for a baguette breakfast and a 1:57:22 half marathon time (and a rolled ankle at kilometer 19 due to cobblestones, but that’s a longer story: here). Hooray for running!! Also, Prague is stunning, and Anthony Bordaine tells no lie: the street street food is “the bomb”, as are pub crawls. 🙂
I ran my first full, 26.2 mile marathon!!!! This was my top fitness goal for 2010 and I am proud to say that I did it! And I can’t wait to do it again. Bellingham Bay Marathon was an incredibly beautiful run, and what a feeling to accomplish something so huge. Yes, Jess, we are rockstars!
And of course, being in the kitchen is on the list. Doing what I love most: cooking, baking and sharing the love.
I truly had a good year. What does 2011 hold? Graduating with my nutrition and dietetics degree, starting the next chapter of my life, culinary school, another marathon, a couple half marathons, and hopefully the opportunity to explore another country (like cheese making in the Greek Isles.. maybe). Happy New Year everyone!!!