It’s the last day of the year and it’s time for big changes. Tomorrow I fly to Paris and to my new life there. It has been a wild, crazy, busy year and I thought it would be fun to look back at some of the amazing experiences I had this year. I started the year with a trip to New York and Atlanta for work and to see my brother.
My Brother and Me in New York
My Colleague, Susan, in a Crazy Halloween Showroom at the Atlanta Gift Show
There were some wild nights out in San Francisco followed by some necessary rest and cuddles with my favorite furry friends:
Me and Shiloh
In May, I went to a photo shoot at this amazing house in Sonoma. They even had an old tree swing!
The Kitchen at the Shoot House
The Photo Team at Work
With June came summer weather and summer produce. Time to relax in the sunshine and to cook delicious, fresh meals:
Potato Cakes, Salad with Lettuce from my Yard, Local Smoked Salmon, and Homemade Moroccan Flat Bread
Caprese Bread Salad
For my good friend Kirstin’s birthday later that month, we spent some quality time up in Sonoma wine country and out on the West Marin coast. I loved this weekend!
Oysters at Hog Island
Oysters and Sancerre
Christie and Kirstin
Truffle Garlic Fries
Sunset in Sonoma
July brought a trip to Chicago for a very important 1st birthday, another buying trip to Atlanta, time spent outdoors in the sunshine, and healthy, summery meals with friends.
On the Road Again
Quinoa Cakes with Avocado Crisps and Heirloom Tomatoes
Orzo with Buffalo Mozzarella, Heirloom Tomatoes, Arugula and Basil
August brought my birthday and a big trip to Iceland, Finland and Brussels. I caught up with dear, old friends, saw a lot of music, ate amazing food, swam in the thermal blue lagoon, and thoroughly enjoyed my two weeks of debauchery.
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Reykjavik Harbor, Iceland
Salmon with Pureed Celeriac and a Fennel and Apple Salad
Gullfoss Waterfall, Iceland
Jarkko and Me in Helsinki
Chanterelles at the Market in Helsinki
Delicious Little Fishes, Finland
Eivor, Jarkko and Me
Carpet of Flowers, Brussels
Mussels in Brussels
At the end of August we had a picnic for one of my favorite little girls. For her birthday she received a make-up set. I was the willing victim to her make-up artistry.
Me and Emory
I treated myself to a few new fashion purchases and I treated myself to a make-up class. At thirty-three, I finally know how to apply make-up and to ensure that I look my best. I think I will do this again every ten years or so as my face changes. I highly recommend it!
Studded Booties from Zara
Ginormous Gold Watch from Michael Kors
Post Make-Up Lesson
September and October brought more healthy end-of-summer meals, my visa for France and time spent organizing for the big move.
Tofu, Zucchini and Black Bean Tostadas
Summer Pasta with Zucchini, Tomatoes, Ricotta Salata and Bread Crumbs
Old Family Photos Found While Organizing
The end of November brought my last day of work, the move out of my house, and lots of goodbyes to my California family.
My Empty Desk
Me and Teagen
Me and Ashley
Mia, Beth, Teagen, Ashley, and Cisco the Dog
I said my final farewells to California on December 19th and headed to New York and Chicago for some more farewells and to spend the holidays with my family
Rockefeller Center in New York
Roy, Daniel and Me. Celebrating 10 Years of Friendship, New York
Chicago, My Hometown
Tomorrow I fly to Paris and to my new life. Cheers to new beginnings!
Packed for Paris