Happy last day of the year, everyone! I can’t believe we’ve already made it this far, and it’s insane to me that I am sitting here doing a look-back at the year that is now already behind us. I feel like 2018 was one of the fastest-moving years yet, and I really am flabbergasted that tomorrow starts 2019. Really, I feel like all I did was blink. It’s insane.
I do feel like the last 365 days were a whirlwind, and it’s taken me until right now as I sit with my planner splayed in front of me to realize how much shit I actually did this year. So, if you care anything about what I’ve done this last year, buckle up, because we’re about to go back in time.
I kicked January off in New York City to watch the Buffalo Sabres play in the Winter Classic. It seemed insanely cold for January 1st, but it really was a fun, memorable way to kick off the year. I got off of my flight home, slept for about 45 minutes, and headed back to work the next day, my birthday. Happy new year to me, am I right? My birthday week ended with having a snow day that Friday [yes, I write everything in my planner], so turning 25 really didn’t seem so horrible. I started my last semester of grad school, and by last semester, I mean I started the journey of spending 15-weeks writing a thesis that I stressed over just about every single day. We moved my brother back to Ohio for the spring, and just like that, the month was already over.
I started February off with celebrating at my cousin’s bridal shower. It was so crazy that the first one of us was getting married, and this really kicked off what was one of the best weddings I’ve been to. February was also the start of going to endless apartment viewings, trying to find the perfect home to move into in the spring. It really felt like that’s all I did for the entirety of this short month. Another highlight was mid-winter break at work because me, being as dramatic as I am, really craved a break even though I had just returned from one last month. So really, not much had changed.
I spent the first day of March signing a lease to my new apartment. That entire event seemed absolutely wild to me because I barely felt old enough to be an adult, let alone move out on my own. This month also brought spring break at Niagara University, and Easter break at work. Hello, laziness! This month also brought the St. Patrick’s Day parade, which if you’re from Buffalo, you know this is always a wild time. The last day of the month, the day before Easter, was spent celebrating my cousin Randy and his new bride Jenn on their wedding day!
The first day of April was Easter, and continued the break from both school and work. The day following Easter is another one of my favorite days of the year, Dyngus Day! Again, if you’re from the 716 you know how wild Dyngus Day gets, and being down at Central Terminal each year always seems to be a highlight. I got together with some old friends from high school which always proves to be a good time, because we don’t see each other nearly as much as we probably should. This month I also had the opportunity to see Chris Daughtry live at the Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls, as well as Piff the Magic Dragon at the Seneca Niagara Casino. All in the same week, as a matter of fact. The month concluded with participating in an Autism Awareness walk at my place of employment.
I feel like the month of May is when things really started getting crazy for me. My brother turned 19, so we drove to Ohio to celebrate his birthday with him. I finished the spring semester and graduated with my Master’s Degree, something I still am in disbelief that I even accomplished, if we’re being honest. Graduate school was one of the most challenging things I’ve done, paired with working full time and trying to have somewhat of a life at 25, so to finally have it be over and to see the hard work paid off is something I’ll forever be grateful for. I also participated in my 20th dance recital, crazy. . I know. Nothing will make you feel older than that. And in the mix of all of that, I began the process of packing up my entire life into boxes, ready to begin this new chapter.
June was definitely the most life changing, challenging month I had this year. I became a resident of North Buffalo, leaving my home of 25 years in Lasalle. Adjusting to life outside of Niagara Falls was tricky at first, but as the month went on, it didn’t seem as different anymore.
Although it started off with summer break, and concluded going back to work for a new school year, July was definitely the month of concerts. I had fulfilled a lifelong dream of seeing the Foo Fightets in Toronto – a night that I truly will never forget. Then, two weeks later, I saw three concerts in one week – Macklemore and Kesha at Darien Lake, The Struts at The Rapids Theatre, and the Arctic Monkeys in Canandaigua. The month ended with our annual family picnic, and attending Wines in the Wild at the Buffalo Zoo.
August started off with a family dinner, wishing my brother and my cousin well as they traveled back to Ohio for their next semesters of college. It was this month that I learned my former high school would be closing its doors for good, prompting a final farewell to a school that meant so much. I started off the last week of summer session by seeing All Time Low in concert, and finished off the last week of summer session traveling to Cleveland to catch a flight to the West Coast the following morning. It was my first time going to the West Coast, and it did not disappoint. I was able to cross an item off my bucket list when I visited the Grand Canyon, and celebrated my parents’ 25th anniversary in Las Vegas. The month ended by bringing my brother back to Ohio, and having to say goodbye as he got ready for his next year of school.
September didn’t really bring much excitement to the year. I participated in my second Out of the Darkness Walk to raise awareness for mental heath and suicide prevention, a cause that is close to my heart. I also spent a weekend in Cleveland for a Red Sox game. Being able to see a team that would later go on to win the World Series was pretty great!
I started off the month of October by traveling to Akron for family weekend at my brother’s university. The following weekend, I saw Andy Grammer in concert at a new local concert venue in downtown Buffalo. As if that wasn’t enough, I saw the Goo Goo Dolls at Shea’s the following weekend as part of their 20th anniversary tour. Halloween came and went, and suddenly the month was already over, and we were into the final stretch of the year.
November always tends to be one of my favorite months of the year, because fall is in full force, and my favorite holiday is just around the corner. We celebrated my mom’s birthday at the beginning of the month by hiking a state park in Ohio, seeing some of the most beautiful fall foliage I’ve ever seen in my entire life. Suddenly, it was Thanksgiving, and I was in my happy place. It’s one of my favorite meals of the year, followed by hours of endless, discounted shopping. Pie and retail therapy. . what more could you ask for?
December seemed to arrive at the blink of an eye. It didn’t seem possible that Christmas was already around the corner, most likely because there was absolutely no snow falling from the sky whatsoever. I attended the Kerfuffle Before Christmas show at Buffalo RiverWorks, where I had the opportunity to see Alice Merton and Blue October. Suddenly, it was Christmas Eve. . my favorite day of the year. The traditional Italian meal on Christmas Eve is something that I prepare myself for all year, as it is one of my favorites. Christmas Day was also another great day spent with family, and I was sad to see it end. One of my Christmas gifts was tickets to see Tom Cotter, one of my favorite acts from America’s Got Talent at Helium Comedy Club.
It was this weekend that life took some unexpected turns and the year didn’t end the way that I originally had planned, hence the extreme delay in this year-end recap. I was in the middle of sitting down and writing this post when real-life became more important than talking about myself on the internet.
Now that things have gotten a little less-crazy and I feel more back to normal, I am excited to get back into taking time for myself and writing again. This blog, although run extremely inconsistently this past year, has proven to be a great outlet for me to just vent and get things out there.
For those of you that have stuck with me thus far, thank you for listening and thank you for being a part of this journey. I am more than excited to see what’s to come in the year ahead. 2019 is our year!