The Year That Was- 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013

Tomorrow is the last day of 2013. How in the hell did that happen? It feels like it was just yesterday I was trapped in Topeka, Kansas "celebrating" the last day of 2010 alone on the couch while Chris had the flu and was fast asleep by 9:00 p.m. I vowed to myself that night I would never have another new years eve in spent alone in Topeker.  My how much things can change in just three years...

Yesterday on the eight hour drive from Nebraska to Chicago (with a sixty pound dog on my lap the entire way) I got caught up in the sensation that is Flipagram. It's the app that makes a quick little video of some of your favorite Instagrams from the past year, you can see mine below. 


After going through all of my photos from the past year I felt inspired to take a look at last year in general. So here you have it, a look at some of the highlights (and not so highlights) of 2013. But mostly the highlights because I'd rather not dwell on the low points of 2013, I'm going to keep them in the past where they belong.

We rang in the new year on a cruise ship in the Bahamas. We ate too much, drank too much, and after the balloons fell from the ceiling I told Chris 2013 was going to be our year...

Chris went to the hospital after having hours of terrible stomach pain. I went to Walgreens and bought an enema and a frozen burrito.  We met up in the middle at the Chicago ER on a Saturday night and sat around for five hours before we learned that his appendix had almost burst. I started to second guess if 2013 was going to be our year after all...

I performed on stage at the Second City for the first time. I wasn't happy about my performance or my awkwardly fitting dress. But a goal was met never the less.

After years of watching comedians while always secretly thinking to myself I want to try this... I finally said enough is enough and got the nerve to just go for it one chilly night in April and try it for myself. I figured it was now or never. It was the most terrifying thing I had ever done and also the most gratifying.

I celebrated twenty-six years of life at a little corner bar of heaven I like to call Burwood Tap.

I joined the ranks of some of my idols and graduated from The Second City training program. Before I moved to Chicago I told Chris "I have to at least take one class at Second City just to see what it's all about it." It took me over a year of living here before I finally got up the guts and decided to give it a go. One of the reasons I was so resistant in the beginning was because I'd heard it takes up so much time and was almost like a cult, and now I understand why that is. Because it's just the best cult ever.

We enjoyed the 4th of July at Chris's favorite place in the world; Summer Haven, Nebraska.

Chris turns 2-7! Woo hoo! We celebrated at my friend, Steph's, wedding and Chris ended the night by doing the worm on the dance floor. And Chris can't do the worm...

Husker football season begins and one too many afternoons are spent at Kirkwoods.

My mom, Jade, and Lola made the trip out to see me for the first annual "Lola Does Chicago" girls vacation. And this was also the time I threw a fit at the Laugh Factory because my mom was embarrassing me in front of the door guy.

Home sweet Cabo.

Zoo lights, performing at iO, more stand-up, being accepted into the 3rd level of conservatory at Second City and yet another wonderful Christmas (minus the whole flu thing.) What a month.

So that was 2013. It's interesting how you don't realize the small things when they're happening will actually turn into the big things when you look back on them. I guess that's just life for you.

I've got big hopes for 2014, real big. I'm expecting it to be a life-changing year. Then again, what year isn't?

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  1. Sounds like a great 2013!! I hope 2014 is good to you!

  2. The burrito and enema story I think was my favorite post! Congrats on accomplishing your Second City goal! The threw a fit picture is priceless :-) Happy New Year!

  3. Sounds like a great year! I hope 2014 is amazing for you! happy new year!

  4. What a good year 2013 was for you! Hope 2014 is just as good... minus the appendix almost bursting thing... leave that part in 2013 ;)

    Jamie @
    The Growing Up Diaries

  5. It really is funny how all of the (what you think are little) little things add up to such big things once you look back at the whole year! Happy New Year to y'all!!

  6. What a good looking year! (or is that just Chris' beard? ;) Here's to an amazing 2014!

  7. Way to go chica! Making dreams come true one month at a time. But then I got to Cabo and hated you. Stop that.

  8. what an amazing year for you! hope your 2014 is amazing too!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

  9. Looks like 2013 was a great year , cheers to success in 2014 :)

  10. I loved this since I feel like I remember it all (do i sound like a stalker?) you had a really great year. cheers to 2014!

  11. You certainly have had a great year - hopefully I will get to see you preform one of these days!

    Sparkles and Shoes

  12. and 2014 will be even better! Thanks for sharing!

  13. You had a fantastic year, with such beautiful people. You must be so great full and blessed! Oh and Cabo.. so jealous :)

    xo. Kailagh

  14. Super year for you and an even better 2014 headed your way - I'm sure of it!

  15. A fabulous year for sure, and nothing but the best to come for you and Chris in 2014!

  16. Pretty exciting. Can't wait to read what 2014 has in store for you (hopefully all good things!).

  17. Lol I still remember reading the post about Chris at the hospital, and your Groupon joke. That was a good one (and of course, glad he's okay, ha!). Happy New Year!

  18. You may have faced a rocky start but thankfully you got through it and kicked 2013's ass. Best of luck to you and Chris for 2014! x

  19. Fabulous year for you, even with the appendix situation, enema purchase and flu!

    Happy New Year!