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2018 in Retrospect


January was off to a slow start for me- I usually tend to spend most of my time indoors when the weather gets cold and I really treasure it! The highlights of my month included 1) re-reading The Cruel Prince and finally getting to talk about it with a widespread audience, 2) finally reading A Little Princess and Jane Eyre for the first time ever, 3) reorganizing my bookshelves yet again, and 3) attending the Holly Black and Melissa Albert event at B&N in Tribeca with Alexa, Rachel and DJ. I so enjoyed hearing Holly talk about Jude and Cardan and Fae in general.  And I loved The Hazel Wood as well but I really grew to love Melissa and her personality at her debut event.


Again, with the impending cold, I mostly hung home in February but I did venture out several times for ice cream- once with Cassie before we attended The Belles event at Books of Wonder and once with Andrew for the Stax Valentine’s Day special.  The third ice cream photo is actually a secret bar and it’s located next to The Writer’s Room where Alexa and I joined Lili and her other friends for her birthday celebration.  I also completed a craft I had been working on- this cute unicorn planter that’s been displayed in my apartment ever since I finished it!


As the weather grew slightly warmer, I grew more adventurous.  In March I went to a screening of Love, Simon with Alexa which I adored! My sister in law Molly just gifted me the blu-ray for Christmas and you can bet that Andrew and I watched it the very next day.  It really captured the heart of the story and I think everyone was so perfectly cast.  I also attended OMG Dessert Goals in Long Island City with Monica and Elena where I had that delicious unicorn cake pop cone.  This was such a fun event and I would definitely attend again this year! Andrew and I also took a long weekend and spent it on the Jersey Shore visiting his parents.  I always have such an amazing time when we go there (I even wrote a whole post about this trip!). Andrew and I also took a day trip up to the Hudson Valley to look for apartments. I love the area so much up there and I hope we’ll eventually find a house there when we’re ready to settle down.  And lastly, I won an eBay auction for this pink Gentle Giant Darth Vader head for well below price value and I love it dearly!


You’ll have to excuse that one of these photos is not one I took myself, but my first nephew George was born in April and since he lives all the way across the country in Alaska, I haven’t had the opportunity to meet him just yet. Thankfully, that’ll be changing in a few short months! We also celebrated Easter with Andrew’s family- the funny llama photo is of me and the three incredible sisters I gained through marriage! I also tried Milk & Cream Cereal Bar for the first time with Monica and Elena and it was delicious.  It’s still a favorite of mine to this day. Andrew and I then had the pleasure of seeing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with out friend Leonard who was kind enough to get us almost front row seats! I also knocked Soft Swerve off of my ice cream list for the first of many dates with Alexa and Rachel. I read Stay Sweet which ended up being one of my favorite books of the year and I was so glad I had it with me when I came across this cherry blossom tree. I also went to the Stay Sweet launch event at Books Are Magic (my first ever visit!) with Alexa and Rachel and got to hear real life best friends Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian chat about friendship while eating free Ample Hills ice cream. We also took another weekend trip to Jersey and visited the adorable town of Cape May.  And most exciting of all- ANDREW AND I FOUND A NEW APARTMENT.  The building in the photo is where I met our broker to give him our security deposit during the application process and the photo of Andrew and I was taken when we were doing measurements before moving in (fully blog post on that here).


This is where things get nonstop chaotic as our new life in NYC begun<3 It was honestly the best thing for us and I couldn’t be more thankful for where we are now.  During May, I attended The Royals event at Bendel’s with Monica (who stopped by the new apartment with me to grab my keys on May 1st!) and Katherine who I got to meet for the first time IRL.  I got up early to take this gorgeous photo of Clockwork Angel in front of a pretty sculpture.  Andrew and I saw The Solve It Squad which was a Scooby Doo parody play and got to meet it’s stars- Joey Richter (A Very Potter Musical) and Ashley Clemmens (The Lizzie Bennett Diaries) who were so sweet in person! We also saw Puffs with Andrew’s siblings as gifted to us by his parents for Christmas.  It was just as funny the second time around and I loved getting to see the changes they made since they were in the smaller theater.  We also took a ton of walks through Central Park and really made the most of our new environment. I also snuck an ice cream date in there with Lili and Alexa (sadly, our original option was closed for the day but we managed to head to Stuffed instead).  Andrew and I spent a very nice Saturday walking across the entire island of Manhattan and afterward, we came home, played video games and drank some wine.  And to end our month, we traveled upstate for our friends Erika and Alex’s wedding! The landscape was simply stunning and they were the most beautiful brides!


BookExpo took place in June this year and I got to spend all day every day with Jane! It was so much fun to buddy up together and Alexa and Rachel joined us between work.  I also attended my sis in law’s baby shower for my second nephew who was born later in the year! My mom and I went together which was really nice- we never take as many photos together as I would like to so I’ll have to change that this year!  One early morning before work, Alexa, Rachel and I got up at the crack of dawn so we could breakfast together at Blank Slate Tea and let me tell you- the Earl Grey Lavender Waffle was well worth it.  Andrew and I went to Central Park to see the free show the New York Philharmonic puts on each year, we took our dad’s to a Yankee game for Father’s Day (my boss gave us his Legendary Suite tickets and it was amazing!). Andrew and I REALLY went hard at Pokemon Go once we got back in to the city and went to brunch at Dos Caminos with my family before taking my parents around Central Park (something they had never done before!).  We also waited in line beginning at 6AM with my brother to get Shakespeare in the Park tickets for Othello and we were almost the last people who made the cut.  None of us were even able to sit together but we honestly didn’t mind!


July has got to be my favorite month for many reasons! We kicked it off seeing by seeing Mean Girls on Broadway with our friends Kelly, Gil, Matt and Claire and it was lovely.  I also had two ice cream dates with Alexa and Rachel- one at Creamistry and one at Soft Swerve for mermaid tail ice cream.  We also saw the Galeria de Melissa stars exhibit.  Then on my birthday weekend (it was near impossible to narrow down these photos) Andrew and I had the best four day weekend of my life! We explored almost every corner of the island and highlights included vegetarian dim sum, unicorn Taiyaki, the prettiest wall art outside of the Occulus, our visit to Albertine, brunch at Tiffany & Co, ice cream at Mr. Dips with my sisters in law, Andrew and my first photo in front of the rainbow wall at Flour Shop, a visit to Rose Mansion and finally, seeing Sailor Moon in theaters at Union Square. I’m getting tired just recounting everything!


August was a quieter month after the craziness of May through July but we did experience a bunch of new things that I’m forever grateful for.  Alexa and I went to Lincoln Square for an advance screening of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and immediately following the film, there was a Q&A section with Jenny Han and Lana Condor.  To All the Boys is an exceptional adaptation and a few days later, Alexa and Rachel came over and we had our own best friends screening of it complete with pizza and cupcakes. It was amazing! During our party, we found out that my nephew Joey was born so after the party, Andrew and I headed out to Long Island to meet the little guy. He’s honestly just the cutest mini person and every time I see him, I’m amazed at how much he grows and how much he’s learned since he came into our lives!  The following day, Andrew, Alexa, Macky and I had our first of many Dungeons and Dragons games and it’s one of the things that we look most forward to each month. Our first session was over 12 hours long and now that we’re all comfortable with our characters, we have such a blast as we’re completing our overarching quest.  Andrew and I also started going to Nerd Trivia monthly (the Oddfellows ice cream is from before our first time) but sadly it came to an end this December so we need to find a new trivia night to attend. We went out to dinner at Rosa Mexicana with my parents and brother for a belated birthday celebration for my mom and I and Andrew and I once again partook in Pokemon Go Community Day.


We kicked off September by traveling to Connecticut for one of Andrew’s college friends’ wedding and boy was it scenic! We ended up taking the ferry which was a new experience for me.  We left from Andrew’s parents house which also meant that I got to hold little Joey again! Later in the month, Alexa, Rachel and I went to Golden Unicorn for the cutest dim sum, Milk & Cream Cereal Bar for ice cream and Flour Shop for the rainbow wall.  Then we came back to my apartment and watched Your Name since Rachel had never seen it and Alexa and I needed her to! The Sailor Moon eternal edition volume 1 finally came out this month after having been pushed back for months and I also read Muse of Nightmares, the conclusion to the Strange the Dreamer duology.  Andrew and I went to a really cool magic show in Brooklyn called See/Saw with our friend Leonard and we also went to New Jersey to celebrate his dad’s birthday.  The second photo in the top row was taken at the Asbury Distillery which is by far one of my favorite places in Asbury Park. I love their giant pretzels!


It was new impossible for me to narrow down photos for October through December because life just picked up like you wouldn’t believe. I felt like I was going and going nonstop for the past three months so I’m quite excited to have a quiet January.  In October, Andrew and I kicked off the month at New York Comic Con. We saw the Doctor Who panel with Matt Smith, David Tennant and Alex Kingston which was the highlight of the weekend for us. We also saw a Patrick Rothfuss / RA Salvatore panel which was a pleasure.  We played another round of D&D, I got ice cream with Alexa, Rachel and Emily as a meeting place for our Kingdom of Ash support group, and did I mention that I meet Sarah J Maas in her backstage room at the release event? Because yeah, I still cannot believe it.  I went to the Goodreads Choice Awards party and got to catch up with Victoria Schwab, (not pictured) but I went to the NYPL for the launch of their new library card before it was open to the public and I got to meet Maureen Johnson, and I also attended the Laini Taylor / Melissa Albert event at Books of Wonder with Alexa and DJ. I also went to my friend Lauren’s apartment warming party and out pumpkin picking with the fam! I’ll always remember this photo of Andrew and I because everyone on instagram thought it was a baby announcement which it definitely wasn’t so it ended up being pretty entertaining.


Another action packed month! In November I got to work with one of my favorite companies ever, ModCloth and it was a dream come true! Andrew was the best- he got up early with me so we could take photos in Columbus Circle at the crack of dawn and then edited them when the lighting wasn’t working in our favor.  Christmas decoration started being set up in Manhattan and it was the beginning of my favorite season.  We also went to Central Park on Pokemon Community Day which also allowed us to see all of the fall foliage.  I attended my first ever book event at The Strand with Alexa, Rachel & DJ and saw Jennifer L Armentrout, Zorida Cordova and Kass Morgan.  The three of us also went to Books of Wonder for the Julie C. Dao, Emily X.R. Pan and Tochi Onyebuchi. Alexa and I attended an event at the NYPL for the National Book Awards, Andrew, Gil and I saw Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for the second time, we celebrated Thanksgiving with my family and then picked out a Christmas tree the next day with Andrew’s family and we celebrated at Kelly’s for her annual after Halloween party.  We ended up playing Pandemic and we were SO close to saving the world but we ran out of cards.  We spent so much time trying to figure out our last move on our final turn to see if it was possible because we were literally one move away but it just didn’t happen!


And finally, December! I definitely closed the year out the right way<3 Alexa, Rachel and I spent so much time together this month and it was a blast! We spent a day together in the city looking at all the decorations, going to brunch, the Google Hardware Store, Dominique Ansel, Bar Pa Tea, Barney’s and the Palace (just to name a few places LOL!).  I had a ton of ice cream, Andrew and I went to the NY Historical Society to see the Harry Potter exhibit, I read one of my favorite books of the year, The Shadow of the Fox and my brother took me to Sony Square for an advance screening of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.  Andrew and I also had a nice long day together in NYC and I ended up seeing a total of 21 Christmas trees for the year.  Andrew and I spent New Years Eve binge watching the third season of The Magicians until the ball dropped and I’m really excited for everything 2019 has in store for us!


4 Responses to “2018 in Retrospect”

  1. Alice says:

    I really enjoyed reading about your past 12 months. I’m so happy for you and your new life in NYC! Wish you a wonderful 2019. Love, Alice
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  2. Cassie says:

    Glad you had such an amazing 2018!!!
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  3. I loved reading this so much! You had an amazing (and beautiful) 2018! Wishing you all the love and light in the world for 2019 and always! ?xx

  4. Alexa says:

    2018 was an incredible year! But the conclusion I’m drawing from our particular hangouts is that we definitely do a lot of bookish things… but also eat a lot of sweets. That hasn’t particularly changed in 2019 :p
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