Through the magic of the TimeHop app I got to take a quick look back a the last couple NYE's and see how much has changed in a few short years.
8 Years Ago - I headed to SF for the end of my Christmas break (I miss college, can we do that again?) to ring in the new year with my BFF. We headed to a little bar in the city that served up highly potent fishbowls, and I don't remember much else. Don't judge. We were young.
4 Years Ago - Adam and I drove down from Olympia to join that same BFF and friends in Portland, OR for one of our better NYE's to date. There was sightseeing, a trip to Powell's Books (a book lover's happy place) a hockey game where Seattle crushed Portland, my first martini, and then dancing the night away with some of my favorite people of all time.
3 Years Ago - We found ourselves in Alaska for our first New Years. Thankfully even in a short seven months we'd managed to find some awesome people to ring in the new year with. There was sabering of champagne, confetti poppers for days, and awesome company.
1 Year Ago - Our first NYE in Chicagoland. We'd moved into our new house only a handful of weeks earlier, I was still recovering from knee surgery, and we were in the middle of "Operation Make The Upstairs Look Normal Again." We rang in 2014 sanding and priming baseboards, collapsing in utter exhaustion right at midnight. #homeownerproblems
This year will be unlike any before it, which is pretty typical for our nomadic lifestyle. Tonight we'll get all dressed up and head downtown to ring in 2015 in a downtown sky-rise with a group of people who've been so welcoming to us over the last year. I can't wait.
I think the thing I like the most about having this blog for so many years now is my ability to move back in time. To quickly review who I was, what I was doing, and where my life was weeks, months and years in the past. When I look backwards I am reminded of what an insane roller coaster Adam and I have been on in the nearly 7 years we've been together. The adventures and the changes and the overall WHATINTHEWORLDAREWEDOING is pretty much documented here for us to review and reflect upon.
But when I look forward, the craziest thing about looking to 2015 is there will be no big move. There will be no uprooting. This April we won't receive news of another job, another new city, another bunch of good-byes we have to make. And that makes 2015 the most exciting year I've had in a long time. Instead of the turmoil that comes from uprooting our lives once again, in 2015 things will change and shift and grow as they always do, but for the first time in a long time, it will be on our terms.
Happy New Year Everyone.