2013 went by so quickly, it seems like it was just barely the holiday season last year! I know I haven't been the best at blogging; I may even add that to my list of New Year resolutions... or maybe not.
Here's a re-cap of another good year:
I kicked off the year in North Carolina--sometimes I still kind of miss that place. My Grandpa Tick passed away early this year--it is always sad to lose someone so good. He was a great man and is definitely missed. We all headed to Las Vegas for the funeral and I got to spend some time with the family. Later that month, we returned to Vegas again for a much happier reason: my younger sister Vanessa Joy got married to Chris.
Work kept me busy all spring but I still managed to squeeze in a trip to Cancun Mexico with Megan, Val, & Melanee. It was great to get away from the snow and cold and swim in the ocean. I tried scuba diving for the first time and vowed I would eventually get officially certified. I think I need more ocean in my life in 2014.
In addition to several Jolly Rancher work trips over the sumer, I was also able to get a few personal trips in like exploring Philadelphia with Jason or visiting Jaimie & Wolfgang in DC (it was fun having them close for a little while!).
Over the 4th of July, I headed out to Utah and saw my sister & brother-in-law as well as my dad before heading up to Jackson Hole with Holli for some much-needed hiking and river time. Cousin Jessie made a surprise visit, which made the trip even better. We even visited Yellowstone and I tried to rock red cowboy boots like a legit cowgirl.
This summer also marked a bunch of repairs on my house. I had to have my water/sewage pipes all replaced and get a new roof over a two-week period. My place was all mud and noise and caution tape for a while. It was one of those times I was grateful to just be the tenant vs. the owner.
In September I was promoted at work and left the Jolly Rancher team to do Global Chocolate Innovation. I was surprised as how quickly I adjusted to the "dark side" at work (chocolate vs. sweets), and I still think my business cards are funny. I am loving the new role and the variety that comes with it. My work travel stepped up a couple notches and even included a trip to China where I got to visit the Great Wall as well as a chance to sneak in a visit with Noel, Audrey, & the kids in Denver.
This fall I also had visits from friends Ginger and Megan. I secretly love playing host/tour guide and taking people to do all the cheesy chocolate-related things in Hershey. It was so cute how excited Bassie was to see her ex-roommate, Megan, again. Girly visits also resulted in being able to check out the Chocolate Spa here in Hershey. Good times!
At work, I was also asked to serve on a couple committees (funny, right?)--the social chair for the marketing department as well as the team putting together a new recognition/incentive program. As the chair for the social committee I worked with another friend in marketing to throw big Halloween and Holiday parties. It was fun, but a lot of work-- now, I think I could host an event for 150+ people in my sleep. The second committee is a little nostalgic because it is almost exactly the kind of stuff I worked with in my OC Tanner days prior to b-school. I also helped with our summer interns this year, which is always interesting...
I have been continuing my work with the Cub Scouts. Although I still don't have a love for naughty children, (if anything it has decreased) I really enjoy the adults that I serve with and am learning a great deal of patience. I have yet to embrace wearing a leader shirt with beads and patches on it...but maybe one day I'll get there.
For Thanksgiving, my parents came to visit from Alaska and we did all things Hershey as well as some sightseeing in DC. It was nice to have the parents visit and show them around. After a little convincing, they agreed not to try to move here. :) The Brunners also joined us for Thanksgiving dinner and we even made Brenda's famous blue cheese garlic dip. Over the break I also went through the LDS Temple for the first time, which was a pretty cool experience.
The year wrapped up with a trip to Anna Maria Island to spend Christmas with the Dudley clan. They were nice enough to let me crash their family trip and play in the sun with them. We saw gators and dolphins and
Overall, it has been a good year. Although life gets stressful and travel schedules can get hectic sometimes, life is pretty sweet here in Hershey. I am fortunate to have good friends and colleagues at work as well as friends and family that keep in touch from so far away. If you read my blog, you are probably one of the aforementioned people...so thanks! I am also lucky that I have the best dog in the world that is always up for a hike/walk/Netflix-binge/hug.
Thanks for a good year 2013.