I thought for this week’s Marvelous in my Monday hook-up being hosted by Katie, I would do something a little different than my usual. Usually I do a recap of some of the highlights of my past week or so, and share all the good things that happened. This time, I thought I’d share some of the highlights of the past year since (I still can’t believe it) the year is almost over already!!
The very beginning of 2013 got off to a fun and exciting start! For the end of 2012, Scott and I went down to South Carolina and Georgia. We spent some time with some friends of his and on New Years Eve we went to the orange bowl in Atlanta to see Clemson play LSU. It was my first Clemson/college game and wow did I pick a good one to go to! We won the game in the final seconds and it was the most exciting experience EVER!
We had the chance to get all ready for the game at the fan party beforehand. What better way to get ready for the game then to get our face painted!? (Although Scott does look a little creepy ;))
We had a celebratory New Years kiss! It was a great way to ring in the New Year!
Immediately after getting home, that very week, I got my first (and only, for now!) tattoo! I had thought of the idea of what I wanted quite a long time before I got it…it was just a matter of figuring out what design I wanted it to be and where I was going to get it done. I eventually found the design that I liked the most and after doing some research, I found the place and the artist I wanted to do it. I went to Rockstar Tattoo & Co.
And this was what I got! 😀
What exactly is it? Well, other than the obvious: a bird. Well it’s a phoenix, actually. The story of the phoenix captivated me when my co-worker told me about it. The phoenix, in Greek mythology, is a bird that is continuously reborn. The phoenix is reborn out of the ashes of it’s predecessor (thank you wikipedia for your thorough explanation) So for me, I viewed it for personally. I equated myself to the phoenix. No matter what trials and hardships I face in my life, even if they leave me completely and entirely broken down and “dead”, I will come back, stronger than before and feel ‘reborn’. It would serve as a constant reminder that I am stronger than any challenge put before me and I will always bounce back from any struggle I face. I loved the idea of the tattoo. So I had no doubts about getting it. I got it on my right side up over my ribs. It was a teeeeeensy (and when I say teensy, I really mean EXTREMELY) awkward when I got it, because it’s placement made it necessary for my boob to be pretty much exposed while I was getting my tattoo done. Fortunately, my tattoo guy had a separate room, instead of being out in the main tattoo shop…so only three people got a glimpse 😉 Eek. Note to self: next time think my outfit choice through a little bit more before going. I tried to come up with something that would work well, but I still failed!
In March, Scott and I went to one of the best shows we have ever seen before. I heard of Lindsey Stirling through a friend and fell in love with her music right away. She plays violin but it’s so not your normal, “classical” violin. I heard she was coming to Milwaukee and thought maybe it’d be cool to see her live, so we got tickets. Best.Decision.Ever. She was not only amazing musically, but she dances around while playing and puts on such an amazing show! We were both so impressed! (P.S. She’s coming back to Milwaukee this year again and we already decided we’re going again!!)
In April, Scott and I went down to Chicago to see MAROON 5! This was one concert I really REALLY wanted to go to! Ah it was such a highlight! We went down early to check out the city, which was also really fun. Sadly, I did not bring my camera in because I thought it was ILLEGAL. So I didn’t get any pictures. I realized just how dumb that decision was when everyone was taking pictures. 😦
On May 25th, my brother and I took my parents out for their anniversary to the symphony. It was their first time going (and ours, too, for that matter) and it was a really awesome experience. It was probably the best anniversary gift we could have got them (second to the waffle-maker I got them years ago which they still rave about to this day telling me how it was the best gift they ever got :D)
The weekend of June 8, I went up to Merrill to visit a friend of mine that I met in treatment for my eating disorder. We had SUCH a fun time! We did breakfast, roaming around some towns, hiking and…..It was my first time ever riding a horse! We went to a rodeo, too, and camped out in her trailer in her parent’s backyard. Such a fun time! The perfect little getaway!
June 15 was Milwaukee’s Rock n Sole run. Scott (and I) signed up to do the quarter marathon. Sadly, I was in a bad place with my recovery and I was unable to do the run, but I did go and supported Scott. The weather was definitely not ideal with the rain, but the rain ended up stopping and the coolness ended up being welcomed for the runners. I was so proud of him! It was his first official race and he did a great job. 🙂
Every year, my company does a Brewers game tailgating outing. So when we got the email letting us know that the game was coming up, I jumped at the chance to go again. June 21 was the game and we all had a really fun time. Fortunately, I work with some pretty fun people…and we are able to invite friends and family, too. So Scott came along with me. 🙂
We can be pretty crazy sometimes…
The end of June came around, which in Milwaukee means one thing….the beginning of Summerfest! Guys, in all my 23 years of living in Wisconsin, I never once went to Summerfest. This year, I finally went! A group of friends headed down to see Imagine Dragons. I quickly realized why I hadn’t gone the 23 years that I’ve lived in Wisconsin. haha. It was totally not my scene (i.e. a bunch of drunken under-aged people throwing up all over and being rude pushing you) but at least I can say that I finally went!
The middle of July, Scott and I flew down to Miami! Again, another first for me. I had never been to Miami (or Florida at all) up til then. Scott was standing up in a wedding of a friend of his that he’s known since high school (actually the same person we rung in the new year with down in Atlanta at the Clemson vs. LSU game) It was a really fun time. We got to see a lot of Scott’s friends and spend time with them again which was really nice. It was sadly a really short trip for us, but still a really rewarding one.
The end of July in Wisconsin was full of fairs and concerts. I got to see Darius Rucker with my brother and my parents. It was a really good show and we had a great time together. Although, the weather was pretty cool for the end of July.
This was the very next day…I went to see Daughtry with Scott. Keep in mind…it was the END of July…
August 9, I went on a trip with my brother out to LA to meet up with his fiancee, Jessa, who was flying to America from the Philippines!! This was such a fun trip and I was so excited to meet her! I instantly knew I would get along with her really well. She was the sweetest, kindest, most appreciative girl. She instantly made her way into my heart. I knew my brother did a great job picking her out 🙂
The end of August I went to see KESHA! That was one concert I was super excited about! What an awesome show. Definitely would see her again!
Just a few days after the concert, Scott and I went up to Green Bay to go to a Packers preseason game. It was Scott’s first “game” at Lambeau Field. He had been there for Family Fun Night, but not an actual game. Although it wasn’t an “official” game, it was still fun to go.
August 30 was the day of my brother’s wedding. It was pouring rain while we were getting ready and it seemed like rain might happen while the (outdoor) wedding was going to take place, but fortunately the rain stopped by the time we got to the wedding site and we were able to have good weather for the ceremony and some pictures after.
September 7, my mom, Scott, and a friend of mine went out to Madison for their NEDA walk. It was my second one that I went to and still a very important event to be at. This time, I was in a much different place than the last time and had a greater purpose and understanding of the significance of being there. Plus, I felt the unity of those who suffer from eating disorders and while our struggles are all different, we all have a commonality. It was a really powerful feeling and experience.
At the beginning of October, things were definitely at a really low place as far as my relationship with Scott. I was having a really rough time with being on my own and dealing with everything going on. My parents had been absolutely fabulous to me and really took me under their wing. I also had been wanting to plan a trip with my parents for a while, and we had planned going to Galena for a little weekend getaway. I was debating whether to cancel since I felt like I’d be no fun since I was definitely struggling with everything dealing with Scott, but we ended up deciding to go. I’m really glad that we did. It was a great distraction.
Toward the end of October, things were definitely at a really low place as far as my relationship with Scott. The divorce process was underway. My family and friends definitely stepped up and rose to the occasion, being wonderful support and strength to me through it all. I took some PTO at work to spend some time with my brother and his wife, which I really loved and enjoyed.
At the end of November, we went to the symphony again, although this time Jessa was along and it was her first experience ever going to a performance like that. She absolutely loved it. Plus this time, they had the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus perform as well, which made the show that much more enjoyable.
Around Thanksgiving time, I planned a surprise trip down to Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina with Scott. Plus, the main “surprise” was the Clemson versus South Carolina game. We had a wonderful time together.
The middle of December was my first business trip ever AND my first time traveling alone! I had a trip scheduled to Philadelphia for a claims adjuster licensing course. It was a huge trip for me in many ways and it went as perfectly as it could have. I am so glad that I decided to go and believe in myself.
This year I enjoyed spending a lot of time with my family and friends. My relationship with Scott neared its end. We actually filed for divorce, but I was not willing to just give up on us. As a result of my efforts and persistence in not giving up on us prematurely, Scott realized just how serious I was about us and making our marriage work. As a result, he also realized that he could give more to our relationship as well. Things have been improving greatly, more and more each day. He has really taken things seriously and has been making huge changes and improvements. I am so thankful for our relationship being where it’s at today. My marriage means so much to me and I can’t imagine having lost that and having lost Scott.
Here are some of my other favorite pictures from the year:
That, folks, is my 2013 in review. I already have some exciting things planned for 2014 and I’m super excited to jump right in! Hope you all had some great memories and experiences in 2013 and are ready to welcome the new year!