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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Goodbye 2009!

While I am seriously slacking in getting up our Christmas posts (we'll save those for January when there's nothing to do but talk about how cold it is outside), I felt I should take a moment to write what would have been in our 2009 Christmas card.  We didn't want to contribute to the environmental issues that surround us by putting out more junk paper into the world.. cough, we're cheap/ lazy, cough... so here we go.  Our 2009 pseudo newsletter:

Although we close out the decade with confusion (after 10 years, we still don't know what to refer to the 2000s as), we close out 2009 with lots of fun memories.  We celebrated our one year wedding anniversary by driving to Lake Geneva in Wisconsin, which is a really cute town about 1 1/2 hours from here. 

We weren't able to stay too long because this year Michael ended up working on a seemingly never-ending case that took up much of his free time this past year.  He ended up traveling to Washington D.C. for a few weeks and I was able to visit one weekend.  I alone managed to fit in 8 museums and enough sightseeing for the both of us (although he did get to go to ESPN Zone, which I hear is super awesome in D.C.). 

Over the summer, 4 of our closest friends got married.  Sean & Emily tied the knot in June and then Courtney and Eric followed in July.  Michael stood up in the first, I stood up in the second.  There isn't much better than seeing two (or four) people you love get married and being a part of it.

I followed those up with another wedding that was in Austin.  I went to Jennifer & Jason's wedding (with Meghan as my date since Michael was still busy with work).  It was a beautiful ceremony and reception and it was so great to spend time with Meghan.  It is crazy to think that I have been friends with them both for almost 20 years and with Amira for 12.  So awesome to have friends like that in my life.

Finally we went to our last wedding of the year, Chris & Lindsay.  Michael has been friends with Chris for about 20 years and he also stood up in that wedding.  The wedding was in an outdoor garden and was really nice, while the reception was at a Detroit casino which was lots of fun.  It was also a mini reunion of sorts with Michael and some of his high school friends.

In October, we took our first big international trip together to Italy!  We were there for about 10 days and went to Rome, Florence, and Tuscany (yes, I'm aware that Florence is in Tuscany, but it's totally different from the area we stayed in Tuscany).  We spent our days in Rome and Florence being total tourists and spent a week in the Chianti region of Tuscany eating and drinking everything we could get our hands on.  Everything tasted unbelievable and I'm still trying to recreate some of the dishes we had.  It was an amazing trip.  When we got back to Chicago, we found out that Michael had won his case!

I feel like I should mention that somewhere in there, Chicago did not win the Olympics, Oprah announced her retirement (what am I supposed to watch if I become a stay at home mom???), Obama was the first black man (is that politically correct?) to be sworn in as president, Michael Jackson died (which prompted much ridicule from Crissy when I told her I used to wear a white sock on my hand and sing into my sister's rattle), and we all found out that Tiger Woods ain't so perfect. 

So here's to a new year and a new decade.  I look forward to all of the surprises it will bring and I can't wait to see what happens next.  Happy New Year, Buon Anno, & Hook 'em Horns!

REK

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