Auld Lang Syne

hi friend

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i know it’s been a long while

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to be blunt, this year has pretty much sucked

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it started out with the tail end of the whole penn state scandal

and joepa passing away with a tarnished legacy

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(for those of you who don’t know

penn state is my alma mater

and state college, aka ‘happy valley,’ is my hometown)

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 in april, my dad had to undergo heart surgery

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 and had a relapse, of sorts, in november, while overseas

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 and i spent almost the entire months of july through november

studying for my doctoral comprehensive exams

which was PURE TORTURE

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 my husband often calls me a pessimist

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(i don’t know why)

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 i think i’m just being realistic

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 but just to prove him wrong, i will also list the good things that happened in 2012

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 in may, my husband and i finally went on our (my?) dream vacation to waikiki

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in june, i went to an awesome music festival in sunny california

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 where i made some very dear friends

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 and sang some wonderful music

in august, we moved to an adorable little neighborhood

with a delicious bakery

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 awesome gourmet market

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 beautiful park

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and scrumptious thai restaurant

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 all within five blocks of our place

in october and december, i got to sing at st. john the divine

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 and carnegie hall

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 in november, i passed my damn comps

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 and i am now about to bring in the new year with my family

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 i have cultivated some very dear friendships this year

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 and have a pretty darnity cute cat and husband

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 i guess life’s pretty good after all

happy new year, everybody!

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