Sunday, January 6, 2013

Welcome, 2013!

Well, I suck! Clearly one of my New Year's Resolutions needs to be to blog more often! Now that it's 2013, let's just do a quick wrap-up of the past few months and move on with the new year!

Let's see...a LOT has happened since my last post! Last time I checked in with my 2.5 blog readers, I had just quit my job at the big law firm I'd worked for over the past 13 months. Since October, I've been doing contract legal work and loving all the extra time I've had to spend with friends, family, and myself now that I don't have to travel every week. But even that big change wasn't quite big enough for me, I guess! Before I quit my big firm job at the end of September, I applied on a whim to a Masters of Science in Communication Disorders at UTD. For those of you who know me, you'll recall that speech pathology is something I've been interested in since high school and always said "man, I wish I'd done that instead." Well, I finally decided to stop saying "I wish" and give it a shot. With zero background or experience in that area, I figured I had less than a snowball's chance in hell to get admitted. But with an incredible stroke of luck an about a week of cramming for a last-minute GRE I took on the day my application was due, I got in! So...on the Monday after next, I'm going back to school! WHAT?! That just seems crazy. Last week I went up to campus to check out the lay of the land, and let me tell you, walking by the Student Union plastered with butcher-paper signs for frats, sororities, and other campus organizations made this 30-year old feel pretty ancient! I have to buy books! And a parking pass! It hasn't quite hit me yet that I'm about to be a full-time student again. I'm excited and nervous. I'm planning to still do part-time legal work during school so that I can avoid having to eat ramen noodles for the next 2 years!

Ok, so that's my big life change for 2013! Let's see what else I can catch you guys up on. My holidays were great - I got to spend Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve in Tyler with my amazing family. In between, my sweet boyfriend Steven and I hosted an Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl here in Dallas. So if you were in Uptown on the night of December 14, you may have seen approximately 20 idiots stumbling around wearing some of the tackiest sweater vests, sweaters, and sweatshirts you've ever seen! Here are a few pics from holiday festivities:

My family at Thanksgiving - we never manage to get nicely posed pics, so this one out on the driveway between the cars will have to do! 

The Tyler Goodwill shop really came through on ugly sweater vests for all my friends! 

Oh yeah...I got bangs! They were fun...I kept them about a month and then started growing them out to be side-swept bangs so I don't have to get them trimmed as often! 

Steven and I in our lovely sweater vests - I died laughing over his's just so dorky! 

 Bella participated in the ugly sweater party (somewhat unwillingly). 

Some of the girls at the ugly sweater party before we headed out for the pub crawl! 

Family pic from Christmas - too bad at least half the family wasn't there! 

Mom and her BFF Marilyn toasting to the new year. We had the best meal - Elk tenderloin dad got from Wyoming, red wine mushrooms, scalloped cheddar potato casserole, green beans, garlic bread, corn casserole, and cherry cream cheese pie! Ugh...bring on the New Years resolutions! 

Happy New Year, everyone! I definitely plan to keep up with this blog more - I should have a lot to post about in 2013!


Lainey-Paney said...

I don't even know you, but OMG, I just read your whole post about the spa experience. LOL! So funny, and so descriptive! Totally made me smile.

some girl in austin said...

Did you ever finish that book by Lisa Genova about the kid with Autism? How was it?

Looks like you're doing well. I'm glad to see you're back in the dating scene after your divorce. :)

Take care!

P.S. I don't see why you're always complaining about your skin. I think it looks great, better than mine. Let me know if you want to trade. I'm Indian so you won't have to worry about sunburn if we do trade.

Jill J. said...

Thanks so much Lainey-Paney! I am glad you got a kick out of my spa torture session! I actually have another Groupon pass for King Spa that I need to use soon...each time I go it's a little less startling!

Austin - thanks for the kind words! I hope you're having a good 2013. And you know what...I actually didn't finish that book yet - in fact, I completely forgot I had downloaded it! Thanks for reminding me...I have no idea how I managed to forget about that! I just finished a book so sounds like that one will be next on my list to read.