January: Adam and I spent NYE in Utah where I had the nastiest cold. Luckily, it was the only time I got sick all year, but I was so tired NYE that I fell asleep at 9:30 so we didn’t get to ring in the new year with much excitement. While we were in Utah, we visited Salt Lake City, Park City, Midway, and St. George. We explored Zion National Park and admired the many depths and colors of Utah.
February: Adam and I celebrated Valentine’s Day in Victoria, Canada. We took the Victoria Clipper from Seattle and stayed in the cutest Airbnb in downtown Victoria. We explored the city a bit, ate delicious vegan food, and even saw a pod of porpoises on our way home! Adam’s brother got married at the end of February, too. It was so much fun. Love all around!
March: I started school full-time in January at my new university, so for spring break at the end of March, Adam and I went to Japan. It was awesome and I could totally see myself living there (for a while anyway). We saw the Snow Monkeys in Nagano, soaked in an onsen, visited a cat cafe in Tokyo, enjoyed the cherry blossoms, walked and walked and walked, and even met up with Kitty & Buck and her husband twice for delicious vegetarian food. Spring break well spent! (Speaking of Japan – I still have so many photos to share! *sigh* Someday…)
April: I share a birthday month with Adam which means for about two weeks, I’m two years older than him… He likes this. I don’t think we did anything too crazy for our birthdays since I was so busy with school, but we did take a few trips to Mount Rainier to play outside and get some exercise. I found the flowers below on campus. That tree is soooo beautiful in the spring!
May: Adam’s parents left on a 6-month sailing trip to Alaska. We moved out of our apartment and into their place to house-sit while they were away. Spending the summer on the lake was such a treat. We spent a lot of time out on the water. We tried yoga at the Chihuly Garden at the beginning of the month, too. Pretty pretty!
June: My little brother graduated high school, so Adam and I took a trip back to Wisconsin to celebrate. It’s always nice being able to spend some time with my family. Later in the month, my friends Brian and Jake came to Seattle for a visit. We went camping on the coast and explored every inch of the city.
July: For our anniversary, Adam surprised me and brought me to Squamish, BC. It’s one of our favorite places. He rented this adorable vintage camper. It was fun just cruising around the city and sleeping wherever we wanted to set up camp! Squamish is so dreamy.
August: My friends Ashley and Eric came to visit us in Seattle mid-August. Thankfully the weather was great while they were here. We explored a bunch and ate tons of delicious food. Later on in the month, our good friends Max and Sarah got married (on a ferry!). It was beautiful and we’re so happy for them! <3
September: I got a car! I’m so in love with it. It has many nicknames, including “The Cream Puff,” “Jellybean,” “Miracle Whip,” and what I tend to call it, which is just “The Fiat,” haha. I went to Denver, CO for a few days to visit my friends Brett and Kendal. Adam also had back surgery in September. He’s doing much, much better and is grateful the surgery went so well! Before I started school at the end of the month, I met Kendal in San Francisco for a girls’ weekend.
October: Adam and I moved into a new place after his parents returned from their Alaska trip. We live in Belltown now, which is within walking distance of Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. It’s so nice! I love being able to walk to so many great places. Later in the month, Luke’s Diner (from Gilmore Girls) came to Seattle and I waited in line for two hours for free coffee. Yup. There was also the Corgi Halloween Parade of course!
November: I spent a lot of time in coffee shops. School was nearing an end for the quarter and I was swamped. The hard work paid off, though! Proud to say I earned straight A’s last quarter. That was not an easy feat. I got to play a little bit, though and visited the Northwest Chocolate Festival with my friends, Mirela and Mirzeta. Yum!
December: Freedom! I had about a month off school, so I tried to make the most of it. We went snowshoeing with Adam’s family, and I went home for Christmas. It was a nice break and I’m nervous to go back to school in a few days! Aside from the election (ugh), and normal anxiety and occasional breakdowns about school, it was a good year. I’m definitely looking forward to 2017, though. Lots to look forward to!
How was your year?