I kept putting off doing the traditional “year in review” post, but then I realized I had a pretty good year, so why not share it?
I ran two 5Ks, and signed up for my first half-marathon. I lost 32.6 pounds, and counting. I got my dream job, saw my byline in an ACTUAL real-life magazine and attended a ton of great shows from Taking Back Sunday to Into It. Over It. I celebrated my one-year anniversary as a Cleveland resident. (I believe I’m now an official Clevelander.) I’m sure there are a bunch of other things I did this year that I’m forgetting, from great new restaurants I tried to awesome bands I discovered. I think I’ve covered the highlights though. Of course a year-in-review post wouldn’t be complete without some photos.
Left: Holding up my first article; Right: First issue with my name in the masthead
Levi Benton of Miss May I, Jack Barakat of All Time Low and Beau Bokan of Blessthefall at a signing in the AP tent during Warped Tour.
Birthday card from my best friend.
The golden ticket to see my favorite president (and some guy named Bruce).
Adam Lazzara at the Cleveland stop of the Tell All Your Friends 10th-anniversary tour
Left: First 5K in September; Right: Second 5K in October
Happy Holidays, from the AP staff!
This time of year is always my favorite. If I could have it my way, It would be fall all the time. Okay, maybe not all the time, but I wouldn’t mind stretching it out a bit longer. Fall always seems to go by the quickest. Before I know it, there’s snow on the ground and an icy chill in the air.
Besides the usual things–bright leaves, pumpkin patches, Halloween candy and football–here are a few of my favorite things about my favorite season.
A couple presents from my birthday, which I celebrated yesterday. (It’s not the only reason I love fall, but it definitely helps.)
Hot apple cider in an appropriately festive mug.
Although Thanksgiving is my all-time favorite holiday, I’ve got a soft spot for Halloween too. (P.S. that pumpkin bucket is as old as me.)
I could eat soup every day until December. This year, I froze a few (all homemade!) so I could keep my cravings satisfied. L-R: chicken noodle, apple squash and spaghetti sauce. (The last one isn’t a soup, but it’s saucy, warm and hearty which are the requirements for a good fall food.)
Posted in little things
This week was one of little accomplishments, health wise. Not a whole lot to say, so I’ll let the pictures do the work. Here are a few highlights from my week.
After months spent training for my upcoming 5k, I finally made it up to 3.1 miles. Now I’ve just got to keep it up until race day.
We got the October issue back from the printers this week. It doesn’t go on sale until early next month, but here’s a glimpse of my first print byline.
It was a good week at Weight Watchers. (WW loves to give out some key chains whenever you accomplish a goal.) I hit the 16-week point and reached my 10 percent goal. Total I’ve lost 25 pounds.
It smells like September issues! Still waiting on my copy of Vogue to arrive in the mail, or as I like to call it, my Holy Bible.