How to describe 2015? Tumultuous, perhaps. Full. Ups and Downs. A mix of insanely busy and times where I didn't know what to do with myself.
2015 in retrospect feels like a stepping stone to me, like a transitional year. Sometimes I feel as if nothing actually happened in 2015, but then I realize that it was jam-packed with little moments of life. I must have had at least six parties at the lake, enjoyed a Super Bowl party, rushed Kappa Epsilon, visited Seattle and the OBX (and then the OBX again in December). My friend had a baby. Two of my best friends are currently pregnant. I was inducted into the honors leadership fraternity Phi Lambda Sigma. I met so many new people and have continued to learn more about myself.
I find myself always looking for the milestones (I'm ready to graduate and have a family). That whole thing that older women say, you know - "one day you'll want a baby"... well, that day came and it's sort of messed with my head ever since. Did you know that it feels somewhat like a switch has been flipped? It's nearly that instant.
I am trying to slow down and enjoy this journey. I passed my "milestone birthday" of 25 and turned 26 this year. For some reason that was a little insane for me. Growing up I watched Friends and I remember Rachel turning 30 and thinking she was crazy. 30 is still so young! But now at 26 I can understand her feelings a little more. Time is a really strange thing.
Without further ado, here is a brief overview of 2015.
January: In January the weather got cold. My friend Allison met with me to talk about resolutions and lifelong dreams before heading off to Dubai. We had a party at the lake house. Sam, Kathy, and I made the first of many visits at Paper and Scissors Rock in downtown Winchester. It snowed a lot and made it difficult for me to get to my IPPE at Target Pharmacy. 50/50 opened in downtown and they are known for their flights and burgers.
February: Sam and Ben hosted a super bowl party (the last one they'll have in that house on Braddock). Pharmacy courses were picking up their pace along with seminars. I pledged a fraternity. Game nights really picked up for Noah and me and this group became our solid friend group that we see at least every other week. Brewbakers hosted the first Wine and Paint Night in Winchester and a whole group of girls went with me. We hosted another party at the lake. Sam, Ben, Noah, and I did the chocolate tour on the Loudoun Mall. Noah and I hosted the youth group at the lake. I was still leading Fusion every other week. I presented a research poster.
March: In March it was restaurant week and Noah and I visited food trucks and local restaurants downtown. More and more snow was coming our way. Dad, Noah, and I went sledding in Jim Barnett Park. I visited Richmond to see my sister and her fiance and coincidentally met Coconut on the first day they adopted her. We explored the city that weekend. I hosted some wine and cheese days at my house. Hosted a KE party at the lake with my fellow pledges. Had a plethora of game nights. Made my paddle. Continued Harry Potter movie days once a month with a friend group. Was inducted into Kappa Epsilon. Had a freakishly warm day and studied with my group outside at the lake. Had another party at the lake. Jake, Jeff, and Emily came to visit. Went to Mexican with my brothers to celebrate a birthday. Experienced my first poison prevention puppet show.
April: Went to a winery with my class for a social. Visited the lake a bunch with Noah and Odin. Had more game nights and more Mexican food. Went to egg hunts at the church and still hid some for Noah. Went hiking on Skyline Drive. Went to Pharmal with my Brothers. Did flamingo flocking as a fundraiser. Studied all the time. ALL THE TIME. Scheduled days with Will for studying. Every spare moment, I swear. Noah had his jazz band perform at a dinner and I got to dance. KE had it's end of year party (we would coincidentally come to own the couch that we are all sitting on). Enjoyed cocktails and food with friends.
May: Hit up all the Apple Blossom events with my friends and family. Even went to a women's luncheon this year and we were the "obnoxious table". Buckled down for an intense finals week. My study group was probably dead sick of each other. We would sit outside and study until long past the sun was down. Finals happened. Enough said. Had an awesome carpool crew for my summer rotation at the VA. Loved every second at the VA and think it would be great to work there. Had a birthday party at the lake, one of our biggest bashes in a while. It's so great to see all your friends in one spot. Had a crew meet at Panera after finals to destress. Dog sat. More game nights. Crafted for Kathy's birthday. Went to IKEA for the first time ever and was blown away. Enjoyed the first tastes of summer and my heart melted. Jake's family came up to visit. Visited the farm market downtown and went on more double dates with Sam and Ben.
June: Had a picnic in Clearbrook after work one day. Went to Fredericksburg! Did some agility training on the side with Odin and canoed. Celebrated Noah's birthday with his family at Ichiban and a party at the lake. Helped host crafts at Bible School. Went to Richmond for an evening. Stayed in Williamsburg with Ben, Sam, Sydney, Nic, and Bethany before hitting up Busch Gardens for an awesome day of fun! Visited the Drive In. Started a podcast. Flew across the country. Stayed on the Puget Sound in Seattle and my heart was stolen. The bay and the sunsets were absolutely gorgeous. There is no way to describe it to you. Visited many areas of Seattle with Mitsi, Bret, Nic, and Noah.
July: Started off and we were still in Seattle. The Snoqualmie Falls were one of my favorite parts of the trip along with kayaking on the bay at sunset. Played with Odin a bunch since we felt guilty about traveling. Went to the OBX with family and Noah learned to fly a kite. Went on a dolphin boat tour. Continued learning how to edit sound clips and really enjoyed it. Visited the zoo for Sam's birthday. Started church hopping in the Winchester area. Played tennis and crafted a lot.
August: Went to Richmond with Noah to see my sister for the whole weekend. Swam in the James. Tried new places to eat. Represented KE and ACCP at orientation and met some of the incoming P1s. Had the first game night of the year. Hosted the second one at the lake and had over 20 people attend. Study sessions started up again. Went hiking on Skyline Drive. More study sessions.
September: Got ice cream with my classmates. Picked a pumpkin. Started running more. Participated in Greek Olympics and had a ton of fun. Did a poison prevention puppet show at the safety fair. Went bowling with my Brothers and friends and raised money for the YSC. Had new people at game nights! Went to the Johnson family reunion in West Virginia. Found my current church, Life House. Went back out for Mexican food (practically a tradition at this point). More game nights and more lake time with Odin. Allison came into town and we crafted. Went to Hill High Farm with KE.
October: Game nights. Went dark brunette. Had Mexican food. Met some new girls one on one to talk about school as a mentor. Started my placement at the hospital. Volunteered to help educate the public on the flu shot. Went to the KY bonfire. Learned how to do glucose monitoring. Flew to San Francisco and took the BART train. Attended my first global pharmacy conference and walked on the Golden Gate Bridge. Was accepted to Phi Lambda Sigma. Went to the Annual Mario Kart Tournament. Took a surprisingly decent place in the bracket. Wore mustaches in class. Hosted an awesome Halloween Party. Found out my BFF was pregnant.
November: Studied. A lot. Don't let me ever deceive you. Most of my time in school is actually spent studying. Did a diabetes med education. Was inducted into PLS. Did yoga with some peers and a professor. Had wine with friends on the mall. Did a pole fitness class with friends and a professor. It was hilarious and a workout. Took part in a fitbit step competition. Went to see Romeo & Juliet. SLAMMED into finals week. Always stressful. Over. Hallelujah! Hosted Thanksgiving at our house for my family. Enjoyed visiting with Noah's dad's family too. Decorated the house for Christmas.
December: Made cookies with my grandpa and my dad. Went to the OBX with my girlfriends and study group. Played a lot of games, laid around, walked on the beach, went out for food and drinks. All around had an awesome time. Hosted a Christmas party. Noah had his winter concert. Went to a friend's wedding in Charlottesville. Had such a great time catching up with old high school and college friends. Not to mention getting some drinks and dancing, only wish we could have stayed later but I'm a dog mama. Went to my friend's gynecology appointment because her husband couldn't make that one and got to hear her baby's heartbeat. Was a great experience. Found out one of my other best friends was pregnant. Babies everywhere! Spent a lot of time with our families over Christmas. Read up a lot on immunizations.
It's definitely a big round up and I'm interested to see where 2016 takes me. To be honest though, I expect it will just be a year-long tale of me drowning in this one agonizingly difficult pharmacy course. The great news is I will basically be an aunt and I have two friends who I get to spoil rotten during this. We'll get a new group of pledges. My last summer ever is coming up. Can't decide if I'm working or if I'm going to try to enjoy my last bit of time off before I work forevermore. So, for now... I'm just glad to look back over the year and see how many opportunities I had with friends, two flights across the country, to grow professionally, and to be my introspective self