Friday, July 6, 2012

10 years in 1 blog post. A tribute to the last days of my 20's

As I approach a new decade this weekend, here is a look back (in photos) at some of my memories of the past 10 years.
In no particular order:

Visiting Europe with friends in July 2002.

Taking CB "Churro Bear" aka Hampton home from the humane society in 2005. He has brought me so much joy with his wiggly butt. :)

Meeting my wonderful, wonderful, L in 2009. CB loved him at first meeting (a rare thing) and so did I. Since then, everything has been better with him.

Playing clarinet professionally in Mexico- including a concerto! February 2008

Living in the Yucatan, Mexico from 2006-2008 was a blast!

Graduating from St Leo college with a degree in Accounting in 2011. (and finally getting a "real" job)

Graduating from U. South Florida in 2004 with a music performance degree.

Convincing L to run his first half, RnR San Jose 2009! Which spiraled into Bay 2 Breakers and a host of other events we ran together.

Hanging with my mom in Chicagoland. So nice to finally have her visit where I live. 2012

Seeing this guy happy back in the USA after leaving him in Mexico for 4 months while I got things figured out. July 2008

Hot air balloon ride in Napa for my birthday with L- July 2010. Magical.

Wine tasting in napa. 2009-2011

Hanging at Chrissy Field. And of course moving to the SF bay area. July 2008- January 2011

Spending time with life long friends and making new best friends along the way.

Seeing my dad achieve his lifelong dream of getting his BQ at the RnR Phoenix 2010, and then being able to share in his Boston experience in 2011. He is the main inspiration for me running.

Driving route 66 to move to Chicago from SF bay area. January 2011

Surviving our first Chicago "snopacalypse" blizzard of 2011.

Probably the 1st photo I took of Chicago as we drove in from 5.5 days on the road. I'm still in awe of this city just as much as the first day- over 1.5 years later.

I'm ready for this new decade and all of the amazing memories that will come with it!

Tchau 20's, olá 30's!

- xaar


  1. Happy early birthday to you...looks like your 20s were quite the decade and am sure the next decade will be exciting as well! :)

  2. You have done some great things! Thanks for sharing the look back!

    Happy Birthday!

  3. I love this! I feel like I learned so much about you from these pictures and captions! I didn't know you were a musician. So cool.

    I hope to ride a hot air balloon someday! It sounds amazing.

    Happy early birthday!

  4. Happy b-day! Very cute post! I just turned 30 last March as well! Welcome to the third floor! LOL Hope you enjoy your bday!

  5. Love it! GORGEOUS and very touching pictures, especially the ones of CB. You have lived a wonderfully adventurous life and have experienced so many amazing milestones. There will be so many more great times to come in your next decade!

    Happy early birthday!!!!!

  6. It looks like your 20s were great! I'm jealous of all your traveling! :) Happy Birthday!

  7. What a great post! I might steal this idea next month :) Also, I've lived in Chicagoland my entire life and I'm STILL in awe of this city.

  8. Great pictures!!!!! Happy Birthday! Bring on 30!

  9. I hope you had an AMAZING birthday weekend! You have lived my dream of driving route 66!! Here's to even more adventures this decade!!

  10. Ahhh, what a great photo post! Loved them all!
    Happy B-Day! Hope it was fabulous!

  11. Wow, this is a loaded post! Cool pics and captions! Looks like I was at a couple of races that you also did - Bay to Breakers 2009 and SJ half marathon 2010.

  12. What a beautiful decade your 20's has been! I love your pics. They inspire me to travel more ...even in my 30's with 3 kids. :) The 30's are by far my favorite decade so far! Of course, I only remember part of my first and so really I can only compare to my 20's. :) Happy new decade to you!