2012 was a strange year. The first third was pretty mundane – law school, ordinary routines, and the like. The middle was spent in Chicago, where I had a fabulous summer. And the end was pure craziness, between flying around the country for job interviews and being overwhelmed with school work and extracurricular activities. To be honest, the end of the year was stressful and really put a damper on things but…I survived it – and now I’m thinking 2013 is going to be much better. So here’s to celebrating the good stuff from 2012 and looking forward to what’s next in 2013!
January: Made my index card calendar. Decided baked brie + apple tarts were my new favorite thing. Turned 26. Fell in love with the Artist and Jean Dujardin. Started my 2nd semester of law school. Had my birthday dinner at Vinology. Renewed my obsession with Downton Abbey. Applied to a million summer internships and stressed about summer plans. Had dinner at Mani Osteria for restaurant week.
February: Stayed up until 3am to buy lovelies from the Jason Wu for Target collection. Experimented with a chevron manicure. Made champagne cake pops. Had a mini 727 reunion when Manna, Alisha, and Amanda visited. Spent four hours exploring Detroit. Had delicious meals at the Blue Nile and the Broken Egg. Went home for winter break. Won my Oscar pool (and critiqued the Oscar fashions).
March: Made Snickers macarons. Went to Saginaw to visit Grandma. Lazed around during spring break. Won a Wii from LexisNexis. Interviewed for 3 internships. Accepted an internship in Chicago! Had dinner at the Blue Tractor and Real Seafood and gelato at Iorio’s. Went to Boston for St. Patrick’s Day. Won the Rick Steves’ website contest (meaning I’m going to Ireland in 2013!). Had lunch with my sister, who was visiting A2. Saw the Hunger Games.
April: Delivered my oral argument for Legal Practice – so nerve-wracking! Had drinks at Arbor Brewing Company with friends. Saw Mirror, Mirror and had dinner at Paesano’s with the fam. Became obsessed with TeaHaus. Went to Farmington Hills for Easter dinner with my mom’s side of the family. Had lunch at Zingerman’s Roadhouse and realized that, yes, the mac & cheese is really that good. Outlined like mad – aaaah, exam time! Took my Crim & Contracts exams.
May: Took my last final and finished 1L! Moved out of the Lawyers Club (yay!) and into my new apartment. Finally finished the first five books of A Song of Ice and Fire. Made tilapia burgers, rhubarb pie, strawberry balsamic bacon pizza, and lime squares. Survived journal write-on (barely). Got my hair trimmed & highlighted. Spent a week at home in Oxford. Traveled to Orlando for a vacation with friends. Visited the Orlando Farmer’s Market. Went to the beach (and only got mildly sunburned). Drank Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Made yarn-wrapped vases for my new apartment.
June: Moved to Chicago for the summer. Took a Chicago River Cruise. Ate the waldorf chicken sandwich at Grahamwich, churros at Xoco, and pizza Margherita at Spacca Napoli. Coveted Jadeite cookware at Posh. Started my internship and liked it a lot. Went to the Old Town Art Fair. Explored the Southport Corridor. Waited in the Saturday morning line at Doughnut Vault. Spent a Sunday afternoon at the Art Institute. Bought cherries + blueberries at Green City Market.
July: Saw a show at Second City. Had friends visit Chicago. Ate breakfast at Nookies, waffles at Waffles (duh), tapas at Mercat a la Planxa, and an amazing meal at Balena. Explored the Field Museum. Rode the ferris wheel at Navy Pier. Took my one thousandth(ish) photo at the Bean. Spent my lunch hours in Oz Park. Suffered through an insane heat wave. Went to Hamilton Lake for a family reunion. Watched the Olympics obsessively, crying and critiquing the fashions. Had a girls’ weekend with Mom, including high tea at the Drake, shopping in Andersonville, and an incredible dinner at Sable. Had an end-of-summer cocktail party at work.
August: Continued to watch the Olympics obsessively. Finished up my summer internship in Chicago and moved back to Ann Arbor. Had a delicious dinner at Girl and the Goat. Gave a travel presentation at my mom’s library. Made Pimm’s Cups, Spinach & Feta Quesadillas, and Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins. Got my hair cut and colored. Attended two days of journal orientation. Made it through OCI. Took a quick trip back to Chicago and stayed at the Trump Hotel. Loved the Night Circus. Spent a weekend at Hamilton Lake. Led a 1L orientation group.
September: Made my Dad dinner and a funfetti cake for his birthday. Started classes and felt overwhelmed by the amount of reading. Had my first fragel. Went to NYC and Chicago for interviews (and visits with friends and family). Bought macarons at Laduree. Made nutella-stuffed chocolate chip cookies, chicken tortilla soup, and meatball sandwiches. Fell in love with Celeste & Jesse Forever.
October: Made Pumpkin Nutella Muffins, Chunky Chicken Soup, and Salted Caramel Cupcakes. Took lots of walks around campus (and loved the fall colors). Went home for Fall Break. Had dinner with the family and saw a movie for Janelle’s birthday. Studied like whoa for my finance midterm.
November: Went to DC and explored Georgetown. Went to NYC and had a quick visit with my sister and best friend. Went to Madison and saw the capital building lit up at night. Tried out Lena and Grange Kitchen in Ann Arbor. Accepted a job in NYC for next summer. Had a wonderful Thanksgiving at home. Saw Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook (and loved them). Did an obscene amount of reading and cite checking for school. Made pork ramen and roasted my own chicken.
December: Studied for finals day in and day out. Took four exams and wrote a final paper. Saw Les Mis, cried, and then immediately downloaded the soundtrack. Visited Grandma in Saginaw on Christmas Eve. Spent Christmas day at home with my parents and sister. Hosted the big family Christmas party the day after Christmas. Baked up a storm. Had my first sip of coffee after giving it up for over three months. Went to Rochester for dinner at Mitchell’s Fish Market and to look at Christmas lights.
(And in case you missed it, here’s my recap of 2011)