Perhaps in 2019 I’ll get better at actually blogging again – dream big, kids! – but, for now, I couldn’t let 2018 pass by without doing my annual wrap-up. I traveled a fair bit, I saw lots of Broadway shows, and I ate good food. All in all, not too shabby. 2019, bring it on.
January: Kicked off my year in London, where I visited the fabulous Balenciaga exhibit at the V&A, saw Hamilton, ate meat fruit, made a trip out to Hampton Court Palace, smelled the flowers on Columbia Road, ogled Diana’s dresses at Kensington Palace, and had all the tea. Took a quick trip to Oxford, where I toured Christ Church and explored nearby Blenheim Palace. Hosted my mom in NYC for my birthday weekend, where we toured the Downton Abbey exhibit, had tea at Lady Mendl’s, and had a fancy birthday dinner at Le Coucou. Tried the funky-flavored croissants at Supermoon Bakehouse. Saw Sara Bareilles and Jason Mraz perform together in Waitress.
February: Explored the Brooklyn Museum with my BFF. Had Sunday breakfast at Two Hands (one of my NYC favorites). Visited (and fought the crowds) at the Michelangelo exhibit at the Met. Saw SpongeBob Squarepants on Broadway (very odd!). Spent a long – and extremely relaxing – weekend in Cabo with my sister. Got diverted to Fargo, ND (yes, really) on my return from Cabo. Saw the New York City Ballet perform Romeo & Juliet at Lincoln Center. Watched a lot of the winter Olympics, especially figure skating.
March: Made my annual visit to the Orchid Show at New York Botanical Garden. Had a quiet Sunday breakfast at Tea & Sympathy in the Village. Finally won a game of HQ Trivia. Saw Once on This Island (meh) and Mean Girls (yay!) on Broadway. Brunched at Narcissa (and split an order of delish cinnamon rolls with my friend). Went to Soho to see a car filled with flowers (only in New York). Flew home to Michigan for the weekend. Planned and executed a surprise 60th birthday party for my mom!
April: Celebrated Easter with my family in Michigan. Saw The Band’s Visit, Three Tall Women, and Children of a Lesser God on Broadway. Went to Philadelphia for the weekend, where I admired the spring blossoms, visited the Magic Gardens, and had an incredible meal at Res Ipsa. Spent a Sunday morning visiting the Macy’s Flower Show. Went to the Dream Machine pop-up in Williamsburg. Had a lovely dinner at the Clocktower. Trekked to Flushing Meadows for the World’s Fare, a food festival. Spent a sunny afternoon by the water in Long Island City.
May: Saw Carousel on Broadway and was not a fan. Spent a weekend in Ottawa, where I took a million photos at the Tulip Festival and visited Parliament Hill. Took the tram to Roosevelt Island to see all the cherry blossoms in full splendor. Got up at 4am to watch the royal wedding. Brunched at Serra on Eataly’s rooftop. Saw Pod Save America at Radio City. Traveled to Paris, where I attended the French Open, visited the YSL Museum, and ate so much good food.
June: Had an incredible dinner at La Mercerie. Saw My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center. Attended a bizarre Mad Hatter Gin & Tonic party in Brooklyn. Trekked up to the Met Cloisters, where I caught part of the Met Heavenly Bodies exhibit. Attended a Pride Weekend brunch in Chelsea with friends from work. Finished watching The Americans. Ate watermelon gelato served inside a watermelon slice at Dominique Ansel Kitchen.
July: Flew to Iceland for a long Fourth of July weekend. Tried fermented shark on a food walk and took in the views atop Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavík. Marveled at Gulfoss waterfall on a day trip through the Golden Circle. Spent a morning soaking in the Blue Lagoon. Visited waterfalls, lava fields, and black sand beaches along Iceland’s southern coast. Took a speedboat ride among icebergs in Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Back at home, took an early morning summer walk along the High Line. Binge watched all of Killing Eve in a day (no shame) (okay, some shame). Attended Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour while standing in the pouring rain for the entire show. Hopped over to Boston for the weekend, where I saw Moulin Rouge and visited the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
August: Saw the Broadway revival of The Boys in the Band. Had jury duty (but luckily didn’t get picked). Attempted to visit Portland, Maine, but wound up having my flight cancelled due to storms. Saw Hello, Dolly! with Bette Midler on Broadway and LOVED it. Attended a Shakira concert at Madison Square Garden. Went to the US Open and saw Serena and Rafa play. Visited an MC Escher exhibit in Brooklyn. Saw Crazy Rich Asians on opening night. Made my annual trip to the Met costume exhibit. Departed for Scotland!
September: Visited Scotland with my mom, where we had a lovely afternoon tea inside a library, spent an afternoon wandering around St. Andrew’s, wandered through the Hermitage Forest, watched sheepdogs at work in the countryside, took a cruise around Loch Ness and a cable car up Nevis mountain range, and spent a day on the Isle of Mull. Spent a few days in Amsterdam, where we visited the Anne Frank house, had very tasty pancakes, and toured the Museum of Bags and Purses. Visited the Candytopia and Color Factory pop-ups in NYC. Saw the quirky Head Over Heels on Broadway.
October: Got extremely, extremely busy at work (and neglected doing many other fun things). Admired the fall decorations on the Upper West Side and at Rockefeller Center. Started watching this season’s Oscar contenders (First Man, Colette, and A Star Is Born). Visited Albertine, a lovely French bookstore on the Upper East Side.
November: Took an autumn walk through Central Park once the leaves finally turned. Cheered on two of my friends as they ran the New York marathon. Spent a weekend in Los Angeles visiting my sister, where we walked around the Venice Canals and went to Grand Central Market. Saw Network on Broadway – Bryan Cranston was excellent. Saw Chicago on Broadway – it was less excellent. Went home to Michigan for Thanksgiving. Decorated my Christmas tree.
December: Went to Chicago, where I visited the Christkindlmarkt and had lots of good meals. Woke up super early one Saturday to go visit all the Christmas windows on 5th Avenue. Flew home for the holidays. Decorated elaborate Christmas cookies. Walked around downtown Rochester, looking at the holiday lights. Spent Christmas day in PJs, playing games. Completed a 1000-piece puzzle in just a few hours with my mom, aunts, and cousins. Visited Greenfield Village for its Holiday Nights event. Flew to Vienna (via Frankfurt). Admired the architecture, had a lot of coffee and cake, and saw the Lipizzaner stallions perform. Flew to London on New Year’s Eve!