Hi! My name is Lauren and I have a love/hate relationship with social media. Shocker! To know me is to have heard me say, “I’m logging off for good!”
I wanted to write a holiday greeting this year, but I figured, “why bother?!, everything is either Facebook or Instagram-worthy (but sometimes not both), and so if you follow me on there, you already know what this year has held.” But you don’t. Because I leave a lot out.
Looking back, I jammed a whole lot into 52 weeks that made up the year. I was thinking maybe I’d write one memorable thing about each week and just give you a list of 52 fun or fabulous things in 2018. I was thinking just a photo collage like Instagram’s “top 9” but that wouldn’t do it justice, either.
So…here it is, buckle up, it’s a doozy!
Royal Wedding watching, didn’t we all? I was hooked, up early and watched every minute! Loved it.
Washington Capitals win the Stanley Cup! I was in the Omni Grove Park Inn watching on the TV in a very comfy hotel bed. I’ll admit, I’m a fair-weather fan when it comes to the Caps, well, all of hockey, really! If they’re winning, I’ll follow along, if they’re in the playoffs, I’ll watch. But I learned this year that if I “Rock the Red” on game day, they’ll lose, so I donned black that night and they won it all! Very awesome!
Saw Waitress at National Theater with a girlfriend. Terrific, better than the movie!
Shacked up (in the opposite of a shack) at the Martha Washington Inn with a cousin from Tennessee, ate a fabulous meal at Rain, then saw Steel Magnolias at the Barter Theater in Abingdon, VA. Cannot believe I’ve never seen the movie all the way thru OR the play, but this too was fabulous!
Spent the beginning of July at the Inn at Westwynd Farm with my super-thoughtful husband who insisted we needed a getaway together, and took a day to be a kid at Hershey Park, roller coaster, water rides, and all!
Quick trip to NYC to see the Stuart Weitzman shoe collection exhibit and Tiffany lamps and Rosie the Riveter before a haul to upstate to see friends and eat at the wonderful Glenmere Mansion!
Finally, finally, finally started the Harry Potter series. Slogged thru book 5 and most recently started on book 6! Built the Hogwarts castle out of Legos with friends, our moms and my Lego-loving husband (of course) all while watching McCain’s funeral.
Speaking of funerals, went to one too many and saw two fine Republican statesmen lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda.
Literally day-tripped to Chicago on a fluorescent yellow Spirit Airlines plane…hated the flight, loved the company and laughs, and of course, food! Surprised dear friends celebrating seventy!
Skipped coasts and took off to Laguna Hills, CA with a girlfriend for a couple of beautiful first days in October. There’s something about watching the water do its thing… ahhhh!
Enjoyed much-needed time down at Elon for the inauguration of the 9th College President and first female president, Connie L. Book. Was great to see college campus, friends and have a drink with my advisor! My, how the campus has changed. Long Live, Elon!
Wrote postcards (‘til I ran out completely) to twist arms and get Democrats elected across this great country and made history, er, …herstory, by getting one hundred (three digits!) women elected to Congress!
Toured a replica of Air Force One at National Harbor with family and shared the Capital One Arena with Michelle Obama on Thanksgiving weekend with cousins! Finally saw Barack and Michelle in the National Portrait Gallery and then the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (a family tradition), too.
Loved loved loved Mary Poppins Returns the night before it opened, wishing “if only I could be half the caregiver she is!” I’m still loving a babysitting gig here and there and nannying on Fridays for a precious six-month-old girl. What I’m not super-loving is getting Christmas cards stating that babies I watched since a stork appeared in their yard, are graduating college in a few short months!
Time flies when you’re having fun! I guess that old adage is true.
What a difference the years make? In 2014 we rang in ’15 by getting engaged, and this year we’re hosting “her first sleepover.” My, how times have changed! It’s only 6 p.m., will I even make it ‘til midnight?
In closing, I really do think I’m getting off of Facebook, but on insta (and I know they’re related) I’m @LESRidg2018
Happy New Year to you and yours!
I hope 2019 will be as fun-filled as we all deserve!