Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 In Review

One of the fun parts of having a blog is being able to look back on all the adventures that you have taken on in a year! Let's have a look back at the awesome year that was 2013:

The big project for January was definitely hanging the shelves in my "dining room"! It was tough to drill through the cement walls and I ran into sooo many setbacks that had me cursing my distance from Canadian Tire, but they are still hanging in there and I just love them- even a year later! Also in January I won my trip to Jamaica that I took in the fall!!

The highlight of February was definitely mine and Veronica's trip to Chicago to visit our friend Olga (who lives in Mexico, but was in the States on business). We had so much fun, despite the cold, and we are already looking at options to try an get together again in 2014! Except maybe this time we will meet in Mexico, where it is a little warmer :).

March was a little low on excitement, but I did travel to Quebec one weekend, started my training for a 10K race, did many small projects in the condo and celebrated my one year anniversary of starting this blog! Pretty crazy to compare my stats now and then!

In April my dad and I installed the flooring out on the balcony! I am still completely in love with it and I can't believe I didn't do it sooner. I also got some new balcony furniture and I bought a bike!

May is my birthday month, so it is obviously the best month of the year, but it was exciting for quite a few other reasons too! To start off the month, my friend Lisa helped me give this blog a makeover. Then I ran my first 10K ON my birthday and I did it within my 1 hour goal! I also bought the bathroom vanity top- kick starting my bathroom renovation plans. I then capped off the month by getting my wisdom teeth removed.

June was an exciting month too! Once my face healed from the wisdom teeth surgery, I got the ball rolling by installing my new bathroom countertop with the help of my mom and stepdad! Later in the month I headed off to Ottawa for a weekend of cottaging with the girls, and then the next weekend I was in Quebec for some bridal showers! I finished off the month by flying to Boston for a bachelorette! It was a crazy month of travel for me!

July saw me travelling a lot again- I went to Kanata for the wedding of one of my roommates from University, and a trip back to Quebec for a Stag 'n' Doe! I also found out in July that I am allergic to shrimp. As for the condo, I began picking paint colour for the bathroom and installed trim out on the balcony.

In August I was honoured to help my friend down the aisle as her Maid of Honour! Then the next weekend I was off to the country to go camping with my girls, where our car broke down in the rain, leading to quite the adventure to get hom! I also got some paint samples up on the wall, picked the winning bathroom colour and I bought a new point and shoot camera just in time for my trip to Jamaica.

In the first week of September I was off to Jamaica with my sister in law!! And then my luggage got left behind at the hotel beginning one of the worst shipping/customer service experiences of my life. UGH. I didn't have much time to dwell on that though (ha), because I had the Terry Fox Run and the BlogPodium that month! BlogPodium was simply amazing and it is tough to say whether Jamaica or BlogPodium was the highlight of the month ;) I also painted the bathroom in September!

In this month I worked a lot on the bathroom- I installed a new medicine cabinet and a towel bar! I also ordered some prints for the bathroom and living room which I am still loving.

I did more bathroom work in November- including DIYing some art and installing shelves! The shelves were really hard and in looking back on my shelving installation in January it becomes obvious that installing shelves is not my forte. In November I also made the choice to end my Alopecia treatment, which I had been doing for a year straight.

December was a quieter month with a lot of family time, but the highlights would definitely be going to the aquarium, getting an Iphone, and getting new eyebrows! Also memorable would have the be the Christmas where my dad lost power for 5 days!!

I am really excited to see what 2014 has to bring me! I already know I will be doing a lot of travelling (I currently have trips already booked for Washington DC, Fort Myers, Florida, and Los Cabos, Mexico!), and I may be selling the condo and buying a new one, which is just CA-RAZY to think about!! Plus there are a few other exciting things that I have up my sleeve that will make an appearance next year!

Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2014...I hope this year brings everything you hope for and more!


  1. GREAT summary! Happy New Year to you too! xo Sheila

  2. You accomplished so much in your apartment this year! I loved following your blog this year. Great job on the bathroom reno and the balcony improvements!

    1. Thanks! It was a great year, and I had no idea how much I had accomplished until I wrote this :)

  3. I enjoyed reliving these moments as much I enjoyed reading about them throughout the year!

    Great job on all you accomplished in your apartment this year (especially with the bathroom! Love that color.). And let's promise to never bring up that luggage fiasco with Jamaica ever again.

    Happy New Year, Casey!

    1. I really wrote it just for me, since I wanted to be able to look back on my year (it was a good one!), but I am glad you enjoyed it too!!

      Happy New Year!!


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