The Year The World Ends: 2012 In Review
December 30, 2012 § Leave a comment
2012 was a monumental year for me. It was a year of learning packed with adventure and inspiration that changed the course of my life forever! No, really. I’m set for success in love, business and life! Here are some of the big things that made my year amazing and set me up for even bigger things for 2013.
Destinations // San Diego, CA. New York, NY. Coney Island, BKNY. Dublin & Killarney, Ireland. Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagoya & Osaka, Japan!
What I did // Finished my 1/4 sleeve of velociraptors. Graduated from SIDESHOW SCHOOL in Coney Island USA. Witnessed the wonderful weddings of Maizie, Billiam, Incredibly Good-Looking Man, and Step-cousin Greg. Got ENGAGED (to a magician. With a curley mustache. For REAL!). Saw System of a Down, Deftones, Radiohead and everyone at Mayhemfest! Fought against Stickergate 2012. Voted for the third time in my life in a third state for a third man with two first names. Survived Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy & helped those who weren’t so lucky. Went to the Ugly Mug Froth Blowing competition in Cape May. Attended my first Flyers game and had a BLAST! Saw Blue Man Group and Penn and Teller. Went to Philly ComicCon. Saw Jim Gaffigan with Liz. Fed wild monkeys in Kyoto. Wrote prayers at Meiji Shrine. Shopped at Shibuya 109 where Japanese ladies of UNREAL beauty giggled and gushed at me. Learned to pour the perfect pint of Guinness at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. Hiked to the TOP of Fushimi Inari. Learned the art of horror makeup, specifically bruising.
Most-played albums // Imagine Dragons * Night Visions. Of Monsters and Men * My Head is an Animal. The Bravery * The Sun and The Moon. Japandroids * Celebration Rock. The Wombats * The Wombats Proudly Present…This Modern Glitch. Mumford & Sons * Babel. Foster the People * Torches. Nick Bone & The Big Scene. Bush * Sea of Memories. Django Django * Django Django
Most-loved television & movies // American Horror Story! True Blood, of course. Face Off. Frankenweenie (I CRIED! In a KID’S movie! 3 Times!). Revolution. Grimm. Paranorman. Dark Knight Rises! Wreck-It Ralph. Les Mis (Seriously? Let’s just give Anne Hathaway all the Oscars. In every category.Best Animated Short? Anne Hathaway. Sound Mixing? Anne Hathaway. All the Oscars.)
Top five purchases // Vintage 1970’s greaser motorcycle jacket in Park Slope. My FIRST brand NEW car! Original (working!) GameBoy system. Engagement dress & accessories. Betty Page dress in San Diego.
Style obsessions // Wearable art. Vintage. Red lips. Betsey Johnson. My grandmother’s jewelry. Ecru. Hayden Harnett handbags, though that’s nothing new! Caramel curls. Cartoon colors. Active ink. Betty Page. Tarina Tarantino. Literally everything on Modcloth. My wishlist there exceeds $2,500.
Best things I did for myself // Went back to the gym. Quit red meat & poultry & went pescatarian. Earned a Mini-MBA in Digital Marketing from Rutgers University. Traveled to the opposite side of the world ALONE. Planted a vegetable garden to make my home more sustainable. Jumped out of my comfort zone at sideshow school.
Best eats // Sprinkles cupcakes. Molecular gastronomy meal at WD-50 (especially the Rice Krispie Treat at the end). Boxty (thicker than a crepe, thinner than a pancake wrapped around your heavy Irish meal like a burrito) in Dublin. Melt Bakery ice cream sandwiches (Thai Fighter!). BBQed Wild boar (because when in Japan…). Marcie Blaine chocolates. Aburi Hotate at Pintokona, a Kaiten style sushi restaurant in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo. Donuts from Fractured Prune OC! Real onigiri in Japan. Green Tea ice cream from Franklin Fountain. Grilled cheeses from Melt Shop.
Favorite apps // Whisper. Moleskine. NY Giants (great for those times I just can’t catch the game!). Stubhub (thanks for all the summer concert tickets). Viggle, my TV watch-along buddy. Tokyo Teleport Plus! (SUPER helpful preparing for my Japan trip).
Best chocolates // Vosges Haut Chocolates * Balsamico (12-year aged balsamic vinegar + dark chocolate + Sicilian hazelnut). Meiji * Meltykisses (milk chocolate that turns into buttery silk on your tongue). Marcie Blaine * Bombay Wink (Madras Curry + coconut + gold leaf). Teuscher * Pink Pepper Bar (mild dark chocolate + Madagascar pink pepper). Marcie Blaine * Prosecco (sparkling wine truffle). Vosges Haut Chocolates * Black Pearl Bar (ginger + wasabi + black sesame seeds + dark chocolate).
Top games // Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS). Pokemon Black/White 2 (DS). Scribblenauts Unlimited (3DS/ WiiU). NintendoLand (WiiU).
Best new traditions // Nights making s’mores around the fire with a bottle of wine. The Big Cheesy. Phillies Home Openers. Christmas Eve ornament-of-the-year hunt.
Couldn’t be without // Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia. My 3DS. A pile of Moleskines in my purse. A scarf (amassed and wore quite a few this year).
Best of 2012 in Photos