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we are moving to tacoma (and six months i’ve forgotten)

5 Apr

hello everyone! so my favorite english/american bestie has officially started her blog (after being unable to due to studying for her law exams), and it has reminded me that i haven’t posted anything in six months.

biggest life point: we are moving to tacoma, washington in may! christopher will begin his journey as a doctor at madigan hospital in june. i am so proud of him! and i am SO EXCITED to move to the pacific north west (please see one of my many posts about how i am eager to leave the south). and also in may, i leave the army!

to fast forward through the months i have missed i will post just two photos from each month:

november:

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the first important point of november 2016 was that i proudly cast my vote for hillary clinton is this solid red state of tennessee. i cast that vote as a very disillusioned american. to be honest, i also haven’t written much because i have felt so many intense emotions (mostly negative) about the election and i didn’t want to announce them here. needless to say: i am not happy. but i have been buoyed by the women’s march and the activists fighting for what is just and kind and i have began a journey towards helping our country in the small way i think i can handle. but more on that soon.
nov 2chris and i took our yearly photos for our new years card at my family’s home in virginia. it was beautiful and dad has some awesome photo ideas haha.

december:

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daddy drove over to tennessee for a quick weekend to help me buy a new car! my jetta was affected by the vw diesel scandal – but my buy back gave me a hefty down payment on my new car. also, we spent christmas in houston with the wallaces, which was also great!
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for new years, our friends kristen, lisa, and becca came to stay with us for a couple of days of fun to ring in 2017! here is a photo of lisa and i before we went downtown. in exciting news, lisa is my brother’s girlfriend! (!!!) it’s awesome because she is a strong, independent woman who is also a veterinarian and also a super cool person and awesome and was became part of our lives because her and chris were friends in BOLC! and then my brother found out she liked the pixies too and the rest was history lol. talk about excellent small world situations.

january:

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THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THIS POST. last may, i bought chris and i tickets to see hamilton in new york city for my birthday in january. when i say “it was the most amazing experience of my life, i cried almost the whole time, and it even managed to exceeded my incredibly high expectations,” i mean it very honestly. we love new york city, and hamilton, and snow, and singing songs while walking down the streets. experiencing the musical in its whole form (not just audio like on the cast recording) was a magical situation. wow. i get chills just thinking about it.

jan 2
my baby brother came home!! he spent four-ish months in the middle east doing great things for his brigade and his country. i’m so proud of the high praise he received – but i am even more proud of him for being accepted to the army’s lawyer program! he will be beginning law school at UNC in the fall!! i am surrounded by geniuses!

february:

feb 1
my favorite framily is pictured here via a hastily taken selfie at a four way intersection in atlanta. we all went to see christopher’s favorite band, AFI, and had a great time! i love spending time with these people – so much joy! my heart is already crying for all of our moves. we will live 2,907 apart – i just did the google search. :(

feb 2i was invited to interview at seattle pacific university for their clinical psychology phd program! it was my first time in seattle, and my first time interviewing for an academic program. i ended up being accepted (!), and although i rejected the offer, i absolutely loved the experience and faculty and THE CITY. the mountains and water and love and equality were palpable in all ways. i can’t wait to spend much more time in seattle (which is about 30 miles north of where we are moving).

march:

mar 1
KITTY AND GREG GOT MARRIED IN CANCUN! chris and i took a mini vacation to spend a long weekend with some of our favorite people in the world. we had limitless drinks and food and sunshine. and also, kitty is my pff and i will follow her around the world forever and ever <3

mar 2
CADAVER BALL 2017!!! oh my goodness, world, chris is graduating medical school next month. i’ve loved all four (!) of the cadaver balls i have attended with chris as his girlfriend, then fiance, then wife – but this one was the most magical. i will miss these friends we have in nashville, but they are all going to soar to great medical/life heights.

and as for me, i have accepted my offer to attend the university of washington for their community planning masters program. one our way home from our christmas break in houston, i tried to imagine the perfect degree program for me. i wanted something that would teach me how to help the people of our country at the lowest level – at the community level – how to make their lives better and more healthy and for them to rise to great heights. so that one day i can work in local government, and then hopefully move my way up. and in an amazing turn of events, i found the program that would show me how to do that! and it was in the town we are moving to!

because if i have learned one thing this political season, it is that i am no longer going to sit by and let things happen. i want to help change this country to be more kind. i want to make people’s lives better. i want to advocate for all people, and for the equality of all.

“i am no longer accepting the things i can’t change. i am changing the things i can’t accept.” -angela y. davis

xoxo,
annie

oh twenty fifteen

31 Dec
at the end of every year, wordpress sends out a “your year in blog stats” email. it’s very neat. it lists out all of the countries that have visited your site, the days/times/day of the week you get your most hits and basically it just showed me i haven’t posted in the past couple of months. i’ve been busy! i swear. can you blame me?(yes, yes, i know we’re all busy)
but here i am to reflect quickly on 2015, which was without argument, the best year of my life.
in no particular order:
– christopher and i got married on june 27th, 2015. i learned from my wordpress end-of-year email that the majority of my blog traffic came from southern weddings. over a year ago, i signed up to be a guest wedding blogger there. but in hindsight, i kind of wish i hadn’t. looking back on our wedding, it isn’t an event that is meant to be public. it’s for those that love Christopher and i to celebrate our new life together, not for someone to judge my color pallet or favor decision or handwriting style (i tried to teach myself calligraphy to do lots of DIY things, and just ended up reverting back to my personal handwriting lol). but what i can say, is i was so happy to share photos of our wedding after the fact. photos i will cherish the rest of my life!
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we have been married a whole six months now, and let me say: being married to your bestie is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. i have a partner in crime, someone to share the every day with, someone to help prep for dinner via chopping too many things, and a shoulder to lean on when times are rough. i am such a lucky girl. i’ve married into a wonderful family (hi wallaces!) that also loves my family (we all got together for thanksgiving in Colorado) and doesn’t judge me for not having changed my name or being very opinionated on almost all subjects. all they seem to care about is that i love their son, which i do – very, very much.
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– because of #apluscbestdayever i was able to have the friends reunion that i’d been craving for a couple of years. one of the worst parts of friends life (compounded with growing up in the military) is that all of my best friends i’ve made growing up live all over the world. but for the wedding my top 5 favorite women journeyed to nashville to be with me the week before the wedding. two made the trek from across the atlantic! never have i felt so much love than knowing they’d be there by my side. ALSO my best friends from college were able to meet my besties from high school, and as it should be, everyone clicked. so much love and joy and oversized American-dining portions. (if any of you are reading this, i miss you very very much <3)
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– i’ve worked my job for a full year! that’s a long time in the army. i don’t think i’ve ever worked the same job for such a long amount of time (not counting my 4 month stint as s6). it’s been really nice having my own office, and being able to take care of an office full of great soldiers. recently, i was able to take a couple of week trip to the middle east. that was a neat opportunity since the only other time I’ve been out of the country for work it was for those six months in uganda (which was awesome and i’d like to go back to visit). i also graduated from the jump master course! which was hard, but rewarding and a good opportunity to campaign for equal rights for women/our ability to do the same thing to the same standard. also on the work front, i have less than a year and a half left in the army! hooray!
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– i took the GRE! this was a big step for me, because this upcoming fall i will start applying to post-graduate programs to hopefully enroll in following me leaving the service. it’s exciting and also a little nerve wracking looking forward. one thing i can give the army is it is a solid pay check with great medical/dental benefits. it is also very easy to do a good job (but with the potential of high risk situations) – but i want more of a challenge and i want to more tangibly feel like i am helping others in my work life.
– christopher and i honeymooned in costa rica and loved every moment of it! we learned how to surf and ate homemade smores by the fire and basically unwound and played in the water like little kids. we even had a tree-top private villa with a hammock. it was paradise!
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– my baby brother graduated west point, went to BOLC, and then moved near me! we now work on the same army post and get to visit loads more than before. i am super thankful to have him nearby, which was one of my favorite perks of this year.
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– for halloween, christopher, nick and i all dressed up as our favorite star wars characters! i went out on a limb and dressed up as rey (this was before episode VII premiered, so i didn’t yet know the extent to her awesomeness) – it’s awesome finally having a star wars character i look like haha. and chris went as obi wan and nicholas as the bad ass han solo. it was a great night lol
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– i had a super fun girls weekend in asheville almost a year ago with kitty and devin. we took a beer tour, learned all about the whole process, ate a lot of delicious food, and caught up with one another. i very much recommend everyone visiting that beautiful city (and also with your best girl friends lol)
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– when christopher and i got married we agreed to alternate thanksgiving and christmas in between each of our families every year. this year we planned thanksgiving with the wallaces and christmas with my family. the past few years, the wallace family has spent about a week at the beaver creek resort in colorado when it opens its slopes, so that is where we went this year. after we started making our plans, an invitation was extended to my side of the family and was accepted! so both chris and i’s nuclear families (and his aunt and uncle) all spent the thanksgiving break together in the mountains, shredding the slopes, and sharing a big delicious thanksgiving meal together. it is still so special to me that everyone is able to share their time together and (at least appears) to be getting along marvelously :). i’m so lucky!
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-continuing on with holidays, we had our last christmas in tampa! my daddy has a new job in virginia, so mom and him are migrating in that direction. part of me will miss the palm trees, and year round pool/beach access, but the other part of me can’t wait for the potential of a future snowy christmas (if el nino goes away, of course).
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– i almost totally forgot my girls weekend/bachelorette party in savannah! my favorite kit and her lil sister hoopie and the rest of the ball ladies really made that weekend super special for me! lots of presents and cupcakes and alcohol and wandering around savannah with them. it was perfect and i’m so thankful kit made that all happen for me!
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– this year has been a continuation with my love affair of nashville! 2016 will be our last full year here before we make our first big married move in/around may of 2017. like Christopher said last night while we watched the legend of kora in series – “if 2016 is half as good as 2015, we will be in for a treat.”
i can’t wait! but for tonight, we will be out to a fancy dinner and then roaming around broadway with nick, tim and danielle – hoping for clear skies and pretty fireworks! have a great new years eve everyone!
xoxo,
annie