Goodbye, 2013

Well, it’s December 31st. I’ll spare you the reflective naval-gazing and faux-amazement and “Oh my goodness, this year went so fast!”s and just get right down to business: this year was incredibly good to me and I am sad to see it go. Yes, it went by in a blink, but doesn’t every year?


2013 began with a trip to Paris so spectacular I had to be dragged, kicking and screaming, onto the plane home from Charles de Gaulle. We gorged on croissants and bleu cheese, experienced the magic of the city in the snow, fell in love with Montmartre, and oh yeah, got engaged in the gardens of the Rodin Museum. (I then had to break the news to Gary Oldman.)


We picked our wedding venue, I shared our engagement photos and my wedding dress with you, and we booked our honeymoon to Greece. Wedding planning isn’t stressful so much as it is expensive, and we haven’t even fed anyone yet. Oy! But it’s okay, because in a little over eight months, I get to marry the best guy. The kind of guy who put a wedge of (wrapped) goat cheese in my Christmas stocking, that kind of best guy.

Fitz turned two, my office lost a dear friend, I received beautiful gifts all the way from France and a gorgeous, personalized one from England, we went to the pet ER too many times, and I guest-posted for the amazing website Museumist. I started writing for France Property Magazine, and continued working on my novel, a beast of a project that is more rewarding and more beautiful than I ever could have imagined.


I read almost 30 books, fell in love with Paris through my dad’s eyes, and lost 11lbs. Despite the onslaught of holiday cookies and candy (and the aforementioned goat cheese) I’ve managed to keep it off for four months! Eating only two oreos in a sitting (and not craving more!) counts as one of my greatest achievements to date.

What else? I graduated into 200 Level French classes, met my oldest blogging friend for the first time, deepened my fascination with art heists and shared another seven, and bought a new camera. I saw the New Kids on the Block AND the Backstreet Boys in concert, and to counteract all that brain-cell-annihilation, I went to the art museum a bunch this year.


2013 was wonderful, and chock full of  incredible moments, but I can’t wait for 2014. I have some big (BIG) things planned for the next year, and I can’t wait to share them with you. Thank you all for reading here and for making this little blog what it is for me. Love you, kiddos. Have a happy and safe New Year.

20 thoughts on “Goodbye, 2013

    1. “The researchers found that “Oreos activated significantly more neurons” than cocaine.”

      Holy shit. Now I’m doubly proud of myself! ;) Happy New Year Aud!! xoxo

  1. aw, this is so sweet! you did have a really good year!! and i truly think 2014 is going to be an ‘in general’ sort of good year. i just feel good things stirring. i mean, hello, your wedding!! i can’t wait for that part of the year.

    did i mention on my blog post that i finally lost the 10 pounds i gained at the beginning of the year? (or maybe it was the year before that i gained it?) anyway at the 11th hour i finally just lost it. i have no idea what happened but poof it’s gone – i didn’t even stop eating goat cheese. i am sure many woman would still want to lose another 10 pounds (or more!) if they were me, but unless i started actually exercising to get rock hard i think i am just going to try to keep it all right here. you need a little fat to fill out your skin you know? so i am going to really try to keep this perspective over the coming year, granted i can stay this weight, that this is good. right here is just real nice.

    ps i watched the words last night. i really expected it to be terrible but i liked it. why does everyone (critics) hate that movie? anyway the beginning gave me a bellyache thinking of you publishing your book. what was his issue with self-publishing? geez. xoxo

    1. I think you’re on to something. 2014 just SEEMS like a good year. My theory is that even numbered years are better. 2002 and 2004 were my favorites from high school. 2010 I met J. Though there was 2006, which was the worst on record for me. And I did get engaged in an odd numbered year. So maybe this theory is a load of junk :)

      Congrats on losing that weight! Not that you needed to lose the 10lbs or anything, but if you felt like you did that’s what counts. It’s all about what makes YOU the most comfortable in your own body. I can’t imagine giving up goat cheese, are you kidding? Thank goodness it never came to that for you ;) I read a very apropos tweet this morning (from Cory Booker, of all people!) that said something along the lines of “Loving your body only when it was a certain weight would be like loving your kids only when they were perfectly behaved.” Pretty sound advice, there.

      I watched “The Words” on the plane to Paris this year, actually! I really liked it. It wasn’t an outrageous story or anything, which might have been why people didn’t like it? They wanted it to be something it wasn’t? I loved that there was no real resolution, he had to live with what he did. That was really poetic and heavy to me. Hmm. Might have to rewatch it now! xoxo

  2. I have missed so much! What an amazing year for a beautiful friend. I’m so happy for you. 2014 is going to be a blast. Happy New Year!!

    1. I’ve missed you, too! Where have you been?? What have you been up to! It sounds like 2014 is a clean start for you. Have a wonderful one, Char. xo

  3. wow, that’s such an enthusiastic post, it almost left me breathless :) happy 2014. I hope it’s going to be another magical year for you xoxo

    1. Haha, I think all summarized like that it seemed more overwhelming than it felt living it ;) Drink lots of water and I hope your hangover dissipates quickly, Petra! Here’s to a wonderful 2014 for both of us. xoxo

  4. Wow that photo of yours and JAMAL’s hands looks like one from Pinterest! Who took it?
    11lbs? From where exactly? You are so slim. Although perhaps I saw you after ;)
    Meeting you was the absolute highlight of my year! I still can’t believe we pulled it off, I’m proud of that!
    Happy New Year my lovely bbf XXXX

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