2013.

There was a brief moment, as we were counting down the last seconds of 2013, where I truly wished that I could stop time forever. A gasp, a sad tightness of the chest to say goodbye to the year.

Because guys? 2013 was amazing. I feel a bit like a broken record sometimes on these yearly recaps, because life has been so incredible these past years. I guess that means I must be doing something right. =)

January and February were quiet. I started going to a spin studio (indoor stationary bikes) on a semi-regular basis, and at the very same time I got the flu 3 times in 6 weeks. As soon as I stopped going to that particular gym, I stopped getting sick. Coincidence or not, I won’t be going back.

The close of February brought our 3 year anniversary. We had both been sick and were generally tired, so we decided to go to Big Bear and have a nice, quiet weekend of relaxation in the woods. In true anniversary tradition however, that is not even close to what happened. Soon after arriving at the cabin, we realized there was a major plumbing leak under the house. We turned off the water and tracked down the spare parts and “camped indoors” for the night. Upon fixing this leak the next day, the entire backside of the cabin exploded in water. The top of the toilet tank looked like Niagra Falls. I was cranky and tired, and didn’t want to deal with it. So we turned everything off, locked everything up, still broken,  and went and got a couples massage before driving home.

The cabin being old and crotchety. Happy Anniversary!

The cabin being old and crotchety. Happy Anniversary!

In March we hiked Rubio Canyon, and it was a serious wake up call for me. At the heaviest I’ve been in years, I had a horrible time hiking up and it was strikingly clear that I was in terrible shape. I had a great time nonetheless, but it got me really thinking about life, and how to properly enjoy it.

Gearing up before the hike.

Gearing up before the hike.

Talehaha Fall in Rubio Canyon, March 2013

Talehaha Fall in Rubio Canyon, March 2013

April is when things started getting a little crazy. Between April and July, we visited Lake Arrowhead, Catalina, Scotland, Tulsa, and Zion.

Lake Arrowhead was for a very special weekend – my older brother got hitched!

Officially Married!

Officially Married!

They are an incredible couple, and I am so happy for them – they will absolutely have a beautiful, fun, and loving life together.

About a week later, I took my first freebie Crossfit class. I wavered hugely for a few weeks, and finally signed up permanently in May. It’s been a fantastic new part of life, challenging me in all the right ways. (Since I’ve started, I’ve now been to 70 classes!)

May started out with a bang and a very long story, involving Lucy and I calling Catalina Island Search and Rescue on our husbands. The short version is that both weather and technology are unpredictable, and to always be prepared. Everyone was fine, and it’s now an interesting thing to look back on and grumble/laugh about.

Catalina Island Canyoneering gone...long. This is a happy pic.

Catalina Island Canyoneering gone…long. This is a happy pic.

The latter half of the month was spent in… you guessed it! SCOTLAND! It was an incredible, amazing, wonderous, glittery trip full of dirt and mud, rain and scotch. One day I might even finish all my planned posts recapping every day. For now I’ll just say that mountain biking is officially a love of my life, and it is in part due to this trip.

The very best way to see such a beautiful country.

The very best way to see such a beautiful country.

Arriving home from Scotland left us just enough time to do some laundry and head back to the airport to go to Tulsa in June. My very old friend, bridesmaid in my wedding, and all around great girl had a baby in December of 2012, and this was our first trip out to meet the new addition to the family. He’s incredible. We spent the weekend with them, talking and relaxing, and exclaiming how cute their child really is. There are some people in the world who you really wished lived closer, and they are definitely on our short list.

Finally, June ended with a trip to Zion to do Subway. A fantastic canyon with an equally wonderful group of people. It was a great way to enter into summer.

The Subway, June 2013.

The Subway, June 2013.

July found us picnicking on Lake Castaic for Ben’s Birthday, and generally recovering from months worth of travel, packing, and the endless laundry that comes along with that.

August was more mountain biking, this time in Big Bear. Neil and I drove up for a short weekend to try out the new ski lifts for bikes, and it was a great time. A few days later my family came into town, and we had the BBQ to end all birthday BBQs. Celebrating half a dozen August birthdays (including mine) with my closest friends and family on a long summer day? Perfect.

29th Birthday Wod.

29th Birthday Wod.

In September we found out it’s not a great idea to go camping at the start of deer season. It was worth it though.

Good morning, gorgeous.

Good morning, gorgeous.

October was spending the day at the Manhattan Beach Fair for Lucy’s birthday, and having a Redbull Rampage viewing party at our place. This is the time of year things always being to wind down for us, bringing in the holidays with some extra time to relax, shop, or generally get organized.

November and December seem like a blur, with huge and little things all rolled up into a glorious mess. The family came in from Michigan and we had a wonderful so-cal turkey day. We went on tons of bike rides, took a 2 year old canyoneering, and even made our own triathlon where we hiked, biked, and caved in one day. Generally, we caused as much trouble as we could through the month.

First Rappel!

First Rappel!

Bony Mountain Caves

Boney Mountain Caves

For Christmas, Neil and I drove up north for more family. To make a true vacation out of it, we also went to Calistoga, back to the same bed and breakfast from 2011, and it was every bit as wonderful as we remembered. We biked, wine tasted (yes, at the same time) and finally headed to Palm Springs to bring in the New Year with desert style.

Biking and Wine tasting in Calistoga, December 2013.

Biking and Wine tasting in Calistoga, December 2013.

Biking and Wine tasting in Calistoga, December 2013.

Biking and Wine tasting in Calistoga, December 2013.

Once again, the year has exceeded my expectations in every way. I am so incredibly lucky to have the life, family, and friends that I do – and I appreciate it every day. As the years pass and I get older, I am more and more convinced that this is truly what life is all about – people, and relationships, and love. This is what makes the world go ’round.

And I’m so excited to see what new love 2014 will bring.

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3 thoughts on “2013.

  1. Took a two-year old canyoneering? That is just awesome…way to go! Looks like a hallmark year. Hope your 2014 is just as extraordinary. Judging from this post, you’re already well on your way.

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