Val's Best Year Ever

Valerie’s Best Year Ever!

Valerie's Best Year Ever

I have never ever before kept a New Years resolution.

Last year at this time I pledged to have 12 hair colors, to have a life, and to have my best year ever. Three things that normally would have probably slipped by. But I definitely accomplished everything I wanted this year. Sure there were some sucky times (food poisoning in Florence, finding out that the last person who told me he loved me moved right near me the next week and didn’t tell me, falling head over heels for someone who doesn’t feel the same way, my car getting hit, missing the Fourth of July…) but they were far outweighed by the good

My Year in Random Highlights:
– Quitting my job
– Finding a great new one
– Getting over the one person I never thought I would.
– Having the Best Summer Ever
3 weeks in Europe
– making out with a Canadian on the grass in front of a Vienna museum
– Taking snuff from a random German
Vegas, D.C.
– Getting over my fears of White Water Rafting
– Standing up at one of my best friend’s wedding
– Calling bluffs 🙂
– Many many nights studying or watching tv at MK’s
– My Funny Valentine
– Playing Easter Bunny
– developing a higher tolerance for alcohol and discovering the joys of wine bars
– Making new friends (Scott, Andy, Brandon, Heather, everyone in D.C…)
– ditching my novel in favor of a memoir
My Year in Numbers:
– Photos taken: approximately 2,042
– Job Applications 52
– Gelatos eaten: over 14 in one week
– Hair colors: 13
– Trips to wine bars: 12
– Theatre/dance/opera seen: 7
– Interviews gone on: 6
– Countries visited: 6
– U.S. states visited: 5
– Number of coins I threw into the Trevi fountain: 4
– Times I was told I look like Kirsten Dunst: 4
– Championships I watched Takeru Kobayashi win on TV: 3
– Funky elevators ridden: 3 (sideways at Luxor, Paternoster, cave in Switzerland)
– Nude puppet shows seen: 2
– Buffets that cost $30 or more: 2
– Casino Royales seen: 2 (the movie and the casino)
– Times lucky 13 paid off big in vegas : 1
– Flash masterpieces I designed: 1
– Hostels owned by parrots: 1
– Raves thrown in my honor: 1
– Pairs of MK’s underwear I froze: 1
– Boys who bought me flowers: 1 (JoeJoe)
My Year in Pictures:
My 25th Birthday Party
Auto Show
Las Vegas
Valerie’s Unemployed and Ready to Celebrate Celebration
BBQ in the Bend
Jenny’s Surprise Wedding Shower
Jenny’s Bachelorette Party
White Water Rafting
Venetian Night
Jenny’s Rehearsal Dinner
Jenny’s Wedding
Washington D.C.
Josh wins the Chicago Marathon
Valerie’s Employed and Ready to Celebrate Celebration
Andy’s Birthday

Thank you to everyone who helped make Valerie’s Best Year Ever my Best Year Ever!!!!

Let’s hope 2007 is even better!!!

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Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

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