2014 began with friends and fun! I went to Hilton Head Island with some of my besties and partied downtown for new years. I had injured my knee when I was running in December and was preparing for surgery. I had my first knee surgery towards the end of January and spent most of it in bed.
By mid February I was feeling back to normal and trying to be more active and healthy. I went on a lot of walks downtown with hubby.
I spent Spring Break in Gatlinburg, TN with the in-laws. Gatlinburg was a good redneck party spot. I think we spent the whole trip drunk between moonshine and whiskey distilleries. My favorite part was driving into Smoky Mountain National Park and driving up to Newfound Gap. The view was amazing and it was an Appalachian Trail access point, which I want to hike part of one day when my knee is healed.
April was a wonderful month! There were walks downtown, a trip to Athens and a visit from a BFF. I hadn’t seen Val in years and it was wonderful to reunite. We went on beach trips and had girlie cocktail nights downtown. (there was also that bee getting into my bra incident that was really no fun). Also, in April I got a fabulous new haircut.
In May I was done with Spring semester and had a week of freedom before the grueling summer semester. I spent that time hanging with my girlfriends, then road-tripping to beautiful Charleston, SC for some R&R with my hubs. We visited the beach, walked the historic cobblestone streets, and toured a plantation. It was lovely. Also in May, I discovered Zenni Optical and started my over the top glasses collection that I’m in love with!
Summer school came on in full force and basically consumed my life. I was taking 4 classes that are normally 12 week courses in 4-5 weeks so I had exams, papers, projects and homework due almost every day. I spent weekends lounging by my parents pool and managed a quick weekend trip to Atlanta for Korean BBQ and Karaoke with friends.
My second summer semester began (which included the WORST group project I’ve ever experienced I had a terrible partner). I watched World Cup games and cheered for USA whenever I wasn’t studying (blurry photo). Also, I added to my glasses collection and managed a small weekend trip up to Athens. We visited a cute new brewery and ate some amazing food. I also helped my little sis move into her first real place.
August was basically one of the best months of my life, because with less than 3 weeks notice we planned a trip to Europe and I was on a plane on a dream vacation. The adventure began with a huge road trip up to New Jersey, with an overnight stop in Virginia Beach. After 2-3 days of crossing our fingers and waiting (plus sleeping in the car one night), we boarded a plane to Germany, flying Space-A with the United States Air Force (did I mention it was completely free?). I need to post a full story of our big adventure, but short recap: we landed in Frankfurt and rented a car. We drove to Amsterdam where we spent 3 days before heading through Belgium to Paris (which I’ve dedicated 2 posts to: here and here). From Paris we booked a coach to London and travelled via the Chanel Tunnel, which was such a cool experience. We spent a few nights in London and took another coach up to Liverpool to visit my family. I reunited with an old friend and stayed with my Granddad in his idyllic little English town. We wished we could have stayed for week, but after 2 days we rented a car and left with heavy hearts. Luckily, my husband drove (on the wrong side of the road and no GPS) and we managed to get to the Mildenhall Royal Air Force Base to try to catch a flight back to the USA. After 3 days of being passed over for flights to the USA, we finally got on a flight to Seattle. We flew on a huge cargo jet with no windows and sat against the wall in little jump seats. After the plane took off, though, we were able to sprawl out of the floor and it was a pretty comfortable experience (despite the 9 hour+ flight). The whole trip back to Savannah was a whole miserable blur. There were missed nights of sleep, food poisoning, late flights, missing baggage, dead car batteries and jet lag. Eventually we arrived home and the whole thing was the best experience of my life!
My fall semester was back in gear and I was back to the normal routine of class and studying. I discovered a new cafe in Savannah that I’m obsessed with now and practiced photography downtown with my new camera. I also spent a perfect, cloudy few days in Ponte Vedra, FL for our second wedding anniversary and got accepted to grad school! By this time my knee was really bothering me and it had been deteriorating slowly since March.
This was a relatively quiet month. My little sis visited for her birthday weekend and we went for a fabulous meal downtown. I spent Halloween weekend in a mountain cabin with my girlfriends AND it snowed!! Also, I interviewed for a summer internship at the company where I really want to work.
There were more walks with the doggies downtown and lattes in the park. On Thanksgiving week the hubby and I spent a few days at a cabin in the North Georgia mountains where we visited Amicalola Falls and Blue Ridge. Thanksgiving was spent with my family and we feasted like kings!
And, December. In December I: finished finals, celebrated my birthday with the Black Keys in Charlotte, brewed beer, enjoyed a spa day, had my second knee surgery of the year, celebrated Christmas with my family, interviewed for an internship, and rang in the new year with champagne!