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Bring it On: February 2016

February is nearly upon us. Things I’m looking forward to:

    • Politics, politics, and more politics. I know I’ve said this before, but presidential politics is the candy to my inner child. Nothing makes me happier than attack ads and political shenanigans. I expect February to be chock full of both.
    • The end of winter. I happen to believe that February is the last month of winter – no matter what the calendar or the weather gods have to say about it. So I am ecstatic that winter is two-thirds over, and this horrible snow will melt when the temperature hits 62 degrees this week. It doesn’t matter that I grew up in Chicago. I will never ever like winter.
    • Utah planning. My sister and I booked a Memorial Day weekend trip to Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. I’ll update the blog later on the details, but I just ordered a bunch of hiking books from the library and can’t wait to dig in.
    • Murals! I can’t believed I’ve lived in DC for seven years (cumulatively) and didn’t know we have street art right here under my nose. I can’t wait to check them out.
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Bring It On: January 2016

I haven’t done this in a while, but it helps to remember all the good things going on in my life. So here are all the things I’m looking forward to in January 2016:

  • New York. I have a New York City trip planned for Jan. 8. I’m going to spend the entire weekend with my niece. Yes, my three-year-old niece is my best friend. Get over it.
  • Family. I will also have a chance to see the rest of my family while in New York. They’re pretty great too.
  • New TV. The holidays are great, but there are only so many Veronica Mars reruns I can watch.
  • Politics. An insane month of presidential politics is exactly what this self-diagnosed political junkie ordered. While regular folks will be cursing the onslaught of political ads, I will be living it up.
  • Kicking Ass and Taking Names. Sort of. I finally made it to a boxing class yesterday, so I’m hoping this kicks off a month off diligent workouts and some intense arm muscles.
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2015 In Review

2015 hasn’t been the easiest year, but it’s been filled with a lot of good things, and I’ve come to realize that’s the key to surviving this world: Focus on the good, ignore the bad. And so here is the good: Two new nephews, new friends (and old), amazing trips, two new countries, and a newfound love of boxing. I’ve mastered the yoga headstand, started painting again, ran a 15K and didn’t die, and enjoyed many, many Facetime conversations and several visits with my adorably precocious three-year-old niece.

I expect 2016 to be pretty busy, but hopefully there will be a few trips in store for me. This year I’m focusing on jet-lag free countries. I want to hike a sputtering volcano in Guatemala and see the Atacama Desert in Chile. I just bought a book on Nicaragua, so who knows? Here’s to a kick-ass year.

2015 in numbers:

1: New state visited – Missouri. I have now visited 39 out of 50 states.

2: New countries visited – Mexico and Vietnam.

6: Countries visited, including the U.S.

7: New credit cards. Better than last year’s dismal four.

18: States visited, including Washington D.C.

18: Amtrak trips taken.

43: Flights – more than last year’s 40.

3,884: Amtrak points earned – just shy of one free trip from DC to New York City.

16,250: Number of Amtrak points purchased (the equivalent of four trips between DC and New York City).

28,000: Number of Amtrak points redeemed for seven Northeast trips.

52,171: Number of miles flown. 12,495 more than last year.

226,000: Number of miles redeemed. This includes a round trip flight from DC to Cancun (economy), a round trip flight from DC to Scotland (economy), and a round trip flight from New York/DC to Vietnam (business).

390,500: Number of points redeemed at hotels, including four free nights due to credit cards. This includes three nights at the Hyatt Zilara Cancun, three nights at the Radisson Blu Edinburgh, one night at the Double Tree Dundee, three nights at the Holiday Inn Inverness, two nights at the Radisson Blu Glasgow, two nights at the Intercontinental Asiana Residences in HCMC, three nights at the Hyatt Regency Danang, and three nights at the Sheraton Hanoi.


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