Oh hello, 2017. Fancy meeting you here. Usually I get this post out by December 31st but this year, not all things are happening according to old schedules – and I’m okay with that.
This was quite the year. A year of ups and downs, as always, but some very big firsts and changes. Think what you will of 2016 (and I know from reading so many posts that many of you don’t really think that much of our friend ’16) – I’ll forever think it was one of the most special years yet.
After an extremely long day the day of the Super Bowl, T and I found out we were expecting! That really propelled our 2016 on a different path. I was overjoyed to find out that not only were we expecting but my sister and her husband were as well – with our due dates only a week apart. We both found out about each other the night this picture was taken at a charity event for The Bachelor we attended for our podcast, Will You Accept This Podcast.
There were Broadway shows along the way. My friend Alison and I went preview weekend to see Waitress. Seeing Jessie Mueller in person was really such a treat and I’ll forever remember the smiles and warmth of Kimiko Glenn as she greeted us along with the other cast members at the stage door. T and I went to see The Color Purple for his birthday and I’ll echo his words – I don’t think I’ve seen another show where every member of the cast was such an amazing singer. And Cynthia Erivo?! No words for her amazing voice. Just, wow.
There were some amazing meals. T and I celebrated our first anniversary at Gramercy Tavern. We went to one of our favorites, Shanghai Cafe Deluxe, with some friends for their perfect fried pork buns. My parents drove T and I out to Brooklyn to Frankie’s for my favorite pasta dish in the city. We also went with my parents for a weekend at the Delaware Coast and squeezed in visit to Dogfish Head in Rehoboth. Some girlfriends and I finally made it to Dominique Ansel to have a Cronut and, I have to say, I do believe it more than lived up to the hype.
We celebrated Baby Z’s impending arrival with a “Baby-Que”, which guests didn’t realize was a nod to our planned name. He made his arrival in the most New York way possible – following an Uber ride to the hospital and to the soundtrack of Hamilton. So appropriate.
Since then, the year has been a wonderful whirlwind of smiles and challenges, and the adventure is only starting. I’ve been talking about it here and will continue to do so throughout the next year. I’ve learned so much about myself, about patience and just how much your heart can grow over time. We just can’t get enough of our little “Agent Q.”
2017, what have you got for me?!