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2014 BNP Year in Review

Happy New Year’s Eve! It’s hard to believe that 2014 is coming to an end. It has been a crazy, challenging, amazing year. I started Brown is the New Pink (BNP) back in late April, and I love being able to look back on everything that’s happened this year. For my final post of 2014 I am reviewing all of the major events of the year. Cheers to 2015!


January 

  • Celebrated the New Year in Kentucky
  • Took engagement pictures

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  • Started my last semester of graduate school
  • Found our townhouse and signed the lease for me and Derek’s first home together

February

  • Celebrated my 24th birthday
  • Pole danced and celebrated with friends at my bachelorette party 🙂

March (Holy cow, March was crazy.)

  • Moved into our townhouse
  • Married the love of my life!!! (Wedding Recap Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

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  • Gave a big presentation at my internship at the VA
  • Interviewed for my first “real” full-time job
  • Accepted my first “real” job offer!

April

May

  • Graduated with my Master’s of Social Work

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June

  • Started my first job!
  • Derek took the USMLE Step 1 (HUGE test for medical students)

July

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August 

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September

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October

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November

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December

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  • Hosted our Second Annual Tacky Sweater Party

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What. A. Year. Wishing you health and happiness in 2015!!

Thanksgiving Recap

Hello there! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Derek and I both worked on Wednesday, so we headed to Wilkesboro after dinner. After a short 2 hour drive we spent time with Derek’s dad and one of his sisters before heading to bed.

The next morning, we partook in one of my family’s traditions: running/walking a Turkey Trot. Last year Derek’s whole family came to Lexington, Kentucky (where my parents and brother live) for Thanksgiving, and we all did a Turkey Trot together.

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Thanksgiving 2013.

They enjoyed it so much that they decided to participate in a local Turkey Trot this year, too!

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It was cold, but it was a beautiful morning for a walk/run.

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I forgot my ear warmers, so Derek let me borrow this lovely hat.  It was definitely an interesting look for me, but it kept my ears nice and warm.

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Part of the race path was right next to a creek. It was serene back there, and we really enjoyed catching up with Derek’s family while we walked.

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We finished!

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Derek was proud of his accomplishment. (Isn’t that the most ridiculous hoodie ever?) He’s a goofball.

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After the Turkey Trot, we headed back to the house and got cleaned up for Thanksgiving lunch. We ate at Derek’s grandpa’s independent living community. Then we spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out at Derek’s house before heading back to Durham in the evening since I had to work on Friday.

I missed my family a lot this year, especially since it’s my favorite holiday, but I’m glad that I could spend Thanksgiving with my new family-in-law.

Now I’m looking forward to Christmas! This will be the first time Derek and I get a tree together, and I am SO excited about it. Look for a Christmas tree post in the near future!

Fall Bucket List

I’m still a bit bummed about my running situation, but I thought of something fun to do that will cheer me up. I LOVE fall. I love watching the leaves change color, the crisp weather, and pumpkin-flavored everything.

To celebrate my love of fall, I’m going to make a fall bucket list. Here we go:

1. Watch Hocus Pocus

2. Carve pumpkins

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How do people do this??? Mine always end up looking deformed haha. Source.

3. Drink pumpkin beer (I welcome suggestions)

4. Conquer a corn maze (preferably a haunted one)

5. Go hiking

6. Bake an apple and/or pumpkin pie from scratch

7. Roast s’mores

8. Step on some extra crunchy leaves

9. Host Friendsgiving

10. Make Halloween costumes and go to Franklin Street

11. Bake pumpkin bread

12. Run in a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving

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Last year’s very cold Turkey Trot with the whole Brown-Pinkerton gang.

13. Decorate for fall

14. Tailgate for a football game

15. Go to a pumpkin patch

Ok so I cheated a little because we’ve already done a few things on the list, but they are definitely fall bucket list material. Do you have anything different on your fall bucket list?

Happy fall y’all!

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