Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 in review

okay. don't blog since the summer but here's my annual review of the year! 
`finished my winter break course I was taking at the college farther away to bang out some credits
`started college full time with 17 credits. it was honestly a holy experience
`such a snowy and freezing cole winter (its here again). did lead to some SAD blues (NOT A SIN BTW) due to so wicked low vitamin D
`also got really into raw food dieting. in no way a fully raw (freak) but really implemented more of those wonder foods and eat about 2 or even 3 raw food meals a day. usually. dairy is usually the downfall. cheese, man. 
`had a few good skypes with my SA loves. miss them so. 
this is one of the only pictures of have from winter 

`a week before my birthday my mom lost her job. total shock. she's amazing and resourceful and literally had people asking her to work for them that day and is at a much healthier workplace and thriving. God uses everything for his glory. 
`I had zero plans to join any extracurriculars while at school. I met a teacher (who is now like family) that advises the student volunteer organization and I joined and became the secretary (keeping track of all the minutes) and it had been a super life giving experience. anywho we serve and funded a dinner at our local and awesome (sustainable and trusted) city mission. it had been a few months since I had done that kind of stuff and man did I miss it. it's fun, joyful, and humbling.   
`turned 19. wow. wasn't all the eventful of a birthday honestly. went to my fave italian restaurant with my mom and dad. cavetalli cooked to p e r f e c t i o n. i got a sewing machine. another check on my dream endeavors to bring God glory in my niche for him. ;)

`my mom turned 51 on Easter. the hottest, most amazing, kindest, loving, caring, could go on 51 year old in the world
so pretty. got her genes. at this really good italian restaurant we ate at after my cousins father's wake. does everyone go out to eat after wake/funerals or is it just italians?!

`my nephew Luca (technically my 2nd cousin but we're italian so go with it) was born. so presh. 

`did another service project with my student volunteer organization at a local shelter for homeless and sexually exploited teens. was really intrigued by the place and set up an interview to intern/volunteer over the summer. 
`finished my first semester of college with a 3.8 GPA. my goal was deans list and I made it to presidents list. to God be the g l o r y. amen. btw and I'm getting better at this leaning thing and its kinda beautiful, i still get my days. 

`such a busy time. june and july was a mix of the worlds worst human bio class (grateful for my edu but HOLY CRAP it was just death and lots of tears, so much time and effort, STRESS, I STILL DONT KNOW WHAT A CELL IS) and my other summer class, my internship at the shelter, my  job, studying, future planning, summer socialization (or lack of note AWFUL bio class). I took a CLEP test so I got to get out of my introductory psych class (saved time and money. 
mommy and dad at the festa. i'm just noticing the italian world cup shirt on my dad. so much ginny. 
`my fave beginning of summer tradition is this italian fest with amazing food and pretties decor and atmosphere (you just run into everyone) at this italian church. we go like almost all 3 days haha. 
`Because of my summer classes and such I didn't go to Africa this year. Ugh so hard. kinda an identity crisis but kept myself busy for sure. Mission still came up when I got to mentor the SA mission team on children's ministry stuff. LOVE and honored. My friend Courtney was going to SA missions trip and I got to help them shop for all their supplies and pay for it. If you can't go, you give. Court also stayed a few extra days in SA to help at the same place I did last year and I got to send a picture with a letter on the back to each of the kids and a necklace for the girls and candy for the boys and babies. The oldest boy I was close with got a Yankees snapback and the oldest girl I was close with hot a hairband. They loved everything even though I with I could have got to gov sit to them in person. They sent me back a card and pics I loved and I called them on Skype and they said they miss me. That call gave me such a rush.  
`went hiking with my dad at thacher park when the summer classed peaced out. 


`my internship at the youth shelter was a really good experience. I mostly helped the clients fine and apply to jobs and apartments, go to DSS with them, help them with schoolwork, fundraising, and recreational/ art therapy activities with the clients, helped the staff. learned a ton too that I wouldn't really be able to learn in a classroom
they were so good at scrabble. i got really into it and still rarely one and i'm a words girl. 
`wildwood was in august. so good to be back. good food (fish tacos, chips and salsa, ice cream, gelato, coffee, italian cookies, pasta, banana chocolate chip pancakes, pizza). getting addicted to the water and waves and getting pulled out way to far and realizing you can't touch the bottom and you tray to swim back to shore and you can't and a life guard has to help you and then you can't find your sister for a half hour after. reading love does on the beach. remembering old memories and making new ones. remembered following the Micheal Brown case here too, it had just happened and so hreatbreaking. Black Lives matter!!

`my niece, Gia, (technicaly my 2nd cousin but we're italian so go with it) third birthday

`after a sabbatical or more a drought from crafting I got to catch up on some crafting in august. and all God's people said amen.

`this semester flew by sooo fast. I had 18 credits. Mostly good professors thanks to rate my My classes were Statistics, Western civilization, social problems, abnormal psychology, interpersonal and group dynamics, and physical geography. Interpersonal and group dynamics was my favorite class for the content and teacher but I also like abnormal for the professor too. Physical geography was so boring like bad but I mad this really embarrassing but good video project last minute for the class and got out of the final for it and got an A for the class! I did so well grade wise and for all A's and a B in stats a 3.83 gpa and made the president's list. Ahhh! to god be the glory.
`La turned 23 on October 6th. I actually got her a really good gift- a snack subscribtion since I fled the country on her bday last year.
`I didn't actually go anywhere for halloween-shocker! But at work I dressed up as mary poppins (with out buying anything) an dressed up my resident as the old man from up. it was perfect.

`so for my interpersonal and group dynamics class we do a group project called a service learning project. we address a need in our community a do something about it all while working in a group and practicing communication skills. I had a group that restored my faith in group projects. we helping the Girls on the Run club at our local elementary school. we asked business for donations of healthy snacks for the club and got monetary donations so we could have a team tshirt making day. we went to their practice and official 5Ks too. We wrote encoring notes each week for the girls.
Because I cannot say no I signed up to be a "running buddy" in the spring, I love kids!
my group!
`Mommy and I in the fall took a few trips to Scoharie a small, really rural town about a half hour away for the scenery and this really good cafe that has all farm fresh meals. killer food.
she'll kill me for this pic. cider doughnut bread pudding though. 
`thanksgiving was really good. the parade, lauren and I had our annual sbux coffee date, i worked for a bit. we went to our last holiday at aunt sharons (before she sold the house) and the whole family was there. so fun and yummy. probably the best dessert was the brownies my cousin andrea made. her kid, valentina was sooooo cute and I hadn't seen her in awhile and she has the best personality. andrea and marc are really good parents too. Laur and I drove dom and nico to bart's house and they got locked out so then I drove them to their cousins

`Started out kind busy with the week before and finals week.
`I was really busy planning for a lot of it a Christmas party with gifts for the clients at the youth shelter I volunteer at. I was able to get a lot donated and fundraised. YAY! Put a lot of time into it.
`Also have an insanely GENEROUS friend, Tanneal, that brings and helps coordinate Christmas gifts and dinner to over 74 families in municipal housing in our town so I was helping her at a few events and donated a few of my signature paint bucket gift baskets to her families and fundraisers.
`my aunt kate and uncle dick visited literally the week before an part of finals week but it still was a really good visit with them
`Had to put my sweet orange boy down
RIP Burturm
`Went to visit lauren in Brooklyn. It was my first time seeing her apartment and it was nice to toole around the city and go to the is South African restaurant, Madiba, I've been dying to go to. It was really good and fun. All I bought was the TIME Ebola Fighter Person of the Year magazine while most girls shop on pink or whatever.

`took my mom to see Elf the musical for Christmas at a local theater

`Participated in Dressesmber (only missed one day!) see above photo
After church Erinn, her boyfriend Eric, kristen, and I had lunch at Chipotle after church and stayed awhile, we went to the Asian supermarket too and it was a fun afternoon.
`Christmas was really good. Worked both Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Sad I missed church cause working eve, we were out of power too for quite a few hours, "dinner" if thats what you'll call it was at my Aunt Pat's, really quiet there just because family always has to be all over. We hosted Christmas day and it was good too. I got out of work really early. Such good food! I begged mom for no gifts but she mostly just got me "gifts that give back." We all looked through old pictures which was really fun too!

`For Christmas I went on a Christmas letter writing spree started with a letter, picture, and sweets an headband for every single one of my South Africa loves. They are never forgotten. PRAYING the USPS and the SA postal service do their thang and get them to my loves!
`Sorta facing the post christmas, low vitamin D, IT'S SO COLD, my dr. took my off a medicine too drastically blues mostly anxiety. Jesus plus mommmy plus crafting plus more bible and jesus is the cure but mostly Jesus and Bible.
`New Years Eve. Such a fast and beautiful year. Today I read the Word, did some crafting, ate a gingerbread milkshake from stewarts (thanks dad!), met Mom and Leigh (her coworker) for lunch with laur at the standard (really good time), drove home with mommy, did this and some crafting, visited my grandparents and finishing this review. I good day to end a blessed year. About to go finish my 2014 memory jar!

Thank you Jesus for another year. So grateful, thankful, and hopeful.

P.S. Seemed like I really followed through on my 2014 declaration. Sanctification Station as Jami Nato says. Yay! Go God!

YAY 2015!!