Year In Review

We started out the year like this:

Enjoying second semester at the top of the food chain, college apps finished, and not a care in the world

Finished off our high school career with a bang:

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(Our 57-days-until-graduation cake)

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(Obligatory prom picture) Our dates cleaned up nicely.

P took our volleyball team to the playoffs for the first time ever! E, on the other hand, got a black eye on the fundraiser softball team.

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(M and P knighting their coach.)

We made some f*****g ugly pancakes.

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And had various other cooking mishaps/ got involved in tons of shenanigans.

And, finally, graduated. Finally.

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We conquered invasive plants in Scotland, made mosaics in Italy, and saw Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Boyce Avenue, and the musical Wicked in London.

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We climbed rocks and found amazing restaurants and oogled at hot businessmen in Bermondsey.

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(P’s fiance- like him?)

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We walked hundreds of miles in the rain and the sunshine, had tea in the great elephant cafe (where J.K. Rowling found inspiration) and filled our journals with tales of hostels and adventures and new and exciting people.

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We rode the tube, took pictures of olympic graffiti, and crossed many bridges. (literally and figuratively.) P learned how to cook (OMG GUYS) and E learned that its best to just ignore P while she thinks she’s cooking. 😉

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We rode boats and lounged in beaches (the literary kind and the vacation kind), we went dancing, we ate leek pies and haggis, and we learned to speak Italian.

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We ate delicious meals in Italy for hours on end, read fairytales, took espresso shots (after the coffee in Italy, P is never satisfied), and found little treasures in Venice.

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E’s mosaic she created herself: a snail ship hybrid. (so cool!)

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P’s mosaic-stolen from the great Banksy himself

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E started school at UT in July, but we were reunited for two weeks in August, which involved Cracker Barrel trips at 6 AM, lots of laughter and tears, some serious collaging, tie dye art, and “Gone with the Wind”.

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Then we started college- E in Austin, P in Boston at MIT.

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(E and her roommate on the first day of classes)

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P and her close friends S (on the left) and M (on the right)

And college was AMAZING. I (P), got to live in Boston, one of the most amazing cities in the world. I studied at one of the finest institutes in the world, learned so much, and made SO many amazing friends (that I miss dearly). I partied with the best of them, I joined the crew team, and I stayed up until the wee hours of the night studying bonding with these amazing people.

Between the two of us, we’ve seen all of these concerts this year:

    • Nicki Minaj
    • Boyce Avenue
    • Ben Howard
    • Tegan & Sara
    • Florence + the Machine
    • Rufus Wainwright
    • Andrew Bird
    • The Shins
    • Jack White (of the White Stripes)
    • Kimbra
    • Freelance Whales
    • Gary Clark Jr.
    • Policia
    • The Civil Wars
    • The Lumineers
    • The Avett Borthers
    • Red Hot Chili Peppers
    • Macklemore
    • Train
    • Andy Grammar
    • Gavin Degraw

Read these books:

  • Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer (E&P)
  • The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides (E)
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chbosky (E&P)
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (E)
  • The Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Howe (E)
  • Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond (E)
  • How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer (E)
  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (E&P)
  • The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling (E)
  • The House of God by Samuel Shem (E)
  • Radioactive by Lauren Redniss (E)
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (E&P)
  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami (E)
  • If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino (E&P)
  • Proust was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer (E)
  • Quiet by Susan Cain (E)
  • A Little Book of Language by David Crystal (E)
  • God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (E)
  • Perfume by Patrick Suskind (E)
  • The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (E&P)
  • The Other Queen by Phillipa Gregory (E)
  • Born to Win by Zig Ziglar (E)
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (P)
  • The Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare(P)
  • Lying by Sam Harris (P)
  • All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten (P)
  • Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler (P)
  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (P)
  • The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (P)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Hadron (P)
  • Pole Dancing to Gospel Rhythms by Andrea Gibson (P)
  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (P)
  • Hamlet by Shakespeare (P)
  • The Flinch by Julien Smith (P)
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (P)
  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin (P)
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O’ Brien (P)
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan (E&P)
  • Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy Baumeister and John Tierney (P)
  • Imagine by Jonah Lehrer (P)
  • The Madness Vase by Andrea Gibson (P)
  • Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke (P)
  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (P)
  • I Wrote This For You by Iain Thomas (P)
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (E&P)

We also finished some very good shows and movies:

  • Sherlock
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • The Iron Lady
  • Gone with the Wind
  • The Three Musketeers
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Clueless
  • Yes Man
  • Numbers
  • The Avengers
  • Gossip Girl
  • Grey’s Anatomy (In this year only, I’ve watched all 8 seasons and am now caught up to the 9th and final season. Perfect timing as uge.-P)

And possibly more that we have forgotten already. I guess they don’t really count.

We’ve made tons of new friends:

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(S doesn’t count because she’s an old friend… oh well.)

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2012 has been a truly great year, full of deep conversations, beauty, tragedy, goodies, joy, travels, change, and lots and lots of love. It’s been a year of happiness and crazy adventures. We are both smarter, deeper, and better people than we were on December 31, 2011. I (E) feel blessed that our friendship and this blog has been able to change as we have changed. And I (P) feel so lucky that E and I have such wonderful families and friends, both new and old. Like we said, this blog will always be the link between us, and I’m so happy it’s grown so much.

If you’ve been following us since January 1st, thanks for hanging out with us! If you’ve just started following, welcome! Get ready for the next year and for bigger, better, and badder adventures and stories from the two girls you know you love the most.

Best of luck in 2013!

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Love,

E&P

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