Another year is about to be in the rear view and as I get older, the years blur together more and more. Did I go to Barcelona in 2018 or was it really already 2 years ago in 2017? When did I go to that George Ezra concert again? Was 2018 really a 10K-less race year?
I decided to look back and remember some of 2018’s highlights - it’s always crazy to see how much I managed to jam into 12 months.
(PS - you can scroll through the pictures!)
Never in a million years could I have dreamed I would visit 10 countries in 2018. I am incredibly lucky, grateful and appreciative of these experiences and I hope that 2019 can bring even half as much international travel.
Prague, Czech Republic
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
It’s insane to think I was in fewer states than I was countries this year!
Tampa Bay, Florida
Clinton, New York
South Bend, Indiana
Buffalo, New York
Inlet, New York
Montauk, New York
Las Vegas, Nevada
Every time I got to a concert, I remember how much I love live music and vow that I will start seeing more live music. Finally, this year I feel like I got my fill of incredible music at venues large and small in NYC. The goal for 2019 is at least 12 concerts!
Wakey!Wakey! (Michael Grubbs) Obsessed with the intimacy of Rockwood Stage 3
Joshua Radin City Winery is a fun venue
George Ezra He is the best at talking in between each song and explaining its back story which made me love his music even more
Macklemore On my birthday. In Sweden. Outside. At an amusement park.
Ziggy Alberts I think this was my favorite.
Noah Kahan / Dean Lewis
Sofar Sounds Concert A cool concept - you sign up for tickets not knowing where the concert will be held or who is performing - and if they suck, at least it’s BYOB!
Josh Groban / Idina Menzel with my GRANDPARENTS which was amazing
Monobody My cousins band! I hadn’t seen him in years and it was so nice to get see him.
Mumford and Sons / Maggie Rogers After waiting approximately 6 years to see Mumford live IT HAPPENED. And we danced like we had been waiting 6 years.
Please listen to Ziggy Alberts! His music is my Christmas present to you.
Another major NYC perk - live theater!
Escape to Margaritaville with my absolutely crazy family
Mean Girls with my favorite girls from work
Be More Chill
Dear Evan Hansen with a Canadian
My Name is Gideon with my 6 most trusting friends who followed me blindly
I was disappointed by Dear Evan Hansen, but absolutely blown away by Torch Song. Be More Chill is going to be a hit when it opens on Broadway in February… and sharing My Name is Gideon with my friends after seeing him in 2016 meant I could finally discuss all the quirkiness with other people!
I’ve already got plans to see Come From Away and To Kill a Mockingbird in 2019.
I tried so many new workout classes in 2018! And fell in love with one, in particular!
Orangetheory Fitness I was meh on this when I took two classes in Tampa, which surprised me. And of any class I’ve ever taken - they have 100% harassed me the most to join. I still get calls and texts despite explaining that I do not live in Florida!
Yoga Vida It’s not often that I love a yoga studio, but Yoga Vida was an exception. Check out their new student discount - $25 for two free weeks and 1 mat/towel rental! After that, I started going to their donation based community classes.
Fithouse A unique concept - a monthly fee for unlimited classes at Fithouse studios (NoHo & Tribeca, currently) including HIIT, yoga, barre, etc. It’s like a mix between a gym membership and Classpass. I gave it a try when they offered opening deals - but the location just wasn’t convenient for me.
CorePower Yoga I did a two week unlimited trial with Core Power and by the end of the week I was really feeling the yogi life! For me, Core Power is a great way for athletes and the un-zen to get into yoga - it stills feels like a workout and I’ve encountered really great instructors. I even took a few Yoga Sculpt classes that I didn’t hate! They have locations EVERYWHERE.
Everybody Fights I haven’t met a boxing classes that hasn’t left me sore for days and totally exhausted! This one, backed by George Foreman, started in Boston and now has outposts in NYC, Lexington, Chicago and soon Philadelphia.
The Cliffs at LIC Rock climbing is so much fun! But I still feel like a total poser.
Y7 Another yoga studio that I can totally get behind! I love the set up of the class - three flows, three times through - once slow, once faster and once on your own to loud hip-hop music! Hot, dark, no mirrors.
Pure Barre It hurts. Everywhere. Not my favorite kind of class, but I see it’s attraction if you’re looking for low-impact! I was just glad I got my mom to come with me!
Spiderbands I’m so sad that this has already left. I took three classes here and thought it was really unique and could also see if being super effective! Not to mention it was fun! It was a shame our first instructor was slightly robotic, but otherwise I definitely would have taken more classes here eventually.
King’s Thai Boxing Bertha got me and Abby to check out her boxing gym and WOW what a workout. Not only was this my first experience holding a pad for another boxer, but we ended class with approximately 100 push-ups and burpees and I almost drowned in my own sweat.
F45 Training Last but not least - F45 Training. I need to write an entire post about F45 one of these days, but essentially I am completely, totally, obsessed and chances are if you’ve talked to me in the past 6 months, I’ve chewed your ear off about F45 and why you should go. Love it love it love it. And cannot wait until my unlimited month of classes in February!
Deck A Day This year I’ve also loved, as usual, the Deck A Day Challenge - a deck of cards workout every day from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. 23 days down! This is my 5TH YEAR completing this challenge which is just nuts to me. And year two tradition of me and Abby going for a park loop followed by deck of cards in my living room!
My race calendar was remarkably empty this year - but there was really only one big goal - 70.3 Wilmington. And then, it didn’t happen. But what DID happen was an impromptu half-iron distance in one of my favorite places - Montauk!
NYC Tri (July 1, 2018) a cool 94 degrees on race day - the best part of this day was the most incredible cheer squad in the whole universe
MightyMan Montauk (September 30, 2018) a casual 806 feet of elevation gain ON THE RUN
Mt. Sinai Turkey Trot (November 24, 2018) gobble gobble
Currently, I’m registered for the NYC Tri again next year along with the Wilmington 70.3 - although if I will train for it remains to be seen. I was also accepted in this year’s Cherry Blossom 10 Miler so here I come, DC!
I read a decent amount this year, but not as much as I would have liked to. This year, I need to up my game. Always accepting recommendations! Here were some of my favorites:
Beneath a Scarlet Sky
Bear Town & Us Against You
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
Turtles All the Way Down
The Light Between Oceans
The Sound of Gravel
Flat Broke with Two Goats: A Memoir of Appalachia
The Sun Is Also a Star
The Fiddler in the Subway
Next up on my list is Crazy Rich Asians and potentially the Game of Thrones series?
My doughnut obsession continued wherever I traveled. Some standouts were:
Blackbird Donuts - Boston, MA
Kane’s Doughnuts - Boston, MA
Carlson’s Donuts & Thai Kitchen - Annapolis, MD
*Honorable mention to the maple glazed sweet potato donuts made by Annelise for our Secret Santa!
*Also honorable mention to the time Abby and I ate 3 doughnuts from 3 separate doughnut shops in quick succession following brunch.
I also ate donuts in various countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, Latvia) and I must say - none compared to home!
I also got to drink some great beer in 2018. Aside from the multiple new-to-me beers I sampled and breweries I visited in various countries, I was able to check out the below in my neck of the woods:
The Bronx Brewery Random Saturday decision to run there after our manicure (followed by BYOB sushi)
Montauk Brewing Company Post Half Ironman Race!
Riverhead Cider House with Mom and Dad after a 60 miler on the streets of Long Island!
Fifth Hammer Brewing Company Post Rock-Climbing!
Grimm Artisanal Ales Pre-Passenger Concert!
2019 Must Visits: Mikkeller at Citi Field and Other Half Brewing Company
OVERALL GREAT DAYS
Beyond the above-mentioned 2018 moments, here were a few other things I loved:
and with family
My Best Friend Moved to Manhattan
And I tried throwing her a surprise Welcome to NYC Party - the real surprise was that she had known about it since the day I sent out the invite.
All you can eat lobster. All you can drink beer. DJ. Best friends. Dancing lobsters. How could this not be one of the best memories from 2018?
HIGH SCHOOL REUNION
Nothing like realizing you graduated high school 10 years ago to make you feel old! This was a fun night, but not an amazing night. I’m glad I went so that I couldn’t regret missing it - but honestly, could have taken it or left it. Basically paid $100 to talk to 5 people, drink a lot of champagne, and listen to a DJ that no one ever danced too. But - a definite milestone!
I spent a lot of money on a new couch, a carpet and a TaskRabbit to make my living room feel much homier and I’m glad I did! I’m obsessed with my blue velvet couch - every summer Friday I fell asleep on it for a solid 1-2 hours. I now have the coffee table and end table that was in my parents house growing up in my living room and it makes me feel so at home. I had canvases made and hung of my photos from all over the world and finally installed the TV (which has been great for watching GAME OF THRONES!) When I was in Latvia I got a 100% lamb’s wool blanket that matches my color scheme which felt like a very adult purchase and I recently found the perfect accent pillow at Home Goods.
Sign me up for Trading Spaces!
FOURTH OF JULY
Somehow always makes the “Best Days of 20___” list! This year we started the day with a November Project workout (and epic star jump photo) before going to brunch on the Upper East Side and heading to Croton for a day at Abby’s house! Pool, spike ball, beverages, barbecues, aqueducts, fireworks, dancing - it was perfect in every way.
THE GRILLED VEGETABLE PLATTER
I know my dad will read this, and my hope is that after reading it, he realizes that he cannot follow through on his threat to never make the grilled vegetable platter again because it was my favorite meal of 2018 ;)
WOLMAN FAMILY VACATION
I originally wasn’t going to make it this year, but was able to go for a quick 3 day weekend and it was the perfect break from the big city! My mom rented a paddle board this year, I went for runs, got some color, ate, drank and laughed with my favorite people.
BACK TO MOM’S ROOTS
I had so much fun exploring my mom’s old neighborhood this summer - we saw the apartment building she grew up in, her school, her playground (“It seemed so much bigger back then!”) and got a beer in the bar her brother’s used to frequent.
The next day I got to take her for a walk at the reservoir in my neck of the woods!
After one million of my friends abandoned me and moved out of NYC - it was so nice to have so many of them back for visits. But saying goodbye all over again is the worst worst worst. ALL OF YOU COME BACK NOW.
This was not really an art exhibit, more of an experiential marketing ploy for companies - but we had a ton of fun!
CELEBRATING MY BEST FRIEND
Who wrote a BOOK! She’s a published author and we managed to surprise her with a party and I EVEN GOT HER AUTOGRAPH and then we also followed the party up with an ice cream bouquet with a dozen scoops of ice cream while walking through the streets with balloons causing a scene. Buy Ranch: An Ode to America's Beloved Sauce in 60 Mouth-watering Recipes! It’s the prettiest book I’ve ever held.
SUNSET ON THE LAST WEEKEND IN MONTAUK OF THE SEASON
The week after my half ironman race, I went back to Montauk with my parents and their friends and it was the best best best. It was the last real weekend in Montauk where things are open, the pours were heavy, the company was great - the sun wasn’t out much but it appeared on Sunday night for a beautiful sunset and everyone clapped and if you know me you know that I can’t stand airplane clappers but sunset clappers ARE MY PEOPLE.