Sunday, January 4, 2009

2008 Year in Review & Charleston Planning!

I thought with the brand new 2009 year quickly getting underway that I would update on all that's happened in 2008, along with new info from the few months I've left out since my last entry in October!

2008 saw:

- my acceptance into graduate school
- graduation Magna Cum Laude from college!
- moving to a new city - Greensboro!
- discovering my favorite restaurant: PF Chang's
- Andy got married
- Beck and Bill got married
- started graduate school at UNCG
- went to Philly and learned a TON!
- had the best birthday ever at Biltmore!
- Shawn and I celebrated our 2nd anniversary in Charlotte
- I worked at both SESAH and PNC conferences
- visited Old Salem for the first time
- Engagements of Mike & Danielle, Dawn & Stephen, Arthur & Hayley, Faye & Ryan
- spent my first Christmas eve/day in three years with Shawn

So with all that excitement, classes for my first semester in grad school ended in early December and I managed to make it out of the semester with all A's!! Excitement! I have three more tough classes starting in the Spring though!

In other fabulous news, Shawn and I booked our trip to Charleston over Spring Break in March! I simply cannot wait! I've never been there, but it has always been somewhere I've wanted to visit! We will be staying at the Inn at Middleton, which is a part of Middleton Plantation. We plan on spending the first day visiting plantations and all of the second day in downtown Charleston, trying fun restaurants and picking up souvenirs. I've made a list of things I want to do while we are in Charleston:

- touch baby sheep
- ride in a carriage
- enjoy mossy oak trees
- see ginormous bridge
- walk on cobblestone streets
- kayak
- use the fireplace in our room
- touch peacock
- Happy Hour!
- Visit Boone, Magnolia, Drayton Hall and Middleton plantations
- Shop on King Street
- Visit the public city market
- walk down rainbow row
- put feet in the water!
- sit on a dock
- try their sweet tea
- find one FABULOUS souvenir
- throw penny/make a wish
- listen to live music
- eat at the "flipped" Crab shack, as seen on TLC "Flip this House"
- wrestle alligators
- milk a cow
- take at least 500 photos

I can't wait to see all that 2009 brings! :)