I wrote a note to myself a long time ago recapping significant events in 2013…and the procrastinator in me is just now writing about them, 22 days into January.
2013 began in a party van. In order to carpool and party hop for NYE, Tyler borrowed his dad’s work van to drive us around (lol). Needless to say, it was a memorable time. No pictures necessary. :)
Quan and I moved in together - standing in front of our first home!
Chi Hanh, Anh Phuc, Meo, Mai, Hon, and Duc came to visit us and it was one of the best trips I’ve ever ever had. I’m not sure how I got so lucky to know people as good as they all are. Celebrated my 23rd with my new family in Chicago - the Clinical/I/O Psychology grad programs come together.
Kathleen, Long, and Ryan came to visit us just in time for the Optometry formal - Eyeball.
I was offered an internship at CME Group (Chicago Mercantile Exchange/Chicago Board of Trade/NY Mercantile Exchange). At the time, it was one block from my apartment. I still wake up every day and feel lucky that I work here…
Annie and Peter came to visit us…all we did was eat. I think I counted 15 restaurants in 3 days…
Traveled to Houston, Texas for my first Society for IO Professionals conference!
Shirin and Mital’s gorgeous engagement.
Hina and Dixit’s (HD) wedding. It was the most extravagant wedding I’ve ever been to…we ate like 5 meals that day and drank as much as our livers could handle, and then some.
Quan and I drove to Wisconsin for Independence Day weekend. We told ourselves no agenda…this vacation, anything goes! We ended up watching fireworks on a golf course overlooking a lake, eating lots of frozen custard, and drinking lots of beer. I love our vacations.
We told the whole family we weren’t going to make it to Anh Mai’s wedding in Los Angeles…but alas, we made it, and *kinda* surprised everyone (except Chun told…poo). He’s now working at the largest architecture firm in the world - Gensler!
My brother got engaged to Catherine. I’ve wanted sisters all my life…now I have 3! Lots of exciting things happening in my brother’s life this year…he graduated Pharmacy school and took a job offer at Target. Catherine is also now an ER and infectious diseases Pharmacist at UC hospital.
The annual Phi family Christmas party - onesie edition. This year we had 60+ attendees and 60 white elephant gifts. Wowza.
The Guo/Phis did a secret santa because none of us had time to buy each other gifts. I got Annie - how absolutely perfect!
Cheers to another year of adventure, change, family, and new careers!