24 Dec

Annual Family Newsletter


 

I didn’t get as many Christmas cards out this year as I had hoped, so here’s the newsletter that went out in case anyone wants to hear my ramblings. 🙂

 

Hello, friends and family! After getting plenty of flak from various friends for not sending out a newsletter last year, I decided I’d better whip myself into shape and send one out for 2015! Fernando and I have had a pretty exciting year- and by exciting, I mean we were able to travel on some great trips, see some fantastic live shows, and watch an embarrassing amount of TV (thanks, Netflix)!

As you may know, Fernando works as the IT Wizard for a small co-op in [name redacted in this post so it isn’t floating around the Internet 😉 ]. Every year, everyone in the co-op meets to catch up- this year, we met in Puerto Rico. Rather than fly straight there, Fernando and I left a few days early and headed straight to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. It. Was. Phenomenal. I’m a huge Potterhead (Fernando attempts to keep up), and this trip did not disappoint. I sincerely felt like I was walking around the fictional Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. You can even take the Hogwarts Express train between the two parks! Eventually, we had to depart and head to Puerto Rico. I had five whole days to do nothing but laze about, watch TV, cross-stitch, and walk along the beach while Fernando worked!

This is one of the only two photos Fernando let me take of both of us this year, and my eyes are shut in the other one. Now you see why I didn't send out a family photo. ;)

This is one of the only two photos Fernando let me take of both of us this year, and my eyes are shut in the other one. Now you see why I didn’t send out a family photo. 😉

Fernando and I have been having lots of fun following America’s Test Kitchen, a PBS show that prides itself on finding the best way to make just about any recipe through experimentation (and is one of the only ways that I can have meals that turn out the way they should). We were able to go see their live tour when they came through Minneapolis- I think we were the only people under the age of 50 in the audience! Nevertheless, the live show was entertaining and educational!

In addition to spending our free time learning how to be smarter cooks, we’ve also fallen deeper down the craft beer rabbit hole. We’ve visited just about every brewery in the Twin Cities and we’ve joined a beer club! Once a month, we get together and bring a few beers to share. Then, we taste them all and vote on our favorites!

We made a whirlwind trip to Chicago for my 30th birthday (how did that happen?), mostly to attend the Legend of Zelda symphony orchestra. Fernando is an avid video gamer, and Legend of Zelda has always been his favorite game. It has a beautiful soundtrack, and it was magical to hear it played live! It was especially funny to hear a college choir making video game beeping sounds while the orchestra played. In addition to the concert, we visited a Nutella bar and ate some of the most delicious donuts I’ve ever tasted! If you’re ever in the area, give Firecakes a try! (Do I get some kind of free donut deal for inadvertent product placement in a holiday newsletter?)

Earlier this year, my friend Sole asked if I’d accompany her to the UK on a nerdy pilgrimage of sorts. She and I are both avid Harry Potter fans, so it was only fitting that most of our trip involved the series. We built a solid itinerary (almost to the hour) of some very nerdy activities, including visiting the sets where the movies were filmed in and around London, going on a whirlwind tour of the Scottish Highlands, and a quick trip to Wales to visit the sets of one of the longest-running British TV shows, Doctor Who.  One of my favorite parts of the trip was visiting the Central Library in Edinburgh, Scotland: we happened upon it almost by accident when looking for a restroom. It’s easily the most gorgeous library I’ve ever been in- very reminiscent of the library seen in the Disney film Beauty and the Beast.

I’m very happy to announce that Fernando has officially received his final grades for his master’s program, which officially means he has completed his MBA! I’m thrilled, and hope this means he’ll stop being so cranky and stressed out all the time- and because he wouldn’t help me write this, he’ll never know how I called him cranky! Muahahahaha! Cranky or not, I’m very proud of him. When asked the biggest lesson he learned through the program, he answered, “I still don’t like group projects.”

It’s been a pretty good year for us. Here’s hoping 2016 brings just as many adventures (and no homework) for all of us!

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