January 2018: A Month of Firsts

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First month of 2018: (almost) complete. I can’t tell if it went by quickly or slowly. Half of me feels like its still 2014 and the other half feels like its 2029. I don’t know. Anyways, one of my resolutions for this year was to write a blog post about what I did each month so I would be able to look back on them and remember what the hell I even did with my life. So, let’s get started with what I did in January!

I literally am looking at my planner as I write this because I already forgot about half of the things I’ve done in the past four weeks. The first (and most exciting) thing that happened this month was conveniently right on January 1: meeting my cousin’s beautiful new baby!

 

Like come on, please try and tell me she isn’t THE cutest baby you have EVER SEEN. I am already so obsessed with her. My cousin Elizabeth and her fiancee Paul named their baby Emma Sophia, who was born on December 30, 2017, at 8 pounds 3 ounces and 21 inches long. Considering I have been waiting for this baby since Elizabeth got her first boyfriend when we were fifteen, it is safe to say it was one of the best days of my life.

The next notable event in January also involves something extremely dear to my heart. Something I love almost as much as Emma. Anyone who knows me (or, honestly, probably people who barely even know me at all) knows I am obsessed with the Boston Celtics. Absolutely obsessed. I have seen them play every single team in the Eastern Conference, and almost every team in the NBA. I have sat in every seat at the TD Garden. I have a separate drawer in my dresser for all of my Celtics shirts. And I have been a fan during both the worst and the best seasons the Celtics have had. So, of course, I HAD to be at the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first game against the Celtics at home. If you don’t know why this is a big deal, click here.

 

Every year for as long as I can remember, my uncle has gifted me Celtics tickets for Christmas – and this year I didn’t even hesitate in deciding which game I wanted to go to. So, the day the schedule came out, he bought me the Cavs tickets. Thank God for him. I’ve been to five other games this year and this one was by far the game I was the most excited for. I had very high hopes that my favorite player (and sadly, former Celtic), Isaiah Thomas, would be playing that night, but unfortunately he did not. So naturally, I used that as an excuse to buy tickets to the next Cavs game in Boston… which, oh yeah, happens to be Paul Pierce’s retirement game. A game that broke my wallet. A once in a life time game. I’m freaking out. But we’ll talk about that in February’s post.

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This picture makes my heart hurt. I think I shed a tear when I saw it *sniffle* ok I’m moving on now I swear.

Meeting Emma and going to the Cavs game were really the only exciting things that happened this month. However, there was one event I definitely have to mention. On January 12, I took my first step toward beginning my new career as a teacher with my first MTEL exam! For those of you who don’t know, in order to become a teacher in Massachusetts, you have to take two standardized tests; the MTEL (Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure) Communications and Literacy exam, which is a basic reading and writing test, and then the MTEL subject test in whichever discipline you are planning on teaching. There are several other steps that need to be taken as well, but you receive your initial certification by passing those tests. If you’re reading this before February 2 (when I get my scores back) please please please pray for me!

I didn’t do much else in January besides work (minus a few snow days) go to the gym, then go to sleep… but here’s a quick recap:

  • Succeeded in my goal of going to church every Sunday
  • Sucked at my goal of saving money
  • Jessie, one of my friends I lived with in college, came to visit me
  • Went to the New England Auto Show in Boston with my best friend Drew (and Boston Burger Company afterwards… if you haven’t been, please just look at their Instagram. You’ll prob drool over their milkshakes like we did.)
  • Went to New Hampshire to celebrate my old roommate Hannah’s birthday (if you’re ever in Portsmouth, NH, you have to go to ‘The Book Bar’ if you’re a nerd like me – it is so cute)
  • Started working with a personal trainer! I will def be updating you guys on this experience later…

 

And that is all for January 2018! If you’re into reading about what goes on in my life, stay tuned for February’s post! Hint: a concert, a monumental NBA game, test scores (!!!), and potentially a new job will be revealed…

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