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2010 in Photos

While putting together my 2011 year-in-review, I realized I had this post saved in my Drafts folder from last year! Better late than never, here was my year in photos in 2010, ha.

Forum One Alexandria
Started work at Forum One Communications in Alexandria, VA

West Seattle Night Shoot
West Seattle smooches

Lions Ambition at Neumos
My brother’s band Lions Ambition performing at Neumos

Easter 2010
Ryan holding Ezra up during the Easter egg hunt at my parents’ house

Taking the ferry with my visiting cousins to go to our Lola’s 90th birthday party

F1 West Coast Team Event
Sailing in San Francisco, CA with my colleague Kate during a team event

Stunning 4th of July weekend in Kauai, HI

Hanging out poolside at my cousin’s house in Las Vegas, NV

Dad's Retirement Party
My father-in-law’s retirement party at Minneapolis, MN

Carpinito Corn Maze & Pumpkin Picking
Visiting a pumpkin patch with the E. family

20something 2010
Night out with friends at the Ballroom after 20something in Fremont Studio

Yaptinchay Family Christmas 2010
Prayer before meal at my family’s annual Christmas party – Ryan’s first!

Travel Cities 2011

2011 was a record travel year; it’s hard to believe I flew over 80K miles! Here’s my annual recap of my travels by city that I started a 5 years ago:

January 25-28 Alexandria, VA
February 4-6 San Francisco, CA
February 10-12 Washington DC
February 13-19 Alexandria, VA
March 10-16 Austin, TX
March 22-25 Alexandria, VA

March 31 – April 4 Rome, Italy
April 5-8 Florence, Italy
April 7 Cinque Terre, Italy
April 9-10 Amsterdam, Netherlands
April 18-22 Alexandria, VA
April 27- May 1 Las Vegas, NV

May 26-30 Lahaina, HI
June 20-21 Queenstown, MD
June 22-24 Alexandria, VA
July 22-25 Eden Prairie, MN
July 30-August 10 Eden Prairie, MN

September 6-10 Alexandria, VA
September 22-26 Eden Prairie, MN
September 27 – October 4 Paris, France
November 1-4 Alexandria, VA
November 23-26 Eden Prairie, MN
December 29-30 Grand Canyon National Park
December 28 – January 1 Las Vegas, NV

Travel stats recap:

  • Spent 106 days away. Flew nearly 2x as much as last year, including two trips to Europe.
  • Visited 16 cities and fulfilled my new year’s resolution in 2011 to visit 3 new countries!
  •  Was most often found working in the DC area and spending time with family in Minnesota.
  • Did more personal travel this year with 58% for leisure, 42% for business (based on days).
  • My Dopplr Travel Profile with Flickr Photos

2012 Resolution - Visit 3 new international cities!

Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France. Photo by Ryan Prins.

Over the last 5 years, I’ve been on 117 trips. Feeling tremendously blessed to have had travel be a regular part of my life and for the people I’ve gotten to know better because of it!

 “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”

– Bill Bryson

Past Travel Cities Posts: 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

Union by Robert Fulghum

My friend Paul selected this reading for his wife during their wedding. The best man, our mutual friend, read it during the ceremony and the words struck. Afterward, I ran after him to give me his copy. I found it folded up on a pile of paper on my desk tonight and now I’m sharing it with you.

You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way. All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks – all those sentences that began with “When we’re married” and continued with “I will and you will and we will”- those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe”- and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding.

The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “You know all those things we’ve promised and hoped and dreamed–well, I meant it all, every word.”

Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another – acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years. Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you.

For after these vows, you shall say to the world -

This is my husband. This is my wife.

- Robert Fulghum

My Cousins in Seattle

Night in Capitol Hill


@ Via Tribunali

@ The Garage

@ Skillet Diner

Where are our shoes?

This weekend my cousins are flying in to visit our Lola. Tonight I found this photo of us with her just two years ago at her 89th birthday party. Can’t wait to see you guys!

Seattle: Brunch View at Salty’s

Last Sunday, Ryan’s mom was in town and we went out to our favorite, fabulous, buffet at Salty’s. If you haven’t been, ya should.

Besides the apple blossoms drenched in caramel, I also loved the weather. It was a gray, brisk, Pacific Northwest sort of day. And while chilly at first, the cool air was refreshing as we later walked along the water, tummies filled with good eats.

Hello Fall.