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2013 with the Beez Family

2013 with the Beez Family

As much as I whine and moan and complain, I have to admit that 2013 was a pretty stellar year.  If 2014 is half as good as 2013 was, I’ll be in great shape.  Some highlights:

In January I went to trial college at the University of Virginia. It was an intense program, and you have to be a special kind of crazy to use up precious non-billable weekday time on an intense trial course, but it was so worth it.  January also brought a very fun Restaurant Week Food Blogger’s Dinner,, a sweet, relaxing and inspirational Women’s Retreat with Temple Sinai, and a rockin’ evening of raising funds for Haitian Families First followed by an amazing Grace Potter & the Nocturnals concert.

In February we toured a local winery, I discovered the blissful wonder of Bluebird Kitchen’s Chicken Salad Sandwich, and got to try my hand at glassblowing.

In March, we flew to California to celebrate the 80th birthday of a very special little lady– my Grandma! It was also a special opportunity to spend time with my Grandpa, who had been battling cancer for a few years, and ultimately passed away in September.  Grandma’s birthday party was a surprise, and it was so wonderful to see her so happy and celebrate together.

March was full of trial preparation (followed by 2 trials, both of which resulted in wins for my clients!).  I also published an article in the Legal Intelligencer, and published a total of 5 articles in legal publications in 2013.  We also went to a bunch of theater performances in March, including the SWAN Day celebration, celebrating women in arts.  Sandy and I were interviewed as part of SWAN Day, and even inspired a songwriter to write a song about the wonders and terrors of the first day of school. (For the record, Sandy and I met on the first day of law school. Christine and I also met on the first day of college. It seems I have a thing with meeting a friend on the first day and deciding they are my FRIEND FOREVER!)

April was still trial time, but I did sneak out for an evening with the Wallflowers and Eric Clapton.

In May, Me, Mr. Beez, Sandy & Elena and Erin & Chooch all descended upon the Neville Rollerdrome to tear it UP on wheels, and let’s not forget the fun we had at the Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival,  Junior League’s Touch a Truck and KENNYWOOD!  That month, my brother and his family also went through the horror of their home burning down.  Friends and family stepped up to help them like you would not believe, even my blog readers (who have never met my brother or his family) were sending them gift cards and supplies in support. The event was terrible, but the help they received was so heartwarming.

I swear I only look awkward because I was trying to tone down my INCREDIBLE SPEED so Mr. Beez could snap a proper picture.

I swear I only look awkward because I was trying to tone down my INCREDIBLE SPEED so Mr. Beez could snap a proper picture.

June brought an unbelievably fun trip to Austin, TX, in which I attended BlogHer Food and ATE ALL THE FOODS IN TEXAS. I also spent a weekend in the Laurel Highlands hiking beautiful trails and indulging in spa treatments (and sipping a cocktail or two) at the Bar Association’s annual Bench Bar conference.

July brought lots and lots of travel. We took a big family cruise through the Caribbean, and I was even nice to everyone (most of the time), and at the end of the month, I spent a weekend in Bucks County at the hands-down best foodie event ever– the Big Summer Potluck.

In August, my mom and I traveled to Prague together, and she loved it just as much as I thought she would. We enjoyed the beautiful architecture, saw lots of neat theater performances, and had tons of delicious treats. Also in August, we had the opportunity to see the blooming corpse flower, Romero, at Phipps Conservatory. It was stinky, but amazing.

September brought the sadness of my Grandpa’s passing, and I traveled to California for his memorial service in October. September was also Baby Beez’s 3rd birthday, which we celebrated with a little outing on the Gateway Clipper, and I took a few moments to think about what a special girl she is and will become.

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In October I attended PodCamp Pittsburgh for the first time, and loved hanging out with fellow blog/social media nerds in Pittsburgh. I also enjoyed lovely Halloween-themed outings with Baby Beez and our friends to Trax Farms and ZooBoo at the Pittsburgh Zoo. We also did a day-long LOTR movie marathon. I expected it to be fun, but we had SUCH a blast. I can’t wait for our next movie marathon (and I *just* got myself the Harry Potter 8 movie set…)

Despite being undertrained, I powered through the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler in November. It was hard, but I felt good and strong too. I’m already signed up for another 10 miler next spring.  November also brought Baby Beez’s transition into a big girl bed and her decision to ditch diapers. And of course I can’t forget that the PA Conference for Women was also in November, absolutely overflowing with high-achieving career women, sharing their insight and inspiring me to work hard and achieve big.

And now we are in December, bringing this year to a close.  In December I was thrilled by the announcement that I was promoted to Senior Attorney with Clark Hill Thorp Reed (yes, even with lots of fun events going on, I’m also billing a whole lot of hours. The short answer: I have a very complicated calendar).  I also was thrilled to take a Feast of the Seven Fishes cooking class with my friend Christine. We also had a fun visit from Mama Nay Nay and Poppy Sam, where Baby Beez got to spend lots of quality time with them.

And here we are, wrapping up 2013. Boy was this a busy year. I knew we had tons of adventures, but it didn’t strike me just how much we were zooming hither and yon until I put it all together in one post.  In 2014 we plan to slow it down.  We’ll be doing considerably less traveling, and do plan to take advantage of all the fun things there are to do in Pittsburgh and neighboring towns.  As Baby Beez gets bigger (and tirelessly reminds everyone who will listen that she is BIG, and not a BABY) she becomes progressively more opinionated about activities, and it’s more fun to do things together with her that she really enjoys.  And I’ll tell you this, she loves going to the movies, and so do Mr. Beez and I, so there are probably plenty of cinema visits in store for 2014.

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