Saturday, January 3, 2009

2008 Highlights

I can't believe it's already 2009! Time certainly does fly when you're having fun. 2008 was one of my most favorite years yet! I'd love to share my favorite 2008 moments with you...

1.)  It started with Mr. Ruby and I packing up our car, loading our dogs in the backs seat, and driving across the country from IMG_5161 Dallas to Rhode Island. We made some wonderful stops along the way - Little Rock, Nashville, D.C. and Mansfield. Our pups were so well-behaved and didn't make a sound during our 4 day venture. In fact, after about 8 hours of driving, we realized that Samson wasn't there. After a few minutes of panic and wondering how in the world he jumped out of the car...we realized he was under Mr. Ruby's seat burrowed under some clothes. 


Stopping in the adorable city of Nashville

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Hanging out with my favorite Nashvill-ians

2.)One of my main highlights for the year (and the reason for our adventuresome trek cross-country) was the major change in positions with my job. I took on new duties as a trainer and then ultimately became the recruiting coordinator for my company. I LOVE MY JOB!!! I get to travel all over the U.S. to various universities looking for entry-level managers. I'm basically a full time schmoozer...and I love it.

3.)I visited NYC for the first time in my life. I absolutely loved it. What a stunning city!


After our Broadway play


I HEART New York!!!

4.) I started reading again. I've always loved to read and have always been a  huge bookworm...but I've been too busy until this year to just pick up a book and start reading (for pleasure). The following are reads I simply could NOT put down!


5.)We had several AWESOME visitors this year! We were so IMG_5898pleased to be able to show our guests the beauty of New  England. Our visitors included one of my best pals from college, my very best friend from Chi-Town, and my mom and stepdad. We're hoping to have even MORE visitors this upcoming year. Let me know if you're ever in the area. I LOVE being a hostess!!! :)


My bestie and I outside of Mike's Pastry in Boston


Mom and StepDad Ruby at the Newport Mansions

6.)I developed 5 new obsessions this year. These are the things I dream about on a pretty consistent basis:


DVF - Although I will never EVER be able to afford anything...I love all things Diane Von Furstenberg


Ok, so I admit it. I'm obsessed with the high school drama.


I love everything from C&B


Ostrich Handbags!!!


Jessica Simpson shoes - SO cute and SO comfy

7.)My absolute favorite highlight of 2008, thanks to our move to New England, includes the new activities we encountered. IMG_6171Mr. Ruby and I took up biking, hiking and kayaking. These are some of my new all-time favorite things to do! It helps that the scenery around is us oh-so-beautiful!


Camping in Killington,Vermont


Love my baby blue bike :)

Well, that sums up a wonderful year. Happy New Year everyone and may 2009 be a good one!


Hollie said...

i would love to travel all over the U.S. and get paid for it!

Cute photos!
love your dark hair!

little erin said...

i agree with hollie! lol. and we live in the same area. you should def. consider hiring me! i'm even looking for a new job! i'm glad you've taken so well to the area, i moved away for a while, and when i decided to come back, i realized there is so much to do around here i've never really taken advantage of! glad to see you're taking it all in!

Rachel said...

Thanks so much for coming by my blog and leaving such great comments.
I came on over here and wow what a fantastic year you have had; sounds like you are well on your way to a FAB 2009.

I too love love love shoes! And Jessica Simpson does have some cute ones.

I will be back to read more!

Jordan said...

Looks like so much fun!

I'm going to school for nursing so after I graduate I want to be a Traveling Nurse all over! =]

Only The Good Stuff said...

Wow! How much fun!!!! What a year! Looks like such a blast! I can't wait to see all your fun adventures '09 has in store!~

Sweet Simplicity said...

WOW! You had a very eventful year! I love, love, love Redeeming Love and who doesn't love the Twilight series!?! I hope you have a fantastic 2009. Oh, and we have very similar jobs. I recruit for my hubby's medical school. It is a great job and I love travelling.

The Cape House said...

Looks like you had a great year. I hope 2009 is wonderful too! Thanks for visiting.

Mrs. Southern said...

What a great job to be able to travel and see so much of the U.S. as you "work". :)

C&B is one of my favorite places to shop and one of the new ones I've recently starting loving is Restoration Hardware.

Happy 2009!

Wearing Mascara said...

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yours is so cute and I love the header! I have never been to the New England area and you are inspiring me to make a trip! Have a great day! Oh and I am also a new follower :-)

Piper Jacquelyn said...

Look like you had quite the lovely year! I adore your blog - Happy New Year! Oh, and DVF is totally an obsession of mine as well that I cannot afford enough of, sigh!

Anonymous said...

Ah! What an adorable post! Sounds like you had an amazing year.

Yay for being 20sb friends! I just added you to my reader so now I have to get all caught up :)

Lindsey said...

LOVE your blog!

Sounds like a great year! I visited NYC and saw my first broadway show this year too!

Fork In The Road said...

Hi! I found your blog and love it :) Where are you in New Enland??

The Fabulous Life of a Southern Belle said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I;m glad you found me. I am loving yours as well, I'm def going to follow!
Have a great week! =)

Emily said...

i love this post! so much fun!! I would love to travel all over and get paid for it!! Ur 2008 looks like it was simply amazing:) hope your 2009 is just as amazing;)

Anonymous said...

Sis! You read Twilight too? I'm addicted and on the 4th and final book now... we'll see what happens.

Heart you and glad that my visit to Prov made your top faves of 2008 :)


Jaded Jill said...

i have passed on a blogging award to you!

Jules said...

It looks like you had a great year! I love Gossip Girl too!!

Mrs. Realife said...

What a fun post! I love the pics and it sounds like you have had quite the adventure -- Your wedding pics are gorgeous!

Cheers to 2009!

Janine / Being Brazen said...

I also LOVE love Gossip Girl. Im in my late twenties and I am obsessed with ahigh school TV series...heeheee....