Going through all of my scrapbooks, ticket stubs, journal entries, and ephemera from the last decade was pretty surreal. It seemed like a blur even though I cherished every single moment. Funny how life goes by day by day and how that somehow really does actually fill up with all of the moments that make you you. You know?
Here are some of the highlights of my life from the last decade:
I went to 158 shows from 2000-2010 (that I can find ticket stubs and wristbands for, I’m sure it’s well over 175 actually). Which is kind of awesome because if you do the math I went to 1 or more shows per month for 11 straight years. Pretty amazing.
Some more stats for ya:
– I went to 8 annual Warped Tour shows (in 11 years, super cool).
– Traveled to New Jersey twice in a van with my friends for Skate and Surf and the Bamboozle Fest. Some of the best memories from the decade, for sure.
– Saw many amazing once in a lifetime type shows: Bjork, The Flaming Lips, Andrew WK, Modest Mouse, and Christina Aguilera. And a bunch of farewell shows for my favorite bands: Piebald, Pretty Girls Make Graves, The Get Up Kids, Reggie And The Full Effect, and Hot Rod Circuit.
– And saw my favorite bands a freakish amount: Big D and the Kids Table (9), Reel Big Fish (8), New Found Glory (7), Saves The Day (6), Blink 182 (6), No Doubt/Gwen Stefani (4).
I traveled a bunch in the last decade.
I went to Vancouver, Washington DC, Richmond VA, New Hampshire, Las Vegas (x2), California (x2), Syracuse (x2), Burlington VT (x2), Seattle (x3), Montreal (x3), New York City (x4), Portland ME (x4), Florida (x5), and drove across the country from Boston to Las Vegas visiting New York, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and Nevada.
I graduated college , I graduated graduate school, I’ve lived in apartments since 2001 with four of those years being all by myself, I’ve held 7 positions with 4 employers with 3 promotions in the last decade, and I’ve more than doubled my salary since 2004.
I fell in love, I fell out of love, I had a broken heart for a long time, I fell in love again and stayed in love, I got engaged, and I planned my wedding.
I did the Avon Walk For Breast Cancer twice, I did the Race Up Boston Place three times, I completed six 5K races, one 5 miler race, and one 10K race. I trained for a half marathon and tore my labrum.
I went to 11 Red Sox games, 4 Celtics games, 2 Bruins games, and one Patriots game. I saw a variety of Boston College sporting events (10), mostly football but some hockey and basketball as well. I saw 5 A, AA, or AAA baseball games. I saw monster trucks at Monster Jam. I went to roller derby. I saw Boston College play hockey on an ice rink in the middle of Fenway Park during a snowstorm.
Other awesome things were that I watched 10 of our best friend couples get married, I took 3 cooking classes at the Boston Center for Adult Education, I went on 13 brewery tours, I saw 17 Broadway shows and musicals, wrote 749 reviews on Yelp, I had 5 cameras, 4 websites, and 2 blogs. I got Reggie in 2001 when he was just 8 weeks old, I became an auntie twice, I went on a sunset cruise in Boston Harbor, I saw the Lord of The Rings and Harry Potter exhibits at the Museum of Science. I saw Criss Angel live, Ira Glass speak, Rachael Ray talk and sign books at Borders, I saw the Tim Burton exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, I saw Jerry Seinfeld’s stand up show twice but 6 years apart.
It was an amazing decade. Incredible, indescribable, unbelievable.
In the next decade I look forward to getting married, traveling internationally, owning a house, and maybe running a marathon.
Happy New Year and New Decade everyone!