2009.

Life sorta has a way of floating by without being noticed.

At first, looking back on the year, I didn’t think much had happened. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that a *lot* had happened in 2009.

  • Thanks in part to the kindness of family/friends, I was given an opportunity to end my 9-month bout of unemployment. I guess you could say I got the job on my own, but if it were not for the initial door-opening, there would have been no job to get.
  • My boyfriend of 3 years finally asked me to move in with him. After 2.5 years of long distance and half a year of dancing around the issue once I was back in NY, we made it official and got an apartment together. Correction… We made made it official and built a home together. Because it’s not just an apartment, it’s a home.
  • I retaught myself a lot of the web skills I’d lost over the last 7 or so years. IMHO, I now have some mad skillz.
  • The coolest new station in the number 1 radio market in the country called me and offered me a job! I don’t think I give this one enough appreciation. This one deserves a weekly “HOLY SHIT!”. I can’t believe I got so lucky!
  • Somehow, over the last 6 months, I turned into a real, bone-fide stepmother! I pack lunches, I read bedtime stories, I give baths and I bake pies for 1st-grade holiday parties. FROM SCRATCH. I don’t know how it happened, but I am a mom!
  • I worked nearly every day of every weekend through most of the spring, summer and fall and paid down my $7,000 credit card debt to $0. Of course, then my clutch died (among other things) and $3000 was promptly charged back on. But hey, I still did it.
  • I made took some really solid steps forward towards advancing my voice-over career. I didn’t get as far as I’d hoped (mostly due to laziness and exhaustion), but hey, that’s what resolutions are for, right?
  • I got a little of my knitting mojo back and started up a Riverdale Knitting Group! I should say I resurrected it, because Sylvia and I originally brought it to life shortly after I moved here, but it had laid dormant for nearly half a year! I’m so grateful for our Monday evenings! I look forward to them every week!
  • I was able to spend a lot of time this year with Adam’s family. I’ve always really liked them, but now I {{heart}} them to pieces. I can’t tell you how much this Thanksgiving meant to us, bringing both of our families together for the first time and seeing how well everyone got along. There really are no words…
  • LATE ADDITION!! A brand-new nephew joined us! BABY HAYES! I can’t believe I left him off this list initially! I was just reading Carrie’s blog and saw his smiley face and ran back here to add this! He’s the kinda of baby that makes women want babies! I’m so glad I have the privilege of knowing him…

Now, had I written this post when I meant to write it, that’s where this list would have ended. Except, at approximately 11:12pm on New Year’s Eve, when I was waiting on the couch for Adam to bring us some snacks from the kitchen, he showed up with this*:

It was just a quiet night at home. The boys were asleep and Adam and I were in our sweats, watching Lost on DVD, waiting for midnight. He had pulled a few Jim Halpert fake-outs in the past (bending down on one knee, looking like he was going to ask me something important and then just saying something like, “Will you… wait for me to tie my shoe?” They always make me laugh because hey, who doesn’t like an Office reference, right?), and due to some not-so-subtle moves on his part, I knew he’d been up to some stuff – but there we were, 11:08pm. We’d just finished watching one episode and it was time for a snack break.

“Honey,” he said, “You wait here, and I’ll go get the snacks.”

So I waited.

When he came back, he didn’t have any snacks. He started to do a fake-out, getting down on one knee and saying, “Oh, and just one more thing…” Except it wasn’t a fake-out. Instead of hummus and cheese, in his hand he held a little black box with a sparkly little ring.

“I love you very much. Will you marry me?”

In case you’re wondering, I said yes :)

Not a bad way to ring in a new decade.

Happy New Year, my loves. May many more blessings find us all in 2010.

* Due to the scrappy nature of our appearance on the night in question, Adam refuses to let me post our actual post-engagement pictures. Therefore, I give you this picture, which was taken the day before at an Italian restaurant with my momma. They went together to pick out my ring and in the process formed a sweet little friendship…

** For the girlie-girls in us all, I give you a close-up of the sparkly:


The diamond was from my Grandmother’s engagement ring, generously given to us by my momma. The setting was picked out by my fiancé(!!), who I think has impeccable taste :)

38 Responses to “2009.”

  1. Sarah Says:

    Hooray!!!!!
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

  2. Holly Says:

    OMG! Congratulations girlie! I am so happy for the two of you, you don’t even know how happy… :) The ring is gorgeous, he has impeccable taste (and even went with your momma to get it – he’s good) in both jewelry and women – as you are wonderful. Happy New Year!! I hope that 2010 is as awesome as 2009 ended for y’all. Love you!

  3. Kristen Says:

    Nice!! Congratulations =)

  4. Jenny Says:

    OMG! Yay! Congrats! Finally! ;)

  5. michelle Says:

    Congratulations and all the best!!!

  6. carolyn Says:

    OMG OMG OMG!!!! YAY!!! congratulations, girlie. that is wonderful. i’m so happy for you!!!

  7. mai Says:

    wow, what a year!!! congratulations to you both! i’m so excited for you :) the ring is absolutely gorgeous!

  8. Paula Says:

    Oh yay! Congratulations!!! What a great ring too!

  9. Rossana Says:

    That’s awesome news, Lara and Adam! I had an inkling something was up when I saw AnneMarie post that she was going to be a best man. =) Happy New Year, indeed!

  10. sarah b. Says:

    YAY!!! That ring is beeyoootiful! Congratulations to you both!

  11. Sarah Says:

    Seriously, I’ve been waiting for this! Yay! So happy for you both!

  12. cara Says:

    OH MY GOD!!!! Congratulations! Mazel Tov! I’m so freaking happy for you guys I’m sitting here crying at the Y pool watching M swim. Couldn’t happen to a better couple. YAY!!!!!!

  13. Shelsea Corneliabell Says:

    Um. YAY!!!

    Srsly, sooooooo YAYYYYY!!!
    Xoxoxo

  14. Sharon Turicek Says:

    So happy for you guys-enjoy every moment–Love Sharon And Dylan too

  15. Amy Says:

    GORGEOUS!! Congratulations! I’m so happy for you!!!!

  16. Kate Says:

    CONGRATS!!! So happy for you both!

  17. laura Says:

    Congrats Lara!

    Yay for being at home bumming in sweats. what a great way to ring in the new year!

  18. laura Says:

    oh yes how awesome is it to call him your fiance?!?! j calls me his Fiance EH to exaggerate the other E for the female. it cracks me up.

    so so excited for you! pop me an email if you ever want to discuss stuff. i’m RIGHT there with ya

  19. Sharon Says:

    YEAH>>>>>>MY LIL SIS IS ENGAGED. MY SISTER HAS A GORGEOUS RING THANKS TO ADAM & MOMMA!!!

  20. Carrie Says:

    yayayayayayayayayayay! happy new year, indeed. I am so so happy for you guys! much love to you, Adam and the boys!

  21. Natalie Says:

    Yay! Congratulations and best wishes to you both!

  22. Biglug Says:

    Oh very sweet! Congratulations!

  23. maya Says:

    great stuff–I’m SO excited for you!!

  24. Diana Says:

    Yay!!!! What a gorgeous ring. Congratulations!!

  25. Jody Says:

    Wow! Congratulations! I can’t wait to see it in person!!! And, you know, I’m really glad our little knitting group made the list. Thank you SO MUCH for the resurrection!

  26. Stacey Says:

    I knew when I saw the 2009 recap it would include an engagement….I just knew it. Yaaaaay!

    Everything else deserves a big ol’ “yay” too…but you know, that last one was a biggie ;)

  27. Liz Cadorette Says:

    WOOHOO!! Congratulations, lady! It sounds like it was a pretty fabulous way to end the year! :)

  28. Jenn Says:

    Best Wishes! No one deserves such happiness more than you!

  29. ann Says:

    Lara! congratulations! this is fantastic news and it sounds like 2009 was a hell of a year for you, my friend. May 2010 be even better!

  30. Courntey Says:

    Oh my goodness, what wonderful news! Y’all make such a sweet couple and family, it’s just official now. *Gorgeous ring.* YAY!

  31. molly Says:

    Oooooh! Gorgeous ring! Congratulations and happy new year!!

  32. dani Says:

    Wow, see what happens when I don’t catch up on my blog reader in forever?!? CONGRATS! That’s amazing news – all the best to you both! (Well, you four. :) )

  33. Greeley Says:

    Congratulations! I’ve been reading your blog for years and this is such a happy new beginning.

  34. Norma Says:

    Oh MAN, I can’t believe I am THIS FAR behind!!! Wonderful, wonderful congratulations!!!!!!

  35. Jennifer Says:

    Congratulations – that is definitely a great way to ring in the new year.

  36. Redfear Says:

    How wonderful!!!! Family, work, knitting… you rawk!

  37. sil Says:

    Congratulations my darling girl!!! Well to you both really, many happy years together.

  38. claudia Says:

    Lara, that is great news! I wish you both a lifetime of happiness.

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