Year in Pictures: 2013 in Review

I’ve now looked back on 2013 as a Year of Running and as a Year of Blogging.  For my final 2013 wrap-up, I’m taking a look at the year in pictures.  One picture + caption per month, and that’s it.  Compiling this post was complicated by some recent computer issues, but I didn’t obsess over the selection of each photo – I just went with my gut.

January: The Green Corridor Run was our first-ever race in Singapore!

January: The Green Corridor Run was our first-ever race in Singapore!

February: My first Chinese New Year living in Singapore.  Read a bit about CNY here, or wait another month - CNY starts this year on January 31!

February: My first Chinese New Year living in Singapore. Read a bit about how we celebrate CNY here, or wait another month – CNY starts this year on January 31!

March: I brief bout of plantar fasciitis leaves me with new sympathy (and a few tricks) for those who suffer from PF regularly!

March: A brief bout of plantar fasciitis leaves me with new sympathy (and a few tricks) for those who suffer from PF regularly!

April: Mostly spent with my Mom in Florida, doing some tough, but really important, family stuff.  I am reminded how lucky I am, that my job allows me to travel to help my family when necessary.

April: Mostly spent with my Mom in Florida, doing some tough, but really important, family stuff. I am reminded how lucky I am, that my job allows me to travel to help my family when necessary.

May: My cousin and her sister-in-law visit.  I take my first cable car ride to Sentosa, and we visit the aquarium, the Malaysian Food Hall, and the Crane Dance.

May: My cousin and her sister-in-law visit. I take my first cable car ride to Sentosa, and we visit the aquarium, the Malaysian Food Hall, and the Crane Dance.

June: My sister gets married.  She looks gorgeous. They are happy. Everyone celebrates. YAY!

June: My sister gets married. She looks gorgeous. They are happy. Everyone celebrates. YAY!

July: While back in the US for wedding-goodness, I have my very first BLOGGER MEET UP with Allie from Griselda Mood.

July: While back in the US for wedding-goodness, I have my very first BLOGGER MEET UP with Allie from Griselda Mood.

August: Four-day-weekend = five-day-trip to London.  Note: That is the TOWER Bridge in the background, not the LONDON Bridge!

August: Four-day-weekend = five-day-trip to London. Note: That is the TOWER Bridge in the background, not the LONDON Bridge!

September: My sweet friend DEB comes to visit. We run, we go to the Zoo/Bird Park/Night Safari, and we RACE!

September: My sweet friend Deb comes to visit. We run, we go to the Zoo/Bird Park/Night Safari, and we RACE!

October: I run my first 50K.  This race didn't make it into the Year of Running round-up, so I had to work it in here.  50K/31 miles/5:21.  Not too shabby for a first-timer!

October: I run my first 50K. This race didn’t make it into the Year of Running round-up, so I had to work it in here. 50K/31 miles/5:21. Not too shabby for a first-timer!

November: Cheap tickets and lots of RWH plans for 2014 = Turkey Time Trip To NJ.

November: Cheap tickets and lots of RWH plans for 2014 = Turkey Time Trip To NJ.

Quality time with one of my favorite littles!  My college roommate has the most adorable kids (yes, I'm biased) - check them out over at Gummy Bear Mama.

December: Quality time with one of my favorite littles! My college roommate has the most adorable kids (yes, I’m biased) – check them out over at Gummy Bear Mama.

And there you have it.  Twelve photos, twelve months.

Funny thing is that KMN and I recently “debriefed” about our year, and we characterized 2013 as our year of “settling in to living together and making a home”.  After living apart for so long, this was completely true.  But it’s not reflected in the photos (of travel, of friends, of races) at all!  So I guess our year was mostly characterized by quiet, building moments – with some exciting (and photograph-worthy) moments thrown in here and there.

So many thanks to all the friends and family who visited (not all shown in photos here), and to everyone (near and far) who supported us as we began building a life together in Singapore.  I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings – and I’m so glad you’re along for the ride!

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If you did a ‘Year in Pictures’ review, would your pictures accurately reflect your year?

First posting by email, then Twitter, now WordPress on my phone (just installed it!). I feel too modern to be myself. What was your biggest technology leap of 2013?</strong>

26 thoughts on “Year in Pictures: 2013 in Review

  1. Barbara Boutillier

    Love this year in review, Holly! My favorite pic is your sister’s wedding..so sweet and full of smiles and love. And, of course, love that you still rock the FF gear on the other side of the globe! As we pack up and prepare to move the store, I’ve been thinking a lot about my time spent in that Monroe Ave building…many of the early memories include you. So glad to see you and Keemin are doing well. Happy New Year!

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    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      Barb! Thanks for stopping by and – in the midst of a really hectic time – even taking a moment to leave a comment. My heart is warmed, hearing from you! We are developing a great community of friends here, but Rochester stays close to my heart – and wearing the (admittedly outdated) FF/Salomon gear makes me miss you all a little less – and when the racing gets tough, it reminds me of the people who taught me pretty much everything I know about the trails. 🙂 Truly, I think of you all often…and wish you the best on this new adventure. Moving is never fun/easy – but the excitement of a new space makes it all worthwhile (and that’s true whether you’re moving down the street or around the world!)!

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  2. Karen@ La Chanson de Ma Vie

    My biggest tech leap of 2013 was getting a wireless router and a Roku box for Netflix. I’m sooooooooo tech savvy, I know everyone wants to be me 😉

    Also, I’ve got the same Garmin you’re wearing in your 50K picture. I didn’t think anyone still used that dinosaur. Mine died on a run yesterday (it has been doing that more often as of late), I hope it was just tired and isn’t really dying on me.

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    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      Ha! Well, a wireless router *is* a life-changing development for anyone with a laptop. I’m seriously dis-interested in technology, except now in my work, I’m kinda forced to increase my savvy-ness. It hasn’t always been easy, but it’s coming along, bit by bit…

      We actually have two Garmins of that era: a 250 and a 350. 🙂 I’m simultaneously sad/excited for when it finally bites the dust. I love it dearly, but *am* anxious to try some of Garmin’s new offerings. [See above paragraph, “Increasing tech savvy.”] If it continues being cranky, try a hard reset. That always cures whatever is ailing ours!

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      1. Karen@ La Chanson de Ma Vie

        I feel the same way about mine too. I have done a few hard resets, but sometimes it just dies in the middle of a run and I turn it back on to see it’s fine. I think I loosened a connection when I fell on it in August, because things haven’t been quite right since then. *sigh*

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  3. Debbie @ Deb Runs

    Sounds like a great year (except for March)! Here’s to an equally great 2014!

    I’m looking forward to reading about your Chinese New Year celebrations in February. I hadn’t found your blog yet last year during CNY.

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  4. Sarrilly

    I love this! What a big year for you guys! 🙂 Hols, you inspired me to blog my own “year in pictures”! 🙂 Keeping it to one photo per month was difficult, I must say! Did you have as much trouble as I did in deciding which photo would represent each month?!

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    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      I started thinking about the months without photos, first. I asked myself: “What comes to mind when I think about (January)?” Then I went and found an appropriate photo. That worked for about 8 of 12 months. The other four, I perused my photos and thought about what struck me as a defining event – and I tried to focus on the event, not my attachment to any particular photo, if that makes sense.

      And I told myself I wasn’t going to obsess over it. I gave myself an hour to assemble the post, so that didn’t allow for much debate or equivocation. I didn’t really reflect on the whole collection (the musings in the final paragraphs) until I already wrote the post. But that’s what worked for me. For you…well, enjoy the experience! 🙂

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  5. Grace

    Happy one year of being and running and racing in Singapore! And happy almost Chinese New Year. I especially like the snowman fleece pants…

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    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      You only need to be better about using your camera…if you want to be! Each of us blog and document in our own way. Personally, I still take far fewer photos than plenty of other bloggers. I used to be self-conscious about this, but my style works for me, so…the end! Gotta do what it takes to make it work for you!

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  6. Kristen L

    I think a year in pictures would be hard to choose my favorites, 🙂 yours are great! It’s wonderful that you were able to see your family several times this year, and that you are settling into living in Singapore. 🙂

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    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      DOOOO IT! It was actually pretty fun, and quite fast (as long as I didn’t think too hard!).

      And no worries. I’m hopelessly behind on blog-reading at the moment. I keep planning a blog-reading-binge, but then, either the time disappears, or I fall asleep…

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  7. Meagan

    It would be so hard to choose one picture to represent each month! Well… some months would be easy, while others would be difficult. It’s crazy to look back over a year at all the things you’ve done. I always end up thinking “how did we fit all that in!?”

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    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      Like I said – I didn’t let myself think too hard, so I just choose and moved along. There were plenty of months where many photos could’ve worked – but I chose emotionally and with my gut – not with numbers or a perfectly rational mind!

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