A friend of mine once said, “Two years will go by; you won’t even realize it.” Indeed. Today marks my second anniversary here in the United States, and it pretty much feels like I left only yesterday. I know I say that a lot, but as long as I remember that morning in April, the feeling will remain the same.
This may seem like a regurgitation of sorts, but like I mentioned in my 2016 round-up, we traveled a lot last year. In fact, my second year kicked off with an out-of-town trip with Roan and my sisters-in-law to Washington in May. Our mission was to visit a terminally ill relative, while making a brief side-trip to explore the neighboring cities, too.
In the spring, Roan and I got annual passes to visit San Diego Zoo. How I managed to live in San Diego for a year without going to these places is beyond me. Roan, however, made a good point that they’re not going anywhere (unless we are).
Although I come from a tropical country, and I currently live in San Diego, summer season isn’t my favorite. Besides trying to survive the summer heat, the volume of tourists coming to the city on summer vacation is insane. We are, however, fortunate to be living near a vast body of water, which gives us some nice ocean breeze from time to time. Definitely a time to slather on sunscreen!
In August, Roan and I saw Coldplay perform live in Pasadena. I saw several video footages from their Asian tour on Instagram, and I can’t help but feel nostalgic about our own concert experience!
The following month was anything short of noteworthy, too. Roan and I drove to Nevada for Labor Day weekend, and as soon as we got back in San Diego, I picked up and drove Pidge home. September was also the month I took a leap, and enrolled in an online class for professionals. For this reason, I finally started a bullet journal, and I haven’t looked back since! Many of my friends have been requesting for a blog post about my experience, so I might share that on here soon!
October was extra special not because we saw Yellowcard‘s final tour in LA, but because Dad visited us again here in San Diego, and he stayed longer than the last time, so we got to spend more father-daughter bonding time together. Too bad that he didn’t make it to my birthday, but it was the next best thing to having my family over.
Speaking of birthday, I had a fantastic birthday month! I spent my birthday weekend in Colorado where Roan and I also met with a friend of his from the US Army. Then two weeks later on Thanksgiving weekend, we drove up north to finally see Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. That trip had become one of my top favorites! Also in November, I got back on Facebook, although I still don’t hang around there as often.
Roan and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary, and he took me to a fancy restaurant in Harbor Island for dinner. I also had my hair dyed a darker color around this time after about five or so years of having light-colored hair! Oh, and did I mention that I took a break from school during wintertime?
In January, we rang in the new year in our loungewear, and watched Netflix all day. We got together with our friends, and met their newborn for the first time. Then a day after Roan’s birthday, I finally sent my I-751 packet for processing.
February was nothing short of eventful in spite of not being big fans of Valentine’s Day. Roan surprised with a dinner date at an even fancier restaurant in La Jolla where we got to be a little cheesy for the night. It was also our first time to join a full moon hike where we climbed one the highest peaks in San Diego county.
And last, but certainly not the least, Mom finally got her 10-year, multiple entries US visa. We booked Mom and Dad’s flight to the US in September as soon as we can before the ticket prices increased. Also in March, I celebrated my first work anniversary. I love my job as a technical writer, and I think I’m ready to take my professional skills to another level.