2018: A Year End Review | Alyssa J Freitas: 2018: A Year End Review

December 19, 2018

2018: A Year End Review

Year 5 of doing year end reviews (and my last post marked 500 posts on the blog, that's crazy)! You can check out 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. Each time I've thought about doing a year end review post I'm like, "Well, not much happened this year," and then I take a look through my photos and the past year's posts and realize that there's been more than I initially thought. Let's dive right in!

At the start of the year Joe took me to the Downton Abbey Exhibition to celebrate my birthday. I loved seeing the costumes and sets and feeling like I was transported to the show.


Joe and I also spent a lot of time at the start of the year museum hopping. I love that one of IBM's perks is free entry to multiple museums in the city.

This year I tried skiing for the first time. While I certainly wasn't a natural, I did love the challenge.

The biggest travel event of the year was heading off to Italy on my own. You may remember these posts (one, two) from the start of the year about my itinerary and experience. And of course I wasn't alone the whole time, I visited Ally and we got to experience Venice together too!


Another new place was Las Vegas. I went for IBM's annual conference and had a great time in the city!

Speaking of IBM, I got to bring Papa and Joe to the Watson Experience Center and share more of my work with them.

Another work related trip was going to San Diego for a conference. I got to go a few days earlier to explore and met up with a friend I made while I was in Italy. You can check out Hansel's photography here.

Casey came to visit the big city and it was a highlight of the spring to spend time with her.

A personal accomplishment was getting recognized on the IBM Summit homepage. I'm sure you remember my Summit blog series, and while that wrapped up at the end of 2017, I was glad that my work is living on by being featured on the homepage.

This year I joined Joe and his family again on their annual Busch Gardens trip. I made it a goal to get on stage during the dance show in Germany and was chosen to join in the fun!


Joe and I got to see The Book of Mormon on Broadway and it was phenomenal. We also got to go on stage because Joe knows the conductor, and it was awesome to get on (another) stage.


The summer fun in the city continued when we celebrated the 4th of July with a walk over the Brooklyn bridge and watching the fireworks over the East River.

Another highlight of the summer was taking a historical walking tour with my friend Chrystalla. She was so sweet and picked it out as my birthday gift back in January and it was perfect.

Towards the end of the summer Joe and I took a weekend trip to Boston and got to have even more historical fun.

I got to visit Ally in yet another location - her new home in Colorado!

The only sporting event I attended this year was a Yankee's game and naturally they won.

I relived my glory days of crew when I coxed an alumni boat at the head of the Schuylkill. You can spot me as that tiny yellow speck in the boat haha

This fall/winter was mostly spent dealing with my foot injury, so I didn't do any many other fun activities that were picture worthy. It was a lot of reading and writing and hanging out at home. Luckily I'm doing much better and hope to feel great starting the new year. I pray that 2019 is the year of health. Joe and I did have a fun time at his holiday party and I am looking forward to Christmas and New Year's celebrations.

What were the highlights of your year?


-AJF

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