This is my 2017 yearbook submit recapping household, buddies, work, travel, and adventure. It has been an exercise in gratitude to pour over all these pictures from the previous yr and respect all your lovely faces. Thanks for being a part of my life! And there are plenty of occasions I frolicked with pals and forgot to take pictures — these reminiscences are essential to me too!
I started the yr again east — took a New Years Day seashore walk with my mother and father, snuggled with Missy, and noticed Pricey Evan Hansen on Broadway simply earlier than it exploded.
Skyline at nightfall in Central Park (I had a fun dinner with my pals Sarah & Ben this night time but forgot to snap a photo!), and Missy getting her paws sandy on the Cape:
Enjoyed getting together with friends and family — the Shefts and my cousins on the east coast (photographs on the left under) and buddies in LA (pictures on the suitable under).
Went to the Ladies’s March in downtown Los Angeles with plans to satisfy associates, but when it acquired too troublesome to seek out each other in the gang, I spent hours by myself taking photographs. Quite a memorable day. One other downtown LA journey was to The Last Bookstore for my pal Casey’s ebook occasion — he runs the website Trendy Hiker and wrote a superb e-book about climbing in Los Angeles.
Different enjoyable occasions with buddies this month — a wet day lunch with Eva & Bryan in Atwater Village, working on The NHL 100 with Adam & Marissa, watching Stranger Issues season 1 with Kelley, and having fun with kebabs and sangria with Adam & Sabrina.
Ate some scrumptious meals out this month: fried hen & waffles from Steampunk Kitchen + Coffeebar, ramen from Tsujita on Sawtelle, and a burger and pizza (shared with a good friend) at The Butcher’s Dog.
Began the month with a trip to Joshua Tree National Park with my pal Kelley — it was a highlight of the yr! We hiked everywhere in the park and there were boundless images opportunities, together with a memorable sunrise at Cholla Cactus Backyard (my thumb has since recovered).
I worked on the Grammys Pink Carpet present. It was enjoyable to be round that power for a number of days and catch up with pals.
Made more pal reminiscences — dinner with Tamar at Everson Royce Bar downtown, drinks with Jess & Elena in Mar Visa, and occasional with Lindsay at Romancing the Bean in Burbank.
Dinner with Steve at Pearl’s in WeHo, comfortable hour with Nancy on the Grove, bacon burgers with Jenny & Ziggy at Slater’s 50/50 in Pasadena, and drinks with Kai, Laura, and Michael at Woodranch.
Screening of Manchester by the Sea adopted by Q&A with Casey Affleck and Matt Damon, deep dish pizza at Masa with Michael & Laura, and trivia night time at Bigfoot Lodge in Atwater Village with associates.
Spent a chic afternoon mountaineering around Griffith Park and caught a planetarium show at the Observatory. Went to San Diego for a weekend to go to my childhood pal Emily — she was a terrific host and tour information! Visited Harry Potter World at Universal, the place I noticed former UConn basketball star Breanna Stewart. And spent an hour enjoying with rescue canine at The Canine Cafe in LA.
Some scrumptious eats this month included baklava cheesecake at Rodini Park in NoHo, vanilla hazelnut spiced latte at Priscilla’s in Toluca Lake, and a poke burrito at H2O Poke Grill in Burbank.
Saw The Lion on the Geffen Playhouse, and a podcast taping (Ronna & Beverly) at UCB.
One among my favorite issues to do in life is to lie in the park on a sunny day reading a superb e-book. Throw in iced blueberry vanilla espresso from Priscilla’s and I am in heaven! This is my pleased place.
Lastly visited Watts Towers. Worked on the iHeartRadio Music Awards with Adam, Sabrina, and Michael:
Enjoyable meals out with Brenda, Jenny & Ziggy, and my former Y&R co-workers:
Attended the 4th Annual Fabulous (But Very Critical) Las Vegas Drag Weekend — my first time going! — as Alexandria Hamilton. SUCH A FUN WEEKEND!
Above-right pictures by Michelle of Infinite Imaging Images. Pictures under by me!
I turned 33 and celebrated in Connecticut with my family:
Winter weekend on Cape Cod:
Theater and family reminiscences… seeing Sunday in the Park with George on Broadway and Assassins at Yale Rep with my sister. Dinner with Uncle David in Beverly Hills and a enjoyable night time hanging out with my cousin Elena and her husband Pete (and their sons and pups!).
I lastly visited Austin, TX in late March. Had the perfect time exploring there and spending time with my pal Michael and his associate Chris. And I ate method an excessive amount of meals but was it was too scrumptious to move up. Austin is a place I’d like to return to.
I began this month in Los Angeles — received to go to with a bunch of pals there (Tamar & Nathan, Matt, Sommer, Jeremy, Daniel, Eva). However my principal cause for this trip was to attend Allison & Craig’s wedding ceremony in Temecula, CA! It was a stunning weekend surrounded by good buddies.
I feel this can be a good time for a canine collage — listed here are some pics of Missy and Oscar, our favorite four-legged creatures:
Under left: a scrumptious meal my mom made (zucchini noodles with shrimp). Under proper: catching up with Carrie in Washington, D.C. the night time earlier than my flight to Chile.
From mid-April to mid-Might, I spent four weeks visiting Chile and Argentina. This was the primary international trip I took in 2017, and it lived up to expectations — the highlight was mountaineering by means of mountains and icebergs in Patagonia.
Here is a dawn photograph at Torres del Paine, Chile:
And a photo in entrance of Fitz Roy mountain in El Chalten, Argentina:
I’ll share more pictures of Patagonia in my “Best Photos of 2017” submit soon. But since as we speak’s publish is extra concerning the individuals I hung out with, listed here are new associates I made in Patagonia — Caroline & Paul from Canada, Betsy from the States, Emily from the States, and Linde from the Netherlands:
I got here back from South America and had a couple of days to visit with household earlier than it was time to work:
I worked on the Peabody Awards (with Sabrina) after which Showtime on the Apollo (with Adam & Sophia):
Love this action shot as we go over script modifications with host Rashida Jones and the Peabody Award writers (photograph by Randy Shropshire):
Enjoyable occasions with pals in NYC — my pal Greg from Y&R visited and we acquired drinks on the piano bar Don’t Tell Mama, then my LA roommates Jenny & Ziggy have been in the town for a visit (we went to the 9/11 Museum and obtained pizza), and one night time after work I went to dinner in Harlem with my school associates Sophia, Adam, and Sabrina:
Photographs from touring Alexander Hamilton’s former residence in Hamilton Heights and from the 9/11 Museum:
I acquired to go backstage at a Broadway present for the first time ever! Undoubtedly a spotlight of 2017. Because of McKenzie for displaying me around the theater!
Labored on Showtime on the Apollo in Harlem for the first two weeks of this month with Adam, Sophia, and Thomas:
We ate plenty of… salad. Take a look at my Harlem meals guide.
Back in CT, I hiked Giuffrida Trail in Meriden a number of occasions.
And loved long walks in my hometown of Wallingford, CT:
Household time on Father’s Day — strolling in Essex, dinner in New Haven, and enjoying our first Escape Room recreation:
I took each of my mother and father out for Mom’s / Father’s Day:
Soaked up culture in New Haven — attended a number of free occasions at the International Pageant of Arts & Ideas (specifically two theater-related ones: one concerning the legacy of playwright August Wilson, and a conversation between Taylor Mac and Bassem Youssef), plus visited the Yale Art Museum:
Attended two events on welcoming refugees in Connecticut (sponsored by IRIS — Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Providers). One of many occasions was a panel discussion with the CT governor, and the other was extra arts and food-oriented and featured a performance by Collective Consciousness Theater.
I lastly noticed a show on the Goodspeed Theater! What a picturesque space.
Spent the primary week of July on Cape Cod with my mother and father and the canine. It was just about heaven.
Lighthouse Seashore in Chatham, MA:
Went to some summer time theater festivals, like Williamstown in MA and the Eugene O’Neill Theater in New London, CT.
Joined my cousin’s family on a trip to Storyland in New Hampshire — such a fun day:
And spent TWO weeks at Silver Lake this previous summer time! What a treat that was. Really special to bond with the individuals there (youngsters and adults alike) and are available together in group.
We celebrated my mother’s birthday in New Haven with pizza and cake:
Had a great time catching up with highschool associates I don’t get to see too typically — this was a terrific night time:
Then I kicked off a 2.5 week camping street journey by means of elements of New England and Ontario, Canada. It was my different massive trip of the yr (after Patagonia) and actually particular. Saw plenty of nature in addition to household, buddies, theater and a wedding. The journey began with Julie & Anna’s union in Northampton, MA:
I drove north and stopped in the Berkshires, Vermont, and the Adirondacks in upstate NY. Then crossed over the border into Canada. These photographs have been taken at Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario:
And right here is Bruce Peninsula National Park, additionally in Ontario:
I ate a number of campfire meals, but probably the most memorable dinner of the YEAR goes to O Noir in Toronto — patrons eat in a pitch black room and are served by blind waiters. It’s a option to get a sliver of perspective on a blind individual’s life. I went with my associates Brenna & Jordan and digesting the expertise with them (literally and figuratively) made for fascinating dialog.
Hung out with many great individuals on this trip:
I additionally squeezed in a lot of theater — Firm with Aaron Tveit at Barrington Stage in MA, An Octoroon at the Shaw Pageant in Niagara-on-the Lake, and The Legend of Georgia McBride at Dorset Theater Pageant in VT (all have been really wonderful).
Kicked off the month working at Miss America. Actually enjoyed my co-workers on this venture, and all of the nights we spent hanging out in Atlantic Metropolis.
Visited Cape Might for an evening and acquired to meet up with Roy Steinberg, inventive director at Cape Might Stage who I worked with at Days of our Lives when interning there many years ago.
Labored on a hurricane telethon in mid-September, enjoyed dinner with Adam & Sabrina (and Stefani!), noticed Norbert Leo Butz carry out 54 Under, and noticed my camp pals in a manufacturing of Avenue Q at MIT.
In late September I worked on iHeart Radio Music Pageant in Vegas, headlined by Pink and Coldplay. Very enjoyable occasion.
Then after the show, I rented a automotive and drive around the southwest for every week visiting Sedona, the north rim of the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and Zion National Park. I noticed implausible surroundings, ate delicious food, and took tons of of photographs.
I acquired back from this journey just in time to attend The Huge E in Springfield, MA with my sister and cousin’s household. Was a delicious day!
We celebrated my dad’s 65th birthday with an autumn drive as much as Sharon, CT. The subsequent day we went to a German restaurant and performed an escape room recreation. Very fun weekend.
I took photographs of my cousin Elena’s household down by the shore, enjoyed household recreation nights, met my uncle in NYC for a show, and attended my cousin’s shower in MA:
I met fellow travel blogger Kelsey and her pals once they visited New Haven! My pal Devan played a present in CT (take a look at his new album Whippersnapper) and acquired to see Val & Whendi, who led summer time camp packages I attended in my teenagers — I have so much love and respect for them. And I worked on the 2nd Annual Critics’ Selection Documentary Awards in NYC.
The Rare Guide Library at Yale is a particular place — I went there twice this yr:
Acquired to see my good good friend Arthur in NYC! We used to work on exhibits together in LA years in the past and now he’s a dresser on Broadway. I additionally saw many unimaginable exhibits this month; two of my favorites have been Torch Track and Individuals Places Things.
I went back to Los Angeles this month (for the first time since early April) and tried to catch up with as many pals as attainable. Listed here are a number of pictures with Tamar, Grace, Kelley, and Jenny & Ziggy and their new child son.
Enjoyed brunch with Laura, Michael, and Yaz. Saw an impressive play (Mr. Burns, a Submit-Electrical Play at Sacred Fools in LA) with Casey & Daniel (pictured) and Rian, Anthony, and Susie (not pictured). Was lucky enough to spend Thanksgiving with TWO units of pals — Kelley & Irving hosted me for lunch, and Tamar & Nathan hosted a gaggle of friends and family for dinner.
Choose meals consumed in the month of November… shout out to my pal Elena for educating me how one can make macarons and steak!
I worked at some point on the finale of Dancing with the Stars to run script pages round to varied producers. Take a look at that lovable photograph of my sister’s pup Oscar. And I visited The Getty, certainly one of my favorite locations in LA.
I noticed more theater in LA — A Humorous Factor Happened on the Method to the Discussion board and Between Riverside and Loopy.
This month (and most of November) was spent engaged on A Christmas Story Reside at the Warner Bros. lot. It was my skilled highlight of the yr — I had a blast being part of this show.
A number of pictures comply with (the complete recap is here):
Squeezed in extra good friend visits this month — Korean BBQ with Rian & Elena, lunch with Brenda and her new child, lunch with Eva, gingerbread home constructing with Adele & Kelley, Silver Lake walk with Grace, and Barone’s with Michael, Tracy, and Laura:
Then I went to Denver for a number of fantastic days visiting my uncle! Also obtained to spend time with my pal Molly and meet up with other pals.
While I used to be in Denver, my uncle hosted a vacation social gathering that was especially fun:
After which it was Christmas time! I received again to Connecticut on the 24th and we loved a soothing Xmas morning opening presents with the pups. I went to my childhood church to help out with a group lunch for a couple of hours.
The last week of the yr was spent on freezing Cape Cod with family:
The spotlight of the week was a murder mystery event we hosted on New Years Eve with prolonged household. Very fun night time.
A number of different moments from December — working at my favorite LA espresso shop, visiting the Whitney Museum in NYC at sunset, and doing our third escape room as a family on Cape Cod.
I wrote a full publish about all the books I read, but here is a visible recap:
And these are all 54 exhibits I noticed in NYC (Broadway and off-Broadway) this previous yr (full evaluations here):
And that’s a wrap on 2017!