Dozens and Dozens

If this week had a number, it would be 12.

We launched one of our big initiatives at work this week, our annual Dozen Distinctive Destinations listing. You might have heard about it on MSNBC. Or USA Today. Or ABC News. It got a lot of pickup, and I couldn’t be prouder of my colleagues for a job well done. Now, take a look at the list, pick a favorite, and vote!

The Caps took their winning streak to #12 tonight, in a nail-biter of a game against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Captain, two-time/reigning league MVP, and all-around hockey superhero Alex Ovechkin got his 500th career point on an unlikely one-handed shot, becoming one of fewer than 10 players to ever hit that milestone in five seasons. I’ll be at Verizon Center tomorrow night cheering them on as the boys try for lucky-number 13!

Today also marks a very personal dozen for me — I moved to the DC area 12 years ago today*. It was the biggest and most difficult choice I’d made to that point in my adult life, and it remains one of the best. I’ve been lucky enough to make a great life here, with friends I absolutely adore, a job (and co-workers) I truly enjoy, and enough adventures to keep me from ever being bored. And, in a bonus I never saw coming in 1998, the Internet has made keeping in touch with my nearest and dearest back home in New York easier than I ever could have imagined.

And finally, if the weather people are to be believed, we might get more than two feet of snow between mid-morning tomorrow and Saturday night. That is — just to keep with the theme — two dozen inches of snow, and the one thing on this list I could live without.

* The date, incidentally, sticks in my mind so thoroughly because February 4 was my dad’s birthday, which forever makes this a bittersweet anniversary. This is the third year I haven’t been able to call him to wish him a happy birthday, but yet… I think he still knows.

5 thoughts on “Dozens and Dozens

  1. sprite February 5, 2010 / 12:12 am

    Congratulations several times over. And hugs…

  2. Mom February 5, 2010 / 6:09 am

    Wow sooooo much to celebrate!! 12 years in DC — I’d forgotten the date but still remember parts of the event. Your big venture/adventure 🙂 You certainly opened the big door on your life. I am so proud of you. Hugs & congrats!!! P.S. Are you having an anticipatory snow day?

  3. common loon February 5, 2010 / 8:31 am

    Congratulations x 12, Sarah!

    Hey, one of my top places to visit made the list (of course, it’s well behind in the voting…how many people actually make it to that part of Alaska?).

    Happy snow day to all of you! Gotta go shovel that driveway so we can get everyone off to school, “don’t ‘cha know!”

  4. Susan February 5, 2010 / 6:21 pm

    Got a postcard from Egypt…today!!!!!!! 🙂 Thanks..girls loved it. Happy shoveling? We went to Target after the early dismissal…and got M & M cookie ice cream sandwiches. We’re storm ready 🙂

  5. Sionna February 5, 2010 / 7:36 pm

    Yeah, it was a tough day watching you pull away in the U-Haul. But I knew you needed to go. Thank GOD for the internet (and Southwest airlines).

    Part of me still wonders from time to time how different my life would have been if I hadn’t met Steve and changed my mind about moving down there with you. No regrets, just a curiosity.

    And I think that us Upstate-ers are actually jealous of your two-foot snow storm. We haven’t gotten anything to write home about…a few inches here, a few inches there. It is the consensus around here that ours is coming in March in the form of an epic blizzard a la 1993.

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