Happy 2012! Live it up, like it’s your last year on Earth!

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I spent the last few days of 2011 on a road trip to Nashville and hanging out with my closest friends — Ashley and Cari.

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The trip to Nashville has become a bit of a tradition. This was my fourth New Years in Nashville with Ashley and Cari, but unlike other years this was the first time I drove up and back from Florida. The first year everyone flew up, the second and third years I rode up with Cari and then flew back to Washington from Nashville. The roles were a bit reversed this year and Cari rode up with me, since she was the car-less one this year.

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As as result, we actually made a pit-stop in Tallahassee for Cari to drop off her car before we drove together to Ashley’s.

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Charlie also continued his road trip tradition and went to Nashville again this year. He loves road trips, his favorite activity is cuddling with the passenger during the drive.

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Cari and I witness this gem during one of our gas-bathroom breaks. A cemetery on a dead-end? How appropriate.

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As soon as Cari and I arrived in Nashville, the four of us, Ashley, Cari, myself and Charlotte (who was visiting Ashley as well!) all headed to McKay’s used bookstore and then tried out one of Ashley’s favorite frozen yogurt places.

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The night we also celebrated Christmas and Ashley’s birthday. Then we introduced Charlie to the menagerie of animals who live at the Schwartauhaus.

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Ashley’s family has three cats, two of which are orange bob-tail boys, and two small dogs. The meeting of the animals was rather anti-climactic. Charlie ignored all the animals except for Cosmo and Cheeto. He had a blast playing with the other orange kitties!

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He had so much fun in fact, that he got angry at me whenever I tried to play with him myself. He would cry and grumble at me till I let him go play again.

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New Years Eve itself was low-key and fun. It consisted of hanging out, playing games, and dancing up a storm. The perfect way to bring in the new year!

Ashley and her long-distance friends — Cari, Charlotte, and myself!

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Ian’s new bow-tie.

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Our typical faces.

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Ashley and Justin looking fabulous.

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Some serious dancing happening on the dance floor.

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All in all, it was a wonderful new years and fun was had by all, including the cats.

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Cari and I headed back to Florida on the 2nd and so far 2012 has gotten off to a whirlwind start!

I hope everyone else was able to ring in the new year with friends, family and fun!

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