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Sat, Dec. 28th, 2013, 10:17 am
2013 In Review

It has been a fun tradition for me to write a year in review the last couple of years. It started off as a nerdy hobby back in 2003 when I started my livejournal account (yes, I still use it). If you’re ever curious my blog goes back 10+ years at carlosblogs.com

Unlike most years this year has brought a lot of changes. After 10 years of thinking about it I applied to law school. Sofia and I were engaged. We moved to Connecticut after living in California our whole lives and we both started new jobs. All in all, I am grateful for all that I have and the direction of our lives. I am grateful for everyone that had a role in making 2013 what it was from family to friends to co-workers. I’m looking forward to 2014.



Caption (above): One of the most fun parts of the year was being President of the SF tri club this year. Sadly, I had to resign in August but January-August were a blast for me. I was happy to work with a great board, officers and members.

Caption (above): The tutu was out in full force this year. We supported our friends at Escape from Alcatraz.

Caption (above): I was happy to have joined some great bike rides this year with friends.

carlos diablo creek instagram driving range
Caption (above): Thanks to Jared and Sofia I learned to play golf this year. I’m still terrible but I’ve had a good time learning. Thanks to living in Walnut Creek we were very close to several courses so I could get in some time on the driving range. I call my swing the Jose Canseco swing.




Caption (above): Wildflower training weekend is my favorite weekend of the year. Hands down. Hanging out, riding my bike, running, swimming = awesome.





Caption (above): Wildflower race weekend, as usual, was awesome. While I did not race we were out in full force. Thanks to the hard work of our awesome members the SF tri club got 1st place in the overall club competition.

SF Tri Team

My tour de California outfit. Too hot to wear an actual costume.

Caption (above): I have always wanted to attend a cycling race mountain finish. This year we went to the Tour of California finish on Mount Diablo. We had a great turnout and despite a bit of heat we survived and got to see a great race.




The lovely newlyweds: Elizabeth and Rahim


Caption (above): One of the best parts of any year is seeing good friends get married. I met Rahim when I lived in Russian Hill (San Francisco). We lived down the street from each other and we quickly became friends. Thought he left SF he met a wonderful woman who everyone adores. We had a great time in Estes Park, Colorado for their wedding celebration. We wish you the best Rahim and Elizabeth!




Caption (above): My cousin Nanci also married this year. Anyone who knows Nanci knows she is amazing. From El Salvador to growing up in Los Angeles she excelled, graduated from college, got her masters, PhD and is now teaching at an amazing college. I am so happy for my cousin and Ricardo and wish them both the best in their marriage.





Caption (above): Without a doubt the most important and best moment of the year is becoming engaged with Sofia. After 5 years of dating we decided to build a future together.


Caption (above): It has been closer to 10 years since I’ve purchased a new pair of soccer cleats. In my world this is big news because I love soccer and fell in love with the new hypervenom line. I am very happy with how light and responsive they are. When we first moved to Connecticut I couldn’t find my cleats and used an old pair of training cleats and they were terrible. You definitely get what you pay for with nice cleats.

Caption (above): Following our engagement Sofia and I moved to West Hartford, Connecticut. Sofia had an opportunity within her company and we decided it would be a great move for her. While we are both native Californians we made the plunge to New England. We are sad to leave behind so many friends, family and co-workers.

Caption (above):

Caption (above): I LOVE Fleet Feet. I was a member in LA, SF and I am now happy to join the West Hartford group.

Caption (above): We were surprised to find pupusas in a sea of Puerto Rican and Dominicans (whose food is also excellent).

My first Dunkin Donuts experience. V
Caption (above): The clerk almost lost his mind when I told him I had NEVER had Dunkin Donuts before. Dunkin donuts is everywhere here (Starbucks is not).

Taking advantage of all the sunflower fields we have been seeing

Sofia in the sunflower field


Caption (above): Our first trip in Connecticut. It is beautiful here in the late summer and early fall.

Obligatory group shot by the state sign (our first time in RI)

The Breakers

Newport, RI

Newport: where the 1% are the poor

Caption (above): With my mom making her first visit to Connecticut and the east coast we decided to take her to Newport, Rhode Island.

Caption (above): We were happy to attend our first wedding in Connecticut! Congratulations to Catherine and Gayle on their marriage!




Caption (above): We made the trip to Nevada for Sofia’s family reunion. It was a great weekend and I learned a lot about her family and it was great getting to know her relatives.


Tara and Sofia

The hills are alive...

Pumpkin patch

Caption (above): The fall in New England is stunning. I am so happy we got to experience it first rather than a harsh winter. We are so happy that our friend Tara lives in Connecticut as well.

run around central park

sofia at magnolia bakery bloomingdales


Caption (above): Sofia and I LOVE New York City. Sadly, it is way too expensive for us. After winning a raffle we were able to stay in NYC for a weekend. It was a great time. As a bonus I got to run around the perimeter of Central Park; something I have wanted to do for years.

Sofia as Cousin It

Sad Moose face

Caption (above): We were fortunate to spend time with Sofia’s cousin in New Hampshire for Thanksgiving.

Portland Head lighthouse in Maine. 28 degrees out.

Welcome to New Hampshire!

Welcome to Maine!


First time having Maine lobster in Maine. Heaven

Caption (above): On the same trip to New Hampshire we visited Maine where our good friends Joe and Margaret also live. We were also able to cross another items of our bucket list: eat Maine lobster in Maine!

West Hartford- Carlos in snow

sofia first snow west hartford connecticut

Caption (above): For our first snow in Connecticut (December 2013) we had to take pictures to commemorate the event. I went on a run and Sofia and I went on a walk together.

2013 Christmas Tree
Caption (above): Our first Christmas tree in Connecticut! People here love holiday decorating so Sofia will feel right at home.

Sat, Jan. 11th, 2014 09:11 pm (UTC)

You had a wonderful, eventful year. Congratulations on your engagement. Best wishes for 2014 and for a life time with your lovely lady.