This year, FIU Magazine went to California, got blown away by engineering and dropped our first digital-only issue. We took a (brief) break from finalizing the Spring 2013 issue to find out what our staff is looking forward to as the end of the year draws near.
I look forward to finally completing all my holiday prep work – online shopping, gift wrapping, Christmas card writing – and then attending mass on Christmas Eve with my family. That will free me up Christmas morning to sit around in my PJs with a strong cup of coffee and watch my children, ages 7 and 10, scream in delight at all the gifts from Santa.
I also look forward to visiting with friends who invite us annually to share in their holiday meal. That, for me, is the greatest gift of all: good company, great conversation and a ham glazed with three kinds of liquor.
— Alexandra Pecharich, Managing Editor
Going up to my mom’s house for Christmas. Everyone’s at the house and it’s like a big sleepover. Mami cooks all day for five days…a lot of traditional Puerto Rican food and drinks, like coquito. I’m also excited to see my 2-year-old babies (all three of them) grow up and experience the holidays the way I did when I was young.
— Aileen Solá-Trautmann, Art Director
I’m looking forward to spending time with my family and meeting my sister’s boyfriend from Tennessee. She calls him her giant, because he is 6’6″. It should be interesting because he doesn’t speak Spanish and my parents barely speak English.
— Sissi Aguila ’99, MA ’08
Calendars! I most look forward to buying all sorts of calendars – funny ones, wall ones, desk ones, pocket ones – nothing makes me happier.
— Marianela de Armas ’02
I’m looking forward to a long-awaited trip home to California to see my family, and for a fresh new year. There’s just something about turning the calendar that gives me a little boost of energy, as if the slate is blank again.
— Angeline Evans