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Looking Back at 2012

vini francesi
Medicine. KIDDING!

It would probably be easier to write a top dishes and destinations list again. It would certainly be less traumatic than internalizing the fact that yet another year has come and gone. I can’t help but panic a little over tonight’s meaningless milestone. Then I remember that I have a bottle of Agrapart & Fils’ Vieux Millesime 2000 chilling in the fridge and suddenly it is all better.

Indeed, wine has been the panacea for 2012’s steady stream of anxiety-inducing events: I was single for the first time in nine years, I had some tiny issues with version 1.0 of my app, I got screwed by my publisher, I forgot to sleep for several months, I got fed up with living in Rome…

The crew.

Yet on the eve of 2013, these troubles seem distant and meaningless. I got over these hurdles, a bunch of good things happened, and, while wine may have been a constant fixture, it is not what made this year special. It was the people with whom I was drinking. Mutual admiration for four special women (Hande, Gina, Irene, and Sarah May) coalesced into something rare and life affirming. Let me be clear: we are all, technically, competitors in our professional lives. But we have found a unique balance. We mentor and support each other. This is something that has been missing in my life, particularly in a city world in which some colleagues (especially lately) have been gratuitously cruel, petty, and jealous. I propose a toast to these four ladies who rise above the bullshit.

mom hotel izmir
Only a saint would pose 4 days in a row in front of the same building.

Of course I would be remiss in not shouting out another woman, my rock, Mamma Parla. For a decade I have ridiculed exes, friends and enemies for being mammoni, men dependent on their mothers in a way that is neither natural nor sane. In 2012, I finally made peace with the fact that I share this immature and irrational mother worship. If you have met the woman, you could hardly blame me.

So if I manage to make anything of myself in 2013, 95% of the credit will be due to the women above. Some must go to the wine.

2017-02-17T15:16:57+00:00 December 31st, 2012|Categories: Culture, Mamma Parla|17 Comments


  1. semsa denizsel December 31, 2012 at 10:20 am - Reply

    2013 will be a much better year. One that will bring good food, good wine and good fortune.
    Come to Istanbul.
    Take care.

  2. Maggie Bauducco December 31, 2012 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Katie, hope that 2013 will be a great year for you. I follow your adventures with a great deal of admiration and not a little jealousy! Cheers!

  3. Robbin December 31, 2012 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    I wish I were closer to join that crew of awesome ladies!

    Auguri a tutti voi for 2013!


  4. Nathalie (@spacedlaw) December 31, 2012 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    All hail 2012, gone with the wine!

  5. cristina December 31, 2012 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    thebest is yet to comemy dear! great piece, btw!

  6. Steve December 31, 2012 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    Wishing you all the best, Katie, and hoping our rice, beans and tostone night will happen in 2013!


  7. Katie December 31, 2012 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    semsa, wishing you the best in 2013. i will be back in your house bearing gifts of pork and wine before you know it! lots of love and best wishes for 2013. xoxo

  8. Gina December 31, 2012 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    I’ll toast to you, Ire, Hande, Sarah & Mamma Parla in Rome to kick off the Jan 2012 – 40 wine challenge : ) – you couldn’t have said it better – I’ve been missing mentors, colleagues whom I respect & friends since moving to Rome. GRAZIE 1000 x

  9. Hande December 31, 2012 at 6:33 pm - Reply


  10. Eleonora December 31, 2012 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    Oh Katie! This wonderful post brought tears. I raise my ignorant glass to you and the awesome ladies that made everything better for you this year.

    May 2013 (and following years to come) be filled with love, glitch-free apps, gallant publishers, friends, great food and lots lots lots of wine.

    Baci enormi and all my admiration

  11. rach December 31, 2012 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    A mighty cheers to you. x

  12. Robyn January 1, 2013 at 8:16 am - Reply

    What a great, refreshingly un-boasty end-of-year post. Would that there were more people (women, men) in our profession with your attitude. All the best for 2013.

  13. Sarah May (@AntiquaTours) January 1, 2013 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    As Ettore says on a daily basis, “Che grande Katie.” You are the best, Katie and I consider it an honor to call you friend. As well as all these other ladies. xoxoxoxo

  14. Luis January 2, 2013 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    La cosa più figa di questo post (scusa l’egocentrismo) è rendermi conto che conosco queste 5+1 super-donne e che veramente sono delle persone che poche volte si trovano in vita. Buon anno K!

  15. Flavor of Italy January 4, 2013 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Happy New Year to you Katie! May you continue to flourish in 2013!

  16. Adrienne January 6, 2013 at 3:16 am - Reply

    Happy New Year!

    Just wanted to leave a comment (finally), and say how grateful I am that I got to intern for you.

    Hopefully the new year is filled with more eager students, and many more experiences.

  17. ciaochowlinda January 10, 2013 at 5:57 am - Reply

    Hi Katie – I’m just catching up on some blog reading and had to comment on this post. I hoping you have a great 2013 and was so encouraged to see how you praised your friends, and most of all your mother. Evviva mamma Parla and Katie.

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