2011 was a fine, fine year

Posted: January 10th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: life | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Happy 2012! Yeah, I’m a bit late with this post, but I couldn’t resist adding a 2011 recap/appreciation rundown, because it was truly a phenomenal year for me. So many big changes, amazing trips, happy feelings, and so on. So here goes.

In 2011, I/we

  • began the year by doing handstands
  • got laid off from Myspace and began a happier new chapter of life
  • visited friends in Italy, saw Naples, Rome and the Amalfi Coast
  • went snowboarding in Big Bear (Julian’s first time!)
  • bought road bikes!
  • gave up sweets for Lent (SO hard)
  • celebrated our first anniversary in Kauai, Hawaii
  • Julian interviewed James Cameron!
  • started running, met my goal, and ran my first 5k
  • decided to go back to school to become a veterinary technician (& got straight As my first semester!)
  • went to Chicago to have fun in the city & visit family nearby
  • said goodbye to Noah, my family’s loving yellow Lab
  • celebrated 4th of July with the beach & Hall & Oates
  • moved to the valley and into our first REAL house, spent a week with my little brother & sister, and welcomed Frank to our family! (all in one week – crazy!)
  • celebrated my 29th birthday at the Gentle Barn
  • had the most wonderful Thanksgiving with J’s family back in Nashville
  • said goodbye to Julian’s Great Grandma Dorty, one of the most unique and inspiring women I’ve ever met.
  • welcomed visits from many friends and family
  • spent an incredible week in NYC and VA over Christmas
  • hosted our first party here at the house on New Year’s Eve

In 2012, I hope to:

  • visit my Grandparents in Scotland this summer
  • make the most of our trip to Mexico (later this month!)
  • be the best Maid of Honor ever for my little sister Ana
  • grow my hair long
  • keep running
  • eat breakfast everyday
  • start volunteering at a veterinary hospital
  • finally hang some art on the walls of our house
  • be a more patient, appreciative, and proactive friend, sister, daughter, and wife


Sometimes, it’s really nice having a blog where you can look back on all the fun experiences you’ve had. It really makes me want to start writing more!


Here’s to another year!


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happy 2011!

Posted: January 1st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: holidays, quotes | Tags: , | 1 Comment »


I’m still technically on vacay, but I wanted to drop in for just a sec to wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I also wanted to share a few fun facts with you:

1. The last thing I ate in 2010 was sweet potato casserole.

2. The last thing I drank in 2010 (and first thing in 2011) was champagne.

3. The last person I talked to (besides my husband) in 2010 was my darling sister Ana.

4. I was doing a handstand when the clock struck midnight (so was Julian). This was a snap decision we made at the :30 seconds-to-go mark!

5. The first thing I did in 2011 (besides kiss my husband) was play Super Mario World for Nintendo 64 (on the Wii).

6. I am not making any New Years Resolutions… because let’s be honest – that’s way too much pressure for one girl to handle!

Add all those things up and I’d say I’m well suited for an incredible 2011, and it’s looking like it’s going to be one fabulous year. Dare I say, even better than 2010? It’ll be hard to top getting married, honeymooning, and moving into our first “real” house, but I think we can make it happen. I hope the same for you!

Thank you all for reading all year long, I’m looking forward to giving you lots more to read in 2011.

“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.”

- Benjamin Franklin