Monday, January 2, 2012

Year in review: 2011

Hello, friends. Happy New Year!
I can't believe its 2012. Where did the year go?
2010 was a difficult one, and 2011 was much kinder to me.
All-in-all, 2011 was a good year, and I'm kind of sad to see it go.
I have high hopes for 2012, though!

Let's take a minute to reminisce over the past year...


Last January it snowed a whole lot, the blog got a major makeover, and I started using Instagram!


I turned 26...and not too much else happened in February.
It was snowy, and I was mostly just a hermit. ;)


I started data collection for my thesis in March.... it was cold!


I spent a lot of time with old and new friends in April.... I reconnected with my long-lost bff Lani in April, and made new friends at school. I went to several concerts in April.... Joan as Police Woman in Philadelphia, The Kills in D.C., and Brand New in Baltimore.


The semester ended in May.... I continued my monthly trips to Wallops for data collection (above), went to see Alexander & Family with Lani in D.C., and got ready to enjoy the summer.


I spent most of June house- and dog-sitting for my advisor.... very relaxing!


July was entirely spent traveling - first to Florida for a couple of weeks, then to Wallops for a class and to continue my field work...


August was crazy-busy. I had just returned home after 6 weeks of travel... and jumped straight into my assistantship at school, getting everything organized and ready for 2,100 incoming students at the university. I found a little bit of time to visit some friends (and a brewery!) in Kutztown, go camping in a cabin with some friends, and paint a giant banner for the university.


September was pretty hectic, but in a good way - I spent a lot of time at Wallops, went to the VirginFest, got a new tattoo, went to the Rennaissance Faire, and hung out with my bff a whole lot.


October was a really fun month! I got started on trying to figure out what I wanted to be for Halloween....decided on TWO different costumes (a pirate and a circus ringmaster), celebrated with good friends, had a freak snowstorm, and enjoyed a visit with family that I don't get to see as often as I'd like to.


November was spent almost exclusively hanging out with these 2 hooligans... we had a massive final project to work on for our class, so 5 days a week were spent working.... and rewarding ourselves for our hard work ;)


December was a whirlwind... a last hurrah of decent weather in the field (but I was still bundled up like an Eskimo), two new tattoos (bringing the grand total to 7) - an ocean wave armband and a BFF banana tattoo.


Christmastime crept up out of nowhere!
Time was spent with family and friends.

Before I knew it, it was December 31st, and a dress for the occasion had to be bought...

...and the New Year was rung in with the best of company :)

 Looking back, 2011 was largely uneventful.... and I'm glad. It was a good year to just slow down, and let life happen at its own pace. I hope that 2012 will continue in the same manner.... I haven't made any resolutions, or even goals, yet. I want to take some time this week to think about that.... because I have a feeling that this year is going to be significant somehow. I don't know exactly what that means yet, but I hope that it means good things are coming.

All the best to all of you in the New Year, too! :)

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