I feel more energized at the first of a year than I have in a while. I’m not entirely sure why, and I’m not sure there really is a reason, but I’m going with it.
2011 was a great year. Ian and I took several great trips (New Orleans for St. Patrick’s Day, Bonnaroo with my sister Emily, Asheville for our anniversary in October, and several camping excursions in state parks), spent a good amount of time with our friends and families (mostly his family, though mine came down to visit for an epic Thanksgiving) and were generally healthy.
After some time of feeling I was in a rut professionally, I was offered a job in April (without even interviewing!)—and after about a week of hardcore obsessing and analyzing, I took it. And while I was sad to leave my great co-workers at my previous job, I joined an amazing, innovative company with new great co-workers. Who upped the nerd ante by like a billion. And teach me stuff. And drink a lot of beer. It’s awesome.
The year wasn’t all good, though—my 94-year-old grandmother died in May after being in declining health for several years. And while I miss her at the oddest times still (hearing O Come All Ye Faithful in Kroger almost brought me to tears at least twice this holiday season), I know that she wasn’t happy laying in a nursing home bed. She was ready to go.
But! All in all, it was a pretty good year. I didn’t take pictures every day, but I did take a lot. And looking back on the year in pictures, a lot of great stuff happened in 2011:
January: Welcomed in the new year with awesome friends at a party that included me getting $100 for cleaning up a friend’s vomit. (It’s OK, I was at a level of non-sobriety where I couldn’t smell anything.)
February: There was, according to Nashville standards, a horrible snowstorm and it took me FIVE HOURS to get home. Two and a half hours were spent drive five miles to pick up Ian, and the last two and a half hours were spent driving 30 miles home. This doesn’t really count as a great thing that happened, but it was the most notable thing in February.
March: St. Patrick’s Day in New Orleans. Oh yes.
April: The new wedding band that Ian ordered me was delivered. It’s still perfectly me. Oh, and I accepted a new job.
May: Started my new job. And Ian and I went to the Renaissance Festival!
July: Bought my MacBook Pro! With CASH! And Ian, Scott and I completed the Paddle of Destiny at the Mellow Mushroom.
August: Emily and her friend Steph came to visit. We went to the Bell Witch Cave, hung out in downtown Nashville and played Rock Band.
September: Successfully replaced the hard drive in our PowerBook, a beautiful machine that someone dropped on the floor.
October: Ian and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary in Asheville. My favorite place with my favorite person.
November: My family came to visit for Thanksgiving.
December: Ian had his promotion ceremony at work. Got all my Christmas shopping done well before Christmas. Celebrated the holidays with Ian, his family, our cats and our friends.
Here’s hoping for an equally great—or better—2012. (And no Mayan apocalypse.)