S: 2011: Ascension
BC: Thank you 2011
1: Resolutions for 2011 I plan on taking into account where someone is coming from with the emotions they are giving me: having a bad day? something I did? I want to make the effort to consider my own environment, as well as others, in the way that I react to things. | I continue to work towards understanding the balance between working hard and enjoying life. Striking an even keel of allowing myself to indulge as well as continuing to give 110% to the people in my life is very important for me to make sure to acknowledge & practice this year. | I plan on achieving a few dreams this year. Seeing Italy. Taking photographs in London. Getting out and finding what I can marvel at in terms of photography. Making the list of ideas in my head become reality. I'm excited to make these creative thoughts & inspirations take life.
2: Soul Nite! January 30 We went to the El Dorado Ballroom (Count Basie played there!) and had a blast watching old motown movies and dancing in the aisles. Was great to see Charley and Rowena and Michelle and enjoy the best night out of the best music!
3: A Puppy and an Attempted Nap February 6 I tried to take a nap before our Superbowl Parties. A cute face kept me from it!
4: Superbowl February 6 Kelly Gibson invited us over for her Superbowl party....Jack made the night a hilarious mission for fun!
5: Wonderful time with friends and dancing and a huge cake at the Princes Dance 02.11
6: Great birthday weekend with Jeff - Urban Market, Sushi Rolling, homemade dinner. Felt wonderful.
7: Schulenberg, TX Polka at Sengelmann Hall February 21 The Polka Lovers Klub of America (POLKA) had a charity dance with the Shiner Hobo Band. It was amazing! Jeff & I are considering joining up to be King and Queen!
8: March 4th My TIburon Turned 100,000 miles old.... | I love my Skeeter.....
9: March 6th - Jeff made "Knitwits" from Martha Stewart's Craft Blog for Mattie, Mary Elizabeth, Nora & Jack. Had a blast being creative with him, he was such a good sport.
10: Lindyfest - March 12 -14 a non stop, pulse pounding set of Lindy Hop until you drop
11: 03.19 A good time had on our staycation - an unexpected trip to the Houston Zoo.
12: Camping at Somerville April 8-10 Enjoyed the Bluebonnet Festival, S'mores and some fun times -- even if it was a bit hot!
13: Bringing Alice Home April 10 Ralph wasn't too wild about her, but after alot of love, we made a family again!
14: Happy Birthday Jessica! | April 15 - Kenneally's pub. Good friends. Good Irish Nachos and Pizza (??) and some hilarious photo props!
15: Ralph...is finally getting used to Alice. April 16th
16: A Night of the Roaring Twenties! April 16th SSQQ dance studio
17: Pinot's Pallette - April 30th For our 18th month anniversary, Jeff took me to sip wine and paint. Turns out that the vino makes the artist come out in me. Had a WONDERFUL time!
18: OTC First week of May This year I was part of the team who helped create the subsea model. Later this year it went on to win a Marketing Award!
19: Happy Birthday Eve May 5th In order to honor Jeff's last day of being 39, Charley helped me moved up the Prince's Dance. The cake was huge, the tunes were spinning and even though my knee wasn't up to speed, it was a sweet evening!
20: Jeff is Over The Hill May 7th Big party. Many friends. Lots of great wishes.
21: West Alabama Ice House Crawfish Boil | May 14 Enjoyed a day of mudbugs, friends and sunshine
22: Ty's Birthday Lunch | Onion Creek Cafe | May 21 | Had a blast with friends.
23: LLS Cancer Stomp May 21st Stomping out Cancer - having a blast doing it!
24: Adamson Ballet Recital May 22 We attended Mattie's recital, just as last year, this was a beautiful event! I love the little one's antics and the older one's amazing talents!
25: An amazing weekend of fun and family. Memorial Day 2011
26: Galveston June 11 Hot, with a nice breeze. A fun segway tour and ended with great oysters. Heaven!
27: Fun in the Heights! June 18 Painting pottery, burgers at Lola and a HOT day to play around in.
28: Pittsburgh July 2nd and 5th
31: Seeing Grandma and Pennsylvania. July 3rd, 4th
32: Lacey Gets Married July 16th Such a happy day, laughter and new friends and fabulous moments and lots...of Blush & Bashful
33: Working London July 18 - 22 After a long week of work and long nights, I look back and still miss the little pubs, the cool weather and a cozy place to sit.
34: My Extended Family August 4th When we started watching American Idol together, it grew to more than I could imagine...and better.
35: August 14 It was a princess day for a 4-year-old Nora. What a royally fantastic experience!!
36: Rise UP! 8.25.2011 We went to the Dosey Doe to see Paul Thorn. Jeffrey and Jeffrey got to meet,Mona ate a GINORMOUS Chicken Fried Steak and we listened to music that rocks my soul every time.
37: San Antonio Aug 23-25 | Saw Steve Martin in concert, visited an olive grove in Elmendorf, enjoyed dancing and love.
38: Hiked Mt. Bonnell, saw the infamous "Chicken Bingo", swam at Hamilton Pool and enjoyed a lazy weekend. | Austin - Labor Day Weekend 2011
41: My Trip to Italy October 1 - 8
42: Barkitecture Photo Finalist October 14th I was a finalist in a local animal charity's photo contest. My photo of Oliver was placed downtown for a month in a gallery. It was surreal to see my work on a wall. As the title suggests: "Still Miss You Friend"... and I do.
43: Night at Old Market Square Oct 15 A night of funny dancing, inebriated entertainment and a GREAT swing band. Surprise meet up with friends and a good way to say welcome home after my Italy trip.
44: Taft Halloween Dance 10.21 A little early, but still a ton of fun to dress up like the Lollipop Guild & Dorothy for a fun night out of dancing!
45: Harvest Moon Ball
46: RenFest - Pirate Weekend October 23rd What a wonderful day of people watching and snuggling and jousting and kissing and fried food and love.
47: My First Office. | A whole new start & my first door. | October 31, 2011 | Marketing Research Manager Champion Technologies
48: Ty & Michi Get Married 11.12.11 So good to spend time with good friends.
49: Austin Lindy Exchange November 19-21 After a long weekend of dancing, and sleeping, and listening to Ralph freak out when we got home to the hotel, we settled in for a family breakfast and relaxed.
50: Thanksgiving After dancing in between three houses to spread all the love that my favorite holiday can muster, the leftovers loomed, and my lids were heavy. It was a wonderful holiday, another favorite thing this year.
51: Champion Technologies Christmas Party December 9th | ...I knew I was in the right place when Jeff said, "You look happier, more relaxed and at home."
52: Crazy Hat Party December 9th After my company party, we headed over to Alex and Arabella's lovely party - a favorite of mine - for an evening of "Bot-er-fly" hats, a chocolate mousse cake massacre, and memories.
53: Lights in the Heights 12.10.2011 A Very Merry Night of Dancing and Memories and Hot drinks and Hugs.
54: Christmas | A good morning of breakfast, presents and lots of laughs.
55: Italian Tombola What a hilarious night of bingo and White Elephant.
56: Seasons Greetings with the Smyrls Oh the hats, the tutus and the last event of the Christmas season.
57: New Years Eve 2011 After a wonderful meal at Brasserie 19, we kissed 2011 good bye at Troy's house dancing and watching Monty Python and the Holy Grail. An odd combination, but the memory, like all of this year, was wonderful. Hello 2012!
59: Complete my novel and don’t let it get past me again. In fact, I’ve bought a bag for my computer, cafes are all around for me to plug into, and this WILL happen. Tone my body more by taking on different exercises – 40 leg lifts a day after my work out’s normal 40. Plus find an ab and arm regimen for a few minutes each day. Take a trip – maybe it won’t be Italy. But I need to continue seeing the world. Continue to build confidence – every day – continue the mantra, continue to be a better person! Spend more time with Alice & Ralph – the fuzzies in my life need more bonding! Alice needs to get happy for sure! Ralph is learning some great things – I want to join in! Not overloading myself. Stop and smell the roses. So, cutting the resolutions by 25%. This year is about relaxing fun too. | things I don’t use monthly, keeping tabs on what I buy and what is necessary. It’s happening. Go to town more – CHECK mostly. Use environmentally friendly bags, products, etcMMMM. Complete fail mostly. This is harder than I thought. That said, Finish crafts. CHECK! I’ve really paired down. Very little remains to be projects in 2012. I’ve definitely learned what I can and cannot do and pinterest is actually helping me to see projects, think about them and determine whether or not I should move forward! Give more gifts. CHECK!! MERRY CHRISTMAS! I cannot wait! Grade 2011: B+. Not too shabby with all the changes! 2012Here I come: Write one song as inspired by a letter I received last year. Have guitar, have keyboard, have brain, will write. Complete one set of hats that I’ve promised, supplies in hand. Sit down and do it! Complete one pair of heels that I’ve got in mind. Life is too short to not have custom shoes! :) | How'd I Do? Here we are days away until the conclusion of the year. What’s in store for me next year? How did I do this year image Go to Italy. CHECK! Maintain my weight healthily. CHECK! Same weight that I started into 2011 with I’m ending 2011 with. YAY ME. Continue to be grateful for what I have. – CHECK. I’ve spent less, used what I have more and continue to realize a little more each day that I’ve got it pretty damn good. Value myself. CHECK. and continued in 2012 and forevermore. I is kind. I is smart. I is important. Get my wisdom teeth pulled. CHECK! Write a novel. CH.almost. With the new job, its’ taking a back step. But.see resolutions for next year. This isn’t going away that quickly. Wear more socks, tights, etc.TOTALLY CHECK. This is coming with so much fun this week since I get to shop! :) It’s nice to mix match and rock out. Purge more. – CHECK. Doing so much better here. Finding space every day, finding