2011 was SPECTACULARLY QUIRKY!! While going through all of my photos, I discovered that this past year was jammed packed and I loved every second of it. As much as I love the idea of a brand new year with a clean slate, I also hate to let go of all of the wonderful memories from the previous year. I thought it would be fun to write an homage to 2011 by reflecting on everything that happened during the year. Instead of overloading your senses with a GAZILLION pictures, I decided to make some photo collages and split up my year into two parts. So without further ado, here is PART ONE of 2011 in Review:
January was an amazing month. I went on an awesome shopping trip with my sister, participated in a bridal expo with my friends, built an owl at Build-a-bear, discovered my allergy to cherry tomatoes, and went through my first attempt to groom George at home.
February was a rough month. I received a dress that has defined my style: Librarian Chic, went to Miss Hattie's for an extremely fancy Valentine's dinner with Zeth (creme brulee included), surprised Zeth with a Wizard of Oz scarecrow plushie, travelled on choir tour to Austin & San Antonio, went to the Alamo Draft house for the first time, saw Wicked, and napped with Apollo during all of me spare time due to extreme sleep deprivation.
I spend most of March up at my school. Some of the photos above include Apollo's first at-home bath, Zeth falling asleep during our FAME choir concert, proof of my pasta obsession (aka my comfort food), a picture in costume during a performance of our school's production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the surprise birthday party for Zeth, a spring break getaway with my closest friends, a snap of my sister at our choir's opera concert, and evidence of my iphoneography on flickr!
I was in a non-stop whirlwind of busyness during April. I participated in a baby expo as Snow White, went with Zeth to his first graduate conference to present one of his papers, built a Dopey hat with one sheet of foam, some purple felt, and a glue gun, threw a surprise party for my sister complete with fake moustaches, and performed in our choir's GLEE concert.
I absolutely loved May. I continued to work on my photography skills while walking all over the city, received the most beautiful lilies in the world from Zeth for our 11 month anniversary, travelled to Scotland on a study abroad trip, re-visited my favorite garden in Scotland: The Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh, discovered a swan family during one of my walks in Scotland, re-visited the Rosslyn chapel in Scotland, and found the Tardis in Glasgow. If you want to read more about my travels in Scotland, look here & here. ________________________
June was by far one of my busiest months. I climbed a mountain in Scotland, got a fish pedicure with my sister, travelled to London with my study abroad group, saw David Tennant & Catherine Tate in Taming of the Shrew, went to the London zoo & aquarium, re-visited all of my favorite places in London including Shakespeare's Globe, travelled to Paris, explored Paris with my sister, travelled to Cannes, spent 5 days in a tourist resort, sunbathed on the beach & swan in the Mediterranean, and celebrated one year of dating with Zeth. Read here if you want to read more about my adventures in London.
Books I read in 2011: Wurthering Heights by Emily Bronte, The Witching Hour by Anne Rice, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, Breakfast at Tiffany's by Trumane Capote, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Ella Enchanted by Gale Carson Levine (re-read! I read it every Christmas season),We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates, and Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.
Favorite 2011 Movies: 50/50, The Muppets, Super 8, Crazy Stupid Love, The Help, Fright Night, Friends With Benefits, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two, Thor, Limitless, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Sucker Punch, Bad Teacher, and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,
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Hello, Lovely Friend! I apologize for my lack of posts lately. Like I have mentioned on twitter & facebook, I came down with all kinds of nasty winterized sickness. I rushed to the doctor yesterday only to find out that I have walking pneumonia, an extreme sinus & ear infection, and a kidney infection. GROSS. Thanks to a steroid shot, a super powered antibiotic shot, and some sugar free strawberry lozenges, I'm feeling MUCH better after only one day in bed.
I was actually supposed to go out of town with my boyfriend for the holidays, but I had to cancel our plans because of my illness. Fortunately, my sister gave me an amazing flat screen tv for my bedroom. I'm snuggled up in bed with George, watching all of our favorite movies on Netflix while composing this blog post. I'm feeling pretty grateful for all of my blessings right now and thought it was the perfect time to compose a gratitude list.
My friends...for all of their support & love. I seriously have the most amazing people in my life. They never fail to make me smile, cheer me up, and fill my days with sunshine. I absolutely adore my lovely friends.
My Mom...for taking care of me all the time, especially when I'm under the weather.
Little Bursts of Thank-ful-ness!!
Red velvet cupcakes, Christmas movies on Netflix, hot tamales, baking parties with my favorite people, going on a Christmas light tour date with Zeth, We Rule for iPhone, cooking my sister's recipe for beef tips over rice, being told I'm an organizational wizard by my OCD grandmother, gingerbread houses, "ginormo starbucks drinks" in the words of my mom, hot pink Christmas trees, The John Rutter Christmas Album, cinnamon sticks, holiday cookie scented candles, pink sugarplum hand lotion from Bath & Body Works, going to see Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, silver and magenta tinsel, holiday cookie dough, my heating blanket, spending time with my mom, Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Pencil (my absolute favorite lip stain & chapstick in the world), loaded potato soup, tea roses, building fires in our fireplace, and snuggling with my sweet pets on a cold night.
“How we feel about ourselves, the joy we get from living, ultimately depends directly on how the mind filters and interprets everyday experiences. Whether we are happy depends on inner harmony, not on the controls we are able to exert over the great forces of the universe.”
Wow...It's been nearly a week since I have written a blog post. Things have been a little rocky on my end, and I just haven't felt inspired to write. I recently found out that my illness is a lot more serious than we were originally told. We started seeing an internal medicine doctor last month, and he did a million different tests including a sleep study, a nerve shock test, and genetic testing. He discovered that I have a genetic defect called HLA DR3, which is extremely rare. He was actually sort of excited in a weird way and confessed that I was the first patient he has ever seen with this genetic defect. He is planning to send me to a research hospital with a panel of doctors who are interested in studying my case.
While that might sound exciting, my family & I really are not thrilled about this discovery. This genetic defect causes the early-age on set of 4 different disease, one of which is the thyroid disease I have already been diagnosed with. The other three are a muscle disorder, a liver disease, and a compromised immune system found in aids. Yikes. Everyone in my family is very worried because I already have symptoms from all of the diseases.
Of course, I'm trying to stay positive about my situation. Now that we know what is wrong, I can receive treatment and start taking medicine to help me feel better.
I've never really talked about my illness in-depth before. I'm a very private person, and I rarely talk about my personal problems. I also try to keep negative thoughts and vibes away from my blog. I just felt moved to share this news because it's going to be a big part of my life from now on. I have been overwhelmed for the past week, and I feel a million times better after venting a little bit.
Hello Lovely Friend!! I just spent the day on a quest to find the perfect gift for everyone on my list. It was a challenge to keep my spirits up after dealing with angry shoppers & rude store clerks, but I was able to stay positive and excited about the holidays.
As most of you know, I ADORE the holiday season. It almost seems as though the holidays have become even more important & special to me now that I'm older. As a child, we struggled a lot during the holidays. Even after my parents divorced, we still had very sparse holiday seasons and strange holiday gatherings. One year, we didn't have enough money for a Christmas tree, so I built one using green poster board, glitter glue, and colorful felt.
The idea of DIY holiday decorations & gifts has always stayed with me. With a little bit of creativity, you can turn a small amount of money into some very unique gifts.