Here is a look back on my year, or at least the stuff I took pictures of. Other stuff happened, I just didn’t photograph it. (P.S. I promise this is my last year-end themed post. Sorry. I like them.)
We rang in the new year pretty low-key: dinner out with friends, followed by Guitar Hero and other stuff that I didn’t take pictures of. Here I am trying to make sure my niece follows in the family footsteps and becomes a musician of some sort.
In April, we went to Galena to celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary
Race #1: Strive 5K. P.R. And we both placed in our age groups.
Race #2: Soldier Field 10 Mile
Race #3: Commit to be Fit 5K. Won my age group. Another P.R.
Went to my first and last Cubs game of 2011. But got to watch the game from a private suite (thanks to my husband’s company) for the first time ever. (But I didn’t take any pictures of the suite. Go figure.)
In July, we went to the Quad Cities for a family reunion (my Dad’s family)
Race #4: Rock ‘n Roll Chicago Half Marathon with my cousin. Another P.R.
In August I went to Detroit to visit a couple of my college besties.
At the end of August, to help us better tackle our debt, we decided to move in with my parents. Packing up my precious cargo …
Race #5: Fort2Base 10 Nautical Mile with The Sailor. Beat him by one second.
In September, I saw Ani Difranco in concert for the 4th time
At the end of September/beginning of October, my friend Scott and I went to Boston to visit our BFF Vera
Race #6: While we were there, I ran the Applefest Half Marathon with Vera. Another P.R.
Race #7: Monster Dash 5K Obstacle Course with The Sailor and our friend Tiny. I wore an old pirate costume.
Halloween: Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas & Michael Myers
Race #8: Palos Park Rec Dept Turkey Trot 5K with The Sailor. We both placed in our age groups. Another P.R. (for me at least … I haven’t been keeping track of his times).
Race #10: Reindeer Run 5K (which was actually 2.9mi) at Brookfield Zoo. 2nd in my age group. Would have been a P.R. if the course was 3.1mi.
Another concert: Florence and The Machine
Race #11: Dash into the New Year 5K. (Race report coming.) Another P.R. (faster pace than the Reindeer Run 5K). I’ll be sad when I stop P.R.ing every race.
Also this year, I started making more running friends (in person). Here I am with some F’N Runners (Frankfort New Lenox Running Club)
2011 may not have been the perfect year – we went from renting a room at a friend’s house to living with my parents, so a step down from what already felt like a compromise.
But this year reminded me that I am so very lucky to be surrounded by such an amazing, supportive family, and really great friends. It brought me closer to my roots – not just literally back to the house I grew up in, but closer to people who have known me for a long time, through many different versions of “me,” and still love me.
This year reminded me yet again that I may not have everything I want, but I am blessed to have everything I need. I have a roof over my head and food to eat. I have my health, and I found something I love to help keep me healthy, physically and mentally. I have people who I love and who love me, and I get to see many of them on a regular basis. I have a good job where I am challenged and respected.
And I have some bling! Here’s to a fantastic 2012!