2011- in review

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Ah, 2011. A year that was good to me, that kicked me around, that in the end felt just a bit static. Onward to 2012 and all it may hold, I say. But for now, here's a look back at all that was 2011.

January: I shared beauty tips and explain how to get the perfect blowout.

February: We all know there are lions and tigers and bears out in the woods. (Okay, maybe just bears.) But back in February, I could have sworn things of more magical nature were lurking out there too.

March: Birthday month. Which always seems to evoke worry. And where there's worry, there's plenty of cathartic knitting. 

Winter 2011 knitting project

April: The garden began. I got some nice recognition for my writing. (Hooray!)

May: I managed a quick getaway to Chicago with my friend Sarah before heading back to full time work at the museum. 
At a White Sox/Twins game

June: Juggled the "back to work" balancing act. 


I caught a fish!
Crafting weekend came north!

August: I decided to put everything I saw into jars.  I mean, everything.

September: While the garden grew and grew, the forest decided to catch on fire.

Wedding apparel!
October: I found writing encouragement in an unexpected place and explained the cyclical nature of seasonal employment.
Smokey Bear Jack-O-Lantern happened

November: A month filled with bounty of venison.

December: There was a murder, ice, and a bit of Christmas cheer.
The murder scene
What was your favorite 2011 memory? Share it in the comments below.

Note: I'm still caught up in holiday hoopla. I'll be back in earnest come January 2nd. Until, then, a happiest new year to all of you! Cheers to 2012!


  1. My year still feels divided as US-year/India-year; for the latter: dancing with my Indian neighbors on Diwali and feeling like I really belonged here for the first time.
    I like your post--maybe I'll try something like that for a reflection.

  2. Happy New Year! May your 2012 will be great!

  3. Have an equally wonderful 2012!

  4. Hi, my name is Heather! Please email me when you can, I have a question about your blog!


  5. Sorry that I disappeared--- I have been sick and overworked all month (not to mention that there was supposed to be revelry...)

    Anyways, it seems like you had a wildly exciting 2011--- hopefully 2012 proves even more exciting (that's a good thing!).

  6. Ada, what a wonderful year in review! The rainbow photo is breathtaking and your Smokey the Bear Jack-o-Lantern is impressive! I just had a chef friend ask me to send them a link to that "amazing cherry recipe" I shared on Facebook a few months ago. I flipped through my archives and was happy to find that it was your Cherry Bounce!

    Looking forward to more great adventures and posts in 2012.

    Happy New Year!

  7. I like this version of the year end recap- terse and photo heavy! I may copy it!


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