February, when I flew out to San Francisco to meet Raj and drink lots and lots of wine. It is thus safe to say that February was a huge improvement. I also wrote you some Valentines, you lucky ducks, you. And I watched the Packers win the Superbowl.
In March, I ran my first ever 8k. Shortly thereafter, Raj turned 33 and to celebrate, we invented Champagne Saturday, aka, the most awesome invention ever of all time.
I kicked off April with a septoplasty, which led to lots of naps, a newfound love for Ativan, and eventually much better breathing. I spent my spring break doing the job I'd done as a 25 year-old and discovering quite painfully that I am no longer 25.
In May, we celebrated Raj's med school graduation with cake and sangria. SO MUCH SANGRIA.
Thus, in June, I began training for my next half-marathon. Also, Raj moved in. Fortunately, the biggest argument this caused was whether our apartment ended up more masculine or feminine. We took a quick getaway to Tilghman Island on Maryland's Eastern Shore before I went back to work for Close Up to have my not-25-ness once again painfully rubbed in my face by the way that it took me two full days to recover from each week of work.
July 1 was Raj's first day of internship and my first day of cooking. I'm happy to report, five months later, that everything I've made has been edible and I've only made us sick once (with collard greens, squash and chickpeas - WHAT?!?!) Raj and I celebrated our two year anniversary with cotton gifts and frozen hot chocolate. Also, I discovered Pinterest.
In August, I visited Texas for my friend Jenny's wedding and Raj surprised me by showing up for the wedding. I also went to the beach in Deleware with a bunch of girlfriends and then went back to work. We then had an earthquake and a hurricane in quick succession, indicating, I believe that the universe was displeased with my decision to leave the beach and return to work. I'm clearly meant to be a full-time beach bum.
I kicked off September for the second year in a row with the Rock & Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon, this time with my friend and coworker Amy. Shortly thereafter, I turned 34 and we celebrated (some of us somewhat reluctantly) by going to the Sound of Music Singalong. We also celebrated my nephew Owen's fourth birthday and my friend Melissa's wedding with 30ish hours in San Antonio. Then I had jury duty forever.
November brought a girls' weekend in New York with Holly, celebrating Veterans' Day with a living room camp in and running my first ever 10k. Followed by my first ever hosting of Thanksgiving.
In December, we got to go to the White House Holiday Tweetup. Most Thoughtful Gift Smackdown Thunderdome Bowl 2011 ended in a tie, leaving the score tied at 1-1-1. We ended the year with three days in San Antonio and three days in Albuquerque. We visited family, saw friends, ate good food, and I learned to ski. (More on that to come.)
2011 was a full year, not without its difficulties, but overall good, what with the learning and growth and all.
Things to look forward to in 2012 include my rapidly-approaching trip to Phoenix to run the Rock & Roll Half Marathon there with Holly and Holly. I'm planning to run the Rock & Roll Half here on St. Patrick's Day as well. Also a spring break trip with Raj to a location yet to be determined. And an effort to healthify my cooking so as to stop enfattening Raj and myself. So if you have healthy recipes, I'd love to see them.
Thanks to all of you for being a part of the last year here at Superfantastic. Here's wishing you a new year of new discoveries, celebrations with loved ones, and laughs all around.