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A Year in Review – 2011

Posted by on February 13, 2012

At the end of each year, I like to look back at the things have happened – a retrospective of sorts. I haven’t always been completely diligent about doing it, though a few of my previous attempts are available for your perusal: 2006, 2007, 2010. We’re already a little more than 6 weeks into 2012, but I still feel like 2011 is recent enough to take a look back and see exactly what happened.

2011 was a transformative year for me in multiple regards. It was a great year for business, friendships, travel, and personal health. Here is a summary of my year in 2011:

  • I attended a “bar-warming” party at the home of my friends Ryan and Caitlin (1/8/11)
  • I joined the ranks of Godfather when Emily Mia was baptized (2/19/11)
  • For Lent I gave up the elevator in my apartment building, a decision that would indirectly lead to me losing about 50 pounds by the end of the year (3/9/11)
  • The earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan put the Pacific Coast of California on Tsunami Watch (3/11/11)
  • My friends Trish & Jamie welcomed Siena Frances Beckman into the world (4/10/11)
  • New Orleans beckoned when Adam and I were selected to present at the National Catholic Educational Association conference and I had the good fortune of being able to visit my friend Hans there, too (4/26-29/11)
  • I made my own marshmallow for the first (and still only) time (4/30/11)
  • I visited the State of Tennessee for the first time on a business trip (6/1-3/11)
  • I visited the State of Tennessee for the second time for the crazy purpose of taking a girl out on a date for her birthday; at least I got to see Graceland on that trip (6/23-28/11)
  • Mike and Saribel got married at Mission Santa Clara; I smoked my first-ever cigar at Mike’s bachelor party (6/5/11)
  • A dear friend, Kane Hardenstein, passed away after a tragic swimming accident in April that left her in a coma for over two months (7/4/11)
  • World Youth Day was in Madrid, Spain, and I got to go shoot video interviews with really cool people (8/16-23/11)
  • New Hampshire and Vermont got checked off my list of States to visit, though my plans in Vermont had to be changed at the last minute because of the terrible flooding they experienced (September)
  • Jesse and Christine got married in Newport, RI, and on that trip I bought a case of wine from Newport Vineyards (9/4/11)
  • My car was broken into in my garage, causing a delay in my departure for a wine tasting trip to Napa (9/18/11)
  • 8 people from Germany, France, and Belgium stayed with me as part of the Couch Surfing project (October)
  • I was a judge at Cupcake Camp; I had to jump start the car of one of the contestants afterwards, too (10/23/11)
  • My friends Binh and Nina got married (10/29/11)
  • I ran in my first-ever “competitive” race, the Triangle Expressway 5K in North Carolina (11/20/11)
  • I hosted a dinner party that started at 6 p.m. and didn’t end until 5:30 a.m. the next morning – it was truly epic (12/10-11/11)
  • I flew approximately 40,262 miles
  • The dinner club I started in 2010 gathered to enjoy seven amazing meals; together we shared about 40 different wines and at least as many exciting culinary experiments, including Seafood, Citrus Salad, Blue Cheese Ice Cream, Grill Roasted Duck, and Croatian Soup

While there were some difficulties during the year, overall, 2011 was a really fantastic year and I am very grateful for all of the experiences that I had. I’m looking forward to an amazing 2012, as well!

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