2011 had to have been one of the most happenin’ years of my life.
Every year was happenin’, but this one had so many ups and downs, I am legitimately glad I keep a planner so I can have a physically documented account of what I did with the past 52 weeks.
Let’s start with December 2010.
*My best friend and her boyfriend got engaged, and I knew for like a week before he did it (I kept asking him when he was going to freakin pop the question so I could stop avoiding her…we shared a living room/bedroom/bathroom for goodness sake)
*Road tripped down to Sahn-Dee-Ah-Go with some pretty hilarious and awesome people.
*Dawgs baffeled Huskers fans with a nice Holiday Bowl win over heavily favored Nebraska. Suckers.
*Thought about publishing my blogs.
My next event, I owe all of my 2011 success to my New Year’s Kiss. According to Wikipedia, the NYE Kiss sets the tone for your year, so thank you Seattle Sportsnet for my New Year’s Kiss and all the events of 2011.
*I detoxed for like, 3 days…it was supposed to be 7.
*According to my planner I went to the Little Red Hen mulitple times.
*I was featured on Karate Emergency (all due in part to my kissing of SSN)
*I put in my two weeks to Lululemon…which actually, the conversation happened at the Little Red Hen.
*I did something to my hair, I ran a few miles, ooh, I made enchiladas on Jan 27th…went to church with my Great Gramma.
*My Gramma Gramma was diagnosed with lung cancer. Not cool.
*BSmas was created by my friend Brinton Slaeker (BS) and I (BS). He likes the number 11 and I like number 20. So on the odd months we celebrate BSmas on the 11th and the even months it is on the 20th.
*Decided to publish my blogs. For real.
*Feb 2nd I put my $426 down payment down on my book…only a third of the way paid for.
*Went to the Red Hen some more…
*Had a “Lazy day”, as my planner tells me, on Feb 5th
*I played outdoor soccer, bought zumba on the Kinect, played some slowpitch, my uncle Brent came to town.
*Looks like I went to dinner on Valentine’s day…but it doesn’t say with who.
*My Gramma had surgery (she’s all better: YAY!!!!)
*Played in a snowshoe softball tournament…literally.
*Decided I wanted to play softball in Italy
*I turned 23 the same day I put more money down for the book and the same day as Dr. Seuss.
*I also went to the Hen for my birthday. Good times had by all. There is video evidence I hope no one ever sees.
*I attended my first Husky Softball games as an Alumni.
*I went to San Francisco for my Italian visa.
*Got something else done to my hair.
*Went to the Yella Beak for the first time.
*Made my third and final payment for the book!!!
*Won our Co-ed Outdoor Soccer championship
*Had the most epic interview with Victoria Hayward…and then I accidentally taped over it.
*Met Randy Montana on the 15th.
*HAD PUPPIES! (Not me…my dog)
*Tried to play in Italy…visa was rejected. BOO.
*Went to the Red Hen. Weird.
*Jake Locker was drafted to the Tennessee Titans. That kind of affects my life.
*Osama Bin Laden was killed! Incredible.
*Decided I like taking pictures: baby James Sahlin was my first offical model.
*Lost a friend from High School: David “Shennon” Shelton on May 4th :( Rest in Paradise #55
*I started Weight Watchers May 16th
*I ended Weight Watchers May 22nd
*My friend Jacki Hansen (#9 in 2007, Centerfielder) got married!
*Started a summer job as a barista at the Greenlake Boathouse!
*Went to my favorite place in Whatcom County: Ferndale.
*Hosted the WESPY’s for UW Athletics Department :)
*Went to Lake Havasu (amazing)!
*Went to the Gorge for the first time: Tim McGraw!
*Ran my first half marathon: Seattle Rock N Roll 2 hours and 24 minutes
*My book was FINALLY published :)
*My best friend Lauren married the love of her life
*Started another job at Echo Falls Golf Course! Beer Cart girl.
*I saw Harry Potter part two at midnight. The end of epicness.
*Went on a date with a Pittsburgh Steeler.
*Caitlin Noble (#13, Pitcher 2005-2008) married her fiance :) I missed it because I was sick…
*Took pictures for the Fausko’s :)
*Went to one of my most favorite places: VEGAS.
*Spoke at a clinic to hundreds of softball players :)
*Moved out of the house I have been living in for almost four years!
*One of my best friends from middle school got married! Congrats Mrs. McCarty!!
*Interned with Kenny Mayne. The man.
*Saw Eric Church and Toby Keith at the Gorge!
*Kelly Denman: RIP girl!
*Had another devastating event: Tucker Johnson passed away in a car accident (his mom died in a car accident 7 years ago…his family is one of my all-time favorites, very, very, very heartbreaking)
*Two friends got married: Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Garrett Rutledge (Jordan Morrow) and Mr. & Mrs. Eduardo Millan (Christina Rios)
*Had the epic trip to the Gorge to see the Zac Brown Band. Phenomenal.
*Got my hair did. Back to dark. BORING.
*Won some slowpitch tourneys.
*Had a Harry Potter marathon party. Yes, I am that cool.
*I was introduced to Pinterest. My life forever changed.
*I found out Karen (the cat I have lived with) had run away and we think she may have passed away. I am convinced she is just walking back to Seattle from Nashville.
*Went to ANOTHER wedding! Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Brad Foreman!
*My girl Alyssa came into town to visit! She went to Pike Place for the first time!!
*My brother turned 18! He is such a little stud
*I was on New Day Northwest on Channel 5-confirmed my aspirations to become a talk show host.
*This is hard…I lost one of my close friends Cameron John Christian on the same day as my Husky Alumni game. One of the saddest days I have had in a long time. I thought I would never stop crying…
*I flew to Nashville for 36 hours to visit my friends: Went to Luke Bryan’s concert and spent some much needed time with my best friends (Cam’s memorial was that weekend, I couldn’t miss it).
*I dressed up as a bottle of Baileys Irish Cream for the four days of Halloween. Epic costume.
*The Husky football team played their last game at the original Husky Stadium :( What a fantastic stadium!
*I love Bellingham!
*My favorite Holiday occurred: Thanksgiving. I created yet another song.
*I celebrated my 18th year off treatment for leukemia on November 25th!!
*Dawgs won the Apple Cup. Of course.
*I flew to Alaska and did a softball clinic with Morgan Stuart: I LOVE KETCHIKAN!
*I was hired at a NEW JOB that I got all by myself :) A sales and marketing position!
*Went to Nashville again, had quite the momentous news broken to me, went to the Titans vs. Saints game and Jake got to playyyy!! And he did well! And he was the top play on Sportscenter! I love those guys.
*Lefse. Learn about it.
*Went to a cookie exchange with my cousins…I LOVE HOLIDAY COOKIES!
*Went to the Christmas Eve Seahawks game with my mom and dad!
*Celebrated Jesus’ birthday with my family. The holidays are amazing.
*The boys played in the Alamo Bowl and lost a heartbreaker. 56 points and a loss. Damn.
This has been a pretty phenomenal year. I am pretty sure none of that meant anything to you but I thought it was fun to look back on the year :)
I have two mottos, one was a friend’s status and one I saw on Pinterest:
Keep your heels, head and standards high
Have less, do more, be more.
I just love both of these.
Some of my goals for 2012
*Walk the stairs whenever I can.
*Work out 4 days a week and drink more water.
*Run a half marathon in another state.
*Take pretty pictures and sell them to people as art.
*Get my business license/open an etsy store for my craft abilities.
*Sell 1,000 books.
*Start the process of another book…
*Use my connections and start a small talk show!
*Travel to another country!
*Keep my room clean (it can only be dirty 5 days out of the month).
*Save $300 a month (yikes.)
What about you?? Think about what you want your motto to be for 2012.
Don’t forget I owe all the success to Seattle Sportsnet. Go like his page.
Happy 70th birthday to my amazing Grandfather. I love him so much and am very thankful for him (Plus, he doesn’t look 70, so I hope I can take as good care of myself as he does, he’s a great example of hardwork at it’s finest!)