2011 in Review

I’ve posted yearly recaps since 2008. I’m a stickler for tradition so here’s my recap for 2011.

Previous years: 2008, 2009, 2010

I had a good year.

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  • It snowed.
  • I didn’t see Alan often because of his work.
  • BDF (Best Dudie Friend) visited Austin! This ended up being the only time I saw him this year.
  • BDF surprised me with cookies. His note gets me Google search hits that make me a little sad.
  • Sent out Valentine cards and socks to my girlfriends.

  • Alan and I hanging out


  • Alan took me to my first NBA game, Heat vs. Spurs.
  • BFF had cake balls delivered to me at work.
  • My solemate (deliberate misspelling) visited Austin.
  • Went to Austin’s 2nd Annual Bacon Takedown.
  • Went to Sketchbook Project 2011 tour stop in Austin.
  • Hosted my first giveaway on the blog.
  • Attended a free screening and Q&A with director of Meaning of Tea, a fantastic documentary about tea. Really!
  • Alan and I had a two part dinner to celebrate our three year anniversary at Haddington’s and Uchiko (my favorite restaurant).
  • Attended Austin Food Blogger’s Alliance Launch Party and applied for membership.
  • March was a turning point in my life. I faced myself in therapy. I’m still reaping the benefits.

  • At Sketchbook Project event



  • I got bangs impulsively, changing my do for the first time in 5 years.
  • Took a canoe trip with coworkers, facing a handful of irrational fears very reluctantly. Obviously, I survived.
  • I participated in Leo’s Habit Course and developed a palate for vegetables by eating one serving a day for 30 days.
  • Flew to Boston to see BFF. We drove to New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island, all three were states I’ve never visited.
  • Read 8 books this month.
  • Totes Awesome Channel was founded.


  • Went home to Houston for Father’s Day.
  • Rolled down a hill inside of a ball.
  • I hit a boulder with my car. I always hit non-moving objects. Anyway, this was the start of a chain of bumper problems during the rest of the year.
  • I hemmed my first dress! As part of my new year’s resolutions, I wanted to do 10 learning tasks with sewing. This was my first major lesson.
  • Went to third Annual Cupcake Smackdown


  • Met Ashley D, Ashley, and Nicole of Totes Awesome Channel and recorded a vlog.
  • Celebrated my 28th birthday simply with a dinner with Alan and then a movie and drinks with friends.
  • Made my favorite video: 28 Life Lessons from 28 People (for my 28th birthday).
  • I caught up to 2007 and got my first smart phone!
  • My friend, Naz surprised me with a vlog from my dad.
  • I got really cozy with Tennessee Williams and his movies. Cat on Hot Tin Roof is excellent!

  • Celebrating my birthday


  • Successfully completed VEDA despite being out of town twice and moving!
  • Met up Hillary and Alex in Dallas for our second girls’ weekend of the year.
  • Moved in with Alan.
  • Used my passport for the first time since renewing it 2007. Alan and I took a vacation to Vancouver, Canada, my new favorite city.
  • Saw the bats in Austin for the first time.

  • In front of the Vancouver Aquarium




  • Posted a blog post every day in November.
  • Ran two blocks of a 5k for Race for the Cure and raised 460 dollars. Thanks to a lot of you!
  • Went to Texas Renaissance Festival with Brandi and Jessica. It was our third year going and we decided to only do new things. We threw knives, shot bow and arrows, and had our face painted. It was the first time I’ve ever had my face painted!
  • Had my second blogger date with Treavor.
  • Attended a We Are Girls conference with my little. It was incredibly insightful.
  • Had a Thanksgiving picnic with friends at the park. We threw a whole cooler’s worth of ice cubes into an enormous fountain, to create ripples, to help push a soccer ball to a sad toddler across the fountain. We were successful.
  • Had a progressive meal day with Kim, Thomas, and friends.
  • During breaks between eats, we made paper cranes for Kim’s tree.
  • My bumper nearly killed Kim and me and got us murdered in the woods.
  • Made our sparkly tattoos dance.


  • I decide to like Christmas. I discovered it took more energy disliking it than it does to give into the cheer.
  • Partcipated in Austin Food Blogger’s food swap.
  • I was without a car the whole time I was in Houston for Christmas (the bumper needed to be replaced) and was touched to have friends pick me up for dates.
  • Sewed couch pillows with help from mom.
  • Hosting a “Never Have We Ever” dinner party tonight. Post to come!

  • Bob hanging out with snowman

In writing this post, I realized this year was really sweet for relationships. It may have a lot to do with my prioritizing close friends over acquaintances and then learning to set boundaries. Recently, I’ve been in a funk about not having a life’s calling but I have to say, I’m really content with my tribe. Word on the street is that it’s the relationships that really matter.

Wishing you a terrific end of year celebration! Lots of love!

Question: What happened this year with you?

  • Great post, Linda! :) All that happened in 2011? Funny how fast time seems to fly, but then you actually get so much done.

    • Thanks, Suki! I know! It lifted my mood a bit. I like doing these posts because after time as past, your perspective of events change.

  • Awesome post Linda! Glad I could help with this kick-ass year! You’ve definitely helped make mine kick-ass. See you in February!

    • Our third date! Happy almost new year! Enjoy NYC.

  • Awesome wrap-up, Linda.  So I did one too.  I didn’t write as much this year, so I had to dive into the facebook archives to figure out just what the hell I was doing all year.  Happy Holidays!

    • Ha! I cross reference Facebook and Google calendar and kind of glued together the timeline. Social media really helps with documenting life when you get too lazy or busy to blog or journal. Also, happy almost new year, old friend!

  • It makes me happy we both did 2011 recap posts on the same day. :)

    You had such a busy, fulfilled year! And yes, it is the relationships that matter. I am quite jealous of all the fun times with friends you had. And also? 2012? I’m going to be on this recap when we meet. :)

    • That’s what I thought when I saw yours in my reader! Great minds :)


      This would require you to get on a plane! This thought makes me excited. Funny you mention jealousy because I’m jealous of your career!

  • Happy New Year! May 2012 be even more incredible for you. Still taking a break from blogging/internet/social media. Be back soon. This year was difficult & I’m thinking of doing a recap so I can remember the good too. Hugs!

    • I think one of the years (2008 or 2009), I had a bad year and doing a recap highlighting the positive things really was a great exercise. Lots of hugs and a happy new year to you! May 2012 be brighter for you. Cheers!

  • Its awesome that you have a recap of your years. I think I should do something similar and go through my blog and just see what has happened good and bad this previous year. I do hope that you continue to be awesome and this upcoming year for you becomes an even greater year for you :) 

    • I would love to read your recap! I wish the same for 2012 and you! 

  • Anonymous

    Wow, 2011 was a huge year for you!  You packed alot into one year.  I think we kind of lose sight of everything we do each year as we kind of move onto the next big thing, so I like these posts as they make you realize just how much great things were packed into a year!!

    • I do enjoy these posts because you’re right, it’s a great way to gain perspective. Happy new year, Lisa!

  • Anonymous

    Wow! What a full year! Hope you’re enjoying the holidays :)

    • Happy New Year, friend!

      • Anonymous

        Thank you, Happy New Year to you! Let’s hope 2012 is even better!

  • You are so gorgeous, Linda!

    This year, I met the love of my life, traveled a lot, and moved away from home for the first time ever. It’s been a crazy-wonderful year!Sounds like you had an amazing year. Hope your 2012 is even more amazing. :)

    • Aw, thanks Gina. 

      You had a pretty epic year. And I hardly use the word, “epic!” 

      Can’t wait to see what unfolds for us in 2012 :) 

  • I am always amazed at how busy you stay!  So glad we got to meet this year.

    • So glad we met too! See you soonish!

  • Happy new year, Linda! I hope 2012 is as wonderful to you as 2011 was!

    • Happy wedding year to you! Right? Did I just make it up?

      Happy new year :),

      • Yes, it will be my wedding year!  It’s exciting and overwhelming at the same time!

  • Anonymous

    Wow you had an awesome year!  Very inspiring.  Makes me want to live life more.  :)

    • You’ve been living life more from what I can tell! Trips and new food!

  • I feel like the two most important things in life: Experiences & Relationships. Everything else is just pieces of these two things. You excel at teaching people how to live and love both. Love the recap, as always!!  :)

    • Elisa, that means so much coming from you. Thank you.

  • mef

    I feel like 2011 had a ton of down moments, but reading through this list (even knowing that it’s yours and not mine because I didn’t get off my ass and write mine), I realize that 2011 had a lot of good moments too. So it gets a passing grade despite it all. I’m super glad you like your tribe. I love you.