I wasn’t going to do a post like this, but changed my mind after deciding that (for the most part) 2011 was a pretty kick ass year. I’m pretty bad at remember things in order, but I’m pretty sure that most of what I’m about to describe really did happen in 2011. So, enjoy!
January - BP and I watched the strawberry drop in Harrisburg. I’d never been to a ball dropping, but have no inclination to hoof around Times Square, so this was perfect. We met up with one of BP’s friends from HS and shared a pint downtown. For those of you who are wondering about the strawberry, Harrisburg has “Strawberry Square” downtown, so they drop a big fruit instead of a big crystal ball. In this month, I also turned 24 except it snowed so bad that I spent it alone, getting drunk and taking photos for posterity.
February - I *think* I went to see MST’s Hamlet (it could have been at the end of January, but I wrote the review for sure in February. This lit a spark in me to start reviewing shows, unofficially but it also led to a little bit of strife when interacting with acquaintances at said theatre. I cooked a lot in the winter, some meals were delightful, some were disastrous (like the avocado fries). I did quite a bit of reading too, my favorite from this month being ‘Matched.’
March - BP and G and myself headed down to The Abbey to see Gene Ween and Dave—members of the band Ween who happen to be the favorites of BP and G. I was a little less excited than the two of them, AT FIRST because I didn’t know very much Ween and what I’d investigated on my own wasn’t terribly accessible. I was pleasantly surprised though (I think the show being ‘unplugged’ help quite a bit) and I had a great time! Ween fans are some of the nicest people out there and it was a really great experience to see so many diverse walks of life coming together and singing along and just having a great time! Shortly after, BP made me a pretty killer Ween mix that I played until the disk wore out. March must have been the month for music because I also got to attend another show… THE MOUNTAIN GOATS! One random day, BP called me with the most exciting news: JD had added an extra show to the Full Moon Fish Tour, and it just HAPPENED to be at the Strand Capitol which wasn’t far from his house! We snatched up tickets, and headed down to see the man who’s albums I’d committed to memory; my heart nearly stopped. It was a beautiful venue and I never thought I’d get to see JD in person, ever! I scooped up some schwag including a vinyl of Tallahassee, which I would later play over and over again during our first few weeks in OR. BP and I also discovered Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Restaurant in Columbia, PA, which if you’re on the east coast and dying for some authentic cajun, you can’t go wrong! Other highlights include: the release of Black Swan to DVD (my queen!), hosting my own giveaway for my art, and posting a rather aggressive response/review to MST’s Odd Couple.
April - I bought a giant 4 foot by 4 foot canvas that barely made it from the store to my mother’s house, with the intention of throwing darts at paint-filled balloons on the monstrosity. Instead I ended up doing a lot of drip-art on it, and it turned out amazing, garnering lots of compliments when I took it to outdoor sales. I didn’t find a buyer, nor did I take it to OR with me, two facts that I lament. Also during this month, a stranger read my blog and sent me instant film for the instax camera I would receive from BP.
May - The month of the crayola model magic monsters! Unfortunately, when trying to paint/color them, they all pretty much got ruined, which deterred me from buying more model magic (it’s pretty expensive) to keep making monsters.
June - I started getting my ducks in a row to move to OR.
July - I quit my job at Plasticoid. This was kind of bittersweet, ‘cause I came to like a good number of the people who worked there, but let’s face it, behind a desk is not where I’m meant to be for the rest of my life. That brings us to the most amazing road-trip across America. The Trip of a lifetime. Kentucky Bourbon, Grandparents Fincham in Illinois, Kansas for a Smith Family Reunion, Colorado-Irish Pub, Grand Canyon with our friend Dave and his pups, Standing in four places at one time, MUTHAFUCKIN’ VEGAS (with the Smiths who fooled me!), Montana to see our friends Sarah and Jason, and then later on G-Sauced and his lovable doggie. I also found the shop where I’d like to get all of my tattoos, Bound By Glory, in Missoula, MT. I got my first calf-piece, a rendition of the White Rabbit from Alice In Wonderland. Then there was Portland (where the farmer’s market is most crucial) and finally to our new home. The saddest thing happened also, Risotto the Rat passed away, and I’m still not over it.
August - We’d finally arrived in Corvallis, and got settled, and our little family grew by two furry members, two rats (Alice and Jane). BP eventually started classes at OSU for his fermentation science degree and I started the epic journey that has been finding employment. We made a trip to the coast, stocked up on beer from the garage sale at Rogue, and I saw Sea Lions for the first time in my life—they’re so much bigger than I thought they’d be!
September - Beer Week! My favorite event was the Beer/Cheese/Sake tasting event at the local brew shop and I learned that I prefer unfiltered sake over the filtered, but am still not a die-hard-fan. I also had the most wonderful honey truffle chevre. I think this was also when I answered an ad for a job and wound up with a temporary agency… which was an experience unto itself; working two days at one assignment, then a week at another…
October - BP and I had trouble figuring out what we did in October. It was mostly uneventful. He says we found Crowbar, our favorite watering-hole in Corvallis, where we struck up a friendship with the manager/bartender. Halloween, though it is my favorite, was quiet—we’d planned to go out to see a bunch of bands play but didn’t end up making it.
November - CLEAN ALL THE THINGS. No really. BP and I scrubbed the apartment from top to bottom in preparation for having our folks out for the Thanksgiving Holiday. My mother came out first, a week before Turkey Day, and she and I spent time at the coast, getting soaked to the bone! We also had a girly day and went to see a chick flick and had pedicures done… which I am now addicted to, but haven’t returned to the salon due to my lack of steady employment. We brought momma to Mr. Bill’s Traveling Trivia Show—something we sometimes attend regularly. Unfortunately, momma brought a cold with her, and after spreading it to me, I gave it to BP, and we weren’t even on the mend when his parents and brother came to town. We had an unconventional Thanksgiving dinner, menu planned by (mostly) me, executed by everyone. You can see what we ate here. There was another trip to the coast with the Smiths, as well as more Trivia.
December - Prepping for Christmas! And we were finally better! BP and I bought our first Christmas Tree together and decorated the apartment! It was fun to see all the ornaments we’d picked up along the way, finally make it to our tree! We celebrated early, just the two of us, before making the trip out to Montana to spend the rest of the holiday with G and his parents (and Koot the dog). We ate chicken in the basement (best chicken ever), two rounds of Philly West, and watched a billion movies—including first time viewings of Muppet Treasure Island, Muppet Christmas Carol, and It’s A Wonderful Life which people say is a quintessential Christmas Movie, but truthfully it about bored me out of my skull. I also got my other calf worked on—this time by Joel, the owner of Bound By Glory; he came up with the most amazing rendition of Alice preparing to slay the jabberwocky, and the tattoo was much less painful and is healing at a very fast rate! On an unrelated note, I also purchased my first sewing machine and have started making monsters already!
So there you have it. A year in review. Tonight, we’re headed downtown for some drinks to ring in the New Year. Hope you all have a great time, and a safe time! Remember, only idiots drink and drive, friends don’t let friends do it, and you should NEVER ride with someone who’s been boozing!
Much love! See you in 2012.