A Lemonade Life in 2011.
This is my last blog post of 2011 and so it’s fitting that I spend it looking back at some memorable moments of the year. I have done recap posts most years that I have blogged at Lemonade Life, although I didn’t do a Year in Review recap post last year because I spent almost the entire month reflecting on 2010. I saw this format on Stephany’s blog this week and I really liked it. I also liked the top 10 list that Lisa and Amber did. Some months were busier than others, but overall, it was really great year full of amazing moments.
I rang in the New Year with the wonderful news that I had been hired as Assistant Editor at DiabetesMine. After 10 years of diabetes advocacy, I started my first day of gainful employment as a professional blogger on January 3.
I launched Round Two of the 101 Things in 1,001 Days Challenge. So far, I’ve completed 9 items. Hmm. I have a lot to do this year!
I discovered the concept of clean eating and actually managed to lose some weight using the diet, which isn’t so much a diet as a healthy, normal way of eating.
I celebrated 17 years of managing my diabetes, living a mostly healthy, happy and well-adjusted life. Hey, no one’s perfect.
Erik and I drove to Washington D.C. to attend the JDRF Research Summit, and we also spent some time with one of Erik’s college friends.
I celebrated Valentine’s Day with my fiance! We had a lovely dinner at Tribeca Grill.
A couple weeks later, we traveled to Seattle to attend a family wedding, and then I took the train down to Portland so I could continue wedding planning with my mom.
Erik and I experimented with clean cooking. We also invited some friends over for the Super Bowl and everything we served was made with organic ingredients.
I had to deal with idiots in charge of my COBRA benefits.
I spent four days in Washington, D.C. with other diabetes bloggers for JDRF’s Government Day. We also had a big diabetes party at Chevy’s. Mexican and cupcakes. What else would you expect?
Right after that trip, I went to Boston to film the Artificial Pancreas clinical trial for work, where we met up with Jeff and his wife, Lisa, and indulged in cannolis at Mike’s Pastry. You can’t say you’ve been to Boston until you’ve been to Mike’s Pastry.
I went to Los Angeles for the Medtronic Diabetes Advocates Forum and spent the day touring the sights with my friends Leighann and Lee Ann.
I hit a big milestone in my weight loss: I dropped a pant size and was back under 200 lbs. Big moment, people!
I traveled to Raleigh, NC for the DiabetesSisters Weekend for Women conference. I had fun meeting lots of new women and hanging out with old friends, like Stacey Divone.
My friend Cara came to town and we saw
Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe in How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. We also had a great brunch at Marseille with a bunch of our NYC D pals!
I did a dumb thing and fell down a flight of stairs while wearing stockings. The pain was so severe it caused a vasovagal syncope reaction and I passed out.
Over Memorial Day, Erik and I went to Chicago for a friend’s wedding. We had a lovely time visiting with friends and having cocktails at the top of the John Hancock building.
Erik and I finally took our engagement photos with talented photographer, Ryan Brenizer.
I started on Invisalign, although I didn’t wear them for very long before getting my teeth bonded for the wedding.
I celebrated four years of being an East Coaster.
I also had my bachelorette party.
I spent four days in Oregon finishing wedding plans before traveling to San Diego to participate in the third annual Roche Diabetes Social Media Summit, followed by the American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions. I flew back to New York for three days before flying all the way back to Portland where…
Erik and I spent our week-long honeymoon in Central Oregon at a resort called Sunriver. I highly, highly recommend visiting.
My blog turned 6 years old. Wow!
That was pretty much the entire month, actually.
I turned 26! A very fun birthday with eating copious amounts of chocolate with friends who share my lack of a functioning pancreas, along with their significant others.
I went to the Top of the Rock (the observation deck of Rockefeller Center) for the very first time.
I attended the annual conference for the American Association of Diabetes Educators in Las Vegas.
I got a tattoo!
Hurricane Irene. Ugh.
Spent the entire month living in hotels. I did not party like a rock star. Although I did enjoy not having to make my own bed.
Erik and I traveled to Quebec City and Montreal over Labor Day weekend. Turns out, it was Labor Day there, too, so not as fun of a vacation as one might think with everything being closed and whatnot.
We also went to Maine, where we visited The Other Portland, had dinner with some friends, and ate a Travel Channel award winning lobster roll. It was pretty tasty.
I also went to California for four days for work. The weather was beautiful, our event was a success and being on the Stamford campus made me want to go back to school.
Erik and I took yet another trip (hey, if you’re forced to live in a hotel, you might as well live in a hotel some place interesting) and this time we went to Vermont. We ate pancake with maple syrup and cinnamon baked into the batter (yum!), visited Ginger in Burlington, and photographed some of the devastation of Hurricane Irene. We felt very, very lucky indeed.
The following weekend, Erik and I flew to Kansas City for Simonpalooza, the biggest diabetes meet-up I’ve ever been to! And it was awesome!
I found out that my panel was selected for SXSW!
While in San Diego on business and also to visited my grandmother, I found out that the evacuation order had been lifted on our apartment complex! We could go home!
We made friends with the couple who live next door. They are very nice people and we feel lucky to finally have neighbors who are also our friends.
On Halloween, we celebrated my husband’s 28th birthday.
Erik and I spent a day exploring Brooklyn (where we hope to move to next year), and we had Lebanese food for the first time. We also accomplished an item on my 101 things list when we went to see the Upright Citizens Brigade, a comedy show in Chelsea.
We had Thanksgiving at my sister-in-law’s house, where we made our famous Butternut Squash Casserole. Well, OK, someday it will be famous. Right now it’s just damn tasty.
Erik and I traveled to Utah for Alliance Health’s annual holiday party. We also went skiing in Park City, and even though I cried and I wanted to quit, I still had a good time.
We hosted a holiday party with our next door neighbors and had almost 20 people in our apartment! It was very fun and festive. The only downside is that I cut my finger trying to bake cookies for the party and ended up needing a tetanus shot. Which hurt like a mofo for a week!
Erik and I went to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in concert, which was a dream come true!
We also celebrated our third date-aversary by having dinner at Brick Lane Curry House (the restaurant where we had our first and all subsequent anniversary dinners). We also crashed a private event at 16 Handles by telling them the sob-story of how it was our anniversary and all we wanted was frozen yogurt. So they gave us free frozen yogurt!
We celebrated Christmas with a trip to the city to see the sights, had Christmas Eve dinner with my sister-in-law, and continued our Christmas tradition with Chinese and a movie.
And now we’re closing out the New Year with a trip to California to see family, and on Monday, we head to Vegas to celebrate the wedding of one of my best friends!
I can’t think of a better way to end 2011 and launch 2012: with family and friends, good food and good times, and lots and lots of love and laughter.