Being in Baltimore was a breath of fresh air. Almost everything I needed was within walking distance of my apartment and I consistently took advantage of that. My favorite place to walk to was the library. It was in Canton Square and it was a small, musty little place but it was quiet and charming. I also had a chance to visit the Baltimore Museum of Art, Little Italy, and even had a gym membership in the heart of Harbor East.
I met some really great people while I was there and I had so much fun. October brought really beautiful fall weather. I visited Dallas in October because it was time for my ten year high school reunion. I had a great time and I got to see some old friends, some going back as far as second grade! It was really one of the highlights of this year and I was so glad that I got to attend.
Another highlight of October was Halloween weekend. What a fiasco! We celebrated Halloween on Saturday and, for some reason, mustaches on Sunday. Anyway, I had my camera both days and took some of the funniest pictures I have ever seen. Part of what made the weekend so fun was reviewing the pictures with half of the people in them present, and everyone laughing at each other and themselves. I know that night stands out as the hardest I laughed all year.
November was pretty low-key, I went to the gym nearly everyday, cooked a lot, and hung out at home. Thanksgiving was really nice. I’ve always spent Thanksgiving at my house but my eyes were opened this year to the exciting world of other people’s houses and families and I was very happy to be a part of their celebrations. I also made my own little Thanksgiving dinner that turned out to be pretty delicious if I do say so myself.
There were only two days in between leaving New York and coming back to Dallas. My last day in Baltimore was spent packing and enjoying one more visit to the Inner Harbor.
I definitely miss looking at the beautiful views. My last night in Baltimore was spent at my home away from home, J.A. Murphy’s. My coworkers were there to send me off, and they even surprised me with the most badass Natty Boh shirt I’ve ever seen.
I was sad to leave Baltimore. Maybe someday I’ll be able to go back for more adventures. My dad came up to Baltimore to help me with the long drive back to Dallas. It was fun, I enjoyed getting to spend some time with him. There was lots of time to ask questions about his childhood and learn a little more about my family history.
Christmas was enjoyable. I spent it with my brother and my dad here in Dallas. We all contributed to this huge feast that included macaroni and cheese, jalapeno dressing, chicken and dumplings, and mashed potatoes. My dad shared some of his cooking secrets and we really just enjoyed each other as a family. Of course my mom was in all of our hearts throughout the holidays.
I suppose that pretty much wraps up 2011. Of course I couldn’t find a place to mention everything, but I did experience what’s coming up in the video twice this year. These concerts were so entertaining I had to share just a little bit with you because each time I attended I was cheered up exponentially by my favorite rapper. I dare you to watch it at not smile (my favorite part comes about 2:15 in).
Did you smile? I did. Holly and I decided to bid 2011 adieu in a spectacle of balloons and confetti at the Polyphonic Spree show. It was mesmerizing and joyful and I think that, for us, it was the best way to ring in 2012.
2011 was an extraordinarily difficult year for me but I survived it. There were times that I was ready to throw in the towel, but somehow managed to find something to keep me going. For that, I am grateful to my friends that reached out to me and provided laughs, words of encouragement, hands to hold, and shoulders to cry on along the way. Here’s to new beginnings, lots of laughter, and even more love. Here’s to 2012!