So I guess I can’t escape from the customary old year/new year post. However instead of plunging into a heartfelt post about how much I’ve changed and how much has happened I’ve decided a list would be the most precise way to share with you all how dreadfully exciting (I’m being only 60% sarcastic) the year of 2011 has been.
- The year began with second semester of senior year. Imagine trying to swim through hot sand. This is what second semester felt like. Difficult and painful.
- Oh, but then in April I got a college acceptance to my top school so that made school considerably less painful. But still oh so difficult. What’s an attention span?
- I concluded seven months of research and reading and general enlightenment with an hour long presentation to teachers and peers about the ills of our food industry, factory farming, agribusiness, and the like. This was an individual senior project I chose to do. It was to date, one of the best decisions of my life. I learned. So. Much.
- In May I decided I didn’t want to go to college that fall so I deferred enrollment to my top school until the fall of 2012. Second best decision of my life thus far. I’m traveling to France with one of my best friends (also taking a gap year) in 38 days.
- And then! Then I graduated from High School! Yippee for me!
- I had a lovely summer full of beach going, ice cream eating, disposable picture taking, new york city visiting, berry picking, boston frequenting, working, friendshiping, and other such tom foolery.
- I watched all but one of my closest friends depart for college. Then my closest friend left to Puerto Rico. For three months. I resorted to visiting my friends at their respective collages as often as possible (every weekend). It was a fantastic arrangement. I got to be at college but not have to do any work! Double yippee for me!
- I worked (and still am working) as a barista at a local neighborhood coffee shop. I learned to make lattes and espresso and cappuccinos and how to use a cash register. All of these are important life skills that I expect to become very useful during the college years.
- I ate enough on Thanksgiving to fill both of a cow’s stomachs. No shame.
- I discovered a terrifying and potentially harmful obsession for Anthony Bourdain’s shows No Reservations and the Layover. And Anthony himself…It’s not like that. I swear.
- I continued to eat obscene amounts of food straight into December. There is no better way to experience Christmas cheer than to grow a belly to rival Santa’s.
- I’m vaguely aware of cooking and baking delicious things like heaven cake throughout last year, but I can’t be sure. It’s not like I like food or anything.
- And then new year’s eve came and it was great fun and I was lucky enough to eat quite possibly my favorite cuisine at one of my best friends’ lovely home. Oh home cooked asian food, how you make my upper arm so tense with pain as I frantically shovel food into my mouth with chopsticks. And that’s what these pictures where for! Aren’t I just so clever.
Happy New Year to all you lovely people! I hope it’s full of loads of delicious food!