2011 in Review

Before getting into resolutions and the like, let’s chat about 2011. For now, let’s stick to the light-hearted stuff… and maybe tomorrow, the more serious.


A shortlist of the BIG things that happened in 2011:

  • Started blogging!
  • Applied to 9 top-tier colleges in what was one of the most nerve-racking processes of my entire life!
  • Had my heart set on attending the University of Notre Dame
  • Ended up being accepted to Georgetown University and made the hard decision to go there instead (an amazing decision in retrospect!)
  • Graduated from high school as a valedictorian
  • Finished my term as editor-in-chief of the newspaper that meant everything to me and held a BOMB 80-person brunch to celebrate it Open-mouthed smile
  • Attended and completed a Georgetown preorientation program called Leadership & Beyond (L&B)during August, during which I met ~30 amazing people that have sincerely changed my life and shaped my college experience
  • Met my roommate, Helen, who became one of my best friends!
  • Became incredibly close to 3 other friends via L&B, without whom I can’t imagine life now Smile
  • Finished my first semester in college (and somehow pulled of an A- in calculus…whatup!)
  • Came back to the West Coast for Christmas and began blogging again
  • Got my wisdom teeth pulled Confused smile
  • Realized that I learned more about myself this year than the last 17 years of my life
  • Ate tons of delicious food.

Riiiiiiight, the food. Let’s take a brief glimpse at that, shall we?


5 minute Banana Bread Rice Pudding


Angel Hair Pasta with Gorgonzola


Cheezy Portabello Steak with Angela’s Creamy Avocado Pasta


THE BEST Banana Bread


Golden Cornmeal & Blueberry Muffins


Mom’s Best Carrot Cake


Angela’s Cheezy Savory Oats


Chocolate-Covered Katie’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Oatmeal


Whole Grain Graham Crackers

Whoa, I had a lot more food to share than expected. To be continued in the a.m. along with a possible recipe! For now, it’s back to icing the cheeks for this chipmunk Open-mouthed smile