2011 in Review

TCM knows how to start the new year off right – with a marathon of Marx Brothers movies! I got sucked into watching the last forty five minutes of A Night at the Opera, my favorite comedy. I also stuck around for Animal Crackers. One of my favorite things to do is aggravate people. Now, it’s not to be cruel or mean or anything like that, but it’s just good, very old fashioned fun. Larry didn’t understand why I’d always tease or aggravate him, until I sat him down to watch a Marx Brothers movie. Now he is enlightened and knows the answer to life, the universe and everything. Still hates it, though.

So it’s time for the annual year in review. I’ve been doing this each year since 1999, when I began blogging on a regular basis. The events have become less frequent, but more important on an accomplishment scale. Instead of weekly concerts, I am traveling and working all the time at my job. I’ll be honest, this has been a difficult year, and frankly I’m glad it’s over with. Sometimes I think God has a sense of humor and I’m the butt of the joke.


  • Preflighted and dropped my first bombs as a weapons officer on the B-52.
  • Overhauled the living room with refinished wood floors, chandeliers and new paint.


  • Designed my wedding gown and worked on wedding plans. Demanding at work.



  • Spent a week on alert status at work, with a simulated nuclear response.
  • Met Rob Schneider after skipping the line to get backstage. This girl doesn’t wait in lines.
  • Dropped more bombs at work.April
  • More exercises at work. Received the nuclear halo of knowledge.



  • Auctioned off an acrylic painting for $300 for the Military Spouses’ Club
  • Had my wedding ceremony in the presence of family & friends in Asheville, NC.



  • Departed on a seven-day transatlantic cruise on the Cunard line to Southhampton, England.
  • Spent a week in Berlin, Germany at the Hotel Adlon.
  • In the terrible flooding of Minot, our basement flooded, causing $20,000 worth of damages. We returned from abroad to a disgusting, flooded mess.



  • Work promised easier hours/flights for those affected by flooding, but I ended up working sixty-hour weeks while Larry cleaned all the flood damage by himself, just days before his deployment.
  • Lived at Devin’s for a month because of the flood damage and evacuation order.



  • Had my one-year wedding anniversary with dinner and cocktails out.
  • Larry left for his nine month deployment to Afghanistan.
  • I left for my three week TDY to Fairbanks, Alaska. Learned more in three weeks than I learned in the eight months at work in Minot.



  • My parents visited to help with the continuing flood restoration.
  • Gutted & overhauled the downstairs powder room.
  • Redecorated my office, after peeling three layers of wallpaper.



  • Computer mysterious exploded in a puddle of water on my desk.
  • Had homeless Kris move in to stay for a while until he recovered on his feet.
  • Hosted my first cocktail party in Minot, with a Mad Men theme.
  • Attended an Art Gala downtown with pals.



  • Passed a B-52 check ride.
  • Attended Erica’s fabulous annual Fall Feast.



  • Kris moved out the day before I deployed.
  • Flew a B-52 sixteen hours to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam for my first deployment
  • Worked on getting scuba certified.
  • Dropped bombs on two occasions in one week.


Overall, it would seem to my standards, a tame year. I guess I consider it so because I hardly shared it with my beau. Things seem less interesting and less important when you are doing them all by yourself, day in and day out. To put it in perspective, I had the opportunity to spend about two or so months with Larry this year, with a month of that being displaced from the flood. In better news, I read a few books this year, even with the workload I have at “the office”. I’m enjoying the Maisie Dobbs series for light reading, while Vivien Leigh: A Biography took the award for best book this year. I’m currently in the middle of The Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence, and I stopped reading a Lauren Bacall autobiography for fear of death by boredom. Oh sure, a few more were on the list of reads this year, but not all were stand outs. There’s always next year.

While sifting through this year’s writings, I happened upon a quote from a book I read this year:

“Katharine Hepburn is a private, private person whose standards of behavior are very high, and she must have felt very much alone a good deal of the time.”

It’s been a lonely 2011. 2012 will be better, I know it… or just hope so.

One thought on “2011 in Review

  1. Toxey Hall says:

    If you say so, I hope so. It sounds pretty fabulous if a bit frenetic, to this old naviguesser.

    I deposited an Onizuka Pineapple in Fred and Cheryls garden yestersay. Was trying to be the pineapple fairy, but she caught me.


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