An annual look back at the year that was.
A full year it has been, indeed. The year began in Chicago, and, truth be told, I was way too busy all of winter quarter to have managed much of anything social. It is for good reason that I included a picture of a Russian soup with one of many, many reading assignments. Truth be told, there was a lot learned, much appreciated, and even plenty of socializing that happened through those endless numbered pages. And so it went. In fact, the craziness was so complete that in the entire month of February, there was all of one notable event. But so it goes. And here we are, with Caroline in Big Sur.
Luckily, by late March, there was some respite. Papers were finished, and I headed off to figure out the next step in this crazy game, swinging through visits of universities and friends/family in Michigan, New York, New Haven, and Wisconsin.
April was back in California, with adventures more local than exciting. Still, there was time for plays in Berkeley, parties in Sonoma, and other assorted adventures, even while fully immersing myself in endless totalitarianism.
May brought both good and bad, constantly interrupted for airport runs. This kicked off with an early trip to Kansas City for a high school friend’s wedding, and continued for my Grandfather’s funeral in Michigan and New York. There were also visitors, including Alana and Amy. And, of course, the constant work.
June, naturally, brought respite from all the work, when papers were finally finished a couple days before my graduation from Stanford and departure for Tajikistan. There were also crazy things, like a less-than-48-hour trip to DC (including travel) for an orientation. And of course, getting oriented in Tajikistan.
Tajikistan, as was well documented, was its own kind of crazy, with plenty of traveling, lots of plov, and a fair dose of Uzbek.
And of course, August brought a fantastic conclusion to Tajikistan, as well as a wonderful week in Kyiv, a few days in Scotland for Kate and Neil’s wedding, a trip to my family in Columbus, and a move to Michigan. In a word, eventful.
In great contrast to September, when, aside from a weekend in Chicago and Champaign for Kate’s stateside reception with the college roommates, I was largely getting settled in Michigan.
By October, I had largely found my way around, as I attended a football game, co-hosted dinner parties and a Halloween party.
November brought my 25th birthday, my sister’s return from South Africa, the purchase of my own car, and a wonderful Thanksgiving with the family.
And finally, December, with the predictable mess of papers, followed by a wonderful Christmas with the family, and, to date, a lovely time in Ukraine, where it is already 2012.
In sort, an eventful year. One of getting settled, moving on, and holding fast. I suppose I could reflect more upon this, but for now, it seems safe to say, 2011 was a good one. And now over. And now, to the adventures to come in 2012.