2011 – AKA THE FASTEST YEAR EVER!
Greatest vacation: London in October! Enjoyed 4 different double decker bus tours and a boat cruise, excellent food, gorgeous weather, made the London Eye rotation twice, took fabulous photos and did some souvenir shopping. Took a train to Bath where I worshipped at the altar of Jane Austen. Took a train to Oxford where amazing architecture is found and lots of students live and learn. Cried while hearing Alfie Boe sing “Bring Him Home” during a performance of Les Miserables. Drank tea at the Orangery in Kensington Palace, more evidence I’m a descendant of British royalty.
Greatest vacations that didn’t include a 5 hour time change and a passport: Walt Disney World in January where we dined with the princesses and wore cheap tiaras. Utah in March for a friend’s wedding. Spent 5 days in the Bay Area in April where I visited the majestic Muir Woods & Muir Beach. Took a tour of Alcatraz at night and saw my childhood through adult eyes. Enjoyed the southern hospitality and face melting heat of Charleston in June. Trips to see my family, see below…
Greatest family time: annual water park fun in July including taking Blake on the cave waterslide, celebrating the baptism of my beautiful niece Julia in Indiana, lots of hands of pinochle, meeting my newest nephew McKay for the first time in March, playing tennis and our monthly video chats
Greatest unexpected life changes: serving in Ward Relief Society Presidency and starting a book club to socialize and read books I wouldn’t normally – highly recommend Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.
Greatest new purchases: Mikimoto pearl earrings and necklace from Japan World Showcase in Epcot Center, my iPad 2, hard bound books of my blog posts and my AppleTV
Greatest guilty pleasures: Sprinkles cupcakes, Ann Taylor friends & family discounts, using expensive shampoo & conditioner, wearing a sparkly tiara in public, Instagram photo taking, asking my friend Megan & my mommy to sew dresses for me and Till the World Ends (Britney Spears)
Greatest songs played on my iPhone: the entire 21 album by Adele, Iridescent (Linkin Park), Movielike (Jimmy Eat World), Called Out in the Dark (Snow Patrol), Don’t Turn Out the Lights (NKOTBSB), Moves Like Jagger (Maroon 5), Turn to Stone (Ingrid Michaelson) and Belong (Cary Brothers)
Greatest television: Friday Night Lights, Revenge, Once Upon A Time, White Collar, The Good Wife, Glee & anything on the HGTV channel especially The Property Brothers
Greatest concerts/Broadway shows: Les Miserables with Alfie Boe at Queen’s Theater in London, War Horse, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Andrea Bocelli @ Central Park, Anything Goes, Plain White T’s @ Highline Ballroom, Sister Act, New Kids on the Block & Backstreet Boys @ IZOD Center, NY Philharmonic @ Lincoln Center, Catch Me If You Can and NY Pops @ Carnegie Hall
Greatest hours spent in a movie theater: Moneyball, Crazy Stupid Love, Fast Five, Captain America, Midnight in Paris, X-Men: First Class, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II & The Help
Greatest need for a movie ticket refund: Limitless, Cars 2, One Day and Tower Heist
Greatest New York moments: spent birthday in Central Park, took pictures of people, places and moments, 10th Anniversary of New York Fun Day, out of town for Justin Bieber performance on the Today Show, monthly dinners with friends I don’t see often, not losing electricity during Hurricane Irene, “I’m a Mormon” cab ads & Times Square billboard, met the stars of White Collar, played tour guide for Flat Stanley & friends’ trips to New York & Alexander McQueen exhibit @ the Met