Wednesday, January 4, 2012

...and we're back!




The end of marathon training really took its toll when school started--November 6th couldn't come soon enough once I began attempting to fit in 20 mile weekend runs in the midst of midterms, econ tutoring , group meetings, lectures and...school happy hours. 2011 is over, I'm back in NYC starting the new year off right with a new internship, frigid weather, museum trips, theater and funny baking adventures (to make "Persian" Chocolate Cake, add chopped raisins to typical German chocolate cake icing.) I'm aiming to revive this little project. Without further excuses, I'll wrap up with an abbreviated collage of iPhone photos tossed with some anecdotes for a new year full of characteristic forgetfulness, messes and laughter. Onwards and upwards!

From left to right, top to bottom:

First row:
1. A nice local kale salad for Thanksgiving: massage with vinaigrette, add chopped hazelnuts, diced apple, caramelized onion
2. Good riddance to the marathon, moving on to running retirement and yoga binges at my lovely studio
3. The big 2-4
4. Final printed version of my tattoo art before inking

Second row:
1. Jamaican spring break
2. Last day lunch at Cook+Fox 
3. Craiglisted a bike for sweaty summer rides

Third:
1. Saluting Lake Tahoe on a chilly winter hike with the whole family in our first vacation in years. Minimal fighting!
2. Ending the year with plastic fur, chopped strawberries in prosecco and a wonderful night of music at Brooklyn Bowl with great friends.
3. Caramel pretzel brownies from one of my favorite food blogs
4. Last day of 2011, Carston Holler's freaktastic world at the New Museum

Four: 
1. Home sweet Los Gatos
2. Playing with pears...
3. So much great live music in '11! Bon Iver at Prospect Park on a warm summer night
4. Moved from one neighborhood to another in Brooklyn, still had to run over many, many bridges

Five:
1. Started a nice weekly dinner tradition with the girls, sadly let this one fall by the wayside
2. Amazing restaurants! Where I went over and over: Gracias Madre (SF), Curly's, Pure Food & Wine, Westville, Mud, Caracas, Milon, Rockin Raw, Juice Generation, and countless others.
3. More running, really?

Bottom:
1. Roommate friendship bracelets at Fashion's Night Out. Mine fell apart later that night. 
2. Successful group presentation on water & sanitation in rural Guatemala!
3. A very brown, Gaga Halloween.

That's all I've got!