2011 was an interesting year to say the least. There were plenty of good times, and a few not-so-good ones, but overall 2011 was pretty solid. Here’s to setting bar for 2012 even higher.
January was a great way to start 2011. 2010 had ended, and had seen its fair share of ups and downs. I had recently moved into a new apartment and started a new job at an advertising agency I idolized, working on an account that to say I was passionate about would be an understatement. 2011 definitely had its work cut out for itself.
New Year’s Eve was a great excuse to throw a party to christen the new apartment and celebrate with some great friends.
Lowlight: during a hockey game I was playing in, I took a puck to the mouth, requiring 7 stitches. I kept all my chompers though. Sorry, no pics, unfortunately.
February was rough. Sadly, we had to say goodbye to Casie’s father, Jim, who passed away at the age of 52. A truly kind and generous man, missed every day by those who came in contact with him, no matter how briefly.
I was selected to work the Jr. Gold ‘B’ state hockey tournament as a linesman. My second state tournament selection in the past two years.
Joined the Be The Match Marrow Registry. I encourage you to do the same.
Walked in the Minneapolis St. Patrick’s Day parade.
My hockey team, the Moose, made the AHA playoffs. We got worked, but a hockey tournament sponsored by Summit brewery always leads to a great time.
Appeared in Vita.mn for a feature story on the best outdoor patios in the Twin Cites.
Received a promotion at Olson after only seven months on the job.
Spent a week traveling through California with Casie (we both had never been there before): Three days exploring San Francisco, during which we celebrated Casie’s 25th birthday; One day hiking through the Humboldt Redwoods State Park and three days relaxing in Monterey and sightseeing in Carmel, Pebble Beach and Big Sur.
My sister Kelsey’s 22nd birthday.
Went to Virginia on my first official business trip. Again, a place I had never been before.
July – Wedding season
Traveled to Chicago for Casie’s cousin’s wedding during the 4th of July weekend. Chicago is by far one of my favorite cities.
The next weekend, I was the Best Man in my friend Shawn’s wedding.
Celebrated my brother Eric’s 19th birthday.
Two weeks later, Casie and I attended the wedding of her co-worker Sarah, and my co-worker A.J.
Casie and I moved into a new apartment. Three days later, we moved out of the new apartment and into my parent’s house. Long story.
Went to SurlyFest with my good friend Neil.
Celebrated my mom’s ninth 40th birthday.
Moved (again) into a new apartment. We’re staying at this one for a while. Too much moving.
Walked in the Anoka Halloween parade (Anoka is the “Halloween Capital of the World” I might add) in a giant inflatable beer bottle costume because a pretty girl asked me to.
Celebrated my one-year anniversary at Olson.
Phenomenal client dinner at Manny’s Steakhouse.
Finally made it to a show at The Brave New Workshop.
My dad’s 52nd birthday.
Volunteered as a mentor with The BrandLab. It was a great experience working with students with diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, and eye-opening for me from a professional development perspective.
Spent a lot of time catching up with friends, and using my remaining PTO.
Here’s to high hopes to all of you for the next year. Onward and upward!