Shea and Chrissy got married on the first day of the year and Russ and I attended their lovely wedding. Despite the look on my face, we had a really good time. She was (is) gorgeous and the wedding was really cool and unique.
Then I went to Los Angeles to see my long time BFF Mikki and see Wanda Jackson.
Oh yeah, Jack White was there. This is a lovely picture of me, Mikki and Jack. Jack shook my hand for 2 seconds after the show and I wrote a really long blog about it, because I was really excited.
And you can't go to LA without visiting the beach, even if it is in January
The Steelers played in the Superbowl at Texas Stadium. I didn't actually go to the game, but it was really fun to see my hometown team around my current town. Fort Worth hosted the Steelers and it was fun to see yinz around town. We did visit the stadium the week-end before the big game.
We went to Austin for SXSW so I could visit the Third Man Records Rolling Record Store. My hubby made a movie about it.
Then, the next day we were back in Dallas because we had tickets to see the Greenhornes and I met Jack Lawrence (mainly known for the Greenhornes, Raconteurs and Dead Weather) and Patrick Keeler (of the Greenhornes and Raconteurs). I may even have written a poem about it.
Doesn't LJ looked thrilled to meet ME?
No picture for this one but Russ and I celebrated 13 years together this year. It is amazing to me how time flies.
Record Store Day broke my heart a bit, but then I bought a lot of records and felt a little better.
Then my BFF Cathy and I saw the Kills at Granada Theater. Ms. Alison up close and personal.
Our good friends and neighbors had a beautiful baby girl, Saylor.
Russ and I went to the skateboarding event: Boneless One - Overground Project, tribute to Jeff Phillips.
My BFF Jessica and I ran a 10K in the rain.
Russ and I celebrated our 6 year wedding anniversary and had a STAY-CATION in Dallas/Fort Worth. Oh yeah, I almost killed him on the rock climbing wall. I got in trouble for taking this picture. Something about keeping both hands and all your attention on the ropes. Sorry babe.
BFF Cathy and I saw the Cold War Kids in concert and all I have to show for it is this lousy paper bracelet (and some good memories).
Celebrated my 37th Birthday with Good Friends, Hubby and his friend visiting from Ohio.
I ran a 15K with Jessica.
Went to Pittsburgh and got to see my family and hang out with my MOST AMAZING brother and sister. I love and miss these guys so much.
One of my oldest and dearest friends, Jamie, got married in Pittsburgh. She was breathtakingly beautiful. Russ couldn't make it to Pittsburgh this time, so I took my sister as my date.
On Russ' birthday in October, we had sushi with SuperDave and went to see the Supersuckers in Fort Worth.
This is starting to sound repetitive (I know), Jessica and I ran a half marathon in October.
We remodeled our kitchen. Here is the before and after.
and the in-progress mess that we lived with for 6 weeks.
Russ and I had a wonderful, quiet Thanksgiving at home.
Jessica and I ran a 10 mile race and forgot to take our traditional finish line picture. I'm sure you can use your imagination to picture what it might have looked like.
I ran the Fort Worth Turkey Trot and didn't find any running turkeys to pose with me, because my regular running turkey was out of town.
I just included this picture because I couldn't resist sharing the cutest picture of the year. Unky Russ and Aunt Lea babysat overnight and the kid survived the night, a miracle in itself.
I had my third annual BFF and Kiddos Christmas Party.
I made my second annual peppermint swirl cookies.
Jessica and I ran one last half marathon of the year. Ready for our 15 mile race in January and the Huntington Beach half marathon in Feb 2012.
I am adding a sad update to my year in pictures. We lost my sweet, lovable, big doofus Mattie the week of Christmas. :(
Mattie loved the water...and parties...and paper hats. OK, she HATED paper hats, but she sure did look cute in them.
Took our traditional Huggie picture in front of the Christmas tree with my BFF . She is an amazing person. If you had a BFF so loving and giving, you would be so lucky.
Up Next: Christmas and New Years! I can't believe how quickly the year flew by. Have a wonderful holiday season everyone!