2011 In Review

Happy New Year’s Eve, y’all!

And it’s time for the (first ever) Year in Review here at AGG: 

January: Earnest went up and was reviewed; I made my first roast chicken

February: My Oscar predictions and how I did; I reviewed Armida at the Met (on DVD). 

March: We had the first ablation: parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6; Lenten fasting was discussed; I fell in love with a tenor’s voice; Reviewed BalletMet UpClose

April: If at first you don’t succeed….try another ablation! But I got out before I turned 29, so all was good. Mary Poppins flew into town; there was a little wedding across the pond. 

May: Ragtime rehearsals began; I give some advice on raising kids with chronic illness;  I reviewed Seven Deadly Sins; I was featured in Real Simple magazine

June: Ragtime hit full swing

July: Ragtime, all the time; six years!

August: Lay Dominican retreat; lazy summer updates

September: BalletMet started their season with On Demand; I took a little tripto Kelley’s Island (apologies to ALW, there) 

October: Williamsburg! (and some shots of the Governor’s Palace)

November: ‘Tis the season for…bronchs….a new Mass translation!; Flannery and Me

December: My first omelet!; Temporary Promise   

Well, who doesn’t love THESE photos? I mean, for real. 


Dan Stevens in Sense and Sensibility

What Downton Abbey needs is more wood chopping in the rain.


Matthew: That was fun. There will be a few thick heads in the morning.
Mary: No doubt they think it’s worth it.
Matthew: You’re really going to America. Would Carlisle make your life a nightmare if you stayed?
Mary: I couldn’t tell you. Maybe. Even if he does let me go, my story is still out there. And always will be.
Matthew: Would you stay? If I asked you to.
Mary: Oh Matthew, you don’t mean that. You know yourself we carry more luggage than the porters at King’s Cross! And what about the late Mr Pamuk? Won’t he… resurrect himself every time we argued?
Matthew: No.
Mary: You mean you’ve forgiven me?
Matthew: No, I haven’t forgiven you.
Mary: Well, then.
Matthew: I haven’t forgiven you because…I don’t believe you need my forgiveness. You’ve lived your life and I’ve lived mine. And now it’s time we live them together.
Mary: We’ve been on the edge of this so many times, Matthew. Please don’t take me there again unless you’re sure.
Matthew: I am sure.
Mary: And your vows to the memory of Lavinia?
Matthew: I was wrong. I don’t think she wants us to be sad. She was someone who never caused a moment’s sorrow in her whole life.
Mary: I agree.
Matthew: Then will you?
Mary: You must say it properly. I won’t answer unless you…kneel down and everything!
Matthew: Lady Mary Crawley…will you do me the honour of becoming my wife?
Mary: Yes!

Merry Christmas!

I hope all of you had a very wonderful Christmas day! Mine was rather quiet, as ours are wont to be over here, and that’s the way I like it. It’s the only day of the year when I don’t have to get out of my PJs unless I want to. 🙂 

Breakfast was, as usual, glorious: cinnamon rolls and sausage links, yum. Look forward to that breakfast all year!

My brother got me The Help, so we watched that afterwards (our breakfast is more of a brunch). My dad got a fun single-serve coffeemaker, so we had fun testing that out (the caramel latte? AWESOME!). Also, my brother and my dad got Nook Tablets, so I set those up for them, since I have a Nook. I think my dad really liked his—he was playing with it a lot. 🙂 

Pics will be up later, as well as more Christmas reveling…remember it’s 12 days! So enjoy! My Christmas festivities kick into high gear this week with family and friends. 🙂