I rang in 2012 in Costa Rica, with a great group of field school students who kindly taught me about drinking games.
|Osa field station NYE 2011, Costa Rica|
I also got to visit with an orphaned baby sloth.
|Osa Wildlife Sanctuary, Costa Rica|
And continued being generally awkward.
|Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica|
|Some local bar, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica|
Moved to Colorado. In January.
Did a LOT of work.
Which was fueled by a LOT of these.
Prepared for and survived the "storm of the century."
|My humidifier. I was lonely.|
Dabbled with snake poop.
Finished, defended, and revised Dissertation LaFleur. And got a little choked up when it was all over.
Got mad at CU.
|Bastards. Medical mj is legal.|
Saw the President speak.
Moved back to California, where I ate some tasty nosh and spent some time at the beach.
|Crab, al la Ron|
|Caprese at Joan's on third|
|Whole Foods bakery. drool. La Jolla.|
|Fish tacos at Don Panchos, |
|Huckleberry pastry case. double drool. LA.|
|Cherry danish in Solvang.|
|Bumbleberry pie in Julian.|
|Country Board at Meze Wine Bar, San Luis Opispo.|
|Torrey Pines (my favorite place on the planet!)|
Nursed one of Ron's many injuries.
|Crushed distal fibula.|
Had a few headaches, wherein Ron returned the favors.
Took a trip to Mexico, where I swam with WHALE SHARKS!
|Off of Isla Mujeres, Mexico.|
Took a trip up the coast of California.
|Elephant Seal Beach, near Big Sur, CA.|
|Carmel By-the-Sea, CA.|
|Hearst Ranch. Luckiest cows ever.|
Took a trip to Vancouver Island, which I have no pictures of because I am an economizing angel and I didn't turn on my phone the whole time.
All in all, it was a good year. I finally (!) finished school and started getting paid to write. With the help of my psychiatrist, kept my depression in check. I put on 15lbs (oops), but it is now a New Year and there is no better time to work on cramming your sausage legs back into your way too tight jeans. And by "your" I mean "my." I started a non-profit and made great connections with other conservationists.
For 2013? I resolve to take on only moderately more work than is realistic (as opposed to WAY more). I will venture to Europe and back to Madagascar, while trying to stay happy and healthy.
Happy New Year to all, and to all a happy New Year!