The Closing of the Year

So that’s it.  2011 is pretty much over.  The next time I write and post something, it will be in 2012.  END OF DAYS!  Or not.  I guess we’ll see.  But whether we all explode in a Mayan fireball, or just slowly kill our own selves off by drilling pipelines and shopping at Wal*Mart, the passing away of one year and the beginning of another is a good opportunity for reflection.

A lot of things have happened this year, some good and some bad, and as luck would have it, I have chronicled them all right here in the pages of Tenor Dad.  This is good news for me because it means that I don’t have to actually try to remember anything; I can just flip through old posts to recall major life events, such as:

I Started Singing in Florida
My first blog posting of 2011 detailed my plane ride to Florida for my first of what would be three shows with St. Petersburg Opera during 2011.

We Moved (again)
After moving to Vermont in 2010, we finally stopped burdening my sister-in-law and found a place of our own in February.

I Found a Job
I thought that I was looking for an impossible job, but somehow I found one.  Now I just need another one or two more, and I’ll be set.

My Car Hit 200,000 Miles
Let’s hope that 2012 includes a new car.

Family Road Trip
For some reason, I thought that it was a good idea to drive from Florida to Vermont with a car full of my family.  And actually, it was a good idea.

I Fell Off the Stage
Had a great time singing in La Rondine with the Opera Company of Middlebury.  Oh yeah, and I fell off the stage.

Ruby started her own internet cooking show.  The world will never be the same.

The Ocean Ate My Phone
Yeah, so that sucked.

Ruby’s Epilepsy
Between Edward’s ear infections and subsequent surgery, and Ruby’s epilepsy diagnosis, we saw a lot of doctors this year.  Thankfully things are (mostly) under control, and we’re looking forward to a healthy 2012!

Hurricane Irene
We had a super fun time evacuating our house this year.  We all enjoyed it, but I’m not sure if we would do it again.  Maybe it can be an every-other-year type of thing.

Ruby Started School
We just got Ruby’s report card (well, I mean whatever passes for a report card in pre-school) and she’s doing great!  To paraphrase: Ruby is the best child on Earth and she will someday rule us all, but benevolently and because we want her to.  At least that’s how I read it.

I’m Giving Up Coke!
This may not seem like a major life event to some of you, but believe me, it has had more effect on me than the hurricane.

I Started a New Line of Educational Videos
Well, not really.  But I did make a lot of fun videos in 2011, and this is just the most recent.

So a lot happened.  The Met hired meRuby started a Tumblr accountI was on TV.  Way more stuff than I can fit on this page.  But luckily for you, it’s all saved right here for you, and for those of you who are stalking me, there could not be a better resource.

Happy New Year everybody!  I hope that 2011 was a good year for you, but even if it wasn’t, we all get to start over this weekend.  So take the time to think about what you want your life to be like, and then just do it.  Go for it.  Before the planet is destroyed by a Mayan fireball.

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