Goodbye twenty-eleven

Superlative posts have become popular throughout the blogosphere. I’m not elloquent enough to compose one each month. But I do like the idea of looking back in time and reflecting.

Twenty Eleven had its ups and downs. In no particular order, I:

Was laid off and made a when life hands you lemons cake.

Found out I’d be recalled, but had no idea what I would be doing.

Ran my first-ever road race (and a 12K at that!).

Was on a total runners high and signed up to run a half-marathon.

I injured my IT Band, spent 6 weeks in physical therapy, and have only attempted running ONCE since July. No amount of foam rolling or IT Band strengthening exercises have helped :(

Went on a 2-week road trip to San Diego, Napa and Portland.

Was recalled to a new school/position and began teaching 4th grade.

Picked up a few freelance writing gigs on Foodbeat NW.

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Hosted my first giveaway.

And cooked/baked up a storm.

What is your favorite memory from 2011?

Firebird Chocolate giveaway winner!

Are you feeling a bit underwhelmed now that the hullabaloo surrounding Christmas has subsided?

I am always so excited to give everyone their gifts, albeit a bit stressed – wondering if what I wrapped would be well received – but after the day is done I feel like I’m missing something. Lots of cleaning helped fill my void. But I’m here to admit, I’m a bit melancholy.

Luckily, I have one last gift to give – the Firebird Chocolate giveaway! I chose a winner at random, via

And the winner is Megan of Running Foodie - congrats Megan! I’ll be sending your chocolate shortly!

Merry Christmas!

In the past I was a skeptic,

although I really should have only been skeptical of early 90’s fashion…

but this year Mr. Clause brought me a fancy shmancy sewing machine. So I guess now I believe :)

Skittles were also exchanged.

Merry Christmas from the whole Spinach and Skittles family!

The original Libb says hi too :)

How did you celebrate this year?

p.s. don’t forget to enter the Firebird Chocolate giveaway - it closes tomorrow at 11:59 p.m. (PST)