Thank you 2011

Chinese Water Dragon

The year started and is ending in a similar note.  At the beginning of this year I was taking care of a friend’s Chinese Water Dragon and as this year comes to a close I am taking care of friend’s cat.  I grew up with dogs and birds all my life so taking care of other types of pets is new to me.

I would be lying if I said I was not a bit apprehensive to cat sit and lizard sit.  I did what I normally do I did some research and when the pets were dropped off I asked questions.  Then I just went along with the flow.  It was fascinating to watch the lizard devour its prey – crickets. The first couple nights I was completely confused when the cat slept all day and played all night, there was a party in my room and I wasn’t invited.

Cat

The rest of the year was a lot of doing new things or revisiting activities I had stopped doing. In winter and spring I had the opportunity to volunteer at Rising Lotus Yoga and in return I accrued yoga hours.  I still practice at least once a week…I love that I can choose from the many classes and each teacher has his/her own unique style.

A pastime I pretty much stopped doing was going to the movies, it was one less expense.  This year I started attending free screenings via AFI Fest, Envelope Series, and other free screenings around town.  This year I had the opportunity to volunteer at AFI Fest on their social media team.  Everyone was amazing – the staff, volunteers, and film aficionados.  You can check out some of my photos here.  Loved the experience!

My neighborhood saw some awesome additions.  The NoHo Alley Retrofit came to our neighborhood, we are the pilot neighborhood.  While one stretch of alley was left out due to the budget (OH via worker on the project) I am hoping the remaining portion will be retrofit soon.  NoHo got a Farmer’s Market and the Laemmle’s NoHo7 opened a week ago.  Both are much needed and appreciated in the Arts District.

This has been a great year of experiences, visiting with old friends, and meeting new friends, and spending time with family.  I hope that 2011 was a good year for you and your loved ones.  May you leave 2011 behind and meet 2012 with an open heart.

Sunny Day

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