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The Year in Life

Despite a broken limb and a stolen wallet, 2011 is a good year for me compared to the world. Walking out of the shadow of emotional turmoil.


January

  • The blog turned 5. I could believe I had been writing for that long, let alone an awesome group of followers/readers. Now 6th anniversary is coming up.
  • Participated in Independent Literary Award.
  • Started a new job with a slightly lower pay, but I have made the right decision because it’s where I belong.

February

  • After being stricken by eczema/scaly skin for a year, doctor suggested a change of diet. The benefit of gluten-free diet is two-fold: much improved skin and weight loss.
  • First words of Borders going under. Scoured the store for bargains.

March

  • Spent the whole paycheck on Japan post-earthquake relief.
  • Lambda Literary Award month.

April

  • Discovered Wallace Stegner who is the author of a favorite read of 2011.
  • SFO Terminal 2 open house.
  • Participated Chinese Literature Challenge and managed to finish in 2 months.

June

  • Trip to Paris for two weeks.
  • After almost 20 years, I finally read Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. Finished it in Paris.
  • iPad arrived. Read a small of books on the electronic device; but still haven’t got an iPhone. Maybe iPhone 5?

July

  • Another landmark in reading: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.
  • Skipped the 4th of July celebration.
  • My cousin Fiona got married—and for the first time I realized I’m getting old!

August

  • Began The Divine Comedy but have yet to finish.
  • Participated 30 Day Book Meme.
  • Started a new exercise regime to work toward 100 pushup goal.
  • Internal promotion at work.

September

October

  • Alan Hollinghurst published his first novel since 2004.
  • 8 months since going gluten-free, weight drops to 148. Pant size 29. A friend said I looked anorexic. It’s time to head back to the gym to do some weight-training, which I haven’t had a chance to.

November

  • Trip to Dallas (Texas for the first time) and reconnected with someone I haven’t seen for 4 years. The beautiful and serene Dallas Arboretum made a fond impression on me.
  • OccupyXX campaign hits the campus, inducing violence and gunshot. Dismissed early from work.
  • Attended Dickens Christmas Fair. That was heaps of fun.
  • Celebrated my 36th birthday. Instead of a party, had dinner with individual friends.
  • Trip to Palm Springs.

December

  • Skipping Christmas.
  • Trip to Las Vegas to see Sandy Lam in Concert.
  • Saw Sandy Lam live again in San Francisco.
  • Finished the most difficult book ever, The Sound and the Fury, other than Ulysses.

9 Responses

  1. Hey man, we’re not 18! Deal with it (LOL)

    While looking back to your rather productive 2011, wish you (again) a fruiful, healthy and peaceful year to come.

    See you soon.

  2. Don’t worry I am turning 40 this month and deep down inside I’m still a kid! Happy 2012!

  3. Great recap of 2011. I love how you captured the unique experiences you had each month and the books that made the most impact on you.

  4. Oh, what a good year you seem to have had. I wish more good things in 2012. Virtual hug too.

  5. I love your recap! I’d say you had a fabulous year, and you LOOK GREAT! I’ve got to make some headway in that area. I have found that if you are in shape and feel good, age doesn’t matter! I’ve got four more years until I turn 50, and my goal is to not look like I’m 50.

  6. You are young! I loves this monthly recap! How did I miss the broken limb? I think you look great and I could stand to lose a few pounds. Here’s to a wonderful 2012!

  7. Thanks for sharing the highlights of 2011 with us, Matt. Like you said, although there were a few lows, it does seem like it was a good year for you that was filled with some really wonderful moments. I hope 2012 is even better to you!

  8. I LOVE this recap! It sounds like you have had a tumultuous but successful year. The weight loss alone is amazing. I can’t wait to see what happens for you in 2012!

  9. I love this recap too! Inspires me to do one of these next year. Looks like a good year.

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