The ups and downs of 2011

Oh, 2011. You were an interesting year. There was the very good, there was the very bad, and there was some in between. But most of all, what stands out for me is the ups and downs, which often seemed to happen at the same time, if that is even possible.

2011 started off well, because I was at home with my family for the holidays. I didn’t do anything exciting to ring in 2011, just as I haven’t done anything exciting for New Year’s Eve, well, ever (that will change this year), but it was fine.

Then I had to leave, and had one of the hardest goodbyes in a long time. I wasn’t particularly looking forward to coming back to Santiago for some reason. I finally figured out it was because I desperately needed to break up with my boyfriend, and my subconscious was probably dreading it. Then my friend R.’s cat died, and that was really tragic and sad.

But then she got a new kitten, Tiva, and I took care of her for a couple of days in February, in which my apartment turned into a zoo. 

U2 takes the stage!

U2 takes the stage at the National Stadium in March

March was pretty good, although one of my best friends left to study in Australia for a year, which was sad for me. But besides, that, good. I moved my blog from blogger to WordPress. I cut some grapes at a vineyard. I saw my favorite band, U2. Not bad.

April was uneventful. Although I did turn 25, which I suppose is of importance.

The start of the student protests in May

The student protests started in May, which brought their own ups and downs in terms of work.

In June I didn’t blog much. It wasn’t a great month for me. It’s when I started realizing that something was wrong with what I thought was my stomach. It’s also when I went to a doctor that told me that nothing was wrong with me. Work wise, it was crazy and stressful. Best not to remember June too much.

July was better. There was a light at the end of the tunnel: going home for my sister’s wedding. And I went out two nights in a row with my friends and had a great time.

The wedding party in August

August started out wonderful. I was home with my family. It was summer. I laid by the pool. My sister got married and it was one of the most joyful days of my life so far. I performed a musical toast with my brother. But there were some not so great parts of July. My dad lost his job, for one. And hanging out in the back of my mind was this problem with my abdomen. It was becoming apparent that it was not normal. My grandma, who is a nurse, told me it was not. I promised that upon returning to Chile, I would have it checked out by another doctor. And I did.

That brings us to September, the month I had surgery to remove an enormous ovarian tumor. Even though it was major surgery that had me in the hospital for four days, lots of good things happened. My mom came to take care of me and we spent lots of quality time together. My friends were so supportive, more than I could have ever imagined. So was my boss. I had the best doctor ever. I got to rest a lot and watch tons of U.S. television shows. And most importantly, the tumor was benign. Thank God. Also, my dad got a new job in September! Yay!

Valdivia in October

I spent October recovering and getting back into the swing of going to work every day. Eventually I could work the whole day without taking a nap right after work! I also spent a lot of time studying for the GREs. I went to Valdivia with work and then my friend R. left Chile to move back to California. She is one of my closest friends and it was hard to say goodbye to her, but I will get to see her in February for her wedding celebration!

November was an interesting month, filled with a lot of personal emotional ups and downs. I started running and for the first time in my life, I really enjoy it. I am hopeful that I will continue because it’s good exercise and make me feel better emotionally.

And now we’re almost to the end of December. I spent my first Christmas in Chile with Annje’s family, which was lovely. I was kind of apprehensive about spending such an important holiday with someone else’s family, but they were so open and welcoming, that I really felt right at home even though I had only met everyone (except Annje) that very same day.

I have high hopes for 2012. First of all, I will be spending New Year’s Even in Viña del Mar, which has amazing fireworks. I’ve never really celebrated New Year’s before so this will be fun. 2012 will bring lots of changes, that’s for sure, but I really hope they are all for the best.

Happy New Year, everyone!

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10 thoughts on “The ups and downs of 2011

  1. A lot of people I’ve spoke with have had 2011’s filled with ups and downs. It was quite the turbulent year. I know it was for me. Happy New Year! I hope 2012 is a great one.

  2. A lot of people I’ve spoke with have had 2011’s filled with ups and downs. It was quite the turbulent year. I know it was for me. Happy New Year! I hope 2012 is a great one.

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