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2011 in review

Wooo hooo 2011 is coming to an end and a whole new year is before us! This is my obligatory review of the last year in blog land! Pop some corn, grab a cup of something tasty, and sit back for a trip down memory lane :) All links refer to the blog post I'm talking about, click on them if you want a refresher.

Last year, I decided to separate my work blog from all the life stuff I wanted to post, and voila, Happy Girl was born!  The Happy Girl title came from an Audrey Hepburn quote. I love it so much, I just had to use it.
Then I started blogging about how there is a first for everything, including a Bob Harper workout DVD and first time running the death hill that is St. Joseph's open space reserve. I've run it many, many times since, but that first time I was seriously unprepared!
I figured I needed to write a little about me post to introduce myself to the new readers who weren't familiar with my Hair by Adrian blog.
I finally figured I y first recipe post, the almost-parmigiana!
 I planned my wedding for the second time, with a limitless budget. I loved my wedding, but when you're young and broke, there are a lot of things that have to be sacrificed. This was my way to vicariously living through pretty photos and my imagination. Still one of my favorite posts to date.
My first spin set list. I was way in to spin classes at the time, and every upbeat song I heard was destined for a spin list. It could also be used as a workout set list, but spinning was on my brain.
My 101 in 1001 list. Boy that was a shocker to go back and see what I still haven't completed! 
First time trespassing and having to ride through the mud on a mountain bike ride with Nicole
 I finally got my first big girl road bike! The triathlon training got so much better when I shed some major bike pounds and picked up speed. 
That time I made Nicole model for me so I could style her hair, do her makeup, and make her pose for a photo shoot.
Or how about the shameless ways I have pimped out my guy friends, Bike Matt and Fireman Matt? Nothing came of those posts, but I did recently set up Fireman Matt with Nicole of the previous modeling link ;) I'm still working on Bike Matt.
There was that time that I had my first blogger meet up with Megan of Watch MeGo Run. It was amazing being able to connect in person with one of my favorite blog friends. The blogging community is seriously awesome. I'm looking forward to meeting more of you in 2012.
I was actually able to accomplish my 2011 New Year's resolution to complete a triathlon, which was awesome!
There was that one awesome day I spent on set doing hair, makeup, and styling for AB & The Sea's In the Sunshine music video. Later in the year, I worked on another music video doing hair and makeup for youtube sensation Kina Grannis.
I even got to visit my favorite place ever, Las Vegas! We went for Tiffany's national fitness competition, and stayed for fun. I also had my second blogger meet up, with Jen of Jagged Little Life.
I celebrated my 4th wedding anniversary with my love!
I stepped in front of the camera for once, instead of being behind it. My first attempt at modeling was a surprise success and I was very happy about it, the second, meh, not so much. 
I had my second and third egg donation cycles.
I posted the best chocolate cake recipe ever, and dubbed it "Time of the Month Cake"
I crashed my road bike and broke my finger, also got a ton of ouchie road rash.
I told of my love of Halloween and playing dress up in this post with pictures from Halloween's past.
I won "The Knot Best of Weddings 2012" for wedding hair and makeup in the San Francisco Bay Area, a huge honor and I can't wait to see what it brings for next year.
I hosted a friend for a week and took him all around the Bay Area.
I had fun at a few holiday parties, and hooked up Matt and Nicole on a blind date, which turned out fabulously! They are an official couple now :)
For my birthday, Billy wrote a surprise birthday haxx post. I did ask him to, just wasn't sure what he was going to write. I liked it!

And there you have it, a very Happy Girl 2011 review :)


  1. Whew, you had a busy, but successful year! So very glad I met you and can't wait for Seattle as I know ull love Megan and erika and I feel very confident well love tri girl! 2012 will be an even bigger year :)

  2. Great year Adrian! I think we will have a great time in June!


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