The past month has gone by in a virtual blur, and I have been very busy catching up with friends and family, stuffing my face with every festive sugary treat I laid my eyes on, and laying around like a sloth. Productivity over the past month for me meant getting Christmas presents to their rightful recipients, and getting my PVR recordings down to the single digits. It has been glorious to say the least.
Tomorrow morning marks my first day back to work and back to a routine. It's time to get back to the gym, get the treats out of the house, and become a productive member of society in this brand new year.
But first, a look back at some of my favourite things in 2011.
Due to spending most of my free time studying, I did not get to watch nearly as many movies as I wanted to. That being said, I saw a few good ones this year.
My Fav RomCom was Friends with Benefits
Another fav 2011 Comedy was female-driven, smart, and hilarious. Bridesmaids.
Best 2011 Blockbuster: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt.2 brought in a whopping $381 million.
We will miss you Harry Potter, what a great end to an epic story.
Best Book to Movie Adaptation: The Help
There were a few 2011 book-to-movie adaptations I didn't get to see that I am hoping to watch soon: One Day, Moneyball, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
My t.v. viewing was relatively similar to my 2010 tv lineup, with a few exceptions which came along with the fall 2011 lineup. New Girl and Whitney are hysterical, and are perfect to help you wind down after a busy and stressful day. I often find myself laughing obnoxiously late at night while watching these and the BF wonders what in the world I am doing.
I am always a bit embarassed of my musical tastes; however, I like what I like. So take it or leave it, but don't judge:)
Adele ruled the 2011 music world in my opinion. Her singing and songwriting are almost second-to-none, and her talent is truly undeniable.
Lady Gaga released her Born this Way video in May, and with it came such hits as Born this Way, Edge of Glory, Marry the Night and my personal favourite song of 2011 You and I.
Gaga's chameleon-like appearance is so intriguing and entertaining, and her singing and songwriting talents are obvious. Naysayers should check out the duet she did with Tony Bennett. So good and so unexpected.
Other favourite albums of 2011 were Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto and Foo Fighters Wasting Light, along with various Glee soundtrack CDs. But we won't get into that. I also loved Rihanna's We Found Love single, but continue to disagree with the image that she often portrays in her videos. And don't even get me started on Chris Brown's comeback.
Despite taking class, I still found time to read some great books this year.
Recently, I read the much-acclaimed Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
I haven't seen the movie yet, but the book was a page-turner that was much more graphic than I anticipated. It's a long read (for slow readers like me) but it's worth the time.
Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher is a book I mentioned here in the fall, and I continue to feel haunted by it. It's a heavy read, but it is one that truly stays with you even after you turn the last page.
I just finished a great book called The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein.
This book is a tear-jerker. It's the story of a family told from their dog's perspective. There are rumours that there will be a movie adaptation in the near future with Patrick Dempsey as the lead character.
I read a few good Nicholas Sparks books this year: Safe Haven and The Best of Me. Great summer reads.
Other fav books of the year included:
Still Alice - Lisa Genova
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime - Marc Harmon
Sisterhood Everlasting - Anne Brashares
SilverGirl - Elin Hilderbrand
The Winter Garden - Kristin Hannah
I have many movies/tv shows/music/books that I hope to check out in 2012! Hunger Games anyone??
I hope that everyone had a safe and Happy New Year!