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Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012

It’s January 1, time to look back at the year 2011, which had been an interesting year for me. Looking at my own blog posts, I noticed that I wasn’t posting as much and sometimes could go a month without posting anything. But when I did, they were often things that were quite memorable for me.

In 2011, I took Christian Anderson’s Theatre Puppetry class. His teaching style was very hyper and energetic, compared to Michael’s more mellow style, and the class was a lot of fun. This eventually led to a show, Puppet Jukebox, that was performed four times in front of sold-out audiences. I’ve performed on stage many times before, but I’ve never performed with so many puppeteers at the same time. It was quite a fun experience and I’ve also met many friends along the way. Some of us came back for Puppet Jukebox II in December. The experience the second time around was quite different, as I felt like I was just hanging out with friends, more so than actually putting on a show. So that was quite fun too. Good times.

In June, I entered a video into a contest for a pair of front row tickets for Les Miserables, one of my favorite musical that I practically memorized. I did not win the contest but somehow Matt Lucas, who performed the show in London, came across the video and Tweeted about it. To me, that was more of a win than actually winning the tickets. Besides, they decided to give every contestant a pair of front orchestra tickets so we still got to see the opening night of Les Miserables. Best consolation prize, ever.

And the Muppets movie was fun. I went with a bunch of Muppets fans to the opening night, and we all brought puppets. A movie is always better when you watch it with lots of enthusiastic fans. I will write more about this later, but I just want to say that I really enjoy hanging out with puppeteers. They are generally not people that are full of themselves. You can tell because they are willing to hide away or put themselves in uncomfortable positions to make someone else (the puppet) look good. They also tend to have a sense of humor and are willing to accept many kinds of ideas. (Come on, who are you to judge someone else when you are an adult that play with puppets?) I love these people.

There were quite some changes with my work situation too. I left the company that I had been working with for six years or so and started freelancing. Actually, it was more like the company fell apart. When your company only had four people, and one was going to Japan for a few months to study Japanese, and the main person who runs the company was planning his wedding and going on honeymoon, it was hard for the company to function. Timing-wise it worked out very well as well. I wanted to go out there and test the water anyway. After freelancing for a few months, I found a job and started working at a big company for the very first time.

Actually the timing worked out pretty well too. The recruiter originally told me that I would need to wait two weeks or so for the interview, because it happened to be a very busy time at the company. I actually didn’t mind at all, since I had a trip planned to go to Pittsburgh for my sister’s graduation. And after I interviewed, I actually took a wrong turn and ended up in the general area of where we rehearsed the show. I was at Starbucks checking my email to see what I should do next when I ran into the costume designer for the show and ended up going in to try on my costumes. Eventually I was told that I got the job but I would need to wait another few weeks for the paper work to go through and the equipments to be ordered. That actually worked out perfectly again, since I needed a little bit of time to wrap up my existing freelance contracts and I did not want work to interfere with me going to see Les Miserables. (The period of freelancing really got me used to scheduling work around play, rather than the other way around, which might or might not be a good thing…) And once again, the timing of everything worked out perfectly. Interesting how everything worked out that way.

So 2011 has been a good year for me, overall. Now how about some new year resolutions for 2012?

Well, I don’t really have any new year resolutions for 2012, because I don’t really keep them. No point in stating them then. Yeah, I do have things that I want to get done, but new year resolutions just aren’t a good way of doing it. I shall write more about this later.

Have a happy new year, everyone! 😀


  1. January 3rd, 2012 | 10:32 am


    It’s always nice to land on a post in a new year where someone is actually HAPPY about the “old year!” It sounds like you did have a very convenient (and good) 2011. While I miss your regular postings, I do understand how difficult it is to keep up with a blog and a full time job.You are part of my blogging community and are important to me. Therefore, I will always be waiting for the times when you can put up something new, but understand when the other parts of your life keep you busy:~)

    p.s. I agree about resolutions. I used to keep lists and was always disappointed with my ability to keep a resolution. Finally, I decided to just write the list, burn it and see what the Universe decided I was meant to keep.

    Sara’s last blog post..Happy New Year: Sharing

  2. January 3rd, 2012 | 4:03 pm

    That’s a good idea. Write the list. Set it on fire. Whatever didn’t get burned is what the Universe decides that you should keep.

    I kid. 😀

    With everyone freaking out about the economy in 2011, it probably wasn’t a good year for many. Mine was fine though.

    Thanks for all your continual support!

  3. January 4th, 2012 | 8:05 pm

    I hope that 2012 brings you even better blessings in your life! It’s pretty much inevitable, since you have passion, motivation, talent and intelligence. Enjoy the ride!

  4. January 4th, 2012 | 9:17 pm

    Thank you! 😀

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