If I were to summarize 2011 into one word, I think I'd choose unexpected.
It was unexpected that I'd face so many trials and yet come out of them for the better
It was unexpected that I'd prefer a part-time job to a full-time real-world 60 hour a week gig. (I am a known workaholic)
It was unexpected that I'd yearn to move back to the West Coast (I guess I really am a California girl at heart)
It was unexpected to go snorkeling in the Florida Keys and even more unexpected that I enjoyed it and can't wait to go again (I have an irrational fear of the deep ocean)
It was unexpected that my super-smart husband spent even more time studying (I didn't realize how easy the first year of medical school really was)
It was unexpected that I was able to travel so often (I went to almost 20 different states this year alone)
It was unexpected that I managed to finish more than half a dozen quilts for near and dear friends (I've only been quilting off and on for a few years)
It was unexpected that I received such a generous response to the stocking drive I organized for the local foster children (I was so blown away that people all over the world helped me quadruple my goal)
It was unexpected how many friends I've made because of my quilting - both online and in person. (I've never had friends that quilted before - it's quite nice!)
And it certainly was unexpected how nice and welcoming the online community has been to a new blogger like myself.
Here's hoping 2011 had a few unexpected surprises and 2012 is full of even more!