24 Things That Made Me Happy in 2010

24 Things That Made Me Happy in 2010

I went back and forth on whether or not I should write a 2010 roundup. After all, I already blogged about the whole year while it was happening. And let’s be honest, lots of my favorites are likely to be the same as Chels’s favorites. But then I decided it wouldn’t be the end of the year if I didn’t do something… So I’m writing a list of the things that made me happy in 2010.

2010 was my best year yet! I say that every year, which I’m pretty sure is a really good thing. I hope I can say that every single year!!

#1 Our WANM 2-year blogiversary

Having all our family and friends join us at the Rattlesnake to celebrate our blog was one of the best nights of the year!



#2 Hiking Mount Monadnock

I’ve always wanted hike more and hiking Mount Monadnock with Chris, my sister, and Adam was one of the most fun things I did this year. Once the weather gets warmer, I definitely want to find some new mountains to climb and trails to hike!



#3 Discovering Mix Bakery Cupcakes

Cupcakes generally make me happy, but meeting Kelly and her bakery, Mix, definitely boosted by happiness level. Her cupcakes are out of this world amazing and she delivers them right to you!



#4 The Bacon and Beer Fest

Bacon. Beer. Friends. What’s not to be happy about?


#5 Seeing Frightened Rabbit in concert

Music makes me happy. And seeing bands I absolutely love makes me even happier. I saw Frightened Rabbit at the Paradise earlier this year and it was one of my all-time favorite shows. Even though it was on a Wed. night or something at 11 p.m. and I felt like the oldest person in the world trying to stay awake.



#6 Discovering my new salon, Rock, Paper, Scissors

I haven’t had a salon to call my own since high school. For the last 9 years I’ve been bouncing around from salon to salon. Until this year. I discovered Rock, Paper, Scissors and have been back multiple times to get my hair cut, highlighted, and dyed by Sami. And I know I’ll be back tons more in 2011!



#7 First visit to Virginia

This year, I went to visit Chris’s family in Virginia for the first time. I had never been to Virginia before and had tons of fun meeting Chris’s family and Ricky and Shelly and exploring the Richmond area. We’ll be going back in a couple weeks and I can’t wait to see more!



#8 Spending lots of time in Maine

I grew up vacationing in Maine every year, so I was excited to spend a few days over the summer back in Ogunquit. And these pictures are totally making me lust after summer again!



#9 Seeing Conan O’Brien Live

I saw Conan O’Brien for the first time when I was about 12 years old (and didn’t understand any of the jokes!). But this year, I got to go back and see him do his live show (and I understood a lot more, hehe). Definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience!


#10 Kyle and Jeff’s wedding and wedding festivities

Of course, my best friend’s wedding (and shower, and bachelorette party) was one of my favorite moments of the year! Everything about it was a blast and I’m so, so happy I got to be a part of it.




#11 Moving in with Chris!

After living in my apartment for 5 whole years, I finally left my pad and moved (literally across the street) into a brand new place with Chris. It’s a whole lot nicer than the old place and we’ve been absolutely loving it so far!

#12 Participating in Athenos’ Make a Change for the Feta campaign

Making salads involving feta every day for a month? That made me very happy.


#13 Guacaholics Anonymous

Chels and I made bacon guacamole for the event and it seemed like the crowd really loved it! We were so honored to participate in the competition.



#14 Margarita Cupcakes

One of my favorite cupcake inventions of 2010!



#15 My new ice cream maker

I knew my new ice cream maker would mean trouble. And it was. But delicious trouble. I made A LOT of ice cream. And I’m planning on doing it all over again in 2011.


#16 The opening of Brookline’s Meat House

A whole store filled with meat, baked goods, wine and beer, and all kinds of local products right in my neighborhood. I’ve been in the Meat House so many times since it opened and I’m planning to go back a whole lot more in 2011.



#17 Baking Bread

I was scared of yeast at the beginning of 2010. But now that 2010 is over, I feel like I’ve almost mastered the art of yeast and baking bread (OK, maybe not mastered…). I made a lot of bread in 2010 and yup, many more loaves will be made in 2011!


#18 Project Food Blog

It was a wild ride. But a super fun one!

#19 Austin City Limits

Without a doubt, my trip to Austin for Austin City Limits was one of my happiest times. Tons of family, amazing music, and delicious food!





#20 Back to Butterball University

Another fabulous few days with the ladies of Butterball University learning to cook the perfect turkey!




#21 Foodbuzz Festival

The second year in a row we got to spent the weekend with some of our favorite bloggers and foodies in San Francisco!




#22 Lots of Mitzi time

I got to spend lots of time in 2010 with my favorite dog, Mitzi. And, of course, I’m hoping I get to see her a ton in 2011, too. She’s basically the cutest, sweetest dog ever!




#23 Thanksgiving with the family

For the first time in a long time, my whole family was together for thanksgiving. Me, Chris, my mom, my dad, my sister, her husband, and my neighbors Joan and Jim.



#24 Getting engaged!!

Of course, the thing that made me the happiest in 2010 was getting engaged to Chris! It made for an extra special holiday season.




Phew. Those definitely weren’t all the things that made happy. I had tons of fun times with my friends, family, and more. But I think it’s safe to say I had a pretty fabulous year.

2010 was also great for WANM as a whole. We saw our traffic grow and grow and had our best month yet in December 🙂 We clearly had tons of blog-related fun, too! We both always wonder what we’d be doing without blogging! We can’t wait to see what 2011 brings for We are not Martha (we already have a few things in the works!).

Happy new year to you!!! I hope 2011 is wonderful for everyone 🙂 🙂

What are you most looking forward to in 2011?


23 Responses to "24 Things That Made Me Happy in 2010"

  1. What a great recap of the year, and what a fantastic way to end it!! Looks like 2011 will be another exciting one for you:-)

  2. Erica says:

    What a great recap 🙂 You went on so many amazing trips & got to participate in such cool events. And, of course, getting engaged! What could be better 🙂 Hope you had a great New Years Eve!

  3. emily says:

    Happy 2011! Looks like 2010 was fantastic, and I’m sure the new year will bring lots of exciting adventures for you!
    I’m looking forward to changes in 2011, hopefully ones that will bring me closer to my dream job and doing what I’m most passionate about. 🙂

  4. Gina says:

    Your 2010 looks hard to beat but I’m sure this year will prove itself to be even more amazing. For me 2011, is all about finding balance between being a mom, a wife, a friend and a student. I can’t wait to see how much my son changes this year. He is the best thing ever and I know 2011 will be a great year for our family. And yours too. Congrats on your engagement. Happy 2011!!

  5. what a terrific 2010 – i’ve enjoyed getting to “know” you guys via the blog and hopefully we’ll get to meet again in 2011. congrats on everything!

  6. Happy New Year! 2010 was indeed so memorable and I’m looking forward to a wonderful 2011. I hope I get to meet you this year!

  7. Michelle says:

    2010 was a year filled with mostly ups and a few downs but I’m really looking forward to 2011!

  8. Sharlene says:

    Happy New Year, Sues! Your 2010 was certainly memorable and I wish you all the best for the coming year. 2011 means I’ll be a doctor. What a huge step! I’m nervous but super excited all at the same time.

  9. You certainly did have some exciting things happen in 2010! And I’m sure you will have lots more in 2011!

    If you need any recs for when you plan your wedding, just let me know.

  10. Reeni says:

    What a fun filled year you had! It puts mine to shame, I had a really boring year. Congratulations on your engagement – you look so cute together! Have a blessed and Happy New Year!

  11. Velva says:

    Cheers to the We are not Martha Ladies! You both have had a fabulous year doing what you do best, food, family and having a great time.
    I am looking forward to enjoying your blog in 2011.

    Happy New Year.

  12. Great recap of a great year! The Mix Bakery cupcakes just made me sooo hungry, as did the lobster roll. So much good food and fun. Here’s to a great 2011 for all of us!

  13. Oh my, seems like you had a lot of fun during the past year! I’m wishing you even more fun this year!
    Much love,

  14. What a wonderful year you had! And, I don’t think I have congratulated you on your engagement yet, so CONGRATULATIONS!

  15. Daisy says:

    what a year you had. love re-living these special / wonderful / fun / crazy moments that made 2010 what it was for you.

  16. Congratulations on a great 2010 and best wishes for an even BETTER 2011!

    Happy New Year Sues!

  17. Claudia says:

    What an upbeat, happy posting – does my heart good to read such sweet news as 2011 begins (is it a good omen – I think so).Congrats on the engagements and I hope both WANM ladies have a 2011 that brings you all good things!

  18. Seeing this post just really wants to make me move to Boston lol glad you had such a phenom year babe!

  19. Megan says:

    Sounds like you had an incredible year! I didn’t realize you moved right next door when you moved in with Chris. I did the same when I moved in with Jeff. Too funny. Congrats again on getting engaged. I’m most looking forward to doing a lot of wedding planning this year and of course tons of cooking and baking… and eating — although I am going to try to eat a little more healthfully… we’ll see how that goes! Happy 2011!

  20. Kerstin says:

    What an incredible year – Happy New Year and can’t wait to see what lies ahead in 2011!!

  21. Mary says:

    It sounds like an incredible year. I hope 2011 is even better. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  22. What an awesome year you’ve had!! It’s been great following along in 2010 and I look forward to seeing what 2011 has in store :).

  23. Lots of fun things last year! Happy new year and best wishes in 2011!

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