2011 Goes Boom – Bring on 2012!

New Year's Eve 2011It’s New Year’s Eve… the end of 2011. It has been a crazy year in general – for the world, for our nation, for the economy, and both personally and professionally for AVDawn.

I will not bore you with endless lists and recaps of 2011, nor will I take this time to play perfect prognosticator and attempt to predict the possibilities post-midnight in 2012.  (Nice alliteration, eh? ^_^)

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A Pittsburgh Christmas

With sincerest apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, I hereby present, “A Pittsburgh Christmas”

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Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,
All the family was scurrying like an A.D.D mouse.The AV Pups, Arwen & Wesley, wish all a Merry Christmas, from gramma's house in Pittsburgh!
The lights and the tinsel were strewn about with flair,
For in just a few hours, a great party’d be there.

The children were scrambling with chores to be done,
In anticipation for much Christmassy fun.
With Mom in the kitchen, and I as her aide,
Lots of cookies and holiday treats, we got made.

When 1 o’clock came and a pause came o’er all.
It’s an NFL Saturday! Time for football!
Away to the TV, ran young and old.
Time to cheer on our own Black & Gold!

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A WAVE of Good Cheer in DC

This Friday past, the Women in AV (WAVE) held their first ‘international’

Fado Irish Pub - Chinatown, Washington, DC - Location for the DC area WAVE tweetup.

tweet-up, with live events held simultaneously in 10 cities around the US and via Twitter, worldwide.  For a first-effort, I’d say this event was a rousing success.  Thanks to the BlogSquad’s own Jennifer Willard for working so hard to put this event together!

In Washington, DC, I ended up with the task of organizing a venue for the party.  Since there was no way to really know who and how many would show up for this inaugural event, I decided to throw the local party at a joint where I’d enjoy hanging out. Thus, Fado Irish Pub in DC’s Chinatown became our tweet-up home.  Fantastic, authentic Irish food and lots of great beer and cider on tap, plus open WiFi.  Not a bad place to spend an evening for a tweet-up!

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