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everybody, put your best suit or dress on

While not technically the new year yet, I couldn’t resist the Death Cab reference. This time of year always brings out the nostalgia in me — as I’m sure it does in just about everyone else, too — and what better time to get sappy and reflective than at the end of this year and on the cusp of the next? I’m pretty sure it’s what the holiday was designed for. (Nevermind the whole changing of the calendar thing.)

Aside from a few mishaps along the way, 2011 was a pretty kickass year, at least in my personal life. My parents celebrated their 30th anniversary in May. My brother got married in June and shortly after found out he and his wife are expecting their first child (baby Claire is due in March, and Aunt Katie can’t wait). My adorable nephew, Dante, turned 1 in November, and after spending some time with him around Christmas I can already tell he’s a brilliant child, if his ability to figure out a toy basketball and hoop after one attempt is any indication. (Scholarship, anyone?)

And of course, the best thing happened in August. After months of planning and planning-related headaches, I married my fantastic, goofy best friend, and four months in, we’re as happy as ever. I don’t want to gush too much (my Facebook friends are more than familiar with my ability to wax poetic about my happiness, sometimes to the detriment of others — apologies for that), but suffice it to say, the day itself was wonderful, and so far, the life we’re building together is pretty great. I’m looking forward to many more years of this fabulous existence with my husband by my side.

I hope to write a more exhaustive end-of-year pop culture recap in the coming days/weeks (I’m currently working on a retrospective music mix, which is taking much longer than anticipated, mostly because I keep coming across new tunes to add to the pile), but for now, let me end this one with a few of the things I enjoyed in 2011:

This commercial • Spontaneous trips to Boston & NYC to visit much-missed friends • Seeing “Starry Night” in person • Bossypants • My first iPod • Dancing to Lady Gaga with my father- and mother-in-law at my brother’s wedding • 50/50 • Randomly discovering new music • Repeatedly singing the chorus of LCD Soundsytem’s “Drunk Girls” with my husband apropos of nothing • Leslie and Ben’s coupling and Ron Swanson’s wisdom & ‘stache on Parks and Recreation • The first half of Mindy Kaling’s book, which I started yesterday and absolutely love already • WEQX • Sam Roberts Band • “Internet Killed the Video Star” • Continuing my obsession with Chris Jones and Esquire, especially this piece • Honeymooning in Maine and everything that went along with it, especially the copious amounts of seafood and Dark & Stormies • Mike and Tom Eat Snacks • The Muppets and its fantastic soundtrack • Buying way too much music on Amazon • Inadvertently becoming a USC fan (sorry, Dad), to the delight of my husband and his college friends • Giant teacups filled with Strongbow • My teal skirt from H&M • Big metal chickens • To-die-for dessert at New World Bistro • The soups/sandwiches/smells at Placid Baker in Troy • The “New Girl” theme song • A signed copy of Simon Pegg’s book with a personalized wedding message (thanks, Jaime!) • Hilarious and heartfelt presents/cards/speeches from our wedding, and our sunglasses favors • Having a husband and becoming a wife •

…and Mondoro champagne, which Nick and I drank on one of our first dates, at our wedding, and many times in between, and what we’ll toast with tonight to ring in the new year.

Cheers to 2011; bring on 2012.

it’s like i’ve waited my whole life for this one night

Well, okay. Maybe not my whole life. But last night’s Jim and Pam Wedding Extravaganza on The Office was definitely a fulfilling chapter in my love affair with this show, and this couple. I kind of understood where Michael was coming from when he hilariously revealed that he painted a second portrait of Jim and Pam “in the nude. But that one is for me.”

michael with his SFW portrait.

michael with his SFW portrait.

As I watched with my friend Mark last night, he observed that this episode had the perfect balance of sentiment and slapstick, and the writers made sure that tone was apparent from the opening moments, where the audience was treated to the greatest/grossest chain reaction vomit sequence in recent memory. (Actually, I seem to recall a similar scene being in a movie a while back, but am blanking on what the film is. Anyone care to help me out?)

Here we were treated to the first of many fabulous Creed moments in this episode, when Mr. Bratton was caught scarfing down noodles while everyone around him was losing their lunch. The dead look in his eyes while Michael was trying to cover Jim’s ass during the toast (“It’s a different sensation when you use something to block…I think everybody knows what I’m talking about.”) was also priceless.

The entire episode was bursting with these little moments, blink-and-you-miss-it gems of facial expressions, body language, and subtle dialogue. I have far too many favorites to list them all (Maid of the Mist! Twins! Phyllis’s hat!), so I’m just going to wrap up this love-fest by sharing what I’m sure will go down as one of the best moments in Office history: the YouTube wedding procession rip-off, set to Chris Brown’s “Forever.” (For the record: I do still like the song, even if Brown is the scum of the earth, and thought the original video was charming, if a bit cheesy and over-hyped.)

the falls represent my melting heart.

the falls represent my melting heart.

My heart was so full of joy while watching this, I thought I might spontaneously combust. Ah, fake characters that I am far too emotionally invested in. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

(Thanks to Best Week Ever for the photos)