Monday, December 19, 2011

Year in Review

So here we are near the end of 2011. A year marked by protests and revolution in North Africa and the deaths of Osama Bin Laden and Moammar Gadhafi. It also brought constitutional reforms to Morocco rescinding some of King Mohammed VI's power and granting freedom of expression and social equality for women. It has been an amazing time to live among the change happening in this part of the world.

Now that the holidays are approaching, I am going to take a couple weeks off writing to enjoy what will be our last Christmas in Africa. So, I'm leaving you with 10 of my favorite posts of 2011.

I'll be back with lots of stories in 2012. Happy Holidays to you and yours! And as always, thanks for reading!

This was my longest running number 1 post.

The Belly Dance Post

The day I wore a burka. (I guess that was pretty self explanatory though.)

Day in a Burka

Apparently, writing about the king in any capacity can get you into trouble. Who knew?

The King and I

Here I write a letter to my ex about our tragic break up.

The Ex Factor

The scary truth about my neighbor. And yours too.

The Sociopath Next Door

My thoughts on how utterly ridiculous the rules of blogging are and why I break them.

Follaback Girl

The puzzling post that challenges you to guess what country we're visiting based on bizarre clues.

Where in the World...?

The only man I'll let touch my rear end.

The Other Man

Why it takes a village to feed my children.

The Infamous

And finally, the chaos that is travelling with four kids.

Road Trippin'


Blissed-Out Grandma said...

I'm a follower-come-lately, but I've read several of your back posts and really enjoyed them. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family and come back to blogland refreshed and ready to rumble.

Joy Page Manuel said...

What a fun year it has been! I'm happy that you're part of PBAU because you are entertaining, honest and of course a good writer! You take me to such an interesting world and it's always fun reading your essays. Thanks for taking me with you on this journey Marie! Wishing you the best in the coming New Year!

Anonymous said...

Hi Marie, I've been M.I.A. in the blog world, but have caught up with all your posts.
You have earned yourself a much needed rest after all those great posts. You have cheered me up on many a day.
Have a wonderful time over the holidays, and I wish you and your family a very MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR.
Look forward to visiting your blog in the New Year.

Best Wishes, Sheila

Sine said...

Thank you so much for this post, Marie!

- thanks for digging up some of your back posts I hadn't known

- thanks for giving me a great reading list for the holidays (after I've dug up from under the mountain of pre-Christmas to-dos, that is

- thank you for giving me inspiration as I'm doing my own Christmas letter at the moment. I feel like I've already written it all and now to do more writing summarizing it all seems like too much work; selecting the ten best posts is an awesome idea and I may copy you!

Have a great trip and enjoy our part of the world:-)

Barbara said...

Marie, enjoy a well deserved holiday and come back with batteries recharged to fill another year with your entertaining, funny, daring and introspective writing, introducing us to new places and fashion trends. I will mark the day I was welcomed to PBAU in red!
My best wishes for a creative 2012!

Leah Griffith said...

Marie, rock the holidays girl!! I'm looking forward to digging into these older posts of yours. You do know how to captivate and audience.

Wishing you love, joy, and plenty for the new year and may all that you reach for be placed in your open hand and heart.


cath said...

I had read half the posts, and totally enjoyed the rest. What a great variety...have a wonderful holiday and happy blogging in the year to come!

Dangerous Linda said...

Hi, Marie! --

I will look forward to browsing your 'best of' posts until your return!

Happy Holidays!!!

MuMuGB said...

Well, it looks like a ver eventful year, isn't it?

Samantha Bangayan said...

Absolutely loved getting an overview of your blog with this review, Marie! =) Hope you thoroughly enjoy your holidays and looking forward to the new year! =)

Robyn said...

Hope you are enjoying your last Christmas holiday in Africa, but just to say I am passing on a sweet little award to you-the Liebster award-to your special blog. You'll find it on my blog

Happy New Year!

hayley [] said...

I loved the Follaback post. Literally had me laughing out loud. I think that day was the first time I came across your blog and I thought, "yes. someone else said it first." and I knew I had to stick around :) Happy New Year to you and the fam!


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