After rewinding 2010 and looking back at its ups and downs, it's time to fast-forward into 2011 and see what the new year will bring.
This year is the Chinese year of the rabbit. According to the Chinese Zodiac, it's the year to slow down and focus on negotiation and relationships with family and friends. Therefore, this is actually a time to press pause in life and catch your breath.
The United Nations designates this year as the year of chemistry and forests. The Year of Chemistry is a celebration of the accomplishments and contributions of chemistry. There is a global experiment focusing on water that classes all around the world can participate in and report their findings online. For more information, go to the International Year of Chemistry website: www.chemistry2011.org. The Year of Forests is a celebration of action to sustain forests around the globe and aims to raise awareness about forest conservation.
Also, 2011 will bring the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The memorial at the World Trade Center site is expected to be finished by the anniversary, and it is likely that many Americans will go there to remember the day so many lives were changed and reflect on how far our country has come in the decade since the tragedy.
It's out with the old, and in with the new for 2011. This year's trends range from pies to honeysuckle pink. In the food department, fish tacos, cupcakes and energy drinks are on the way out as fried chicken, pies and relaxation drinks take over. In fashion, spring trends include '70s styles, lace, honeysuckle pink, stripes and biker and punk styles. To accessorize in 2011, many people will be wearing clogs, kitten heels and even cat-eye sunglasses to look like they came straight off a runway. As '70s styles make a comeback, bell bottoms and flared styles will be replacing skinny jeans.
On April 29, people around the world will be watching as Kate Middleton ties the knot with Prince William. Middleton will definitely set some trends with her style at the royal wedding.
Get your popcorn ready! In 2011, there will be many new movies to look forward to, including "Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" and "Scream 4." Sequels aimed at younger and young-at-heart audiences are "Kung Fu Panda 2," "Cars 2" and "Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules." Even "Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World" will be coming to theaters (if you remember it, the last "Spy Kids" movie was released in 2003). For comics fans, "The Green Hornet" and "Green Lantern" will be treats this year. There will surely be even more great movies this year, and it'll be hard to decide which ones to see.
There also will be new technology and gadgets. No rumors of flying cars yet, but there's always hope. Apple will likely be releasing an updated iPhone and iPad and plenty of new iPad accessories this year. The popularity of tablet computers is increasing, and some set to come out are Android tablets from Lenovo, Acer, ASUS, Motorola, HTC and Cisco. Also, the Toshiba Satellite L635 Child Notebook, a tablet for kids, will be released. Other new products coming out this year are a 3-D TV from Sony and a series of mobile gadgets from Microsoft. There will also be super-phones this year, which are a step up from smart-phones. It's safe to predict there will be a lot of competition in the electronics aisle. It's time to make your wish list already!
The new year looks to be a pretty interesting year. Let's hope it's filled with happiness, good times and maybe a little adventure.
Kristina Macro is a sophomore at Holy Angels Academy.