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I know that I was quite the slacker with blogging during 2010. I’m not sure what was up with me, but I just wasn’t being inspired to write as much as I had in the past. This year, I really want to be better about blogging on a more regular basis, i.e. at least once a week if not more. I don’t know about you, but I always enjoy scrolling back through old posts to see what happened and reminiscing about the good times.
So, without further ado, here is my 2010 in review!
What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
I went whitewater rafting, took an aerial acrobatics class, went on a Snuggie pub crawl, spent a romantic weekend in a B&B with T, and saw a number of comedy shows (Chelsea Handler, Heather McDonald, Conan O’Brien, and Daniel Tosh.
On less positive notes, I got my first speeding ticket and got mauled by multiple jelly fish on our beach vacation, which resulted in me having to get a tetanus and steroid shot.
Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for this year?
No, I am horrible at resolutions. I always choose the same things – stop smoking, workout more, save more money. This year, I will behave, be healthier, and build up my bank account. I already haven’t smoke since the early hours of Jan. 2. I think that’s a good start.
Did anyone close to you give birth?
None of my immediate friends did, but plenty of acquaintances did. Everywhere I looked, it seemed like someone was having a baby or announcing a pregnancy.
Did anyone close to you die?
What countries did you visit?.
Sadly, none. We didn’t get out of the U.S of A this year. I’m hoping in 2011 we’ll expand our travels a little more.
What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
More money in our savings account, a bigger house, maybe a cute new car.
What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
August 22 – the date Little S and JT got engaged.
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I obtained some great publicity clips for my clients, including lots of TV spots. I didn’t break anything playing softball.
What was your biggest failure?
Being lazy and not sticking to a workout routine. Not getting a raise at work (not my fault, but still…)
Did you suffer any illness or injury?
No major illnesses or injuries, but I did cut my finger pretty badly before my birthday.
What was the best thing you bought?
I can’t say I made any out of the ordinary, super special purchases in 2010. We bought a Wii. Our beach vacation was nice, despite all the pitfalls.
Whose behavior merited celebration?
No one in particular, but the people who go above and beyond to help and care for others, without expecting anything from anyone else. Those people should be celebrated more.
Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Trashy celebrities that get money for doing nothing and being pure trash (Paris Hilton, Lindsey Lohan). Shady politicians who don’t care for the greater good of the people (Sarah Palin).
Where did most of your money go?
T’s Lasik surgery, car repairs (there were a lot of them this year), taxes, going out with friends for drinks or dinner.
What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Going whitewater rafting, Little S and JT getting engaged, the Christmas weekend blizzard in NY, our New Year’s Eve cabin weekend.
What song will always remind you of 2010?
Thievery Corporation – Shadows Of Ourselves Lyrics. T and I saw them in concert and they were amazing. Plus this song offers good advice.
Je n’ai pas le temps de perdre la tête
Pour nous sauver de nous-même
(I don’t have time to lose my head to save us from ourselves.)
Compared to this time last year, are you:
(a) happier or sadder– the same
(b) thinner or fatter – the same, maybe a little fatter
(c) richer or poorer? – about the same
What do you wish you’d done more of?
I tried new activities this year, but I wish I’d gone to more festivals and branched out to try new restaurants.
What do you wish you’d done less of?
Veg around on my days off, sleep super late, stay up all night (even though it’s fun while it’s happening).
How did you spend Christmas?
We had Christmas with my family on Dec. 18-19. We ate duck and cornish game hens, drank lots of wine, and opened a ton of presents.
On actual Christmas, we were in NY with T’s family. We opened presents and had dinner with his family, grammy, uncle and uncle’s girlfriend. Then we went to his aunt’s annual Christmas night party for drinks and laughs with the family. Then we got snowed in the next day, resulting in lots of vegging in front of the TV, Wii playing, eating and drinking.
Did you fall in love in 2010?
No, I’m already in love.
What was your favorite TV program?
The same olds – Law & Order SVU, True Blood, Vampire Diaries, Outsourced, Jersey Shore, Jerseylicious, Intervention, No Reservations….
Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I’m a pretty easy going person, so I haven’t hated anyone in a while.
What was the best book you read?
I really liked the Time Traveler’s Wife. I blew through it and was hooked from the first few pages. A Reliable Wife was also really good. I enjoyed The Help, but it had a slow start. Chelsea Handler’s books are great easy reads and always had me cracking up.
What was your greatest musical discovery?
Seeing Thievery Corporation and Massive Attack and Chromeo live were amazing and made me love their music even more.
My end of 2010 addictions were:
FLORENCE & THE MACHINE – Dog Days Are Over
MUMFORD & SONS – Little Lion Man
MUSE – Undisclosed Desires
SHAWN MULLINS – LIGHT YOU UP
BROKEN BELLS – The High Road
RAY LAMONTAGNE – Beg Steal or Borrow
SARA BAREILLES – King of Anything
I’m sure there are more that I can’t think of at the moment.
What did you want and get?
I received some amazing gifts this year: Awesome rain boots, pretty cognac colored boots, shoe rack, new winter white pea coat, Donkey Kong Country Revisited for Wii, a cute octopus necklace, a Chi straightener, fuzzy sheep fur and suede boots, cute scarves, a trip to Asheville, and tickets to Cirque du Soleil.
What did you want and not get?
I kept asking for this cute owl ring for my birthday and Christmas, but it was impossible to find. Sadness. I also wanted a seltzer maker, but didn’t get that either.
I also wanted to sell our condo and buy a house, but that wasn’t successful. That’s what 2011 is for!
What was your favorite film of this year?
I really liked Black Swan a lot. It was so twisted and eerie, but so well-made. I totally recommend it if you haven’t seen it yet.
I’m blanking on other movies I really liked at the moment.
What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 28 on my last birthday, and of course turned it into quite the extravaganza. I did one night with family and close friends where we went out to a nice dinner, T and I spent a weekend in Asheville, I did a group birthday outing with November birthday friends, and we went to see Ovo with the family. It was a great and memorable birthday!
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Getting a raise or if that isn’t an option, additional weeks of vacation. I work hard at what I do and have had a successful publicity year for all four of my clients. It would be nice to receive some type of reward for my efforts.
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
Warm weather – sundress, skirts, tanks, jeans, and flops or sandles
Cold weather – sweaters, jeans, jeggings, leggings, tall boots, flannel, and scarves
What kept you sane?
My family, friends, cats, booze, vegging on the couch
What celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
My 2010 crush was definitely Alexander Skarsgård from True Blood. (Hello hot stuff!)
What political issue stirred you the most?
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. We are a country that pledges equality and freedom for all, but often times we don’t follow through. It’s good to see people trying to change the narrow mindedness that has plagued so many people for so long.
Who did you miss?
My friends who don’t live in Georgia and I rarely see. T’s family because they are awesome.
Who was the best new person you met?
Hmm, I can’t think of anyone at the moment. I pretty much like everyone, as long as they aren’t assholes.
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
Don’t let stupid people or stupid things ruffle your feathers. If you are strong and confident, you can overcome any drama that comes your way. Don’t let the Man hold you down.
Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Who cares if you disagree?/You are not me/Who made you king of anything?/So you dare tell me who to be?/Who died and made you king of anything? – Sara Bareilles, King Of Anything
This is my addition to NPW’s Create Your Own Blogventure Spooktacular. If you are coming to read my post for the day, and haven’t read any of the other segments, make sure you go back and start at the beginning. Choose wisely to create your own exciting story!
You can find the previous part of the story here:
Dr. Ansel stared into the thrashing water reminiscent of Niagara Falls with horror, and did what any other person in his situation would do – he plunged his long arm into the whirlpool, trying desperately to grasp hold of the sparkling silver chain. To his dismay, the talisman was long gone. Defeated, Dr. Ansel removed his toilet water-soaked arm and trudged over to the sink. He stared at the grim face watching him from the mirror. What the hell am I supposed to do now?
He took a long time washing his hands, pondering the seriousness of the situation. Without the talisman, he wasn’t sure how long he could control the posse of flesh hungry zombies waiting on the other side of the old wooden door, sitting in the diner with Jenny and Annelise…oh my God! Annelise. His only child was sitting in a room with the living dead, completely unaware of the mishap that had just ensued. Finally, he snapped back into action and flung himself out of the men’s room.
As he stumbled out into the room, he realized that the zombies were getting restless. They stared aimlessly around the crowded diner, blood dripping from their undead lips, there teething gnashing at air. Jenny was busy piling platters with raw steaks while Annelise sat at the counter, poking her apple pie with a fork. Trying to draw as little attention to himself as possible, Dr. Ansel gently grabbed Annelise by the arm and pulled her behind the bar. He motioned ever so slightly to Jenny and told them of the bathroom mishap.
“We have to get out of here,” he muttered under his breath, cautiously eyeing the monsters, “I…I dropped the talisman into the toilet, and it’s gone. I don’t know how much longer I can control the zombies.”
Annelise’s brown eyes went wide with fear. Jenny clamped her hand over her mouth to stifle a scream, “They’re ZOMBIES!?!” she gasped. Dr. Ansel didn’t meet her eyes as he nodded ‘yes.’
Annelise knew what this meant – there was no time for playing around. “We have to get it back, and fast!”
Her mind started racing at warped speed. Luckily her friend Luke’s father was a plumber, and they had both spent the past summer “helping” his father with his work.
“We have to get into the septic tank and fish out the key,” she said breathlessly as she ushered Jenny and her father through the diner’s back door. “Where is the tank?”
Jenny pointed with a shaky finger toward the old, rusted behemoth barely sticking up out of the gully that ran beside the diner.
“At least it’s not completely underground,” Annelise exclaimed as the group marched toward the tank.
Luckily, there was an old clunker sitting in the parking lot with a tool box in the back. Dr. Ansel looked slightly uncomfortable as he hoisted his aging body into the truck to rummage through the kit. Eventually he emerged with some small saws. He passed the tools out to the girls, and they all began to saw at the tank with an urgency none of them had ever experienced because the zombies had begun stirring in the diner, hungry for more flesh.
Dr. Ansel was the first one to break through the decaying exterior. Once the hole began to form, they all began frantically kicking and pulling at the steel. Once it was big enough to look inside, they all eagerly peered in.
There, sitting in a pool of muck, sat the shiny talisman.
“Honey, I hate to do this to you, but you’re the smallest one here. We’re going to have to lower you in to grab the damn thing,” Dr. Ansel said.
Annelise nodded understandingly as she belly crawled toward the hole, leaving her legs free for her father and Jenny to hold, “You’re gonna owe me big time for this Dad!”
She reached down into the sludge and grabbed for the talisman just as the zombies burst through the diner’s back door.
* If you think Dr. Ansel and Jenny were able to hold on to Annelise and the talisman, go here.
* If you think the zombies made it to the tank before Annelise grabbed the talisman, go here.
Yesterday after work, T and I left for Poughkeepsie. Our flight was scheduled to leave Atlanta at 8:30 p.m., but of course it didn’t. We got delayed until almost 11 because there was an electrical problem in the cockpit. They tried, unsucessfully, to fix it but weren’t able to. Finally they got us a different plane. It was tiny – only 14 rows.
We landed in White Plains at 12:45 a.m. and had about an hour drive before we got to Poughkeepsie.
We were pretty hungry so T’s dad busted out some awesome gourmet sandwiches to munch on. Of course the wine came out too! The next thing I know is that it’s 7:30 a.m. and we’ve finished 5 bottles of wine! I love my inlaws!
I’m not sure how often I will be posting the next few days, but I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! I may be tweeting about my adventures a little more often. You can follow me @bingATL.
*I typed this post from my phone! So random*
Hello freaders! Today I will be taking a break from writing you a post to participate in the great Blog Secret exchange. I have shared a secret, which is hosted somewhere out there on the Internets. I can’t wait to read what everyone else had to say. Without further ado, I bring you my anonymous post from an anonymous blogger. Happy reading!
I hated her with everything I had. Because of the betrayl, the words, the newspaper article. The betrayl. She apologized, of course she did. I gave her a syrupy sweet smile, told her I understood… when really I was only seeing red.
Weeks later and I’m dancing in my stilettos while she’s pouring jager down my throat, hoping I’ll forget what she did. There’s a fog in the bar and the whole sorority is drunk and stupid. I’m having a hard time not ripping her hair out on the dance floor. Her hair is like a crotch of pubes. Then I notice her purse.
Her purse is so casually flung in the corner of our booth because crotch-head wouldn’t dare believe a sister to betray her the way she betrayed me. I stumble towards it in my alochol-induced stupor. We’re all embarassingly drunk. I flip open the sequined clutch and take out all of her stuffed bills. No one notices.
I put the money down my cowboy boot and continued with the dancing and the jager. At closing time crotch-head realizes the terrible injustice, and I just laugh and take my friends to eat at Steak-N-Shake.
For more secrets and participants, visit Nilsa’s page.
I just found out about Nilsa from SoMi’s Blog Secret on November 18, and I’m totally excited to participate. It seems like such a fun way to write something that you just don’t have the guts to normally blog about (or don’t want to offend people by writing). And it’s a cool way to discover new blogs. You can never read too many!
It’s really simple to play along. Just write an anonymous post, then send it to her by November 15. She in turn will send you an anonymous post to post on your blog on the 18th. And your post will end up on someone else’s blog.
Sounds fun? Check
Great way to find new blogs? Check
Makes for some interesting reading? Check Check
Happy Halloween readers! I don’t know about you, but I am super excited about getting all dressed up this weekend. I have two costumes that I will be sporting. The first one is for tonight and is based on Chun Li from the video game Street Fighter (I’m not a huge video game player, except when it comes to Rock Band and fighting games). This is the first real costume I’ve purchased in a long time. I just hope people know who I am! My second costume is for mine and JD’s super awesome Halloween/birthday extravaganza, Spooktacular. We are going as dead/zombie homecoming court members. I’m really excited to make my face up in a totally disgusting manner! Pictures to come on Monday!
Last night, JD and I finally lived up to the promise we’ve been making to ourselves about carving pumpkins. We kept talking about it, but never went through with it. We decided to stock up on supplies for Saturday’s party and get pumpkins to put our carving skills to the test. Well, the first 2 stores we went to were completely out of pumpkins. How do you sell out of pumpkins the day before Halloween? Maybe it’s because we live in the city and not the burbs. We finally found some pretty half-assed pumpkins at a 3rd store, so we stocked up. And let me tell you, they were not your normal carving pumpkins.
First, we picked up a baggie (wasn’t big enough to be considered an actual bag) of 3 mini pumpkins. They looked like they are meant to be centerpiece making items, but we figured we (and T) could each carve one. Then we could set them on the table at our party as centerpieces. 🙂 We also decided to pick up some Cinderella pumpkins, the only larger variety that seemed to exist in Atlanta last night.
If you are like me, you have no idea what these special pumpkins look like, so I will show you some in their pre-carved state.
As you can see, these are not your normal, bulbous carving pumpkins. They are small and weirdly shaped, making for quite the interesting carving experience. The only utensil that could cut through these bad boys was the little pumpkin carving saw from the kit. I’m not even kidding! Serrated bread knife…nope. Butcher knife…nope. Since they were so oddly shaped, we couldn’t use fancy carving patterns. This left us with the free hand option which, resulted in very special looking pumpkins.
Aren’t they special?
All lit up!
Have you ever noticed how much in life we take for granted? Our health, happiness, our safety and security, having a roof over our head. Everyday I wake up and a series of events takes place in a fairly similar order, then it repeats itself. I never give much thought to the fact that one day this could change. Something could happen to me or someone I love, completely shaking up the pattern my life has fallen into.
Everyday I hear these horrible stories on the news about people being kidnapped and murdered, and it makes me so upset. What happened to our world? When did people stop caring about other people?
Yesterday, once I arrived home from my weekend media trip, T shared some devastating news with me. One of our friends from high school had died over the weekend. Sean had been a regular fixture at all of our high school parties. T had played hockey with him since elementary school. Sean was the goalie and T his defenseman. I asked T what happened, expecting to hear that he had been in a car accident. Well, technically he was. Except he wasn’t in a car.
He had been riding his bike on the side of the road and was hit by a car. A car that drove off and left him there alone in the dark. Luckily someone found him and called the police. He suffered serious head trauma, and after a lengthy surgery passed away.
I was stunned. I stop if I run over an animal. How could someone hit a person and not stop? No one will ever know if that car had stopped if it would have made a difference and he would have been able to be saved.
The thing that really makes me angry and gets under my skin is that at this moment his family has no idea who killed their brother, son and husband. T and I were also very close to his younger brother and wife, and it breaks my heart to think of all the pain they are in right now. And that they may never know what happened. As of now, there are no witnesses. Plus he was on a bike…I’m not sure if the police could find any paint from the car on it to track his killer down.
It just sucks that it had to happen to such a great guy. And it also shows that no matter how careful you are to be safe and protect yourself, there are idiots out there who don’t give a shit about anyone else but themselves. And a lot of people out there really don’t care how their actions affect others.
Sean, you will be missed!
Every morning while I get ready for work, I watch The Today Show. One of the reasons is because I really enjoy the show and the topics they cover. The other is because our old house has no cable upstairs, and it’s the only channel that comes in perfectly clear.
This morning right after I got out of the shower, I saw a segment about Reborn Babies. Go ahead and read about it really quick…I’ll wait. Ok. I have to say it is one of the creepiest things I’ve seen in a long time.
Grown women carry around these very lifelike dolls. Some even take them out in strollers or car seats, and treat and talk to them like real children. The dolls are really expensive. The ones they discussed this morning cost upwards of $1,000. Seriously? Why would you pay that much money for a doll! I don’t get it. You would never let your daughter play with it because it’s so expensive, and it could get ruined.
Matt Lauer was doing the interview, and he was pretty incredulous about the whole thing. I swear he was struggling to not look at them like they were insane. One of the women who was interviewed never had kids, so the doll is a replacement for the baby she never had. Another is a huge doll collector. The third was a mom with a young child and said that having a doll brought her closer to her daughter. Ok, maybe this lady is a little less strange. But the others really weirded me out.
Some people have the dolls made to honor a young child that passed away, and I can understand that. Loosing someone you love is hard, and having something that makes you feel like that loved one is back is comforting. If you are able to “take care” of the baby and talk to it like it was your loved one, it must bring some sort of peace to you.
Did anyone else see this? If so, what are your thoughts?
All I know is you will never see me carrying around a fake baby! It’s just too weird!
Today I was out of the office, at a client site helping with a ribbon cutting. At first I was a little nervous about going since my boss had an important meeting that couldn’t be rescheduled and I’d be alone. But in the end it was fine. I got to do a little behind the scenes work and help gather photographers so they could get the pictures they needed. I also met a few of the people I regularly e-mail and speak with over the phone. It’s so great to finally put a face to a name and voice.
After the ribbon cutting, there was a luncheon where the GM spoke along with some important people from the town the property is located in. The food was amazing. I’ve eaten there a few other times when the boss and I have traveled there for meetings. But today’s food was special. We had braised shortribs, some veggies and the cutest desserts! It was the property’s 20th anniversary, so they brought out the desserts with little sparklers in them. The band that provided our entertainment also played happy birthday. It was really special.
After the event, I went and checked out one of the local radio stations, which was really neat. I was introduced to some important people and got the behind the scenes tour. I’ve never been in a radio station before, so it was really cool to see what one really looked like.
The whole day has been fun, but the best part is…that I got home at 4:30 and didn’t have to go to the office! Now it’s time to veg out and catch up on my Google reader and TiVo.
When I’m not so swamped, I’ll finish up the wedding recap. I promise! 🙂
This is the continuation of my wedding day recap. If you haven’t read part one yet, you can find it here.
Inclement Weather: It practically rained on and off throughout the entire day. I was thankful that we decided to get ready at the venue and never had to leave, because that could have put a hurtin’ on our hair and make up. I knew it was dreary out, but it never really effected us. The outside of the venue isn’t the most scenic, so we didn’t miss out on any great exterior shots. But it did mess up our exit. Right as we were about to hit the road, it started pouring. This meant that we couldn’t do our grand finale outside. We overcame the problem though and had all of the guests line up near the doors and they blew the bubbles as we walked by. It was a little cramped, but it was fine. We don’t have any shots of us in the limo though because it was just too gross to bring cameras out. I’m so glad that I didn’t spend a ton of cash on a fancy ride since there really aren’t any pictures of it.
Jay: Jay was the best man. He is an awesome guy who has been one of our friends since freshman year of college. He wrote a really funny toast where he called out T for getting a mani (I made him do it) and for being like a sister since he takes forever to get ready sometimes. We all laughed our asses off during his speech.
Kids at the wedding: There were only 3 kids at the wedding, T’s 6-year old cousin and my boss’ 5-year old twins. I hardly even noticed they were there. The boss’ kids hung around T’s cousin most of the time, and they all just danced with all of the other guests. They seemed like they had a great time. My co-worker Mel said they were annoying as hell at the table (she sat with everyone from my office) and they kept having to hide all of the breakable items from them. I’m just glad I wasn’t near it! 🙂
Kissing: Oh, there was a ton of kissing going on. Did you know that when your guests start clinking on their glasses, you’re supposed to kiss? No, we didn’t either. It took us a minute to figure that one out. Everyone thought it was funny to have us kiss while we were eating. Yeah, not so much. But we did it anyway.
Laughing: There was a ton of laughing going on. While we were all getting beautified, we just kept cracking up over how doofy we looked with rollers in our hair and tissues underneath them to keep our skin from getting singed. As soon as the camera guy walked in to film us getting ready, CoLo jokingly called ASP a bitch…we all cracked up because it’s on tape. T’s little brother B had to climb underneath my dress to steam it (I wasn’t wearing it) but I didn’t know that. I walked by and saw his head pop out and I almost died. CoLo and CMc had a speedwalk off in honor of the Olympics (that made for some very random and funny photos).
The steaming of the dress
Little S’s Toast…where she said, “I’d have a lot of friends too if I had a D cup!” Everyone went wild.
Good friends help you pick your wedgie when you can’t reach it through the many layers of your dress
Love: There was so much love in the air that day (I know it sounds corny, but it’s true). After 8.5 years together, T and I have basically been adopted into each other’s families, and it was great to have both sets there and intermingling. I was so happy that day to finally marry my best friend and the man I loved that I felt like I was floating from the high of happiness and love.
T’s parents, us, my parents (we totally stood by the wrong set)
Last Name: I am taking T’s last name. In fact, I officially went and changed it at the DMV during lunch today. Now comes the painstaking task of changing it everywhere else.
Mom and Mom-in-Law: I have the best mom in the world. From an early age we’ve always been able to talk and relate, and our relationship has just gotten stronger. She’s not only my mom, but one of my friends. The same goes for T’s mom. She super cool and fun, and I am totally the daughter she never had. I do have to say that I’m so lucky to have 2 great moms in my life!
My mom and me, doing our favorite pose – open mouth shot!
T’s mom and me
Modern: I never really had a theme for the wedding, but I guess this is what I was shooting for in the end. That’s how I ended up with the colors we picked, the venue we used, the favors, flowers and cake. I didn’t want our wedding to be a hoity toity event where people felt uncomfortable. I wanted everyone to have fun and laugh. T and I are crazy (especially me) and outgoing, and we wanted to share those emotions with our friends and family.
I heart our colors, linens and centerpieces
Music: The music for the ceremony was very traditional. I came down the isle to “The Bridal Chorus,” the mothers and grandmothers to “Cannon in D Major,” and the bridal party to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” T and I walked out as husband and wife to “The Wedding March.” The music during the cocktail hour was a mix of chill jazz, triphop and other older classics. During the actual reception we did the usual group dances (Soldier Boi, Cupid Shuffle, Jump On It…you get the idea) and of course had a nice mix of slow songs and faster songs to dance to as well. Both T and I decided that we didn’t want anything too sappy because we didn’t want everyone to tear up every 5 minutes.
That’s all for part 2! Part 3 coming soon…