December 12, 2011

12 Things

Day 12:  12 Things - What are 12 things your life doesn’t need in 2012? How will you go about eliminating them? How will getting rid of these 12 things change your life? (Props to original Author: Sam Davidson) If you did Reverb10, how are you making out on your 11 Things from last year?
At first I thought 12 would be too few, but as I sit here trying to think of number 8, I realize it’s not so easy.
  1. Fair-weather friends: I’ve been weeding out these type of people over the last couple of months and it’s quite liberating.
  2. Debt: Looking at the Big Picture I actually don’t have a lot of debt. The majority of it is student loans minus a few things that I am taking care of. Still, being debt free is great and is a huge stress relief.
  3. Fat: Since 2009 I have regained 13 pounds. When I do the math 13 doesn’t seem like that much. However those are 13 pounds that I don’t need or want and I’m going to get back to a healthy lifestyle. I’ve  got a 5k I want to do in April and I need to be ready!
  4. Hoarding: I wouldn’t consider myself an actual hoarder but I have a habit of keeping clothes, pens and half filled notebooks. Not in 2012 I won’t.
  5. Drama: This one is pretty self-explanatory. 2012 will present its own challenges and tests. I won’t need anyone else’s problems to bring me down.
  6. Skin cancer: I am a self proclaimed sun sponge. I soak up those glorious UV rays with ease. In the past 2 years though I’ve been trying to be better. I started using SPF on my face and instead of using my non-SPF oil each time, I’ll try my best to use the SPF 4 lotion one. Even the dermatologist said 4 is better than nothing. I’m starting to see some signs of sun damage and I’d like to put a stop to doing any more.
  7. TV: Although Todd, my trusty assistant, takes care of all my TV needs I should give him a break. I don’t spend hours glued in front of the TV but cutting down on my “must see” shows won’t hurt. Especially since by the time I get around to watching all the episodes the season is over.
  8. Unnecessary expenses: As I mentioned in my Wishing reverb post, I need to work on my saving abilities. Instead of grabbing a coffee every morning, or buying snacks while I’m at school I need to start planning ahead and bringing things with me.
  9. Wasted time: Sometimes I’m really horrible at time management. This is something I always vow to work on but never actually get around to doing. This year I really need to make the effort. We all know the saying, time = money.
  10. Procrastination: This is sometimes easier said than done but it relates to all things. I’ve been meaning to go to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade for the past 6 years. I don’t go because I don’t want to go alone but you know what? It’s something I want to do and if it means going alone, so be it. I am going in 2012. The same goes for New Year’s Eve.
  11. TBD
  12. TBD

December 06, 2011

What made you laugh this year?

What made you laugh this year?

In some aspects this past year was incredibly stressful and there were times I wanted to throw in the towel. Laughter is a constant in my life and I’m sure this holds true for you in some way as well. It’s what gets us through. So, what made me laugh this year? Many of these moments required you to be there to really see the humor. Nonetheless, they had me in stitches.

  • Leaving the bar with MBFF and trying to walk through a wall because I thought it was the door. Watching another friend do the exact same thing 2 months later.

  • Unintentionally being drunk by 11pm on a Friday night with MBFF.

  • Putting on a pair of camouflage slippers in Wal*Mart with MBFF and yelling, “I can’t find my feet!”

  • Flipping through a book on Nazi Germany and seeing a picture of a dog by Hitler’s side. Stating, “$10 bucks says this dog is a German Sheppard”. (which it was)

  • Sitting at the table with my 14 yr old brother while he made jokes about a sock puppet. “What’s Socko’s favorite snake?      A cottonmouth.”

  • Reading Shit My Dad Says and Lies Chelsea Handler Told Me.

  • Watching a creepy guy, Ron, in his late forties hit on 20 yr olds at the bar.

  • Boyfriend and I were talking and he said someone famous, a musician, died on his birthday. I said, "Ringo?" "Close", he tells me. "George Harrison?", I guess again.  Finally he says, "No.. John Lennon".  And all I can say is, "Imagine..."  Then I proceeded to burst into laughter at my own unintentional pun. It was still funny days later.  

  • Memorial Day weekend I was down the shore and a picture of some woman with her CT hanging out. I posted it on FB and captioned it “Clam Bake”. My mom called me a bitch, I asked why and she commented saying, “I want that!” To be clear we were on the same page, which we obviously were not, I asked, “want what?” She responds, “Clams!” Clearly she didn’t get the joke so I had to explain. “Oh well um, I was being sarcastic because this lady has her “hoo-ha” hanging out”. She then tells me, “Ok ok. Now I get it. No thank you.”

Here’s to 2012 having just as many memorable laughs!

December 02, 2011

One Word

Encapsulate the year 2011 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word.  Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2012 for you? 

One word? How do you choose just one? 365 days worth of "stuff" took place but I need to summarize all those events into one all encompassing word. This wasn't easy and it took some serious thinking to decide on one word. For me, 2011 was accomplished. These past 11 months have been difficult at times and humbling at others. There were days filled with rage and sadness. But there were also days that were filled with humility and happiness.

In its simplest explanation, I checked several items off my 2011 Big To-Do. I went to the St. Patrick's Day parade with my absolute best friend. I went down the shore for Memorial Day weekend and went to Jenk's Pavilion and Tiki Bar. That weekend I learned that my female best friend was not a true best friend. I went on vacation with my family to Cape Vincent, NY. I watched the Macy's 4th of July fireworks from my roof. I spent an entire week with my brother and sister doing touristy things and remembering how special those 2 kids are to me. My love for them is like that of a parent. I applied for a new job and was hired. My dream of working in NYC came to fruition. I started this blog. I have a boyfriend who I adore.These are simply the highlights that come to mind when I think of the year as a whole. I tried new things. I did things I've been "meaning to do". I went places. I stepped out of my comfort zone and I didn't fall on my face.

At 27 sometimes I still feel like a teenager. Floundering around trying to figure it all out and hoping I don't screw up too bad. Yet at the same time, I feel a sense of wisdom. Not a wisdom of all things, but of myself. I know me. I know what I want. How I feel. What I think. Where I want to go. Right now, as I type this, I can think of no greater accomplishment than truly knowing oneself.

For 2012 it's easier to choose my word - stability. Because of my former job my financial life, and therefore my social life (going out, joining things, hobbies, etc.), are in a state of upheaval. Although I want 2012 to be a great year where I check even more off my 2012 STD, I also want things to settle into something much more stable and reliable than they are now. Something minor or a mere hassle to someone else will turn an entire month into a tailspin for me. My view of stable is probably somewhat distorted or, at the very least, different than other peoples' view. Nonetheless, it's my goal.


How would you describe 2011 in one word?