Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I'm here!

Sorry to have disappeared like this! I have so much I want to blog about.

I will try to put something up soon I promise! I have really missed blogging!

I hope you all had a great holiday and a wonderful New Years!!!!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Final: Best of 2009

This is the last of the best of 2009 for me. There was some others listed but none that I really had an answer for. I hope you enjoyed this and if you do it tell me! I would love to read it!

Tea of the year.

My favorite tea is English breakfast. I discovered it a few years ago and now it’s all I drink. I love it!

Word or phrase. A word that encapsulates your year. “2009 was _____.”

Better. Since I could only use one word its better. If I could expand on that it would be better than 2008. Nothing earth shattering really happened to me and that was okay with me. If I remember correctly 2008 was a pretty sucky year. I vaguely remember thinking to myself that I just hope 2009 was a better year. No real resolutions, just better. And it was. I was defiantly happier and in less of a funk. As 2010 gets closer I’m really starting to feel and think that big changes are going to happen for me. Not because the year is changing, but because I’m ready to make them happen.

Shop. Online or offline, where did you spend most of your mad money this year?

Ulta. I spend a god awful amount of money in that store. I go almost every weekend, it’s a sickness. I even tried to clean out some of my makeup and I just couldn’t part with it. I gave away like 5 eye shadows. Out of the hundred I must own. I need to stop. Is there a 12 step program?

Car ride. What did you see? How did it smell? Did you eat anything as you drove there? Who were you with?

When I went down to Virginia for my brother’s engagement party. It was interesting. It was my mom, brother, grandma and me in one car. My aunt and her kids following. My grandma asked every 20 minutes where we were at that moment. Also we made like 5 bathroom stops in a four hour drive! 2 on the NJ turnpike alone. It was a lonnggg car ride and one I’m not really looking forward to doing again this weekend. Only this time it’s just me and my mom. My brother is going down with his friends and my uncle is picking up my grandma! It will be a lot better. Hopefully.

Learning experience. What was a lesson you learned this year that changed you?

I learned that things don’t just happen. I have to make them happen. I keep on waiting for things in my life to change, but then I realized that I don’t live in a movie. I need to get off my ass and start making the change myself.

Insight or aha! moment. What was your epiphany of the year?

See above answer.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Part 3: Best Of

Ugh. I woke up on Sunday really sick. Spent the whole day in bed and I still feel horrible today. I just hope I feel better by this weekend. I will be so mad if I go to my brother's wedding feeling like this!

Anyway back to the list!

New food.

This is going to sound weird but I am going to say Chinese food. For years I stayed far away from it and just refused to ever eat it. Then one day I tried some and I was hooked!! I was surprised at how many items that I really liked! Now I looked forward to going out and trying some more.

What’s the best change you made to the place you live?

Well I’m hoping to be able to change my address in the next few months. But with where I currently live my mom did some major changes to the house. We got new siding, windows, ect. Since the windows in my room were replaced I was able to repaint my room a color of my own choosing! It’s been this horrible pastel purple for years and it just wasn’t me. Now the color, called coastal dunes, is just what I wanted it to be. I feel so much more comfortable in there now!

Rush. When did you get your best rush of the year?

That would have to be when I climbed a waterfall in Jamaica. I was sooo nervous before hand. My whole body was actually trembling. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to climb it, that I would hold everyone up, and that I would fall and die! Once I started to climb I realized I COULD do this and getting to the top, looking down at what I just did, I felt amazing!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Best Of part 2

Challenge. Something that really made you grow this year. That made you go to your edge and then some. What made it the best challenge of the year for you?

That would be just stepping outside my comfort zone. I’ve been living at home and working at the same place for 2 years now. My life has become stagnate. I became such a homebody that doing things I used to do all the time, now start to give me anxiety. I’m not sure what happened or why I became like this but it needs to change. In the past month or so I’ve made myself go outside my little box. Whenever I would start to get nervous about doing something I would just power through and go. I’m defiantly still a work in progress, so this will remain my challenge for 2010. A New Year’s resolution that I am determined to stick to!

Album of the year.

Hmm this is really hard for me to choose. I liked so many things this year. If I had to pick one I would say the new album from Dragonette. Every time I listen to it I can’t help but get happy and want to start dancing around! You should defiantly check them out.

The best place.

There is this one bar near me called the Dublin House that I love going to. It’s a dive bar compared to the others nearby, but I always have a great time when I’m there! It’s just a chill place, with good music, great atmosphere and delicious drinks. Most of my friends hate going there but I love it.

What was something that you challenged yourself to do?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Best of 2009

There is this Best of 2009 Challenge going on with 20 Something Bloggers. Each day you have to talk about the best ______ that happened this year. I think this idea is really cute. However there was no way I was going to be able to blog everyday and plus some of the topics I'm not a fan of. So here is my version. I'm going to talk about a few best ofs at a time and any of the one I didn't like I just skipped over.

Here's the first few!

What was your best trip in 2009?

Defiantly my trip to Jamaica! It was soo pretty there and it was just the break I needed. Plus I got to climb a waterfall! How many people can say that??

Restaurant moment.

This was really hard for me to come up with. I don’t go out to eat a lot and when I do go it’s usually to a place I’ve been to a million times. Finally I remembered that a few weeks I ago I finally went to this amazing place that I’ve never been before. It’s called Barnacle Bill's and it’s near where I live. It’s supposedly has the BEST burgers in NJ. The restaurant was fun, one of those places where there are peanut shells all over the floor, and the burgers were pretty good. Huge, but really tasty. Also their long island ice teas are insane! One and you’re done. lol


I’ve read soo many books this year I can’t even remember them all. I would say the best series I read was the True Blood series by Charlaine Harris. I devoured the whole series in just a few months and I cannot wait for the next book to come out in May! I also liked how they are so different from the TV Show. It allowed me to like both equally and now I can still expect some surprises with the next season. Plus book three was one of my favorites so I can’t wait for the show to come back!

Night out.

I think my trip to Atlantic City was one of my best nights out this year. It was so much fun being with my friends and my team dominated at Beer Pong that night! I usually suck at the game so I was thrilled when we won 4 games in a row! The only bad thing about the night out was the next morning! I had the worst hangover of my life. It lasted 2 days. Literally. Totally worth it though!

Moment of peace. An hour or a day or a week of solitude.

My moment of peace comes every Friday when I get home from work. I sit down with my dinner, get ready with my DVR shows and just decompress. After a crazy week of work this is what really helps me calm down and get re-energized.

What are you best moments from this year??

Monday, December 7, 2009

busy busy busy

The next few weeks will be super busy for me. This weekend will be the calm before the storm.

In two weeks is my brother’s wedding reception. I am driving down on Friday. I’m going to make a stop in Maryland to drop off my best friend and hang out with her and her boyfriend before going all the way into Virginia and to the hotel.

Saturday is the wedding which will be filled with bunch of pictures and running around like crazy before the party begins. I’m so excited for this wedding!! The only thing I’m not so excited is I’m sitting at a “kids” table. Instead of sitting with the people my age and who would be a lot of fun, I will be sitting with my younger cousins. It was the only way my mom could make all the tables work. It’ll still be a good time though so I’m not that upset

Sunday I will be making my way to Baltimore before going home. I haven’t seen my friends from college since June. It’s defiantly past due for me to visit them. Even if it’s for a few hours.

After that weekend I work for a few days and then it’s the holidays! I took off from work from Christmas Eve til after New Years. I will be all over the place that week. I meant these days off to be relaxing but it looks like I’ll be going non-stop. Which is fine, I’m sure I’ll be able to relax a little bit. Plus I get antsy if I sit still for too long.

The only thing I’m really about being so busy is that the holidays are just going to fly by. I really want to be able to sit back and just enjoy them. Like this past weekend I finally got around to decorating the Christmas tree. I put on some music and just danced around while decorating. It was so much fun and really put me into the Christmas spirit!

What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?