new year

2017: the year that started halfway through

Last year I did a sort of year in review post and I thought I would put together another one because ’tis the season and all that jazz.

2017 was the year of 30.

Ready or not, it was coming.

In January I helped Lisa usher in her third decade of life, Nicole in May and Jessica in June. They helped me in July. We also celebrated our 25th year of friendship. I think that means we’ve been together longer than Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. Take notes, amateurs.

April marked my 1 year anniversary of working at the vet and my 12 year and 4 months working at the Student Center. I was pretty miserable and didn’t know what to do to fix it. Little did I know what the next few months would bring. I also started a quickly forgotten segment on this blog called Do It Your Damn Self (DIYDS), where I take you step by step through the inane tasks I was given at work. The first tutorial was how to wrap a coffee mug.

While I was looking through my blog posts to link in this post, I realized that 1) I didn’t blog as much as I should could have and 2) I had written a 2017 wants/wishes post in early February. None of them came true. I’m still really pulling for a new version of We Didn’t Start the Fire and for the 90’s TV/movie streaming service. WHO CAN I SPEAK TO ABOUT THIS?

My year really kicked into full gear in June.


June took me to California. *heart eye emoji* San Francisco quickly became one of my favorite cities that I’ve ever been to. I’m ready to go back, back to Cali, Cali so if anyone can get me across the country with a (nice) place to stay when I get there FOR FREE, let me know.

June also hit me with my first case of fat shaming by a medical professional. I only mention it because I blogged about it and if I blogged about it, it must have really bothered me (it did).

I spent the part of the first weekend in July pretending to be a brunette Carrie Bradshaw. I finally took the plunge and arranged a photo shoot for my 30th birthday. I had the best time and am itching to do it again. stephanie, if you’re reading, i’m so game to throw glitter on myself. i have a black tulle skirt that’s screaming to be photographed.

Smack dab in the middle of July I turned 30 and it wasn’t as scary as I imagined. It was actually kind of magical and I’m hoping that a bit of magic stays with me through this entire decade because I’ll tell ya, it was intoxicating.

I closed out July by celebrating my cousin at her bridal shower and by interviewing for my current job. Turns out, I didn’t blog about either. #bestbloggerever

August was another whirlwind month.

I met my current celebrity husband, Sal Vulcano. I’ll spare myself from any more embarrassment and I won’t post the horrendous picture (of me) that we took, but I’ll link the post here and leave you with this nugget: I purposefully tweeted the picture at him with a funny caption to no response. I JUST CAN’T LEAVE THINGS ALONE. Let my pride die in peace? NO WAY.

My parents threw me a lovely brunch for my birthday – a little late but a lot of fun. It had a little bit of everything that I love. My family, my closest friends, good food and tons of laughs. And cake. A really pretty cake. Amazingly, I didn’t blog about that either. i could have SWORN i did. ridiculous.


I took the giant leap I’d been waiting 12 years and 8 months to take. I officially resigned from my job at the Student Center. There are still times that I can’t believe I don’t work there anymore. I also happily resigned from the vet’s office and while I wouldn’t close the door to going back to the Student Center/Downstate (if the timing, pay, people were right and every star in the sky aligned), I made sure the door to the vet’s office was closed, locked up tight with a chair wedged under the doorknob. god, i hated that job.

Before I started my new job at the end of August, I had one last hurrah in Ocean City, Maryland for my cousin’s beachlorette. I’m glad I had a hakuna matata kind of weekend right before I dove into my new position.

On one of my first free weekends in September, I rode a fish, much to my own surprise.


September flew because before I knew it, I was fulfilling my duties as oldest bridesmaid at my cousin’s wedding. Duties include – dancing like no one was watching (except the 2 cameramen she had walking around), singing to Backstreet Boys songs at the tippy top of my lungs, and catching the bouquet. Oh, what a night.


After that, the year started to slow, yet speed up, as it usually does.

October gave me a very cool and very rare experience (for me) in finding a restaurant that shares my name. Totally beats a lousy keychain.


Also in October, my favorite tiny human turned two.


He wasn’t too jazzed about the whole process but I assured him that if I could turn 30, two was a breeze. We’re in this together.

Christmas came and that same tiny human reminded me of the magic of Christmas when I watched his face light up when Santa rode down the block on a fire engine on Christmas Eve. And also that the box is always more fun than the toy that comes in.

And here we are. I’m ready for the new adventures that 2018 and the rest of my 30th year have to offer. Let’s make it a good one!

Wishing everyone the happiest and healthiest new year!


2016 recap, 2017 goals

HAPPY 2017, FRIENDS! I hope everyone’s new year celebrations were wonderful!


I couldn’t decide if I wanted to write a 2016 recap post or a looking ahead for 2017 post, so I’m going to try to combine them.

At the beginning of 2016, I resolved that it would be my year of yes. I wanted to really try and say yes to things that I might have shied away from. How did it go? Well, in February I took my cousin and her fiance’s engagement photos. I didn’t write about it because I wanted to keep that special for them. It was an interesting experience that, if they wanted to do again before the wedding, I’d do in a heartbeat. We took them in the same place they got engaged, in Long Island City.


These two were naturals from the first photo. I was nervous because I wanted everything to be perfect for them. I guess I did something right since they used them for the save the date cards.

In July, not only did I watch one of my oldest friends get married, I performed the ceremony.  It was a cool and surreal and satisfying all at the same time. For right now, I’ve made the decision to hang up my robes, but you never know what the future brings. I think that decision can swing the other way if I find out I could get a Clergy parking permit.


Also in July, I started the last year of my twenties. I was torn up about it then and even more torn up about it now. 30 is 6 months away. yikes. I’ll be ok. It’s fine.

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I went to New Orleans in May, which was a destination on my travel bucket list. I’d go back for the beignets and the spirits. My tarot reader said I might be taking one or two trips in the coming year, which I was kind of disappointed in since I want to go EVERYWHERE but who knows.

In January, I had published 200 posts. I probably shouldn’t have included that fact since I haven’t hit 300 yet and I promised to post more, but there’s always 2017. According to my stats, I really fell off in June and wasn’t able to get back on track.

That being said, in October, I reached 10,000 page views. I’m pretty sure 9,500 were from me, but it’s still an accomplishment.


In May, I saw Billy Joel in concert. I said it in my original post but it bears repeating. Being in Madison Square Garden, singing Piano Man with Billy Joel and 30-40,000 other people is an experience. I highly recommend it.

In August, I checked “walk across the Brooklyn Bridge” off of my bucket list. I have to do it again though since now I know what to expect. It was a little nerve-wracking the first go around, but now I’m ready to go again (as soon as the weather cooperates).


In April, I started a (new)nother job. It has its ups and downs. (like New Years Eve was nightmare inducing) I like it enough, but hopefully 2017 brings more professionally. I think I’ll leave it at that.

I got through the first year of the One Direction “break”. I’ve found a new celebrity husband in Sal Vulcano. I programmed the Entertainment Weekly SiriusXM channel in my car so the celebrity gossip train is still going strong.

I didn’t write as much as I wanted to last year, but I do have some posts that I like better than the others. #badblogmom. The one about the Erin Andrews verdict came out pretty good, I think. I also love the one where I unearthed my dance festival video.

In 2017 I am going to try to not take myself/life so seriously. I’m a worrier by nature so I;m sure this “resolution” has already gone to the wayside by the time you’re reading this. I’m going to make a conscience effort to laugh at myself a little more. To not let things get to me. To not succumb to stupid drama. Life is too short.

My other hopes and wishes for 2017 are to meet someone. You know, that special someone. To be happy and healthy, to grow professionally. For my family and friends to be happy and healthy and successful. I want to write more, photograph more, promote myself more and be my own biggest supporter. To keep saying yes.

What do you hope 2017 holds for you?

Let’s discuss!



We’re in that weird week in between Christmas and New Years where nothing makes sense and the points don’t matter. I figured this would be the perfect time to air any grievances that I may have and leave them in 2016. Even though we all know I can’t let things go.

This may sound ridiculous but it was only recently that I realized the Instagram is now organizing their feed in non-chronological order.


Mind blowing, I know.

I CAN NOT STAND the fact that they are organizing the feeds this way. I don’t want to see one picture from 23 hours ago followed by a picture posted 20 minutes ago. All I want is a little drop down, like Facebook offers, that lets me choose if I want to see most recent or top stories. MOST RECENT. CLICK. ALWAYS. Also, I don’t think that nonsense that went on a few months ago about clicking in the corner to be notified whenever that person posts something, means anything. First of all, it makes no sense. If I follow 300+ people, I don’t want 300+ push notifications when they post. And if they’re going to scramble up the order of posts anyway, that’s annoying.

My next grievance is going to sound a little weird also, especially to those who know me. I’m getting really annoyed with cursing. Don’t get me wrong, I curse. ALOT. Probably too much. And I enjoy it ALOT. Probably too much. However, what’s getting to me lately is the free-ness of bad words. Especially from men in front of women. There used to be a time when men wouldn’t use bad language in front of women and even admonish those who did. Now, it’s like a free for all. I know I must be coming off like a real delicate flower, which I’m not. Can we all tone it the fuck down in 2017, please?


Something that I don’t necessarily want to leave in 2016, but it is a grievance of mine, is I live in New York and have never been accosted by either Billy on the Street or the Impractical Jokers. COME ON. The thing about Impractical Jokers is that if they catch on that you know who they are, they leave you and move on. So, my plan is to be as cool as I can so that I can meet Sal, slip him my number and live happily ever after. Wait. I mean, stay cool enough to get on TV. Either or. For Billy, I’d love to play one of his games but I doubt I could keep up with him running down 5th Ave. I could barely keep up with myself.


That Gilmore Girls reboot did things to me. My feelings ran the gamut of awww to huh? to wtf? POSSIBLE SPOILERS: let’s start with the last four words. I saw them coming. I’m pissed it’s not Jess’. Loved Emily, hated Lorelai’s mouth (what goes on, Lauren Graham?). Not enough Paris or Sookie. The wedding scene? YES. I need that for myself when my day comes, hopefully in this century. I’ve written extensively about my issues with the reboot on various comment sections in the blogosphere. Just Google it.

What would I not mind a little more of in 2017?

rom-coms – like, legit ones from Nancy Meyers or a Nora Ephron protege.

a reunion of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan

re-makes/reboots that aren’t bullshit

more music from the boys of One Direction

more Harry Styles sightings

a new Taylor Swift album. I want to know what happened to Hiddleswift

health, prosperity, love, kindness, patience and understanding all around.

What are your grievances of 2016?

Let’s discuss!


new year, same goals

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Can you believe we’re 4 days deep into 2016 already? I  can’t, but only because the holidays really threw me off this year. I’ve thought every day for the past 4ish days has been Sunday. Maybe it’s me.

Anyway, I’ve been trying to find a way to write my new year’s resolutions/goals without whining about everything in the world. I haven’t figured out a way yet, but I did happen to come across a post from a long forgotten blog of mine. It’s from 2012 but (sadly) it’s still kind of relevant. laaaaaameeee. And, I’m still all about taking the easy way out so pre-written posts for the win.



I figured I should post this before wishing everyone a happy new year makes me look like the drunk cousin at the family barbecues (you know the one). I have mixed feelings about the new year. It makes me sad because the holiday season is over. There’s no more magic in the air. The world has a certain blah-ness to it. On the other hand, there’s a feeling of hope and new-ness to it that makes the changing of the calendar so much more significant. Pretty soon though the hope will fade, the new-ness will wear off and we’ll look at the calendar and think “It’s January ___th already?! This year is FLYING”. Before all of that happens, I want to publicly (to the 5 people who read this) announce my “goals” for the new year. I hesitate to use the word goals because goals are meant to be met after a while and I sometimes, OK usually, forget to finish what I start.

  • I NEED A JOB. This week marks the [11]th anniversary of me being at my high school job. I was able to get out of high school, but not out of this place. I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d be there this long. I won’t go into how I feel about the place just in case someone from there finds this. However, I will say that working there has been the most exhausting, tumultuous, educational ride I’ve ever been on. One that will definitely leave my head spinning for a while after I finally get off. It’s been a good run but I’m ready to explore the rest of the amusement park. There are many rides I want to try and games I want to play.
  • I NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT. So cliche – I know. It’s just gotten to a point where I can’t stand it anymore. I look in the mirror and the person who looks back at me does not match the picture in my head. There’s not much more to say. Wish me luck.
  • I DON’T WANT TO BE ALONE. Ok, so that was a little dramatic. Let’s face it though, there’s no way to say “I want a boyfriend” without sounding needy, desperate or childish. I’m [28] years old; enough is enough. My 6 year old self is getting worried that when I’m 30 I’ll be the only single person in the nursing home (side note: I found a school journal from when I was in 1st grade and one of the entries said something about when I’m 30, I’ll be so old that I’ll need a wheelchair. When I read that, I laughed so hard I almost needed some Depends – ahead of schedule.) My 8 year old self is pretty disappointed that my last name isn’t DiCaprio yet. I think she’s more disappointed that it never will be. I’m not looking to get married or anything but it would be nice to know that someone might want to marry me someday. (Does that make sense? Moving on.)
  • I WANT TO FIND MY PASSION. Right now, I feel like I have so many pots on the stove and none of them are getting heated up. I started this blog to try to light the fire. I like to write, I just get sidetracked. I usually either forget to post something, or I don’t know what to write, or I’ll start a post and then I won’t like how it’s coming together so I shut the window and watch videos onYoutube instead. I’m too hard on myself and I need to change that. Sometimes I’ll write a post that I feel isn’t good at all but after I post it go back to read it a few weeks later and I surprise myself. This will probably be one of those posts. This is the second time I’m writing it because I stupidly didn’t save it the first time and tried to insert a picture and lost the whole thing. For the record, I loved the first one. It was one of the best things I’ve written, in my opinion. It’s the same thing with my photography. For my thesis project in college I made a photo book of pictures that I took of my family’s house on the beach and all of the surrounding areas. When I handed it in my professor glanced at it and asked me if I took all of the pictures myself. I told him that I had. He seemed impressed. I was too embarrassed to stick around any longer so I wished him a happy summer and I got out of there. I checked my grades everyday expecting the worst. (The “worst” being a B; I think that’s the lowest I could handle. I worked HARD on that project. No matter what anyone says.) It turned out that I got an A. Not to toot my own horn, but whenever I show my copy of the book to anyone I get such positve feedback on my photos. (toot, toot!) It’s humbling, really. [2016 edit: i think, through this blog, i’ve finally found my passion. even if it never makes me a dime or even if my site stats stay abysmally low, i like coming here to write, to comment and to read everyone else’s posts. i mean, yea, i don’t post everyday and i say lot of the same things and post alot of the same kinds of posts but that’s something i could work on in 2016. i want to get myself on a schedule and start writing everything down.  things that piss me off, make me happy, make me laugh, links, random ideas. everything. just so that i don’t forget so that when i’m “out of ideas” i could look back and maybe formulate a post. that was longer than expected. back to it.]
  • I WANT TO RECONNECT. I feel like I’ve lost touch with so many people that I used to be so close to. I’m horrible with the phone and I acknowledge that, but here’s the funny thing about the phone – it works both ways. MIND BLOWING. I know. I’m willing to work on using the phone if you’re willing to work with me. I’m a plan maker. If I make plans with you, I’m sticking to them and expect you to do the same. Don’t stand me up. Don’t call me last minute to cancel. Don’t pretend to forget we had plans (or even worse, don’t actually forget we had plans). Don’t cut the night short. I thrive on the past (which is a problem in it’s own) and love to reminisce about things. Deal with it for a few hours.

Other things I want for 2012 (and beyond):

  • to be a happier person
  • to be a more positive person
  • to stop sweating the small stuff
  • to be healthy
  • for my family, friends and loved ones to be happy, healthy and safe
  • to stop worrying and being so nervous
  • to remember to save my work
  • for the 1st post to magically appear (wishful thinking)
  • a new Backstreet Boys album (you think I’m joking?)
  • [2016 edit] to travel. I’ve gotten bit by the travel bug – BAD. It’s gotten to a point now that when I see vacation photos on Facebook, I get violently jealous, meaning i suck my teeth and roll my eyes harder than usual then sulk for a few minutes.
  • [2016 edit] to really focus on this blog – i know i said it above but i really want to focus on writing about things people want to read. i want quality. and, if we’re being honest, i want my site stats to go up. don’t we all? not necessarily viral (although…), but maybe consistent 3 digit numbers? 4 digits are too much to comprehend right now.
  • [2016 edit] to WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN.

Here’s to 2016! New year, new me and all that jazz.

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What are your resolutions?

Let’s discuss!


last post of 2015!

Last night I got an email from Jetpack/Wordpress with my 2015 overview for this blog. Since I shared it last year, I figured I’d share it again this year. It seems they’ve done it a bit differently this year and it won’t just show up in a new post, I’ll have to share the link.

Anyway, here it is if you’re interested!

Martina’s Blog Summary for 2015 That Isn’t That Much Different Than 2014, But It’s A New Year, Which Means Anything Is Possible

If I don’t get back here before the ball drops, I hope everyone has a happy, safe and healthy new year! You guys don’t know how much you truly mean to me (even though I say it all the time) and without you this blog would have probably been forgotten about a looong time ago.



first post of 2015!

I hope everyone’s New Year was rung in safely and surrounded by people you love. And with booze, lots and lots of booze. Unless you aren’t in to that type of thing. Then I’ll go with cookies. Lots and lots of cookies.

I don’t make resolutions so I won’t go on and on about things I resolve to accomplish in 2015. I will, however, wish for myself, my loved ones and all of you (!) the happiest, safest, prosperous, love and laugh filled year ever! Here’s to only good things!

So, from my four favorite Floridians (well, technically three but we can’t forget about Sophia!) and myself…



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