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2016 recap, 2017 goals

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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!

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weekend update: birthdays, bridesmaids, and onion rings

Happy Monday! I don’t know about you but I’m ready to start a new week!

Oh, it’s Tuesday already? Great. Slacked again.

Anyway, I had a full weekend and didn’t want the opportunity to tell you all about it to pass. Sounds like fun, right?

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that’s the spirit!

Friday – I was up at the ass crack of dawn because I had to be at work for 6:45am. I don’t usually work on Fridays so this was a double shock to the system. After work, I went home, freshened up and went to meet my cousins in Queens for happy hour in the city to celebrate my cousin Desiree’s birthday. After almost falling between the train and the platform, and pushing the train doors open like I was coming back through the birth canal, we had made it to the bar. #success.

My cousin Jillian recently got engaged and since we were all going to be together, she took the opportunity to ask us to be a part of her bridal party. We said we’d think about it and get back to her in plenty of time.

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A little while and a stop for the “greatest popcorn in New York*” later, we were back on the train and headed home. I don’t even think Dorothy, Sophia, Blanche and Rose thanked me for being a friend before I was out like a light.
*Garretts – and it really was yummy. i don’t even like caramel corn, but i would have bought a whole bag of this one.

Saturday – I had lots of little things to do. I bought two dresses from Target online that were just not going to work for me so I had to take them back. To Target. On a Saturday. This, my friends, is what Hell must be like.

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I, of course, can’t just make the return and get out of there. Noooo. I have to go to the dollar section/Spot’s Playground and see if I could get some Easter goodies. It was an absolute mess. Eventually, I had to just give up. I got online to pay for my lipgloss, nail polish and bottle of body wash. Twenty minutes after I got on the line, I was finally walking out of the store. sheer torture.

After escaping that mess, back to Queens I went to have dinner with my mom, my aunt, uncle, and cousin. We ended up at a Kosher deli for some pastrami on rye, matzo ball soup and onion rings. Coincidentally, this must be what they serve in heaven, among other things like, cheese fries. I only have a picture of the soup because 1) I basically inhaled half of the sandwich and 2) I’m lazy.

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And now I’m hungry.

Sunday – I braved the Parkway* one last time and went back to Queens to work on something that I’ll talk about later with my cousin. What I will talk about is that we ate dinner at Bareburger and holy cow (ba dum bum) was it good. I had a burger with fries and onion rings RIGHT THERE ON THE BURGER. We also shared sweet potato fries and more onion rings. I also tried a little bit of the Hot Honey shake, which is vanilla ice cream blended with honey that’s infused with chile peppers. It’s delicious until it kicks you in the throat and even then it’s still delicious. Again, I didn’t get a picture of my full meal because of inhalation and laziness. The best part about all of this is that Bareburger is all organic and grass fed and good for you, which obviously means it has no calories. in a perfect world.

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And now I’m really hungry.

I don’t know about you, but I consider any weekend where I consume onion rings twice in two days a good one.

Then we met a former show dog named Bo. He was an English Springer Spaniel. He was so cute; a perfect Disney dog. We started talking to the owner and he told us that he was a combat photographer, which I thought meant military/war zone pictures, but it turns out that he meant red carpet/ celebrities. I was thisclose to asking him if he’s ever met Harry Styles, but I played it cool because I’m trying to, at least, pretend that I’m an adult. I don’t necessarily agree with/like paparazzi because sometimes they do more harm than good (*cough* princess diana *cough*), but I was totally intrigued. It had started to rain so we parted ways before I made a total fool of myself, thankfully.
*to all my friends in the Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island area – is the construction on the Belt getting ridiculous, or is it just me? paint lines on the road, amirite?

I came home and watched some Youtube videos until I couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore so, like, 11:30.

That’s all folks!

What did you do this past weekend?

Let’s discuss!

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