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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Also in October, my favorite tiny human turned two.

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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!

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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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