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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Obligatory New Year Post

Well it appears the year is drawing to a close and it's time to be a bit reflective.

I'll guess I'll start with the bad. This year I was super stressed about school, I lost some of my closest friends, a family member got really sick, a close friend passed away, I thought I was going to get evicted from my house, it rained all summer so I didn't make a lot at my restaurant job and am now always stressed about money, etc.

However, I reconnected with Josh, got closer to some awesome people (like my pillow talk buddy), my sister Talita got engaged, I discovered Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell, and Steven the Beautiful, despite stressing about school (or because of it) I got three As (and an A-...), I've just applied for my first internship (wish me luck!), and I got to see Britney Spears in concert.

And of course, I had a wonderful year blogging. I had two exhausting seasons of Project Runway, found my 1st grade journal and decided to share it with the world, had my highest number of comments/blog visits, and was reminded of how awesome my blog readers are. Thanks to everyone who took the time to read my musings! And thanks to Michelle M., Tam, Polt, Chris D., Jere, Adam, Josh and TwoPi and Heather for sending me Christmas and/or birthday cards. I really think about all my bloggy friends on a daily basis and feel so blessed that I can be cheered up just from getting a funny comment from someone.

So, I'm looking forward to the new year! 2010 has to be better. Plus, I have a feeling it'll be the year Josh and I finally get the fame that we deserve (while at the same time Lady GaGa released a terrible sophomore CD and fades into obscurity like Adam Lambert is in the process of doing). I haven't really thought of any resolutions yet, but I did keep my 2009 resolution... Yup, I gained weight! 5 pounds!

See you all in 2010!

[Bonus Track: I listened to this song a lot this year and felt like The Weepies were singing right to me! Enjoy]

Scattered shadows on a wall, you watch the long light fall / Some impressions stay and some will fade / Tattered shoes outside your door, clothes all on the floor / Your life feels like the morning after all year long. / Every day it starts again / You cannot say if you're happy / You keep trying to be / Try harder, maybe this is not your year. / Movies, TV screens reflect just what you expected / There's a world of shiny people somewhere else / Out there following their bliss / living easy, getting kissed / while you wonder what else you're doing wrong / Breathe through it, write a list of desires / Make a toast, make a wish, slash some tires / Paint a heart repeating, beating "don't give up, don't give up, don't give up."

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

2009 Favorites

2009 is almost over! As I look back at this year, I remember all of the things that made mi vida bearable.

Not feat. raindrops on roses, etc., here are a few of my favorites things of 2009!

Please note: my favorites are based on when I experienced them, not the year of their release. I may have a favorite CD in 2009 that came out in the 1970s, but the year I discovered it is the year that matters to me!


Favorite Book of the Year:


Favorite Cookie of the Year:

Favorite Place to Eat of the Year:

Favorite Video Game of the Year:

Favorite Board Game of the Year:

Favorite Albums of the Year:

Favorite Music Video of the Year:

Favorite Concert of the Year:

Favorite TV Show of the Year:

Favorite Movies of the Year:

Favorite Actress of the Year:

Favorite Actor of the Year:

Favorite Moms of the Year:

Favorite Commenter:

Favorite Cat:

Favorite Celebrity of the Year:

So is my taste impeccable?! Or did I miss out on something in '09?!

Friday, December 25, 2009

It Makes The World Come Together

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I thought everyone would enjoy this WONDERFUL Christmas song. It's the only Christmas song I enjoy other than Joni Mitchell's "River" so I hope you love it too!

I'll be celebrating Christmas at my dad's house... Yeah, you guys know from Thanksgiving how much I love that... Also, my mother didn't put up a Christmas tree this year, so I'm celebrating Christmas morning at my sister Gabi's house. Even though Christmas is a little different this year and I'm not exactly in the 'Christmas spirit,' I am excited by the good news that Talita's boyfriend Ray heeded Beyonce's advice and put a ring on it. Yup, my sister (and former Project Runway: JNCT contestant) Talita/TJ got engaged on Christmas Eve, just like my parents did prox. 70 years ago!

Hurray! I love weddings! Except that now I have to get a tux to wear.... And find a date/soulmate.

Anyway, Merry Christmas y'all!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Birth of Joshrico

A lot of people ask me how Josh and I got to be BFFs. Did we meet at a Kelly Clarkson concert? Did we cross paths while stumbling around NYC, hoping someone would buy us lunch?! Well I'm here to tell you guys the story. Josh and I met through one of our shared loves... No, not Steven the Beautiful! Poetry.

Here's what went down.

My freshman year of college I was part of a club called The Siren. The Siren published a literary magazine every fall featuring only the best creative writing from TCNJ students. Most of the meetings went like this:

Most of the poems we got were pretty bad! But every now and then, an awesome poem made it through the cracks and the club decided to publish it in our esteemed magazine. One of those poems was called "Reproduction" and I loved it!

It was about some dude sitting in his bedroom, thinking about how he would never have children because he wasn't attracted to women. Well, this poem spoke to me and I fell in love with it and demanded it be printed. Everyone else agreed and we published the poem. The Fall '07 issue of The Siren came out feat. "Reproduction" (and a poem by yours truly!) and the world spun madly on.


The following semester (Spring '08) I helped plan events called Student Reading Series. At these events, my club ink (yes, I love joining clubs!) asks three writers to read their work out loud for an audience of peers/teachers/homeless people who stumble into the library. Well, we chose two random kids, and for our third reader we chose.... yes, Josh Page. So I saw Josh for the first time ever as he went up to the podium and read his poetry. And my life was forever changed!

I couldn't believe it! Even though I read "Reproduction" prox. 1,000 times and saw the name "Josh Page" in The Siren over and over, I didn't even notice that it was the same Josh Page that was reading at the Student Reading Series.

After the reading, I quickly rushed out to the reception to meet the poet.

Well, Josh actually had real friends and needed to sign a lot of autographs so he didn't have much time to talk to me at the reception.

Luckily for us both, one of my fave hobbies is stalking! So I found Mr. Page on Facebook and sent him a message (CLICK TO ENLARGE!)

And the rest is history! And by history I mean we watched American Idol together and I screamed for joy whenever Brooke White came on and Josh and his roommates rolled their eyes at me. But we screamed for joy together when Syesha came out to amaze us with her red dress and amazing vocals! Then we were friends, etc. etc. Then I introduced him to the blogosphere and made him famous and people started asking how we met. So there you go.

Josh, can you believe we met on March 27th 2008?! I thought we've known each other our whole lives?!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

You Think You Know

I've been thinking about blogs lately. More specifically, I've been thinking about what kind of personal information people share on their blogs. Some people post pretty intimate details about their lives while others choose to only talk about pop culture or news events. I think I do some of both.

Today, I've decided to get a little more personal and share some random details about my life!

I LOVE the taste of Pepto-Bismol. I very rarely take any kind of medicine, but if all medicine tasted like Pepto, I'm pretty sure I would be crazy 4 pillz! Not only does it taste good, but it even has a sexy and different texture; drinking Pepto is like drinking a milkshake!

On a similar note... Unfortunately, I have heartburn all the time. Fortunately, I get to eat a few rolls of Tums each time I feel my esophagus getting splashed with my stomach acid! Tums is another "medicine"(they seem more like candy to me) that I find delicious. Now whoever makes Tums and Pepto needs to get to work on making cough syrup taste good.

I don't write with blue pens. I used to, but stopped a few years ago. I don't know why exactly... but if a blue pen is in my hand, I just can't write with it! My psych professor asked me a few questions (no, I don't mind reading it, yes, I can write in other colors like red) to figure out why, but it's still a mystery!

The only time this becomes a problem is when I go to stores and buy stuff with my bank card and the cashier gives me a blue pen. Then awkwardness ensues when I ask them if they have a black pen. One time this happened at a gas station and the dude was annoyed! Luckily, I almost always have a black pen on me, so this doesn't happen that often. But the other day, I was getting a Christmas gift at Hot Topic and this chick said she only had blue when I SAW THE BLACK PEN in her pen holder thingy. Annoying! (Oh, and I just waited until she noticed it was there.)

Ever since I learned how to write in cursive, I've never stopped. I don't know what it is about cursive that is so appealing to me (maybe 'cause it looks more sophisticated and a little bit reflective), but I only resort to writing in print when someone asks me to or if I am trying to make sure my handwriting is legible.

Sometimes I worry that my cursive is a mess and that no one will be able to read it. This is problematic when I write in-class essays. But last semester, I had an essay for Poetry Workshop, and when I gave it to my professor she said I had beautiful handwriting! Yay! Now I don't worry anymore.

Much to the confusion of my family and friends (and this kitten), when I make cereal (which is basically a daily activity in my life of college-induced poverty), I put the milk in the bowl first. Peepz love to yell at me about this and say that if I put the milk in first, I'll pour in too much and then I'll waste it. But for some reason this is never really a problem for me... After eating so much cereal, don't you think I know how much milk to put in the bowl?!

After pouring the cereal in, I then push all the pieces under the surface of the milk so that each and every piece is wet before I start eating. This isn't a weird thing to do apparently, since my mother caught me doing it one day and told me that she does the same thing.

Now you know all my secrets! Interesting, or weird?!?!