2015 Recap

I have been terrible about blogging for the past year. 2015 was a tumultuous year for me. It had a ton of ups and downs and life changing events.

Here is a non-extensive list of good and bad things that happened this year. I’ve omitted some bad things that I don’t want to talk about, but I caught most of the good things, I think!



-I saw Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness with Insiya.

-My arm touched Andrew’s. It was wonderful.

-I went to paint and sip for the first time.

-I had one wild, eventful evening out.



-I had 3 job interviews in one week and one of them offered me a job! But it was too far of a commute…

-Parks and Recreation ended so Mallory, Ryan and I ate waffles and watched. It was sad.



-I saw Taking Back Sunday with Tara.

-Saint Patrick’s Day was quite the event.



-I went to Bayside’s 15 year anniversary tour with Meghan!!

-I went to Boston alone.

-I went to the aquarium.

-I started dating Randy.



-I hated my job.

-I finally got to attend Tulip Fest!

-I went to the Schenectady Library book sale with Mallory and bought lots of books!

-I walked in the Freihofer walk.



-I despised my job and cried myself to sleep almost every night.

-I screwed up my voice, almost permanently. Luckily it seems to have made a full recovery.

-I went to Montreal one evening for dinner.



-I saw Motion City Soundtrack and The Spill Canvas.

-I taught high school special education for the first time. It was a huge step up from teaching in May and June but high school is HARD. 

-I watched a lot of animals and people (cat/dog/kid-sat for 14/31 days!)



-I saw Brand New play live at Ommegang Brewery!

-I visited Charleston, South Carolina.



-I started my new job in a completely different field than what I went to school for.

-I saw Bayside with my brother in Rochester and got to spend the weekend with him and his friends at school!

-I saw Breaking Benjamin with Tara!

-I saw Zac Brown Band with Kerri and Schuyler, after spending the day at the track!



-I turned 27 years old. My 10 year high school reunion is being planned. I am old.

-I moved to a new apartment by myself. I am enjoying it greatly.

-I went apple picking and to the pumpkin patch.

-I got to go through a corn maze.

-I attended Kerri and Schuyler’s wedding. I am so happy for them!

-My grandfather got diagnosed with lung cancer. Luckily it was stage one and they managed to catch it very early and remove everything.



-I went to see Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness alone! What a concert!



-Randy turned 26!

-I took a state test.

-I saw Bayside for the third time this year with Randy in NYC! We went for the day and got to see our friend Frank that moved there this year.

-Our first book club was held!

-I started getting serious about going to the gym again, and I started running!



Looking back, this year was incredibly eventful.

Here’s to 2016!


The day after the Brand New concert, I had to catch a flight to Charleston, South Carolina. When I say the day after, I mean several hours after. I got home at 1:00am, and I had to be at the airport by 5:00am. The supreme lack of sleep though was good in the long run because I finally had a much needed (and deserved) vacation. My cousin was getting married, and though I wasn’t invited to the wedding, I decided to crash the week anyway. Most of my family only went for the wedding but my parents and my aunts and uncles went a few days early so that we could take in some of the sights and do exciting things in the area. And oh, we did.


When we first got there, we went to the visitors center. They had this really cool device that let you use the map of the city to show you things that you might like to do. And it had a rolly-ball thing that was super fun to use.IMG_1901

I had done a lot of research ahead of time about places to go and places to eat, though we didn’t do half of the things that I had on my list. We started out strong, and did a bunch of things but as the week went on and the wedding got closer everyone got tired of doing things and we ended up staying at the hotels and swimming. But the first day, we went to this place for lunch called Virginia’s on King (because it is on King Street, and it was created by this man who had a grandmother Virginia) and we met Virginia! She told us all about her 5 w’s to live a long life (Water, Worship, Walk, Work, Wine)! And I had what might possibly be the best cup of she-crab soup I will ever have in my life. And I had a lot of this while I was in Charleston.


Then it started raining cats and dogs. So we escaped to the aquarium. And the only thing that I really wanted to do was to go the sea turtle hospital that they have where they rescue injured sea turtles and save them (obviously, I don’t know why I felt the need to explain that) and I couldn’t because it was sold out. I may have cried later. Probably unnecessarily, but still. But I did get to see a bunch of rays and sharks, and I even got to pet/touch them! I got to hold a starfish, and a sea urchin. So I might be overexaggerating.

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They had this cool trading post but it was closed while we were there. And I wasn’t aware of it ahead of time, so that was unfortunate. Not that I would have had anything to trade, but yes.

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I got to see this cute turtle, but this aquarium was much smaller than Boston’s and it didn’t have any penguins. Bummer.



I also was able to eat my first praline. Have you ever eaten pralines? They are like heaven in your mouth. You can even have them shipped from this shop to your house. I’m considering looking into it.


One day we went to see the USS Yorktown, an aircraft carrier that was used during World War II. It was definitely one of my favorite parts of the entire trip. We were able to go on a self-guided tour throughout most of the ship and were even able to go down to the engine rooms, which was where my grandfather worked when he was in the Navy (though not on the Yorktown, and not during WWII). It was SO humid in Charleston and I seriously thought I was going to faint while I was on the ship. We also were able to go into a submarine and that was even worse. I can’t imagine how the people lived on these ships/submarines. They were so small. On the submarine, I even had to duck to get through all the openings to go from room to room, and I’m not even that tall! Apparently they are made much bigger and slightly roomier now but still. A moment of silence for all the men (and maybe women) that fought for our country or are fighting now.


I was able to sit in a real plane. I’m supposed to hashtag here. #F9FCougar The sign outside the plane said so. IMG_1940 IMG_1943

This was the first hotel that I stayed in. It was actually a resort, and we found it on Groupon. I’m now obsessed with Groupon. It had a beautiful pool. We also went to the beach twice, and of course I got sunburned. Of course.


We went on a ghost tour of the old jail. It made my hair stand on end because they turned the lights off in most of it, but the stories weren’t scary. I think our guide wasn’t the greatest.


I had many fancy drinks. Not too many, mind you, but enough.

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We also went to the Charleston Museum. I think my favorite part about this museum was that I’ve been to the NYS museum tons of times but it contains mostly New York history. Which of course I learned about in school several times. But I didn’t really know much about southern history other than what I learned about in school, which was mostly about the southern economy, and the civil war and the aftermath. So it was really cool to see things about South Carolina in the museum, and there were no references to “the war of northern aggression”. This was a relief. I liked this old advertisement that was in the museum. It made me giggle.


Then I got invited to the wedding anyway =]

Though I pretend I was a #weddingcrasher.

Ommegang and Brand New

A month and a half ago I finally got to see Brand New for the second time in my life. They never play around here and it’s unfortunate because they are SO GOOD live.  And not live, but especially live. Tara and I went to Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown. I’d never been there before but it was so worth it. The brewery was closed that day so we didn’t get to go on a tour but I definitely think that it would be a really cool thing to do one day, and it’s not too far away from me. It was so hot and humid while the sun was out, I felt like I was melting. Then, the sun went down, the show went on, and it was over.  Sadness.

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welcome back

So. It’s been awhile.

So much has happened and I don’t even know where to start.

I haven’t been focused on my 30 Before 30 at all. I don’t even want to do half of the things on my list anymore. Or I do. But I don’t want to keep track of them. I’m going to need to re-evaluate and decide exactly what I want to do for this project. Maybe I really do need 101 things. One hundred and one smaller things to do, instead of several large projects. Or something.

I just started a new, non-teaching job. It’s really boring right now. I’m sure it will be better in the upcoming months when I have more to do but for right now, I just want to leave work and go home at the end of the day. I guess that’s normal. I’m not yelling at anyone anymore, so that’s nice. I don’t think the weather is helping with my mood.

I will be moving by the end of the month to a new apartment, all by my lonesome. It’s going to be very strange after the past few months, I’m sure.

We’ll see.


Look! I went to the aquarium right before my last list ended! Not a lot of great pictures. The museum before we went in was really cool- half of it was boring things about science that totally went over my head but the other half was all interactive exhibits that taught you things. Though I don’t remember much of it so I guess it didn’t teach me very much.IMG_1680


rejected ideas

While I was composing my 30 before 30 list, I had several things that I knew I wanted to do. Then I hit a brick wall and wasn’t creative enough on my own to finish. So I turned to the internet. I love the internet sometimes. I searched every version of “bucket list”, “30 before 30”, “day zero”, “101 in 1001”, “40 before 40”, “list of things to do”, etc. that I could find on at least 20 different occasions. I found a lot of typical items and then a bunch of relatively.. unique options. These were a bunch of my favorites that I seriously considered before rejecting. But I might try some of them for fun (pretend to be a runner, see if I can fit in a suitcase?) because they seem super exciting and I feel like I should try.

-go on a friend date with 52 different friends
-jump out of a perfectly good airplane
-make out with jeremy for 30 seconds
-learn how to spell karaoke without having to google it
-sing along perfectly to “it’s the end of the world as we know it (and i feel fine)”
-hold a koala
-pretend to be a runner
-go on a James Bond Date with the Mister in a tux and me in a sexy dress with a crazy slit preferably in Monaco
-have a beer with penguins in Antarctica
-attempt to do a backflip
-see if I can fit in a suitcase
-have a cake with sparklers on top like Alice made for one of the Brady kids on the Brady Bunch
-own a months’ worth of Michigan themed clothing
-organize a flour fight
-put Vanilla Pudding in a Mayo Jar and Eat in Public

30 Before 30

This is pretty similar to the list I posted a few weeks ago, with a few changes. It began this morning at 12:00. Hopefully this time I will be able to cross every item off my list!

1. Visit 5 new states

2. See the Grand Canyon

3. Revisit New Orleans

4. Visit NYC during Christmas time

5. Visit the town where my grandmother grew up

6. Go on a spontaneous road trip

7. Throw a Harry Potter themed party

8. Learn to use a sewing machine

9. Learn how to play chess

10. Learn to use the snowblower

11. Learn to play an instrument

12. Take a dance class (i.e. ballet, ballroom, swing, etc.)

13. Knit a scarf

14. Start a tradition

15. Get a pet

16. Say “yes” to something I would not normally do

17. Complete 30 acts of kindness

18. Read my height in books

19. Watch all of the Oscar nominated films for Best Picture before the Academy Awards (during one year)

20. Watch 20 documentaries

21. Go back to school

22. Dress up for Halloween

23. Go to a midnight movie premiere

24. Stay out until the sun comes up

25. Join a bowling league

26. Celebrate 5 ridiculous holidays

27. Document 5 normal days of my life in photographs

28. Complete a thirty day challenge

29. Go rock climbing

30. Attend a professional sporting event