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Twenty-Eleven Reviewed

My twenty-eleven blogging experience in a nutshell.  Perhaps I can do even better in ‘twelve.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 23 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


One year later

One year later and I feel as though I do not have much to show for myself or my blog.  I became lackadaisical in updating on at least a MONTHLY basis (regardless of me notating that I wouldn’t be updating regularly).

One year later and I have a degree in marketing and no job with an office or cubicle to hang on my diploma.  Every job search that I have done thus far has either come up empty or has been misleading as to what the company actually wanted from me (Seeking Marketing Associate for sales-management program).

One year later and I gained 20 pounds from my senior year of college and 10 pounds from being lazy, eating good food, and general life stress.  Thankfully, I lost those 10 pounds and am currently pursuing to lose the other 20 and placing a restraining order on them.  For some irony, I gained the last 10 pounds soon after I joined a gym, but my workouts are finally kicking some butt (probably because I’m going more regularly and I’m kicking some butt).

One year later and I still hang with the same people almost every weekend and I don’t mind it at all.  Chill evenings can sometimes outrank even the most funnest of nights out.  When was the last weekend that I stayed in the entire time?  I can honestly say that I do not remember.

One year later and I’m still the same person I was before.  People may have said that I have changed, but in all honesty, it was that I didn’t change for them.  I have lost some close friends and I have gained some new acquaintances; isn’t that how the world works or the cookie crumbles?

So I sit before you one year later and I am still the same person now that I was 364 days ago, except one year older. Coincidence?  No, just life at it’s finest.

Been a Long While


I never would have though that a horoscope could have prompted me to write.  It’s not that I don’t like writing mind you, I just wasn’t sure exactly what to write about.  I still don’t know even know exactly, but I knew I had to start back.  I may have lost some readers due to my extended hiatus, but just like with the Field of Dreams, “if you build it, they will come.”

So here’s my field.

I can’t begin to explain everything that has happened since my last post: I’ve had ups, downs, fun times, bad times, boring times, etc.  In general, LIFE.

Let’s see:

South Africa: Beautiful, amazing, magical… I would go back in a heartbeat and wouldn’t give the 15 hour plane ride a second thought.  South African wine, amazing.  Now I just need to go to a French winery to properly compare.

Brazil: Rio was neat, a city with a shore line.  Beautiful stores, people and culture.  Sugar Loaf was breathtaking.  The art, something else.  Whether it was graffiti or professionally done.

I joined a gym: Clearly working out at home was no longer working for me, so to the gym I go.

I hurt my knee: However, this was not from the gym, rather dancing with friends in Atlantic City.  Go figure.

I am helping my sister with her wedding:  Maid of honor, hello.  So much to do and the wedding isn’t even mine.  It would be super awesome if everyone could put their heads together to make it happen versus being head strong about how they want it.  It’s not rocket science, but then again, we are only human.

I wish that this was more insightful and poetic, but hey, I haven’t written in a while and I need to work out all of the kinks.  I’ll get better as time goes on and I WILL be writing more often.  It’s nice to vent to a nameless, faceless audience.  It’s like chicken soup for the soul, just no “dear diary.”

Before I Crash

This picture is rather symbolic because I am just over a month away from graduation with school being the parachute.  Just over a month away from the “real world.”  Of course to this I say, “Haven’t I already been living in the real world?”  I have bills to pay,  loans to start worrying about and I am dealing with making ends meet because I may not always get enough hours at my part time job.  I have once again engaged myself in a balancing act and plainly, it sucks.

I am excited because I will finally be done after seven years.  Not that I rushed things, clearly, but I can close that chapter of my life and start writing the next one.  It’s going to be an awesome chapter, but I say that about every next chapter.  New things, they’re awesome to experience no matter how scary they may seem at times.  It reminds me of the song, “make new friends and keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold.”  However, as a child I only knew that part and it turns out to be a very loooooong song.  I only mean to say that although the chapter may be closed, I will not, cannot forget where I was.  Learn from the past, right?

So as I sit here on my bed writing to you all, I say, “Bring it, world.”  I have no where to go from here, but up.  It may be harder but it is a lot less dangerous (thank you for that lesson Table Mountain).

And now, it’s bed time because I am trying to restart my good sleeping habits.


I wanted to take five minutes and apologize for not posting anything of value the entire month of March.  Quality is way better than quantity though, right?  I know I said I would post once I returned from South Africa, but I didn’t realize how much I had to do until I got back.  Maybe I was blinded by the rains of Africa (Toto, anyone)?  Not that it rained much at all…

I DO promise to devote an entire post to South Africa, most likely with excerpts from my Business Reflections Journal from class.  Let me just say, it was amazing.  Maybe I’ll even add a picture (or two!).  I actually have to sit down and select pictures to print out.  It feels so old school and “develop” isn’t even the correct term.  There’s still something magical about the film picture, but so uneconomical: I took just under 2,000 pictures and not all were astounding.

But guess what!?  It’s April and I am that much closer to graduation.  May 19th will be here before I know it and I absolutely cannot wait.  Ordering my cap and gown this week, it’s officially official.

More to come from the mind that is me.  This weekend, because I don’t have any impending due dates, but probably after I finalize my taxes.


That’s right.  In just a few hours over a week I’ll be en route to South Africa.  I have two tests coming up, one on Friday and the other on Monday, and all I can really think about getting to South Africa.  Plain and simple.

This is actually going to be a short post for once:  One because I don’t have any time to actually write more.  Two because I’m actually going to bed “early” for a change.  And three because there’s so much to be said and it’s exhausting just thinking about it.

So yes, I will finally be an out of the United States traveler come next Wednesday.  Pure awesomeness.  I hope to write oodles when I come back.

Until then, I bid thee adieu.

Notice to All Readers

While I am aware that this is a public forum, I would appreciate links to my blog ONLY.

I write for fun, I write for stress, I write to write.

Because this blog is strictly opinion based and very little factual facts, there is no reason to copy an paste something from my blog, even if references were included.

To my one reader, whoever you are, my answer is no, however I am flattered by your interest.  You can post a link which retains my ownership and allows you to share an opinion.

I do not mean to offend, but this blog wouldn’t even stand up in court if submitted as evidential support for the case.


Thank you for reading.