Starting all over again…

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So here’s the thing about starting a new year.  People seem to think that just because we’ve turned over the last page on the calendar and hung a new one on the wall, we can start from scratch.  We’re going to be healthier, skinnier, prettier, and way more organized.  We’ll spend more time reading and being productive and less time watching TV and sleeping.  We’ll break all of our bad habits, fix all of our mistakes, and refrain from making any new ones.  We’ll have more fun, make more friends, and go to more parties.  We’ll get better jobs, make more money, and save more of it than we’ll spend.  The list goes on and on.

Reality check.  Let’s be honest here.  There’s no way.  First of all, most of us probably spent the better part of the first day of the year hung over, bloated, and overweight from all that holiday food we’ve been eating since November.  This next week will go by and we’ll try as hard as we can to exercise some self-control and keep all of our New Year’s Resolutions, so help us God.  By January 6th, we’ll be totally fed up and decide we only really had one resolution — to lose weight.  We’ll swarm into Weight Watchers and Barnes & Noble (for the Atkins’ book, of course) and starve ourselves until we can’t take it anymore and eat a bag of Doritos, 12 Oreos and a huge slice of cheesecake.  By mid-February, we’ll be depressed because we’re still fat, we’re sick of winter, and dammit, we have no Valentine (which will lead us into a never-ending, downward spiral of binging on cookies, ice cream and other such comfort foods sitting around watching cheesy romantic comedies, all the while hating ourselves for not going to the gym).  Spring will come and go in the blink of an eye, and by May we’ll all be crash-dieting again to soften the blow of bathing suit shopping, wondering if becoming a bulimic really is such a bad idea.

On June 1st, we’ll think, “Wow, the year is half over!  It went by so fast and I still haven’t organized my Tupperware cabinet…” 4th of July, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas — we’ll be right back where we started on December 28th — popping Advil and leftover Christmas cookies like they’re going out of style, wondering if our size 4 pants will still fit in the morning, and deciding we’d better make a damn good list of resolutions for 2005.

Perhaps we should give up the resolutions–just this once.  Because let’s face it.  We are too tired, we don’t really care that it’s fattening, and spending money is more fun than saving it.

If we can’t give the resolutions up, let’s at least make some cooler, more exciting ones this year.  For example:

In the year 2004, I will:  put my feet in the Pacific Ocean, work in a Las Vegas hotel, visit Hawaii, run 5 miles without stopping, join the Navy, go surfing, see Reel Big Fish in concert, make all my payments on time, do 25 pushups in 2 minutes, make at least ten new friends, get a new digital camera, write a book, save up some money, get a new computer, do better at keeping in touch with old friends, find a productive hobby that I enjoy, and, well… bemoreorganizedandcontinuelosingweight.

I guess there are some things you just can’t change…  Happy New Year!

Favorite Songs of 2003

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After much contemplation, here is my list of the top 50 songs of 2003:

1. “Ignition” (remix) – R. Kelly
2. “Hey Ya!” – OutKast
3. “F**k It (I Don’t Want You Back)” – Eamon
4. “Get Busy” – Sean Paul
5. “Addicted” – Simple Plan
6. “Powerless (Say What You Want)” – Nelly Furtado
7. “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me” – Keith Urban
8. “Calling All Angels” – Train
9. “Bigger Than My Body” – John Mayer
10. “Numb” – Linkin Park
11. “Hey Girl” – O.A.R.
12. “In a Little While” – Uncle Kracker
13. “8 Mile”– Eminem
14. “Bring Me to Life” – Evanescence
15. “When I Look to the Sky” – Train
16. “Laid” – Matt Nathanson
17. “Can’t Stop Loving You” – Phil Collins
18. “The Way You Move” – OutKast
19. “Anthem” – Good Charlotte
20. “Your Body is a Wonderland” – John Mayer
21. “Baby Boy” – Beyonce feat. Sean Paul
22. “In Da Club” – 50 Cent
23. “Lose Yourself” – Eminem
24. “Get Low” – Lil John & The East Side Boyz feat. Ying Yang Twins
25. “Why Don’t You and I” – Carlos Santana feat. Alex Band
26. “This One’s for the Girls” – Martina McBride
27. “The Scientist” – Coldplay
28. “If You’re Not the One” – Daniel Bedingfield
29. “Crazy In Love” – Beyonce feat. Jay-Z
30. “Gimme the Light” – Sean Paul
31. “Me Against the Music” – Britney Spears feat. Madonna
32. “Headstrong” – Trapt
33. “I Hate Everything About You” – Three Days Grace
34. “I Miss You” – Blink-182
35. “American Girls” – Counting Crows
36. “Harder to Breathe” – Maroon5
37. “The Boys of Summer” – The Ataris
38. “White Flag” – Dido
39. “More to Life” – Stacie Orrico
40. “Stacy’s Mom” – Fountains of Wayne
41. “Hit That” – The Offspring
42. “The First Cut is the Deepest” – Sheryl Crow
43. “Someday” – Nickelback
44. “Where is the Love?” – Black-Eyed Peas
45. “Breathe” – Michelle Branch
46. “Times Like These” – Foo Fighters
47. “Here Without You” – Three Doors Down
48. “So Far Away” – Staind
49. “Out of Control” – Hoobastank
50. “Why Can’t I” – Liz Phair

What are some of your favorites?

Designer Purses

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What is it with all the 12-year-olds roaming the mall toting designer purses?  Are Dooney & Bourke bags the new eighth grade status symbol?  Does asking mommy for a Coach purse for Christmas grant these middle school girls entrance into the popular crowd?

A friend of mine was recently telling me about his current dream girl from work.  He sighed wistfully when he mentioned that she had a real Louis Vuitton bag.  I said, “Yeah, right.”  He responded that he knew she had a real one because he’s learned what to look for in an LV bag to make sure it’s the real thing.

I do not understand the designer purse obsession.  I even wanted one up until this afternoon – when I realized I’d be looking like a 12-year-old by carrying it.  Plus, why buy a purse for hundreds of dollars when:
        a.  Everyone else already OWNS the purse.
        b.  So many people have a knockoff version of the purse
             that most will doubt the authenticity of yours.
        c.  You can buy a cute, practical bag that matches
             everything for $40 or less at Macy’s.

Let’s get a grip, people.  Get a fake one, or buy a nice Nine West bag for 40 bucks.  You could be blindly obsessing over Paper Denim jeans, Diesel sneakers, Abercrombie sweaters, Ugg boots, and Von Dutch accessories with all that money you’d be saving.

2003

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I suppose this questionnaire is supposed to sum up my year. I’m afraid there’s much more to it than this, though…

What did you do in 2003 that you’d never done before? Started running almost every day

 Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I did, and I will.

 Did anyone close to you give birth? No

 Did anyone close to you die? No

What countries did you visit? A few little Caribbean ones on a cruise in March

What would you like to have in 2004 that you lacked in 2003? My own apartment

What date from 2003 will remain etched upon your memory? July 3rd

What was your biggest achievement of the year? The PR Case Studies campaign proposal for the Art Museum of Western Virginia/graduating college

What was your biggest failure? Forgetting to late-drop Calculus, therefore, failing it – obviously.

 Did you suffer illness or injury? Ear infections, sprained finger, ear infections, ear infections

What was the best thing you bought? Flat-screen monitor

Whose behavior merited celebration? My three roommates for being the best friends ever

Where did most of your money go? Clothes

What did you get really, really, really excited about? Applying to Navy OCS

What song will always remind you of 2003? King of Wishful Thinking – Go West

Compared to this time last year, are you:
      Happier or sadder? Happier

      Thinner or fatter? Thinner

      Richer or poorer? Richer

What do you wish you’d done more of? Flirting

What do you wish you’d done less of? Crying

How will you be spending Christmas? Same as always

Did you fall in love in 2003? No

How many one-night stands? 4?

Who were your best friends? Andrea, Jess, Katie, Kristy

What thing did you do that was meaningful to others? Memorized my part as G.T.B. for the Chi Omega Initiation Ceremony

What was your favorite TV program? American Dreams, JAG, The OC, Dawson’s Creek, The Bachelorette (on the big screen @ the Chi-O house)

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Hate, no, but, I have lost respect for several people that I considered great friends this time last year.

What was the best book you read? Hawaii by James Michener

What was your greatest musical discovery? Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

What did you want and get? Gamecube and Animal Crossing

What did you want and not get? A trip to Hawaii

What was your favorite film of this year? Pirates of the Caribbean

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? 22, ate dinner @ Beamer’s w/my favorite sisters and Ryan, went downtown to Hokie House, TOTS, and probably more bars

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? The Hokies winning all their games and heading to the Sugar Bowl

What kept you sane? January – June: Andrea, Hilary, Brad  June – December: Kristy, running, and TV

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Julia Stiles (as always), Josh Duhamal

What political issue stirred you the most? The war, obviously, just like everyone else

Who did you miss? January – May: Mike May – December: Andrea, Katie, Jess, Jenn, Sara, Ryan, Hilary, Brad, all my sisters and friends from school

Who was the best new person you met this year? Brad Hockenberry – in PR Case Studies

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2003: 1. You can’t trust everyone, you can’t fix everything, you can’t go everywhere, but you can find happiness with what you have.  2. If you want to do something, do it.  It doesn’t matter what people say or whether or not they expect it of you or even if they think you’ll succeed.  What matters is what you think, and that’s all. 3. Managing a restaurant, even a small one, is not as easy as it looks, but it is as fun.

Quote that sums up your year:  There are too many to list.  Here’s my favorite at the moment: “Life is short.  Sooner or later you have to face up to who you are and stop trying to be someone else.” ~Mac