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The Year In Review – Part 4

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So, how do you possibly top a year during which you visited 25 U.S. states? I mean this was the year I got to see San Diego, Las Vegas, Savannah, Charleston, Richmond, Amarillo, Albequerque, Norfolk, New York City, Memphis, St. Louis, Washington, D.C. and Vail all within 12 months. I’ve been to the top of Pike’s Peak and the bottom of Walnut Canyon. I’ve had my feet in the Pacific Ocean and gone swimming in the Atlantic. I’ve shopped at the Diesel store in Las Vegas and in New York City. I’ve driven across the middle of the country twice and up and down almost the entire East Coast this year. I’ve been on five-hour plane rides and 50-minute plane rides. I’ve driven over the San Diego Bay and under the Chesapeake Bay. I’ve seen beaches and mountains and prairies and buttes. I’ve lived in four houses and one apartment in three states. I spent a week in southern California in January, three crazy months in Vegas, a drunken summer at the Jersey Shore, and the past four months in Virginia Beach. I’ve been, literally, all over the place.

So, I keep saying that 2005 is going to be my best year yet, but how am I possibly going to pull that off?

The Year In Review – Part 3

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I filled this questionnaire out last year, too!

What did you do in 2004 that you’d never done before? Signed a lease

Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I kept a lot of them and I will definitely make more

Did anyone close to you give birth? Yes – Lauren gave birth to Caelin in October

Did anyone close to you die? No

What countries did you visit? A lot of this one

What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004? A new boyfriend (a nice one!)

What date from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory? August 18th

What was your biggest achievement of the year? Finishing an 8K race in under 50 minutes

What was your biggest failure? Not getting into Navy OCS

Did you suffer illness or injury? A few bruises, a burn on my arm over the summer, and I was sick for Christmas with a bad cough

What was the best thing you bought? Diesel jeans

Whose behavior merited celebration? My parents for helping me move all over the damn country

Where did most of your money go? Clothes

What did you get really, really, really excited about? Driving cross-country to Las Vegas, moving into my new apartment in Virginia Beach

What song will always remind you of 2004? Everything Sucks When You’re Gone – MxPx

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

Thinner or fatter? Thinner

Richer or poorer? Poorer

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

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

How will you be spending Christmas? I flew home on Christmas Eve and hung out with my cousin Joelle all afternoon.  I went to my grandmother’s for dinner and presents.  I was sick on Christmas Day.  I watched movies and changed the layout of my LiveJournal and talked to Rich and Robbie on the phone for a little while.

Did you fall in love in 2004? No

How many one-night stands? 1? 2 maybe? Nothing major happened, so I don’t know if they count.

Who were your best friends? Rob, Kristy, my little cousins, Andrea, Robbie, and Allison

What thing did you do that was meaningful to others? Donated nine garbage bags full of clothes to DYFS in Asbury Park, volunteered for the USO

What was your favorite TV program? American Dreams, JAG, The OC, Las Vegas, NCIS

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? No

What was the best book you read? Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

What was your greatest musical discovery? Death Cab For Cutie

What did you want and get? A digital camera, a laptop, a job

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

What was your favorite film of this year? Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? 23, went to the Fashion Show Mall, got my hair cut at Toxicity, ate dinner at the Claim Jumper in Vegas w/my parents, grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousins, and won a little money playing blackjack at the Gold Coast

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Making out with [someone whose name I removed years after posting this] (yes, this is a joke)

What kept you sane? Running and beer

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Catherine Bell, Kate Bosworth

What political issue stirred you the most? I hate political issues

Who did you miss? Mike (but then I got over it) and my little cousins after I left Vegas

Who was the best new person you met this year? Robbie Roommate and Allison

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004:  Everything happens for a reason.

Quote that sums up your year:  Here’s my favorite at the moment: “How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!  The world forgetting, by the world forgot.  Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!  Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d.” ~Alexander Pope

The Year In Review – Part 2

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In January, I was bored. I went to California. I got a new laptop. I hung out with Joelle. I listened to Dashboard Confessional. I was unemployed.

In February, I was excited. I went to Las Vegas. I got to drive cross-country with my mom. I hung out with my Aunt Kim. I listened to Simple Plan. I worked at the House of Blues.

In March, I was silly. I went to lots of movies with my cousins. I got my awesome pink flip-flops. I hung out with my little cousins and Fabio the hamster. I listened to MxPx. I worked at the House of Blues and Plan-It Interactive.

In April, I was 23. I went back to New Jersey. I got a new digital camera. I hung out with Rob. I listened to the Counting Crows. I worked freelance writing web content for a law firm.

In May and June, I was drunk. I went to Howell and a lot of bars. I got a pair of Diesel jeans. I hung out with Megan and Kristi. I listened to dance music. I worked at Woody’s.

In July, I was popular. I went to Bar A alot and Kristen’s wedding in Richmond. I got an e-mail from Mike. I hung out with lots of different people and wished I was hanging out with Brian Conover. I listened to the Shrek 2 soundtrack and Ashley Simpson. I worked at Woody’s and Chef Ed’s and one night at Bar A.

In August, I was ready to move again. I went to Fripp Island, South Carolina. I got to see Virginia Tech play USC at FedEx Field. I hung out with Kristy and my family. I listened to country music. I worked at Woody’s and Chef Ed’s.

In September, I was spontaneous. I went to Virginia Beach. I got to run in the Neptune Festive 8K. I hung out with Allison. I listened to my running CD. I worked at Gold Key Resorts and then at a law office through Randstad.

In October, I was excited. I went to Virginia Tech a few times. I got a job and an apartment. I hung out with Andrea (for a few weekends). I listened to Green Day. I worked at TranSystems Corporation.

In November, I was happy. I went to New Jersey for Thanksgiving. I got a cute outfit for my office Christmas party. I hung out with Robbie. I listened to Nelly. I worked at TranSystems Corporation.

In December, I was busy. I went to my office Christmas party and to New Jersey again for Christmas. I hung out with Robbie, Allison and Jenny. I got a green leather Kenneth Cole New York purse and lots of other fun Christmas presents. I listened to Music from The O.C.: Mix 2 and the Pottery Barn Christmas Trilogy. I worked at TranSystems Corporation.

The Year in Review – Part 1

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With only one week of 2004 remaining, it’s time to reflect on the year and start planning for 2005.  Remember those New Year’s resolutions?  Let’s see how we did.

1. Put my feet in the Pacific Ocean – ACCOMPLISHED – January 10

2. Work in a Las Vegas hotel – ACCOMPLISHED – February 23 (House of Blues Las Vegas in the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino)

3. Visit Hawaii – FAILED

4. Run 5 miles without stopping – ALMOST – September 24 (finished the Neptune Festival 8K in 49:31.85 — but I walked some of it)

5. Join the Navy – FAILED – Got my rejection letter in March.  However, I did find a real job instead and I work for an engineering firm that does a lot of work with the government and the military, especially the Navy.

6. Go surfing – FAILED

7. See Reel Big Fish in concert – ACCOMPLISHED (Twice!) – I saw them March 27 at eXtremething at Desert Breeze Skate Park in Las Vegas with Kristin.  I also went with Stephen and Shaine to see them play this summer at Ramapo College with Streetlight Manifesto.

8.  Make all my payments on time – ACCOMPLISHED – For the most part.

9. Do 25 push-ups in two minutes – ALMOST – I think the most I did was 21 in two minutes, but that’s pretty damn close!

10. Make at least 10 new friends – ACCOMPLISHED – Allison, Robbie, Jenny, Sharon K., Megan M., Kristi, Rich (from Woody’s), Rich H., Chris G., Chris S., Corinne, Jennifer Y., and Jacky.  (I don’t necessarily still keep in touch with all of them, but they were definitely “new friends” at the time that I met them – meaning that I hung out with each of them more than three times.)

11. Get a new digital camera – ACCOMPLISHED – April 10

12. Write a book – ALMOST – I wrote in this LJ and perhaps someday it will be a book!

13. Save up some money – ALMOST – I saved some up over the summer, but most of it is gone now because of my move to Virginia Beach.

14. Get a new computer – ACCOMPLISHED – January 13

15. Do better at keeping in touch with old friends – ACCOMPLISHED – I definitely did better at keeping in touch with Andrea this year, and Mike and I even salvaged a little bit of a friendship for a little while.  Kristy and I try to talk on the phone a few times a week, I talk to Jamie once or twice a week, Rich calls me from Japan and we write long e-mails, and I also use IM a lot more than I used to to have meaningful conversations with people.

16. Find a productive hobby that I enjoy – ACCOMPLISHED – Writing!

17. Be more organized – ACCOMPLISHED – My apartment is immaculate, and so is my desk at work.

18. Continue losing weight – ACCOMPLISHED – I have probably lost about eight pounds since this time last year.

FINAL COUNT:  3 FAILED, 4 ALMOST, and 11 ACCOMPLISHED.  That’s not too shabby if you ask me.

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?