2015: The Good Stuff

2015 was an interesting ride.  I laughed, I cried, I screamed, I held my family close, I fell in love (with Charlie), and I did some real dig-down-deep type of soul searching.  This year, I realized I was accepting things as they way they were instead of pushing myself for more.  So I pushed back.  There were some pretty incredible moments this year.  Here are a few.

I touched the World Series trophy and hung out with it two nights in a row.  And took a picture with it.  And did I mention touched it?  Because I definitely touched it.

So Your Crush Asked You Out as Told by the Golden Girls

It finally happened.  The guy you've been eyeing for weeks on end finally got the nerve to ask you out.  Obviously, you said yes.

Congratulations! You caught his attention, of course, by utilizing your charm, wit, and extreme intelligence.
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Holiday Songs That Don't Get Old

The day after Thanksgiving signals the start to the holiday season and along with it comes the non-stop Holiday Music.  Some radio stations can't wait that long and start the tunes a week before Black Friday.  As we near the end of the holiday season, here's a few songs I can't seem to play enough.

Happy Holidays! 

Last Christmas - Wham!

Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year


Songs I'm Feeling Right Now

The music I obsess over and why I obsess over it makes no sense.  I want to say I'm ashamed One Direction is on this list, but I'm not.  I want to say I'm ashamed that Justin Bieber is on this list, and I totally am.  Terribly so.  These are the songs I play on repeat all day long, at least this week.  Enjoy or judge or do both.

Perfect - One Direction

Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015



Inspired by one of my favorite book blogs, The Broke and the Bookish, I have decided to participate in this week's Top Ten Tuesday!

These are authors I read for the first time in 2015 and rank among my new favorites (links go to Goodreads summary page).

1. John Green
    The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska
2. Cheryl Strayed
    Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
3. Milan Kundera
    The Unbearable Lightness of Being
4. Patti Smith
    Just Kids
5. Isadora Duncan
    My Life
6. Paula Hawkins
    The Girl on the Train
7. David Ebershoff
    The Danish Girl
8. Randy Pausch
    The Last Lecture
9. Lois Lowry
    Number the Stars
10. Michael Chabon
      The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

The Best First Date I Ever Went On Was With Someone I Never Dated

The best first date I've ever been on was with someone I never ended up dating.

In early June of 2012, following the ending of a long distance relationship and a horrifying rebound, a co-worker of mine suggested I go out with her boyfriend's brother.  My co-worker's boyfriend was two years younger than her.  Making his brother three years younger than me, but four years in school.  I hesitated initially.  He was still in college, still two years off from graduating.  He sounded great, but I wasn't quite sure I could let the age gap go.  I politely declined.  Repeatedly.

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