Hope you all had fabulous holidays! The Christmas spirit eventually came to me and I had a really great time with my family. Also, I finally got the Kitchen Aid I’ve long dreamed about. Obviously, if you know me, you know how happyyy this makes me. And now the year is basically over.
2008 has been pretty damn good to me. My best year yet. Which I guess is something I hope to be saying for every year in the future. But in any event, 2008 was particularly amazing.
- I made it through an entire year of working for myself, doing what I love, and not being in an office. I still actually really miss the office part, but since the economy basically sucks right now, I’m just ridiculously thankful that I can make a living doing something I’ve always wanted to do. Not to mention, I can wake up whenever I want, I don’t have to deal with annoying co-workers (over phone and e-mail is soo much easier), and I can sit in Starbucks all day if I feel like it. And I feel like it a lot. I really cannot complain.
- I started We are not Martha with my fabulous friend, Chels, and can’t even remember what life was like without it. Things happened like us getting invited to the Martha Stewart Show (dreams can come true!) and people asking us for advice and us actually starting to make some money on the blog. We used to be psyched for 100 unique visitors a day, but now we expect 700+ and one day even saw 10,000. Basically, it’s amazing to do something you love and actually have people care. Even more amazing is to be doing it with one of your best friends and to feel like you’re part of a team that has some serious goals.
- I cooked and baked A LOT (see above). I learned tons. And I cooked a ton with Sara who I never thought would cook.
- I was single for all of 2008. And it was all fabulous. I actually dated a whole bunch, which I think was really amazingly good for me. I learned that I don’t like a lot of people and it’s OK not to go on a second date. And sometimes it’s OK to just not call someone back if they’re really not getting the point. I used to be too nice. I’m not anymore. I think that was like a 2007 resolution or something.
- I finally saw Ryan Adams in concert. I also saw Bryan Adams. And The Hold Steady and Drive-By Truckers. And Coldplay twice. And Jason Mraz. I hope 2009 involves just as much good music.
- My sister got engaged. And in 2009, I will have a brother-in-law who pretty much fits the mold of exactly what I always imagined a brother to be. That means that we get along really well and that he teases me mercilessly, but that he also teams up with me. And that was a pretty fabulous thing to happen in 2008. Yay!
- I started to get in shape. I’m one of those people who will work out for a couple weeks and then forget about it for a few months, then start over. But since I joined the gym this year, I’ve been super consistent about going. I’ve seriously fallen in love with my pilates class and also remembered how much I love running (even if I hate treadmills). Plus, I can go during the day when pretty much nobody is there and the staff all know me. Even though I’ve gained 10 pounds since joining the gym, I’m chalking it up to muscle. Right.
- I spent my first full year NOT in school since I was like 4 years old. This was scary to me, but probably a year off was good for me. I did not think I was going to be able to handle it. I’m weird I guess, but school was just a way of life for me and I thrived on it. I think because I freelance and always have “home work,” I don’t miss it quite as much as I thought I would.
And now I can’t wait to see what 2009 brings. I at least know it’s going to involve a wedding and all kinds of crazy celebrations before then. Like a cruise. Yay. And I think 2009 will bring all other sorts of fabulousness too.
Did you love 2008 as much as I did??
Help! I’m still not in the Christmas mood. This is really distressing to me, considering it’s December 11. I’ve tried many different tactics like online shopping (meh, not feeling it), wandering through the Commons and seeing the tree and watching people skate (nope), baking lots of holiday cookies (yummy, but that’s all), and sitting in Starbucks for hours listening to their Christmas music over and over and over (annoying).
NOTHING is happening inside me! I don’t understand. It’s never taken me this long to be all holly jolly like. I heard about people going to holiday parties this week and I LOLed. What? It seemed so early. And then I realized that people had been going to holiday parties for weeks now. Where have I been? Clearly not being invited to holiday parties.
This weekend I’ll do a bit of shopping and celebrating and hopefully will feel something. I also have a pretty busy next couple of weeks going out and doing semi-holiday-ish stuff, so let’s hope that works. I want to be merry and happy and excited for the holidays. Like now.
Oh, wait. I just got distracted by a television commercial and spent the last 15 minutes look at this website. It is an indoor water park!!!! How amazing is that? I seriously wish I had thought of the idea to build this place. I need to go and soon. Boston friends, come with? And I think I just discovered my problem…I wasn’t quite ready for summer to be over. So now instead of being excited for snow and Santa, I want to hang out at indoor water parks.
If you can’t afford a tropical vacation, take one to CoCoKey. Please?
Here are some of the fabulous things I’ve been up to lately:
Michelle of Gooseberried came to Boston! With 6-6! She was only in town with enough time for a quick lunch, but it was so awesome to meet her. Her blog is one of the first I started reading long ago, so I already pretty much felt like I knew her. How did we even find each others blogs? I don’t remember at all, but I’m so glad we did. And now I need to plan a trip to Arizona to visit her!
Oh, hi. This is only one of my very favorite people IN THE WORLD. And doesn’t he look absolutely thrilled to be with me?! Well, that was my mom’s fault. See, the first picture she “took,” she didn’t actually “take.” You know how moms are. So as we’re walking out, I decide to double check and oh, what do you know? No picture on the camera. So I made her do it again. I don’t think he was really annoyed; just his expression. AND he remembered me from when I interviewed him for a paper a couple years ago. Most magazine editors wouldn’t give me the time of day for grad school paper interviews, but he took time out of his busy schedule to chat with me. And he’s not just a magazine editor, but a television celebrity, book publisher, etc. etc. Anyway, now I’d love for him to interview me for a job at his test kitchen. Ahem. Anyway, in case you don’t know, this is Christopher Kimball of America’s Test Kitchen/Cook’s Illustrated. I went to his cooking demo/discussion and obviously enjoyed myself immensely.
Another thing I’m really excited about is the fact that I’m now writing a music review column for College Candy!! You can read my first column here if you want. If you read my blog, you obviously know how into music I am (and and all kinds), so I’m super psyched to have the opportunity to write about it. This week is pretty mainstream (because hi, Brit’s CD came out!), but I’m hoping to get into some more indie music, less known stuff soon!
Uhh I know I talk about tumblr ALL THE TIME. But that’s how fabulous it is. Seriously. Yes, I spend a little too much time on there when I should be doing other things. Yes, I love blogger. But tumblr is different. So I wrote up a guide on why I love tumblr for people who don’t have tumblr. The bottom line? I honestly think tumblr is the future of blogging and social media as a whole. Annd you don’t want to miss out on that. So join it. And follow me.
In other cooking fun, Chels took me to Stir for my birthday present. We obviously wrote all about it on We are not Martha. But I had to share this picture of ravioli with an egg yolk in it. In a sauce that was made of pretty much just butter. HEAVEN. As were the truffles we had. This was one of the best experiences of my life and makes me thrilled to be a Boston girl. Can’t wait to go back.
And the rest of the week I’m devoting to catching up on my reader. Also, I had much more to say that has escaped my tired head, so will be back for more ASAP!