Sunday, January 30, 2011

What dreams may come

My dreams have been a weird place lately. They are mostly really happy, and a nice escape from the overwhelming amount of sadness I've been feeling for the last few weeks. But sometimes I dream that Mark is still alive, and while it's happy in my dreams, it's sad again when I wake up and have to remind myself that Mark is really gone and that my life will never be the same.

Last night, I must have been dreaming of Mark again because when I woke up, I was calling Pat by Mark's name. It was really weird. I quickly realized I had been dreaming and we both went back to sleep. A few hours later, I woke up to Pat breathing really heavily. I let it go for a while, but when the breathing got even more intense and Pat was almost trying to yell something and was sounding out the letter F, I decided I should wake him up in case he was also having a bad dream.

When I got him to wake up, I asked him right away what he was dreaming about. I'm not sure what I was expecting, maybe that his dream, too, was about Mark or our scary and upsetting experiences over the last few weeks, which have taken quite a toll on him as well. I was definitely pleasantly surprised and very much amused to find out what Pat was actually dreaming about that got him so upset.

He was playing in a soccer game with Fat Albert, who was being a big bully and picking on everyone. So Pat had finally reached his boiling point and decided enough was enough. He was going to stand up to Fat Albert. And that was the cause of the heavy breathing; when he finally confronted Fat Albert. And the F noise that he was trying to yell in his sleep was him calling Albert "fat" in his dream and saying, "I don't know who you think you are you fat punk" or something along those lines. Needless to say, it was a very intense, and serious dream, definitely warranting the heavy and almost panicked breathing. 

This was just what I needed and I got a lot of laughs at 6:30 this morning. Thanks, Pat!

Friday, January 14, 2011

What's for dinner? I have NO idea!

It's one of those weeks in the Robinson household where we're trying to stretch our current groceries to avoid going to the grocery store. This is not only a lazy strategy, but an economic one as well. If we can avoid paying $100 (or more) at the grocery store this week, we will. We only do this every once in a while but it's a good way to try and use up some of the items we've already paid for and haven't used.

We have a lot of random ingredients and I couldn't decide what to make for dinner tonight. I was missing one or two ingredients for all the new recipes I wanted to try. I remember some of my friends mentioning websites where you can list all the ingredients you have and it will recommend some recipes for you. I couldn't remember the site they used so I did a google search. The first site that came up was Recipematcher.com. So I took the time (about 5 to 10 minutes) to go through and check off all the ingredients we have. Then I clicked "search" and it came up with all appetizers and snacks, no dinners. So I narrowed the search to exclude apps only to get a big fat rejection saying, "no search matched your criteria." What the heck is the point of that stupid website then? I already knew I have no food!!!

Anyway, I decided to try to get creative in the kitchen (which is REALLY hard for me - I am most comfortable following recipes at this point) and made my own sauce using diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, sour cream and parmesan cheese. Not going to lie, it smelled like throw up while I was cooking it so I was very nervous about it! But Pat really liked it and gave it a 7.75 out of 10! I will take that and run with it! I didn't think it was too bad either! And hopefully it will give me more confidence to experiment in the kitchen. After all, isn't that what makes a good cook?
"The qualities of an exceptional cook are akin to those of a successful tightrope walker: an abiding passion for the task, courage to go out on a limb and an impeccable sense of balance.” Bryan Miller

One man's trash...

To continue on my previous topic of trash collectors, let me tell you about a voicemail I received the other day. It was from my mom. She was calling to let me know she and my step-dad, Mark, had watched the video I made about the Ugly Sweater Party. They both enjoyed the video and thought it was pretty funny, but she did take issue with a few things about the party.

Issue #1: There were a few sweaters from the party that she actually liked and didn't think they qualified as "ugly sweaters." Hmm....I haven't had a chance to follow up with her on this but I can't for the life of me imagine which of the sweaters she actually could see herself wearing. I hope (and pray) it wasn't the lighthouses. Please don't let it be the lighthouses. Although, that would be an easy birthday gift for her in April!

Issue #2: When seeing what my friends and I believe constitutes as an "ugly sweater," my Mom found herself thinking about all the sweaters she owns (and wears) that, in our opinion, would also fall into this category. She then went on to say that I should keep that in mind when trying to pick out a sweater for next year. I was SO relieved to hear her say this as I was really hoping to borrow one of hers this year but didn't know how to bring up this sensitive topic. Thanks, mom!


One man's trash is another man's treasure

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I thought I'd seen it all....

Tuesday night is trash night, also known as garbage pickers night. I became familiar with garbage picking in college, when people were seriously obsessed with driving around to the various college houses and apartments to collect "trash," to,...I guess try to make money off of? I'm not really sure what they did with it to be honest.

I thought I'd seen it all until the day Pat and his roommates put their brown couch, that had survived an entire year in a house full of 8 boys, out on the curb. I was absolutely positive no one in their right mind would touch that couch. It didn't look good and it certainly didn't smell good. Did I mention that the couch started off white? If you scratched it, you could see where it used to be white. Gross that I even know that. What's quite possibly even more disturbing is that I actually used to sit on that couch and watch football games and movies. Gross.

Anyway, that couch was gone within ten minutes. I was shocked. I feel bad for the poor soul who bought that couch reupholstered in some used furniture store, completely unaware of the nastiness that was under the new fabric. At that moment, I realized that garbage pickers will take anything and everything and didn't think I'd ever be surprised again. Until last week...

Last Tuesday, it was once again garbage night, and we decided it was time to take our Christmas tree down. The needles were falling down like crazy and, well, Christmas was over! So, we took the ornaments down and Pat took the tree out to the curb. Some of our neighbors had already beat us to it and their trees had been on the curb for a few days. Within twenty minutes of putting our tree out to the curb...it was gone. Someone garbage picked our dying Christmas tree! And whoever it was, left the neighbor's trees out on the curb.

I came to the conclusion that someone took our tree to get the wood to burn for heat or something. And that made perfect sense to me. My theory eased my mind and allowed me to move on from the weirdness of someone taking our tree. But then today, when I was telling the story to someone at work, they informed me that you can't burn pine so whoever took the tree, didn't take it to burn the wood. So what in the heck did they do with it then?

What is the strangest thing you've seen garbage picked (or better yet, garbage picked yourself!). I believe my mom garbage picked building blocks for us that we used growing up. They were made of real wood and brought us years of entertainment! I garbage picked a fun toy for Max to play in and some end tables.

Monday, January 10, 2011

First Annual Ugly Sweater Party


Ugly Sweater Party from Emily Robinson on Vimeo.

Well, our First Annual Ugly Sweater Party was a huge success! We had SO much fun, as you'll see from the video. I also had so much fun making this video! I got a new flip cam for Christmas so it was fun to actually make a project with the videos!

For those who attended the party, you will definitely enjoy all 14 minutes of this video (it is worth every second). I was laughing so hard while I was making it! For those who didn't attend the party, I can see how the video might get old or seem really long. Either way, if you watch it, let me know what you think!

Friday, January 07, 2011

This is why I majored in communication....




For years, I have been using calculators to figure out sale prices of clothes and for years, this is the formula I have been following:




P (price of item) x S (percentage of sale) = Y
P (price of item) - Y (amount off because of sale) = F (final price)

So for example, if a shirt I liked was originally $34 and is now marked down to $29.99 and you can take an additional 40% off of that:
29.99 x .40  = 12
29.99 - 12 = 17.99
I have never second guessed this formula; it always got me the right answer! And when dealing with Ann Taylor LOFT, the answer usually was, even after the sale, I still couldn't afford the item.

Well, I had a HUGE revelation today! I once again received the usual LOFT email promoting their sales and this one said you could get an additional 40% off already discounted sale items, which means they might finally be in my price range -not that I really NEED any new clothes at this time, but a sales a sale and I owe it to myself to look, right?

So I started perusing the sale items (electronically, of course) today (during my lunch break, of course) and was using the calculator on the computer with my formula shown above (as usual) to figure out how much the items would actually be after the sale. That is when the revelation happened.

If the sale is 40% off, that means I'll be paying 60% of the item. So why do I need to do two steps on the calculator (using above formula) when I could simplify it to just one step using the following (revised) formula:

P (original price of item) x A (actual percentage I'll be paying) = Y

Using the example of the $29.99 shirt with the 40% off sale, mentioned above, the new formula looks like this:
29.99 x .60 = 17.99
Wow. This is such a big deal for me. It might seem like small potatoes to you, but this has been a life changing experience for me. Imagine how much faster I can now calculate sale items! I do have to say, I believe Pat tried to teach me this method several years ago and it just didn't make sense to me until now. I guess I had to figure it out on my own and of course it had to pertain to shopping.

If only my math classes were stretched out over several years and all the lesson plans would have pertained to shopping and used the keywords "shopping" and "sale items" and "percentage off." I think it all would have made sense then. Hey, we all learn at different paces. When it comes to math, mine happens to be more of a glacial pace. But now that I've got it, I've got it!

I have also recently learned (within the last year) how to calculate 20% tips in my head. Again, Pat has been trying to teach me for five years, but it didn't click until my friend's boyfriend (now fiance) explained it to me while we were in Boston. It's actually kind of a funny story because Pat was sitting right there when Tyler was explaining it to me and the light bulb went off and it finally made sense. Pat was so mad! He couldn't understand why it didn't make sense when he had been explaining it to me the exact same way (so he claims) for five years. I don't have a good answer but I do know that he loves it when I say to him, "Remember when Tyler taught me how to calculate tips?"

Anyway, I don't want to get too ahead of myself here, but there's an opening for a math teacher at the school and with all my new found math skills, I'm thinking about applying. I feel I owe it to the future shoppers out there to share my knowledge.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

The 365 Day Photo Challenge

I went back and forth and back and forth about whether I should do the 365 Day Photo Challenge on my current blog or start a new one. I decided to start a new one so that all the pictures are in one place. I think it will be really cool to see them back to back and not having my long, drawn out commentary in between. I'm all caught up and ready to continue this challenge (and I think it will be a challenge, all right)! If you want to follow this blog too, the address is below:

Project 365: A photo a day for an entire year!

Several of my friends on Facebook and some of my blogging friends are embarking on the 365 Photo Challenge this year. Today is January 6th, which means I'm already six pictures behind if I want to do this challenge too and I really, really do! You know me, I hate being left out and I would really regret not doing something cool like this! And if not this year, then when? So I'm going to do it. Add this to my list of resolutions!

Here is some information about the project:
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Why do it?

Taking a photo a day is a big undertaking with big payoffs. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider doing it:
  • Imagine being able to look back at any day of your year and recall what you did, who you met, what you learned… (Often we find it hard to remember what we did just yesterday or even last night, let alone a whole year ago!)
  • Your year-long photo album will be an amazing way to document your travels and accomplishments, your haircuts and relationships. Time moves surprisingly fast.
  • Taking a photo a day will make you a better photographer. Using your camera every day will help you learn its limits. You will get better at composing your shots, you’ll start to care about lighting, and you’ll become more creative with your photography when you’re forced to come up with something new every single day. 

My own reasons for wanting to do this:
  • I love taking pictures, always have, probably always will. This is just another excuse to take more!
  • I (almost) always have my camera with me anyway
  • It's another excuse to blog
  • It will be a fun, creative and interesting challenge!
Anyone want to do this with me? Hurry up! We're already behind!

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

My New Year's Resolutions

Yes, I said New Year’s Resolutions (plural), as in I have more than one. Of course I do! I’m a goal oriented person and I love setting goals for myself! Even when I’m setting myself up for failure, I still love the act of goal setting and striving to be the best version of me (and let's be honest - that's going to take a lifetime). Besides, goals were made to be broken, right? Or is that rules? Either way....

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wow. I’m getting really deep here!

My 2011 New Year’s Resolutions:

Continue counting calories: I will keep using the “Lose It” app on my iPod touch but instead of just doing it on the weekdays, like I did for the last year, I will actually do it on weekends too. Although I noticed a huge improvement in my eating habits after I started counting calories last January, I think it’s time to step it up to the next level and also use it on the weekends, when I’m often going out to eat and, arguably, needing to monitor my eating habits the most.

Workout three times a week: This is probably one of my resolutions each and every year. I can usually get two workouts in no problem (that’s a lie, Pat has to practically drag me there) but something about finding time to get that third workout in is a struggle for me. My goal is to do two workouts at the Y and one workout at home. Ideally, I would like to do the workout at home in the morning so that I can get it out of the way. This is where I might be setting myself up for failure. It’s hard enough for me to drag myself out of bed to go to work, where I get paid. But dragging myself out of bed to go workout, now that is asking a lot of myself! But I really value my time in the evenings (aka my time sitting on the couch) and would love to have more of it so one less workout in the evening would be ideal.

Read more books: I love to read and I definitely don’t make enough time to do it. I’m hoping to combine reading more books and working out more by getting good audio books on my iPod that I can listen to while working out and while I’m in the car for almost two hours every day driving to and from work. The library has great ebooks but none that are compatible with mac computers! I guess I'll have to do it the old fashioned way and actually go to the library, check out the audio books on CD and upload them to my computer. Life is rough!

Continue cooking one new recipe a week: I have somewhat slacked in this department. I think it’s safe to say that I’m still trying an average of one new recipe a week, but I’m not doing a good job blogging about it.

Blog more often: I would say “blog everyday” but I just don’t think that’s feasible. I think blogging several times a week is more realistic for me. And if I blog a few times a week, every month, for the entire year, I will still end up blogging more than I did in 2010 which is ultimately my goal.

Include a quote with each blog entry: I LOVE quotes. I always have. I used to have this huge Word document with all of my favorite quotes. I have no idea what happened to that document but I’m going to look for it. I think it would be fun to try and find quotes about life lessons, patience, etc. to pair up with my blog entries. You might have noticed, I’ve already started including a quote with every entry in 2011 (all three of them).

Clean up my messes before making new ones: Seems so simple. My three-year old nephew is being taught the same lessons (and is probably better at it than I). For the last month, I've been working really hard at this and I enjoy life and our house so much more when it's clean! And it's much easier to keep clean when you keep up with it regularly. I think I just need to accept the fact that I will be doing dishes every single day and laundry every single week for the rest of my life if I want to live in a clean house. Wow, what a happy thought.


Worry less; live more: It seems like a pretty general statement but it's one that I need to work on so much. There is so much that is out of my control in life and worrying about things doesn't do anything to change the outcome. I want to live by Dale Carnegie's mottos of: asking yourself just how much worry something is worth and then refusing to give it any more and living in day-tight compartments. Do you know how many times I get myself all worked up and stressed out over situations that "might" happen and then never do? It happens too often and I want to put a stop to it. This year I think I've made great strides in this department (many thanks to Dale Carnegie courses) and I want to continue working on this in 2011.

I have some New Year’s resolutions for you, too! Yes, I like goal setting so much that I'm even setting goals for you! If you read my blog, I would LOVE for you to start leaving comments. Even though I’m blogging for me, as a form of self expression, and it's rewarding to me with or without comments, it’s so nice to know if/when people actually read it, too!

Did you know that you can sign up to “folllow” my blog? If you do this, you will be notified every time I write a new entry, which according to my new year's resolution should be several times a week! If you don’t want to comment or don’t feel like you have anything to say, click on one of the buttons at the bottom that says “I laughed,” “I smiled” or “I enjoyed it.” Of course, maybe you might read it and not laugh, smile or enjoy it so leave a comment and tell me you hated it (if you choose to use nicer words, I’m okay with that).

Do you have any New Year's Resolutions that you would like to share?

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Get in the kitchen and make me some: Dinner Party Chicken

This looks like a pretty darn good meal, if I do say so myself (and I do)

Dinner Party Chicken

 

Thanks to my Aunt Molly for providing me with this awesome recipe and for granting me permission to share it on my blog!

 

 

 


 

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in halves
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese (we use provolone or mozzarella)
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup (we use reduced fat)
  • 8 oz. sour cream (we use light)
  • 4 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 C. stuffing crumbs (we bought the herb seasoned stuffing)

Directions

  1. Place chicken in bottom of 9x13 baking dish. Cover with a layer of Swiss cheese slices. 
  2. Mix together cream of chicken soup and sour cream; spread mixture on top of Swiss cheese slices. 
  3. Mix together melted butter and stuffing crumbs; sprinkle moistened stuffing crumbs on top of entire dish. 
  4. Bake, covered, at 350 for 45 minutes; uncover and bake 15 minutes more. Serves 4 to 6.
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1/17/12: I just made this again tonight with the above changes (herb seasoned stuffing crushed and mozzarella cheese) and it was absolutely delicious!

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We all know I'm a believer in full self-disclosure on this blog (and in life). So I have no problem admitting to you that before even starting this recipe, when I was in the "making my shopping list" phase, I had to google "is there a difference between bread crumbs and stuffing crumbs?" In the back of my mind, I was pretty sure there was a difference but because I had a lot of bread crumbs and no stuffing crumbs, I did a google search just in case. My results were inconclusive.

Then I had a decision to make...should I text my Aunt who gave me the recipe, making myself vulnerable and acknowledging how indecisive and uneducated I am in the kitchen? Or should I just use bread crumbs because that is what I have? I decided to just go with bread crumbs for several reasons: 1. It would save me money. 2. It would save me from the embarrassment of asking. 3. No matter how the recipe turned out, it would be a good learning and growing experience for me as a young chef in the making.

After I decided to go with the bread crumbs, everything else about this recipe was very easy and pretty straightforward. I decided to go with provolone cheese instead because we use that on sandwiches too. Okay, who am I kidding. I really used it because I don't like swiss and at this point in my cooking "career," I don't cook with any ingredients I don't like. So there. :-P

The cooking of this recipe was pretty uneventful (other than the bread crumb/stuffing crumb decisions). Once I put it back in the oven uncovered, I started the twice baked potatoes (also a first time for me) and the asparagus. Pat gave the meal 5 thumbs up and a 10 out of 10! I guess it doesn't get much better than that! We will definitely be making this recipe again! Thanks again, Aunt Molly!

So now that I already made the recipe and it turned out great, I can ask the question: is there a difference between bread crumbs and stuffing crumbs?

"No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers." - Laurie Colwin

Keep the recipes coming! :)

Monday, January 03, 2011

A new year and a new career goal (maybe)

It seems like the last few years, my New Year’s resolutions have been to go back to school and figure out “what I want to be when I grow up.” Last January, I decided I wanted to go back to school to become a Speech Therapist. I enrolled in one class at Cleveland State University and although I ended up getting an A in the course, it was way too scientific for me and it wasn’t something I could see myself doing. Which in the end is good because I would have had to get both another undergraduate and master’s degree to become licensed. That would have taken many, many years and a lot of money. Not to say it wouldn’t be worth it to have a career/job that made me happy, but if I can avoid getting 2 more degrees to find that job or career, that would be ideal.

This year, my New Year’s resolution is a little different. Although I still plan to enroll in a class at CSU for the spring semester, my goal this year isn’t to completely figure out what I want to be when I grow up, but rather to continue trying. I don’t think it’s realistic to believe that by December 31, 2011, I will have determined what exactly it is that I want to do with the rest of my life. But I do plan on taking some more classes and ruling out some more options and through that process, hopefully I will be one step closer to finding the answer.

The first class I’m going to take is Cultural and Social Foundations in Counseling. I’m exploring the idea of getting my master’s degree in Educational Counseling to be a school Guidance Counselor someday. Many factors have contributed to my decision to explore this option, but the biggest and most recent factor has been my interactions with the students at the high school where I work. I’ve also developed a friendship with the Guidance Counselor and talking with her about her job really got me thinking it’s something I would enjoy doing.

When I applied for graduate school at BG, I also applied to the counseling program. It was a very last minute decision so my application was somewhat weak and the materials (essays, videos etc.) were thrown together and not my best work. I probably wasn’t very believable in the video and essay submissions because I wasn’t 100% sure it was something I could handle. I won’t say that I’m 100% sure even now that I can do counseling without bringing my work home with me and being too sensitive. However, I feel much more confident today, now that I’ve had an up close and personal look at what it would be like (and a few more years to mature), than I did 5 years ago when I was applying to grad school.

If all else fails, Pat says by the end of this maybe I will have a master’s degree named after me. The Emily Robinson master’s degree would be the degree someone receives when they have no idea what they want to do with their life so they take one class in every subject area. I guess that’s something to strive for. :)
I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday.
~Author Unknown

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Apparently, I have good blood

I'm sure we all remember that very dramatic day of November 30, 2010, when I donated blood to the American Red Cross for the very first time. I got a letter this week confirming that my blood was indeed received (thank goodness it didn't go to waste) and that I saved up to three lives. Go me!

I also received a cool little card with my name and my blood type on it. I never knew what type of blood I had! My blood is 0 Positive, which is the most popular kind of blood. And according to the Red Cross, this type of blood is highest in demand. Well, don't I feel important?

The letter that accompanied this cool little card was urging me to come back and give blood again as soon as I'm eligible, which is on January 25, 2011 (so soon?). The letter stated, and I quote:

"You really have done something amazing.

And now you personally can do something even more remarkable with just a few moments of your time. Come back, and give blood again. You see, only 30% of first-time blood donors come back to give a second time. Has anything else you've done lately made you feel this good?"

Well, I must say, it does feel good to be wanted and needed and saving lives is an awesome thing. However, I would like to address a few sentences within this letter that, given my experience giving blood, I found to be quite humorous.

First of all, I can assure you it took more than just a "few moments of my time." I'm not saying it wasn't worth it, how can you really put a time limit on saving lives? But let's call it what it is. Even if things would have gone smoothly (which they DIDN'T), it still would have taken at least twenty minutes and I feel that is more than just a few moments of my time.

After the overwhelmingly positive experience I had for my first time giving blood, I can't for the life of me figure out why "only 30% of first-time blood donors come back to give blood a second time." Who doesn't love unfriendly people who are terrible with needles stabbing you in the arm for 45 "moments of your time?" I know I do!

"Has anything else you've done lately made you feel this good?" Hmmm... no nothing. I haven't had any root canals or forks stabbed in my eyes so I guess giving blood wins!

All jokes aside, I was very happy to know that my blood was received and that I did save lives. I was excited to find out my blood type (I have no idea why that excites me but you just never know when you might need that important piece of information) and I did enjoy reading about some of the people whose lives have been saved by blood donations. That being said, I'm still not sure if I will ever donate again. But I will carry my donation card in my wallet just in case....

Thanks for everything 2010!

As 2010 comes to a close and my step-dad Mark is back in the hospital, I can't help but reflect on what a roller coaster this last year has been.

In 2010, I got to see so many of my friends get married and start their futures together. I was also there to watch a friend bury her husband before their one-year wedding anniversary. I was lucky enough to celebrate my one year anniversary with my husband and best friend. A best friend got engaged while other friends are still waiting to meet that Mr. or Mrs. Right.

I've watched people I love and care about fight for their life against the awful wrath of cancer. I've received birth announcements and pregnancy announcements of friends and family. I've watched people I love and care about struggle to start families.

I started a new job filled with new challenges, new learning opportunities and new friends and coworkers. I've watched family and friends struggle through jobs that don't make them happy. I watched a family member lose a job and luckily, quickly find another one.

I had the opportunity to travel to Boston, Memphis and Nashville with my husband while my friend's were separated from their husbands because of military deployments or working out of state.

I have learned so much over the last year about myself and about life. I knew how unpredictable and unfair life can be but experiencing so much happiness and sadness so close together in one year, really challenged me to take control of my emotions. I had to learn to let myself feel the pain and sadness that came with cancer re-occurrences, deaths and hardships and also allow myself to rise again and feel the joy and happiness of weddings, engagements, babies and time with family and friends.

I never knew how to take control of my thoughts and emotions and this year forced me to start learning. I'm truly enjoying getting older and continuing to learn more about myself. Learning how to better handle stress, take control of my anxiety and become a more relaxed person are all things I believed were out of my control but this year taught me if there is anyone who can control how I respond to this roller coaster we call life, it's me.

This year has taught me that life will also be a roller coaster. There will always be a mix of positive and negative situations, emotions and experiences. It's out of my control. I can only control how I respond to what life throws at me.

This year has taught me how very blessed I am and to be thankful every day for all that I have.

Oh, and how can I forget what a big blogging year this has been for me! In 2010, I have published 73 entries in my blog. From 2005 to 2009, I only published 77 entries! Yes, only 77 entries over a four-year span! I'd say I've come along way and would like to blog even MORE in 2011! I really enjoy doing it, it's a great outlet for me to express myself and I hope it provides some entertainment for the two people who actually read it.

My top ten favorite blog entries for 2010 (if I do say so myself) were:

Are you there blog its me emily
A couple that assembles furniture together stays together
Oops i crapped my crate
My dog ate your wedding invitation
Football widow
Woman versus wild
My porcelain revelation
Throw your hands in air
The sweater
No one likes sour jugs

Did you have any favorite blog entries? Did you like any of them? Did you read any of them? Do you even like me? Just kidding.

Happy New Year to you and here's hoping you continue following along for the journey as I take on 2011!