Archive | December, 2012

Goodbye 2012!

28 Dec

vintage_new_yearAh, the end is near! Just a few more hours of work, a few more days of skiing, a few more resolutions to accomplish before this year is OVER! 2012 was momentous year! …Well, sort of…A thrilling twelve months!…Eh, not really…An exhilarating display of excitement! …Um, not exactly….OK. 2012 was a pretty average year. Nothing really exciting happened, but nothing too earth-shattering either. It was just a year of settling into day-to-day average life–a steady job, a steady living situation, a steady brain–I finally turned down the dial on the crazy-meter and became a normal person again! Wahoo!

There’s nothing wrong with being normal, and it’s nice to finally feel like my ducks are in a row. Everyone seems to have noticed the wave of sanity and clear-headedness that’s taken over since my move to the city, and I feel so much happier and more confident than I did just a year before! However, it’s in my nature to want things to be happening all the time! Especially now that some of the larger obstacles in life have been left in the dust, I feel like it’s time to mix things up. But where to start? Yes. HOBBIES!

My attempts at hobbies this year led to a failed attempt at joining a show choir, a cello gathering dust in my closet,  and many hours spent contemplating joining a co-ed soccer team before reminding myself how bad I am at sports. But I was still getting into the groove of working and city life, and trying to figure out what I liked to do after my old hobbies of crying, complaining about commuting, and crying some more proved to be unnecessary. Now that that’s behind me, I’m ready to wipe that slate clean and start participating in things that will make me cool. Already, I’ve joined a book club, have an audition for an a cappella group, signed up for a monthly craft night, and scheduled a cello lesson. O…none of these things are cool? Well, at least 2013 will be filled with un-cool hobbies, instead of no hobbies at all! I am pumped! Happy New Year everyone!

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A Few Thoughts

18 Dec

I was originally planning on writing this post as a sort of “year in review,” but after the events of the last few days, it’s hard to think, and want to write, about anything else. It seems silly to reflect and gripe over the events of a rather ordinary year, when the lives of twenty-six extraordinary people and their families have been changed so abruptly and senselessly. Seeing the faces of the beautiful and innocent children whose lives were cut so heart-breakingly short is a stark reminder that we should all be living everyday to the fullest, something that so easily slips through the cracks in the day-to-day business of life.

I was home this weekend with my family, and it was hard to get into the spirit of the holidays when it seemed like the entire country was in mourning. But when all was said and done, it was comforting to decorate the Christmas tree, sing carols, and spend time with the people I love. It saddens me to think that the times we most appreciate our blessings are when they’re tested.

Of course, we can’t live life that way, jolted into an awareness of what we have and then shamed by the realization that we rarely recognize it. If there is anything positive to come out of such a tragedy, it’s to know how lucky we are and then to act that way.

The Greatest Gift

11 Dec

2uw-radio-station-vintage-christmas-tree-decoratingIt’s that time of year again… CHRISTMAS CUBE DECORATING TIME.

I AM EXCITED.

This will be year two of the now infamous cube decorating contest, and everyone is bringing their A-game. After last year’s smashing success of my “Peppermint Pavilion,” where I won awards and acclaim for my artistry and creativity…O WAIT. I DIDN’T WIN ANYTHING. I WAS NEITHER AWARDED NOR ACCLAIMED. I put a lot of effort into that masterpiece, and spent an entire week wearing the same red-and-white striped blouse because they kept moving the judging time! And then to have my glory ripped away from me like a tattered shred of peppermint-printed paper…it still stings!

If you couldn’t already tell, I’m a pretty competitive person, and have been looking at last year’s experience with a critical eye. I think my over-zealous nature was a real hindrance last year, because by the time I was done, people were just starting! So this year, I’m holding my cards close to the chest! I’ve been laboring away at cranking out my decorative elements in the darkness of the night and will start constructing when curiosity is at its peak! I’m also adding lights, because that was apparently the only criteria that upstaged STREAMERS TWISTED FROM THE CEILING IN A VISUALLY PLEASING WAY.

Needless to say, IT’S ON. And to the people who stole the “Most Traditional Christmas” title away from me….YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE. And actually, one of them doesn’t even work here anymore, so that’s one less obstacle towards redemption!

Mirror, Mirror

7 Dec

vintage-photo-of-woman-applying-makeup-240bes102710I have officially changed lives! Ah, such modesty…but the dinner I attended the other night was great! I was a little apprehensive both to give advice and sit at the table I was assigned to–a few reporters from the New York Times and a 60 Minutes producer were within arms reach! Fortunately I resisted fawning too shamelessly, and as much as I wanted to, did not ask the New York Times reporters how it felt to even walk into that building everyday and breathe air filled with excellent journalism! So all in all, I kept myself under control!

That’s the thing though: here I was, admiring my colleagues and fantasizing about what it would be like to have their careers, when all around me were students thinking the same thing about me! It was pretty illuminating on a personal level to see myself in these students, and then to recognize how much I’ve grown and the confidence I’ve gained since graduating. It was such a relief to know that I would never again feel so lost and terrified by the unknown. Of course, not every student was as over-dramatic as me, but the general consensus of really really wanting to be successful and not really knowing how/if/when it would be happening was something I could certainly relate to!

So all-in-all, it was a really cool night. Of course, not everything could go so smoothly, and I ended up choking on a forkful of Basmati rice right in the middle of reassuring a student that jobs do exist and she wouldn’t have to work at a Forever 21 for the rest of her life. It got pretty emotional–she thought I was crying, I thought I was dying…you know, just the usual dinnertime conundrum. But with a sharp rap on the back from her and some career advice from me, things ended pretty well and we formed an unbreakable bond! Whatever it takes to make a difference, right?!

The Tables Have Turned

4 Dec

untitledLast month, I was invited to be a mentor at my alma mater, and tonight is the dinner where I get paired up with my little minion! I’m not really sure what to expect out of it; considering I’ve only been out of school for a few years, it seems weird to think of myself capable of offering advice, especially when I think of how, ahem, gracefully I handled my own post-grad life! That doesn’t mean I’m not eager to share my pearls of wisdom with impressionable college students though! And I’m actually wearing pearls today! A perfect start, wouldn’t you say?

Listen, I know how lucky I am for everything that’s come my way–my great job in the field I studied, an apartment in a location that isn’t New Jersey, among other things–and it is pretty flattering to have other people think so too! It’s also funny to see how a year of relative stability has mellowed me out. If I had been asked to do this last year, my advice would’ve gone something like this: “Well, life after college is certainly interesting….DO NOT LIVE AT HOME WHATEVER YOU DO. DO NOT LIVE THREE HOURS AWAY FROM YOUR WORKPLACE. Can I ask you for some advice? Do you think I’m ever going to get hired full time? Do you think I should start looking for another job? Would you mind if I started crying right now, because I haven’t cried in a few hours and I just have to let it out.”

Fortunately, things won’t be happening that way this evening. Hopefully I can share my post-grad experience in a more eloquent manner than I would’ve last year and actually help someone out, while enjoying a lovely meal in the building I toiled away in endlessly just a few years ago! Full circle people! Also, God help my mentee…