Top Ten Posts of 2009

You guys. It’s the last day of December. Meaning the year, nay the decade is coming to a close. You know what that means.

A TOP TEN LIST OF THE MOST POPULAR BLOG POSTS FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR!!!

(crowd cheering noise)

So here it is, a chance to look back and reflect on what a weirdo I am all of my most popular opinions and ponderings from 2009. And if you don’t like them, well, YOU guys looked at them, so don’t blame me.

Enjoy, and stay safe!

10. Secrets sometimes make friends

9. War of the Worlds

8. Till death do us part

7. Breaking 100

6. The wonderful, awesome, fantastic, very good day

5. Luck be a lady

4. My dad joined Facebook yesterday

3. Gold medal for overachieving

2. When tube socks go bad

1. Wedding Fever

P.S. I want to thank everyone who takes the time to read this. Most of the time I’m not even sure I’m being coherent, so it means a lot that there are actually regular readers. Seriously. You guys rule.

xo, jlb

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Steal my heart, why dontcha?

“If I were going to steal something, I would steal something big. Like a diamond!”

~K

Yesterday I had dinner with my dear friend Kristi. She had to work late, so I killed time by stopping at the new Gap that opened near my work. I bought two shirts and a pair of super soft gloves on sale.

Then I still had time to kill, so I went to a Starbucks near the restaurant we were meeting at. When Kristi called that she had arrived, I scooted out to meet her.

Less than ten minutes later, I realized I had forgotten the Gap bag in Starbucks. I raced back, only to find it wasn’t there. (Shocker.) But a patron told me that someone had already turned it in at the counter. Thrilled beyond relief at the honesty, I thanked him, and went up to get the bag.

After they searched for about five minutes, someone found it. I thanked them profusely. As I was about to leave, it occured to me to look inside. One of the shirts, the gloves, and the receipt were missing. Leaving me with one shirt, which I had bought for someone else.

Which begs the obvious question: REALLY?!?

My Boyfriend > Yours

I don’t like to brag (much), but I have to just a little bit.

I was having a decent day, but everything was made about a million times brighter when these were delivered to my desk:

As my loyal readers know, the boyfriend and I recently celebrated our six month anniversary, but we had to do so because he’s in Canada (until SUNDAY!). Yesterday was the actual day, and today I got these. AND chocolate. The guy knows me.

So anyway, now I’m that girl giddily grinning to herself at her desk. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

In the Elevator

“Do I have icing anywhere on my face?”

~Woman I do not know, without any kind of preface, before stepping off the elevator in my office building.

I like to imagine that she was on her way to a job interview on the 4th floor, got really nervous on the way down Broadway, and scarfed a cupcake to calm her nerves. Just before the elevator doors opened, it hit her that maybe she should have used a napkin.

New Year’s Sum-uppance, Vol. 2

Well, I can’t explain it, but for some reason the Internet in my apartment isn’t working. Which means, as some of you (maybe…probably not…if you have not other lives) noticed, I was unable to post a “WOO THIS BLOG HAS BEEN ALIVE FOR A YEAR!!!!!” post on the 24th. Le sigh

Well, what’s done is done. We’ll all just have a mini (albeit belated) celebration in our minds. Ready? Go! (wooooo!)

Ok, now that THAT is taken care of, I’ve decided to continue a tradition I started last year, what I like to refer to as my SECOND ANNUAL New Year’s Sum-uppance. Reading through last year’s post, I cringe a little bit, but I think that’s the point of looking back. Anyways, here’s the latest version:

Age: 22

Location: New York City

Status: In a relationship…eek.

Occupation: Editorial and Community assistant for TheKnot.com

Favorite food: Yep, still sushi. Or seafood in general.

Music I like right now: The bands are mostly the same too, but my favorite is Snow Patrol.

TV shows I watch: The Office, Community, Modern Family, What Not To Wear

Favorite colors: green, turquoise, and yellow

Book I’m reading: I’m in the middle of this book called Rupert: A Confession, but I kind of hate it. Open to suggestions!

Favorite magazine: Besides The Knot, of course, Wired, Self, Women’s Health, and GQ.

Goals for next year: Rock at my job, save money, visit people more (may conflict with previous goal), lose 15 pounds (a girl can dream).

Overall opinion of my life: The past year was probably my best. Here’s hoping I can say the same thing in my THIRD ANNUAL New Year’s Sum-uppance.

SO that’s it! Me in a nutshell. Hope everyone is staying safe and warm!

A New Resolve

My roommate Emma recently asked me if I was making any New Year’s Resolutions. (Yes, I think that deserves to be capped.) I kind of panicked and just said “no,” an answer she was clearly disappointed with. I was too.

It’s not that I don’t want to make any resolutions, it’s just that I don’t like the idea of deciding to work on ONE thing for an ENTIRE year. I mean, come on. That’s just asking to get bored and give up. Or just looking for an excuse to be lazy. As my more loyal readers know, I’m more about making monthly resolutions. Every month.I’m serious.

During December, I actually finished all of my November goals. (Side note: Check out the newly updated website at http://justinelorelleblanchard.com!) December Fitness Month! has been slower going due to…well, laziness.

The point is, I am willing to make New Month of January Resolutions. (Also capped.) Here’s what I’ve got so far:

1. Work out at least four times a week. As in get all sweaty. But I would also like to do SOMETHING physical every day, even if it’s just doing a yoga video or going ice skating or for a walk. I feel like I can commit to that.

2. Speaking up more. When I’m mad about something, I tend to just get quiet and sullen. (Ask the boyfriend.) So I’m resolving to try to stop doing that and to instead just say when something is bothering me. (You asked for it! …kidding…kind of.)

Ok, so that’s all I have so far. See, this is why I can’t commit to a year, I know things will come up that I need to work on, and it probably won’t take until next December for it to happen.

Lord knows I always have plenty of things to improve on.