This past weekend, Michael and Justin were on their way to Italy and decided to spend a couple days here in New York City beforehand.
In the 8+ years I’ve known them, I’ve only ever seen them when I’d been to Orlando, never had they been here. It was bizarre to see them in my environment for a change, and I felt so much pressure to show them all that NYC has to offer in the short weekend they would be here. Justin had been before (about a decade ago), but this was Michael’s first visit, and I felt the pressure to make sure they saw everything.
And I think I got a little overly ambitious with my itinerary. Yes, I crossed off almost all of the must-see sights and their wish list of things to see. But at what cost?
After the trip, my curiosity got the better of me and I mapped out everywhere that we walked (yes, walked), and it turns out we walked over twenty miles (not counting the additional miles we walked within the museums and other spots we visited) within the span of their 54 hours here.
So yes, we saw a lot. And yes, they’ll probably never speak to me again unless it’s to give me their podiatry bills. But it reminded me of how diverse and fantastic my city is, and I loved being able to show it off to such dear friends.
And I can’t wait until they come back again so I can show them twenty more miles of the best city on the planet!
You might as well rename me Ronald, after my father, because I too have become a deadbeat dad. It seems I have completely abandoned you for a couple of months with no warning or explanation.
But unlike Ronald, I’m here now. Asking you to forgive me. I don’t have much in the way of a peace offering; just my humble wish that you will not hold a grudge.
If you need material goods in order to forgive me, then I suppose I can offer up this video I have.
Ya see, two weeks ago I went on a little trip to Toronto for a long weekend of fun and visiting a country I had never been to before.
I ended up participating in something a little out of the ordinary that also ended up being a little bit of a stretch as far as my comfort level goes. But if we don’t test ourselves and push our boundaries every now and then, we never see just how much we’re capable of, now do we? And it also ended up being a pretty incredible experience unlike anything I’d ever done before.
Come along with my friend Paul (there was no way I was going to do this thing alone!) and me as we take Toronto tourism to new heights!
Guess who spent more money than he should have on technology he didn’t really need?
If you guessed me, then you either know me quite well, or we’re smart enough to assume that since this is my blog, then of course it was me.
I finally took the plunge this past week and jumped into the world of iPads. I had resisted them for the past two years because, well, I didn’t need one. I had an iPhone and MacBook Pro. I didn’t need a larger version of the phone or a smaller version of the laptop. But after two years of coveting one anyway, I finally decided to just go ahead and get one. And since I tend to overdo things, I also just coupled it with an Apple TV and got one of those too.
Didn’t need either. Own both.
Point me to the Ramen Noodles because it’s all I’m going to be eating for the next six months.
There’s now more Apples in this house than in a damn orchard.
iPhone – Jonas
iPad – Tabitha
Apple TV – Wayne
MacBook Pro – Liam
What?! You don’t name your tech toys? Whatever.
Like a proud new daddy, I’m now gonna force you to look at pictures of my new little babies. Whether you want to or not.
Didja know I’m a Vegan Travel Correspondent now? Fancy, huh!
My friend Erin, host of Red Radio, has made me her regular contributor in the field of vegan travel. I’m gonna be talking about the places the eat, shop, and visit in various cities/locations around the country/world on her show from time to time.
Does this make me one step closer to actually and finally becoming the gay Samantha Brown?
I normally try to keep my work-life completely separate from my online presence, but I’m making a small exception today. Some staff at my job got together and made this video, and it went live today. Click on the screenshot to check it out!
And yes, I’m TOTES excited that I got the Ann B Davis square in the thumbnail image!
I’ve apparently lost every original bone in my body, so I’m jumping on the bandwagon of doing a year-end list. Specifically, a list of the songs that, according to my iTunes play count tallies, were my favorite songs of 2011.
I’m quite aware of the flaw in such a list. Albums that came out in January simply had eleven more months of potential playtime than albums released in December, and I don’t know any way around that issue, so unfortunately, the list could be skewed and far from accurate. In order to throw a bit of a twist in the game and keep it from becoming redundant, I decided that each artist could only appear on the list once. So, any multiple times they appear are disregarded and the next song replaces them.
Get ready to jam!
#10. I Forgive You by Kelly Clarkson
I’m super duper excited to be seeing her in concert in a few weeks and totally looking forward to this song!
#9. Run the World (Girls) by Beyonce
When she first performed this and her choreography was synced to the projections, my mind was blown.
#8. My Dilemma by Selena Gomez and the Scene
I don’t care if it makes me a tween, I adore Selena Gomez and her music is pure fun.
#7. Lightweight by Demi Lovato
I’m a sucker for a simple little melody with an emotional punch.
#6. Till the World Ends by Britney Spears
Maybe it was our almost-rapture earlier this year or the great dance beat, but this song was played a lot.
#5. What the Hell by Avril Lavigne
What can I say? I have a thing for badass Canadians.
#4. Americano by Lady Gaga
I’m actually kind of shocked that this was the track from her album that has the most plays. The more popular ones are certainly very close behind, but this is the one that came out on top.
#3. Best Mistake by Same Difference
I am THRILLED that this group cracked the top ten and actually made it into the top three. They are a brother/sister group from a former season of the UK X Factor. If you can get passed the potentially creepy aspect of a brother and sister singing the occasional love song, their music really is quite entertaining! Plus, the brother is super adorable. This is unfortunately the only video I could find of the song on YouTube. It’s only a couple minute sampler to get you hooked.
#2. Nobody’s Perfect by Jessie J
I’m not sure why she isn’t more popular than she currently is. Perhaps it’s the bizarre wardrobe and appearance, but her voice is enough to keep me hooked.
#1. Someone Like You by Adele
I don’t think there’s any shock that she landed in the top spot on someone’s music countdown. Her album was arguably the best album of the year, and this song is so perfect in every single way.
So that’s it! My top ten songs of 2011. If there’s one thing that’s just become blatantly clear, it’s that I listen to far many chicks and not enough dudes.