My Faithful Readers, I need your help.
I’m looking to enter Honey in the annual “Cutest Pet Contest” at the Gifford Cat Shelter – the same place where we adopted Honey – but I’m not sure which photo to use, so I’ve decided to go the crowdsourcing route.
I’ve gone through my (vast) archives and selected what I consider to be her sixteen best photos and put them all in one Facebook photo album. This is where all y’all come into the picture. In order to help me select which photo to enter into the contest, I’m going to base it on your input.
I need you to do two small things for me:
1) Go to the Facebook photo album.
2) “Like” the photos you dig the most.
I’ll enter the photo with the most “likes” into the contest and – undoubtedly – dominate the whole thing.
The contest runs for the month of February, so I’m already burning valuable voting time, so I’ll take whichever photo is the leader by the end of the day Friday, February 7, and enter that one into the contest.
Help me decide, y’all!!
My Faithful Readers, I have failed you.
I intended to do some sort of countdown to my 30th birthday, playing off the “Five Good Years” post I wrote back in 2008. I also intended to post something on my birthday regaling you all with stories of what I’ve learned in my 30 years on this earth. I even intended to really get this blog up and running again with regular postings.
Clearly, none of those things happened.
Despite my best intentions, I’ve done a pretty crappy job of making writing the priority it deserves to be in my life over the last year and change. I’m hoping to right the ship in 2014, but that will likely prove easier said than done.
In the meantime—in lieu of any real writing—I’ve compiled a list of 30(ish) random facts about me now that I’m 30.
Full disclosure, I started writing this list over Thanksgiving weekend. Naturally, some of the things are a bit dated. Some were written after a few beers. Some were written when I was angry or sad or whatever. It may read a bit disjointed, but I think that pretty accurately describes where I’ve been at for a while now, so here it be in all of its random, rambling glory:
I am pretty much the worst video gamer in the world. I really like the idea of being a gamer, but I generally get distracted or busy with something else and only end up playing video games maybe half-a-dozen times or so a year. When I do play – especially if it’s a sports game – I spend hours manually updating all of the rosters before I ever actually play the game at all. Tangentially-related, I just recently finished the first season of my franchise on Madden ’04. It’s taken me roughly a decade to complete one season and the playoffs, but I won the Super Bowl. So there’s that.
I like my cat more than I like 91+% of the people in my life.
I legitimately contemplate the merits of quitting my job at least once a week, every week. Not because I don’t like my job, but because of the time and energy I put into it and the fear that I’ll end up doing it for the next forty years, only to regret not trying something I loved in lieu of something that I liked and happened to be good at instead.
I like deer jerky more than I like beef jerky. I think bacon jerky tastes like death; wet, soggy, dirty-sock-water-flavored death. Yep.
In addition to Minnesota State University, Iowa State University, and the University of Northern Iowa; I also applied to New York University as a senior in high school. This was when I still had high hopes of being some sort of writer or – quite briefly – a comedic actor and I assumed that living in New York would pretty much ensure my success. Also, I really liked Friends and wanted that kind of life (read: making out with Jennifer Aniston in between cups of coffee and never, EVER going to work…also, rent control!) and everyone knows that kind of life is automatically bestowed upon anyone who packs up and moves to New York City.
I ultimately ended up at Minnesota State where I earned a relatively unused degree in journalism (note: it’s still in mint condition, I’ll sell it to you for half the original price) and some minors in creative writing and communications.
I once asked my parents for “a little sister” as a Christmas present. In hindsight, that was a pretty ludicrous request. I believe I got a calculator and some white tube socks instead. This was a solid response on their part.
I’m not crazy tall or anything, but I am tall. As a result, I’d say I bash my head on something (ie: low doorway, low-hanging lights, droopy tree branches, etc.) at least three times a week. I’m basically a walking PSA for concussion awareness.
I once paid for a single Laffy Taffy with a credit card at a gas station.
I am more broke now – as a “legitimate professional” – than I was at any point in college or while working as support staff for the better part of the last decade. I am absolutely mystified by this phenomenon. The internet implies that this is probably Barack Obama’s fault.
I have never made it through Ken Burns’ documentary “Baseball” without crying at least a little bit. Not once. I’ve seen the series a bunch of times now and it always seems to vary when I’ll breakdown, but it’s guaranteed to happen.
I once ate five McRibs in one sitting. I felt tingly for hours afterward. Oddly enough, it was the same way I felt tingly when I was gobbling Vicodin every four hours after my lung surgery back in college.
I am still secretly holding out hope that some network will swoop in and save Happy Endings from cancellation. I hold this hope despite the fact that the show has been off the air for the better part of a year and most of the cast and crew have moved on to new jobs.
I keep a baseball on my desk at home and at work. It’s like a stress ball, but without the squish-factor.
I owned a Furby as a kid. It died within roughly a week. We sent it in for a replacement, but it was never the same. I think they have souls and I never really connected with the replacement Furby in the same way that I did the original. This saddens me.
I always want to be a better version of me. I will never be the version of me that I want to be. This also saddens me.
I’ve noticed that ever since we moved into our new apartment and put the litter box in the bathroom – as required in our lease – Honey and I seem to be on the same potty schedule. There’s been a lot of uncomfortable mid-poo eye contact.
I am a horrendous public speaker. When I was young, I won awards and a scholarship based on my public speaking skills. I’m not sure what the hell happened to me. I blame rock-n-roll music and violent video games.
I think I disappointed a lot of athletic coaches growing up. They’d often say “you’re going to be a monster when you fill out” and I get that. I’ve got a big frame and with some legit muscle, I’d be a pretty big dude. The problem is, I’m now 30 and still have the body of an anorexic 13-year-old Swedish ice dancer. I think I’m as “filled out” as I’m ever gonna get. My apologies to every coach ever.
I’ve never been a fan of caramel corn. Also, I pronounce it car-mul not care-uh-mul. Now you know.
I obsess over the number of Twitter followers I have, this despite the fact that asinine ramblings like these are all I provide, thus severely limiting any potential for building a large audience.
I often think that if I’d been more focused or tried just a little bit harder at the whole baseball writing thing, I could be Aaron Gleeman right now. (Blogger’s Note: Gleeman writes plenty of great, thoughtful non-baseball stuff too. Read it or you’re a square…people are still worried about being squares, right?!)
I care way more about people thinking that I’m funny than I do about people thinking I’m smart.
I’ve got an odd OCD(ish) affliction when it comes to toilets. I’d tell you more, but I’m busy scrubbing bleach on our toilet with a toothbrush right now.
I want to win the lottery very, very badly…but I have literally no idea what I’d do with that kind of financial freedom. Pay off student loans, buy a nice house, maybe get a few new ties, upgrade Honey to a fancier clumping litter, and start turning up the heat in the winter like a total boss?! Beyond that, I really don’t know. Maybe try to get Happy Endings back on the air…is that a thing you can do with loads of cash?!
I wanted very, very badly to get two cats instead of just one when we adopted Honey. I wanted to do this for two reasons: 1) so that a single cat wouldn’t be lonely while Grace and I were at work or out enjoying our bubbling social lives and 2) so that I could name them Turk and JD.
I don’t like leftovers. There is no legitimate reason for it, but I think it stems from when I was a kid and my family was pretty strapped for cash. Leftovers were mandatory, not an “if you’re feeling lazy” kind of option. I think subconsciously, I prefer not to think of things that way so I opt for new food whenever possible to avoid any lingering “we wuz poor folks” kinda feelings. I’m making it a point to eat more old and decomposing food leftovers in 2014.
I am completely obsessed with animated GIFs. I assume it’s because I’m turning into more and more of an online presence than I am a real human as I age and I find they are a palatable way to emote.
I’ve never beaten a single level of any “Grand Theft Auto” game. In fact, I don’t know if I’ve ever even tried. I generally just run around stealing cars, getting in gang fights, and avoiding the police. I assume this is because it’s as close as I’ll ever get to being a bad-ass in real life.
I use the same password for everything. It is “b00g3rbutt2002.”
I lie about my passwords to the internet.
I have over 500 Christmas cards. I buy them almost every year after the holidays when they’re on sale and I think to myself, “…next year I’m gonna be all over this. I’ll send out cards to everyone! I’ll get ‘em out over Thanksgiving weekend and it’ll be fantastic!!” Inevitably, I spend Thanksgiving weekend watching football, drinking beer, and giggling at cat videos online. I then realize that it’s December 22nd and I haven’t even thought about the cards since I purchased them and it’s too late to send ‘em. This has happened to me every year for the last half-decade.
I currently have 14 beers in my fridge and 14 Starbucks Doubleshots in my fridge. I’m oddly tempted to alternate them one after another until they’re all gone, just to see what would happen. Although I fear that experiments like that are how supervillains are created.
I’ve had a recurring dream for nearly two years now in which Honey is the size of a full-grown lion and she allows me to ride her around town in lieu of taking public transportation. In real life, there would be zero survivors if Honey were lion-sized. None. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Dead. Every last one of us. She can be quite cantankerous.
I’m probably going to outlive a lot of people who are way healthier than I am and I believe it’ll piss them off something fierce. If they choose to haunt me after their untimely passing while I’m gorging on cheeseburgers and churros, I’ll be miffed, but I’ll totally understand where they’re coming from.
I have watched the “PowerThirst” video on YouTube roughly 32,000 times since 2007. I don’t believe this is an exaggeration.
I am somewhat ashamed to admit that for nearly a year, I thought that “burning CDs” legitimately meant that people were burning CDs, like, putting a CD in a fire. I have no idea why I thought this, but I did. I was absolutely flabbergasted that people would pay $15-20 for a CD and then turn around and set the sucker on fire. It’s possible that I do not understand context clues. There may be a link between this and the “banging my head all the goddamn time” factoid from earlier in this post.
I once made parmesan-crusted chicken breasts and pasta for a romantic dinner Grace and I were having in college. The very next day, I burned the noodles for Mac and Cheese…twice. I am a cooking enigma.
I had my first legitimate celebrity crush on Leah Remini after she played “Stacey Carosi” on Saved by the Bell during the gang’s summer at the beach. I typed a lengthy letter professing my undying love on an old typewriter in hopes that it would win her over and we could would live happily ever after. I threw it away after I realized her address wasn’t in the phone book. Granted, I was looking for Stacey Carosi and not Leah Remini…not that either name figured to show up in the O’Brien County, Iowa yellow pages.
I believe my greatest fear is failure, more specifically, public failure. Or maybe squishy toilet seats…or wind chimes…or maybe hornets…or really all flying things; especially birds. Yeah, fuck birds.
I still have a second-generation iPod shuffle that was brand-spanking new in 2006. It holds all of my Taylor Swift and Glee cover songs with aplomb.
I have, on occasion, wondered what my life would be like if I hadn’t made the decision to move to Boston with Grace in 2006. The fine folks at Formal Sweatpants have been kind enough to answer that question for me with this comic strip:
The calendar just rolled over to a new year and that means it is once again time for my annual tradition of recapping my reading list from the previous year.
This is the fifth year in a row that I’ve done this and I’m ashamed to say that this is far and away the least impressive year of reading that I’ve had since I started tracking my yearly reads.
Despite setting a lofty goal of 25 books for 2013, I only managed to finish nine books.
Blogger’s Note: I am, like, 40 pages from finishing a book right now, but a New Year’s Eve party kept me from completing it before the end of 2013.
I started nearly twice that many books, mostly of the management variety, and only got a few chapters into them before I got too busy, a running theme from the last year and change, and they’ve sat untouched and unappreciated on my nightstand since the initial reading.
Without any further ado, here are the – *sigh* – nine books I read in 2013:
Living the Gimmick by Ben Peller
Drawing Heat the Hard Way: How Wrestling Really Works by Larry Matysik
Sloppy Seconds: The Tucker Max Leftovers by Tucker Max
Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of Twenty-First-Century Parenthood by Drew Magary
I Could Pee On This: And Other Poems by Cats by Francesco Marciuliano
The Black Belt Librarian: Real World Safety and Security by Warren Graham
I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains by Chuck Klosterman
The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin
Things I Want to Punch in the Face by Jennifer Worick
I’ve got high hopes for 2014 and getting things back on track as part of my larger goals for the year, but in the interest of not looking like a total failure come next January, I think I’ll set the bar lower this year and simply aim to average a book-a-month and finish the year with twelve total books read.
If you’re interested in following my reading progress all year long (and who isn’t?), you can add me as a friend or buddy or amigo or whatever the heck it is over at Goodreads.com.
Until next year, happy reading.
I miss writing.
I miss a lot of things actually. I miss having time for my hobbies like fantasy baseball (note: I’m about to miss the playoffs for the first time, ever), hanging with Grace, playing with Honey, keeping in contact with my friends and family, playing slow-pitch softball on a regular basis, reading non-management books, and a whole slew of other activities.
Since last September my life has been moving at hyper-speed and I haven’t really caught up to it yet.
Roughly a year ago, I interviewed for a big boy job. A couple days later I was back in the Midwest for my best friend’s wedding and I proposed to Grace. Less than a week later my Grandma was in the hospital. Days after that, I found out I’d gotten the job. That night I had a less-than-stellar falling out with someone I’d considered a pretty good friend. The next day, my Grandma died and I flew home for the funeral. Days later I started my new job. There was a lot more going on in that time period, but you get the gist, it was a pretty intense couple of weeks.
The new job has been a test of my patience, self-confidence, professionalism, and – at times – my sanity.
I’ve been busier than ever before and the bulk of it is simply the day-to-day work of managing eight different people and two libraries. On top of that is all of the committee work and other “higher level” work that needs to be done on a regular basis.
All the while, Grace and I have been working to plan our wedding, I’ve managed a couple of different slow-pitch teams, hired a new staff member, dealt with some – ahem – interpersonal issues among my colleagues, dealt with the stark reality of the Boston Marathon Bombings and the shooting at MIT (fun fact: Grace and I are part of a small group tasked with writing emergency plans for the libraries), and we found out we were basically being forced out of our apartment in Cambridge and we had to spend a couple of months scrounging for an apartment we could afford and then begin the arduous process of packing and moving.
Needless to say, it’s been busy. It’s been very, very busy.
I feel like I haven’t had any sort of legitimate downtime in the last year and that’s absolutely maddening. I miss my hobbies. I miss feeling legitimately relaxed. I miss writing.
On top of all of that, I’m down to less than 100 days until I turn 30.
In my head I had some sort of “Final 100 Days” writing challenge where I’d post something every day as my twenties came to a close. In the end, I found myself too busy to even come up with a good theme, let alone actually get down to the business of writing up any posts.
Now, don’t get me wrong, this is by no means a cry for sympathy or an excuse for why I’m suddenly very shitty at fantasy baseball, dropping my shoulder at the plate in slow-pitch, stuck in a writing drought, or basically a ghost to everyone in my life with the exception of the occasional Facebook or Twitter post that takes two seconds in between meetings.
This is just me saying that, despite all of the amazing things that have happened to me in the last year—and all of the shitty things—I’m just feeling a little lost. The last year of my 20s has been a whirlwind of both good and bad experiences and unlike much of the last decade, there’s very little to show for it.
Most of my life since college has been chronicled here on this blog. There were some obvious gaps due to basic inactivity or writer’s block or whatever, but for the most part, you can get a very good sampling of the last ten years of my life right here in black and white.
I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a kid. I wrote stupid little stories and made my own “newspapers” on an old typewriter when I was a kid. When I got to college, I went to journalism school and I got a minor in creative writing.
I’m about to turn 30 and the only writing I do in a professional capacity is documentation, performance evaluations, and emails. I don’t regret where I’m at. I don’t regret what I’ve done. I have a great job. I have a wonderful life.
I just miss writing.
I wish I’d done more to chronicle this past year. I wish I could find the time or the energy or the ambition to put my fingers to the keys on a regular basis.
Someday I’m going to look back on this blog and be incredibly happy that I have such a rich history of where I was at throughout my 20s, but I know for a fact that I’m going to be disappointed in how little there is about this past year.
I’m closing in on 30. I have a good job. I have a great life. I have nothing that warrants complaining about.
…but I’ll be damned if I don’t miss writing.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all-ages…the Pumpkin Spice Latte has been unleashed on the masses once again.
If you’re a long-time reader here at Blank Stares and Blank Pages, assuming there are any of you left after my pitiful output in the last calendar year, you know that I have a serious affinity for the pumpkin-y goodness that is the PSL.
This year, they are being super-duper sneaky and releasing it early, but only in select locations. When I got wind of this news I started scouring the Starbucks in my general vicinity and came up empty-handed time and time again.
Earlier this week, however, I noticed that the Starbucks in Harvard Square totally had the PSL early! Unfortunately, I was rushing to catch a bus that was leaving in two minutes. When given the option of paying $6 for a latte or catching a bus to avoid waiting an extra 45 minutes for the next one, I’m gonna choose the bus dang near every single time.
(Blogger’s Note: I realize I never gave any update on this to my blog peeps, but we’ve moved from Cambridge and live in Watertown now. I’ve got a real commute, thus explaining the sudden rise in importance that buses have in my life.)
Today, however, I got up early and left the house with plenty of time to spare. My bus got into Harvard with a solid 10 minutes until the next train to MIT was set to arrive so I waddled out from underground and got myself the first PSL of the season. And you know what? It was freakin’ glorious! I’m already jonesin’ for my next hit.
Cue the happy dance…
Watermelon Oreos are a thing that exists.
This is not a drill. This is real, people.
I need everyone to stand up and leave their home/office/jury panel/coffee shop immediately and go in search of these (likely awful) cookies.
I. MUST. HAVE. THEM.
Now, I know that I’ve said before that there are entirely too many types of Oreos in existence. I still stand by that statement, especially in light of the Birthday Cake Oreo experiment from last spring, but I can’t help my craving for these things. Curiosity has gotten the better of me and I refuse to fight it.
When I saw them appear on the internet a little after 5pm yesterday, I was like a man possessed. I immediately stopped what I was doing. I closed down my computer. I grabbed my things, left work, and proceeded directly to the grocery store – only to be thwarted by their lack of availability.
That’s where y’all come in.
I don’t just want Watermelon Oreos, I NEED Watermelon Oreos and I needed ‘em yesterday!
Go forth and find Oreos, My Faithful Readers. My taste buds are counting on you!
We’ve been apartment hunting for about a month now.
In that time Grace has been spending pretty much every waking moment of free-time scouring the cesspool that is Craigslist in search of an apartment.
I’d be low-balling it if I said that she’s found 90% of the places we’ve had interest in; seriously, she’s been an apartment hunting machine. I’ve emailed a handful of people and charmed my way onto a waiting list. That’s it. This is basically a one-woman show.
At this point we’ve done a butt-load of apartment tours and found some great places and some…uh…not so great places.
I think the stress of it all is finally starting to get to us.
This evening, out of nowhere, Grace decided to expound on the situation, completely out of nowhere:
Grace:: “I assume this is what online dating is like.”
Grace: “You know, you see an amazing profile and you get your hopes up. And then BOOM, just like that, you get your hopes and dreams crushed.”
Grace: “…Or you go for a tour (aka: the first date) and the ad was a lie and the person is 20 pounds heavier than they said, but, it’s like a shitty apartment instead of a fat person.”
I’m marrying this woman.
This pleases me.
It’s Commencement day once again here at the library and as is the case every year, we’re hosting a super fancy luncheon for the biggest of the big wigs on campus.
As such, the library is closed for the day.
Naturally, this impacts our users in a big way, but they all handle it differently. Some people get really pissed off. Some people are very understanding. Some get to learn something new about campus…and curse like a sailor.
The latter is what I experienced about ten minutes ago when a dude started knocking and tugging on the locked door, the one with the “Library Closed” sign on it. Normally this is one of my biggest pet peeves, but it is Commencement, so I let it slide.
Anyway, here’s how it went down…
Cap’n Charisma: “Sorry, we’re closed…”
Cool Dude: “Oh really…well, I need to use the library.”
Cap’n Charisma: “What is it you need?”
Cool Dude: “Just the library. I need to study.”
Cap’n Charisma: “Okay, well you can do that at any of the other libraries on campus.”
I quickly scrambled to grab our map of the other MIT Libraries to get him pointed in the right direction. When I went to hand it to him and show him the other locations; he had a look on his face that can only be defined as “stunned.”
Cool Dude: “There…there are other libraries?”
Cap’n Charisma: “Oh yeah. Four of ’em to be exact.”
His reaction was probably a bit much for having learned about the existence of additional libraries. You’d think that he’d just learned he was adopted or that Darth Vader was his real father. Either way, his eyes got huge and he just seemed completely in shock by this seemingly innocuous bit of knowledge.
Cool Dude: “…for real?! I’ve been here three years and didn’t know there were any other libraries. I thought it was just Barker.”
Cap’n Charisma: “Nope, we’re one of many.”
Cool Dude: “…yeah, but this one’s the best.”
Cap’n Charisma: “That’s nice of you to say, but it seems a bit presumptuous if you haven’t seen any of the others.”
Cool Dude: “They can’t beat Barker, I mean, it’s got a fucking dome!”
…and then he grabbed the map and moseyed off to try out one of the other dome-less libraries.
I’ve had patrons curse at me before, but this experience was far and away my favorite of the bunch.
I’m going to miss Jim and Pam.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ll miss The Office as a whole, but I’m really going to miss Jim and Pam.
I spent a sizable portion of my 20s associating with a fictional television character. While I don’t assume that’s all that odd, I do think that it leaves a bit of a hole in a person when that character goes off to the big TV studio in the sky.
After nine seasons, the American version of The Office came to its inevitable conclusion this evening.
As is often the case when a long-running series ends, the show was given a proper goodbye with a retrospective and an extra-lengthy episode to tie up all of the loose ends.
Most sitcoms end on a happy note—simply to leave a good taste in the mouth of the viewing audience—and The Office was no exception.
We saw the nuptials of Dwight and Angela, the redemption of Andy, the return of Michael Scott, the seemingly inevitable union of Kelly and Ryan, the reunion of Erin with her birth parents, Nelly finally getting her baby, a beautiful display of true, unadulterated affection between all of the Dunder Mifflin co-workers, and we saw Pam make a big, selfless gesture for Jim in attempt to pay him back for years of grand gestures (and tiny looks) that won her heart time and time again.
As much as I might wax poetic about The Office, I’m not going to pretend the show wasn’t running on fumes for years. The end of Michael Scott’s reign of terror should have been the end of the show. In fact, even if it had ended then, it might have felt as though the show went on too long.
The thing is, everyone kept watching. No matter how unwatchable the show became, people couldn’t stop watching. The Office, for all of its faults, still resounded with people. It was still very, very real.
We’ve all had (or been) a horrible boss. We’ve all had (or been) an awkward co-worker. We’ve all had (or been involved in) an office romance. We’ve all had (or been) co-workers that became best friends without anyone even realizing it.
I said it at the beginning and I’ll say it again, I’ve long associated with the fictional character of Jim Halpert.
As far as we—the viewer—can tell, Jim is a swell guy who happens to be pretty good at this job, but is simply bored with it and going through the motions (also he is tall and has some wonky hair and over-exaggerated facial reactions).
This character bio could describe a very large part of my life. Much of my twenties were spent at a job where, although I was good at it, I was pretty bored. I didn’t have a Dwight to prank, but I made my own fun and never took things too seriously.
What I never had in the workplace, was a Pam.
That’s because I was lucky enough to meet my Pam on the very first day of college. I didn’t have to fight off a Roy or endure an awkward move wherein we were in different branches and—unfortunately—at no point was Rashida Jones a factor in our lives.
Although we lack a lot of the drama of the real Jim and Pam, I can say that I did, much like Jim, have to grow up and get my shit together to make things work.
Over the years, in addition to the small looks, I’ve had to make some grand gestures, but they’ve all been worth it.
As fate would have it, just shy of two years ago, my Pam started working with me. She’s not a receptionist or a secretary (note: the PC term is administrative assistant, dicks)…but she’s my Pam.
She’s my Pam in the sense that she’s long made me want to be better than I am and to strive for more than I otherwise would.
She’s the reason I busted ass for years to earn extra hours or a raise or a minor promotion from one support staff job to another. She’s also the reason that when my boss left and his job became available, I got through my own personal bullshit and applied for his job.
She’s also the biggest reason I got that job. Not me, not the work I’ve done, but my desire to be better for her and to do bigger and better things for us.
Someday I want to own a house. Someday I want to have our babies. Someday I want to have a minivan. Someday I want to have a trampoline (that’s unrelated, I just really like trampolines). Someday I don’t want to have to worry about money.
These are the things that drove Jim to be a better version of Jim. These are the things that have driven me to be a better version of me.
It’s all about trying to find that one reason to make it all happen and, for me, Grace is that reason.
Grace is my Pam.
Nah, you know what…fuck that…Pam was Jim’s Grace.
Rest easy, Jimbo. I’ll take it from here.
- Buy Me Things
- Celebrity Crushes
- Cheeseburger Chronicles 2010
- Commuter Life
- Dear Diary
- Deep Thoughts
- End of an Era
- Energy Drinks
- F'n Birds
- Fantasy Baseball
- Fantasy Football
- Flag Football
- Guest Blogger
- Health and Fitness
- Heidi Watney
- Higher Education
- Hit By Car
- Hotties of the Fortnight
- In the Name of Science
- Irrational Fears
- Jennifer Aniston
- Katy Perry
- Keanu Motherf'n Reeves
- Lessons from the Gym
- Library Life
- Midwest Misadventures
- Moments with Grace
- Musical Stylings
- My Fleeting Youth
- Of Midgets; Ghosts and/or Ninjas
- Paleontology 101
- People I May Heinously Murder
- People with More Money Than Me
- Photo Op
- Praise Jebus
- Pretty People
- Public Service Announcement
- Pudding Social
- Rants and Raves
- Reeking of Awesomeness
- Road Trip
- Shopping Spree
- Simple Pleasures
- Taylor Swift
- The Batman
- The Boys
- The Mailbag
- Things at Which I Suck
- Things I Ponder
- Violating the Geneva Convention
- Viral Video
- Waking the Dead
- Wasting Time
- Yahoo Answers
- Zooey Deschanel