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yes this is really beers of the world

For Christmas this year my father gifted me with the help of Jesse a big box of beer from my favorite beer store in Rochester, Beers of the World.  I will do my best to chronicle each one I try through my untappd.  If you are a beer fan, you need to get on untappd.  It’s much easier for me to keep track of beers that I like and when we have a tasting party it’s fun to see who gets what badges for each check in.  So Cheers to New Years and big boxes of beers!

huzzah! another attempt!

So January is here and of course so begins my every eternal attempt at chronicaling my life from my point of view! Exciting isn’t? So lets get to things that have actually happend since spring of last year. 

-Went on two kick ass vacations (one to california, one to colorado)

-Moved into a new (read larger) place with Jesse

-Family came to visit in October and had a great time

-Bought a new car

-Jesse got a new job and left apple

-We both got iPads

Those are the highlights folks! I have really gotten into making the new place a home and hopefully I will be able to share some of that with you in the form of promised DIY blog posts. I guess I just want to feel more active in doing my own thing rather than facilitating for everyone else.  While it makes me really happy, I want to have my own things.  We’ll see. If I write it down so much the better but this time I’m not commiting.

things im excited about

collageNow that birthday celebrations are over for a bit in my circle, Here are a few other things I’m excited about the rest of this spring.

  1. My sister’s gradution from University of Colorado and a near week long trip out there
  2. Lilac Fest in May and I am promising myself I will make it this year
  3. The return of Mad Men and Doctor Who
  4. Redecorating my bathroom and spring cleaning
  5. Finishing my photo wall project once and for all

25 while 25: a year later and what I actually acomplished

When I originally started on my goals to do 25 things while I was still 25 I thought it would be awesome to give myself a fuller more experince-ful life.  What I really didn’t realise is that I actually do have a pretty good life as is without making silly commitments for myself. 

I am unlike people who long-term goal lists actually are counter productive for me.  I shut down and I generally never complete it.  Case and point this list.  But I was still able to complete some.  So now we go line by line on the eve of my 26th birthday and see what actually got done.

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25 while 25: take a vacation to the beach

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Ahh vacation. Are you jealous of these vacation posts yet? Yes? Well you’re in luck. This is going to be the last one for a while that dosent involve some family event.

Since this vacation was so long ago and I am uber lazy on my blog posting here are the highlights.

-Blown tire on the drive out there

-Quality time with The Gorski’s

-Great warm beaches full of rocks and seaweed

-Played chef for the group

-Cape Cod leauge baseball

-Day trip to Boston and Boston aquarium

-Put-put and arcade games on the last day

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25 while 25: take a vacation to a big city

Back at the end of May, I happily volunteered to move my best friend Brandon back to Rochester from Boston for his summer internship.  Primarily because it ticked off another one of my 25 while 25.

Jess and I headed out over memorial day weekend and even though we both had been to Boston before we got to check out some stuff we never got to before.  Brandon was working on a law paper and Jesse went to go work at the local Apple store for a new perspective so it left me some relaxation time, because after all it was my first vacation since November.

Jess and I got some touristy stuff in at Faneuil Hall, saw some street performers and did some window shopping.  I was surprisingly warm for Boston in May so we welcomed the warmth rather than the rain of Rochester.

We ate a lot of good surprisingly gluten-free food.  You know Jess is a happy guy when there are a lot of gluten-free options for him to choose from.  My favorite was the BeeHive.  The lot of us went there for Saturday brunch, and let me tell you it was the best french toast I have ever had. of course it was crazy expensive but I loved it.  Nothing like a clandestine non-tourist affair. 

We spent the rest of that day stumbling around Boston making stops at Cafeteria for some sangria, then to Harpoon for the brewery tour, and finally Max Bernner’s for some chocolate infused food and cocktails.

Our last day before we headed out Jesse and I made a trip to Ikea which for us is a down right luxury.  We managed to find the perfect dresser and night stands to match. I know its “cheap” furniture but there really isnt an affordable modern option in Rochester.

All in all it was a great trip and I always enjoy my time in Boston and I cant wait to make it back.

25 while 25: 19. get my wisdom teeth out

Panicked as I was I finally got my wisdom teeth out.  When I was 18 I did have an appointment to get them out and I made it all the way into the office, had a panic attack, and walked out.  I never gained back the confidence to get it done but after a few bouts with infection and excruciating pain, it was time.

I made my way to Dr. Richard Edwards office early Thursday morning so early I beat Dr. Edwards to the office.  Thankfully I had Jesse there to distract me from my needle phobia. After I was reassured that he has done this before him and his nurse weren’t able to find a vein they had to poke a second time into my hand and we were underway!

“It takes 17 seconds from it to go from your hand to your brain.”

“Ok” and I was out, and so was Jesse.

I woke up didn’t feel or remember a thing. The nurse gave me a rose and my teeth.  No YouTube worthy drug high, just me sitting in recovery wondering why I was waiting there so long, and why she gave me my teeth back.

Jess had already picked up my antibiotic and Vicodin! We went to my mom’s and I fell asleep for hours.

Other than a slight lisp for the first three days and figuring out my cleaning regimen, I have no idea why I waited so long.  If there is anyone who hasn’t done it yet, just do it and don’t wait until your 25.

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25 while 25: one month later

So one month into my 25 while 25 and I am already off to a great start. 

Oh I’m sorry did you not hear the sarcasm?  I am already behind on my goals.  But c’est la vie,  I am amending to do better now. 

So now onto the explanations/excuses. 

1. Work-We are down two people of our total staff of 10.  Makes a huge difference when you also have two other staff members on vacation.  Hello 6 day work week.

2. Computer-Jess and I share his computer so if someone wants to do something the other is stuck on the phone, and since Jess is writing a treatment for a movie I havent gotten too much time.

3. I’m lazy-Granted this is why I wanted to start the list and what I should have put on as goal number one should have been be less lazy!  Yea I will get to that tomorrow

On the upside a few great things have happened!

-My best girlfriend Emily Shearing graduated from her first masters program and will be starting her photography program soon!

-I am crossing a goal off my list and heading to boston to go pick up my best friend Brandon from law school so he can spend the summer working back here at home.  This will be the first summer in a long time that he has been home and I couldn’t be more thrilled.  This however might be the last care free summer we have as young adults.  I hope we can make the best of it.

-My Mom is traveling to visit my sister.  Why is this great for me? We’ll my mom and sister are super important to me and while I can’t be there I am really happy to see them able to spend some time together.

So all in all good things are going on even if I haven’t lived up to my personal goals yet.  11 months to go.

25 while i’m 25

Today is my 25th birthday.

I am in my mid-twenties.

This is probably my biggest birthday that I can remember.  Most of my birthdays have passed by uneventful.  I worked even last year.  The ladies from work got me cookie cupcakes.

This year I am determined this year matter.  I feel like I am reaching the age that I am constantly questioning, am I too old for this?  Almost always I am not.  But there are some things I want to do before that question seems to get a yes answer more than a no.

I have made a list of 25 things to do while I’m 25.  Most are things I have been putting off, some are silly, some are necessary, and some are just me encouraging myself to get something done!

I hope my tiny sum of readers can support me through my year-long quest and maybe come up with some other suggestions that I should do to make 25 matter.

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10 things no one warned me about my twenties

1920’s and my twenties? get it? ::sigh::

Post college life is not exactly what my hollywood rom-coms have painted for me.  I originally read Doctor Quack’s 10 things no one warned me about my twenties, and I thought I might be able to add my own insight to my rude awaking.

1. You are not going to meet your husband at a bar*

Just because for the first time in your life you are having relationships that have a higher probability that they will lead to marriage, doesn’t mean that the Lothario with hipster glasses buying you $5 pitchers of PBR is the father of your children.  Many a friday night I see my peers trolling bars dressed to the nines to snag men.  What are they hoping to find? Ask any of them and they have aspirations of meeting a nice guy and settling down, but not that night they are just out to have fun with their girlfriends.  This is of course in direct contradiction to their selected outfit for the night.

*Doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen but not normally

2. Real jobs don’t pay you as much as you would think.

Jaded by our parents handling the budget for your life, you probably don’t realize how much things cost.  Even if you paid your own way through school you really don’t get a good handle on how much things cost like rent, electric, cable if you are lucky.  You learn to enjoy the little things like talking a walk, cause its free.

3. People don’t get dumber with age, they get dumber with more responsibility.

I am sure you will come across this well before your 20s but now it becomes ever apparent.  Your superiors at work, school, really anywhere where you have to answer to seniority, you will find that you feel like the smartest in the room.  Its frustrating but you feel like you can run the show, but the folks with the titles do.  Asking them to do simple tasks seem like a test in patience.  For example, asking your superior to text you an address that you are supposed to be at will most likely get it in an email.  Or a professor wont understand that you can send them a file from your Mac that can be read on their PC.  It is a test I assure you that, but maybe our twenties is where we really hone our patience.

4. Take out is expensive, learn to cook.

Not only is having your 5th dinner at Taco bell bad for you, but even if you get the 5 dollar box its expensive.  There is a reason why your mother made you help her in the kitchen, it’s so you wouldn’t have to starve when you were on your own.  Yes it does take a fair amount of budgeting to be able to make that small paycheck last one trip to the grocery store, but it becomes sort of like a game.  You start to understand those crazy coupon ladies.

5. You start to feel old.

First let me assure you that you are in no way shape old.  But when you find yourself walking by Abercrombie and Fitch in the mall and think that the music is a bit to loud, a rush of “God! I’m old!” waves over your body.  Little kids see you as adults even though you may not see yourself as one.  When I took my nephew to see “Arthur Christmas” this past winter and he had to grab my hand to not get lost in the crowd I realized that I am the responsible one for this tiny life.  Nothing makes you feel older, or better for that matter.

6. Get outa town…literally.

Think about it, what traditionally happens to people in their 30s? Well established careers, new families, etc?  There is never a better time to travel and see some of the world, even the country.  If you are lucky enough live somewhere else for a while decide that your hometown is really where you want to be, before you settle back there.  Don’t feel bad for taking the time to enjoy new experiences in far off lands, better yet take a friend and share it.

7. Some people will be petty outside of high school, but most won’t

Your parents always told you that high school doesn’t matter, because you wont be friends with them in five years anyway.  And for the most part they are right! But what happens when you run into those people out in your everyday post high school life.  I’m sorry to disappoint you but really nothing happens.  Most people will genuinely care what your up to seeing that you are living well, good job, and all that stuff.  However you will always have that handful of people who peaked in high school and they will be just as petty.  But that’s ok, just spend sometime stalking them on Facebook while you watch them get fat, it’s really therapeutic.

8. College isn’t a race

I definitely fit with in this.  I am nearly 25 and I am still working on my college degree.  However what I have found is that even though you might not finish college on the traditional timeline but you can learn so much more through life experience.  While I was making my own path, I lived in two very different cities, was involved in two very different long-term relationships.  I got the life experience that most people my age are just going through in their post college lives.  I also have found that you can actually find out what you want to do.  When I returned to college and got my first degree I got it in a field that took me years to figure out that I would be good at and I genuinely enjoyed.  I didn’t need to waste thousands of dollars to figure it out, just a little time.

9. Your parents become invaluable.

All of those seeds of knowledge that your parents told you growing up finally start to take root.  I guarantee this will be the first time that you will find yourself saying “God I am turning into my mother!”   I have called my mom more times to ask her things like how to clean my walls and my father how to check the fluids on a car.  Yes they have prepared you for independence but they used the oldest trick in the book; teach you just enough so you can feel confident on your own, but never reveal all their secrets.  My poor mother, every time I see her now I treat her like my personal tutor in life lessons.

10. It’s ok to not have it figured out even at 30

At the end of the day, if you don’t have it figured out right away that ok too.  Even if you think you have everything under control things can change at the drop of a hat.  Jobs change, families change, life happens.  This isn’t something to lament about just move along.  It really becomes how you handle all the curve balls that get thrown at you.

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