good morning, Monday.

Monday mornings are rough.  I thought I had managed to avoid any hatred of this first day of the work week, for in my past life working as a direct support professional my schedule resulted in Mondays off.  There was even a period of time when I worked overnight shifts on Sundays and would actually be just getting out of work on Monday mornings.  Those were lovely days, when I could park myself in coffee shops and watch 9-to-5-ers hustle into their workplaces, reveling in my ability to leisurely begin the day.  Clearly, that has changed.  Resuming my academic career meant reverting to more typical hours – and thus, I hate Mondays.

Granted, once the day has begun and I’m at school, Monday isn’t so bad.  It’s just getting started that gives me trouble.  I’ve thus decided that my Monday mornings need a pick-me-up, and I’m going to start right here on Notables Near the Shore.  Each Monday I’ll do my best to post a song, photo, something – to help me get my week started right.  (Confused as to what I mean?  Think: cute puppies, dance jams, happy news).

This small step works toward my biggest goal of 2012: regaining my positive outlook on life.

 For this first post, I want to share a song that makes me instantaneously happy.  If you told me 5 years ago that my favorite song would someday be by Chicago, I would have giggled and informed you that all I knew of the band came from a minor reference in an unfortunate Adam Sandler film.  That was before a friend introduced my thankful ears to this tune, “25 or 6 to 4”.  For real, I hear this song and my limbs start jutting out in all directions (am I dancing or having a seizure!?  The world may never know).  It’s so good.

Perhaps I’m the only 20-something willing to profess her love of Chicago, but admit it: you kind of like this song.  Happy Monday, y’alls!

Why hello, 2012!

It seems I’ve taken an unintentional sabbatical from blogging for the month of December.  Between finals and the holidays, I’ve been so busy that I’ve come up short on motivation to write.  Now, on the eve of 2012, I’m finally compelled to write a comeback post.  Nothing fancy here, just a recap on the holidays and a brief note on where my life (and subsequently this blog) are headed in the new year.

Josh and I had a lovely Christmas weekend.  In fact, after all of my moping about Christmas in this post, we went and had ourselves the merriest little Christmas ever.  It was the best one I’ve had since childhood.  In the days since, I’ve tried to decide what made this year’s holiday so much superior than others – there were no special travel plans or big family parties.  The entire experience was just nice this year.  Maybe it had something to do with the idyllic snow flurries that fell all day on December 25th.  Or, perhaps my lack of expectations allowed me to relax and enjoy myself.  Either way, here are photos from Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and the day after.


1) We made a stop at the Cookie Jar on Christmas Eve for yuletide snacks.  2) Teddy, who naughtily terrorized the cat and frequently tore open our garbage all year, attempted to make it on to Santa’s nice list at the last minute with this painfully cute pose.  3) Cookies for Santa and candy canes for his reindeer because I was out of carrots.  4) Festive wrapping!  5) Our snowy walk through the park on Christmas.  6) Post-meal Christmas lounging.  7) Lindt (owned by Josh’s sister, Gabrielle) with his Christmas present.

Whatever the reasons, Christmas left me feeling revived and upbeat.  I’m excited to embark on a new year with the love of my life and our dog.  I just feel good!  I hope I can maintain this sunny outlook.

In the new year I’ll resume writing consistently in this blog.  I enjoy having a platform to share my experiences with others, but also being able to reflect on my life.  Keeping track of my activities makes me feel more accountable for how I spent my time, which ultimately results in my engaging in more fulfilling activities (crafting, reading, spending time with friends) as opposed to less meaningful time-fillers (television, facebooking, shopping).  I hope that y’all enjoy reading about my adventures, and I’m sure glad you’re here.