I wish the world was flat like the old days, then i could travel just by folding a map. No more airplanes, or speed trains, or freeways…There’d be no distance that could hold us back.

This has been a strange year filled with so many wonderful surprises, unexpected disappointments, unprecedented heartaches, and delirious celebrations. Although they haven’t all been easy, I am grateful for every single life lesson that was learned in 2012 and I look forward to applying this new-found knowledge to whatever 2013 has in store for me.

Here’s to uncharted territory. To the friends I’ve kept, the ones I’ve lost, the ones I’ve just met, and to those I’ve yet to meet. Here’s to new life lessons, to more growth, and hopefully more patience and grace. Here’s to the end of my 20s and the beginning of my 30s. Here’s to the tears caused by pain and by laughter, and the people who’ll let me cry both by their side. Here’s to love, to family, to new beginnings. Here’s to all the strange and wonderful things left to come!

Alright, 2013, I’m ready for you. Are you ready for me?

In my life I love you more…

I started to write this big ol’ reflection blog that inevitably begs to be written during the post-Christmas, pre-New Year’s haze, but I stopped short of posting.

What I tried to convey in about 600 words was already penned more succinctly and eloquently nearly (holy shit) 50 years ago.

I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and that the New Year finds you all happy and healthy. I’m hoping to get back on track with the blog once I’ve managed to more fully recover from the whirlwind that was December.

Looking forward to catching up soon, dear friends…

They call this Christmas where I’m from…

The season’s upon us, it’s that time of year
Brandy and eggnog, there’s plenty of cheer
There’s lights on the trees and there’s wreaths to be hung
There’s mischief and mayhem and songs to be sung

Been digging on this new Dropkick Murphy’s Xmas tune. To me, it sounds like an updated version of Fairytale of New York, another holiday favorite.

This would be the perfect post-bar night/holiday party hangout, when you’re still feeling warm and happy from the spirits and the twinkling glow of the Christmas lights…

Anyone else have some other new holiday tunes they’ve been digging on?

When Santa vists his Paesans with Dominick he’ll be, because the reindeer cannot climb the hills of Italy.

With life obligations mounting, it’s been difficult to keep focused on having the holiday spirit, which is frustrating, because I’ve wanted it to be Christmas more than ever for months.

Today I found myself grasping desperately for some way to hold on to that spirit while I was at work (D and I started decorating the house when I got home, so that helped tremendously, but I needed something to get me through the 8 hours leading up to that point…)

As noted last week, we started a Holiday Music bracket at work. Today, one of the battles included “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” vs “Dominick the Donkey.”

To me, this was a no-brainer: Growing up in an incredibly Italian-American region of the country, Dominick was a continuous staple in the Christmas song rotation. It was surprising to me once I moved out of the area for different periods of time and met people not from towns that considered themselves primarily “Italian” or “Catholic” that Dominick was not a hit. Everything about this song is cheesy and over-the-top, but that’s what makes it so damn good, especially when you watch grown adults defend its honor.

We’ll see how it ends up playing out in the bracket, but this campy Christmas tune will always be #1 to me. :-)

All I Want for Christmas Is You

Considering that I spent a good portion of this morning listening to the Rent Soundtrack, reminiscing about my sophomore year of college when I lived in Middle Hall, the creative arts dorm, I thought it would be a good time to break out this Christmas song, and the reason why I will always love it no matter how garish Mariah Carey is.

Someday soon, we all will be together, if the fates allow…Until then, we’ll have to muddle through somehow

Today’s Holiday Music Bracket was pretty intense, with Judy Garland’s version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” being pitted against the Pretenders.

I have to admit that I thought this one would be a no-brainer, but I was surprised to see that the Pretenders version was dominating the polls for most of the day. By midday, there was an all out war between Team Judy and Team Chrissie.

Olden times and ancient rhymes of love and dreams to share

It’s hard to concentrate on Christmas music on Pulp Fiction Day, but since I got up super early this morning to get stuff done before work, I had a chance to sit quietly and listen to “Christmastime is Here” on repeat for about an hour while I was taking care of some various tasks that needed to get done. It was nice to start the day off with some down time, and this song was the perfect soundtrack for that.