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My hard drive crashed…again. All I can say is that at least this time we were prepared. We have things back up and running, but I’m still busy reinstalling all my lost programs, files, etc. Hopefully I’ll be back here with some real content later this week. See you then!

Starting where we left off yesterday…



  • We took our annual trip to Lake Michigan with friends. Despite one of our friends having horrible back problems (she had surgery the week we got back), it was a wonderfully relaxing vacation. And of course the dogs were in heaven!



  • Labor Day weekend, I flew to Nebraska for the Heck Family Reunion. I got to see lots of family I rarely see otherwise and spent time with my 84-year-old grandmother.
  • Later in the month, J and I went to the Indy Irish Fest for the first time. We saw some great music and watched a sheep herding demonstration. Oh, and of course, we drank some beer too.



  • J and I dressed up for Halloween for the first time in years. We went to three different parties that night…at our age? Crazy, I know. I wish I had pictures to share, but sadly I took none. 😦


  • We saw Daniel Tosh at the Murat Theater. He was freaking hilarious. Our seats however, sucked.
  • For Thanksgiving J and I went to his dad’s house. It was a pretty relaxed day, and we were sent home with enough leftovers to feed us for a week…at least.


  • Like last year, J’s company Christmas party fell on my birthday weekend, so I had a birthday dinner and drinks on them! Woohoo!  And the bartender there was mixing up the best cosmopolitans. It’s usually not my first choice, but I’ve been hooked ever since. J’s gift to me was a new winter coat, which I actually got the week before on Black Friday. It’s this one in dark charcoal, and so far I love it! It’s super warm and it fits great.
  • For Christmas we drove back to Nebraska to see my family. It was a short trip, but we managed to get to see everyone for a little while at least.
  • On the Monday after Christmas, we went to see Wicked! I was super excited, and the show did not disappoint.
  • Finally, on New Year’s Eve I had the opportunity to host another House Party. The people at PlayStation were kind enough to seen us free PS3 Move controllers and three games to try them out with. My favorite, by far, was SingStar Dance. It’s hilarious to watch J do the dance moves. We spent the evening with a few of our friends and their kids. It was a great time. I’ll share more about the PS3 Move in a later post.

Well, that was 2010. Here’s hoping 2011 is even better!

    In an effort to make up for a year of, let’s call it “lax” blogging, I thought I’d do a couple posts of highlights from 2010.


    • I entered the Masters program at the School of Library and Information Sciences and started classes.
    • We set up a system for backing up our files after I lost over a year’s worth of stuff when my hard drive crashed on New Year’s Eve. So many pictures lost! It still almost makes me cry to think about it.
    • We had lots of fun at our DiGiorno House Party.

    DiGiorno Pizza Party

    • We had our first Roller Derby experience when we went to see the Naptown Roller Girls.
    • J took me shopping for Valentine’s Day and bought me two dresses at Francesca’s, and then lunch at Outback. It was a great way to spend the holiday!



    • April marked the end of my first semester, which meant a mad rush of work and final projects. Basically, I didn’t leave the house for any reason other than school and nothing inside the house got done that wasn’t homework.


    • My dad and stepmom flew in from Nebraska for a visit. We had a lot of fun just relaxing, which was something that all of us needed very much. We did manage to head up to Kokomo for some BBQ and beers at the Half Moon brewery. They have amazing pulled pork – seriously, it’s probably the best BBQ I’ve ever had and well worth the half-hour drive.


    • June was taken over by the online course I signed up for. It was ridiculously time consuming, and I vowed to never take an online course again…well, at least not for a summer session.
    • I did get the chance to see Ingrid Michaelson in concert. It was an amazing show and made me love her all the more.
    • The weekend after my online class ended, J’s company had their biannual picnic at King’s Island in Cincinnati. It was miserably hot, and I ended up getting sick…not the best of vacations. But we made up for it by spending the night and going to Ikea the next day.

    King's Island
    King's Island

    That’s pretty much it for the first half of the year. Like I said, nothing too crazy…but nothing bad either, which is a-okay with me. Check back tomorrow for the second half of our year in review.

    Yep, it’s been three whole years since I started this blog. So much has happened in those three years, and I’ve managed to record and share a (very) small percentage of it here. I seriously doubt that anyone still reads this thing (and with my most recent extended absence I can hardly blame anyone but myself). The statistics on the year-end statement that WordPress so kindly sent me were abysmal. However, since I am really trying to have a more positive attitude and outlook this year, I will say that I managed to do an excellent job of not posting.

    So, as I enter into a new calendar year and with it a new year of blogging, I hereby promise to do my best to post more than I did last year (an easy record to defeat), and to give anyone who happens by a more personal glimpse into my life, something I’ve managed to avoid up to this point. And since this is apparently my year for goal-setting and list-making, here are the four goals I’ve set for Monkey See, Monkey Do in 2011 (which just so happen to be alliterative):

    2011 Goals


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