August 4th, 2010

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This is a blog post about my wonderful boyfriend.

As you read this, I’m spending the day with him in Boston and having an amazing time.

We’ve been together 4 years (give or take). Why give or take? We had a rough patch around our 1 year anniversary, resulting in a month-ish break and we now use this date, when we got back together, as opposed to our original anniversary date. Why? I don’t know.

We met in middle school – we know it was definitely Italian class in 7th grade, for sure. We have a feeling we might have been in 6th grade geography together, but we don’t remember for sure. Back then, we barely knew each other. He was just some kid that hung out with stupid guys and he never said anything in class. I was that girl who had a couple friends and pretty much ignored everybody else.

He also claims I made fun of him in our Italian classes 7th and 8th grade. These are downright lies. He just talked at the wrong times.

We didn’t talk at all in the 9th grade (truth be told, I kind of forgot he existed).

In 10th grade, he had a locker near a friend of mine. My friend and I would chat between classes there, and he would sometimes say something. He always got an immediate “Shut up, Pennelli” or some snarky remark. I was really mean to him in 10th grade.

Summer between 10th and 11th grade (Summer of 2009) was when we started actually talking, and then started going out. I had no feelings for him when he first asked me out (I feel horrible!). But obviously, things have changed.

Part of me says “Oh my god, 4 years! Where did the time go?!” and another part of me says “Jeez, that’s it? Only 4 years?!

Here I was thinking I’d be the crazy cat lady (but with dogs instead).

Nope. I have a fantastically amazing boyfriend who I know would give me the world if I asked for it (or he’d try to, anyways). Good thing I’ll never ask for it. He’s smart, he’s funny, he’s hardworking, and he’s a great cook. He’s tall, dark (during the summer, anyways) and handsome. He may not be going to college, but that isn’t a problem for me. He enjoys working with his hands and being in a trade. It’s what makes him happy, like PR makes me happy. Not everybody needs a college degree to do well in life.

I am the luckiest girl in the entire world. We have some people that don’t agree with our relationship, because we’re too young, and neither of us have been in many relationships prior to 2009 (we were 16, big deal!) but we don’t need experience in other relationships to know what makes us truly happy. We’ve had many long discussions about what we want out of life. A lot of it has changed over time: when he was 16, he wanted to be a cook, and I wanted to be a teacher or child psychologist, for example. Plenty of other things have changed.

But as we’ve grown up these past 4 years, we’ve grown up together, rather than grown up apart. We share all of the same ideals and goals in life. We both want to live a certain way, raise kids a certain way, grow old a certain way. We both enjoy similar things, and those things we don’t enjoy together, we still discuss and educate each other. He loves cars, and I don’t understand much about them. But he talks my ear off anyways, and I find myself learning from it. He doesn’t understand my need to constantly be attached to my iPhone, and thankfully doesn’t roll his eyes too much when I am.

It’s the little things that count. We don’t see each other very often (parents now live in different towns, plus I live on campus during school) so we make the best of the time we have. It isn’t easy. But it makes it so worth it.

I wish everybody could have this kind of relationship – the world would be a much better place.

Thank you, Michael, for being so freaking amazing to me after all these years. Here’s to many more.

New Blog?! Woah!

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New Blog?! Woah!

Yup, I finally got an idea for a real, meaningful blog. I’ll still post to this one when I have some silly blog ideas, but that one will be a daily blog posting. I hope you all will check it out! (However, I won’t start an actual post until tomorrow).

 

I know inspirational blogs are way overdone, but my goal is to make mine a little different, and more exciting. Why should you follow it? Just check it out, and you’ll see. 

 

Have a lovely day. 🙂

Just a Quick Blurb

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Just wanted to post about my awesome new theme. The balloons kind of got in the way of the posts, which drove me bananas. So there’s this new theme!

The picture is one I took on my first night at my most recent trip to WDW of Wishes. I absolutely love it.

Hope you guys think this new layout looks nice. I do wish I could change the colors on the sidebar (I’m not really an orange kinda person) but that’s a paid feature and I’m just too poor to do that right now.

Have a lovely day!

Modern Day Gladiators

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Okay first of all: Don’t ask me where I’ve been, here’s your answer: I’ve basically just forgotten all about my blog until just recently. 

I was at the Bruins’ games this past Stanley Cup Playoffs/Finals (don’t talk about it, the wound still stings) and while I’m sitting there screaming my head off for my black and gold guys to win, I realized I had a blog, and an idea for a blog post.

If you’ve ever been to a hockey game, it’s really unlike any other sports games. Baseball games put me to sleep. I’ve never been to anything other than a high school (American) football game, and that was boring. I’m going to assume pro/semi-pro games are too. Basketball, again only high school, and that was okay. Even the high school hockey games were intense (and that was not just because I was a player).

Hockey is like modern day gladiator tournaments. I mean think about it. It’s full of violence, and anger, and men pumped full of testosterone beating each other with fists when they aren’t chasing around a rubber disk on ice.

It’s amazing. I have never felt such energy at any other sporting event or concert or whathaveyou as I have when I’m at a hockey game, especially Bruins games. People are insane. We cry for blood, we scream and shout when our favorite players score, we boo and jeer when the hated players score or even touch the puck (Kessel, Crosby). Nothing has ever made me feel more alive.

It’s like a totally legal and socially acceptable drug. People are often envious that you’re going. People pay big money to go. 

 

And just think of how they fight through pain. Hello, Patrice Bergeron anybody? That guy is amazing. He’s always been pretty awesome, but I mean you can’t fault him. And Gregory Campbell, too! That’s just to name a few amazing feats from the Bruins, but throughout the years and across the sport people have done things like this – they’ve fought on despite pain, just to ensure a win.

If you ever have an opportunity to attend a hockey game, I highly recommend it. Even if you know nothing about the game, the energy of the crowd will pick you up and give you life you didn’t know you had. 

Felix the Brain Monster

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There is a monster in my head. His name is Felix. Felix the Monster.

 

Usually, Felix will sit in a cage inside of my brain like a good little monster. He’ll watch me go about my day with a grumpy look on his monster face, arms crossed. He’ll roll his eyes, or scoff, or any manner of judgmental things. 

Every morning when I eat breakfast, I have to check on Felix’s cage. I have to make sure he’s locked in tight. He’s like the Tasmanian Devil from Looney Tunes if he gets out.

Some mornings, I’ll skip breakfast for some reason. So I’ll forget to check the cage. Thankfully, that’s a rare thing and even then I usually get lucky and Felix is still locked in tight.

Unfortunately, Felix can still get out. He’s a sneaky monster, and even when it’s locked tight he might find a way to get out of the cage. Then, Felix will wreak havoc on my life. He’ll take control of my brain and make me do any number of things. The big ones are cry, scream at people, and break things. The screaming at people is really just screaming at my boyfriend*.

Now, why would I keep such a monster inside of my brain? Because it isn’t easy to get rid of a monster like him. He’s a Depression Monster. They usually come built into brains, making them dysfunctional depending on how active the Monster is. Felix is pretty active, which is why he needs a cage. That cage is medication. 

For the love of god, people, don’t judge people that have depression. I am very open about mine – it has made me who I am. I will proudly say I do take medication. But thanks to that medication, I can be a normal, functioning person of society. I can experience things like happiness on a normal person’s scale. 

But there are people who aren’t like me. They keep their Monsters hidden away in a dark, wet place because they are ashamed. They think everyone will hate them for having a Monster in their brain.

Be nice to people. You never know who’s got a Monster hiding.

 

*I put the little asterisk next to boyfriend because I wanted to make a side note about my boyfriend. His name is Mike, we’ve been together since 2009. Yes, even with Felix he has not left my side. He’s used to Felix. I don’t think I ever told him Felix had a name, but that’s besides the point. The real point is that he is one of those special people that has developed the ability to ignore Brain Monsters. I don’t exactly know how he developed this talent, but he tells me it’s some combination of love and patience. Learn to have both, and you too can be regarded as a god amongst men. Those of us with Brain Monsters will respect and like you a lot more.

 

P.S.: I wrote this because I don’t think I’ve mentioned my depression before. As I said, I’m very open about it, so I feel it needs to be said. Please don’t silently wonder (or ask me) if I’m alright. I am perfectly fine. I’m secretly hoping Felix will be nice to me because I wrote a whole post about him. 

A Revolutionary Idea

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Last night at around 1 in the morning, I went on a bit of a twitter rampage. I had a brilliant idea. Though I know it will never come to fruition, I still feel it needs to be said.

How many people, as they enter the workforce, are more productive at night? Of course, as we get older and have to force ourselves into the swing of the 9-5, we are able to make that transition. But starting out as college grads? A morning person is probably few and far between.

As a night owl myself, I often have productive moods and strokes of brilliance in the late hours of the day, or perhaps even the wee hours of the morning. While I’m grateful for my opportunity to work at Brady corp. over this summer (incredibly grateful, you have no idea) I obviously have to conform to their typical office hours of 8-5. 

Truth be told, I’m terrified of that. I don’t work nearly as well as I could at 8 in the morning. It will probably be around 2 or 3 when I can be as productive as they’d like me. I need to change that, and I have 2 weeks to do it, but I’m still worried.

And this leads me to my beautiful brain surge.

Why not have the average shift, rather than be 9-5, be 3-11? Yes. 3 PM to 11 PM. Or something around there. 

People will cry out, “what about family dinners?!” Psh, why not have a family breakfast and lunch?! Two for one deal.

Not only that, but isn’t sunshine beneficial for us both mentally and physically? With a 9 to 5 shift, we waste almost all of it locked away behind desks. With something like a 3 to 11 shift, you can wake up whenever you please and experience a bit of the day. 

And for college students, like me? I’d thrive. I could sleep until 10, I could take the dog for a walk, I could sit outside and eat a nice lunch, and then get ready and make my way to work. Can anybody working a 9 to 5 enjoy any of that luxury? Not at all.

Of course, this is something that will probably never happen (at least in my lifetime). The current workforce has mostly already adjusted to the hours of 9 to 5, and are probably quite happy with them.

 

But if I had my way, let me tell you… I would be the best worker ever in a shift that’s more night-focused.

Words PR Students May Not Know – But Definitely Should

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On Tuesday (4/9/13) I attended an event put on by PRSA Boston. It was a talk about SEO, and how to properly use it.

Now, here’s a bit of background: I only decided around December that I wanted to do PR. My first class in PR will be in the fall. Going into this room full of PR pros, who have been at it for 10, 20, 30 years, I was very much behind. They were saying so many things that I wasn’t quite sure what any of them meant.

I took down a list of the big ones that were said often, and decided to Google them. Then I thought, “Hey, there might be people just like me! Let’s make a blog post about it!” And so, here we are. Here are the terms that I heard quite a bit of.

  • SEO – Search Engine Optimatization.

Thankfully, I knew this one before the event, considering this was the main topic! Basically, Search Engine Optimization is getting yourself/your client the highest possible (AKA first entry on page 1 of Google) naturally. By naturally (or”organic”), I mean without paying.

  • B2B – Business to Business.

This is essentially a marketing term, between manufacturers and wholesalers, wholesalers and retailers. Any sort of selling that does not involve your everyday, average consumer. PR agencies are B2B – they sell their services to clients, who are businesses.

  • PPC – Pay-per-click

You know those ads you see on the sides or tops of websites? (They are there, you may just have trained yourself to ignore them.) Those ads are generally pay-per-click. Every time someone clicks on that ad, the company running that ad pays the publisher/webmaster an amount set by said publisher/webmaster. In terms of search engines (like Google), companies bid on keywords, and how much they bid determines where they go.

  • SOV – Share of Voice

Basically, SOV is a system to ensure that everyone is getting an equal percentage among other advertisers. If there are 4 advertisers, they each get 25% of the advertising “weight”. It makes sure company A’s advertisements aren’t getting seen more than companies B, C, and D’s ads.

  • SERPs – Search Engine Results Page.

You type something into a search engine, and you get a page (or many, many pages) of results. That page is called a SERP.

  • CPCs – Cost per Click

See Pay-per-Click above. Just a different term for the same thing.

  • CTR – Click-through-rate

It’s how advertisers measure the success of an online ad or email. It measures users activity on the page. When they first clicked the ad and how long they spent on subsequent pages (if any time at all).

  • B2C – Business to Consumer.

Also known as retail. The grocery store, the mall, the bakery down the street – all of them are B2C.

And as a bonus, here’s a question that I was curious about. Google will penalize you if you spam SEO, or stuff keywords. I wasn’t too sure exactly how they did that, so here’s my research!

When Google penalizes a website, they manually override their algorithm and either bring your webpage down in rankings on SERPs, or they remove you completely from the search results. However, Google doesn’t often penalize people – their algorithm does.

 

Are there any I missed? Did I get my facts wrong? Let me know, and I’ll add/edit!

Have a wonderful day, everybody!