Friday, January 28, 2011

Love This!

a sign in Connecticut.. hahahha
thanks for the pointers!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Interactive Thursdays!


Would you get back together with someone after they wanted to take a break?

My Answer..

I actually don't have an answer to this question because I am going through it right now so I really wanted to see what other peoples opinions were and what I should do. If someone is deciding whether they should be with you or be single, I don't know if I would want to be with that person anymore if they decided they wanted me. 

I really am not sure. I guess if the option comes up, then I will have to decide, but I wanted to see what everyone else would do.

Right now, my answer is no.

TripAdvisor's 2011 Top 10 Dirtiest Hotels in America


The dirtiest hotel is Grand Resort Hotel Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Here is the link for the US hotels.

This is horrible... I have seen some pretty raunchy hotels in my time, especially in Miami and on our road trip to Myrtle Beach, but never quite that bad or gross.

TripAdvisor does this list every year and they also have the lists for Europe, Asia, and India.

Europe's #1 dirtiest hotel is...Club Aqua Gumbet, in Gumbet, Turkey.

Most of the hotels were in London and Amsterdam so be careful where you stay!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Take as Much Love as You Need


ahh the simplicity of pictures! i love this.

Posts of the Week Submission!


The winner from last week's Posts of the Week Submission is...... I Heart My Shoes* and her post was Girl Friends*

I chose this post because I can totally relate to her. My friends don't live near me. A couple live in my general area but everyone's far apart and it is hard to feel like you belong in an area if your friends aren't around. So please check out her blog and read up on her work. She is a great writer :) 

And it's time to enter again!!!

It's Wednesday. The half way point in the week. There isn't really anything special about Wednesday's at all.
That's why I want your posts of the week. Every Wednesday. Here (below)

If you....
have a favorite post of yours that you've written, post it here
like someone else's post and think it should belong, post it here
something really important happened and people need to know, post it here

Whatever it may it, it belongs here. Then on Sunday I will pick the winner of the week. If you have any problems trying to submit your post, please let me know!

I look forward to seeing your favorite submissions!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011



January - Shittiest Month Ever


Although I have no idea where it went, I am glad it is almost gone. This has been the worst month. Still not able to find a job, finally got unemployment coming to me so I don't feel as broke and now serious issues with M.

There is nothing that can replace the feeling of being completely alone and miserable and worthless. With no job and having no where to be, with M not really being there because he needs "some time to figure out what he wants" and then my friends just not being around, I feel like I have absolutely nothing. I have nothing to wake up for.

The only good thing in my life right now is that I go to the gym and I have my blog and I am taking 2 education classes. And that's it.

I need to get away.

I am planning on going to Italy. I can't keep waiting for M anymore. I don't know what is going to happen with him. I have no idea. His birthday is this weekend and I planned a surprise party and got him Knicks tickets and yesterday he tells me he doesn't know if he wants to be single or with me.. again.

I am lost. Yet again.
It's not fair.

So now I need to get away. I need to be selfish. I need to leave and do whatever I want to do.
I am always so worried about doing other things for people that I don't ever think about myself. That has to change.

So if I can afford this, I am going to Italy the 2nd week of February and I am going to stay with my cousins since they are studying abroad there and then I'll come back.

I can't deal with my shitty life here so I am just going to run away for a little bit.

Yeah it's not the smartest idea, but if I don't go, I'm afraid I will go crazy.

Monday, January 24, 2011

People on the Move

As you all know, I have been looking for a job consistently. I have been looking through many, many different sites, like indeed, monster, mediabistro, careerbuilder,  anywhere that posts lol..... everywhere!

But it is very difficult because I am not on entry level anymore and that is mostly where entry level positions are offered. Especially for people who have been in the business or industry for 15+ years and are looking for jobs or companies that go with their trade.

I found a great site for people on the move and on this site, not only can you see in-depth details on executives, directors and their professional interactions, but they also offer the latest business news on them as well. So it is like you inside information on the people you are applying to jobs with and then more information on the company as well.

It is a great site for networking and looking for those higher up positions that you can't find just on a normal job site. Especially when looking for detailed information about your company that you are looking for, this is the place to look. They have all the information about even parent companies to your company as well, which is very helpful for you so you can add another company to your application list.

Looking for a job is a painful, stressful, and long process. If you're like us, people on the move, then definitely check out some more in depth websites when you're searching because these sites are made for people like you.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Winter Giveaway! :)

It's winter and miserable and cold out, so what a better way to get over it by winning a beautiful picture of Italy!!!!!!! :)

The Venice Canal in Italy... so beautiful.

Make sure you check out Becca's facebook and etsy page and leave her lots of love!

A little bit about Becca Haydu's Etsy shop..... 

"To me, photography is a bridge between reality and imagination. The things I photograph are real, yet they are filtered and distorted by my lens, camera, hands and mind. I firmly believe that we create our own reality, and photography is a physical manifestation of this idea. The images I create are no absolute reality; they are my interpretation of what is. Enjoy :)"

To enter.....
-Leave a comment below!!
-Check out Becca's etsy and facebook page
-If you tweet about it or blog, leave another comment!

Winner will be picked on Friday, January 28th!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Interactive Thursday! - brining it back!


What is your favorite website to find pictures for your blog or that you just love?

Mine... and

These websites are my love. Without them, my blog would surely be picture-less. I have found some many nice pictures on there and I'm sure to quote them as well.
Share with me your favorites so everyone can go check them out and see all the nice pictures you get to see as well!! Share those talents! :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Reggae Music

I stopped listening to Reggae music for a long long time because of my ex. It reminded me of him to the fullest. And honestly it still does, but it doesn't hurt as much now.

I have been listening to it all night by now and I miss it. I am not around as many people that love it anymore and it's never on and I never hear it. I don't understand why. It is amazing. The beats are so good.

My favorite band in the entire world is Steel Pulse. They are amazing. There has been so many different things about this band that make me love them but listening to their music right now reminds me of every single minute. I have seen them live every time they have come to New York, but they havent been here in literally YEARS.

Reggae music in my life means SO many different things. Basically all revolving around my life with my Ex. And the good times that we had. Yeah we had bad times, but when I look back on it, we had really good times and this kid would have done anything for me. And it takes being away from him and with someone else to realize that. And it really does make me sad when I listen to it because it only reminds me of the good things with him.

Reggae music to me...
my ex, T
live concerts
drinking budweiser outside our apartment and listening to reggae in the parking lot
parties every night at V and I's apartment
listening to Steel Pulse on music studio equipment smoking weed out the window in NYC.
many many drugs
the best moments of my life.
Ziggy Marley's album... driving to NH... ugh

So so many things and god I miss it all so much..... If i could go back and relive those days and make them last much, much longer, I would do it in a heart beat.

The song "Bodyguard" by Steel Pulse has soooo many meanings to me and my friends... basically reminding me of the time in college that involved my ex, and my two best friends. It was a crazy situation. Maybe one day I will explain it.

Do you love Reggae? Does any type of music have this sort of effect on you?

God I want to go back to Jamaica......


Post of the Week Submissions!


It's Wednesday. The half way point in the week. There isn't really anything special about Wednesday's at all.
That's why I want your posts of the week. Every Wednesday. Here (below)

If you....
have a favorite post of yours that you've written, post it here
like someone else's post and think it should belong, post it here
something really important happened and people need to know, post it here

Whatever it may it, it belongs here. Then on Sunday I will pick the winner of the week. If you have any problems trying to submit your post, please let me know!

I look forward to seeing your favorite submissions!

Camping Across the US


Have you ever driven across the US? If so, have you ever driven an RV across the country? And if you haven't driven across the country, is that something you want to do?

Well it's definitely something I want to do and always have wanted to do. And I feel like it should be done in an RV. If you have an RV or rent one and have a bunch of people to do it with, it would be the time of your life!

Thinking about it, renting an RV and driving it across might even be cheaper then stopping at different hotels and staying in them. Especially if you are doing this with more than 4 people.... are car/suv can be a little small for this excursion.

So besides the normal stay in a hotel way to go, make it fun and get an RV. You can experience the US first hand. I feel like my dad saying that because that was always his dream to drive across the US in an RV with the fam... maybe one day we'll actually do it.


This is one of your options. Honestly looking at all these beautiful pictures when I was trying to find this tent picture, it makes me realize what I have been missing. Camping outside (during the summer!) is beautiful.  I haven't been camping since I was in high school, and we were in no way classy campers. Just the normal stuff a high schooler would have to go camping  -- booze, cigarettes, a tent and some flashlights.

RV Parks.
You want to meet people while you're traveling? This is the best place to do this. Everyone else is doing basically the same thing you are doing and they have everything set up there, so you won't be alone.

RV Camping.
If you're looking for a camping ground but have an RV, this is the site to look at. You can find them all over the US and then it also gives you different things to do in those areas as well.

A great website I found for planning your road trip is Road Trip USA, the Top 5 things you know about driving across country, and Drive Cross Country.  There are a bunch of books you can get as well, like certain landmarks you should definitely see when you go.


so if you have hit the road, leave a comment and tell your story!! I would love to hear.

If you haven't hit the road, check out those sites and consider this to be something on your bucket list to do.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Marley Coffee Store

Awesome... I found this company in California and I really want to try out their coffee sometime.
They have a really great website too.
They're located in Marina Del Ray, Cali.

I especially love this shirt they have too...!

Monday, January 17, 2011

A lady in Florence

Gotta love these photos.
My favorite.
The Sartorialist.

Handmade Clutch Purse

I love this! Found this cute little purse on Etsy, go check out their stuff, they have great pieces by Oktak.
Sooo many other cute purses as well!
$43 on etsy

Quickturn - My Best Friends Band!

Please check out my best friend's band! He's a great singer and they need some more fans and support.
He's done all the music and lyrics himself and honestly you can't find many bands out there anymore that produce their own music and write their own lyrics so the independent band aspect is going very well for them.


They play locally in Westchester and Rockland NY and soon New York City... so if you live in these areas, definitely go check them out!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Aries? Pisces?! New Signs..?!

Not fair. One thing I didn't really think would change would be this. But now... I am not an Aries anymore? What is the deal with that?

Who decides that this just changes?! Can they pay for my tattoo removal!? I honestly wouldn't have thought that they could change. I understand WHY they changed and why another one needed to be added, but it just never occurred to me, and I am sure I am not alone in this feeling, that they would ever be different.

So I was once an Aries with the Aries sign tattooed on my wrist. And now, I am a Pisces, with an Aries tattoo on my wrist. Not fair! All the birthdays in the middle of the months were safe, but beginning and end of the month, everyones got messed up.

I really want to know who was the person that made this decision. And how did the process happen? Did they announce it to the world? Did Obama have to approve this? lol..... like how did this all go down! I want to know! Is there a head astronomer that called the shots?

Here are the new horoscope changes:

Capricorn: Jan. 20-Feb. 16

Aquarius: Feb. 16-March 11

Pisces: March 11-April 18

Aries: April 18-May 13

Taurus: May 13-June 21

Gemini: June 21-July 20

Cancer: July 20-Aug. 10

Leo: Aug. 10-Sept. 16

Virgo: Sept. 16-Oct. 30

Libra: Oct. 30-Nov. 23

Scorpio: Nov. 23-Nov. 29

Ophiuchus: Nov. 29-Dec. 17

Sagittarius: Dec. 17-Jan. 20

Now I heard that this only affects people who were born after 2009.... but I cannot find the article online to prove this. Does anyone know any information on that?

What are your thoughts on this? Has this affected you at all?


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Who Am I?

Hi! For those of you who don't really know too much about me, I figured I could recap a couple things since I am sure there are new readers here and I haven't written too much about myself.

There isn't too much to me. I am a very simple person. My first love is traveling. Everything I do and look forward to has to do with going somewhere or getting on a plane to a 3rd world country. If I could go back in life to college (even though I loved college) I would have traveled abroad.

My names Jennifer. I live in New York right now, slightly outside of the city. I will be 26 in March, I'm an Aries. I have a bunch of tattoos and my next one will be "Pura Vida" on my right side! My blue eyes are my claim to fame ;)

My second love is coffee shops. I love them. I have worked at 4 of them already. I had to stop because it wasn't paying enough to live where I live and work only at a coffee shop. So sad. But I love them and I hope to one day own one.

I love animals. I volunteered at the dog shelter by me for a couple years and loved it. I wanted to be a vet but i shouldn't be trusted with a scalpel, so i went for teaching... ha ha.

I am in grad school to be a teacher for kids in grades 1-6. I can't wait. When I was in college I wanted to go to Costa Rica and teach English but I had rents and bills and was never able to leave. It's taken me this long to realize what I wanted to do with life.... for now.

I love music. Reggae has been my love for years. It all started when my best friend and I lived next to this guy Francis who was from Zambia and always sat outside drinking Budweiser and listening to Bob Marley and Steel Pulse. It changed my life.

I hate the winter, love the summer, and loveeeee the beach. You could find me at any beach anywhere.

I love to read and blog. I never have time to read but I always try to make time and am trying to expand my reading selection.

My loves of my life...

And my loves..

So that is pretty much me.
I hope that sort of sums up me for you in case you were wondering a bit of who I am or what my deal was!


My Favorite Pictures from NYE


me and m.

me m and his niece

the rest everyone still have not posted... never forgetting my camera again!!!

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Search for a Job

I've decided that I hate job searching more than anything else in the world. I hate a lot of things that are obnoxious, but I hate that the most. It tops my hatred for apartment shopping.

I am just not good at the being fake and selling yourself part. I am who I am, and I am good at whatever you put me to do, so why waste my time if you don't want me? I have had so many interviews and gone into the city and wasted my minutes on my cellphone, to have these people just waste my time! It is SO annoying --and it costs money!

Between the round trip train ticket to the city $24, any sort of subway $2 each way, parking at the train station $5.... and then doing that multiple times, and then to just go there for like 15-20 minutes?! UGH.

For instance, today I went to this magazine in the city. Nice place, nice office, cool company.... but what happened to the HR woman? Why was she a complete nasty bitch? I was literally there for 10 minutes at the MOST. AT THE MOST. I woke up at 6am to be in the city by 930, walked in the FREEZING cold just about 3 miles....for 10 MINUTES?!?!?!?!?

If the place wasn't as nice and I didn't actually want to work there I would have been like thats?!

I think I have applied to every job in sales/marketing/account management in my area and now I am getting down to the last dollars that I have and unemployment has yet to come in yet since their phone wait was insanely long.

So I really don't know what to think of everything.... I have some jobs I might be able to get off the books and then school starts next week! Ahhhhhh. And all I really want to do is just go on vacation........

Once unemployment kicks in I will feel a little bit better because at least then I can pay my rent.


Friday, January 7, 2011

A Life Quote

“the best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. no apologies or excuses. no one to lean on, rely on, or blame. the gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. this is the day your life really begins.
bob moawad

interesting quote. sometimes i forget that it's my life and to do things for me and experience them for me. i let other people control my life and what i do. i wish i could change that. i think i need to start with having a job first so that i can have some sort of way to my actual OWN life. right now, i feel like so stuck and it doesnt help that it is snowing out and i am literally stuck inside my house! do you ever feel this way? like you're living your life for other people? and they just dont consider anything about you at all?

Monday, January 3, 2011

Love = Like + Like

i love this print!

2011 Goals - Tea Breaks

So here are my top 5 goals for 2011:

  1. Write a complete first draft of my novel
  2. Make a mega bucket list and start to work my way through it
  3. Continue to have a great and very strong relationship with my boyfriend
  4. Make more time for the following hobbies: photography, languages, ballet, travel
  5. Blogging: work on tea breaks, my inspiration blog and build a really good freelance writing blog


Claire x

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year!

i hope everyone had a very nice new years. i dont even have any pictures for you because everyone had their cameras and of course i forgot mine! grr.

i did however find my black boots i have been looking for, which is very exciting and saw some of my girls i used to work with, which was really exciting too since i havent seen them since i left there.

we were talking about going to europe and traveling and i am sooooo wishing i could just go and do that right now while i have no job to worry about.. but i cant.

i dont want to leave M and then i will also have no money for rent either that isnt a good thing! ugh.. if everything didnt always rely on money, life would be easier lol.

On a brighter note, Jersey shore starts next week again and i am SO EXCITED.

giants are out, jets are in... M's not so happy (he's a giants fan)

and everyone goes back to work tomorrow...where as i, will just sleep and go to the gym lol.

time to get started on these New Year's resolutions!!!!


2011 Goals - Who is Nell

1) Get rid of at least 3kgs of my body
2) Complete my thesis or at least have a kick start
3) Run and complete Penang Bridge Half Marathon
4) Start living my life for MYSELF
5) Stay away from alcohol for at least 6 months
Thanks so much
please feel free to visit my blog:
Happy Xmas and have a great year ahead!!!
~ Nell ~


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