reverb10 – not feelin’ it
I’ll be honest. I was gung-ho about reverb10 when I signed up in November. I thought it would be an easy way to sift through 2010 memories. I wanted to document the Best Of… in an easy way. Turns out, it’s not as frivolous and fun as I had anticipated. It feels a LOT like the journaling prompts Molly at Stratejoy sent out with the Joy Equation… except, those were better. I may continue with reverb10 if the prompt speaks to me, but I’m not going to waste my time with the ones that don’t.
So, in lieu of catching up on reverb10 prompts, let me tell you want I want to remember most from 2010.
January 2010: Applied to NIU. It was an absolutely frustrating process but it made me realize how badly I wanted to go to grad school.
February 2010: Completed the Joy Equation. Figured out my own definition of success. Started to go after it with tenacity.
March 2010: Accepted admission to grad school. Picked up the pieces of a lost job opportunity. Trained at the Italian restuarant where I learned I enjoy serving and I’m also pretty darned good at it. Fell in love with New Orleans.
April 2010: Turned 24. Felt like a grown up. People are way less judge-y when you’re 24 and married as opposed to 23 and married.
May 2010: Fucking finally said SO LONG to the coffee shop. I cannot emphasize how terrible that place was and how HAPPY I am without it. The coffee was fantastic. The drama was outrageous. Also, traveled to Indianapolis for epic hangs with my favorite blog friends.
June 2010: Started planning a roadtrip. Kicked off wedding season in Saint Louis.
July 2010: Spent the 4th in Minneapolis. Skipped fireworks to play Sequence with the in-laws. Threw Erin a baby shower. Started feeling a sense of purpose, realized that’s exactly the feeling I’d been longing for. Was offered an assistantship/full ride scholarship and salary at NIU.
August 2010: Epic roadtrip through the Great Lakes as a first anniversary vacation. Highlights include a lumberjack show and Leinenkugel’s brewery tour. Started TA training. Realized I’d be teaching my own classes. Started my own classes: Research Methods, Communication Education, and Communication & Gender.
September 2010: My MacBook Pro got a face lift. I wrote my first grad school paper and got my first grad school A.
October 2010: Midterms. Migraines. Bad grades. I overcame them all. Mom visited. We took the outlet mall by storm.
November 2010: A homey Thanksgiving with all the fixin’s and just the two of us. I wrote 30 pages over the long holiday weekend.
December 2010: A visit from the in-laws. Finished my first semester with a 4.0 GPA. Won the Christmas song lyric game at the work party. Was reassigned to TA for a Film/TV class and a Media & Rhetoric class.