Teenage Enthusiasm: The Best of 2011

As 2011 closes all around us and we approach Teenage Enthusiasm’s one year anniversary, I would like to take a look back at all the amazing things we have accomplished this year.

So much has happened in 12 months. We’ve started, we’ve become Freshly Pressed, and we’ve gotten this far with over 8,000 views. And that’s why we need a little bit of our ‘Best of’ to see just how great we are. Because it’s the end of 2011 and we need to celebrate!

Top Post of the Year: Willy Loman Inspired This

First Real Post of the Year: Adventures in Blogging

Top 3 Posts:

  1. 15 Steps to Get Out of Your Writing Rut
  2. I Asked, You Answered
  3. You Wish These Were Your Momma’s Cupcakes

Freshly Pressed (March 31st): Willy Loman Inspired This

Top 3 Stumble Saturdays:

  1. NYC
  2. Missing You
  3. Reality Shows Kill Books

Favorite Film Post: The Boat That Rocked

Top Posts (according to me):

  1. How Do the Ideals of Beauty and Aesthetics Influence Daily Life?
  2. How to Get a Boy to Like You (Without Him Noticing)
  3. 16 vs. 6

Top Book Post: The Perks of Reading this Book

Best Blogging/Writing Posts:

  1. How to Get More Traffic and Not Seem Needy!
  2. Stop the Stats, Begin to Blog
  3. 15 Steps to Get Out of Your Writing Rut

Thank you for such a great year! What’s your favorite Teenage Enthusiasm post?

Love you all,

Stumble Saturday: The Holidays

Welcome to another Stumble Saturday!

 How adorable is this picture? I’m not a ca person myself, but put any domestic pet in a Santa hat and I will fall head over heels for it.

Christmas is only 8 days away and there is so much to do. Wrap presents, attend parties, drink huge amounts of egg nog. How can we possibly do it in only 8 days?

The best part of the holidays, though, is the stories. So, here is one of mine.

When I was about 7 years old, my grandparents on my mother’s side came to visit us from San Diego. We lived in California at the time, so there was no snow or anything.
My grandma and I were in the kitchen with the intent of making Christmas cookies. We made the dough from scratch and boy, did it look good. I went to have some and my grandma pushed my finger away. “You do not eat raw cookie dough!” she told me. “It’s really bad for you.”
We then ransacked the kitchen for some cookie cutters. We found a few, my favorite being a candy cane, and cut all our dough. After popping them in the oven for half an hour, they were finally ready. Using frosting and sprinkles we decorated all our cookies and they looked so good! My favorite was the candy cane I cut, frosted, and sprinkled. It was really delicious.

And that’s one of the many Christmas stories of my life. And now it’s time for you to tell me yours. As I posted a few days ago, I am having a Totally Awesome Christmas Story Contest. It’s going to end soon too and I need lots more participants! So, here’s what you can do.

  • Read all about my contest by clicking here. It will tell you all about what you need to do to enter the contest and some tips and tricks.
  • Write up your entry in a document and attach it to an e-mail and send it to me at mo425@q.com.
  • And you’re done!

Thank you for joining me for another Stumble Saturday!

Stumble Saturday: The Solar System

This week’s SS comes from this website.

I thought this picture was a clever take on the solar system. With the yolk of the egg being the sun and all. Very, very cute.

I’ve always found the solar system to be fascinating. Every since I was in 4th grade and my teacher told us all to do reports on a planet. I chose Jupiter, because it was the biggest, and found out a bunch of really interesting things that I have since forgotten.

The most memorable fact about our planet project was something my friend Heather found out about Mars. She pulled me over one day in class and in a whispered tone said, “Did you know that people could live on Mars if they wanted to. They just need a spaceship.” And from that day forward, the two of us planned on living on Mars. And building a spaceship.

The idea that there are billions of stars and a few planets and a couple of galaxies surrounding us is absolutely incredible. Space is so vast and unknown and like it’s very own secret. I can understand why someone would want to be an astrologist.

And that’s this week’s Stumble Saturday! Join me next week for more!

15 days until Christmas!

Stumble Saturday:

This week’s SS is from this website.

Do you now what this is? Christmas lights. Which means it is almost Christmas. Which means that life could not be possibly any better for me.

I love Christmas so much. It makes me feel so light and giddy and I usually end up singing Christmas carols randomly. It’s a bit embarrassing. But really, it is my favorite time of the year.

Today we got our Christmas tree. We haven’t decorated it yet, which is alright, but I’m getting super antsy because I want to decorate it so badly. Every year my family all gets a glass or two of eggnog as we decorate the tree and really bond as a family. I also have this little doll tree (which I bought at a garage sale when I was 10) that I set up in my room and decorate. It even has little lights.

Traditions are probably one of the best parts of Christmas. Like how every Christmas Eve we get new pajamas. Or how my family all has breakfast casserole every Christmas morning (except for me since I can’t stand melted cheese). Things like that are really amazing to me. I love holidays and traditions, but mostly people who love each other spending time together celebrating. It’s things like that that warm my heart.

Only 22 more days until Christmas! Happy holidays!

Here is a video that I recently watched about Christmas traditions too. I think this YouTuber is really great and you should go subscribe to her channel!

Stumble Saturday: Almost Famous

Sorry about the late night SS post, but here it is!

This lovely little GIF is from one of my absolute favorite movies, Almost Famous. Directed by Cameron Crowe, it actually tells of Crowe’s experiences touring with multiple famous bands such as Led Zeppelin and The Eagles. Although the film is fictional, it is completely based on Crowe’s experiences.

William’s (the boy) mother is extremely tight-laced and has this whole on-going thing about him not taking drugs. After his mother allows him to travel with Stillwater to California, William arrives at the hotel to find this lovely note waiting for him at the front desk.

I’m sorry, but what is there not to like about this movie? I love how it’s based on true events, how it’s cleverly written, how Patrick Fugit is so adorable about everything, how they really capture the feeling of 1969, and the great music.

All of them? I’m serious. Each scene brings something to the table. I really can’t choose a favorite.

And that’s all I really have to say about my Almost Famous SS (I’ve started abbreviating to be cooler). Please see this movie because it’s really an influential part of what I talk about here with movies.

Hope you all had fantastic holidays!