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.

WHAT IS GOING ON IN THIS SCENE?
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.

WHY DO YOU LIKE THIS MOVIE?
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.

FAVORITE SCENE?
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!

Stumble Saturday: Sherlock Holmes

Today’s Stumble Saturday comes from this website.

I’ve always loved Sherlock Holmes.

STORY TIME
I used to live in Colorado, and during that time we lived in the house my great-grandparents built. Inside were most of the original furnishings, alongside a few of our own beds, couches and tables. One of my favorite parts of the house was the bookshelf. Next to the dining room table and above the phone table was a bookshelf. It was filled with huge leather-bound red books. Each one was the collected works of a famous writer. There was Edgar Allen Poe, William Shakespeare, and, my favorite, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

I used to sit down and go through that big red book, learning all the different stories of Sherlock Holmes. I was too young to really understand the language, but I still found them fascinating.

And that, my readers, is today’s Stumble Saturday.

Stumble Saturday: AVPS

Today’s Stumble Saturday can be found on this Tumblr site.

This GIF is from A Very Potter Sequel, the second play in the Harry Potter plays done by Starkid. They are extreme parodies of all the Harry Potter movies. It can be found on YouTube.

I’ve recently started watching AVPS and I’ve found it absolutely hilarious.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER AND WHY?
Definitely Draco Malfoy. He doesn’t play as such a bully as in the movies. He’s very desperate and childish and it’s funny. He rolls on the floor, writes letter to his ‘DaDa’ and wears a diaper. It’s cute and hilarious. How someone could not like Draco Malfoy in AVPS is beyond me.

FAVORITE SCENE?
I’m only 3/4 of the way through the first act, but so far I really love any scene with Umbridge. In this version of Harry Potter, Umbridge is a masculine woman who calls herself ‘Mama’ and threatens to stab you if you do wrong. Those scenes are just…magical.

FAVORITE QUOTE?

“I’m tired. Can’t we all just be Death Eaters?” – Draco Malfoy

WHY DO YOU RECOMMEND WATCHING IT?
Everyone has different tastes, but if you are going to call yourself a true and true HP fan, you should watch it. It’s some good laughs and plenty of lovely quotes. Truly, it’s just one of those things that you should watch if you want to call yourself cool.

Stumble Saturday: Halloween

This week’s Stumble Saturday is from designincstudios.

Halloween is only two days away and I’m really excited! All of the fun and costumes and candy just creates one of the most creative holidays. As for myself, I am actually celebrating tonight with my friends.

WHAT ARE YOU FOR HALLOWEEN?
I’m a nerd. I’m wearing bandaged glasses, dorky braids, a shirt buttoned all the way to the top, suspenders, khakis, and some major nerd shoes. I came up with it this morning, but it wasn’t as good as last year’s costume. I was Rachel Berry, and I was amazing.

HAVE YOU CARVED ANY PUMPKINS?
No. That’s what I’m doing tonight at our party. I’m going to carve the Harry Potter logo. I saw it on Pinterest a few weeks ago and I’ve been dying to do it. I’m really excited!

FAVORITE PART ABOUT HALLOWEEN?
Probably having the kids come to the door all dressed up.

WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU DID LAST HALLOWEEN AND WISH YOU’D DONE THIS YEAR?
Last year my friends and I went to the big corn maze about 45 minutes away. It was so much fun. They fill this huge corn maze with monsters and booby traps. The best part (or at least the part I remember the most) was we were about half-way through and all of a sudden this man started walking really close behind me. It was really unnerving so I told my friends to walk faster, but they didn’t. And all of a sudden I heard a huge VROOOOM and the guy was holding a chainsaw! We all ran away and my friend yelled, “Damn you Corn Man!”

BEST PART ABOUT THIS HALLOWEEN?
I get to spend time with my friends eating candy, carving pumpkins and watching Rocky Horror Picture Show, the best Halloween movie ever.

Stumble Saturday: In Your Fridge

Today’s Stumble Saturday is brought to you from Design Boom.

How many of you watch MTV Cribs? I usually watch the episodes where they have celebrities that I know. The show is centered on celebrities (or just very rich people) and what their homes look like. The camera goes into the living room, bedroom, backyard, inside the fridge, and usually ends up at the pool or cars. It’s kind of  a stupid show, but I like it.

I saw this picture and thought about MTV Cribs. They always look inside the person’s fridge and they talk about what food they own. Honestly, why do we even care what Jay Z is eating? It’s probably a lot of the same stuff as us. A common thing in almost every fridge on that show is vitamin water. It makes me laugh really hard, just because it’s flavored water with calories.

Anyway, so I decided to do my own “Cribs” fridge attack with my own refrigerator and show you exactly how silly and pointless it is.

WHAT ARE THREE THINGS THAT ARE ALWAYS IN YOUR FRIDGE?
Milk, Mocha Mix, and some sort of cheese.

FAVORITE THING IN YOUR FRIDGE RIGHT NOW?
Some leftover chicken Pra Ram from the Thai food place in town.

NEWEST THING IN YOUR FRIDGE RIGHT NOW?
Some white grape juice.

OLDEST THING IN YOUR FRIDGE RIGHT NOW?
A pack of Jello from three summers ago when my brother was only allowed to eat jello and water for a day before surgery. I don’t know why we haven’t thrown it out yet.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO ALWAYS HAVE IN YOUR FRIDGE?
Chicken nuggets. I live off those things. Whenever we buy them I go through them in about a week or two, so we don’t buy them too often.

WHAT DO YOU HATE HAVING IN YOUR FRIDGE?
Old food. Whenever I look into the fridge and think, “Didn’t we buy this like six months ago?” it bothers me a bit. I just wait until it grows mold or smells bad and throw it away.

 

See how awfully pointless that was? You probably don’t care what I have in my fridge, but now you know me a bit better, which I guess is the point of MTV Cribs, to have the celebrity seem more real. Thank you for joining me for another Stumble Saturday and come again!

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Stumble Saturday: Missing You

Today’s Stumble Saturday is brought to you by http://sp9.fotolog.com

 

I think this picture is really sweet. And it really struck a chord with me. As a person who has moved a lot in the last 16 years, I end up missing a lot of people. Of course, with all the new technology that has come out and become integrated within our lives, missing people is a bit different. But I still miss those who I leave behind.

WHO IS SOMEONE YOU MISS THE MOST?
Ooo, a hard one. There are a lot of people I miss dearly. But I guess if I was forced to choose it would be my friend Caroline. I moved away before Facebook was really big (and I was only 8), so we don’t keep in touch like I do with other people. She was my best friend in my elementary years and she was so much fun. I would love to see her again. So yeah, Caroline is the person I miss the most.

WHO IS SOMEONE YOU MISS THE LEAST?
Ummmmmm…probably anyone who ever picked on me. I was teased quite a bit as a kid for my glasses and overall nerdy behavior. So yeah, all those bullies.

WHICH PLACE DO YOU MISS LIVING THE MOST?
I used to live in southern California in this beautiful city called Solvang. It’s a place that really has this beautiful Danish feel. It’s really gorgeous and I had a lot of fun living there. That’s actually where I knew Caroline from. I went to Solvang last March for Spring Break and it was so lovely. I’d forgotten how spectacular the place was, with windmills and cobbled streets. It was one of my favorite places I’ve lived, and I really do miss it.

What do you miss? Who do you miss? This week is all about missing and remembering and reminiscing. So think it over and comment or write something on my Facebook Wall.