mentioned I was moving? Well, I did!
Goodbye Big Apple, hello Garden State.
I spent the first 5 years of my life in the Bronx, and the last 6 years in Manhattan. And I liked it! But let's face it, it's not like I was out at da club every night. Or any night. Ever.
Aside from my easy breezy commute and delivery of absolutely anything to my doorstep, I don't know that I took advantage of all NYC had to offer, and that's on me. But I don't have the free time, the wardrobe, or the energy to keep pace with the city that never sleeps.
I do know this: It feels good to be home.
And probably not a minute too soon, as a lingering black mold situation in my old apt was probably killing me. Or at the very least was "the match that lit a flame in my immune system," according to one of the docs I saw.
Anyhoo... my new digs are nicer, newer, 50% bigger, $600/mo. cheaper, and 100% more Jersey. Yeah. I may need my head examined next.
Why didn't I do this YEARS ago?
Oh, and did I mention my view? Remember my old view? Now, this is what you'd see if you were standing on my terrace. Not too shabby, right? Come over sometime and I'll grill you up a juicy burger!
I've always said New York looks prettiest from New Jersey. And when I'm not working, I can still keep an eye on her, but live in peace and quiet across the river. Win win.
With all this savings, I may even get a car again! You didn't think I would actually SAVE the money, like, in a bank account, so I could buy a place and stop flushing $ down the toilet on rent -- did you?
So, a few days ago this blog officially had its six year anniversary. Sadly, I've been blogging FAR less than I would like to, but I still love the old girl just the same. And I love YOU for still reading it! I know it's been a little stale lately. Ok, ok, okaaaay. A lot stale.
I'm sure I will get inspired by my new view...
Now, as I did in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, here's a fond look back:
Total Posts I've Written (including this one):
Average Number of Posts I Write Per Month:
1.9 (down from 3.2 last year)
Average Number of Unique Visitors Per Month:
282 (up from 245 last year)
Average Pageviews Per Month:
1,490 (up from 1,071 last year)
Most Traffic Comes From:
Most-Read Blog Posts Ever:
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Pinterest (December 2012)
20 Apps I Adore (January 2012)
Pepe Le Pew (June 2011)
Comfort Food in a Storm (October 2012)
Miss Jennifer Goes to Washington (August 2012)
How the Hell is John Stamos 50? (August 2013)
Let Them Eat Jelly Beans (February 2011)
Facelift (July 2010)
Leftovers (November 2012)
Time (November 2010)
Most-Read Blog Posts This Year:
Posts Nobody Gave a Crap About:
Rejected Candy Hearts
Jingle All the Way
Dear Rheumatoid Arthritis
Most Popular Poll:
I Heart Rodolphe Lindt (this year)
Please Fix Voting (It Is Broken) (all-time)
Most Frequently-Used Tag for the Posts I Write:
Most Popular Search by Visitors:
Here's a look ahead -- soon I'll update you on why I'm in a big fat fight with Ikea, and Fall TV is finally back, so the Loveseat Potato can't be far behind.
Thanks (as always) for reading!
PS: I took this pic one night outside my building, I think it's time to update the header...
tags: city life, health, holidays, jersey, writing