Sunday, February 28, 2010

Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana

I looked at the calendar today and had a sudden realization that it I totally missed my blogiversary.  Indeed, just one year ago I began this little blog.  One year ago I was a second semester senior at NYU, teaching at a magnificent quaker school in NYC.  One year ago I was 21 years old.  One year ago I was living in the city of my dreams.  One year ago I couldn't even imagine what I would be doing one year later and one year ago I would have never imagined I'd still be living at home and be at a job I actually like where I actually use my degree (what?!  Insanity).  Hell, one year ago I had a different hair color.  I'm a whole new girl.  So welcome, my dear friends, welcome to Year 2 of the Ashleigh Renaissance.  With a little luck and a whole hell of a lot of hard work, this should be my best year yet.  

With this in mind, here is a little quote from my very first post to serve as a reminder as we (that being you, dear reader, and me) move into our second year as internet friends (wow, that sounds wicked's not).

(from Feb, 2009)

"Perhaps I should explain what I mean when I say I'm having a "renaissance." In fact, I should start off by saying that I was going to call this blog something like Nerd Renaissance, but certain dear friends of mine (Roberto) mentioned that this might be a tad off-putting, especially if you don't know me that well. True that, Roberto. True that.

Merriam-Websters defines the word "renaissance" as:

"1a: The transitional movement in Europe between medieval and modern times beginning in the 14th century in Italy, lasting into the 17th century, and marked by a humanistic revival of classical influence expressed in a flowering of the arts and literature and by the beginnings of modern science. b: The period of the Renaissance. c: the neoclassic style of architecture prevailing during the Renaissance.
2: A movement or period of vigorous artistic and intellectual activity."

And while a transitional movement is certainly one way to describe this strange period in my life, I'm going to stick with the second definition : "a period of vigorous artistic and intellectual activity." I recently (as in yesterday) found myself getting excited about being an artist for the first time in a long time. I finally feel like I know what direction I want to move in as my real adult life begins."

Happy anniversary, dear friends.  To celebrate, I got you these virtual cupcakes, made by my friend Erin.  Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. damn the virtual thing i want hen in reality right now!! oh happy anniversary keep blogging, i live vicariously thru you and your family.. hugs to your mom especially