Mary’s Somewhat Excellent 2010


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This post was inspired by Gala Darling’s 2010: The Year in Review.

Where I Went/What I Did:
I really didn’t go very far this year. Usually even in my worst years I manage to make 1 big trip. This year I stayed in Pennsylvania with occasional trips to West Virginia.

Gaming-I finally went to The Meadows Racetrack & Casino in February. It was all right but I’ll stick with Wheeling. I’m not big on slots. I prefer the track and harness racing blows. I finally dragged my mother to Wheeling Island Hotel Casino & Racetrack last year & she thought it was okay & didn’t get hooked (which she was worried about)!

Partying-My sister, her boyfriend and I also visited this awesome bar called Bent Willey’s in Morgantown, WV a couple of times. It’s cool because they have a deck & multiple rooms that are playing different music from different decades that you can dance to. This is a college town so these kids like to party and dance. When we went in October we were jazzed about all the 90’s music they were playing.

Events-In June I went to the Fayette County Family Fun Fest which is like a free version of the Fayette County Fair for poor families. I had to go meet Mr. McFeely, played by David Newell. He still loves entertaining the kids and they ate it up. It was great to see a person entertain kids in this techno age. This guy is like a genius though. He has built a career out of touring around with this character & when I looked him up the night before I found out that he was only sporadically on Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. I felt bad for him because there was this older guy in front of me who was a few apples short of a bushel who was asking him ludicrous stuff like when they show aired. Buy a TV Guide! I saw a Zonkey at their petting zoo but was so excited I forgot to get a pic. I love those things. They also had a battle of the bands for the teens which I watched a few bands participate in. The kids did pretty well but there were only like 6 people in the audience & they were saying things like “Thanks for this great turn out!” without a hint of irony. I also dunked a hot guy in a dunk tank, go me!

In August I did a lot of stuff. I went to the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival for the 2nd year in a row. It’s always fun. I did go up on stage for the hypnotism thing & it’s bullshit, lol. They had the nicest, cleanest Port-A-Potty’s too. You can check out the joust on my Youtube and my father & I playing their games. My brother was working the Fayette County Fair & got me in for free. Cool! I totally rode an elephant from the Elephant Encounter, ate greasy fried veggies, played with the animals in the petting zoo & rode a couple of rides. I also attended the Steel City Con in Monroeville for the 2nd time. They have it a few times a year but it’s very small & is usually full of guests I’m not interested in. Last time I went was a few years ago. That time I met Verne Troyer who is a Steeler’s fan & was wearing one of their jerseys. I forgot to take a camera that time. This time I was going because I’ve had a crush on David Faustino, aka Bud Bundy, for years. He was really cool. I also met Jake Lloyd who played Anakin in the first Star Wars prequel. He was nice. I had no idea until I looked him up the night before that people vehemently hate him, which is crazy because he was a little kid. If you didn’t like the movies or casting, blame George Lucas. There were also a lot of fans dressed up in awesome Star Wars costumes & I took a bunch of pictures with everyone. I love costumes!

It was my parent’s 35th Anniversary & my dog’s 10th Birthday! Milestones, people.

Most Played Albums-click the play button & you can hear my top picks from each album!

Pink Friday-Nicki Minaj
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy-Kanye West
Ludacris’ Battle of the Sexes
my Myah Marie Mix-I downloaded some of her music and made my own mix. She doesn’t have an album out. She’s the brains behind a lot of great dance music. Go listen to Stiletto Sex and you will be hooked.
Terra Incognita-Juliette Lewis
Bionic-Christina Aguilera/Burlesque Soundtrack-2 Aguilera albums in 1 year? Hell yes!
Ciara-Basic Instinct

Movie & TV Obsessions
Yes, a bunch of my top TV shows have been canceled or are on their way to being canceled. People don’t appreciate quirkiness.

Hot Tub Time Machine
The Black Swan
Sex and the City 2
The Back-Up Plan

Glory Daze
Mad Men
The Good Wife
Children’s Hospital
Parks & Recreation
Party Down
Running Wilde
The Good Guys

Top 5 Purchases
.50 boots!-I found a pair of used boots at the thrift store that fit me perfectly. Plus they keep my feet warm & dry!
laptop-I bought a laptop early in the year & it’s definitely great not to always be locked in 1 room when working or blogging.
designer clothing on sale sites-I joined a bunch of those sale sites & it’s awesome to pick up gorgeous dresses for $10-$20 that are worth over $100.
Showgirls on Blu-ray $8!/Back to the Future trilogy on Blu $25-Amazon had some killer Black Friday deals. My all time favorite movie for $8 on Blu-ray?!? Awesome. I never even knew her boss had a scarred face before.
Velocity Micro Cruz-I recently bought this. It’s an e-reader but you can also do limited tablet PC stuff on it, like watch some movie files, listen to music & surf the web. Cooler than a Kindle by far.

Style Obsessions
pleather Miley Cyrus jacket-I’ve been wearing this for a long time but I love it.
White Baby Phat Candy Cane Lane Puffer Coat-This is warm & adorable. I didn’t think I could pull it off, but I manage to.
All summer I was about wearing all of my old bathing suits & buying a couple more cute vintage ones. You do not need to be skinny to like bathing suits. I just kicked back in my little pool with a book & escaped.
Sugarpill’s Buttercupcake Eyeshadowreally pops! I’m a big fan of yellow.
Rimmel’s Blushing Pink and Maybelline’s Colorsensational Pearly Pink lipsticks
Maybelline’s Eyestudio Plush Eyeshadows

Best Things I Did For Myself
I’ve been trying to go vegan since the summer. I’ve actually settled on vegetarian because I can’t live without cheese. My searches for vegan cheese in this area came up fruitless. I allow myself to slip up once or 2X a month because I’m human. Check out my 5 Bean Vegan Chili
I stopped trying to worry so much about pleasing people.
I bought bandwith & a URL from for this blog. l had free bandwith but that company had a big problem in the summer & I thought I’d lost everything. I didn’t want to go through that again.
I’ve been trying to do more online writing on here & other sites. It’s not as much as I’d like but I’m getting better.
I did quite a few Photo Sets in 2010. I didn’t win any of the Pinup Lifestyle contests but they help me express myself creatively, are fun & have helped me take better photos.

Top 5 Events

Rich’s Fright Farm-Every year they outdo themselves. They are, hands down, the best haunted attraction you’ll ever go to.
Fayette County Family Fun Fest
Steel City Con
I dressed up as Lady Gaga for Halloween & sang karaoke all by my lonesome & I was good.
chillin in my little pool-which sounds lame, but this town is eternally lame, lol.

Best Meals

I don’t go out to eat a lot & often get shitty service when I do. However the Dave & Buster’s Apple Pecan Salad, Pizza Hut’s Cheesy Bites Pizza & anything from Primanti’s Brothers is delicious. I also ate a lot of red cabbage, chick peas & nuts in my mouth (muah, ha, ha). Plus both Chinese restaurants that I like to visit got tricked out sushi bars lately.

Best Gifts
pink low watt hair dryer
Coyote Ugly Soundtrack
Betty Boop Glasses

Fav Sites
The New York Times
Gala Darling
Doe Deere Blogazine
The Bloggess
Film Experience

Style Influences

Mad Men/60s
Samantha Jones (Sex and the City)
Nancy Botwin (Weeds)
Kimber Henry (Nip/Tuck)

Don’t Quote Me
“I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.”— Oscar Wilde

Celeb Crushes

Costas Mandylor
Matt Bush from Glory Daze
Peter Gallagher (yeah, the guy from While You Were Sleeping) was popping up in everything in 2010-Californication/Burlesque/Covert Ops & yes, he’s super nice & cool on twitter
Ken Marino
Go here for more hot guys.

Booky Wooks

Unbearable Lightness-Portia de Rossi-This is her account of her eating disorder & it’s amazing. Definitely the best book I read last year. No, not everyone’s bulimic or anorexic but most people I know have/have had some sort of disordered eating (including me) & I think all of them should read it.
Thirst No 3 The Eternal Dawn-Christopher Pike-This is the latest book in his Last Vampire series. I was a huge fan of these growing up & always reread them every couple of years. It’s amazing that he put out another book over a decade later. Another book will be released in August, squee!
The Kind Diet-Alicia Silverstone-This is what started me with contemplating the whole vegan/vegetarian thing. It’s informative & includes a bunch of cool recipes. Join the community.
Send Yourself Roses-Kathleen Turner (autobiography)
The Medusa Proposition -Cindy Dees-I’m a big fan of her romance novels that feature female soldiers who kick ass.

Worst of the Year
My father had a stroke in August. I’m not going into detail because he’s private & it’s his story, not mine, but I was heartbroken. Luckily he pulled through it & only had a small problem afterwards.
The same morning I was trying to find directions to visit my father in the hospital after his stroke I received an email from kgb telling me that I was fired. FYI-kgb is a crappy company. They basically replaced most of the US agents with agents from the Philippines because it was cheaper.
I was supposed to go do this amazing thing but never budgeted to do it. It would have been my big trip of the year. I’m still kicking myself over this. I should have never dreamed that big in the first place.

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