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Though I used my previous blog entry to list my endless amount of technological frustrations, there’s little for me to gripe about today, and that’s saying something since Mondays can be overwhelming. My week got off to a good start this morning, even though I was disturbed to hear about the 4.0 magnitude earthquake (which was initially reported as a 4.3) that struck northern California at 5:30 a.m. Pacific time. A few minutes after I turned on my computer at work, my Twitter feed exploded with earthquake chatter, so being the worrier I am, I phoned my mom in a panic. Though people closer to San Francisco reported waking up to the quake, the only thing that awoke my mom this morning was my phone call. She was of course fine and said the earthquake was nothing more than a fart. We’re unfazed by anything below 5.3, so it makes sense that she slept through the quake.

The start of the month brings obligatory expenses like rent and — if you’re me — gym fees, but today New York Sports Clubs shipped me a complimentary box of fitness center merchandise including a NYSC mug, pair of bike shorts, and backpack, among other things, all because of my Tea to Friends post on their rockin’ services, so that as a nice surprise. Receiving free stuff is not a bad way to begin the week!

This evening, my friend Liz also did a phone interview with me about my childhood hometown for her nonfiction blog about hometowns. She talks to different people about their formative years and writes stories about each of their lives. I’m interested in seeing the final product for our interview and what kind of portrait she will paint of my childhood. Like many of her interviewees, I shared tons of negative memories about my hometown, but ended the discussion on a positive note by mentioning the friends who helped me through the rough patches I endured. Crystal, Nikita, and Lauren were with me for most of it, and to this day I rely on them for a lot. I still view New Years Ever 2011 as the best night of my post-college life, and I attribute that to the presence of Lauren, Crystal, and the three breathtakingly gorgeous guys we hung around all night.

Hey ladies!

Lauren and Laura

Not to get all Kelly Clarkson circa 2002 on you or anything, but some people wait a lifetime for a moment like this, and I’m lucky to have spent it with close friends. In truth, the amazing start of 2012 led me to believe that the year would be perfect. Things are spectacular now, especially since I have returned to the news industry, but January was a pretty miserable month for me. January is known to bring people down, and thankfully I got back up on my feet in no time. I’m finally starting to remember why I had such a good feeling about 2012, and I know the year is only going to get better and better.

I’m not sure whether I’ve mentioned my friends’ blog Tea to Friends yet, but you should check it out. Lyzi and Anna started it in late January and have been floored by its instant popularity. Anna and Lyzi have a background writing about serious topics such as education and politics but also enjoy talking about Ryan Gosling and what not, so the blog is basically a safe haven for whatever you want to explore. I’ve written on everything from my embarrassing memories of Disney actress songs to my fear of orphan life, so there’s room to reflect on pretty much anything here. Though I hate to label it a “ladyblog,” Tea to Friends is a really successful one at that and had already inspired many newcomers to hop on board and contribute pieces of their own, so you should definitely click on over and read some of our bold confessions. Two posts in and you’ll be motivated to join the tea party (not the conservative one).

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