Sunday, February 26, 2012

February Photo a Day Challenge -- Part 4

Well this little challenge is started to wind down and I must say it has been fun! The photos for this week are mixture from my camera and my phone. Enjoy! Also if you have done this challenge this month please let me know so I can check it out!

February 20th: Handwriting

February 21st: A Fave Photo of You (This photo is of me on my way to the Village Halloween Parade)

February 22nd: Where You Work

February 23rd: Your Shoes

February 24th: Inside Your Bathroom Cabinet

February 25th: Green

Sunday, February 19, 2012

February Photo a Day Challenge -- Part 3

This weeks photos are courtesy of my phone as I did not want to carry around my camera and wanted to try the different settings on my camera phone. Also I used creative license with this weeks prompts. Enjoy!

February 13th: Blue

February 14th: Heart

February 15th: Phone

February 16th: Something New

February 17th: Time

February 18th: Drink

February 19th: Something I Hate To Do

Stay tuned for Part 4 next Sunday during the Oscars!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Joisey Kayfabe -- Why I Will Not Be at Wrestlemania 29 on April 7, 2013

It has been a hot minute since I wrote a Joisey Kayfabe blog. Let me explain what this feature is all about first for those that do not remember -- I am a professional wrestling fan. I have been a fan since the tender age of six; watching AWA/NWA/WCW/WWF with my older brother. We still watch professional wrestling today as it is one of the fandoms that has bonded us. The only difference is that I will travel for professional wrestling shows with David, my fiancé' who I also met through the amazement of professional wrestling. i love to talk about professional wrestling; even took photos for some professional wrestling companies and for some of the wrestlers you see today on your television. i had a column in my college newspaper (The Pauw Wow at Saint Peters College located in Jersey City, New Jersey) about professional wrestling. I loved writing it so decided to bring it back in the blogosphere.

So this feature today is about why I vehemently hate the decision to hold Wrestlemania 29 in Metlife Stadium located in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Ever since David and I started dating we have traveled together for Wrestlemania. My first Wrestlemania on the road was Wrestlemania 23 in Detroit, Michigan at lovely Ford Field. Since then I have been to Wrestlemania 24 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida which was coincided with my birthday so it was an awesome trip; Wrestlemania 25 in Houston, Texas; was supposed to go to Wrestlemania 26 in Phoenix, Arizona but due to being a klutz and breaking my left foot this event does not exist in my mind, and Wrestlemania 27 in one of my favorite cities in all of the United States, Atlanta, Georgia. I am currently working out details for Wrestlemania 28 in Miami, Florida.

When I heard the announcement of Wrestlemania 29 in my fair state of New Jersey, I cringed. Here is why.

1: I like to travel for Wrestlemania. It sort of gives me an excuse to visit every state in the United States which is one of my longtime goals.
2: The Wrestlemanias listed above that I have attended have all been inside of a football stadium with a dome. Metlife Stadium does not have a dome. Weather in April in the tri-state area can be tricky. The phrase "April showers bring May flowers" still applies here. Also who is to say it will not snow? What will happen then? I do not think there are plans to build a dome between now and then; then again I could be wrong.
3: Getting to Metlife Stadium is a BITCH especially if you live in New Jersey and do not drive.
4: The tri-state area should have had Wrestlemania 30. It is the tradition that Wrestlemania 1, 10, and 20 happened in Madison Square Garden where Wrestlemania originated. For Wrestlemania 30 to happen anywhere but MSG it will just not feel right. To use a show title from Ring of Honor -- Tradition Continues. I like traditions.

With these reasons said, I sincerely doubt I will be in attendance for Wrestlemania 29. Hall of Fame ceremony, Charity Art auction, Wrestlemania Axxess plus other various special events -- that is a different story as those events are held indoors. But for this Joisey Girl to sit in the possible cold for my love of professional wrestling? Sorry have to do much better than that.

Things I Love Thursday -- February 16th Edition

Happy Love Week every one! Yes I celebrate Valentines Week, not Day. Better yet I celebrate love all year around so can I just say Happy Love Year? Hehe...anyway with that question posed here is what has made me swoon and gleam with luvre this week

~~Gilmore Girls returning to the daytime lineup on ABCFamily.
~~Being invited to a NYFW pop fashion show.
~~My new Minnie Mouse ears hat courtesy of The Head Said
~~Getting involved in a Photo a Day Challenge
~~Leaving magazines for people to read at Starbucks
~~Having me parties more often.
~~Catching up on my best picture Oscar nominated movies.
~~Thinking of blog posts to write.
~~Wearing a heart every day in the month of February. It is my totem for radical self love!
~~Having a conversation with a 3rd grader about the television show The Big Bang Theory.
~~Getting myself a new iPod.

What are you so much in love with this week?

Sunday, February 12, 2012

11 Things/Questions Feature

A fellow blogger tagged me in her blog listing eleven things about herself plus answering eleven questions...I guess it is time for me to play along...

Anyways, here goes and I am going to break the rules here -- If you read my blog and want to do this on your own blog, feel free. If not it is cool.

The Rules of the Game
1. You must post these rules

2. Each person must post 11 things about themselves on their blog.

3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.

4. You have to choose 11 people to tag and link them on the post.

5. No tag backs and you legitimately have to tag 11 people. (Eh whatever...I break the rules!)

11 Random Facts About Moi
1: My desk at work has to have some sort of organization or else I will freak out.
2: My favorite band is Queensryche even though their style of music has changed. I have seen them in concert a total of 17 times.
3: Both of my dogs are rescues and I refuse to buy animals.
4: I have taught every grade in my school building in the 8 years I have worked there.
5: I hold two degrees (Bachelors of Arts in Political Science/English, Masters of Arts in Education), hold two teaching certifications (K-5th grade, 6th-8th grade language arts) but yet can not pass a written driving exam.
6: I met my fiancé' David while working at a professional wrestling show back in 1998. He did not ask me for my number until 7 years later (2005).
7: There is a graphic novel and a regular book always in my bag.
8: Cuddles from my dogs are the best way to cure stress.
9: i just learned that I am allergic to soy sauce. Not soy milk or soy beans, just the sauce. Ugh.
10: I do not like to have the same accessories as everyone else.
11: My current style obsession is anything that sparkles.

11 Q’s from Kayte!
1. What’s your computer desktop wallpaper a picture of?
Here is my desktop wallpaper:

2. How many pillows do you sleep with?
I sleep with three pillows and one of them I have to cuddle with.

3. Who was your first love?
My first love was when I was 13 years old. His name was Sidney and he played the tuba in a marching band for a local high school. Tall, lanky, glasses, well read, definitely a geek/nerd. I wonder where he is/what he is up to.

4. If you could fly, where would be the first place you would go?

5. What’s your favorite love song?
This always fluctuates.I am a fan of the power balls Right now I would have to say "Another Rainy Night (Without You) by Queensryche, More than Words by Extreme, or Heavy in Your Arms by Florence + the Machine.

6. Have you ever gone to the movies alone?
I go to the movies alone all the time. It does not bother me.

7. If you could only eat one food for a year, what food would it be?
One food for a year....would have to be either tacos or pasta.

8. Do you have a signature piece of jewelry?
Yes I do -- my engagement ring, my heart bracelet, and my bow ring.

9. What’s the first website you visit every day?
AOL for email.

10. What is your opinion on tattoos?
I love them. I have one myself and I am thinking about getting another one.

11. What’s your favorite charity, and why do you support it?
My favorite charity is The Bowery Mission. I support it because it gives people a second chance and a place to restart their lives. I donate new clothes every three months.

If you decide to do this meme, here are the 11 questions I would love for you to answer. Just put the link so I can read it in the comment section below.

11 Questions from Dani

1: When did you last cry in front of another person? by yourself?
2: Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by five years to become extremely attractive?
3: If you could take a one month trip anywhere in the world and money were not a consideration, where would you go and what would you do?
4: Do you have any specific long term goals?
5: Are there people you envy enough to want to trade lives with them? Who are they?
6: When you look back on past romances, do you ever wonder what you saw in a former lover?
7: When was the last time you felt so much in love you were almost overwhelmed by your emotions?
8: How forgiving are you when friends let you down?
9: What do you strive for most in your life?
10: Would you like to be famous? In what way?
11:Who do you admire most? How does that person inspire you?

February Photo a Day Challenge -- Part 2

Here is Part 2 of the February Photo a Day Challenge! Have you joined me in this? If so leave me a comment below or tweet me the link at . Here we go!

February 6: Dinner

February 7th: Button

February 8th: Sun

February 9th: Front Door

February 10th: Self Portrait

February 11th: Makes you happy

February 12th: Inside your closet

Tune in next week for Part Three!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Joisey Review: The Vow starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum

Today I had the splendid opportunity since I went to a Super Bowl party hosted by the New York Social Network to attend an
advanced screening of The Vow starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum. The screening location was the AMC Lincoln Center (68th Street and Broadway) which is steps away from the Hotel Empire and since I was in my purple tights I felt very Gossip Girl. But that is not the point of this post.

Here is the storyline in a nutshell: Paige and Leo are a happy newlywed couple whose lives are changed by a car accident that puts Paige in a coma. Waking up with severe memory loss, Paige has no memory of Leo, a confusing relationship with her parents, and an ex-fiance she may still have feelings for. Despite these complications, Leo endeavors to win her heart again and rebuild their marriage. This movie is inspired by true events.

i will admit -- since it is Love Month, I was in the mood for a romantic drama. What I did not know is that this movie was written by the same people that wrote Never Been Kissed; a movie I loved. But the problem with this movie is that it moves very slow and you can tell there is no chemistry between Channing and Rachel. It seemed that this movie was trying to recreate the spark and magic of The Notebook, which also stars Rachel McAdams, but it just simply falls flat. Plus the ending makes no sense as it abruptly ends. I did enjoy the scenery of Chicago and the formula of snow as the backdrop of a sappy romance with two people who are obviously crazy about one another but it just seemed too manufactured for my taste.

Again since it is coming out in the theater during Valentines Day weekend, it will probably be number 1 in the box office. Does it deserve it? I am not too sure.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Stunning Things About Moi

Danielle was fairly certain she could list eight wonderful stunning things about herself that others did not know....

Yes yes I am writing in the third person but I did that in a way to get my brain flowing. Here is another exercise for a life filled with radical self love!

1: Journaling is my writing forte'.
2: I am great at Math in my head.
3: I love trashy reality television.
4: I have a very unique laugh
5: i have no problem doing things on my own.
6: i can make small talk with practically anyone.
7: I have an amazing hold of concentration.
8: i am a proud bookworm

What about you? What eight wonderful stunning things do I not know about you?

Sunday, February 5, 2012

February Photo A Day Challenge

For the next 29 days, I will be participating in a February Photo a Day Challenge right here on It is a Joisey Way of Thinking! Each day I have a photo theme as outlined above, and every Sunday I will post seven days worth of themes along with the photos. I will be diligent about this as I would like to get back into photography and well without an iPhone and the fabulous app known as Instagram, my camera will just have to do! Let us get started with this weeks themes!

February 1st: My view today

February 2nd: Words

February 3rd: Hands
(did not say it had to be human hands....)

February 4th: A stranger

February 5th: 10am

Wanna take this challenge with me?

Saturday, February 4, 2012


Linking up with The Paper Mama for her Self Photo Challenge!

Obsessing over…

All of the fabulous restaurants I am trying in New York City lately.

Working on…

Finishing "Let the Right One In" by John Ajvide Lindqvist and writing more personal blog posts.

Thinking about…

All the fun things I have planned for this month! From various movies, book signings, seeing my fiancé', having me well as what I will do with my tax refund once it comes in.


Spring Break in April!

Listening to…

Florence + The Machine "Ceremonials". Such a great voice and great music.


Nothing right now. Just drinking my citrus and cinnamon spices tea from Twinings.


Wishing I could visit Paris, France again in the future and to buy all of the books in The Strand.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Things I Love Thursday -- February 2nd Edition

HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY EVERYONE! Which groundhog do you follow -- Punxsutawney Phil or Staten Island Chuck? Do you even follow it at all? In any event it is a fun holiday. Also this is Valentines Month! Love month! Woohoo! Now you should love yourself all year long but maybe this month you will step it up a bit? I know in my own path of radical self love (thanks to Gala Darling) writing gratitude lists makes me feel so so much happier and lovely. So why don't you join me on this little journey of love and positivity? With that let us begin....

Here is what I am so much in love with this week,

~~Wearing my Groundhog Day headband all day and not giving a care what people thought. I called myself New Jersey Danielle and "predicted" an early Spring!
~~The weather lately in NYC! Yesterday I sat in Union Square Park listening to Florence + The Machine over and over for two hours straight and it was the most blissful time.
~~Getting into The Guild.
~~Playing Guitar Hero at work and rocking out all of the words of Epic by Faith No More and The Final Countdown by Europe.
~~Having Zumba class at work; even though it kicked my ass I powered through it the best I could!
~~That it is LOVE MONTH!
~~The Hillywood Show parody of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. Watch below.

~~Finally joining the website Pinterest! It is addicting though but there are worse things to be addicting too.
What are you so much in love with this week?