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Trivia Night at Shake Shack in Forest Hills, Queens, NY

I love trivia and Shake Shack in Forest Hills has a trivia game every Wednesday at 7 p.m.

I’m looking for up to 7 teammates. I really want to win. Nice prizes/swag and lots of fun!

Comment or contact me if you want to play and also do an Austin Street crawl.

🙂

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R.I.P Hamlet (2000-11/18/15)

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My beloved cat Hamlet passed away November 18, 2015, exactly one year ago today. He was almost 16 years old. He fought a valiant battle and was in remission from small cell lymphoma when his kidneys failed.

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I loved him so much. My other cat Lucy R.I.P. (2000-2015) passed away last year in February, and I miss them both so much.

Happy New Year!

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It’s January 1, 2016 and I hope for you and me to have a great start to the new year. “Perfect Day” by Hoku is one of my favorite songs. When I play it, I have to dance around my apartment. The video is a song/movie mash-up as it was on the soundtrack to the film “Legally Blonde.” I love that movie which is all about exceeding your expectations and surpassing other people’s limitations and I find it inspirational. The song celebrates our uniqueness and how awesome we are and that no one can tear that down. That’s how I feel about 2016. No resolutions, just to be the best version of myself and be true to myself and surround myself with positive, supportive friends. Happy New Year to my lovely readers!

Thank you for a great year of blogging!

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Dear lovely readers,

During my second year of blogging, I have enjoyed sharing everything with you (that’s fit to blog about!) WordPress has generated my year in review. I love stats as I like to see what’s being read and where my readers come from. It hasn’t been an easy year, but I’m happy to have my little blog take off a bit from being primarily an indie music blog to a place where I have shared posts about my relationship, my fitbit stats, my poetry, my local celebrities and day trips. The music is and will always be there. I hope you have found some nice posts to enjoy and I appreciate all of the likes and comments but mostly that you are reading this. I have some exciting things planned for 2016 and I hope to share it with you!

If you are interested, my official blog in review is here:
https://jillypopmusic.wordpress.com/2015/annual-report/

Some highlights:
My blog had 3,700 views!
My busiest day was 10/31 with 137 views when I posted Pat & Jamie’s New York.
I wrote 119 posts.
My blog was viewed in 59 countries. The most views came from the US, UK and Australia.

My most viewed blogs were:
Pat and Jamie’s New York
Walking Through Forest Hills Gardens
London Underground Badge
Band Spotlight BNLX
Why I Quit Spotify

Grief

Now that my trip to Las Vegas is ending I am filled with grief. I escaped it for a week by taking a spontaneous vacation.

When I arrive home, there will be an empty apartment. I will never get over the loss of both Hamlet and Lucy in the same year.

Grief is not just about death. Ending my recent relationship for good is leaving an empty feeling inside. One that I will fill with friends and just as I don’t want another cat, I also don’t want another serious relationship.

Finally and unfortunately, my trip to Las Vegas caused an estrangement from my father.

When I think about it I realize that I am very strong. It’s pretty brave to spend 5 days and nights in Las Vegas by yourself. I made the best of it. I am however very much looking forward to going back to NYC.

2015 was a tough year. I’m really wishing 2016 will bring more joy into my life.

Excessive Garbage in Kew Gardens Cinema Park in #Queens

I am a resident for 10 years in Kew Gardens on Austin St. I have never seen so much garbage in the park behind the Kew Gardens Cinemas. Something must be done as this is unacceptable. The park is located between Lefferts Blvd and 84th Rd next to the Post Office and behind the Kew Gardens Cinemas. The theater staff does not clean the park. The Doe Fund was cleaning it for a brief time. The Dept of Sanitation doesn’t empty the overflowing trash cans. Kew Gardens is a beautiful neighborhood and deserves better.

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The Liebster Award

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I’d like to thank Being Lydia for nominating me for a Liebster Award. I took a hiatus from blogging for the summer and I’m glad to be back involved in the blogging community. It’s been awhile since I accepted a blog award, so I thought it would be fun and also nice to share more about myself. The award has rules, so here we go!

The rules are:

1.Thank the person who nominated and link back to their blog.
2.Display the Liebster Award on your blog.
3.Share 11 random facts about yourself.
4.Answer the 11 questions you were asked.
5.Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers for the award, by asking them 11 new questions (or having them 6.Answer the questions you were asked).
7.Make sure to let the bloggers know you’ve nominated them!
8.And don’t forget to copy the rules into your post!

My 11 random facts about myself:

1. 11 is in fact my favorite number.
2. I used to be a figure skater.
3. In romantic relationships I am the most attracted to Leos.
4. I love adult coloring books, way before they became trendy. I have been using coloring to relax since I was a child and given a box of crayons.
5. I have had 3 dogs and 2 cats during my life, though the dogs were serial.
6. My favorite color to wear is burgundy, but my favorite color is actually orange.
7. I have a transgender younger half-sister.
8. I used to color my hair light blond.
9. I travelled to Europe for 3 months alone when I was 19.
10. I always thought I would end up living in Southern California. (There’s still time!)
11. I have the movie poster for Pretty in Pink framed and hanging in my kitchen.

My 11 questions given to me to answer:

1.What got you started with your blog?
I was a volunteer at Northside Music Festival in Williamsburg in 2009 and met a blogger named Rob Fields who was hosting a showcase. We had a long conversation about music blogging and he convinced me to start a music blog. I had previously been too intimated to do it.

2.What are your favourite hobbies?
I love to read. I prefer memiors and YA novels. I love movies. I like to write poetry and very short stories.

3.Do you prefer the city or the country?

I live in a suburban enclave 18 minutes from the city. I’d like to ideally live in the country and play in the city.

4.What is your favourite way to de-stress after a tough day?
Watch the show “Nashville” and be with my cat.

5.If you had an hour to watch anything you wanted on TV (past or present) what would it be?
I used to come home after junior high school and watch MTV (when it was cool music videos) for hours.

6.Do you play any musical instruments?
I studied classical piano until I was 18 and I can play a bit of acoustic guitar.

7.What was/is your favourite subject in school?
Math, because it came naturally and was easy for me.

8.Do you prefer to dress up and go to a classy restaurant or dress down and eat take-out?
Definitely dress up and go out to a nice restaurant!

9.Do you like to cook? bake? what is your favourite thing to make?
I like it but I didn’t grow up cooking so my favorite thing to make is a big salad.

10.If your blog were turned into a movie, who would be most suited to play you?
Winona Ryder. A cool, but kind of sad girl.

11.Do you have a favourite animal (domestic or wild)?
I love owls.

The 11 bloggers I nominate:
blue light blue
Writergurlny
The Daily Struggle
writingspiration
Keep Going
Positively Un-broken
Wind Rush
Can I Do It All?
Just Like Julie
Collecting Moments
All Things Kalen

Please if you accept the award, answer these 11 questions:

1. What got you started with your blog?
2. Please link to your favorite post you have written and why is it your favorite?
3. What is your favorite color?
4. If a movie were to be played about your life, who would play you?
5. Where would you like to travel that you haven’t travelled to yet?
6. What was your favorite book or movie as a child?
7. What is your favorite season and why?
8. What is your astrological sign and do you feel it describes your personality?
9. Do you have a bucket list? What is number 1?
10. If you like to exercise what’s your favorite type of exercise?
11. What’s your dream job?

Thanks again for the award!