The Good Stuff: Welcome, December!

I just needed to give an official welcome to December! Look at that weather forecast! I think we can finally wave goodbye to sweat-inducing afternoons and evenings and finally look forward to sweater weather. I don’t think it can get any better than that. No rain in the forecast, and highs in the comfortable 70s! I can live with lows of 40 for a few days… as long as the afternoons are crisp and beautiful!

Aside from the weather, with December comes Christmas and New Years. Of course, it’s always great to get a few days off of work, but I am looking forward to just being with everyone. Friends will be in town and we will go out. Then there’s shopping, cooking and eating! And let’s not forget seasonal beers! (I will be picking up a strictly seasonal six pack this weekend for future Beer Corners!)

But alas, December has only become so special for me only as recent as last year, when I started falling for the most incredible person in the world, my best friend and future wife. So of course, we’ll always have our special time in December when we fell in love and she came to surprise me, and our first date!

So as 2010 winds down, we’ll keep the writing momentum going here at The Heap. We’ll keep the tweeting, and we’ll keep living life and enjoying every little aspect.

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Happy New Year! The Heap’s 2010 (Expected) Outlook

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Happy New Year Heapsters! I know we are four days into the year, but I just wanted to formally express my best wishes to all family and friends who read along. It’s been a busy few days since the holiday, so ¬†finally got the chance to post.

The Heap always rings in the new year with a bang, as the second annual unofficial Silver Forrest Fireworks Show (Sponsored by The Heap) may have been the best show yet in the 5 or so years of performances.

Supplies. Well Armed. The Heap knows how to blow it up.

Got some good deals at a local tent. The least I have ever spent and the most I have ever gotten. This made me quite happy.

Jephren with excellent photo taking skills. Mortar mid flight.

And here’s a pic of the action! Thanks to Jephren and his camera. So as you can see, it was a fun filled evening with lots of family, Spanish broadcasting, and beer. Hope all of you were able to enjoy time and be safe as well!

What does 2010 exactly mean for The Heap? Well, you won’t see¬†too much of a dramatic change in philosophy. We will still present original viewpoints on, well, basically anything! There should be an exciting lineup of movies, DVD’s and music to review. We will be stepping up the critiques! There wasn’t enough of it and it keeps my skills up to par. On deck first (whenever I finally go and buy it) will be a review of Cage the Elephant’s new album. They’ve intrigued me enough to merit an album purchase, as I’ve heard a few songs during my lovely 8 hours at work!

Also, we are pledging to read more. You’d think that the English major in me would just want to continuously read and read and read, right? No, I feel that this has had the opposite effect, since I just wanted to get away from it for a while. This has turned to almost 2 years (Only having read a few things of note such as Watchmen and The Life of Pi). So! The Heap will have more book reviews as well!

One area I have not ventured into is video games. I’m progressing through Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Forza 3, so once I get far enough I will review those two as well. Hopefully I can get some other games this year!

I also felt that there was a noticeable lack of original content. I had a few good opinion pieces, but I need to write more. In addition, I need to enhance my creative writing as well. Look for perhaps some poems songs and short stories? Who knows! I know that I want to write some original essays about a few interesting thoughts I’ve had.

SO anyway! That’s where I hope to head with The Heap for the time being! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter!

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