Year in Review: 2011

Because you can’t look forward without looking back!

My personal 2011 highlights

  • Celebrated the new year, with best friends of new and old
  • Visited Miss Karen Vance in her city of Chicago
  • Job interviews galore!
  • Started blogging at UP in Theater
  • Timbers and Blazer games galore!
  • Started cooking
  • Last ever Rocky Horror party at The Cottage
  • Successfully presented my senior capstone – Bloggers and their First Amendment Rights
  • Graduated from University of Portland!!!
  • Turned 22 with a fabulous surprise party from Steven and my best friends
  • Started my UP and Prichard Communications internships
  • Moved out of The Cottage
  • Moved into my swanky, downtown apartment
  • Celebrated one year with Steven Quirk with a Seattle trip!
  • Saw Pete Yorn and Counting Crows in concert
  • Started Life of Roya
  • Traveled to Isfahan and Tehran, Iran to visit our family
  • Started running – signed up for two races
  • Got a real-life job at the University of Portland!
2011 was pretty damn great! Let’s do this 2012!

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Mid-Week Music: It Feels Like Christmas from Muppet Christmas Carol

Continuing with my Christmas-themed mid-week music, I just HAD to include this song from one of my favorite Christmas movies of all time.

If you haven’t seen Muppet Christmas Carol, then you are seriously missing out!

Steven just posted it on my Facebook wall, and I immediately started singing along! 

It’s been a G-E family tradition to watch this movie on Christmas Eve. We know the words to all the songs and I cry (Kara too!) at all the same scenes. (I’m sorry, but that scene with Tiny Tim/Little Kermit’s crutch against the chair at the end of the movie has been burned into my memory since I was 5.)

A movie which has Gonzo as Charles Dickens, Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge, and the entire Muppets cast just seriously rocks! (yes, I have drank the Muppets kool-aid since I was 3.)

I love this movie and I am so excited to watch it with my family this year!

Dear Lisa Rudgers… (the perfect self-marketing campaign)

I usually don’t blog more than once a day, but what I just stumbled upon is truly incredible.

As a Communication Studies graduate, I learned a lot about creating your own brand. And having your own indistinguishable voice. Those two aspects set you apart from all others and will help you land your perfect job.

Meet Lindsay Blackwell. She started in hopes of landing the University of Michigan Social Media Director. The target of the campaign is Lisa Rudgers, the school official who will ultimately make the hiring decision. If this doesn’t catch her attention, I don’t know what will…

Lindsay is a 2010 graduate, a millennial, a true new media marketer. She started her own campaign, one that has garnered more than 15,000 visits, to land a job.

This is the power of social media.

I am so impressed by her creativity and the thoughtfulness behind this campaign. I am in awe of Lindsay Blackwell and from one recent graduate to another, I wish her the best of luck!

Life of Roya nominated for The Versatile Blogger award!

So here I am, sick in bed with a fever, when I check my blog…

And lo and behold, I have been nominated for The Versatile Blogger award from the awesome Two Muffins In An Oven! This completely made my sick day wonderful!

Thank you Two Muffins in An Oven! I have loved following your posts (and seeing your book recommendations) for the past couple months. I feel completely honored!

The Versatile Blogger award is like paying it forward blog style! 

  • Nominate 15 fellow bloggers.
  • Inform the bloggers of their nomination.
  • Share 7 random things about yourself.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Add the Versatile Blog Award logo on your blog post.

Finding a great blog can be a challenge, but these 15 blogs have really helped shape me as a new blogger. I would like to nominate the following blogs…

Sloppy Jo’s 

Cheetah’s In Training

The Singing Llama

Budget Cooking

Lizz Writes Good


Mixed Drinks, Hungover Thoughts

Project 150

The Day(ly)-Burget/Burget

Myndi Shafer

Endurance Gal

5k Fashionista

Ten Things I Like

Run Pretty Run Fast

A Girl Named Bong…

Sailing on Paper

Seven random things about me…

1. I have an unhealthy obsession with reality TV. It’s something that I don’t like to talk about, but I just love reality TV. It’s nothing like watching a “real” train wreck that makes you feel great about your own life. This month’s obsession…The Biggest Loser. I cry every episode!

2. I will always feel more confident with red lipstick. I don’t know what it is, but it works every time!

3. My last name is actually my dad’s full last name. Many people assume that my mom and dad had it hyphenated when they were married. But really, Ghorbani-Elizeh is all from my dad! Ghorbani is our last name while Elizeh is the village that my dad and his brothers were born in!

4. The Perks of Being A Wallflower is my all-time favorite book. Yes I will go see the movie, but I know that nothing will be able to beat the book.

5. I am incapable of finishing a tube of chapstick. I always lose the tube before I can finish it. It’s not a huge problem, but it still bugs me everytime

6. For someone who fell in love with a singer, I have a horrible singing voice. I don’t know how Steven puts up with my pitchy singing in the car! I love to sing and nothing is going to stop me!

7. I have really enjoyed blogging. And with my  6,912 blog hits and counting, I am going to keep going for a bit!

Yeah! Congratulations to my fellow bloggers!

Couch to 5k: COMPLETED!

That’s right, I stuck it out and I have completed my 8 week  Couch to 5k training program! (see “Goodbye Couch, Hello 5k!“) I am now a proud graduate and a fearless runner!

Ok, maybe not fearless. But I guess I can consider myself a runner now (shin splints and all!). I am excited to continue to build up my miles every week as well as continue speed work!

All in preparation for my first race in March! Ah!

Follow my training at Daily Mile!


Mid-Week Music: Carol of the Bells by Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

I LOVE THIS SONG (yes, caps lock is necessary).This song is being constantly played between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I don’t know what caused my obsession, maybe it’s the high notes or the fact that Steven knows all the words and I don’t. I do perform great versions of this song with made up lyrics. Poor Steven gets to hear my pathetic versions probably once a day, either in the car, on the phone, or through a wild interpretive dance (I have no shame.) But when I go see him sing at The Grotto, he always makes his quartet sing it for me!

But in all honesty, who couldn’t love this Christmas song? Nothing sounds more festive than a giant choir singing about…bells?