Hey now, what’s this all about?

After a long hiatus, I’m back to the keyboard, punching out a few thoughts and getting posts up (hopefully) more often than I did over at un.determined. Life is still just as undetermined as it was seven months ago, but moving the blog for a fresh new start seemed like a great way to reopen the creative floodgates.

Oh and obviously, the coolest part is that I’m here, at allymanet.com. Arguably not the most creative of site names, but I see it as an opportunity to develop on the web the person I am in the real world. Seemed only fitting that the internet me would have the same name as the real me, no?

I’ll spare you the explanations of why it’s been so long and instead tell you why I’m back.

I realized over the past few months that while I love to write, what I really enjoy is reading. I love telling people – namely, my husband – about the random pieces of information I garner throughout the day. I’m constantly soaking it all in, bursting at the seams to tell someone, anyone, whatever remarkable or ridiculous tidbit I stumbled across.

Who knows why I find learning new (and mostly useless) things so fascinating. Maybe it’s because we’re the internet generation. Maybe it’s because my parents bought a full set of encyclopedias. Or maybe it’s because I’m a complete and total nerd.

Either way, I’ll be sharing it all with you here, and I hope allymanet.com introduces you to something new, something interesting, something completely Ally, nearly every day.

Random thought about this post’s title: as soon as I typed it, I starting singing “Hey now, heyyyy nowww, don’t dream it’s over!” You too? No? Just me then…



I did it. I made a New Year’s resolution that I could keep, and then did.

I told people about you, little bloggy.

Now, to be fair, I did it via twitter and Facebook around 1:00 a.m. New Year’s Day, so probably only a slim few were awake or coherent enough to read that message and thereby only a few actually know, but I said I would release you today and I DID. Even if it was the chicken way to do it. 🙂

So now, I’m starting this year out on the right foot. I’m doing something that I love – writing – and I’ll be doing my best to do it often. Which explains why even though there are still people at the house, I’m sitting at my laptop. Granted, the boys are busy dominating on COD (or so I hear) and Kylee is taking a nap…

Anyway, all of that aside, I’m looking forward to all that 2011 will bring. I’ll spare you the boring recount of all of 2010 (see first post) but it was a busy year. A lot has changed in my life from getting married to buying a house, but I’m certain there’s still a lot that this year can surprise me with.

And I’ll be chattering away about all of it, right here.

And so it begins.

I think I may officially be the last person who is interested in blogging to actually begin doing so.

It’s been a busy year (or two, or three) and I just haven’t found myself with the time. In the past three years, I have:

  • Met my boyfriend
  • Graduated from College
  • Moved in with my parents
  • Quickly relocated to an apartment
  • Landed my first big girl job
  • Moved into my second apartment
  • Got engaged to boyfriend fiancĂ©
  • Got a promotion
  • Planned a wedding (seeing a trend here?)
  • Purchased a home with @font-face { font-family: “Cambria”; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 10pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: “Times New Roman”; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; }fiancĂ©
  • Got a promotion
  • Began traveling for work
  • Got married to fiancĂ© husband

Phew. Yes – I realize that’s life, but for me – that’s a heck of a lot of life to happen all at once. So I have gone from planning my graduation, to planning my job hunt, to planning my career path, to planning a wedding. And for the first time in my life, there is nothing left to plan…leaving me with actual, real-life time to do other things.

I’ve been thinking about my non-planning for a while and was probably the brightest light at the end of the wedding-planning tunnel. I was never the play-dress-up-and-pretend-it’s-your-wedding type of little girl, so spending hours poring over flowers and colors and other miscellaneous details wasn’t what I would call thrilling. In fact, I think we selected the first vendor we met in every category (flowers, cake, DJ, photographer, venue). Lucky for me, everything turned out great and I was extremely pleased with everyone we picked. Lucky for husband – he didn’t have to hear me debating the pros and cons of off-white versus eggshell invitations.

So now, because I have the time and because I desperately need to, I’m writing. I’m not implying that I’ll be writing anything of substance – just that I’m finally beginning to put ideas to paper web, meaning at the very least I have to put my thoughts into complete sentences.

I guess you could say that by starting a blog, I’m starting another plan.

What can I say, I can’t help myself.