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A couple weeks ago I read this post about AIM away messages and I got ultra nostalgic and reflected about my previous online aliases. I can still remember the song lyric I artfully selected for my away message when I went to prom (Get outta my way cause I’m goin’ somewhere). Buckle up for safety as we travel through cyber space.

hyperchick3317: The middle school years

This was my first AIM screen name ever. I was a spunky — bordering on obnoxious — middle schooler, so this was an accurate representation of who I was in real life.  I didn’t have the internet at home yet and had to make sure I logged in when I was at my friends’ houses. How else was I going to talk to my middle school crushes?!  Speaking of crushes, the 3317 from the end of my handle was copied from one of those crushes. Subtle, right?

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punkybonnett17: The early ’00s
(I pronounce this as “oh-ohs”, I know it’s referred to as the aughts, but I think oh-ohs is more fun.)

Maybe I was inspired by the new millennium and Y2K hoopla or maybe I was trying to put my middle school persona to rest. I switched my AIM account to punkybonnett17. I merged Punky Brewster with my last name to create this masterpiece. I guess if I’m being super accurate it was: pUnKyBoNnEtT17. This name was there for me through those angst filled days of high school and trying to find a date to homecoming. convohomecoming

Punkybonnett17 was how I kept in touch with high school friends while I transitioned to college. This was also during the early days of facebook, but events and status updates were’t what they are today. We all had to find out about the rager at Ashby through away messages. Times were tough, man.

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Misslonetta: The Myspace era

Miss Lonetta was a nickname given to me by a friend’s dad and I decided it was good enough for Myspace. I initially created a Myspace account in high school to creep on people’s photos who actually used Myspace. I had friends who dated dudes from Myspace and it seemed so bizarre at the time. There was bullying that happened between members of the pom pon squad through Myspace. I was totally emo around the edges, so I should have been into Myspace more than I was!

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I used Myspacce through the summer after freshman year of college. I was into answering lame chain email type challenges and my background was customized with freeze pops.

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Misslonetta: Twitter, the first 140 characters

My first communication with the twitterverse:

— Jess Lonett (@misslonetta) February 19, 2009

I find comfort in the fact that not much has changed.

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Introducing: @itsjesslonett 

After thinking about the different online identities I had used over the years, I realized I was still using a name from high school. I felt like I needed a change. I put out a poll asking if I should change to @itsjesslonett, keep @misslonetta, and I provided a third option of “no one gives a fuck, get over yourself”.  I also left space for comments, concerns and suggestions. Before I launched the poll I knew I was committed to switching, but it was entertaining making it a more interactive process.

My favorite comment I received was: “I’m concerned about your Taylor Swift obsession. I admire your hair wrap. You look good in stripes.”

You can now find me on twitter and instagram as @itsjesslonett. Make sure you @reply correctly. spots


How I Spent My Summer Vacation

[Jithu] Summer is not officially over but I’m already nostalgic for it! This was a busy summer for me as I tried to pack in as much as I could. I love long days with the sun peeking through until 8 pm. I feel like I get so much time and I need to take advantage of the extra daylight and great weather.

This busy tone for this summer was set by my new gig. I recently accepted a position as a Program Coordinator for a large government contract. I am learning quite a bit and get to flex my Type A personality by helping manage a large project.

My face after a long day.

My face after a long day and after a humid run.

I also signed up for the Philadelphia Marathon and began training. I started my training a few weeks ago in the middle on summer and it has been a strenuous experience. As a recent runner, I’ve only experienced training in the depths of winter and running in the hot and humid climes of VA was quite the humbling experience.

Sometimes, sweet friends make you fun signs

Sometimes, sweet friends make you fun signs

It is also very humbling to run off oodles of wine from the night before – trust me on this one! I spent a glorious 10 days in chilly SF: basking in the Bay winds, drinking in the sight of the Golden Gate bridge enveloped in fog, and also drinking way too many glasses of wine at my cousin’s nuptials. This trip came at the perfect time.

The dreamiest.

The dreamiest.

Just a snippet of the numerous cousins gathered for photos

Just a snippet of the numerous cousins gathered for photos

I am currently finishing out my summer by celebrating another birthday; sorting out a quasi Quarter Life crisis that fuels daredevil adventure; and starting back again as an ESL teacher for adults. It has been a pretty fantastic summer and while I am not looking forward to the saturation of pumpkin products, I am looking forward to colder running weather.

[Jess] I am still in denial that summer is basically over. I don’t know how time goes from early May to end of August and then it’s mid-September so quickly. It has to be a magic trick.

I spent two weeks volunteering with Girls Rock! Pittsburgh at their summer camp.  Girls ages 8-18 learn how to play an instrument, form a band, write an original song, and perform in front of a 300+ person audience all in one week. The girls also participate in a variety of workshops ranging from screen printing, zine making, and discussions on body image. It was a totally rad experience to see the ideas that each of the girls brought to the group and see friendships form over a mutual appreciation of My Chemical Romance or Taylor Swift.

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I moved into a new apartment and bought a car all in one week. Why spread out the grown up things you have to get done? My new (to me) car, Zenon, obviously named after the Girl of the 21st Century, and I are getting along quite nicely in our Bloomfield neighborhood.  She’s been great at hauling my stuff and the thrift store gems I’ve discovered to enhance my new space.  The only way Zenon could be a bigger help in this move is if she could unpack and organize all the things I’ve been procrastinating finding permanent places for.

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My biggest accomplishment of the summer was getting a hair wrap. I was never allowed to get one as a kid. My mom usually blamed it on my dance recital.  It was finally my time to make my dreams come true. I picked out the perfect pink and purple color combo with matching bead. Unfortunately, they were all out of dolphin charms. I’m fairly certain I was the most excited person getting my hair wrapped at Kennywood that day. This big moment in my life was the ultimate summer day filled with roller coasters, funnel cake, and ended with the creepiest laser show I have ever experienced.

hairwraphairwrap2It’s been real, Summer. S.Y.N.Y. + L.Y.L.A.S. <3

 

 


Best Decision I Made Last Week

We at Electric Pursuit are all about embracing the good, the bad, and the mundane! Selecting the best decision we made last week is our own way of celebrating the choices we make.

[Jithu] The best decision I made last week was going to Brew at the Zoo with some amazing old friends and new. This is a super fun event benefits the National Zoo and is a way for the DC crowd to rub elbows and sample various local beers. I met up with my friends Alicia, Andrew, and Julia and we romped through the various zones for delicious cider and beer. We gulped down golden ales, cherry cider, and stale popcorn as we imagined the life story of a really attractive beer distributor.
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I was chastised by a stranger for a eating a pretzel from a pretzel necklace. I mean, why wear a pretzel necklace if you’re not going to share the goods? People are terrible.

Other than being asked to step away from the pretzel necklace, it was an easy night.

If you ever have the chance, go to this event. Many cities host this joyful thing! Animals, friends, and beers are a perfect summer combo. brewatthezoo2

[Jess] The best decision I made last week was choosing Behr’s Cozumel color to paint my dresser.  I loved exploring all the paint options. Most of the colors I was drawn to were labeled under the Kids sections. Whatever, I’m for sure a grown up.

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I currently have one coat complete at this point and I am obsessed. Phase 2 of this DIY-ing adventure is going to be adding glitter to the drawers because, like I mentioned, I am a grown up.  All grown ups add glitter to their furniture, duh.

 


Best Decision I Made Last Week

We at Electric Pursuit are all about embracing the good, the bad, and the mundane! Selecting the best decision we made last week is our own way of celebrating the choices we make.

[Jithu] The best decision I made last week was to share the news that I’ll be running the Philadelphia Marathon this fall. While I have shared this news with a select few, I have not announced it on social media or any public forum. It’s because I am terrified and am questioning my ability to complete this feat. 26.2 miles is a lot of distance to cover. I have to be physically, mentally, and emotionally prepared to complete this. I don’t know if I can finish it or if I can get myself to the starting line. I have been reading extensively about training programs and many runners recommend that I share this news with as many people as I can. This will keep me honest and provide motivation to train for the race. As I start my marathon training this week, I thought it would be appropriate to share this news publicly. Folks, I am running the Philadelphia Marathon this year.

[Jess] The best decision I made last week was to see the movie Obvious Child. Jenny Slate is amazing and I want to be her BFF.  I can’t even put into words all the wonderful things this movie is.  Just watch the trailer and then find the theater closest to you that Obvious Child is playing at and do yourself a favor and go.

 


Best Decision I Made Last Week

We at Electric Pursuit are all about embracing the good, the bad, and the mundane! Selecting the best decision we made last week is our own way of celebrating the choices we make.

[Jithu] The Best decision I made last week was working on being okay with being single. As many may have experienced, being single at an event can evoke feelings of shame. People ask you about your love life and you are reduced to feeling like a feckless teenager. You may encounter the following statements, “But you’re such a great person!” or “is dating terribly difficult?” or “I know a great person for you!” I have to constantly remind myself that being single isn’t this terrible thing. I’m not defined by my singledom and while at a wedding this weekend, I ate a slice of cake and watched the couples get down on the dance floor. It was not as terrible as I had built it up in my mind. dancefloor weddingcake

[Jess] The best decision I made last week was to watch Lemonade Mouth, which is a Disney Channel Original Movie from 2011.  I feel so out of touch with any DCOMs post 2006. This gem is a classic tale of athletes vs the arts in high schools with a solid mix of The Breakfast Club and High School Musical. I definitely wanted to turn the world into a dance floor like their lyrics encourage after I got done watching.

Sometimes you just need a movie targeted towards tweens and teens in your 20-something life. Check out one of the featured songs, “Determinate“, for a sneak peak at the joy that will be brought into your life when you add this to your Netflix queue.

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Best Decision I Made Last Week

We at Electric Pursuit are all about embracing the good, the bad, and the mundane! Selecting the best decision we made last week is our own way of celebrating the choices we make.

[Jithu] The best decision I made last week was to make the most of the day. I know, everyone says this but don’t necessarily follow through with it. Currently, I’m focusing on small achievable goals. I love my new gig and it keep me engaged and insanely busy. I roughly clock in about 10 hour work days and by the time I get home, I am exhausted and I don’t want to do anything other than watch Orange is the New Black and pass out on the couch. This week, I told myself that I would spend 20 minutes outside after I got home. This has been really great for me. I look forward to going on a walk or a run on the trails. Seriously, sunshine and fresh aid really makes a difference! After my quick walk or whatever, I come home and use my new burst of energy to do something other than melt into the couch. This is week 1 and I will report back to you all about week 2!

[Jess] The best decision I made last week was volunteering at the Girls Rock! Pittsburgh June camp.  I had been planning on being involved minimally this session, mostly just focusing on loading in gear, but that changed after day one.

Seeing 30 girls ages 8-18 join bands, write original songs, perform in front of a sold out crowd, and form friendships over their mutual love of My Chemical Romance is a pretty solid way to spend a week.

If you’re in the Pittsburgh area mark August 9th on your calendar now.  That’s the date of the next session’s showcase and you really don’t want to miss the magic.pizzagrrlz

 


Best Decision I Made Last Week

We at Electric Pursuit are all about embracing the good, the bad, and the mundane! Selecting the best decision we made last week is our own way of celebrating the choices we make.

[Jithu] The best decision I made last week was to bring yoga back into my life again. I’ve only been at my new position for three weeks but these have been one of the most rewarding and stressful weeks of this year so far. I am terrible at managing stress and relaxing. You see, I don’t know how to relax. Relaxing for me is taking care of all the things that I need to get done. Unable to relax, I decided that I needed an activity that will force me to relax. For the past two weeks, I start my day with surya namaskarams or sun salutations. I start my day with 7 to 10 surya namaskarams while I listen to M.S. Subhalakshimi’s Vishnu Sashra Namam (1000 names of Lord Vishnu). The slow melodic chants of M.S. while I focus on my breaths has been amazing. Seriously, I feel so calm and relaxed. It helps me calm myself before I get into the crazy world of program management. While I haven’t made time to do a full 60 minute hatha yoga session, I am able to carve out 15 minutes to do some sun salutations and listen to Sanskrit chants.

[Jess] The best decision I made last week was watching Mary-Kate and Ashley movies. My co-worker and I spent Saturday evening watching Holiday in the Sun and Passport to Paris and it was amazing.  

Sometimes I forget how much I loved and/or still love the Olsen twins. We’re planning on making this a re-occurring event because there are still so many different countries we can experience through the eyes of Mary-Kate and Ashley and the cute local boys they always seem to fall in love with.

If you’re interested in re-watching these classic gems of the late ’90s and early ’00s they are all on YouTube here.  Be warned, sometimes the Superchick songs are muted during the shopping montages, but it doesn’t take away from the cinematic glory.

 


Best Decision I Made Last Week

We at Electric Pursuit are all about embracing the good, the bad, and the mundane! Selecting the best decision we made last week is our own way of celebrating the choices we make.

[Jithu] The best decision I made last week was to try the IPAs at the Mad Fox brewery.  Seriously, IPAs are delicious and I made sure I tried ALL the IPAs available at Mad Fox. The Diabolik is my absolute favorite. It’s slightly hoppy and rich in flavor. It has the tastiest color (yes, a tasty color) and begs to be tasted. I’m hoping to incorporate Mad Fox IPA tasting into my regular schedule.

[Jess] The best decision I made last week was going to the Three Rivers Arts Festival.  I went Sunday night and checked out Jake Bugg for the close of the festival.  There were a lot more screaming tweens than I anticipated. There were so many cute puppies!  I also got to enjoy some delicious deep fried Oreos and the powder sugar mess that resulted from this. I love listening to live music outside in the summer time. It might just bee one of my all time favorite things!

 


My PGH Staycation

Last weekend I ended up with a scheduling miracle: a three day weekend.  Usually when the stars align and this happens I jump at the opportunity to get out of town and visit friends.  This time I opted for a relaxing staycation instead.  By opted I mean I was forced into staying in town for the weekend because the rest of my family already had out of town plans and I was required to stay and keep our dog alive.

The key to a perfect staycation is a mix of local activities, relaxing alone, some snacks and booze, and not wearing pants for more than 3 minutes after you return home.

After work Thursday I kicked off my staycation with a burrito bowl from Chipotle and spent some quality time with the dreamy Matthew Gray Gubler while watching re-runs of Criminal Minds.

Friday was the first official day of my three day weekend. I started my day by meeting a volunteer coordinator from Girls Rock! Pittsburgh, an empowerment program for female youths, at an adorable coffee shop in a part of the city I’ve never been to.  I left feeling thrilled about joining the organization and looking forward to being a part of their summer camp program.

I spent some time relaxing and reading in the nearby park before meeting friends for happy hour.  Drinking beers outside next to a dancing fountain with choreographed routines to Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5 and Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in a Bottle” is a top notch happy hour experience.

After happy hour we headed to Club Cafe to check out Jeremy Messersmith. I first discovered him during my DJ days at WXJM. This venue is super tiny and I loved it. Mid-set he asked for requests and I shouted out, “I love Virginia!”,  which he then went on to play during his encore. He played a lovely cover of Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend and the most romantic song about a one night stand ever. It was hard to contain my swooning. With some encouraging and guidance from my friend’s boyfriend I bought him a shot of whiskey post-show and we chatted briefly while I tried to minimize my gushing. I’m not sure I succeeded, but #YOLO.

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I spent the entire day Saturday watching Orange is the New Black. I decided I wanted to re-watch season one before starting season two, so I watched 16 episodes in one day, which is a new personal binge watching record. I’m still not sure if I feel proud of this accomplishment or ashamed.

Sunday I met up with friends for Bloody Marys before heading to a local music festival that a couple of my co-workers’ bands were playing.  We arrived in time to catch Gypsy and His Band of Ghosts at the outdoor stage overlooking the city from Mount Washington.  During the next band’s set, Pittsburgh’s weather decided it was the perfect time to start a down pouring.

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We tried to wait it out, but after 20 minutes and no sign of a slow down we headed indoors to enjoy a few beers.  The blueberry beer I ordered even had floating blueberries in it!

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I love that calling a long weekend in your hometown a staycation makes everything seem more exciting. Added bonus — there are no bags to unpack!

Do you have a favorite way to spend a staycation?


Best Decision I Made Last Week

We at Electric Pursuit are all about embracing the good, the bad, and the mundane! Selecting the best decision we made last week is our own way of celebrating the choices we make.

[Jithu]  The best decision I made last week was to be more open minded. I have a tendency to be cynical and openly criticize things I don’t practice or don’t like. I may do it in a comedic manner but still who am I to spout off my opinions to others about their life? It is really unnecessary and something I should be conscious of. This weekend, I encountered a person even more opinionated and cynical than I. Let me tell you, I saw this and I could see shades of myself there. So, I’ve decided to consciously be kinder and more open minded about other’s choices. If I give you unnecessary commentary/judgements about whatever it is you are doing, you can hold me to my word.

[Jess] The best decision I made last week was to re-watch season one of Orange Is the New Black before starting season two.  I feel reconnected to all those ladies of Litchfield. I also set a new personal record for number of episodes watched in a single day, which I don’t want to admit to the world because it’s moderately shameful.

Did you make any stellar decisions last week? We’d love to hear about them!