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2014 Annual Report December 30, 2014

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,800 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 30 trips to carry that many people.

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2014 IN BLOGGING
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Crunchy numbers

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,800 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 30 trips to carry that many people.

There were 36 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 10 MB. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was February 18th with 34 views. The most popular post that day was Greenwood Park Mall vs. Castleton Square Mall.

Posting Patterns

In 2014, there were 16 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 117 posts.
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LONGEST STREAK
2 days
26 January – 27 January

BEST DAY
Monday
with 4 posts total

Attractions in 2014

These are the posts that got the most views in 2014. You can see all of the year’s most-viewed posts in your Site Stats.

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Greenwood Park Mall vs. Castleton Square Mall
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September 2011
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How different two Old Navy stores can be
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November 2011
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Teppanyaki review
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June 2012
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Incredible Pizza Company at Lafayette Square Mall: now closed
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March 2012
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Openings and closings on East Washington Street
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March 2014
Some of your most popular posts were written before 2014. Your writing has staying power! Consider writing about those topics again.

How did they find you?

The top referring sites in 2014 were:

semalt.com
facebook.com
youtube.com
en.cyclopaedia.net
scout.me
Where did they come from?

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That’s 40 countries in all!
Most visitors came from The United States. Brazil & Canada were not far behind.
Who were they?

Your most commented on post in 2014 was Review: Iron Sheet Royal Grill

These were your 5 most active commenters:

1 Wilda 1 COMMENT
2 Jenni Milosch 1 COMMENT
3 Britteny Paff 1 COMMENT
4 iStock 1 COMMENT
5 Arlene Mendoza 1 COMMENT
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2013 in review January 25, 2014

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for KNormIndy. Check it out!

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An Indianapolis cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,400 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 40 trips to carry that many people.

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A little activity, a little shopping and a little dining, Indy style September 25, 2013

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As featured on the IndyStory Project!

When it comes to Indianapolis, quite a few options exist for leisure time, in shopping, dining and activities. However, were I to pick just one of each, then I would pick Greenwood Park Mall, Sapporo and Greatimes, respectively.

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What I love about Greenwood Park Mall is that not all of its stores are women’s clothing. While Castleton Square has more square footage, it has fewer stores with an emphasis on women’s clothing stores (and its own directory supports me in this). Greenwood Park Mall has more stores, albeit smaller, with a wider variety of stores. I also find younger people of both sexes frequenting this mall more, as opposed to the older women at Castleton Square.

Old Navy- Greenwood Park Mall (12)

Therefore, the environment is more appealing. Also, the employees are wonderfully friendly, outgoing, cheerful, helpful and thoughtful. I’d like to think they’re naturally this way, but maybe they’re just really good at their jobs. Either way, I approve of the employees and staff at all the stores. As far as what to do in Greenwood Park Mall, I visit Old Navy, Aeropostale, Blondie’s Cookies, and Maggie Moo’s. Greenwood Park Mall is the last mall in the Indy area to have an Old Navy, and it is my favorite store. I can find a lot of things for under $20, especially on the clearance rack. The same goes for Aeropostale, although its sales are less frequent and less generous.

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Maggie Moo’s has a moderate selection of ice cream with approximately 16 flavors, but its flavors are rich and creamy. A small ice cream in a waffle cone costs $3.20. And Blondie’s has the “rich and creamy” cookie equivalent. They charge by weight, but non-iced cookies cost $1.40-1.60 each and iced cookies cost about $2.20 each. Best of all, they have frequent user cards, so after eight visits, the ninth will be free. There are several more restaurants and shops inside the mall, but those four are the ones I frequent.

Sapporo (8)

Sapporo is across Indianapolis on the north side, off east 82nd street and Knue Road in Castleton. This former Old Country Buffet was convincingly converted into a Japanese steakhouse. Servers put on quite the show thoroughly cooking your food and making it delicious. It’s quite apparent they take great pleasure in their job and approach it with genuine enthusiasm. The food itself is remarkably delicious, covered in soy sauce, lemon juice, and teriyaki sauce. Best of all, two sauces, ginger and mustard, are provided, and the ginger sauce will give both chicken and shrimp a kick in flavor while keeping it sweet. A wide variety of entrees is offered, including chicken, steak, shrimp and scallops, and each entree comes with white or fried rice, though the fried rice costs an extra $2.50.

Aeropostale- Greenwood Park Mall (3)

I get it every time though, because I have yet to find rice with the same hibachi flavor as Sapporo’s fried rice. There is also a bowl of soup that is flavored with mushrooms and onions that tastes somewhat like chicken. I find it zesty and savorable. The only caution I can give is that dinner can be between $18 and $30 for one person, so Sapporo is best used for special occasions and not weekly dinners. It’s worth the price to go there once in a while though.

Greatimes (5)

Greatimes markets itself as a “family fun park”, so it’s suitable for all ages. Though at 24 years old, I still visit once in a while for the thrill of go-karts, bumper boats and miniature golf. Tickets are required for said rides, though there is a discount if you buy multiple tickets. On the inside are a whole bunch of arcade games, including skee ball, air hockey, motorcycling, zombie hunting, Pac-Man, basketball and more.

There’s also a pizza place with sodas, a redemption counter in the center to get prizes from tickets, and a few party rooms for birthday parties. For smaller children, a bounce house and indoor playground is located on the first floor behind a wall of arcade games. Children can have fun with the arcade games and playground, but even older kids and teenagers can enjoy the outdoor activities.

Word to the wise: there is a height requirement for the outdoor activities and they are seasonal, so they close at some point in the fall and reopen the following spring, so don’t come here in the dead of winter expecting go-karts and miniature golf. However, when all attractions are in season, my friends and I can easily amuse ourselves here for a few hours.

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All in all, while there are several options for activities, dining, and shopping in Indianapolis, I’ve chosen to focus on these three favorite places of mine. Don’t let my article discourage you, however- there’s a whole city to explore.

Kelly Clarkson & Maroon 5 concert overview August 4, 2013

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So on August 3, 2013, I had the honor of seeing Kelly Clarkson live (for the third time) at Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville. This time, however, the show was “sold out”, meaning more crowds and it was harder to find seats. We eventually got a spot thanks to this nice lady who was able to help out my friend when she had medical issues. Anyway, Kelly Clarkson played as the first of two acts from 7:55-8:53. Setlist is below.

1. Stronger
2. Behind These Hazel Eyes
3. Catch My Breath
4. My Life Would Suck Without You
5. Breakaway
6. Because of You
7. Don’t You Wanna Stay
8. Tie It Up
9. I Never Loved a Man
10. Walk Away
11. Mr. Know-It-All
12. Miss Independent
13. People Like Us
14. Since U Been Gone

“I Never Loved a Man” is an Aretha Franklin cover, and she made “Don’t You Wanna Stay” a solo instead of a duet, which disimpressed me. “Tying the Knot” is her new country single, which makes sense, as she IS engaged right now. Her first and fourth albums are barely represented with one song each, and her fifth album only had two songs on the list. Her third album was completely skipped, and, not surprisingly, her second album had FIVE songs on the list. I say “not surprisingly” because Breakaway is the album that got everyone’s attention. I got no clips of any songs, choosing instead to get full recordings of half the concert: Catch My Breath, My Life Would Suck Without You, Breakaway, Don’t You Wanna Stay, Mr. Know-It-All, People Like Us, and Since U Been Gone. And did I mention she and her band had on glowsticks when singing “People Like Us”? Wonderful stuff.

Maroon 5 took stage half an hour later and performed 18 songs from 9:24-10:49.

1. One More Night
2. This Love
3. Lucky Strike
4. Tangled
5. Harder to Breathe
6. Sunday Morning
7. ? (lyrics include “always seem to let you down” and “only one that makes you”)
8. Makes Me Wonder
9. Shiver
10. Wake Up Call
11. Won’t Go Home Without You
12. Love Somebody
13. Misery
14. Stereo Hearts
15. Moves Like Jagger
16. Payphone
17. She Will Be Loved
18. Daylight

My only regret? They played the “rap” version of Payphone, using pre-recorded audio of their featured rapper. Hell, if they’re gonna do that, then they could’ve used pre-recorded audio of the featured singer in “Moves Like Jagger”! I got a full clip of Payphone though. And I have to say, for a band I’m only lukewarm about, they delivered a VERY energizing and uplifting performance of “Love Somebody.” Probably the best live performance of any song I’d ever seen.

An act of charity at Aeropostale May 20, 2013

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I went to the Castleton Square Aeropostale on May 19, the fourth and final day of their 25% off sale. After I bought a t-shirt and two pairs of shorts, I realized I had three extra “25% off” coupons. I decided to go and pass them around to random people in the store. I figured, “Why not? It’s the last day of the sale and SOMEone could use them!” What surprised me was that all these random people in the store, for whatever reason, did not have coupons despite the sale being blatantly publicly announced weeks ago and during the sale. But oh well. Spread the wealth!!!

Indiana’s April Weather… April 19, 2013

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It’s April 19, 2013.

So, to recap, last week had 46, 66, and 82 in the same week, yesterday was 77, and today was 44. Indiana, you’ve hit a new low.

I’m just gonna post a pic of this insanity for everyone to see…
April Weather

I destroy footwear January 29, 2013

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Payless Shoe Source- Speedway Supercenter

As noted before, I get my shoes either at Wal-Mart or Payless. Why? Well, let’s face it: I destroy shoes every four to six months. It makes little sense to get shoes somewhere fancy like Shoe Carnival, Foot Locker, Finish Line, Kohl’s, Marshalls, or DSW when they get destroyed so soon, and at the same rate as shoes from cheaper places. And personally, I prefer to NOT pay more than $20 for shoes, but I’ll go $30 if need be. I walked more when I was in school, so I needed shoes every 4 months. Now that I’m not in school, I don’t walk as much, but I still do a lot of walking. I need shoes every 6 months. Wal-Mart and Payless tend to keep their shoe prices between $15 and $35, whereas other places’ shoes START at $40 and go up to $120. Thankfully, I have 2 new pairs of shoes at my house right now, so I should hopefully be good for another year! But when it’s time for a new pair, off to Payless I go!

2012 in review December 31, 2012

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The WordPress.com auto-generated end-of-year thingy prepared a 2012 annual report for KnormIndy. Hooray!

Here’s an excerpt:

In 2012, 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest. This blog got about 3,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, then it would have taken five years to get that many views.

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24th Birthday event ideas December 4, 2012

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Hey people!

OK, so this isn’t for almost 4 months, but I’ve started thinking up ideas for by 24th Birthday Event. I figure that while it may be early to plan the event, it’s not too early to think up ideas. Typically, there’s an activity followed by dinner at a restaurant. Two of my friends had good ideas- Sky Zone (a trampoline place) and Super China Buffet (my 2nd favorite restaurant), but those two aren’t close to each other. For my 21st Birthday, my friends and I went to Woodland Bowl and Tomo. For my 22nd Birthday, we went to X-Site and Perkins. For my 23rd Birthday, we went to Climb Time and Greek’s Pizzeria. So I ask: what are some good activities and restaurants in Indy to do for my 24th Birthday that I haven’t done yet? (No bars, please.)

Target vs. Wal-Mart, October 2012 edition November 3, 2012

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While I really, REALLY like Target more than Wal-Mart, I prefer to shop at Wal-Mart ’cause every time, Wal-Mart’s prices are cheaper for what I’m looking for. People say that Target is cheaper than Wal-Mart and I give them my “WTF?” face, usually reserved for Lady Gaga’s music videos. I ask them what they mean and they can’t really elaborate. People also tell me that Target has higher quality items than Wal-Mart, which I can see in theory, but again I put on my “WTF?” face, ’cause I can’t really understand how the same size, same name-brand item can be higher quality at one store over another. But I was curious to see if I was right, so I did some price hunting for products I usually buy at Wal-Mart and Target.

I found that Wal-Mart was cheaper or the same as Target in every case except the Irish Spring 8-pack of soap, and some items sold at Wal-Mart aren’t even stocked at Target. One of my friends who works at the Nora Target tells me that each Target prices differently, which is a valid point. There are six Targets in Indianapolis- 3 North, 1 East, 1 West, and 1 South. However, after further investigation, I find that the Glendale, Nora, Castleton, West 38th Street, and Washington Square Mall Targets are ALL more expensive than my close Keystone Wal-Mart. (I’ve never been to the South Side Target at the deadly Emerson & Southport.) It’s a shame, really. I like the atmosphere, order, people, cleanliness, service, stock, classiness, and design of any Target FAR more than any Wal-Mart and really would rather shop at Target. I just wish they’d lower their prices.