January 23, 2015

Very thankful

I have been in a funk allllll week. I hadn't taken any photos, written a single word, or really even gone further than the grocery store until yesterday. You know how when you don't do something you're happy doing for a while, and you start feeling "stopped up"? Well, for lack of better words, I'm feeling stopped up, creatively. It happens every now and then, and when it does, I open a blank text post on my personal tumblr and just write whatever comes out. Garbage and all. It's usually jumbled and lacking in structure, so it never gets posted publicly. However, it helps! 

I definitely helped yesterday, and afterwards I was going through my phone and came across the photo above from last month. The pups belong to a family whose kids I watched over the holidays, and yes, they are full grown dogs, but they still refer to them as puppies. Frankly, they just as loving and playful as puppies, so I get it - I guess. It's difficult to be in a bad mood when they shower me with all their furry affection, and for that I am thankful. Very thankful.

Other things that I am thankful for as of late:
  • Being able to switch from Sprint to AT&T and finally getting better cellular service. No more dropped calls! Next time there's a big event with a lot of people around, maybe this time i'll be able to call and meet up with my friends if we lose each other. No more repeats of last St. Patrick's Day in Savannah.
  • The dinner date I had with my dear Laura last week at La Parilla. 
  • The sweetest video sent by my dear Tiff that made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside
  • Good friends in general (as noted in the last two points above)
  • The fact that all my bills are paid, and even when times get tough, I've never had to worry about how I'll pay my rent, or wonder if my lights will get cut off. (God is lookin' out for a sista!)

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January 12, 2015

Sky Views

When I first heard about SkyView opening in Atlanta, I was very excited. I had the pleasure of riding the London Eye on a trip to England a few years back, and it was such a great experience; I was looking forward to something similar in my own city. Once it finally opened and word got out, it seemed like nobody was interested. When I asked friends/family if they wanted to go, they were either afraid of heights, "not into" ferris wheels or just disinterested all together. It killed my buzz. Each time the idea was shot down I started to care less and less about taking a ride, until I hardly thought about it at all.

This past weekend, I finally took the plunge (with a little help from Groupon and even more help from a bet I won). In my opinion, nighttime is the right time for something like this. A great way to rekindle the fire for your city is to see it all nice and lit up, and while you can't see the entire skyline from the top, the views of downtown Atlanta are still photo-worthy. I tried not to take very many pictures though and opted to just enjoy the moment instead. Also, it's difficult to hold a steady hand when it's below freezing outside, so getting a clear shot took more effort than I had the patience for at the time.

January 5, 2015

Director of the story

I haven't been reading as much as usual lately. When I say lately, I mean these past couple months, and I guess that's because I've been caught up in the holiday rush like everyone else. I watched so much Netflix in December that I got an automated call from Comcast saying I was approaching my data limit. Note: I didn't even know I had a data limit. Now my brain is itching to get back to acting out stories in my head instead of watching them on a television. That's the fun in books for me. Each person is the director of the story they're reading.

The Cuckoo's Calling is a book I started a few months back but have yet to finish for various reasons. My friend Meredith raved about it, so I'm excited to finally finish it over the next week or so. Also, I suggested it to the book club I recently joined, and it's now our book of the month. If anyone out there in the Atlanta area is interested in joining, let me know! We meet once a month, and there will be an outing thrown in every now and then.

January 1, 2015

New Year's Resolutions make sense


Happy 2015!

I felt the need to write about New Years' Resolutions. I touched on this topic in my last post, but it seems like either people love them or they hate them. I think I used to be one of those people drinking the resolutions haterade, and pushed the idea that we shouldn't wait for a new year to make certain changes. Deep down, though, there were always certain tweaks I was planning to make once I settled back into my regular routine, and really, that's part of the reason most people put off their resolutions until the New Year. 

The days between Thanksgiving and January 1st are full of activities and events that disrupt our regular schedule. Between holiday parties, Christmas productions, gift shopping and extra family time, it can be difficult to start any real changes. Everything's already out of whack. It's hard to start a new workout routine the week before Christmas when you're playing your day-to-day schedule by ear, and healthy healthier eating habits? Please. Has anyone ever tried sweet potato pie? Cobbler? Fresh, buttery biscuits for breakfast? Confession: I bought and devoured (with help) two Marie Calendar Dutch Apple Pies within one week recently. The second time I added ice cream on the side. Why? Not because I'm an apple pie fanatic, but because they were sitting out and calling my name every single time I walked into the grocery store - even if I was just going to buy some almond milk (this really happened one time). Such the nature of the holiday season. It's the season of indulgence, and not just with food. Black Friday is a day of indulgent spending. Thanksgiving and Christmas Day are both days of indulgent generosity; various homeless shelters turn away volunteers on those days because they have too many! Any other time of the year, however, these same shelters need all the help they can get, because those same people that came to help over the holidays have returned to their regularly scheduled programming. 

The best way to make a change and stick with it is to make it a habit, and it's difficult to form a habit without some sort of routine, and most people's routines don't start until the beginning of the New Year, and so the thesis of this long and drawn out essay is that New Year's Resolutions make sense. Because I have just scientifically proven it in the paragraph above.

Now onto the main reason for this post... here are some of the changes I plan to make in 2015.

December 28, 2014

It's my party.

It's a good feeling to make it to the end of the year and look back on everything that has happened, everything you've made it through and everything that has changed. I, like most people, have my moments where I wish things were different, or better, or simpler, or clearer, but things always fall into place they way they're supposed to, so that's nice. I had planned to buy myself a smaller and more compact camera (much like the one above) for portability, but it hasn't happened... yet. There are so many options out there, so I'm having trouble narrowing it down, and for a moment I contemplated purchasing a vintage film camera, but now I'm not so sure if it'll be worth the effort to find film every time I need some new rolls and then to find somewhere to get the film developed at a decent quality. I may have to save that dream for a later date - a date when I have my own home with my own space for my own darkroom to develop my own film, myself. In the interim, I'm scanning reviews on various sites and taking recommendations if anyone out there has any.

Also, I guess it's worth mentioning, for the sake of mentions, that it looks a little different around here these days. The lovely Kotryna worked with me to help my vision come to life on this page, and I am a happy camper. I still have a few more things to add/update, but I was too anxious to wait until everything was picture-perfect-ready, or to wait until the new year, because clearly that would've made more sense. Ah well. It's my party.

In other news, I'm thinking of not going against the grain on New Years Resolutions and actually making some this year. They're underrated IMO, and I hate how much slack they get. There's nothing wrong with wanting to make changes, and the New Year is the perfect time for a fresh start. So what if you (I) don't stick to them? At least you (I) put forth an effort to do better.

A baby step is still a step.

December 22, 2014

Til is see you again, love

This past Saturday I laid a very close friend of mine to rest. It was tough. It's the kind of thing you never expect you'll have to do, but when it's time to do it, you hardly feel present in the moment. It didn't feel real at first, but now reality is setting in so I feel the need to write about it - lest I explode.

December 17, 2014

Little Five Points

Just sharing some photos from this past weekend's visit to Little Five Points. *Note: Bang-On is a solid spot for anyone in ATL looking for customer printing on any kind of fabric. They're quick, reasonably priced and the quality is top notch.

December 15, 2014

Shake Shack Atlanta

I mentioned in a few posts back how excited I was about Shake Shack coming to Atlanta. When I was in NYC a few years ago, I didn't know it existed, so I missed out on giving it a try. Since then, Shake Shack has popped up in various other states, but only on the East Coast (take that, In-N-Out), including the good ol' sunshine state right below me. I've traveled for food before, but a trip to Florida just for a burger spot was not in the books, so I sat waiting patiently and hopelessly...


December 12, 2014

They'll Hook It Up

This week I cleaned my apartment, tried an at-home waxing kit (which was a semi-success), got creeped out by an Elf on a Shelf, found the perfect red lip color for my skin tone and got myself hooked on the Hazelnut Iced Coffee from Chick-fil-a. The flavor's not on the menu, but if you ask for it, they'll hook it up.

December 2, 2014

Over in this neck of the woods

... Annnnd, cue the "December is here already?! How did that happen?! Where has the time gone?! 2015 is almost here! New Year New Me!" posts.

Call me a party pooper, but everything is right on schedule according to my watch (and according to the actual calendar, obviously). One of the Passion artists debuted a new song last Sunday (main hallway of the building pictured above), and the lyrics mentioned how the days are long, but the years fly by. It rang so true of life in general, but lately, that hasn't been the case over in this neck of the woods. I'm just looking for this year to be over already. I'm done with it. I feel like a student in class who's finished a test early and has to sit around and wait for everyone else to tackle that final essay on the last page (I was always good at the essay portions, fyi - it was the multiple choice that got me... too many options!).

On another note, I've got multiple calls and texts to return - some from the week before Thanksgiving. I always say I'll wait until the evening time, so I can actually talk to the person instead of their voicemail, but then I look up and it's 11pm.

Anywhoo, I'm off to Dollar Tree later for some cheap and cheesy Christmas decor. I want my apartment to look like a Merry ol' explosion went off.