Little Five Points

Just sharing some photos from this past weekend's visit to Little Five Points.

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...


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.

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.

Perspectives change as time passes

1. My nephews' trophies. MVPs for the win.
2. Super oldie but goodie of me and my cousin.
3. The backyard of the neighborhood I grew up in.
4. The front yard of the neighborhood I grew up in.
5. My youngest nephew and his ex-bae.
6. Cruising through the skies on the way back to ATL.

Amicalola Falls

Easily my favorite part of last weekend's North GA trip.

Things I can appreciate about life

Last year around this time, I wrote a post on gratitude, and how I felt it was important to express it year-round. Well, a whole year has gone by, and here I am around the Thanksgiving holiday looking back at how often I really took the time to appreciate the people and things in my life. Appreciation is a funny thing. You can feel it, deep inside, sitting all warm and fuzzy within your body, but that doesn't necessarily mean you're showing it and/or expressing it openly. At least, such is the case for me. I'm working on that. The YouVersion app has a good reading plan on Thankfulness, and it's a quick read. When I fall behind, it's easy to catch up.

I wrote a post a little while back on the few things that made me smile that day, and I'm outrageously grateful for those moments. They may be small, but those moments are important. There's so much in my world I'm thankful for. Even when shit is hitting the fan, I have a laundry list of things I can appreciate about life - my life. As I sit here typing this post, my mother is in the background (all warm in cozy in my apartment), asking if I have corn meal in my kitchen. I tell her "no, probably not," and she takes it upon herself to check my cupboards to make sure. She's making quite a bit of noise, all while I'm trying to concentrate on writing this post, and lo' and behold she's found some.

"See! You don't even know what you have in this kitchen..."

I started to get slightly irritated because I wanted some time alone this afternoon, but I'm thankful to have her around and close, especially during the holidays when being near family just feels... right.

Burts Farm

We were on CP Time for the pumpkin patch. (About a week late)
Gotsta do better.

North Georgia Mountains

This past week has been a rough one for me. These photos are from a last weekend's trip to North Georgia Mountains. My quiet before the storm.

Running a 5K

I ran my (first?) 5K this weekend! It was the Luminate 5K, so it happened at night, which means I don't have any pictures. And that's not really a good excuse for not having any pictures, but I was so caught up in the moment and too busy being anxious/excited about the then-uncharted territory that I wasn't even thinking about snapping a few photos for sharing purposes. It happened, though. The proof was in my next-day soreness. I did manage to capture the shots above before sunset.

The race started at Piedmont Park, and it took us all around Midtown Atlanta. You never realize how many hills your city has until you're trying to run up them. That, coupled with the fact that I caught a little cramp in my right side, is my excuse for not running the whole thing through. I have no clue what my time was, and I don't even care what "place" I finished in. I doubt the rest of my teammates cared either, because dangggittt - we finished!

I had forgotten how good it feels to do something you never thought you'd do. Running a 5K, or any kind of race for that matter, is definitely one of those things. Now I can cross it off my list.