March 31, 2014

Friendship cannot flourish on an empty glass.


Every Saturday, The Wine Cellars in downtown Smyrna hold a wine tasting. It had been rainy and gloomy for most of the morning, so a friend and I figured this would be a good way to brighten our day. Usually four to five wines are on the sampling menu which means you (I) get to try a variety you (I) wouldn't otherwise try. I'm a fairly strict red wine lover - not the sweet reds that taste like hunch punch, but those dry and bold reds that linger on the palate long after the last sip. Cabernet, Malbec and Shiraz, for example, rarely fail to deliver.

None of that was on Saturday's menu, however. Saturday was a day for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. These typically aren't my style, but the tasting was free [with a $10 or more bottle purchase, otherwise it's $5... but there's no way I'm leaving a wine shop empty handed, so] which means they were my style that day. 

March 28, 2014

In the city like an out-of-towner

Last week, a co-worker and I took a tour around Atlanta on behalf of our company. It was supposed to happen months ago, but thanks to ice storms and frigid weather I've been putting it off. Since spring is finally here - or so they say, it definitely dropped below freezing a couple nights ago - I decided it was time to set an afternoon aside for some sightseeing. Atlanta may not be the most glamorous town to tour, but it's still got plenty of personality, and I found myself discovering new places I didn't know existed and snapping pictures in the city like an out-of-towner.

The sun wasn't working with me that day, and I forgot to grab a memory card for my Nikon, so these photos are courtesy of an iPhone 5s and a few Lightroom edits.

March 27, 2014

INFJ - I'm in good company.

Astrology, has never been my thing. Frankly, I can look at the description of every sign on the zodiac and find some way to connect with the prediction. Aries' have determination and competitive inclinations? Yep, that's me, as witnessed by anyone who's ever sat next to me while I was playing a game of spades. Taurus' are dependable yet stubborn? Check. Check. Scorpios are passionate and resourceful; Capricorns are responsible and traditional, as am I... I could go on and on, and on, so I take every horoscope reading with a super huge grain of sea salt.

On the other hand, I'm a sucker for personality tests. The fact that certain studies can analyze a set of specific answers and assume to know intricate details about how I'm wired is impressive, especially when it's spot on. Awhile back, I took this test based on a "typological approach to personality." 72 answers later I was reading things about myself that I didn't even realize were true. I've taken the test multiple times, and I still end up with the same result: INFJ - Introvert, iNtuitive, Feeling & Judging.

March 24, 2014

One of those weekends.

I had one of those weekends where I did so many things, but at the same time, I'm not really sure how productive I was. I spent time with people I love, did some touring around Atlanta & found a new appreciation for the Sweet Auburn district, ran errands, bought a super comfortable pair of jeans [worth mentioning - heck, it might even be worth its own post], had some other plans fall through, lowered my phone bill by about $20/month and I got out of my wireless contract [shoutout to Carlos at the Lenox Square Sprint store]. Now that I've typed all this out, I guess my weekend wasn't wasted after all, but my main goal remains unaccomplished: finding a new apartment.

March 19, 2014

[writer's block]

my godson, E.

March 17, 2014

Savannah for St. Paddy's.


I started making St. Patrick's Day plans over a week ago, and slowly but surely, those plans began to crumble. Then late Thursday night, a friend I hadn't seen in a while [pictured above in the Green Bay Packers cap] sent me a text saying "Savannah for St. Paddy's."

To which I replied: "Let's go."

March 12, 2014

That fine, sunny day.


Recently I did that thing people do where they pick a mountain and make their way to the top. Except when I did it, it didn't look as effortlessly easy as everyone else makes it seem, even when there's a steady and well-tracked trail to help me along. If I'm ever thinking I'm in okay shape, I'll just try climbing a mountain to make sure. Mountains tell me the truth, and the truth hit me hard that fine, sunny day.

March 10, 2014

Something green and leafy.


There have been very few times where I've watched a documentary and it completely changed my mindset about the highlighted subject. EndItMovement.com's pieces were pretty eye-opening about modern-day slavery, and Food, Inc. [available on Netflix] helped me wake up to the realities of contemporary farming practices. Well, this weekend, while browsing through my recommendations from Netflix, I stumbled upon Hungry For Change [even Netflix understands my love for food], and whoaaa, brother. It was a much needed slap in the face regarding our/my nutritional consumption habits, or lack thereof.

The film broke down the details about diets and how our bodies were created to function, sugar addictions, the dangers of artificially manufactured preservatives and other random chemicals floating around in our packaged foods. I went out that day and found something green and leafy to have for lunch, and I've been telling people about the documentary ever since. It's well worth every 90 minutes of anyone's time.



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March 5, 2014

Grindhouse Killer Burgers


Scoutmob & Foursquare are my go-to apps for finding new places to eat around town. Foursquare suggested Grindhouse Killer Burgers this past weekend, so I said hey, what a wonderful kind of day... to try a new burger place.

March 3, 2014

Note. to. self.


I did some catching up with my father's side of the family this weekend. Most of us managed to get together, on time, for my great aunt's surprise birthday party. The look on her face when she realized we were all there to celebrate her life made me all warm and fuzzy inside, but it also reminded me why I hate surprises. Everyone had their phone in her face, snapping pictures, taking video clips of the moment and reminding me that today's technology can be both a blessing and a curse. 

After asking multiple other aunts and cousins how old young she was turning, nobody knew her exact age for sure. She's also a leap year baby, born on February 28th, so technically her and I might be in the same age bracket. We're not counting, though. She looks great, she's can move around with the rest of us, and I'm sure if she really wanted to, she could've got on the floor and line danced with everyone else. Of course, I was too busy enjoying my food to worry about the Cupid Shuffle, but I'm proud that I managed to grab a few photos of the day and capture those warm and fuzzies. 

It's also worth mentioning that Aunt & Uncle just celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary. Fifty nine years! They both took a minute to say a few words, and something they both agreed on was that there have definitely been some ups and downs throughout the years, as expected; and there are probably more to come. They just ride those waves and ultimately cling to each other for support. 

Note. to. self.

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