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

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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.

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