Happy birthday, J!

July 29, 2015





Lately I'm learning it's the small details that make all the difference. For example, today is my husband's 30th birthday (insert internal screams of joy here), and he wasn't too excited. He didn't want a big party. He didn't want to go out somewhere special. He didn't want to make a big deal in general. But. When the man you love has a milestone birthday coming up, you still want to make it special.  That might mean leaving a very heartfelt birthday card on the coffee table for him to see when he gets home from work, then taking him to dinner for his favorite burger around Atlanta at Holeman and Finch, then taking him for dessert at Coldstone, then coming home and letting him play his new Batman game for the rest of the evening while you walk the dog, make lunches for the next day, and get coffee ready for the morning wake-up call.

Goals for the week.

July 27, 2015




Here are photos of my new favorite courtyard for rest and relaxation, a large advertisement for Dollar Tree's 3oz. ribeye steak (obviously worth noting - obviously), and the pizza I devoured on a recent date night at Marietta Pizza Co. I have many, many more photos to share, and one day (hopefully this week), I'll conquer that task.
Today, I'm stepping to up to the plate with my goals for the week:
  • Make J's birthday special. It's this Wednesday. He's not very excited, but I'm determined to find a way to make him show some enthusiasm.
  • Configure our August budget.
  • Call my brother back. He called on my birthday, later in the evening. I was sleep. I've been a terrible sister if we're judging by my callback time.


A successful getaway.

July 14, 2015




On my way to Amelia Island, Florida a couple weeks ago, I had big plans to take lots of beach pictures for my own personal enjoyment and for when I needed to mentally escape to the ocean later on throughout the year. Meredith and I get a group together and take this trip annually. It's always something to look forward to on/around my birthday/4th of July weekend. Today, only a little over a week later, I found myself needing that mental escape, and unfortunately, I didn't have many pictures to run to! I hardly took any, and for that, I am now slapping myself on the wrist. Our little vacation was so relaxing that I rarely brought my phone out to play, let alone my camera.

I guess that means it was a successful getaway. I'll just have to re-live those moments on this page, in a different way: with words.

Orient Express

July 9, 2015





My first visit to the Orient Express was about a year and a half ago, in this post, and yep, I'm reusing that same photo (below) because if you've seen one hibachi presentation, you've seen them all. Right? There's the onion volcano with fire blazing from the top ring, the rice-in-mouth catch (sometimes with shrimp), the pretend-to-squirt-ketchup-at-your-face, which was not funny the first time it happened to me, and there's the clanking and flipping of very sharp knives in a very controlled fashion. It's always a good show, though. I'm not sure why it's so entertaining to watch a chef play with our food, but every now and then I catch myself saying "I could go for some hibachi tonight." 

Happy Birthday to Me!

July 8, 2015



Happy belated Fourth of July weekend, and Happy Birthday to me! I had this plan to sit up around midnight and type into the wee hours of this morning reflecting on this past year of my life, but that didn't happen. I got tired around 11pm and happily called it a night. Now, here I am, with nothing significant to say about this day except cheers to another year. This past one was a serious roller-coaster. There were some major losses along with some huge gains, and then a few lulls in-between, but I spent the last few days of it on the beaches of Amelia Island, Florida, so that's a win. I had more pictures to share, but they're in J's phone, and I keep forgetting to send them to myself.

I'll get them posted eventually. 

That's all for now. I'll be back to babbling on here, soon. ;)



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