Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Today was a beautiful, autumn day, that ended with a stormy night.
Before work, we walked to the library to properly enjoy the day and I managed to check out Vanity Fair, The Cask of Amontillado and Memoirs of a Geisha. I have already dove into these books.
I forgot the peacefulness that one can feel at a library, and the lovely titles that you often forget about until you see them sitting on the shelf. I was tempted to check out about ten, but I chose to pace myself this once.
I have started another adventure after having my own today.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
The picture on the left was a birthday gift from my friend Chip. She's an awesome artist, and a wonderful coworker.
Yesterday, October 8, I turned 24. That's so weird to say, but it was a great birthday. I even gained some weight because I decided to just pig out the entire week--the fact makes me laugh, even. (I topped off my birthday last night with a big box from Taco Bell, just for kicks.)
One of the cool things about having an October birthday, is that it comes at the beginning of autumn--one of my two favorite seasons (winter being the other). I love autumn for the same reasons many do: beautiful colors, the crunch of leaves under your feet, the cool air, the clothes and the neverending supply of pumpkin pie anything.
October is definitely one of my favorite months, but because I get to see the world around me take on a new shape--my birthday is just a nice kick.
We went to an early birthday dinner at one of my favorite places in town, Tipsy Cow Burger Bar, Monday night. It was a fun night out, and we even managed to get the waitress we had the first time we went, who is always really cool.
A very berry milkshake that was "tipped" with vodka. It was gooood.
This time around, I got the Winemaker burger which had alfalfa sprouts, caramelized onions, and then of course the cheese and the burger itself. It was great, but really messy. I also got sweet potato fries.
On my actual birthday, I had a very relaxing time. I spent most of the day at home, doing nothing, and then I did end up hanging out with some people, but pretty much just sat around enjoying the company. It was exactly what I needed for a day off and a birthday.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Sometimes, your days off can be a bit busier than you originally planned, but that's okay. All-in-all, it was a good day.
Two nights ago my best friend, Melody, said she planned on going to a tea shop in the Square. I was shocked we hadn't found this place before--we practically lived downtown. The Square was one of the reasons I am still in love with my hometown. McDonough, Ga., is one of the few places in America with its many ridiculous festivals that brings you just a bit closer to Stars Hollow, Connecticut. (If that's your sort of thing--and it totally should be.)
Hearing her say that she was getting out of the house to write and focus on a few other goals that needed her undivided attention sounded like just what I could use, too. So, we made a plan, 3,000 miles apart, to meet in a cafe. The internet has a funny way of bringing us together.
This area is not short of places to get anything brewed--coffee, tea, beer. With that said, I had a few ideas in mind of where I could go. I decided to hop into a doughnut and coffee shop down a street full of other places to eat. What I find so interesting about this area of town is it is very much what I would imagine somewhere in New York being like--the bottom floor the pizza or doughnut place, the rest of the building is floors and floors of apartments. I find that so neat. It's like watching an episode of Seinfeld or something. I'd love to live above the pizza place!
While there, Melody and I chatted on Skype chat while I wrote a bit, enjoyed a blueberry glazed doughnut and drank 16 ounces of the best pumpkin pie latte I have had in some time--made with pumpkin puree instead of just some pumpkin pie spice. Went down smooth. I stayed there for a few hours, enjoying talking with Melody and a day out of the house. Even when I had to rush back home before heading to work for a meeting, it was nice to have plans, even plans for myself.
If you have the time, I believe everyone should find some time, once a week, maybe twice a month if that's not possible, to get out of the house and find a quiet place away from distractions to just write, draw or think. It's more than worth it.