I was incredibly hungover on this beautiful Sunday at Sweetwater Creek State Park, but I’m glad I went- I’d wanted to go for so long! The textile mill ruins and the rocky bluffs make it one of the prettiest short hikes nearby. I laughed a lot at Tallulah saying the muddy rapids looked like chocolate milk and telling us to be quiet and listen to the sounds of nature.
Heading into 2020 with a leisurely hike at Raven Cliff Falls in North Georgia. It was my favorite type of weather- brisk but not toooo cold, sunny but enough cloud cover to keep the light soft. We went around lunch and the crowd was TOO MUCH- but I laughed a lot at Jason getting mad everytime someone wished us a happy new year. Hahaaa! It was worth every muddy step. Afterwards, I cuddled my favorite chihuahua and Kris made us a good luck feast (collards! hoppin john! cheese grits! jalapeno cornbread!).
This is my 2019 documented in 1 Second Everyday. It’s been a rewarding and positive project in an almost comically miserable year. I miss my grandma dog Olive terribly, and am still processing all the people who have died, entered hospice, or suffered mental breaks. I’m adjusting to being single, managing chronic pain, and struggling to be excited about life. BUT I appreciate everyone who supported me and let me support them, made me laugh, and shared their celebrations. I also appreciate all the time I had with sweet, funny animals- mine and yours. This was a heartening way to reflect on my otherwise shitshow of a year, and it’s helped in leaving some of the grief in 2019 behind. ❤️
Back in June Jessica, Tallulah and I went on this excellent hike through Constitution Lakes Park in Atlanta. The space was once a 19th century brickyard, before becoming a nature preserve in the 2000s. Local carpenter Joel Slaton started the folk-art trail and encouraged others to leave their own found art. I love this so much and will definitely visit again.
Gotta end at Waffle House!
Also from our trip last spring, LONDON.
Drinks at the Harp!
And a rose latte at AIDA.
My Chelsea dream homes on Bywater Street.
Leake Street Tunnel
Dean and I have separated so it might be a very long time before I see my in-laws again. Shih tzu fam.
I love Irregular Choice!
This is actually an upscale Mexica restaurant- best window decor decision ever.
Last spring, visiting Erin in Prague.
Waking up at sunrise to beat the crowds to Charles Bridge
Giant butts by Černý! Not gonna lie- this was my number 1 tourist destination.
Burgers at Belzepub. Erin’s boyfriend Honza is vegan and took us to a lot of cool places.
Prague’s narrowest street in Malá Strana- so cute. Kafka statue by Jaroslav Róna near the Spanish Synagogue.
Couple of big babies. (Černý again)
We didn’t stay here but this hotel belongs in a Wes Anderson movie.
Matej Kren’s sculpture of books spiraling to the ceiling at the Prague Library. The mirror inside makes it look like a tunnel of INFINITE BOOKS.
I wish this fountain were at the entrance of my home. Two bronze men swivel-pissing. Černý.
‘Praha’ the sitcom. Ghostie is the star. Huff, huff.
Cool thing I learned- instead of saying ‘woof woof’ people say ‘huff huff’
From Erin’s diary comic about moving to/living in Prague. Taken at Strecha brunch which was delicious.
The AirBnB we stayed at was the first floor of this building and it was perfect, located in Žižkov. Erin’s fellow ex-pats kept saying ‘Deep Žiž’ but I mis-heard ‘Deep Jizz’
Embryo in a drainpipe. Hanging Man. Our last night, walking around.
Goodnight, beautiful Prague.
Not as excited about a new year so far but I’ll get there!
Here’s a slightly fuzzy selfie of me ‘n’ Dean about to go to my work’s Christmas party! In February, one of my best friends Nate died. I’m thankful I was able to spend New Year’s 2018 with him and my core Seattle crew. It’s still incredibly painful. There’ve been so many times I’ve seen one of our in-jokes pop up or a movie I know he’d love, or just something that would’ve made him laugh. Miss him so much.
My social life has been in constant flux since moving to Athens. After being friend-dumped by my longtime bestie James a couple years ago, it was really healing to have a new bestie in Erin. She moved to Prague at the beginning of the year after setting me up with all sorts of great people. I spent lots of this year watching movies with Kris and Jason.
I wasn’t planning to leave my job at Flagpole but an opportunity came up and I surprised myself by going for it. My new job (an AV company) has been challenging and exciting. I miss everyone at Flagpole’s beautiful haunted house though. Alongside Erin, that job helped me tap into to everything I love about living here.
Ending on a sweet note, one of my best friends Kristine got married in November! The only moment that makes me believe in fate is the moment the two of us were randomly placed together as freshman roommates. She is the closest I have to a sister. She and Travis are so well-matched it is UNREAL. I’m honored to have been a bridesmaid at their wedding, and so thankful to have her in my life all these years.
2018 New Year’s Resolutions
☆ Build a giant maneki neko. Yes! I made him in a rush for Experimentique Night at the beginning of the year, then freshened him up for Catfest, a cat-themed art show at Trio Gallery (sadly, now closed).
☆ Paint the House Pink. Yes! This is the only part of the house we didn’t paint ourselves (save a few window sills). Thank you, Ethan and Madison!
☆ Mend garbage clothes. Yes! Buttons resewn, tears stitched up, faded clothes dyed black.
☆ Beat 2017 AthHalf Time. Yes! I was 31 minutes faster than last year and I had a beer at the beginning of the race. Hahaaa! I’m still really slow.
☆ Buy pants I don’t hate. Yes! SWEATPANTS.
☆ Befriend Messi the cat. Yes! I got to catsit Jason’s cat Messi twice. He still bites me sometimes but he likes me ok.
☆ Dress Olive up as a garden gnome. Yes! She was the cutest little gnome.
☆ New York. Yes! Kristine and Travis’s wedding. Also saw David, Rusty, and Sam. Also made myself sick eating too many delicious foods.
☆ Prague. Yes! Dean and I visited Erin. We ate ice cream and crawled into big butt sculptures. Hahaaa! She and Honza came to visit us in September.
☆ The Beach. Yes! I went to Hunting Island with my mom and her old friend Ifetayo, then Dean and I went to Myrtle Beach.
I guess I’ll have to post more later. Dean and I are off to eat Indian food for our last meal of this year. Wishing everyone a safe end of this year and start of year.
My dreams of living in Jayne Mansfield’s Pink Palace have come true, junior sized! It’s not a trap house and it’s definitely not Mellencamp. A couple notes of gratitude:
1. I’m thankful for a husband who not only tolerates my color choices, but enthusiastically encourages bold color.
2. We’re both INCREDIBLY thankful that we hired Erin’s good friend Ethan instead of painting the house ourselves. What a luxury to have a pro come in with his level of efficiency and attention to detail.
We invited a bunch of friends over for the first time since our Hausu-versary and I was like, ok. I’m gonna document this whole thing… but I drank too many tiny beers and missed a couple people. Anyway, we’re very grateful for our friends and our freshly pink house! 😆
(The first and last photos are taken at dusk. The middle photos are taken in the middle of a sunny Sunday. I love how the pink gets extra rosy in the sun!)
We’d wanted to see Rock City for ages but it was only after reading American Gods that we finally made plans with our friends and went. If you’re into roadside attractions, this is a classic. There are ancient rock formations, 100s of plant species, and panoramic views like you wouldn’t believe. BUT THE NATURAL BEAUTY IS INSEPARABLE FROM A HEALTHY DOSE OF KITSCH– swinging bridges, rainbow halls, elves around every corner, and the Fairyland Caverns. It is truly a marvel of nature and not-nature. I hope it never changes!
Library crew, holding up several tons of rock
Apparently, this claim is unproven but, hey.
“Fat Man’s Squeeze”
You enter the Fairyland Caverns through the “Diamond Hall” and this incredible ceiling covered in coral (I think real coral?!). Really beautiful.
I straight up shrieked in delight when we turned the corner to see these day glo fairy tale dioramas. It is my blacklit heaven on earth.