Save the Drama for Yo Mama

James and I are on a friend break… with no foreseeable end. I hesitated documenting anything here but it’s too painful and major to totally gloss over. Our friendship has been limited for some time; now we’ll have zero contact. We’ve been best friends our entire adult lives and it’s frankly crushing that he accepted […]

Tanglewood Farms

November 2014: Dean was working a long Black Friday weekend in Lithonia and I tagged along for my own vacation of  hotel swimming and cable TV (Lifetime Christmas movies, my greatest vice!). On the way home, we stopped at Tanglewood Farms, a petting zoo of miniature animals. Like many who love animals, I’m conflicted about […]

Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden

On the way to Tennessee, Dean and I stopped off at Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden in Summerville. Oh man! This is a must-see for anyone in or around North Georgia. Finster used his art to spread the gospel but his vision is so joyful and inspirational, it transcends religion. Every painting, sculpture, and structure emits […]

Wu-Tang Trains Comin’ Atcha

How do you celebrate your wedding anniversary? If you’re me ‘n’ Dean, you co-celebrate alongside the 10 year anniversary tour of Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. We saw Rae and Ghost back in August, at Chattanooga’s Track 29. Seeing these legends perform behind a historic train station was straight-up surreal. Wu-Tang (and our marriage) […]

Hello 2016!

The past year had some serious high-five moments. We bought a motherfucking house (tha dream)! Dean’s working full time again. We both got health insurance. HECK YESSSSS. I’m also grateful to have made some super cool friends. Dean and I both work 40+ hour weeks, we don’t go out a ton, and we still miss […]

#intheATH: Mr. and Mrs. Goose

In May, a pair of geese decided to make their home on one of Target’s parking lot islands. They were there for over a month and it such an odd thing to drive by. In defense of humans, I think we all kept a respectful distance, but there’s no denying these love birds got a […]

#intheATH: Burned Wendy’s

Back in February, the Wendy’s by my office caught fire. It remains closed but the menu was updated with delightful nightmare food. Forget french fries. Get yourself a Snake Burg, Dahmer Bites, or a sack of elbows! #intheATH is something my Flagpole co-workers came up with that is still really funny to me. I’m sorry […]

Endless Summer

Sometimes it feels like we left Seattle a few weeks ago, a few months ago tops. Other times, it feels like we’ve been in Athens for ages with the days just dribbling away. I was in this same limbo-funk when I first moved from New York to Seattle- and before that, when I moved from […]

Return to the Emerald City

So right now, I’m going through a mild burnout. Family stuff, lingering homesickness, general fatigue from those 28-day work stretches. Last night, Sarah’s mom passed away- she was a tremendously kind woman and it’s a big loss. I dunno. I’m not facing an immediate crisis but I’ve been feeling low and nostalgic. It made me […]

Sweets ‘n’ Treats

I’m trying to make a new dessert each month so for January, I made mini pumpkin spice donuts following a recipe from one of my favorite blogs Oh She Glows. These little guys have a lovely flavor and I like the crunch of the topping. Next time, I’m thinking they’d be good with a boozy, […]