March 16-April 14
On Monday, March 16, Amber and Kris brought two delicious birthday cakes into work for me. Shortly after, we all packed up to begin working remotely. At the time we were told one week but this has been a slow response emergency where the bad news is micro-dosed. Those first two weeks were extremely hard for me to get through, but here we are sheltering in place, a month later. I feel relatively healthy and I’m thankful for my cats, horror movie birthday drop-offs, snail mail, eating dessert every day, and having a job- even tho it stresses me out. I’m a rule follower but I broke the rules 2x (I know!) and that helped me pull through as well cuz I really miss seeing people! Anyway, it’s an awful and uncertain time but I’m glad for small things, and to be cooped up in Athens rather than anywhere else. I hope this time radicalizes people’s thinking for major change going forward. Be well!
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 spring 2018 (our last big trip before splitting up), 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.
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.