Monthly Archives: November 2012

Right Now, Recently, Soon Will Be…

Right Now…

I am craving chocolate and trying my best to refrain.

I am listening to lots of the Lumineers.

I’m about to brew a fresh pot of coffee.

I’ve got a lot on my mind.

Recently…

I attended Barista Nation Dallas. I learned some new things about coffee, but mostly learned how little I know anything about coffee. yikes.

I’ve been knitting and re-knitting a lot. My friend Rachel came for a visit and got me excited about it again. I then proceeded to screw up two attempts at a hat before throwing it across the room. I am proud to say that I am almost finished with my current project (fingers crossed).

My brother turned 28 and we celebrated…twice. We rented a karaoke room one night and had a bonfire the next. It was tons of fun.

I went with friends to Buzz Brews, it’s been awhile and the Hare Krishna was calling my name.

I’ve been watching Project Runway Allstars. I just can’t help myself. I love the drama…I mean clothes.

Soon I Will Be…

Eating chocolate, most likely.

Starting a new chapter of my life. Making more major decisions.

Drowning in Christmas music

Attacking my closet…Lord help me!

Packing up my belongings and saying goodbyes.

Spending more time in person with my family.

Freezing my butt off.

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#thankful

It’s Thanksgiving. I decided to make the 8.5 hour drive to Kansas City to visit IHOP. I know what you’re thinking…8.5 hours for pancakes?! That’s ridiculous! Before you get too confused, IHOP actually stands for International House Of Prayer. I’ve been here for about 24 hours now. It’s more than I thought it would be. I’m ready to move in. Haha. Anyway, since it’s thanksgiving and I’m here reflecting I thought I’d make a list (because I love lists) of a few things I’m grateful for this year (obviously there are so many more things)

1.Seeing that I’m sitting in a prayer room right now, it seems fitting that I would list God first. Of course I’m thankful for God, but lately I’ve been learning how thankful I am for His unconditional love for me. It’s hard for me to understand, because there are very few people in my life that I can honestly say I would be able to love unconditionally. No matter what. Yet he loves me not because of anything that I’ve ever done. Not because I deserve it, but just because. It’s hard to grasp, but I’m learning.

2. All of my senses. I take them for granted, I really do. I’ve got 20/20 vision dang it!

3. Even when I say I’m broke, I’m not really that broke. I’ve never had to live on the street or go hungry. I might not have much money to my name, but I’ve never had to go without.

4. The other constant in my life aside from God is my family. I’m grateful that I have a family who I can always count on. I could be 45yrs old and I know that my parents would still have my back. I’m thankful that they’ve always been supportive of me and my decisions (well maybe except for the dreadlocks), even when I made stupid ones. I’m privileged to have a family that gets along and actually cares about each other. I wouldn’t trade it.

5. Since I was about 10 all I ever wanted in life was my driver’s license. Guess what…I’ve got one, I’ve got a driver’s license! Just be clear I’ve had one for quite some time now. I know it sounds silly, but I am truly thankful that I can drive. Sometimes I can’t believe that people trust me to drive a speeding bullet down the highway. Sometimes I can’t believe that I trust other people to drive speeding bullets toward me with only a painted line on the road separating us, but how great is it to be able to travel?

6. So I don’t know what my next step in life is going to look like. This current chapter is coming to a close and I don’t know where I’m going to live or what I’m going to do next. I’m thankful that I have options. That I don’t have to worry, because I know that things will work out. This one I guess is kind of hard to explain, but there are so many things I could do or places to go where I can provide food and shelter for myself. Not everyone gets that chance. There are people who don’t get options.

7. I’ve got some friends that are so close that I actually consider them my family. I am grateful for those friends that are a constant in my life. Friends that aren’t afraid to call me out on things, or who are there willing to just listen to me vent. Friends who can speak into my life and help me make sense of things. Friends I can joke with, who I share common interests with and who I can just be myself around. Yeah, those friends. Thank you.

8. Skin. I am thankful for skin. This is kind of a joke, but not really. My old college roommate and I used to tell each other this when we would complain about our skin breaking out. Haha. My skin is still breaking out and is in rough shape, what’s up with that? But I’m thankful for skin, because you know some people don’t even get skin (yeah, I know it’s not true but it helps me keep my complaining in check).

9. Where would I be without the thrifts? Thrift stores make my life possible. That might sound like an exaggeration, and it might be, but I’d say about 90% of the things I own came from the thrift store. My wallet just can’t seem to bring itself to pay full price for very many things anymore. What can I say, I LOVE to thrift.

10. Last but not least, I am thankful for Mexican food. This might sound trivial, but I’m about to leave the land of tex-mex bounty to a dry and barren land where good mexican food is pretty much unheard of. Ahhhhh! I’m tearing up already.

My Thanksgiving lunch. It was pretty delicious.

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Trip to Michigan Part 2

So my Grandma turned 80 on October 20th and again on October 23rd. That’s right, she’s got two birthdays. The story goes something like this…my great grandmother went into labor on October 20th 1932. The Doctor was out hunting as per usual for any baby born during hunting season in Michigan. Wilmetta (my grandma) was born on the 20th, the doctor came 3 days later to do a check up and fill out the birth certificate. He must not have been thinking, or just didn’t notice because he filled in the date of birth as October 23rd. Therefore giving her not one but two birthdays.

We loaded up the cousins and my aunt and had a good Fairbanks girls celebration complete with chip dip, some board games and a Taste of Home cooking school. I’m thankful I got to make it. Life is good. I hope I live to see 80. I can’t imagine what my life will look like then. Craziness I’m sure.

 

Trip to Michigan Part 1

I know, it’s been just shy of a month since I took this little trip to Michigan for my Grandma’s 80th birthday. I should have gotten these pictures up sooner, but things don’t always happen like they should. I came back to Texas just in time to put all of my time and attention on our annual fall Art and Music Festival which happened on the Saturday that I returned. So here we are talking about this trip now. I’ll try to keep it short, but I’ve broken it into two parts, because that’s how the trip seemed to go. I flew in on Monday night, spent Tuesday with my parents since they both already had the day off because Monday was their anniversary and they were supposed to be out of town. That rarely happens, so it was nice to be able to spend time with them simultaneously. At 6am on Wednesday morning my sister and I loaded up her 98 Dodge Neon and hit the road heading to Kentucky. “The Friends” had a 2.5 week old baby that I was dying to see in the real.

We did not make it to Kentucky without a few major hiccups! My sister insisted that her car would make it just fine on the 8 hour drive. I had serious doubts. Needless to say it didn’t make it just fine, we broke down in Cincinnati where a supposedly good samaritan/mechanic pulled over to help. He did help, he gave us a ride to Auto Zone (just for the record, it is not a good idea to get in a car with a stranger in a strange city, I do not recommend it), we bought new spark plugs and he installed them for us. Then I like to say he “hustled” us. Pretty much he told us we needed to give him $80 for his services. We were not about to give him $80 especially since he didn’t mention that up front and we were scrapping by as it was. We ended up giving him $50 and getting the heck out of Cincinnati. We made it about 30 more miles and broke down again. Whomp whomp. This time we called our friend to come rescue us and we hid out on top of a hill on the side of the road so not to be pitied by any other “Good Samaritans.” Good news is we got to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and the scenery wasn’t so bad either.

 

We did finally make it to our destination, I got to hold that baby in my arms and spend a great 24 hours with my best friends. Even with all of the car troubles I don’t regret it a bit. We spent a majority of the day in Louisville, which is actually a really cool city. Naturally we had coffee at two different establishments, took a walk on the river walk trail, and had lunch inside a classic car.

We went to pick up a rental car and of course that didn’t go as smoothly as we would have liked it either, but we did end up with a car so that’s all that matters. We high tailed it back to Michigan to make it home in time to return the rental car and then head north with the ladies in our family to celebrate my Grandma’s 80th birthday!

To be continued…….

 

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Dear Texas, You Don’t Even Know Fall…..

Dear Texas,

I mean no disrespect, but I just need you to know that you don’t even know fall. I know you can’t help it and I’m sorry, it’s not your fault.  It’s just that I recently took a trip up north and I could hardly take it all in. I’m no stranger to autumn, I was born and raised in Northern Michigan, but it’s been a long time since I’ve been there at the peak of the color season. It’s actually my favorite season and for good reason. The colors, the temps, the orchards and pumpkin farms, just the general feeling in the air is almost more than I can handle.

So Texas I can appreciate you come February when most of the country is going stir crazy and everyone is grumpy from freezing their booties off all winter. But for now, you’ve got nothing on the north when it comes to fall.

Sincerely,

Melissa


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