Home and the birthday baby

June 26, 2007 § 1 Comment

jordin's birthday

My trip to Orlando this past weekend was an especially fun one. My gorgeous, itsy-bitsy niece is now a bonafide 1-year old. She’s walking running and babbling already. Included in her standard gifts of mostly clothes and toys were some baby tattoos and a string bikini from moi. They grow so fast – *sniff*.

Brian also accompanied me (voluntarily!) and met the whole family. He got a very enthusiastic ten thumbs-up from them, especially little Jordin who thought he played very well with others. I even got to show him some old stomping grounds, where I went to college, and where I drank after classes to survive grad school. We also got to see Louis before he graduated and escaped from Orlando for good.

There’s something to be said about the feeling of “home” when you’re completely ensconced in that familiar comfort. No pretenses, no expectations, but just the feeling of walking into a space where you can just be yourself. It was great to be back home, surrounded the most important people in my life.

Ick humid hot gross argh!

June 21, 2007 § 1 Comment

I just landed in Snorelando.


South Beach

May 21, 2007 § 1 Comment

Brian and I had a fantastic time in Miami, and now this tanned and well-fed girl is suffering from vacation withdrawal.

Photos and tales in captions can be seen here.

Orange blossom sunsets (and a little bit of puke)

March 30, 2007 § 1 Comment

Molly and I rolled into Orlando around sunset. Everything was gilded in the soft salmon that only Florida sunsets can color, and when I opened the driver’s side window before the tollbooth on the turnpike, the car quickly filled with the sweet scent of orange blossoms.

Molly even did extremely well during the ride down, sleeping and playing quietly most of the time. Most importantly, she only threw up after we arrived at my sister’s (as opposed to in the backseat like last time).


February 16, 2007 § 12 Comments

It’s damn hard to think about anything but the cold these past few days. I’ve huddled myself up in the house and tried to eat and sleep away the cold (mmm… chili), but the 20 degree morning dog walks are bitter and chilly.

But I’m getting my fill of anticipation waiting for the trip I just booked to South Beach. Yes, it’s in May, but it gives me ample time to soak up the last bits of winter that I will absolutely miss in the dead heat of Atlanta’s summer. It will also give me enough time to be less scary and white in a bikini (with apologies to the folks that see me at the indoor pool right now). Plus, it’s been far too long since I’ve been to Miami (which, frankly, is the biggest and most diverse city in the South to me). Oh, and the food… central and south american… yum.

So we’ve booked the plane tickets and hotel, and are just waiting for the days on the calendar to pass. Did I mention I’ll be Dave’s tour guide on his first trip to SoBe (I think he was sold at the mention of a “topless beach”)? Any other takers? Muahahaha!

Metros around the world

November 24, 2006 § 6 Comments

I’m apparently fond of public transportation, as these are the metros I’ve ridden around the world.  Well, when it’s efficient, why not?  DC, Madrid, Tokyo… all very easy to navigate.  Yeah, I’m talking to you, ATLANTA.

via Joeventures

Got at b3co.com!

I’ll always remember that I had a swingin’ time*

October 24, 2006 § 5 Comments

While the fog in my brain is still drifting, here’s a quick recap of the Vegas trip:

  • Jimmy Carter was on our flight there.
  • I almost threw up from the turbulence.  I don’t know about Jimmy, though.
  • Taxis are a very important commodity in Vegas.
  • 6 beers for breakfast is not a good idea.
  • Something in the air there makes you sleep a lot less.
  • I get cranky when I sleep a lot less.
  • I really ought to go out dancing more.
  • It’s all about who you know.
  • I put a dollar in, and I didn’t get a car (but I got $20)
  • I married George Clooney.
  • I really, really hate cigarette smoke.

* Viva Las Vegas

Bright light city gonna set my soul…

October 18, 2006 § 2 Comments

24 hours until I arrive at the airport to meet

2 of my very best friends for

4 days in Vegas along with

19 other great girlfriends that I’ve known for over

7 years, spread out in

1 hotel and with

7 rooms between us for our

1 trip together (per year) and a hell of a good time.

Give me the cure

September 14, 2006 § Leave a comment

After work today, I will be hopping onto a plane bound for West Palm Beach, where I will be greeted by Sus and taken to someplace that provides respite for those travelling from Hartsfield-Jackson.

I will most likely be back and forth from West Palm to Fort Lauderdale, intermittently shopping with Ms. Shopper Extraordinaire, parking my ass on a beach, and dancing on top of bars.  And we all know the cure for nearly-bitten-off-tongues, don’t we?

Looking Toward A Long Weekend

August 30, 2006 § Leave a comment

Tomorrow I fly home for a long weekend of family and friend events. 

My mom is throwing my sister’s baby soiree.  The Chinese say it’s unlucky to throw a shower before the baby arrives, so Jordin’s little party will take place this Sunday at one of the restaurants in the hotel where we’re staying.  Also, as a little pre-birthday treat from mom, we’re doing a few days at their Canyon Ranch Spa, which is perfect since it will be all rain and muck outside due to the stupid hurricane.  Have I mentioned that I love my mommy?

I’ll also get to see my girls and we’ll have dinner and a night out on the town on Sunday.  It’s been a while, and I’m ready to paint the town red.

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