Wednesday, June 29, 2011


13 years ago today I started my first job in Atlanta.

The job taught me a lot about the kind of company I did, and did not, want to work for.  It was stressful and it led to one of the biggest personal set backs of my life.

It wasn't all wine and roses that is for sure.  But I learned a lot.  About myself, about business, and about people in general. And I've carried those lessons with in every step I've taken since I left there.

The silver lining of this experience is that it led me to some wonderful people who are now dear friends.  And so 13 years later I look back on that time and smile because if not for going there in the first place my life would be so very lacking.  In so very many ways.

I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

I've gotten my new library card...

and have three books on reserve now it feels like I've moved for real.

No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. She will not want new fashions nor regret the loss of expensive diversions or variety of company if she can be amused with an author in her closet. 
 - Lady Montagu

If you have any suggestions of good titles for me to check out, toss them out in the Comments section.  I'm always looking for a good read.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

DC Metro baby!

Meeting some out of town visitors down on The Mall today.

Given that the last few times I've driven into the District I either gotten stuck in terrible traffic or gotten a bullshit ticket, I've decided that I am Metro-ing in.

I am sure this will be way more time consuming as it takes about an hour to get to the Metro stop where I'll be parking.  But if it saves me the aggravation of a traffic jam and $125 in fines, not to mention the whole parking situation, I am thinking it will be worth it.

I'll let you know how it goes....

Friday, June 24, 2011

Dear MARTA...I apologize

because after witnessing the light rail cluster&^$( upon the conclusion of the U2 show on Wednesday here in Baltimore I can say, in all seriousness, you are LIGHT YEARS ahead of Charm City.

Seriously, it was out of control.  I just wish my phone hadn't died so I could have capture the madness digitally.

13 Years Ago Today...

I arrived in Atlanta.  And this song was the #1 Modern Rock song in the land.

"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer by Vivaldi

This is always a day of mixed emotions for me.

I love it because it's the longest day of the year.

I hate it because it means that Winter is on its way back.

Yin-yang in action.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day...

When you thought I wasn't looking

Author: Unknown
When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator,
and I wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw you feed a stray cat,
and I thought it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw you make my favorite cake for me,
and I knew that little things are special things.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I heard you say a prayer,
and I believed that there was a God to talk to.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I felt you kiss me goodnight,
and I felt loved.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw tears come from your eyes,
and I learned that sometimes things hurt,
but it's alright to cry.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw that you cared,
and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I looked....
and I wanted to say thanks for all the things
I saw when you thought I wasn't looking.
Thanks Dad.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

It's good to know...

that after all these years, my RECON skills are still in tip-top shape.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

After yesterday's Pity Party Post

I decided I needed to buck the hell up.....and who better than Xtina to get the job done.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Thank you Atlanta

I want to thank you
for giving me the best day(s) of my life..............(so far...)

Just When I Think it's not Possible

I find a new way to miss Atlanta and all the people in it.

Isn't it telling that I am having a harder time adjusting to being back in Maryland than I ever did adjusting to Georgia?

Next week would have been my 13th anniversary of my move to Atlanta.  And while I am not typically the weepy sort, I think a few tears will be shed on the 24th.  Tears of sadness that I am no longer there but also tears of happiness about how wonderful my experience was while I was there.

It's funny, I technically grew up here.  But really, I became an adult in Atlanta.

How thankful I am for the brave girl who left the safety of her home to embark on a life far away from her comfort zone.  Lots of ups and downs along the way, but all in all, it was a remarkable journey.

"You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.  What you'll discover will be wonderful.  What you'll discover is yourself."  - Alan Alda

Well said Alan.  Well said.