‘Winter in FLA, a (late) visual recap’

When winter break came, I couldn’t get out of here fast enough. I hadn’t seen my family/friends since my grandmother passed away and there was no place I would’ve rather been than with them. It was a quiet, but lovely and important time to step back and realize once again what is truly important to me. There will no doubt be many more trials and tribulations along the way, but with these people in my corner and me in their’s, I like our chances.

*Be forewarned, most of these are of Eddie (mom’s real son).

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‘NYE in L-Town, 2018’

As I touched on in the last post, it’s been a challenging year, but it’s been a wonderful winter break and I’m hopeful for 2018.  I’ll put up some photos next time, but for now, let me wish you all a prosperous, healthy 2018!

 

 

‘The Devil went Up to Georgia’

It’s now Dec 20th, 2017.  I’ve been home in Florida for just over a week.  Before I arrived here however, I made a four night stopover in Blue Ridge, GA for a bit of a reunion.  I’m not going to lie, given the amount of work I had for school, I probably should’n’t have gone.  That said, I’m THRILLED I was able to make it!

Going from the desert to the heavily wooded East is always a trip (no pun intended), and I fully anticipated the visual adjustment.  What I/we did NOT expect however was a snowstorm, but that’s exactly what we got!  It couldn’t have been more beautiful, truly.  Having to still do my final and grade papers for my job was a bit of a drag, but despite that, it was an increadibly special trip and I want to thank the entire crew, especially Renster who booked and paid for the place.  Thank you all for also providing me with some much needed laughs!  Here are (more than) a few photos from the trip…

‘The random summer collection’

Any moment now it will begin to pour again.  This pleases me.  For one, a good rain always seems to remind me of Florida, which in turn reminds me of my family and the other people I miss and care for there.  It also provides me an excuse to sit still and collect my thoughts, of which there are many.  Moment’s ago I put some rice on, snatched a beer from the fridge and got the tunes going.

*this is the one that’s playing as I type this.  Cherokee turned me on to it many moons ago.  I recommend putting it on in the background.  It’s a nice one!

While I wait for my rice to finish, I thought it would be a good opportunity to throw up a few more photos from my last couple of months here.

Hope you all had a nice weekend!

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‘Singing for the rain’

It’s been a (very) hot, quiet summer here in Tucson, AZ.  This is my second go around and I’ve learned the hard way that it’s best to avoid the peak of heat when you can.  Many a movie has been seen, gallons of iced coffees consumed and the A.C. has been working overtime in my Casita.  Fortunately, there’s been a little relief this past week in the form of rain.  Monsoon season is officially here, but thus far, it’s been a lot milder than I anticipated.

In exactly one month I will begin my schooling at the University of Arizona.  I’m anxious, but excited.  It really has been some time since I’ve studied on a college campus, and while there have been some significant (creepy?) cultural shifts regarding human interaction  (Tinder anyone!?), it’s the actual thought of being back in a classroom that I’m fixated on.  Again, I’m very excited about it though.  I’ve needed a kick in the bum for a long while and I already feel the tip of the boot, which is a good thing.

Here are a couple photos from this past week.  Hope you all are enjoying your summer!

 

‘My friend got hitched~in~San Francisco~’

A day or so after I pulled up to Tucson, AZ, I found myself sprinting off to Phoenix to board a plane.  I was tired, but also full of excitement for the week ahead.  This was a very big moment for ‘Primo,’ a.k.a. Matt Borden.  He and his fiancee May, whom I had not met yet, were tying the knot and, soon after, flying all the way to Jakarta for Primo’s new job.  Also, this was my first time back to the Bay since I left at beginning of 2016.  The area and people there hold many memories for me, both bitter and sweet, and I was curious to see how I would feel when I landed.  I won’t lie and say there weren’t some weird flashbacks had, but I will tell you that I’m absolutely thrilled I made the trip!  The wedding was lovely, the catching up with friends was grounding and I had more laughs in my week there than I’d had in the last….???

Here is some of the trip in photos, enjoy!

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‘On the road again…’

A few weeks old now, but I made my 5th cross-country road, this time from Florida to Arizona.  All in all, a really great time, highlighted by, as per usual, catching up with friends along the way.  Incidentally, a big thank you all for putting me up/putting up with me! :o)

Here are a few shots from the trip…