Oh where, oh where have I been?

Nowhere but also Savannah. I haven’t written in a while and I have no good excuse. It certainly isn’t helping me meet my goal of blogging regularly and writing on the daily. 2016 has royally jacked me up. This is just one of the results.

I have some things I plan to focus on in 2017, not necessarily resolutions, just things I want to re-focus on. I kept putting off doing another blog because what the heck would I write about? But the longer you avoid something the worse it is, so I’ll just tell you a little about my Savannah trip.

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You’ve been warned.

My sister-from-another-mister won $1000 when we were playing Bingo. That’s another story all together but our screams of delight were muffled by the disapproving looks of the rest of the bingo players and further stifled by several people stating ‘you better watch your back in the parking lot’. Bingo isn’t for sissies.

Anywhozits, she won $1000 and immediately declared it would be used for a girls weekend. Schedules being hateful we had to wait until December. Her bingo winnings brought us to Savannah, Georgia. She had rented a two bedroom basement apartment that allowed us to be within walking distance of all the things.

Our trip started with us driving with four of us in my car and the fifth driving herself and meeting us there. Aside from a roadside petting farm where someone tried to traumatize me by throwing food to the many fowl running around (who then began to run at me) and then getting sneezed in the face by a Llama herself (unfortunately I missed this as I was pouting in my car eating a candy bar after running scared), the drive down was a-okay. We met up with our friend for lunch and immediately Savannah captured our hearts via our quirky waitress. She had some poorly applied (and half smeared off lipstick), a milky eye, and a car salesman’s pitch for their drink of the day. She had much disdain for me as I said I’d just have a water and a side salad (I had just filled up on the candy bar) but then came back to tell us she had more than a dozen children.

We made our way to our home for the weekend and spread out to rest a bit. Then we hit the town to shop and see what was what. For dinner we ate at a tapas place that was delicious and the drinks were pretty nice too. On the way back, one of us tripped and fell. Don’t worry, aside from her knees looking like someone took a baseball bat to them she was okay. Our ghost tour with Nicodemus rounded out the first night.

The next day we started by hitting a Holiday Market on River Street that left us slightly disappointed. But, we met Santa! Most of us were able to get some Christmas shopping done and then we hit the apartment to get changed for the Pub Crawl we had scheduled. We were with a bachelorette party and they were very nice young ladies. Their pedaling left much to be desired. My seat was too close because I switched from the one that our amazing host had fixed for me after the first bar, so my knees soon looked similar to our falling friend. The tour was fun and even when we got stuck in parade traffic we entertained ourselves. If you are ever in Savannah check out Savannah Slow Ride. After the slow ride we had more drinks and then went to an English pub for dinner where I nearly choked on the cheese in my French Onion Soup more than once.

Finally, the third day of the trip two of the ladies had to go home and the remaining three of us started our morning with brunch at Lady and Sons. We then did some window shopping and later decided we wanted to see Bonaventure Cemetery. Little did we know the cemetery was closed earlier than it said online. On the drive there we had passed the Catholic Cemetery and it looked old enough, so we pulled in. Soon after we turned onto one of the little roads going throughout the cemetery we saw some rustling in a bush. I immediately stopped the car so we could get to the bottom of whatever was going on. We all three sat staring as a grown man jingled his pants over and over. I honestly expected a child to come out of the bush and to need to call 911.

After several minutes, he bent down to pick something up and we locked eyes. I started driving and turned left onto the road but going the opposite direction of him and in the rearview mirror saw him get on his bike and ride away. After driving through we were back to the original road and I had to know what he had been doing. We parked the car and walked over to get closer to the bush he had been nearly in. I was about to take another step when my friend yells, “Watch out! There’s shit.”

I looked down and there was a big pile of yellow poop. It took a second for it to sink in that it was his poop. As I looked around I then noticed he had brought toilet paper and thrown it in the bush. Of course I took a picture because otherwise it didn’t happen.  I’ll spare you the picture but it’s on my Instagam page if you’re really interested.

The trip was pretty much made when that happened. I can tell you that encountering something really weird or messed up just makes my day, even if that involves a large amount of yellow human feces. More than anything I just have so many questions. Does he shit there often? Does he have other outdoor pooping places? Has he been to a doctor recently about the color of his poop?

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This creepy painting was in the little outdoor alcove outside one of the bedrooms.

That was pretty much our trip. If I left out something amazing it’s probably because of alcohol.

Where’s Waldo?

Today started off with the big kid’s first appointment to begin the process of braces. We went to North Campus to find some Pokemon, grabbed some breakfast and then were headed to a local jewelry store I love. He had gotten a shark tooth from the swim team awards and wanted to get it put on some string for a necklace.

The first thing we see is a sign for a Where’s Waldo? scavenger hunt. There was a Waldo hidden in the store and if you found it you could pick a rock. A ROCK?!?!? The big kid is obsessed with rocks. Waldo was located and the difficult decision of choosing a rock began. The store employees told us that they were out of the Passport booklets that you get stamped but that Avid Bookstore had some. Then they told us that there were 25 stores in the Athens area where you could find Waldo.

We hit up Avid (love, love, love this little bookstore) and were provided a Passport. We found Waldo in their store. And next door at Model Citizen. Then the big kid reads the back that says if you find 10 you get a pin and a coupon for $1 off a Waldo book. Okay, we’re definitely getting 10 stamps. We already have two! But wait-if you get 20 out of the 25, you also get entered into a drawing to win a prize package worth $150. The big kid takes after his paternal grandfather on this one. He HAD to get 20 stamps. What was in that prize package? If he didn’t get the 20 stamps he wouldn’t even have a CHANCE!

You can guess how I spent the rest of my day. We started at 10am-ish., aside from the 30 minute break we took when we grabbed lunch at Taco Stand, we were looking for Waldo. We walked over 5 miles today looking for Waldo. Some places we were able to group together and drive to and then walk between. But most were within walking distance of one another. So we walked. In the heat. My God, the heat.

Did we get those 20 stamps? You bet your ass we did. It was fun. Some stores/restaurants were difficult and some were super easy. We didn’t turn in the passport yet. We’re saving that for Friday. FullSizeRender (5)

MIA & Things we’ve enjoyed around Atlanta

It’s been over a week since my last blog and I have no real excuse for not having blogged since. I’ve been taking the kids to do things. I had a hair appointment with my new hair lady (which stirred up feelings of missing my friend and TN hair lady). Thankfully, I love the new hair lady. But I still miss my friend.

Then the world continued to make my head and heart hurt and so I’ve just not been able to formulate anything intelligible.

We had a pretty awesome July 4th BBQ with old friends and new friends. The kids had a great time and made new friends. That makes my heart happy.

I’ve been taking classes at our local YMCA, trying to get myself where I am more comfortable. The Tabata class is no joke.

So far, I’ve taken the kids (sometimes just one of them) to a few different things around Atlanta. Since I can’t seem to come up with a blog idea that involves anything of substance, here’s a list of places we’ve been around Atlanta and what I thought of them.

Six Flags over Georgia: The boy and the hubs have season passes. We went on Father’s Day when the sweets and I could get in free. It was super hot the day we went. We splurged on the refillable mug that you can bring back and refill for free for the season. We filled that thing up no less than 7 times. We all four took turns guzzling Powerade and Sprite. The sweets really enjoyed the DC kids area and the Bugs Bunny rides. The Monster Mansion is pretty much the same as it was when I was a kid. All in all, we had a great day. I was going to get a season pass for the sweets and I but apparently they only give you the discount during sales if you buy 4 or more passes. So, we’ve not bought a pass at this point.

Zoo Atlanta: It was HOT the day we went. My kids were cranky. They seemed unimpressed. I, however, enjoyed it and wished I had gone alone so there would have been less whining. I like that the zoo is spaced out well. There are animals there that they didn’t have at our beloved Nashville Zoo. I’d like to go back but maybe I’ll go alone.

Center for Puppetry Arts: Did you know it’s the largest organization dedicated to puppetry in the U.S.? I have such fond memories of going there as a child. It’s been renovated and even though my sweets ran through it, I really enjoyed it. I didn’t get to read much as we passed through the exhibits. That’s one reason why my attendance to the Labyrinth exhibit (opening September 2nd) will be adults only. The puppet show that we saw was unbelievably good. Amazing, actually. Really enjoyed it and so did she. I’m contemplating buying a membership for the two of us (the boys have made it clear they don’t want to go to puppet shows). Between now and May 2017 there are something like 12 puppet shows, and almost every one of them my sweets and I would like to see.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History: Again, another childhood favorite of mine. We went just this week to meet up with some friends who now live in Florida with their two kids. My kids loved the Nature Quest area on the top floor. I ended up using our ticket credit to go toward a membership since I had a $20 off coupon from Local Flavor. If we had gone just one more time it would have paid for the membership so it seemed like a no-brainer. Plus we’ll get a discount on IMAX movies. We have a lot of Tennessee friends who might visit and this would be the perfect place to go with all the kiddos. Even in the morning weekday hours the drive took me just over an hour. Not bad.

There are some other things we have on the agenda for later this month before school starts.

White Water: I think it’s called Six Flags White Water now. I don’t know. Growing up, it was White Water. It’s a huge water park. The hubs and boy both have season passes to Six Flags so we’re going to take advantage of a bring a friend day this month and take the kids to White Water. They both love swimming and last year I took them to a water park in Alabama and they loved it.

Bodies, The Exhibition: Okay, so this one is just me and the boy. Every summer, since he started school, we’ve had a day when just the two of us go and do something. It’s always a museum because no one else wants to stop and read everything. I heard about this from my new hair lady (just in case you’re wondering that is the correct term instead of sytlist or whatevs). I checked it out and was thoroughly creeped out. It said there were kid programs and I showed him the pictures. His exact words were, “Eww. Gross. That’s so creepy. I want to go.” So I bought discount Groupon tickets and we’re going in the next couple of weeks.