I had a good, albeit tiring weekend. Sit down before you read this…. I went OTP twice this weekend.
Read Along With Me
Today’s passage from Notes To Myself.
“All I want is to be loved.” — Wanting to be loved, to be lovable, is not really a desire for how I want to be, but for how I want others to be.
“I need your heart and your eyes and your ears and your touch and your words. I want you to see me and hear me and feel me and speak to me and love me.” But by giving what I want, I realize that I have what I thought lacked before.
To all who have helped me — Thanks.
Athens By Day: Mission Accomplished!
I awoke near the butt crack of dawn on Saturday for my day trip to Athens. I was out of the house around 6:00am, but that seemed not to matter much for my photography since the morning was nothing but a blanket of gray sky for most of the morning.
The words “vegan carrot ginger muffin” don’t come out of my mouth often. Therefore I was as surprised as you probably are when they did on Saturday morning as I ordered one at Big City Bread in Athens. The muffin and coffee were delicious and all I needed to supply my morning food needs. I also didn’t want to eat too much since I expected to find lunch in Athens later in the day.
I drove around Athens, a quaint little Southern city, seeing things I’ve only heard about in the past — 5&10, Georgia Theater, 40 Watt Club, the former Steverinos, Sanford Stadium, etc. I can easily see myself returning, especially since I bought tickets for two future concerts at the 40 Watt Club, just not on UGA game days.
After making my ticket purchases I decided to walk around downtown, but was quickly overwhelmed by the heat and humidity that was present on Saturday. Instantly lunch plans were ditched and the thought of sitting in an air-conditioned car for an hour or so seemed like a fantastic idea. I was back ITP by 1:00pm
Not Every Girl Is Driven Crazy By A Sharp-Dressed Man
A two-hour power nap was the medicine the doctor ordered on Saturday afternoon. After waking and showering I finally got around to trying on my suit and was pleased to find out that it fit, not perfectly mind you, but well enough for a wedding.
The wedding was nice, a smallish affair, held in an impressive location. The ceremony was held in the lobby (converted to an intimate setting) of Fernbank, and the reception was held amongst the dinosaur bones. My attempt to chat up the only single woman in which I had interest failed mightily. The only other woman who caught my eye was one of the wedding photogs, but I chose not to try and chat her up since she obviously had no taste — she was shooting with Canons. 🙂 Okay, in reality I knew that she was there to do a job so I didn’t want to interrupt her while working.
I left after consuming my body weight in food and beer, and before the button on my trousers had the opportunity to fly off and put someone’s eye out.
When They Say “Lift With Your Legs, Not Your Back” They Fail To Remind You About Your Knees
Yesterday morning I was returning a couple of packages of roofing shingles to the utility room now that it had sufficiently dried after the leaking water bottle debacle. I’d say that the packages were on the order of thirty to thirty-five pounds and sitting on the floor. After hearing and repeating the phrase “Lift with your legs, not your back” I did a deep knee bend and lifted.
What no one ever reminds you is not to damage your knees when lifting with your legs. I tweaked my left knee nicely after hoisting the second package. Man this getting old thing really sucks.
Truth be told, I was happy to see that sign because it forced me to stop and enter the cemetery. I never knew that Athens was that old.
Rule Of Photography — “Always Be Ready”
Not once, not twice, but thrice this weekend I didn’t get “the shot.”
Saturday morning’s breakfast was more than photo-worthy but the camera was in the car… fat load of good it was doing out there.
Later in the morning I had a fantastic vantage point for photographing a hawk sitting in a tree after being chased by a mockingbird. I was literally fewer than twenty yards away from the bird. Sadly, I didn’t have a telephoto lens on me and the sky was flat gray, so the shot I wound up getting was rather pedestrian.
And finally, I made a beautiful sausage, egg, and cheese omelet for breakfast yesterday, but lacked any photogenic garnish and was super hungry, so I ate it without snapping a single shot.
Not quite as catchy as “Always Be Closing”, but “Always Be Ready” is something that I obviously need to remind myself of.
RealiTV Update: Next Food Network Star — And Then There Was Finally One
I didn’t get the opportunity to watch The Next Food Network Star last night, but I have it recorded. Sadly, I already knew the winner because I had read it in someone’s blog post who failed to include the standard “Spoiler” disclaimer.
I will probably try to watch the episode tonight even though I know Aaron wins the competition. Oh yeah, “Spoiler!”
If you remember last week’s RealiTV update I put Aaron as the long-shot to win. Obviously I have no right to go about setting odds.
Back To Variety, Once But Not Twice This Week
Tonight I’ll be at Variety Playhouse sans camera for the Wolf Parade show. I’ve decided that tonight’s show is going to be crowded and that I really don’t want to have to deal with fighting the crowd for photos.
I was planning on going to go back to Variety tomorrow night for the She & Him show (and there is still a slim chance that I still will) but I have a real busy end-of-the-week ahead of me and may need the night in. You’ll have to wait until week’s end to see what’s up with me — and unfortunately it’s got nothing to do with getting a new air conditioner.
And Finally, Happy Birthday Wishes
Former Atlanta resident, part-time ITP reader, and all around great friend Lisa “Cheese” is celebrating a birthday today! Here’s hoping that you get to have a celebratory beverage tonight somewhere in Raleigh.
And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – okay, a bit bloated and my knee hurts however
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Morrissey — “Tomorrow”
Website Of The Day – Even with all of my efforts to de-clutter my house I can learn a thing or two from Getting Rid Of Things.
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Monthly Foot Mileage – 34 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Monday Morning Weigh-In – 197 pounds
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car
Monthly Marta Rides – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 6 (110)
Books To Read To Earn Kindle – 4
1) Run/Walk no fewer than 75 miles
2) Ride no fewer than 150 road miles
3) Ride Marta no fewer than twenty times (ten round-trips)
4) Read at least two books
5) Make my bed every day
6) Relaunch www.JalapenoBeach.com
7) Keep track of how many days I use stairs over elevators