Monday’s List


Happy Monday! The weekend was so great that I didn’t mind Monday arriving this week. Isn’t that weird? Sometimes the weekend is so awesome that I dread Monday coming with a passion. And other times I feel totally ready to face Monday and a new week. 

Anyway, I’ve been happy about a lot of things lately, so here’s a list of things I’m grateful for. Sometimes it’s nice to write them all down. 

  • Being able to spend this whole summer with Mark.
  • That there’s still four more weeks before I move back home
  • Weekend trips
  • Getting off work two hours earlier than normal
  • Kind people
  • Naptime

Charleston

We left before the sun even thought about coming up.

Road-tripping isn’t very fun that early. Fortunately, we found a slightly redneck (and by slightly I mean very) fishing talk show on the radio and that kept us entertained/awake for a little while. Then we heard Don William’s “You’re My Best Friend” which made me happy because I love that song. And Mark sings the “you’re my best friend” line in a thirteen year old girl voice, so there’s that too.

Once the sun came up, the drive was beautiful. The clouds looked fake they were so huge and fluffy. I may or may not have snapped a few photos while driving.

We pulled into Charleston around 10am and spent the morning window shopping on King Street and enjoying the Marion Square Farmer’s Market. After lunch, we met a couple friends at Folly Beach and spent the afternoon soaking up some sun, playing bocce ball and flying kites. Mark has an enormous kite that he attaches a camera to. It’s pretty neat seeing the whole beach from an aerial view.

After we were all sufficiently sunburned, we headed to a friend’s house downtown for showers before dinner. We ate at Taco Boy and it was scrumptious.

With our bellies full of quesadillas and tacos, we hopped back into the car and headed home.

We didn’t do any touristy things this trip. In fact, we hardly did anything at all, but it was still fun to just walk around and relax on a beach. That’s what weekends are for.

Happy Friday!

Mark and I are taking a spur of the moment trip to Charleston, South Carolina this weekend. Originally my weekend plans included nothing but working. I’m glad those plans got changed! I’m off to search the internets now for some non-touristy things to do/see. Hope your weekend is just as spontaneous and fun.
Here are a few things I’ve enjoyed across the web this week:

Fisheye

My little fisheye has been collecting dust lately. For some reason, I keep grabbing the digital over film.
I found these old fisheye images that I took a few summers ago today and began to miss that little fisheye camera of mine.
It’s about time it came down off the shelf and started being used.

Feeling nostalgic about orange sherbet ice cream

When I was a little kid I never thought that life as I knew it would end. But it did.

I didn’t know that the care-free life I was living would soon end and be replaced with responsibility, decision-making, and problem-solving. But it did.

Looking back, I see that childhood was a completely different life. I can’t pinpoint exactly when that life ended. It was more of a gradual thing.

I thought about adulthood when I was a child, but I thought about it from a child’s point of view. I believed that when I was an adult, I would own a sky blue VW bug and, oddly enough, my name would change to Lisa.

Oh, and all of this would happen at the age of fifteen, because that’s when adulthood began. Duh.

I never thought there would be a time when all of us kids would move away from home. I never thought there would be nights when all of us kids wouldn’t sit out on the picnic table, eating orange sherbet ice cream, after our baths. I never thought there would be a time when I wouldn’t fall asleep in my bedroom with the green walls.

Those things never dawn on a kid.

The more I think about my childhood, the more I’m so thankful for parents who filled the first part of my life with so many good things. We were a lucky bunch of kids. We didn’t have a lot of toys. We didn’t have a TV or watch movies very often. We did some very weird things that I’m utterly embarrassed to think about now, but we had some awesome times.

My mother probably remembers all the squabbles, yelling, and tears much more than I do. I remember the race track around the driveway, the pretend soccer field in the front yard, the playhouse we made under a cedar tree in the woods.

I remember running naked around the house, laughing so hard I peed on the stairs, and all the hours of playing dress up.

I never thought about all of that ending.

I miss it now.

Being a kid is great, but no one ever tells a little kid to value those days because they’re flying by and they won’t be back.

Maybe that’s a good thing, though.

Ignorance is bliss, right?

Florida Weekend

We drove down to Jacksonville Friday night and were back in the car driving home Sunday afternoon. It was a very fast trip, but I’ve found that quick weekend trips can be just as relaxing and rejuvenating as a week long vacation.
Saturday was spent laying on the beach. The weather was well into the 100′s, but that just meant that the ocean water was comfortable instead of freezing. That night we stuffed ourselves with  delicious Cuban food and celebrated two birthdays.
I’m crossing my fingers that we will be able to fit another Florida trip in this summer.

{This Currently post was written while we were in Florida this past weekend. It was a quick trip, but it was an awesome break from the daily routine of work. Pictures to come…}

Loving: Long weekends off work and being at the beach with family. I will never take for granted having  a Saturday and Sunday off again.

Reading: This new-to-me blog. As far as books go, I would love some suggestions. I haven’t read a truly good book in so long.

Watching: Rookie Blue and old Grey’s Anatomy episodes. I still haven’t seen the end of Mad Men and it’s bugging me!

Listening to: The boys discussing their video games, the AC rattling, pots and pans banging in the kitchen….the sounds of Florida.

Planning: A trip to Miami in August (fingers crossed!).

Working on: This little baby blog of mine. I’m figuring it out, slowly but surely.

Wishing:  That summer would slow down! I’ll be so sad when it’s over.

Monday’s List

Books I want to read:
  • Dust Tracks on the Road by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
  • The Help by Katherine Stockett
  • Untold Story by Monica Ali
  • The Lives and Loves of Daisy and Violet by Dean Jensen
  • Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Before Night Falls by Reinaldo Arenas
  • Notes from my travels by Angelina Jolie
  • America Libre by Raul Ramos y Sanchez
  • I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
  • Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  • The Mole People by Jennifer Tot
This list has been tucked away in my phone for ages now. I’m kind of disappointed that it has been this long and I haven’t read one book off of the list. I really need to start working on this before summer ends.

Washington DC, Part II

We ate at the Austin Grill while we were in DC as well. The food was great and it was even better that we got to eat it outside. The best part, though, is that their dessert menu is an old View Master. We were so full from lunch that we decided to skip dessert, but we acted like we were just taking our time deciding so we could play with the menu some more.

We also spent some time at the Lincoln Memorial. Out of all the time I’ve been to DC, this trip was the first time I have actually been to the Lincoln Memorial. It was very impressive and probably my favorite of them all.