Goodbye, June

This month FLEW by!

It always does though. I think June is the perfect month. School has been out for a month by the time it gets here, so you’re fully in summer mode. And there’s still July, acting like the buffer month on the other side of June, protecting you from the upcoming semester.

We had some really fun times, even if they did fly by too fast.

Until next year….

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Date Night at Stone Mountain

 

Working during the summer is a drag.

That’s the simple, honest truth. Unfortunately, bills don’t stop coming during the summer months.

This is my first full summer of working (mostly) full-time. Before this, my main source of income every summer was babysitting. While babysitting can MOST CERTAINLY be hard work (I can attest to this!), the flexible schedule of it puts it on a whole different level from other jobs.

My summer days would consist of hanging out on the beach with friends all day and arriving at a babysitting job around 6 or 7pm, where I would entertain some little people for a few hours, put them to bed, and then have the rest of the evening to myself until the grownups got home. I’m sure I may have complained then, but looking back…..man, was that a sweet deal! I certainly don’t miss the salary I was making then, but I still envy that schedule.

Recently I was switched over to more night shifts at the cafe where I work now. On one hand, it’s a great deal. I get to sleep in most mornings (which is mainly what summer’s all about), spend the day at the pool, running errands, or shopping, and then go into work in the evening. The bad part of this is that I hardly have any time with Mark. He leaves for work early in the morning before I’ve even thought about getting up and he gets home a few hours after I go to work. And since he has to be back at work early the next morning, we only have a few hours together once I get off work.

The other night, though, we squeezed in a date after I got off work. I didn’t have to close that night so we had a few extra hours together. He picked me up from work, I brought some food along, and we drove to Stone Mountain.

Between the two of us, we’ve seen Stone Mountain’s laser show QUITE a few times. It’s the same show every night so it’s nothing spectacular to us, but it’s just nice being together outside in the warm night air.

We took a blanket along and I leaned against him (which he complains about, but I think he likes it). We laughed at the crazy people dancing around us, whooped and hollered along with everyone else when the fireworks went off, and just relaxed.

It was a perfect way to unwind after getting off of work and a great way to spend some time together, just the two of us.

I have a feeling I’ll be working these night shifts a lot more, so I hope we can squeeze in more evenings like this one.

Inspired

I have been so inspired this morning to continue trying to carry out this idea of my own blog. I had a blog before. It didn’t last very long and I soon found out that it was because there was no purpose in it. I was basically re-posting the neat projects others had posted or the pretty pictures I had seen on their blogs. (I was giving proper credit, don’t worry) But, honestly, who wants to visit a blog like that? Answer: no one. There was nothing original, nothing inspiring, and no purpose in that space.

Right around the time I started thinking about creating a new blog, Elsie from A Beautiful Mess posted this article. Her advice is spot-on. It caused me to slow down and really think about what the purpose behind my blog would be. As a journalism student, I spend a lot of time writing and crafting my writing skills. I would love to incorporate that into a blog. I think it is just as important to learn how to write a  fun, humorous, slightly sarcastic piece as it is to write a factual, to-the-point, news piece.

I also want to work on my photography skills, which at this point are basically zero. I’ve noticed lately that there are so many simple things throughout the day that would make great pictures. I just need to learn to keep my camera with me and capture those little things.

Another big thing moving me to start a blog is that I only have one year left in college. This means it’s high time to start zeroing in on a career. Studying journalism has made me realize how many avenues one can go down with a degree in writing. I’ve been looking into online media/social media jobs, but one thing I’ve realized is that it would never hurt to have some knowledge in HTML and the basic know-how of running a blog — which, like my photography skills at the moment, is ZERO.

So, obviously, I’ve got a lot to learn. It’s a slow process too, but that’s okay. I’m not rushing it.

I’m going to publish this post and, hopefully, a few years from now I can look back in the archives and put a big check mark beside this goal of mine.

Photo from here

Athfest

Last Saturday, Mark and I both miraculously had a day off work. Coordinating our day’s off has been almost impossible lately. We drove to Athens to spend the day with my sister and a friend. It was HOT! As in hot HOT.  The heat has taken a little while to get here. June has been surprisingly mild. But it hit with full force on Saturday.

Despite the heat, we mosey’d around downtown Athens, checked out the vendors and Wuxtry and Helix too (of course). Listened to some music, ate some food, and drank lots of water. The day finished with a game of frisbee in the back yard. By that time, we were so used to the feeling of being hot, sticky, and sweaty that it was no big deal to run around in the grass for a few more hours.

It was a fun day. I always like visiting Athens. There’s something about it that reminds me  a little bit of home.