May 26, 2006

Spinning Batons

We are hitting the road in 36 hours and heading north. Since Lnet left it has been one crazy work day after another. I’m on day 11 of work with no weekend. It is making me feel a little blue and a little overwhelmed. Good thing I’m taking 9 days off.

Lnet’s visit brought new perspectives and new adventures, like the Chatahoochie River National Recreation area, a gem of a park, right in the city. I’m planning to take my bicycle up there this fall. See my photos from the park and spring in Atlanta.

We also had the opportunity to show off our new house to Lnet. Our realtor took us over for a walk through to see how the repairs were coming. The contractor’s worker was there, busy cleaning the gutters. He talked through some of the stuff they had already done and what was left. They are fixing everything, even things we didn’t ask them to do. Some things might not be exactly what we would have done, but nothing is wrong. We were very excited to see it. It is truely move-in ready.

I’m feeling little by little like Atlanta is where I live now, which is good since we close on the house in less than two weeks. (Yikes! So much to do, I’ve hardly started packing.)

Hopefully I will be blogging on the road in the coming days. To tide you over…

Around Christmas time I was driving through Midtown when I saw a man, dressed as an elf, with sparkly cow-boy boots, spinning a baton. I laughed for joy. “There’s the funk I’ve been missing in this city.” I saw him again in February, again in Midtown, this time in a white wedding dress with sparkly white cowboy boots, spinning a baton. The workmen on the corner were elbowing eachother and laughing. He just kept right on spinning and dancing.

SB has never seen him and I was beginning to think he might be a figment of my burner imagination. Tonight I saw a news piece on him. Baton Bob you do exist!

May 16, 2006

Creatures in the garden


Women

Lion

Our weekend touring with Lnet took us to an amazing exhibit of sculpture, mosaic and whimsy at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Their exhibit of Niki de Saint Phalle‘s sculptures was exactly the kind of art experience I crave. It was over-the-top art, filling the outside world, surrounded by the beautiful art of spring flowers.

See my favorite views.

A little time for thinking

On my second real weekend I had a little more time, a little more energy to reflect on some bigger questions:

Why does being in a big, serious, committed, head-over-heels relationship give one less time to think deeply and be all introspective and philosphical? I think you loose out on introspection because you are pushed out of thinking within yourself to thinking intensely about someone else. You are no longer the center of most every thought because this new person has become so important. SB, on the other hand, thinks introspection is lost simply because you no longer have the quiet down-time you had before the relationship. Now more time is spent talking and less time is spent thinking.

Is it better to have a pet dog or live abroad? Are they as mutually exclusive as they feel?

If you were so rich you never had to take care of any of your own base needs, would you miss going grocery shopping, doing laundry, washing dishes?

May 10, 2006

Now what

I’m experincing post-house hunting lethargy. We have transitioned into the house buying stage that is all paperwork and research. Reseaching things like home insurance, security systems and crawl space maintenance doesn’t exactly bring a flush to my cheeks.

For the first time in months I had two consecutive days off without coming off of or going on to an overnight shift. Two blissful days reminded SB of how much energy I had before the overnight shifts began. “What are we doing now? How about now?” To celebrate our first real weekend together since Christmas, we roamed the city, shopping for clothes, sampling various food and drink and ofcourse doing a bit of house stalking. “What’s our house doing now? We better drive-by and see it.” It was a fantastic weekend.

This coming weekend the fun continues with a very special visit from Lnet. Yay!

May 5, 2006

No more sleepless nights

I graduated to day side shifts at work this week. Yay! My new shift is 3:30-11pm. I can’t wait to have my first real weekend in weeks, one where I don’t have to sleep for half of it and walk around like a zombie for the other half.

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