Monday, May 26, 2014

This Year (so far)


As I write this I am listening to the song “This Year” by Cooper. The song pretty much sums up how 2014 has been going for me.

Can we go right back to the start

I got a little lost

Done living in the past

There's many seasons in our lives

It's been a long winter

Spring's getting nearer
Remind me of all the good and the bad (i know, i know)

Remind me of everything that we had (i know, i know)

Right now it's so clear

This year has been the best and the worst year

I hear it's all uphill from here

This year has been the best and the worst year

I hear it's all uphill from here

The apartment is really starting to look like it is mine. I spent the weekend in RR with my bestie and was able to pick up some more stuff. I am also using this time to clear out the clutter and donate some stuff.

It was nice visiting RR and the Lake but I was ready to come home and climb the stairs to my slice heaven. I am working hard not to become the recluse who lives on the second floor.

I have been quite sociable between spending Memorial Day at the Lake and the previous weekend with my son. 

It was a great visit to SCC with some highs and lows. High point was being able to see how tall my baby has gotten.


Low point was having some car trouble. My brother was able to fix it. Yay for little brothers. Especially brothers who drive a hour to help their sister.

We got up early Saturday morning and headed to visit my family in Rock Hill. 
Just waking up!



We went to Books-A-Million. It has become my son’s favorite place to visit. I am so happy that he is a reader. His favorites are comic books and the Captain Underpants series.


Our next stop was Taco Bell, where my not-so-little-boy ate chicken quesadillas. Kids meals no longer do it for him.

I am amazed at how much he has matured. I am so proud of my awesome second grader.

We ended up at a family birthday party. It was agony for me because I am not good in those kind of social situations. But JJ had a blast.


Later, we spent the night at my brother’s home so JJ and my nephew could have a sleepover. It was a nice weekend filled with lots of love and fun.





I'm listening to the sound advice
You spoke from the heart
Just be who you are
And everything falls into place
The seasons change, but we're the same

I have no clue what the rest of 2014 will be like but I am looking forward to it. A few days ago, I actually rode a horse for the first time in my life. 
Freedom and I get acquainted.

I am definitely going to have to do that again. And instead of hanging out on the couch this weekend, I am helping out at a motorcycle ride fundraiser. I am trying to branch outside of my comfort zone a little bit.

DAILY DOSE
1. Attending a Memorial Day Service!
2. Finding a Mr. Pibb and being able to drink it while eating Nachos bell grande. 
3. Leaving work at 5 p.m. instead of 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Happiness is in the cards for a delayed Mothers Day celebration


The last few days have been busy with work. I have made peace with the fact that being tired is how my life is going to be for awhile.

This morning, my editor gave a treat in the form of new business cards. 

It means to me that they officially plan to keep me. There are about 2,000 cards in the box. Plus my editor said I couldn't leave until I used them all. 

I am in a much happier place today because I will have a three-day weekend. Due to the production schedule at the DT, I will never have Monday or Tuesday off. If there is a holiday on those days, I get to take them at another time. Friday will be my Easter Monday.

Cue the music for “Happy” by Pharrell.

I get to see my not-so-little boy. 

It will be a delayed Mother’s Day for me and a surprise for him. He has no clue that I am coming for a visit.

Like I said, happiness is in the cards!

Daily Dose
1. No town board meetings to cover tonight!!! YAY!!!
2. The season finale of Criminal Minds!
3. .Having some really good fried chicken for lunch!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Staying busy


It has been a busy few days. As a reporter, I never know how my day will go. For instance on Friday, I left my apartment thinking I would write at my desk all day, take a break for lunch, write more and head out to Relay for Life.

I did write. I wrote seven stories while listening to a variety of 80s music, I also had to track down information about a murder and a meth bust.

Crime is my Achilles heel. It is my absolutely worst thing to cover.I ended up getting the information.
My day ended with the Duplin County Relay for Life. Relay for Life is a great event, which raises a lot of money for the American Cancer Society.

It is a hard event for me. I feel like an awful person because I was sitting there miffed because my mother isn’t one of the survivors.

I will admit that this year was the first Relay where I wasn’t angry. Just miffed. The Duplin County Relay is undergoing some revamping and smaller than what it has been in years past. But the people on the committee, the survivors and those attending had heart. It was a small event with a lot of heart.
You couldn’t help but feel inspired sitting beside a man who had lost parts of his face to cancer and was happy to be alive.

Are seeing cancer survivors almost skip around the track because they are alive.
I have never had cancer and pray that I never do but I have seen how it affects those close to me. It is an awful and rotten disease that does not discriminate.

I am happy for those who wear the purple survivors shirts. They have earned them. Cancer is war.
A person is fighting for the life. They are given chemicals that  essentially break them down to get to the cancer.

It has taken three years and several Relays for me to get to this point where my anger is finally disspating.

I  think the reason Relay has always been assigned to me each year is because of God.
It is his way of showing me that there is no good in holding onto anger. Through Relay, I have met a lot of good people who have survived cancer and I have met families who have lost people.
It is an honor to be able to share their stories with others. I think my mother would be proud of this.

DAILY DOSE
1. Sometimes you have to take each day one step at a time!
2. Having insurance is awesome!
3. Looking forward to covering the Carolina Strawberry Festival this weekend. Maybe I will find some chicken on a stick.

My home library is complete!!!!!

  I write a book column for Duplin Times in Kenansville, N.C. called the Book Nerd. This is my May column, which is about me finally comple...