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Dec 2009

I am heading to Washington, D.C. for my birthday!  I get to spend several days with that little cutie and her parents.  Whee!!  I am so excited!

There definitely will NOT be another trip to the Air & Space Museum.  I have seen it at least 3 times, although it might be 4.  I’ll have to check out what’s going on in case I need to entertain myself for a day.  I’m not too worried about it right now.  All that has been confirmed is that I’m going to D.C.  There rest will be figured out later.

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Destination Unknown

Me on my 30th birthday

My 33rd birthday is this year.  I’m dreading it.  I was fine with turning 30, in fact I threw myself a party at one of my favorite local restaurants.  I invited my family and friends to celebrate with me.  I remember how happy I was that evening.  30 was pretty damn great.  I’m not feeling that way about 33 at all. I commented to my mother about this and she said, “well it is one-third of 100.”  I suppose that means she thinks I’ll live to 100.  Or she was just showing of f her math skills.

I started thinking about how I could change that.  What is that I love to do that I could perhaps do on my birthday?  I realized the answer was simple.  I could go somewhere. Perhaps I could even manage to see the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in one year.  Hell, it could be in one season.  This landlocked child of the sea, would love that.  Or I could make 2 trips to the Atlantic.  Or head to various destinations down south.  Or head north.  Or southwest.  Or northeast.  Or…actually I might be out of destinations at this point.

Obviously, this holds a lot of appeal. I have friends all over the country.  It shouldn’t be too difficult to find a place to crash, the question will be where and can they accommodate me on the very specific weekend before my birthday? For while I want to travel for my birthday, I’d like to still celebrate with friends.

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Beach vacation on the Atlantic Ocean has been booked for this summer. A week of sleeping when I’m tired, eating when I’m hungry and flinging myself into the sea everyday.

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St. Augustine, Florida. August 2009

 

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Social media break

Near the beginning of the month I decided to take a social media hiatus. Originally, I was going to go cold turkey. I realized that wouldn’t actually work for me. So I just checked my Facebook and Twitter accounts once a day. What I discovered is that I didn’t really miss it. When I’d check once a day, I’d skim over most of my news feed. I’d glance at the pictures folks post and leave the occasional comment. Would I have missed anything really important if I gave it up? Nope.

I did notice that the times I wanted to check these things was when I was waiting for something. My turn at the doctor, on hold at work and when avoiding doing other things. Why meditate when I can check Facebook?

I’m sure that the extra time and energy I’ve found don’t have everything to do with not being on Facebook and Twitter but it helps. However, I’ve done more reading in the last couple of weeks than I have in ages. I wrote an actual letter to someone. I’ve reconnected with friends I haven’t talked to in months. (I’ve still got several to catch up with.)

So if you missed on one of these mediums, now you know why.

Post script: I’ve now seen the new Facebook layout. They are making it easier and easier to give them up completely.

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First Winery Trip

There have been few winery trips this year, in fact the first is next month.  This is the from the first trip me and the “darling” girls went on a couple of years ago.

Stone Hill Winery (c) 2009

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A few years ago, I noticed that I took better pictures of flowers than I did people.  I would tell people this but they’d still ask me to take pictures for them.  So when handed a camera, instead of telling people “say cheese!” I tell them “you’re pretty, pretty flowers.”  Amazingly, it worked.  My people pictures started improving.  Probably because they were laughing at my crazy antics but I’ll take it.

Diana's Grove, near Bunker, MO (c) 2007

All this to say, I’m going to start adding some more pictures that I’ve taken over the years.  I thought of starting a new blog for this but decided that would just be a pain.  It’s my blog, I’ll put what I want on it.  I still plan to write more on my travels but I’ve decided to open it up a bit.

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