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Georgia Day Trip

So, it is Doug’s birthday and we had a nice day planned to go to a surprise destination on a road trip. Since I have known Doug, I have never been disappointed by riding around with him to see the sights. Even though I didn’t know where we were going, I knew it was going to be wonderful.

We headed out around 11am after he took some people up to Unicoi Gap. We started out on a twisting, turning road with nice scenery on each side. We took a quick detour to cross over a creek and take a couple of photos.

We then continued on and, after a while, came upon a super awesome place, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, and turned in. It was amazing and full of troll and gnome houses, chimes, and other decor.  I ended up buying a super cute frog windchime and some fairy dust.  The place is Sleepy Hollow in Blairsville.

We continued on our journey and stopped in Blairsville to get a bite to eat.  We found an interesting looking restaurant right in the downtown square called Hole In The Wall.  The sign said it had been there since 1931.  We decided that this seemed like the kind of quaint restaurant we were looking for.  We decided to dine upstairs and we were the only ones up there with a view out into the downtown square.  We ordered drinks and some fried pickles and then the Hole Burger.  While waiting for our burgers to arrive, I began to give Doug his birthday gifts one by one.    I had accumulated a collection of five gifts over the past several weeks that I was so excited and anxious to give to him.   It was so fun watching his reactions to them all!  After we ate, the waitresses came with cake and ice cream with a candle in it and sang happy birthday.  That was super cool.  I like that he enjoys sweets (although the cake was huge and he took some home for later).

We then continued on our journey and I still wasn’t entirely sure where we were going.  Soon, though, we ended up in a town that is actually one town, two cities and in two states.  McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee.  There is actually a blue line through the town that separates the two states and it goes right through the buildings.  Even the river has a different name as you cross it from one state to the other.  We stopped in to a local bottle bar to have a drink and, although the place was pretty much empty, it ended up being very entertaining.  A lady at the end of the bar was quite the talker and QUITE the redneck.  She went on and on about all sorts of topics and goings-on and she was not shy at all about her vulgarities!   Doug and I both said that it felt like we were in a movie.

We hung out in this twin city town for a bit and took some photos and then headed on to Blue Ridge, Georgia to get a hotel and spend the night.  After checking in, we went downtown to the Whistle Stop Grill where we heard they were doing Karaoke.  After sitting down and ordering a drink, Doug grabbed the song book and picked a song to put in.  He ended up singing three songs while we were there.  We once again met a very interesting, and very drunk, older woman who was also not shy with her vulgarities and somewhat aggressive flirtations.  She was funny and as she apologized to me for coming on to Doug a bit, she reassured me I had nothing to worry about by saying, “Honey, my parts are so closed up you probably couldn’t get a finger up there”.   It was a good thing I hadn’t just taken a sip of my beer as I didn’t quite expect her to say that and I just choked and laughed.

We headed back to the hotel, hung out for a few hours talking and other fun stuff, and then got up the next morning to shower and head back to Helen.  On the way, we did some sight-seeing and stopped at a few places.  It was a spectacular time and I hope it is the first of many wonderful birthdays that Doug and I share together.

 

Budweiser Super Bowl Ad 2013 – The Clydesdales Brotherhood

There weren’t many impressive commercials during the super bowl this year, but I really liked this one:

All I Want To Do – Sugarland

I have liked this song for a few years, but now it is so relevant!  I sang it last week at Karaoke in Helen at the Hayloft.

I don’t want to get up baby, let’s turn off the phone
I don’t want to go to work today or even put my makeup on
I’ve got better things to do than my todo list anyway
Hide under the covers and waste away the day
Let’s just lay here and be lazy, baby drive me crazy
All I want to do wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wooo
All I want to do wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wooo is love you
I got my whole life to change the world and climb the ladders
Looking at you looking at me is the only thing that matters
Come a little closer baby, we can talk without the words
Hang a sign on the door, please do not disturb
Let’s just lay here and be lazy, baby drive me crazy

All I want to do wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wooo
All I want to do wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wooo is love you
Give me a kiss, from that Elvis lip,
You don’t want to miss this,
All I want to do wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wooo
All I want to do wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wooo is love you wo woo
All I really want to do is,
All I really want to do is,
All I really want to do is love you, and love you, and love you
Come a little closer baby, we can talk without the words
Hang a sign on the door, please do not, please do not, please do not, please do not disturb
When I lay down in the evening all I really want to do,
When I wake up, when I wake up in the morning baby, all I really want to do is…wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wooo

Heading Home From Helen

What a fantastic trip!!  It wasn’t a vacation, and we didn’t do any sight-seeing, but it was an absolutely amazing 10 days in Helen!  Doug and I both worked, and our crazy schedules sure did make seeing each other challenging, but we found time in between everything else.  I couldn’t get internet at the camper, so I had to go to the local grocery store to work… sometimes for 13 hours straight.  I never sat in a grocery store that long, but it had a nice cafe area, with a Starbucks and free wifi.  Perfect!    The camper only has a small shower and enough hot water for a three minute shower, so I did most of my showering at the bath house at the front of the campground.

None of this bothered me.  It was perfect.  I got to see Doug in  between both of us working.  He usually gets done around 2am.  I tried to do the same.  The camper was small, but I managed to make a nice breakfast for us of eggs, bacon and pancakes on an electric griddle.  Some mornings we had cereal.  For dinner, I made cheese quesadilla or toaster oven mini pizzas or even pierogies in the toaster oven.

It was camping and living and working and making due in a small space for 10 days with each other while we both had stressful and hectic, and even unpredictable, work schedules.

But none of that effected our ability to have a nice time.  It was an absolutely wonderful time.  On the eighth day, after passing our 8 month’s since we met, we could no longer hold back and declared the L word to each other.  Those of you who know me may need to take a moment to catch your breath.  I most certainly did.  But it is true… I love him and he loves me and he is working hard to get everything in order to move to Arizona this summer.

The moments we have shared over the last eight months have been fabulous.  From the very first magical moment we met to now and every moment in between.  We are forced to get to know each other through phone calls and text messages and eight visits across country to see each other over the last eight months.  We learn more and more about each other every day and every visit and it seems to only increase our desire to be with each other always.

It’s crazy, but it is true….

 

Packing for Helen

Heavily exhausted and highly caffienated, I feel high.  But I am still doing laundry and packing for my trip to Helen.  The last couple weeks have been unreal…work, rental property, finances, the unexpected X 10, customers, projects, family….  not a single aspect of my life over the past couple weeks has NOT been more stressful than usual.  Wonder how much more can really be piled on sometimes, but somehow, I handle it all and do what I need to do and get stuff done.  Somehow my bosses continue to tell me that I am responsible for so much success of the company and praise me for my ability to juggle so many customers and resources and projects… most of the time without eruption.

I am on my second load of laundry and have already begun to pack.  I am hungry but I can’t seem to find anything that appeals to me.  I have a task list that still needs to be done for work tonight and another list of reminders and to-dos for trip preparation.  I performed the final walk-thru with my tenants today as they moved out over the weekend.  Not sure I can think of a worse time than this month for their departure, but I have known about it for a couple months and prepared as much as could be done for it given the time of year.  I met with the contractor this morning to get an estimate on the various repairs to be done in the house before the next tenants move in.  The bid was slightly higher than I had hoped, but that is to be expected as well.  I contacted all three utility companies today to switch the utilities back into my name while it is vacant waiting for the next tenants to call it home.

I think about retirement for a bit, but I cannot fixate on that right now as there are way to many things to do before heading to the airport eight hours from now.  I saw that the plane that is designated for this trip does not have internet, so I suppose I can dream about retirement on the plane in the morning.

I look forward to being in Helen again.  I plan to be working each day as it is not truly a vacation, however, it will be very nice to see Doug and get a better sense of what it is like for us to spend our time together while each of us are working and managing responsibilities.  I pray that the recent constant stream of unexpected crisis will hopefully be behind me, as it will be that much more challenging to handle things remotely.  I have to have faith that my contractor will have my best interests in mind as he handles the renovations on the rental without my oversite.  I am somewhat inclined to wait until I get back to handle the work on the rental, but there is a time factor involved and I would certainly love to be able to get the house rented sooner than later.  Every day that goes by is a loss of income.

I just cannot think about that right now.  I need to figure out what I am going to eat and put the clothes in the dryer and continue packing and get my work done for tonight and get to the airport.

Cabins In Helen

I went back to Helen, Georgia for four days with the intent of looking at cabins to hopefully purchase one as an investment vacation rental. Dan and I went together so that he could advise me as my business partner. We arrived in Thursday night into Atlanta and made our way to Steak ‘n Shake for some food. Oh, it was soooo good. I really miss having Steak ‘n Shake nearby. By the time we were done, it was pretty late. We thought about stopping at a bar to have a drink, but then thought better of it. Instead, we found a dark, quiet park to pull into and take a nap. We figured we would head to Helen early in the morning. Of course, after about 45 minutes of resting there, the local police decided to pay us a visit and we had to leave. We stopped at a hotel and rested in the parking lot there and I talked on the phone with my local Helen tour guide. Around 6am, we arrived in Helen and I went to the Huddle House to have some coffee and do some writing in my journal.

The moment we arrived in Helen, my heart skipped a beat once again. I cannot even explain in words how magical it is there… like a fairy tale.

For the rest of the day on Friday, we looked at about 12 different cabins. The opportunities are excellent.

Friday night, we made our way to the Hayloft where I had a chance to see my favorite local tour guide. He was busy and distracted and uncertain about our interaction given the complications of it all such as the 2000 miles between us. Our initial talk was emotional and left me feeling somewhat lost. What is this crazy attraction between us? It is so intense. None-the-less, he had to leave to work and I went to the bar with Dan where he was hitting on a hottie and hoping I would help him seal the deal. She was cute and it was fun, but my mind was elsewhere and the drinks were flowing quite freely.

The rest of the weekend was magical and emotional. I wish I could stay there forever.

Sunday I made an offer on a cabin and Monday talked with the bank. Then we left town back to the west.

Love Shack – B-52s

Missing the love shack in Georgia…

If you see a faded sign by the side of the road that says
15 miles to the, Love Shack! Love Shack yeah
I’m headin’ down the Atlanta highway, lookin’ for the love getaway
Heading for the love getaway, love getaway,
I got me a car, it’s as big as a whale and we’re headin’ on down
To the Love Shack
I got me a Chrysler, it seats about 20
So come on and bring your jukebox money
The Love Shack is a little old place where we can get together
Love Shack baby, Love Shack bay-bee.
Love baby, that’s where it’s at, Oh love baby, that’s where it’s at
Sign says, Woo, stay away fools, ’cause love rules at the Love Shack!
Well it’s set way back in the middle of a field,
Just a funky old shack and I gotta get back
Glitter on the mattress
Glitter on the highway
Glitter on the front porch
Glitter on the hallway
The Love Shack is a little old place where we can get together
Love Shack baby! Love Shack, that’s where it’s at!
Huggin’ and a kissin’, dancin’ and a lovin’, wearin’ next to nothing
Cause it’s hot as an oven
The whole shack shimmies! The whole shack shimmies when everybody’s
Movin’ around and around and around!
Everybody’s movin’, everybody’s groovin’ baby!
Folks linin’ up outside just to get down
Everybody’s movin’, everybody’s groovin’ baby
Funky little shack! Funky little shack!
Hop in my Chrysler, it’s as big as a whale and it’s about to set sail!
I got me a car, it seats about 20
So come on up and bring your jukebox money.
Bang bang bang on the door baby! Knock a little louder baby!
Bang bang bang on the door baby! I can’t hear you
Your what? Tin roof, rusted!
Love Shack, baby Love Shack!
Love baby, that’s where it’s at
Huggin’ and a kissin’, dancin’ and a lovin’ at the love shack

Rammstein – Glendale, AZ

This concert was so amazing… words cannot begin to describe.  The theatrical performance was second to none.  It is now at the top of my list for amazing visual concert.

 

Japan Trip

Several months ago, my brother, Anthony, announced that he had asked Nana to marry him and that they were planning the wedding in Japan.  Last week, we were in Japan for the wedding and it was fantastic and beautiful.  Mom and I had never been to Japan and weren’t quite sure what to expect.  We flew out on Monday from Phoenix to Los Angeles and then on to Korea for a five hour layover where we discovered Soju at 7am when the bars opened.  Soju is a Japanese distilled beverage which is sort of like vodka.  I then bought an Asahi to help wash the Soju down, but it still was a bit too harsh to drink at 7am.  We then went from Korea to Osaka (about a two hour flight) and the whirlwind really began.  Nana and her brother picked us up from the airport after we made our way through customs.  Riding in the car to our hotel was about an hour drive and we took in all of the visuals along the way.  Once we arrived at our hotel and settled in, we went out for a walk around and found shops everywhere.  What we found throughout the week is the amazing plethora of shops above and below ground and it seems everyone in Osaka (maybe all of Japan) has really mastered the art of shopping!

Later that first night, we went out to dinner with my brother and Nana and her family.  The restaurant was on the 38th floor overlooking downtown Osaka and the Osaka Castle.  It was a wonderful dinner and mom started to learn how to use chopsticks.  Nana’s family does not speak English, but Anthony and Nana translated for us.   The food was amazing as was the atmosphere.  Getting to meet Nana’s family and seeing their mannerisms and the intro to their personalities was something I found to be very enjoyable.

The next day, we left early in the morning for breakfast and then all went to Kyoto to see the temples and had a VERY long walk through the city of Kyoto.  The temples and scenery were all very beautiful.  We had a very nice dinner after and then all sang in a karaoke room.   It was definitely a jam packed day of activity and we were pretty exhausted by the time we arrived back at the hotel which I think was around midnight or so.

The wedding day was breathtaking and beautiful. I think everything about it was perfect and as soon as Nana started walking down the aisle toward my brother, the tears just started to flow heavy from my eyes and down my cheeks and I don’t think they stopped until we were into the reception.  The food was amazing and while we ate, we enjoyed listening to the various speeches and toasts.  Anthony’s best friend gave a speech while his wife translated in Japanese.  Anthony’s former boss gave a speech that was also very impressive and talked about Anthony’s dedication, hard work, attitude, loyalty, etc.  Hearing that speech and knowing my brother, I was filled with pride.  Halfway through the reception dinner, Anthony and Nana left for a while and then came back dressed in komonos and again were just breathtaking.

On our last full day in Japan, we all took a trip out to Nara to see the temples and deer in Nara park.  The scenery was perfect as was the weather and Nana’s nephews enjoyed petting the deer.

We left on Monday afternoon for the long journey home.  Although the total travel time was 27 hours, we arrived home Monday night in Phoenix (due to the time difference).

It took me quite a while to sift through the hundreds of photos that we took during this trip and pick out a subset to include in this blog entry.  Be sure to click the link to view with PicLens to easily scroll through them, or click on each thumbnail individually to view full size as many are very beautiful.   I hope you all enjoy them. ;)

 

Bear Canyon Lake Camping Weekend

A bunch of us went up to Bear Canyon Lake Arizona for a weekend of camping.  Our campsite was perfect as it was tucked away and private.  There were five adults, four kids and two dogs and it was fantastic.

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