2012

Jan. 15th, 2013 09:54 pm
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2012 in Review:

 

 

Summary: I didn’t realize how much I’d travelled til I wrote this up.  I was sick a lot too, and stressed out about my family.  But overall it wasn’t a horrible year.  And hey, the Mayans were wrong so we get to keep going!

 

 

 

 2013 Resolution:   Learn one new thing

I’ve been thinking about trying to learn sign language – I’m going to look to see if there are any lessons on Youtube or something.  Also, I’ve already signed up for a class on quilting.  So this should be a pretty easy resolution to keep, a rebound from last year’s failure.

 

2013 Goals:

v  Get involved in my community: 

  Ø  Attend neighborhood meetings – they happen once a month, and I’m going to try to go to at least six.
Ø   Volunteer – it’s hard to find an opportunity that allows for sporadic volunteering (ie once a month) but I’m going to try again.  I found an organization that works toward improving child literacy among immigrant/poverty-level children so I am going to look into that.

v  Complete 3 out of the 10 following craft projects:

     Ø  Tree of Knowledge cross-stitch

     Ø  S's t-shirt quilt

     Ø  My College Sweatshirt quilt

     Ø  2007 scrapbook

     Ø  2008 scrapbook

     Ø  Nephew’s family tree label

     Ø  Tribble t-shirt

     Ø  Cat toy treat dispenser

     Ø  Framing skeleton cross-stitch

     Ø  Display for Mom’s scarf pins

v  Move craft room upstairs and organize

v  Move guest room back and hang Grandmother’s quilt and my sister’s paintings

v  Frame and hang photos in bedroom

v  Practice the drums with the aim to start taking lessons again.

 


2011

Jan. 19th, 2012 05:56 pm
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 2011 in Review:
January:   Started the new year out in a new bed, lovely!  Got snowed into my house for a week due to the giant 3 inch snowstorm known as Snowpocalypse.  Alright, it was more because of the ice than the snow, but still.  Took my first hot yoga class.  Took the blonde stripes out of my hair, replaced them with candy apple red.  

February: Began using Good Measure Meals; conversely nearly stopped grocery shopping \o/.  Read The Hunger Games, omg!  

March:  Discovered that I freaking love karaoke. Walked a 5k for the first time.  Had 1st ER trip of the year while hanging shelves.  

April:   Hit the ten pound weight loss mark (since January.)  Went to South Beach on a work trip.  Otherwise, apparently nothing else happened.

May:   Went on a date (yes, my one & only date of the year.) Got the floor of my kitchen fixed. Saw the amazing My Chemical Romance in concert (!!!!)  Painted (and painted and painted) my office.  Started laser hair removal.  Went to prom, sans date, just like actual high school.

June:  Finally saw Avenue Q!  Played a 4-hour tennis match in 95 degree heat and lived to tell the tale.  Watched ‘16 Candles’ at Screen on the Green, and went to a cocktail party at the Botanical Gardens.  

July:  Went home for the 4th and came down with labyrinthitis (which sucks, btw. I don’t recommend it.) Second ER trip of the year.  Went to New Hampshire for work conference.  Went to Chicago on a work trip.  Didn’t do much else, due to being so dizzy.

August:  Found my first gray hair.  Cut my hair short.  Had karaoke birthday party!  Injured my foot - plantar fasciitis :(

September:  Dragon*Con! I got a tenant, who moved in over Labor Day weekend.

October:  Girls weekend in DC with my BFF to celebrate 30 years of friendship.  Went to the Decatur Beer Festival for the first, and probably last, time.  <lj user=”krazycat”> came to visit, and then we went to the Bahamas!

November: Took the month off from tennis to try & heal my foot.  Went to Florida for work.  Joined the Y to try to find a form of exercise that didn’t hurt my foot because I was going stir-crazy without the tennis.  My parents, sister, & aunt came down for Thankgsiving (aunt’s first visit!)  

December:  Spent most of the month working for a hotel downtown & having to get up & go to work like a normal person.  Do not want.  Picked up cross-stitch again, yay crafting!  Went to Florida for work again.  Went home to Missouri for Christmas, got the flu on Christmas Eve.  Came back to Atlanta, rang in the new year with friends.

Summary: Not a bad year, but I feel like I spent the last half of it in some state of ill health.  I gained weight as well, all that I’d lost in the first six months, because I couldn’t play tennis as much and I comfort eat. *sigh*  I wish I could say 2012 is off to a better start, but so far, not so much, as I got sick on January 2nd and I’m still trying to shake it off.


2011 Resolution: Procrastinate Less!

“I realize this sounds kind of vague, but here is a case in point of what I am talking about:  this year I let my packing room get really messy and let the desk in my office pile up with papers that needed to be filed and other stuff.  I stressed about both of these areas to the point where I had to keep the doors to both rooms shut at all times.  It took me 30 minutes to clean up the packing room, and one workday to clean off my desk.  Six months of feeling bad about it could have been so easily avoided!  So my plan is this:  put stuff away.  Unload the dishwasher.  Put the laundry away.  Just less putting tasks off.”

Result: I feel I did pretty well on this one.  Sure, I didn’t kick the procrastination habit 100%, but there weren’t any rooms in my house I couldn’t go into, so hey.  I’m going to go with a solid B.

2011 Goals

“Walk a mile every day.  Not to say that I won't walk more than that on occasion, but I am both holding myself to getting on the treadmill every day and at the same time giving myself an out for the days I don't feel like really working out. “

Result: Yeah, that didn’t happen.  I was doing good with the whole diet/fitness thing until July, then between illness & injury, the rest of the year was a wash.

“Paint my office.”

Result: Done!  It took a coat of deglosser, 3 coats of primer, & 2 coats of color paint, but the paneling is now pretty!

“Finish 2010 scrapbook.  So much for 'as you go' scrapbooking!  I made it through May. “
Result: Done!

“Finish 2005 (I think - now I'm suddenly not sure where I left off) scrapbook.”
Result: Done! Finished 2005 & 2006, except for the family vacation to England, which I’m working on now.

“Hang shelves in the bathroom closet.”
Result: Done!  I nearly broke my arm doing it, but cross that off the list!  Got my bedroom closet done as well.


2012 Resolution:  Swear Less
Sometimes, some situations, just call for a succinct ‘Fuck!’  But not all of them, and no way near as many of them as I curse during.  So it’s time to take it back a notch and try to clean up my language a little bit.  I am going to try to lessen my use of ‘fuck’ & ‘shit.’

2012 Goals:
  • Organize electronics in office: buy & hang tv, get shelving for everything else.

  • Finish my cross-stitch project - Tree of Knowledge

  • Frame & hang cross-stitch and photos for bedroom.

  • Keep my credit cards paid off.

  • Meet my savings goal.

  • Fit back into the size I was two years ago, aka I’d like to be able to comfortably wear my skinny jeans again.

  • Go to one class and one weight training session at the Y every week that I am physically able to do so.  ie, it doesn’t count against me if  I am sick or out of town.  But otherwise, I’m paying for it, I need to go.
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Out with the Old...
2010 in Review:


  • January: Had a carpal tunnel flare, had to go back to physical therapy, bought a Wii.

  • February: Played in my first K-Swiss singles league, K & I took a trip to Charleston.

  • March: Went to a Shawn Mullins concert, my Mom had a stroke

  • April: Went to Coachella, K & I broke up, I got an iPod Touch.

  • May: My team won our ALTA division & went to the playoffs, Mom got out of rehab, I had a tree removed, went to Missouri for my niece's high school graduation.

  • June: Took my first business trip of the year, my aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer, my brother had a bike accident and punctured his lung.

  • July: Went home to Missouri for the fourth, ran over a kitten in my driveway :(, had my first polo experience.

  • August: Took a work trip to Vegas, my parents visited for a weekend, took a work trip to Calgary.

  • September: DragonCon, Adam Lambert concert

  • October: Trip to Hawaii and Alaska, went to zombie apocalypse for Halloween.

  • November: Made the playoffs in K-Swiss, went to Iowa for my cousin's wedding, my parents & sister came to Atlanta for Thanksgiving.

  • December: Had jury duty, was eliminated from K-Swiss finals in Round 16, went home for the holidays with the cat in tow.


Summary: So glad this year is over. Ugh.

Last year's resolution: House Plants
"Sounds like a silly resolution, I know, but there are no plants in my house right now. I am bad at remembering to water them, but my goal is to have something growing in every room so that I see them all the time. Also, I need to get a watering can. It's also part of the “save money” goal as well, since I love flowers and buy them often; I'm hoping to replace that with a flowering plant. I will have to learn what flowers seasonally so I can rotate them out, and I have to do all this with the flowers that are not toxic to cats, so it will require some research. There are a LOT of plants that are toxic, according to the ASPCA."

Result: I have four plants currently mostly alive. The herbs were a no go, and I managed to kill a cactus by underwatering it. Surprisingly, the African violet seems to be thriving. I'm going to say B- on this one.


2010 Goals

  1. Hang living room curtains that I bought in August.

  2. Result: Done!
  3. Continue working on budgeting and saving my money, learning to control how I use my credit cards, etc.

  4. Result: My top 10 expenses were: Mortgage, Home Maintenance, Travel, Dining Out, Automotive Expenses, Utilities, Telphone, Groceries, Electronics, & Gifts. Eh. I did okay this year, but not awesome. I am still working on it though!
  5. Finish the college sweatshirt blanket.

  6. Result: Nope. Haven't even touched it.
  7. Finish my France sabbatical photo album.

  8. Result: Done!
  9. Continue augmenting my fitness routine with walking and working out on the Wii I plan to buy soon. I would like to lose 10 pounds and/or fit back into my clothes better (some of my jeans are now too tight to wear.)

  10. Result: I started out well, but then it all fell apart. This one is solidly in the no go category.
  11. Post one non-meme, non-tweet related post to LJ each week, and go back through and tag things better.

  12. Result: I'm going to call this one a win! I don't know that I posted every week, but I have 79 entries tagged "It's not a tweet" and I did go back through my whole journal and retag things.
  13. Try out one new recipe a month.

  14. Result: Eh. I did try out some new recipes early on in the year, but I would say that after June I didn't cook much.
  15. Mail cards to my family on their birthdays and anniversaries. I used to be really good at this but have been slacking for the last few years.

  16. Result: Completed! It was expensive though. Cards are not cheap!


...In with the New!

2011 Resolution: Procrastinate Less!

I realize this sounds kind of vague, but here is a case in point of what I am talking about: this year I let my packing room get really messy and let the desk in my office pile up with papers that needed to be filed and other stuff. I stressed about both of these areas to the point where I had to keep the doors to both rooms shut at all times. It took me 30 minutes to clean up the packing room, and one workday to clean off my desk. Six months of feeling bad about it could have been so easily avoided! So my plan is this: put stuff away. Unload the dishwasher. Put the laundry away. Just less putting tasks off.

2011 Goals

  1. Walk a mile every day. Not to say that I won't walk more than that on occasion, but I am both holding myself to getting on the treadmill every day and at the same time giving myself an out for the days I don't feel like really working out.

  2. Paint my office.

  3. Finish 2010 scrapbook. So much for 'as you go' scrapbooking! I made it through May.

  4. Finish 2005 (I think - now I'm suddenly not sure where I left off) scrapbook.

  5. Hang shelves in the bathroom closet.


And I'm using this post to count as TWO of the 30 day meme:
Day 28: This year, in great detail
Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days


Only 1 day left to go in this meme! I will finish it! (see how the less-procrastinating thing works!*g*)
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2009 in Review:

  • January: BFF's parents announced they were divorcing. Won first game at league tennis. Obama inaugurated!

  • February: My mom spent three weeks with me so I could help her go through family pictures. My kitchen cabinets started falling off the walls & and to be taken down & reattached.

  • March: Reappearance of last year's death flu. First of many, many trips to Vancouver for the year.

  • April: Visited Craigg & Vic in Denver and was introduced to the joys of Rockband. Bought my first “real” tennis racquet (ie one that cost more than $30.) Won first match at league tennis.

  • May: Painted the guest bedrooms. Adopted a cat. Back to Vancouver.

  • June: Apparently I did nothing exciting in June.

  • July: Went home for the 4th. My great-nephew was born! I went back to Vancouver. Started a cross-stitch family tree for my mom's Christmas gift. Started dating K. :D Went to Adam Lambert concert (ok, American Idol show, but we're ignoring that) and Green Day concert.

  • August: Painted guest bathroom. Went to Counting Crows concert. Back to Vancouver.

  • September: Dragon*Con! My plumbing problems started. Then we had historic floods in Atlanta, and my sump pump wasn't working, so my whole bottom level flooded a bit.

  • October: Got the drainage pipes replaced from the house to the street. More Vancouver trips.

  • November: Instituted the Tennis & Tacos Friday nights. Got death flu AGAIN (not to be confused with swine flu) right before my parents and sister came down for Thanksgiving. Watched my cousin finish the Atlanta marathon.

  • December: Squirrels in the attic OH NO. :( Went home for Christmas. Bought a Wii.


A quiet year, really. Lots of problems around the house, although really nothing overly serious. Everything's been kind of low-key, but not necessarily in a bad way.


Last year's resolution: Learn to live within my means financially.
After buying the house, it's been really hard to keep the credit card debt down - I doubled my living expenses by living alone, and I had to furnish the house and put a new roof on, and then this year there was the shed and the lawn equipment. But there's always going to be something, and I need to learn to be more frugal.

1. Pay off credit card debt.
2. Increase savings to $5K in case of emergencies.
3. Eat out less.
4. Explore getting a roommate more aggressively. This one sort of pains me, because the only logical room to rent out is the room I now use as my office, which means I would have to shift some stuff around to move my office upstairs. But I am going to start feeling around work and friends to see if there are any connections to someone trustworthy.

Result: Pretty much a failure. I did pay off my credit card debt in early March but it didn't stick; I've run up another ~3K in debt since then. Part of the problem is that I make more money for the first half of the year than I do for the second, due to a bonus. That will change this year, as they are adding that to my regular salary, so I'm hoping to be able to regulate that a bit bettter. I also nearly made it to the $5K savings goal, but then had plumbing problems that had to be dealt with. I have been tracking my spending pretty closely, and while I'm not entirely changing the way I spend, I am at least more cognizant of where my money goes. I'm going to keep at it this year and try to learn more about budgeting.

Also, I have come to terms with the fact that I do not want a roommate, or at least not one who isn't already a friend. So if the situation ever comes up, great, if not, I'm just going to have to be better with my money.

My top 10 expenses were:

  • Mortgage: unavoidable, but it did go down this year! I'm still paying the same amount though, so I'm paying more on the principal loan. It works out to about one extra payment for the year.

  • Home Improvement: By the time I finish dealing with the squirrels, it will be close to $5K this year. About $1K of that was planned expense, the rest was a surprise. Oh, well, it's an investment! (That's what I keep telling myself, anyway.)

  • Restaurants/Dining: Gotta work on this one, I know! I am going to try. I love eating out though! And it is a method of getting together with friends as well.

  • Home Maintenance: This is both décor and upkeep. Some of this is unavoidable, like pest control and the like. I need to take a look at the breakdown and see what I could trim down.

  • Utilities: I have switched my gas company this month, so hopefully that will lower the bill for the coming year. Also I am starting to track, and I have cut my electricity usage by about a third over this time last year. I have become my dad: “Shut that light OFF! You don't need the light on if you aren't in the room, you won't wear out the switch.”

  • Pets/Pet Care: She's lucky she's a cute cat. I have spent a lot on her, but that is tapering off now. I also bought a lot in bulk, like her flea treatments and replacement litter bags, because it was cheaper or saved shipping. So some of that cost will be defrayed this year, hopefully.

  • Telephone Services was listed next, but that's not accurate as most of that is actually reimbursed by my company. I do need to look at lowering my cell phone plan; I don't think I can, but it's worth checking.

  • Groceries: I need to get this one higher on the list, swap places with the Restaurant expenses.

  • Personal Care: This is hair, make up, etc. A girl's got to be pretty :) I continue to toy with switching hairdressers, particularly as she continues to raise her prices, but I love the way she cuts my hair! I have already cut out one hair cut per year this year.

  • Clothing/Shoes: I was shocked that this one was on here, because I don't feel like I bought a lot of clothes this year. But then I remembered – tennis & Gina's wedding were big clothing expenditures. And I bought hiking shoes too.

  • Entertainment: This is everything from concerts to comic books. I need to look at the breakdown on this one too, but again, I do not want to cut out the things that get me out of the house. I have hermit tendencies.


Last year's goals:
1. Resume my walking routine. I let this go when I started playing tennis, but I need to do both. Ideally I'd like to walk 2 miles a day.
Result: Ok, I had completely failed at this until the beginning of December, so hopefully I can keep going with that.

2. Finish my sweatshirt blanket, and in the process, re-learn how to use a sewing machine.
3. Finish my France sabbatical and childhood photo albums.
Result: Nope. I started a cross-stitch family tree for my mom's Christmas gift, which took all my crafting time from July on. It's finished now, so hopefully I can get back on track with my own projects. I'm itching to work on a photo album.

4. Paint the guestroom and hang my grandmother's quilt up.
Result: 50%. I painted the guestroom, but decided to hold off on hanging up the quilt until I buy a bed frame, as I want the hardware to match the bed frame.

2010 Resolution: House Plants
Sounds like a silly resolution, I know, but there are no plants in my house right now. I am bad at remembering to water them, but my goal is to have something growing in every room so that I see them all the time. Also, I need to get a watering can. It's also part of the “save money” goal as well, since I love flowers and buy them often; I'm hoping to replace that with a flowering plant. I will have to learn what flowers seasonally so I can rotate them out, and I have to do all this with the flowers that are not toxic to cats, so it will require some research. There are a LOT of plants that are toxic, according to the ASPCA.


2010 Goals

  1. Hang living room curtains that I bought in August.

  2. Continue working on budgeting and saving my money, learning to control how I use my credit cards, etc.

  3. Finish the college sweatshirt blanket.

  4. Finish my France sabbatical photo album.

  5. Continue augmenting my fitness routine with walking and working out on the Wii I plan to buy soon. I would like to lose 10 pounds and/or fit back into my clothes better (some of my jeans are now too tight to wear.)

  6. Post one non-meme, non-tweet related post to LJ each week, and go back through and tag things better.

  7. Try out one new recipe a month.

  8. Mail cards to my family on their birthdays and anniversaries. I used to be really good at this but have been slacking for the last few years.

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2008, A Year in Review:
Monthly Breakdown )

Last year's resolution: to get out of the house more!
I had proposed to do this in the following ways:
Work in a coffeehouse once a week: I did do this pretty regularly for most of the year. It sort of fell apart in the fall, because most of my installs were having issues.
Join a tennis league: Done! I am so glad I did this, and I intend to keep it up!
Take a yoga class once a month: Nope.
Go to church once a month: Also no. I did go once though.

Overall though, I think I did really well at this. I am going to continue doing the things that were successful, and also continue to look for opportunities/hobbies that require me to be around other people.

Last year's goals:
1. Take drum lessons: Am doing and loving! This too fell apart a bit in the fall, because my instructor was too busy to have Saturday lessons. I had a lesson in August, and then my next one was not until December. But we're picking it back up after the holidays, so I'm happy about that.
2. Finish iPod playlist and ACTUALLY APPLY TO IPOD: Am through the letter J - it's much more slow going than I had expected.
3. Complete 2004 and France sabbatical scrapbooks: Completed 2004 book. Got distracted by making my brother a book of our childhood photos, and by starting a blanket out of my college sweatshirts.
4. Finish the basic decor (ie paint and furniture) for at least one room in my house: I'm counting this one as done, as my bedroom is pretty much done - it only needs pictures printed and framed on the walls. Also, I painted the living room/hallway, so that has really helped the feel of the house.

And so, on to 2009.

There are several new people on my flist this year, so a bit of explanation. I have a strict rule for resolutions: only set ones that are easily attainable. New years have enough stress associated with them without starting off with failure. Past resolutions include things like "Make one new friend" and "Try to relax about scheduling every minute." I then also set some goals for the year, which are not resolutions, just some things I'd like to focus on this year.

2009 Resolution: Learn to live within my means financially.

After buying the house, it's been really hard to keep the credit card debt down - I doubled my living expenses by living alone, and I had to furnish the house and put a new roof on, and then this year there was the shed and the lawn equipment. But there's always going to be something, and I need to learn to be more frugal.

1. Pay off credit card debt.
2. Increase savings to $5K in case of emergencies.
3. Eat out less.
4. Explore getting a roommate more aggressively. This one sort of pains me, because the only logical room to rent out is the room I now use as my office, which means I would have to shift some stuff around to move my office upstairs. But I am going to start feeling around work and friends to see if there are any connections to someone trustworthy.

2009 Goals
1. Resume my walking routine. I let this go when I started playing tennis, but I need to do both. Ideally I'd like to walk 2 miles a day.
2. Finish my sweatshirt blanket, and in the process, re-learn how to use a sewing machine.
3. Finish my France sabbatical and childhood photo albums.
4. Paint the guestroom and hang my grandmother's quilt up.

TGIOver

Jan. 1st, 2008 05:13 pm
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It's that time again!

2007: A Year in Review )

Okay, on to 2008!

My Resolution: To get out of the house more! I live alone, and I have a natural tendency to be a hermit. This is not a good combination. My current plans to combat this are:

  • Try to work at a coffeehouse at least one day a week when I'm working from home.

  • Join a tennis league

  • Take a yoga class once a month

  • Go to church once a month



My Goals:

  1. Take drum lessons - yes, this is random. Okay, so when I was in the 7th grade, I joined band because (as in, for the sole purpose) I wanted to be a drummer. What instrument did my parents buy me? A flute. Much like the time I wanted a guitar and they bought me a ukulele. I didn't so much as get to touch a drumstick. Now I was telling someone this story this year and it occurred to me: I am an adult. I can make a bad noise (Eddie Izzard reference) if I want to. I need to give this a whirl and then let it go. :)

  2. Finish iPod playlist and ACTUALLY APPLY TO IPOD - third year in a row, might actually happen this time :D

  3. Complete 2004 and France sabbatical scrapbooks.

  4. Finish the basic decor (ie paint and furniture) for at least one room in my house.

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In the year 2007 I resolve to:
Have at least one orgasm per hour.



Get your resolution here.



Hey, I won't make it, but this is one time failing would still be a lot of fun :)

I'm back from the Black Hole of Technology™ - a.k.a. southwestern Missouri. I had a great Christmas with my family, very low-key. I got back to Atlanta in time to celebrate New Year's Eve with David, which was lovely. They say that whatever you do on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day is what your year will be like... let's hope!

Anyway, a look at 2006 in retrospect: )

And now on to 2007! )

Year End

Dec. 23rd, 2004 01:57 am
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A Year in Review: 2004
It’s that time of year again, time to look at all the things I wanted to do this year and take stock of what I accomplished, what I didn’t, and what I want to do next.

Cut for general ginormity )

So that’s my 2004. I know it isn’t over yet, but I’m headed off to the Black Hole of Technology tomorrow, and I’m not taking my computer. I have no patience for dial up, so I probably won’t be online much. I wish you and yours a joyous and loving holiday season!

Love,
Beth

300th Post

Jul. 11th, 2004 07:19 pm
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So I'm flying to London, enjoying my Sleep-Aid (vodka and diet Sprite) and Snack (Swissy, a pasteurized process cheese spread Swiss-type flavor, and crackers) and I thought I'd type this up.

I noticed the other day that I had made 299 posts in my LJ, and thus the next one seemed like it ought to be a momentous occasion. I thought it was time to do a year-to-date thing anyway, given that the year is half over so why not combine the two?

Cut for length and possible boring factor )

How's your year going?
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Ok, every year there is one song that, every time I hear it, I think, "This song sums up exactly how I feel about my life right now." Thus the tune then becomes my theme song for the year.

Last year, it was "Drive" by Incubus

Sometimes, I feel the fear of uncertainty stinging clear.
The beginning of last year was all about knowing I was unsatisfied with my life but not knowing what I was going to do to change things.

And I can't help but ask myself how much I'll let the fear take the wheel and steer.
It's driven me before, and it seems to have a vague, haunting mass appeal.
I wanted to leave Portsmouth, but I was starting to see that leaving places behind has gotten to be a bit of a habit for me so I wanted to be sure that I picked a place that I felt would be home for more than a year or two.

But lately I am beginning to find out that I should be the one behind the wheel.
Whatever tomorrow brings, I'll be there with open arms and open eyes.
Once I made the decision to move to Atlanta, I couldn’t wait to go. But I made the decision definitely in May, found the apartment in July, and couldn’t move down to October. So every time I heard this song, it just reinforced this frustration in me to go now!

It's driven me before and it seems to be the way that everyone else gets around.
But lately I'm beginning to find that when I drive myself my light is found.
And the year culminating in my driving (literally) to Atlanta and beginning to build a life there.

All of which brings us to this year's selection: "Why Georgia" by John Mayer

I am driving up 85 in the
kind of morning that lasts all afternoon
I’m just stuck inside the gloom

Always makes me smile because at least 60% of the time I hear this on the radio, I’m driving up 85.

4 more exits to my apartment but
I am tempted to keep the car in drive
and leave it all behind

Some days, as I’m headed to the airport to go on yet another trip, I think about what would happen if I just kept going past the airport. I’ll never do it, but the fantasy is definitely there.

cause I wonder sometimes
about the outcome
Of a still verdictless life

am I living it right
am I living it right
am I living it right
why, why Georgia, why


rent a room and I fill the spaces with
wood and places to make it feel like home
but all I feel’s alone

This hits home for me because my focus for the last six or seven months has been decorating my apartment… but at the same time, I’ve really recognized that I’m tired of spending all my time in it alone.

everybody’s just a stranger
but that’s the danger in going my own way
I guess it’s a price I have to

One of the things I’ve been moaning about lately is that I haven’t made many friends or done a lot of things I’d like to do here to make Atlanta truly my home. These lyrics always remind me that I chose to start over again, and that I am not the only one who has felt alone in this city.

still everything happens for a reason
is no reason not to ask yourself if you are
living it right


I’m sure part of choosing this song has to do with its setting. But I do feel like I’m on the verge of finding what I’ve been searching for – a place where I belong - and a building frustration with what I see as the obstacles to this goal.

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