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Friends of Every Kind..

“Enthusiasm finds the opportunities, and energy makes the most of them.” – Henry Hoskins

“A true critic ought to dwell rather upon excellencies than imperfections.” – Joseph Addison

“I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.” – Socrates

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu

Last week I spent some catch-up time with my friend, M. We visited Blend Cafe in Durham in the Golden Belt (which I didn’t even know existed before that day). I kind of knew a part of the Golden Belt, but I just didn’t know I knew. I’m confused, show of hands – who’s with me?! So I’d been to this place called The Scrap Exchange before, but because I entered the parking lot a different way, I was unaware of what awesomeness also existed in this chunk of the town. There’s Blend, The Cotton Room (a great event space), The Scrap Exchange, Liberty Arts, artist studios, a yoga studio, & a host of other venues. After lunch at Blend, we were given an unofficial tour of a few other locations. We ended up taking pictures on the dock – we were goofballs! Hope you enjoy our results!! ALSO – thanks to M, I now know that Obladi Oblada is a song by the Beatles. Yes, my music knowledge has improved immensely in recent years, peeps. Here’s a video of the song!

There was also one day where I spent the better part of an afternoon with my bfrand. I’ve seen many-a-day with this lady. It’s rare to find one (let alone two..my second person being my guy) person who gets you & has had a similar life path. Thanks to A&P (anatomy and physiology) I met this awesome chick and we’ve been together ever since. This particular day, we ventured to Cocoa & Cinnamon in downtown Durham. A pretty neat spot off Geer St. Where I was fascinated by this place called Motorco down the street. I still don’t know what was written on the sign some guy was standing next to..that will probably bother me for weeks. We visited Daisy Cakes before they closed (love their desserts!). It was B’s first time there. She approved : )

We wandered around downtown for a bit after that with Baby (my camera) in hand. We caught some pretty neat shots! One of my favorites is the one looking down the track. And it only took about 50 tries to get our reflection picture, but we did it! I could not imagine my life without this girl! Everyone should have a B in their life.

The next day, my cat and dog were especially clingy and looking so cute, so I got Baby back out. I went for a brief and freezing walk that morning and noticed how our flowers were starting to bloom outside. When the sun peeked out a bit more, I took Baby outside and clicked the shutter a few times.

It was nice to have a bit of free time last week  & enjoy it with some special peeps!

I am thankful for: friends & pets!

B.

Drops

A Bull creation outside Liberty Arts..way cool!

A Bull creation outside Liberty Arts..way cool!

The dock

The dock

My gift from M - a necklace with a map of Maine!!!

My gift from M – a necklace with a map of Maine!!!

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Down The Rail

Take 100

Watch Your Step

Look To The Beyond

Hanging Down

Sweet Hello

Furry Green

 

 

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A Dreamy December..

Yes, I really did include “dreamy” in my post title. You would too if you had my December.

One of the most honorable mentions is to my dearly (now broken) ring from the Thanksgiving trip. It was purple and pretty and now it’s in tiny pieces. Sad. Just sad. Thank goodness I took pictures!!

This month I was also introduced to many “Elf on the Shelf” characters. One in particular was named Elfie. M’s first elf on the shelf. He was so cool! I had to help Elfie fly on a couple of occasions. Hehe. The story that comes with Elfie (or whatever you may end up naming your elf) is so sweet. I actually managed to get a picture of M reading the story the last week I nannied for him.

December was a sad month in that aspect. Nannying and massage therapy school came to a close. Both on high notes I must say. Watching M was such a joy. There were many tears unleashed that last week. I don’t do well with goodbyes..to say the least.

On a brighter note, if I allow myself to brag for a moment about school, I’d mention that I managed to have perfect attendance for an entire year and a half, was on the President’s List each and every quarter, was Student of the Quarter, & made so many memorable connections with such great people! I also took and passed my MBLEx before leaving to Maine for my incredible New Year’s trip!

There were more crafts!! M and I decorated a Christmas tree..of sorts. Thank you, Target!! We also got window decals – a train set for M, and penguins for me! I’m such a kid!

Which worked well for me once more when I babysat J & R for a couple days! We made faces out of these mask kits they had. I made a silly elf face!

Gifts were exchanged, platelets were donated, more memories were made, and so were cookies!! Christmas came and went. This year was harder than any other Christmas. I spent it apart from my boyfriend and everyone everywhere seemed to be a bit sad.

Not to worry! New Year’s was just around the corner to save the day! And so was an airplane to take me back to Maine! My first day there, I was introduced to Lenny, a 1700lb chocolate moose!! More places to be mentioned in January. I’ll leave you with these ramblings for now.

I am thankful for: giving, Christmas trees, achieving goals, Target, New Year’s, Maine.

B.

Happiness

 

Purple Splendor

 

Presence

 

Elfie

 

Xmas Tree

 

Frosty Says Hi

 

2 of a kind

 

Making Faces

 

Ornamental

 

Cookie Time

 

Platelets in December

 

Lenny

Lenny

Thanks & Giving..

..must mean it’s November!

There were many events in November! I donated blood early on in the month. I love the ladies over at REX! I also discovered my blood type, which was pretty cool for me. And I got a sticker!!

Paker and Otis was on the “visited” list. I discovered some reminders of Maine while at lunch that day..namely, a little lobster!

There were more crafts in November also. M and I made a turkey out of a Solo cup and construction paper. It was awesome! My boyfriend and I also ended up making our own Christmas trees out of felt – Best. Michael’s. Trip. Ever. So much fun! It’s pretty awesome to be able to shop with someone who shops like you do. Haha!

Thanksgiving was spent in Maine. I had so much fun! There was a visit to the Longfellow house, a walk around the golf course (complete with finding 52 golf balls), a painted puffin in Portland, 2 cent bridge, & a second visit to Fort Halifax. I’ll hop on my soapbox once more to say this – if you’re fortunate enough to spend the holidays with your special someone, appreciate it. Make a special effort and let them know how much it means to you. Hopping down now.

November also brought a photo shoot of sorts for M for their family Christmas card. We had so much fun! It was an awesome learning experience too in having a photoshoot with kids. A day or so after this, we discovered a Winter train exhibit at the Museum of Life & Science. It was so cool!!

I am thankful for: planes, reminders of Maine, craft stores, memorable moments and the photos that capture them.

B.

O Be Positive

 

Maine in Durham

 

Turkey Time

 

Two Cent Bridge

Two Cent Bridge

Fifty Two

Sunset at Fort Halifax

Sunset at Fort Halifax

 

Puffin in Portland

 

Boxed Up

 

Museum of Life and Science

Museum of Life and Science

 

 

 

 

 

 

On The (Moo)ve..

DAY 255

9.11

To the heroes.
To the fallen.
To the brave and fiercely courageous.
To the ones who are still here to feel pain on this day, and everyday for the ones lost.
To remembering and never forgetting.

“Happiness is a direction, not a destination.” – Unknown

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” – Aristotle

“Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.” – Bill Cosby

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu

So there’s this thing called the CowParade going on in the Triangle. There are nearly 80 cows decorated by various artists placed throughout the area. From what I understand, this is the first CowParade in the US to have been placed in an area and not just confined to one city.

M and I found 9 today in the area close to the Durham Bulls Ballpark. We took pictures of 6 and saw 3 more on our drive home. M really enjoyed seeing them! We even passed 2 moms with their little ones while on our cow hunt. Seems to be a popular idea!

I am thankful for: art.

B.

One of my favorites!

Wild for Bees (Burt’s Bees) in the background, & Night-N-Day up close. The only 2 we thought we’d get to see.

Laughing Tears..

DAY 237

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France

“Great effort springs naturally from a great attitude.” – Pat Riley

“Hope is the feeling that the feeling you have isn’t permanent.” ~Joan Kerr

“The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about and what you value.” – Stephen R. Covey

“It’s amazing what you can do if you just try really, really hard.” -The Buried Life

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston Churchill

“We are livin’ the high life. Without the high. So…I guess we’re just livin’ life.” – Me

“He was in the middle of the road, so I said ‘mufasa’!” – Meredith

For those of you who may not have the awesome chance to hang out with me, I laugh. A lot. To the point where I’m crying, “talking” in a high-pitched voice, and just generally being a goofball. Tonight, world, I had one of those nights. Meredith and I were on our way home when there was a gentleman in the road, walking at a snail’s pace. Long story short, we ended up with the Mufassa quote! The laughter continued and there were tears, an ab workout, and sore throats. Totally worth it! I love having laugh attacks. It’s good for the soul!

When we arrived home, we saw my brother who proceeded to ask what we had been recreationally tapping into. Nothing, I can assure you. My colorful way of answering, however, resulted in the quote above about living the high life without the high. Sometimes I make myself laugh too!

It’s Friday!!! Which meant – yoga! And dinner, followed by dessert. Yum! Yoga was amazing. I needed it badly and Bull City Yoga was there to save the day! I love classes with Ali. We proceeded to have dinner at Bali Hai (awesome place!) and dessert at Francesca’s on Ninth Street.

Interesting finds:

The cow parade..http://www.technicianonline.com/features/the-cow-ntdown-is-over-1.2750339#.UDg6PallQpB
All over the triangle, there are colorful cows. Check out the link to learn more about the moo-vement. : )

Body Mind Spirit Expo..http://www.bmse.net/bmseweb/
The expo is back in town this weekend! I missed it last time they were in town, but not this time! Oh no sir. Hope to see you there!

Remember this kissing couple..http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/06/17/vancouver-riot-kissing-couple-eyewitness.html
A few years ago, there were riots in Canada following a hockey game. This couple was photographed kissing in the middle of the street. I never really read or heard about the actual events that unfolded, so I found this article that my special (someone) shared with me interesting and very sweet.

I am thankful for: colorful cows and beautiful sunsets.

B.

What’s With The Yo, Yo?..

DAY 233

“Most of us are just about as happy as we make up our minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” — Oscar Wilde

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.” – William James

“Respect yourself and others will respect you.” – Confucius

“Nothing is an obstacle unless you say it is.” – Wally Amos

“Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are.” – August W. Hare

In case I’ve failed to mention it in the past 232 posts, I watch tiny humans (more commonly known as children) for a “job”. Believe me when I say I use the airquotes when asked what my job is. I don’t feel one bit like I’m working when I hangout with any of my peeps. I’ve basically given myself the opportunity to constantly play, act silly, and be a goofball. Oh, also repeat myself with synonymous words. It’s cool, just roll with it. So today, I was presented with this yo-yo that had no string, but lit up – it was strange and hilarious to me. [Insert my quote, which has become the title for the post here.] I hope that’s given you some sense of better understanding.

Also today, the tiny humans couldn’t find me while playing Hide-&-Seek. How two boys cannot find a 5’6″ babysitter in their own house had me in stitches today! They’d look in two places, call it quits, and wait it out until I’d walk out of some hallway and scream, “Where were you?! We looked everywhere.” Ha! (Babysitters, parents, grandparents, general public – great game to play!)

This evening in class we learned about Rosemary in aromatherapy. We even discovered there is a rosemary plant growing outside the school! You know what that means – field trip! All the way down the hall and out the door. I’ll quite obviously take any field trips I can get!

My shirt from ThisShirtHelps arrived today!! I have tried it on, but will take and post a picture of it after I’ve washed it. I love this organization. I hope you’ll check them out!

I am thankful for: Rosemary, which is for remembering.

B.

Squat Like A Chicken..

DAY 224

“There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.” ~ Ansel Adams

“I’ve experienced many terrible things in my life, a few of which actually happened.” – Mark Twain

Another clinic day! I had great experiences that I can now add to my massage learning process. Met some great people, including one Cynthia Loving from Loving Scents! My teacher has talked about her for the longest time and it was a pleasure to finally meet her! And of course buy things! I think my neatest purchase was that of a necklace made in Taiwan by disabled women. It is gorgeous! Just look at the picture!

Also today, I finally listened to all of Alex Clare’s album – LOVE!!! Thanks, M!

Oh, so the title..I was describing my day to my mom and said something along the lines of “Yeah, I spent the whole day squatting like a chicken. But chickens don’t squat, do they?”

I am thankful for: aromatherapy.

B.