Saturday, December 31, 2011

Organizing the year.

It took many, Many, MANY hyperlinks to create this post and that could only mean one thing.....

It's time for the annual Blog Archive Post!

All of my blogposts for this year have been grouped together in one convenient spot for your easy viewing.

Feel free to take a moment or two to catch up on all that you may have missed.

Let's get started, shall we?


Looking back, there were many difficult moments but at least there were some ups to the downs this year. I hope those bright spots will continue for me and ALL OF YOU as the new year starts!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Ready for it to be over with!

I used to enjoy this time of year. Christmas was my favorite holiday.

Working in BUSY retail has changed that.

Not all, but a lot of the customers at the arts-and-crafts store I work at are very demanding and needy and at times downright rude.

Maybe it's because they're city shoppers instead of slower-paced suburban-folk but there's this sense that I'm paid to help them therefore they don't need to be appreciative when being helped.

Add to the fact that the job is already stressful and tiring and has me working on or around actual holidays, well, it's not fun and it kills the festive mood.

Now putting up the Christmas tree at home becomes one more thing to do. The decorations another chore.

But on a happy note, let me show you what fellow blogger, Randy, made for me.

Currently hanging on the family Christmas tree!

Continuing his handmade ornaments for friends and family, Randy sent me this starfish. Made with colorful fabric, stitched with care, and topped off with a twinkling jewel. Love it!

It'll be a wonderful companion for the seahorse ornament he made for me last year and a reminder that there's still some good left. That December has many facets. Some better than others.

Perhaps deep down there's a part of me that still loves the Christmas season but I'm sooooo ready for it to be over with!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Lexington through Chicago eyes.

It's hard to capture an ENTIRE city through a handful of photos but I did my best.

Here are some of the pictures I took last week during my trip back to Kentucky.

I wanted to show what looked like "Lexington" to me, or rather, what caught my eye about the city.

Here. We. Go!

Hot Brown, anyone?

It's always nice to start things off with a good meal.

Random street art! Look at all those colors!

Quaint shops just about everywhere.

Glass bottles hanging from a tree on a sleepy Sunday morning.

Horse statues.....

.....and decorated horse sculptures!

Manhole covers are painted in bright patterns here! Love it!

And last but not least, here are my babies:

Edith Ann


And Harry (he's always getting into trouble!)

Ah, how I miss all of it.

I've only been there twice now--a total of ten days--but it already feels like home.

One day I hope it will be.....

Monday, December 12, 2011

My southern honey.

It's almost like a dream. Like I never left Chicago.

I'm home now and after getting back from my returning flight this evening, I have to keep telling myself that my time in Lexington was very REAL.

I got to meet my budding boyfriend's coworkers, his friends and members of the community. We explored the city, cooked for each other, and he even taught me how to play pool at a dive bar late into the night!

We still have things we both need to work on but now we can face those things together.

It seems like a world away in Kentucky. A place to escape my troubles for a bit. Nothing else matters when I'm in his arms and just knowing he's waiting for me is enough. No wonder I wish I never left there.

One day--when the time is right--I won't.

Until then, my southern honey.....

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Where we left off.....

When I returned from there I wanted to go back immediately.

It's only been two months but it seems painfully longer.

I miss it there. I miss his cats. I miss him.

Thankfully, I'm using the last of my vacation days before officially being laid off from my city job this month and going to visit him again for five days starting tomorrow.

The hustle and bustle of working this holiday season has made me weary and stressed so the relaxed pace of Lexington sounds perfect right about now.

And even though what we have is still in its nascency, it'll be nice to seem him in person again.

To kiss, to find life in each other's continue where we left off.