Saturday, January 24, 2015

Saying Goodbye With Hugs

The month of January was essentially a month of goodbyes. It was tough. I'm not good at goodbyes. Maybe I am and just don't know it.

Anyway, the saying goodbye allowed me to hug and be hugged by a lot of people. Hugs are great. They are actually vital for survival. Hugs relieve stress and just make us feel good.

Sadly, I think I will be in a hug drought for a little while. So the next time you hug someone, make it a little extra longer just for me.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Bring It, 2015

This photo exactly captures my life as it is right now. 

In 2013 I moved to Topeka, Kansas to start my first job out of grad school. I had no idea what I was doing. Seriously. That first year was a lot of practice. Then 2014 came and I felt like I knew more than before and could at least sound intelligent and confident in my job; it was a good warm up.

In 2013 I dated some. I spent nearly all of 2014 in an on/off relationship. It ended, obviously, and while it wasn’t how I wanted it to end, it too was a learning experience. 

Now it’s 2015 and I’m in a new state with a new job. It’s game time, 2015.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

I Live in Texas, Y'all

In Denton, to be exact. I made it here with all my belongings and my very fat cat. I have already been to two different movie theaters. I love my local grocery store. I got lost a few times. It'll feel like home in no time.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Peace Out Top City

When I moved out to Topeka my mom and oldest niece, Ivy, drove out with me. They were in Topeka for three days. They flew out on an evening flight out of Kansas City. As I hugged my niece and then mom goodbye, I was a bit overcome with emotion. It’s always a bit sad to be left behind as people you love leave. The drive back to Topeka was a quiet, reflective one. Every possible thought went through my mind: what was I doing in Kansas? Would I make friends? Had I made a mistake? Would it end up being a huge mistake? As these thoughts were tumbling around, I rounded the corner of the freeway and boom—there was Topeka lit up at night. I could see the Jayhawk Tower and the Westar Building and the BNSF building. It was beautiful. Due to the curves of the freeway and the City’s location, it was hidden from my view as I approached, and was only noticeable after turning a corner. 

Seeing Top City lit up like that made me feel good about everything. My two years in Top City were some of the best of my life. The people I met there changed my life.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Royals Downtown

With the last five posts being about the Royals, my blog is officially overtaken by them. Like I said, it's an exciting time. Saturday I decided to drive to KC and watch the game at the Power & Light District with a ton of other people. Weather was perfect, the crowd was excited, and the game started out promising. Then the Royals took a nose dive.

I left mid 7th inning. I listened to the rest of the game in my car as I drove back home to Topeka. I sure hope we win tonight.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Old Foto Friday

Halloween 1985. I chose this because 1) it's nearly Halloween, and 2) 1985 was when the Royals were last in the World Series. In case you didn't know, I'm a Royals fan. In 1985 I had no idea who the Royals were; I was just excited about my clown costume and trick-or-treating.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

World Series Game One

The Royals are in the World Series for the first time since 1985. This is a big deal. All of Kansas (and Missouri, too, since that's the state they actually play in) is going crazy about this. Anywhere you go you see people sporting Royals gear. My newsfeed on Facebook has become inundated with Royals articles and play-by-plays of the games. It is awesome. I decided to be a Royals fan when I moved to Kansas last year, and it feels pretty darn good to have them playing in the World Series.

Topeka Metro has "Go Royals!" on our buses, and employees can wear jeans if wearing a Royals shirt. I insisted on getting a picture of all of us on Tuesday before the game.

My co-workers: Terri, Susan, Denise, Me, Alan and Maribeth

Then I met my friends at Johnny's Tavern in Lawrence to watch the game. The Royals did not play well, but it was a fun night anyway. I mean, as fun as it can be when your team loses badly.


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