Monthly Archives: July 2013

July Bucket List Completions

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Dine at TAP. Ashley took me to TAP a year to the day my dad passed away.

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SkyView Atlanta

30 Signs You’re Almost 30

Since I am 3 months away from turning 30, what better time than now to post this article? This has been in my Facebook feed for a few weeks now. In case you haven’t seen it, here are 30 signs you’re almost 30.
Some of my favorites..

You start a story with “when I was in college” and realize that was 10 years ago.

You’ve become a sunscreen nazi.

Instead of drunken party photos, your Facebook friends are all about the baby pics.…and marathon times.

You find cool celebs who are in their early thirties and think, There’s still hope.

Every night you’re like: I don’t want to do things. I want to not do things.

You’ve experienced the dreaded TWO-DAY hangover.

Weekend nights: Instead of having two drinks at four different bars, you have two drinks at one bar then go home. (or like me, I drink only on Saturday! ha!)

You have been to a party where at least two of your friends brought their babies.

Atlanta Malls – Lenox and Phipps

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If you live in Atlanta, it seems like on every corner there is a building undergoing construction. Lenox Square Mall is no different. It is currently being remodeled on the outside and new restaurants are going inside. There is a plan for some residential units, which should prove interesting.  The image above is the last image released, which has more metal on the front.

Roots Juices just recently opened in Shops Around Lenox. They’ll be open seven days a week serving pressed fruit and vegetable juices. I’m excited to check it out!

Sprinkles. As in, the famous cupcake place in NYC and LA. The place I blogged about here that has a cupcake ATM in LA. Yep, Lenox is getting one! eeeeee!!

True Food Kitchen is a restaurant that’s based on Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet. Menu options such as kale, quinoa, seabuckthorn and acai “help customers fell better, live longer and be confident about the health benefits of their choices,” says an announcement. The chain has six locations currently.

Zinburger Wine and Burger Bar They’ll take “high profile spots” at the front entrance of the mall. The restaurant will offer a “mouthwatering selection of gourmet burgers, salads and sides, decadent shakes and desserts, and a carefully crafted array of wines,” according to an announcement.

It was also announced that the other Buckhead mall, Phipps Plaza, will be home to the fifth U.S. location of the shoe store Giuseppe Zanotti. It will cover almost 1,500 square feet on the main level. SWEET!

25 Songs You Can’t Help But Sing Along To

I came across this article on Buzzfeed and I found myself singing along to all of the songs so I thought I’d share. The videos are on the page if heaven forbid, you don’t know any of the songs listed.

25 Songs You Can’t Help But Sing Along To

  1. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
  2. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  3. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
  4. Living on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
  5. Baby Got Back – Sir Mix A Lot
  6. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynard Skynyrd
  7. Beat It – Michael Jackson
  8. Mr. Brightside – The Killers
  9. Hey Jude – The Beatles
  10. Dancing Queen – ABBA
  11. What is Love – Haddaway
  12. Single Ladies – Beyonce
  13. Wonderwall – Oasis
  14. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
  15. You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift (I totally don’t agree with this pick!)
  16. All The Small Things – Blink 182
  17. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme song – Will Smith
  18. Ignition (remix) – R. Kelly
  19. Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus
  20. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
  21. Thriller – Michael Jackson
  22. We Will Rock You – Queen
  23. I Want It That Way – Backstreet Boys
  24. Baby One More Time – Britney Spears
  25. All Star – Smashmouth

Do you think they left any off? Would you take any off this list?

SkyView – My Experience

Friday night my friend and I went to downtown to see what all the hype about SkyView was. The closer we got to the ferris wheel, I understood. It was like being a kid again.

We were delayed for 30 minute due to lightening. It was well worth the wait. It’s definitely the coolest ferris wheel I’ve been on. The view at night is awesome. We could see parts of Centennial Park and we heard that there was a private concert going on. On our second time around, we heard Usher being introduced. We both got really excited. It was like our own private show.

After the ride was over, we walked over to the park to see who was throwing the private party. It was actually a law firm that is closing it’s Atlanta office, so a lot of people were pissed and leaving. I caught the attention of a drunk man and asked for his lanyard. He was going to give it to me but we needed another one. For some reason that stopped him from giving me his. Oh well. We could hear every word and make out his little figure on stage. Here are some pictures that I took with my phone.

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 no standing, punching or kicking?

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 Philips Arena, CNN

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  Equitable building

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Centennial Park – the purple square was where Usher performed

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 deep city lights

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 Centennial Park

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We even saw this horse and carriage!

Peachtree Street Bridges

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Two bridges across the downtown connector will hopefully look like this by March 2015. It should include bridge enhancements, lighting and landscaping. To read the full article on it, go here.

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Two days ago this ferris wheel opened downtown. It’s not your average ferris wheel though, it features 42 climate-controlled gondolas that can fit roughly 6 people. Tickets for adults are $13.50. Since I have tomorrow off, I know what I’ll be checking out!

To find out more information, click here.

1 year

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About a month ago one of my friends I’d lost touch with contacted me. She’s one of those special people that you can spend 2 hours talking to and time seems to stand still. Abbi is one of the most incredible and uplifting people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. She just has this gift with how she speaks to you. She and I talked a good bit when my dad was first diagnosed with cancer. When we talked one of the first nights a month ago, she told me that even though we’d lost touch she wanted me to know that she continued to pray for me.

I told her about the first dream I had about my dad, which was in his house a few days after he passed away. In my dream he pointed at me while he was smiling wide and said “We will dance.” Just having the dream itself meant so much to me. I thought that it was his special way of reaching out to me because as a child we watched Footloose and The Sound of Music a lot.  I remember seeing a picture of him when I was little of him dancing on top of a table. I get it from him, what can I say? I never really thought much else about it until I was telling Abbi about it. As we were talking about the last few moments with my dad, I mentioned to her that as I was holding his hand I told him all I’d ever wanted was for him to walk me down the aisle. Even though he couldn’t talk at that point, he squeezed my hand. At that moment I burst into tears. It meant so much to me that what I said to him meant something to him as well, and that he understood what I said. Less than 10 minutes later, he was gone.

Abbi told she was absolutely sure that my dream was him telling me that we would dance at my wedding. I think that hit me so hard I didn’t really know how to react until a day later when I cried because it meant so much and I was positive she was right.

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Isn’t it funny how things like that happen? That’s God doing his magic right there. There was such a feeling of peace that came over me after it finally hit me.

It’s hard to believe it’s been one year.

Dad I think about you every day. Most of the time I think about funny stories about you, or funny things you did, even things you would do and I would be so embarrassed about. I completely understand them now, because I am you almost to a T. (ha! T. His name begins with a T.) I am proud that I get 90% of my personality from you. Sometimes I long for the relationship we could have had, but I am happy that we were able to make up for lost time in 7 days. I love seeing you in my dreams, that will never get old. I had the fear of not remembering your laugh or your “hey” when you answered the phone. I hope those are things I never forget. I still hear your voice as clear as day when I think about you, and for that I am so grateful. I love you!

D is for Dad

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Got this in the mail a few weeks ago. D for my dad. 🙂

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Holding my dad’s hand

 

Cupcake ATM

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You want a cupcake but the bakery is closed. You’re too tired to make cupcakes at home. Luckily for the residents near Beverly Hills, Sprinkles Cupcakes has a cupcake ATM.

The ATM works just like the machines that dispense electronics and other non-cash goods, where you can input a credit card and select your cupcake of choice. Each one comes out individually wrapped in a box, looking like it would if you had walked up to the counter. The machine is also going to dispense Sprinkles merchandise, including their cupcake mixes, and cupcake-shaped dog treats.

The ATM will restock every couple of hours and before closing with fresh cupcakes. They will start by offering eight of their most popular cupcake flavors, including red velvet. The plan is to slowly increase the options that the machine offers, and even to make the yet-to-be-launched Sprinkles Ice Cream available from the machine. If it’s a success, you can bet that the cupcake ATMs will make their way to other Sprinkles stores outside of Los Angeles, too.

Click here to see flavors. Click here to see decorations. Check out the YouTube demo here.