Happy New Year!
Posted on December 31st, 2009 @ 7:49 pm

Happy New Year!

Photo originally by Optical illusion.

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2009 in Review
Posted on December 31st, 2009 @ 7:06 pm

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
Drove up Lookout Mountain in my manual transmission car.

2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t make them because I’m destined to fail with them.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, but my last great-aunt on my mother’s side did die this year.

5. What countries did you visit?
Stayed in the US, as usual.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
A new car.

7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Sept. 11 – Saw Amy Grant in person in Peachtree City
May 22 – Pikachu died

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I don’t have too many lofty achievements this year. This year, it’s all the small achievements, like #1.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Gaining some weight. I’ve got to cut back on my Coke consumption.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Just a day here or there of exhaustion.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
That Amy Grant ticket. Second row!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
For me, there was no one behavior to merit celebration.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Joey. Enough said about him.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Living expenses and savings. My remaining income to play with went mainly to activites like Braves games and going to Chattanooga.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The Amy Grant concert. That was my big thing of the year.

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
“You Belong With Me” by Taylor Swift

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
happier or sadder? Some may sadder, but I think I am happier.
older and wiser? Yes
thinner or fatter? Fatter. I’ll admit that. I need to be more active and quit drinking Coke.
richer or poorer? Richer

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Taken more pictures while I traveled.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worrying about stuff I have no control over.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
At home in Savannah with my family.

21. Question #21 must have fallen into a crevasse on Mt. Everest. I wonder if they ever found it.

22. Did you fall in love in 2009?
No. Thank God!

23. How many one-night stands?
0.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
CSI, The Amazing Race, NCIS, disaster documentaries

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I wouldn’t call it hate. I would call it a mix of pity, anger, and disappointment.

26. What was the best book you read?
The only book I recall reading last was The Choice by Nicholas Sparks. Honestly, it was disappointing. Great buildup to Gabby and Travis getting together, but when it came to the choice Travis had to make years later, the story went flat.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
The new John Mayer and Train albums are good. I also loved Michelle Branch’s “Sooner of Later.” They have got to release her album soon!

28. What did you want and get?
Furniture

29. What did you want and not get?
A new car.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Star Trek was the best.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 31 and took the day off from work to sleep in. Actually, the weekend before my birthday, I celebrate it in Warm Springs and Pine Mountain with Lindsey and Chris.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Having my mother around.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
What fashion sense?

34. What kept you sane?
Photography and travel.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
None, really. I didn’t even take the day off to see Barry Zito pitch in Atlanta!

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The health care debate. Look, we know we all know it needs changes, but don’t punish me for being successful.

37. Who did you miss?
My mother, as always.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
I met new people are work that are cool.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:
Only I can make myself happy.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
“Oh half of my heart’s got a grip on the situation / Half of my heart takes time” – “Half of My Heart,”  John Mayer


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Merry Christmas!
Posted on December 24th, 2009 @ 8:22 pm

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!


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Christmas in Savannah
Posted on December 24th, 2009 @ 1:17 am

Haldeman Christmas Display
Haldeman Christmas Display by peachy92

Once my father and I got into Savannah and it became dark, Beth, Christina, and I went out to look at Christmas lights.  First, we went out to the Roddenberry home in Windsor Forest. Christmas just isn’t Christmas without seeing the display.  I didn’t get to see it last year.

After that trip, Christina took us one of her favorite displays: the Haldeman Christmas Display. For 16 years, this family has has a lot of lights up on their property.  They give out hot cocoa and coffee. The only things they ask for in return is that you place your name in the guestbook and leave a donation for the Salvation Army.  This display is a nice little fundraiser for the Salvation Army.  In 11 years, the latest the tally the couple had on display at their home, the display has collected $45,000.00.

More photos from the night are in my Christmas in Savannah photo set.  The set is full of various Christmas shots taken in Savannah.

Before getting back into Savannah, my dad and I stopped to find the geographical center of Georgia.  When we got to the place the historical marker is located, it was missing!  So, I have a picture of the pole it used to sit on.

Now to have fun and enjoy the holiday with my family.


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2009 in review in photos.
Posted on December 18th, 2009 @ 7:36 pm


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The Wonder of Snuggie
Posted on December 15th, 2009 @ 7:11 pm

Today at work, we had a white elephant gift exchange.  I decided for my gift, I would give the gift of Snuggie:

Blue Snuggie

I thought it was the perfect gift for this type of exchange.

The rules for today’s exchange were:

  • Take a gift from the table or from someone else.
  • If someone take your gift, grab another from the table.
  • A gift can only be taken twice.

So, within the first 6 gifts, I see this being opened:

Burgundy Snuggie

It was a burgundy Snuggie!  The entire party gasped in wonder. “It’s a SNUGGIE!” By #14, the burgundy Snuggie was out of circulation.  Those participating in the gift exchange were disappointed.  Seems a few others wanted it.  I wanted it to give to my sister.  The family has a joke that this particular Snuggie make you look like a monk.

Then, someone that had a gift snatched from them opened another gift.  It was the blue Snuggie I brought.  A Snuggie was back into circulation.  The oohs and ahs were back into the room. By #26, the blue Snuggie was out of circulation.  Again, disappointment filled the room knowing no one else would get a Snuggie.

I laughed and enjoy how such an item everyone ridiculed a year ago was the hottest item today at the party.  What is the fascination with Snuggie?

As for me, I was #38.  All the good gifts were gone by the time I got a chance to get a gift.  I ended up with a set of 8 Wonder Hangers.


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Happy Hanukkah!
Posted on December 12th, 2009 @ 11:32 pm

Lights of Life
Lights of Life by peachy92

Last night, Beth and Ben came up.  As soon as my dad got home, we all went to the Lights of Life out at Life University. Knowing it’s Hanukkah, I decided to post a photo of a menorah in Christmas Lights. I promised Beth Stone Mountain and Christmas lights.  Unfortunately, like the last few times they’ve been here, it wet and raining.  It’s also cold, so Beth decided not to go to Stone Mountain.

Right now, we’re watching Up!


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So, I’m 31 now. What’s next?
Posted on December 9th, 2009 @ 12:03 am

Fantasy In Lights tour
Fantasy In Lights tour by peachy92

I celebrated my 31st birthday this weekend with my friends Lindsey and Chris. They came over to West Georgia and we spent the weekend in Pine Mountain and Warm Springs. We spent Saturday at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain.  We saw the butterfly center and the lights.  At this time of the years, Callaway is all about the Christmas lights. We stayed the night in Warm Springs, spending the next morning at the Little White House.  We had a great time, as usual.

On my way to Middle West Georgia, I heard the new Foreigner single, “When It Comes to Love.”  It’s kind of haunting, at least to me.

Don’t worry, this not a post about who I am and what I should have been or expect to be.  Right now, my philosophy in life is just about who I am in this moment.  I’ll embrace my past, but my future is wide open.

My father celebrated my birthday by getting me a new camera.  I used the camera on our trip.  I have to read the manual on it to figure out how to us it better than I did this weekend. He also got me a limited edition Gone with the Wind DVD set after seeing me glance it over.  We made sure I got a cake.

Riverwood Christmas Party
Riverwood Christmas Party by peachy92

Today was the office complex’s Christmas party.  It was a good time.  We even had Thrash the Thrasher appear at the party.  The complex had 3 chocolate fondue fountains – in three different chocolates, and had gingerbread houses on display.  It was a festive celebration.  A few of us even posed with Thrash for a photo.  The complex is a nice atmosphere to work in.  They often have tenant appreciation events like this Christmas party.

This weekend will be a busy one again with Beth and Ben coming to visit and see Christmas lights.  I promised her a trip to Stone Mountain. I might see about taking her to Life University to see the lights there, too. It’s not far and has a great display, or so I read.

Listening to: Foreigner – “When It Comes To Love”


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Killer of Christmas Trees, Destroyer of Yuletide
Posted on December 2nd, 2009 @ 7:52 pm

A Riverwood Christmas
A Riverwood Christmas by peachy92

Last year, I had a panic attack on my way home from work. When I told my dad about it later that night, he laughed. It is kind of funny as to what prompted me to start crying in the car. On the radio, they were playing “Frosty the Snowman.” To be honest, I have always not been to fond of the song or cartoon. I know; how dare I! If you think about, Frosty is sad and has to deal with loss. I know at the end of the story, Frosty melts away. Whose wise idea was it to teach kids about loss with a Christmas song? Christmas should be happy, not a time of loss. And believe me, I know all about loss at Christmas time. I just couldn’t deal with the story and turned off my radio. And cried. I just cried in my car. I cried about how sad life really is. Life is lonely and we”re all on our own. And one day, I am going to melt away like Frosty. How cheerful! Of course, explaining this to my father just made him chuckle. Who ever thinks of having a panic attack at Frosty? And yet this nutcase did!

This year, I tweeted that I still contend that “Frosty the Snowman” is a depressing song. I got a few replies/retweets that basically agreed with me.

Today’s picture is from the garden level of my office build.  When I came home, my dad and I gave Harri a new nickname: Killer of Christmas Trees, Destroyer of Yuletide. This after she destroyed my Christmas tree between bedtime Monday and Tuesday morning.


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