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Guest post: Going Home

You guys really liked my friend Candace’s recent guest post. Fortunately, she has volunteered another, this time about what it means to go home.

The more you like and comment on this post, the more likely Candace will post more. Hint, hint.

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My parents moved from my hometown of Alpharetta, GA when I graduated from high school. That meant that when I went to visit them, I wasn’t going home–I was going to a new place that didn’t have my friends and old stomping grounds. And while I did occasionally get back, it wasn’t as frequent as most of my old friends, many of who actually still live there.

I went back to Alpharetta one recent weekend for a dear friend’s baby shower. It was wonderful to see old friends, old crushes and old haunts. I loved being introduced to new babies, new spouses and new homes. I got legally drunk in bars with people I used to illegally drink with in parks, by the river and in certain parent’s basements. We even had an unfortunate run-in with the cops. It felt just like old times. Except it wasn’t.

I couldn’t figure out where the nagging sadness I felt on my way to the airport was stemming from (and no, it wasn’t due to my raging hangover). As I sped down I-85 with tears in my eyes, I realized this: traveling to Atlanta is no longer coming home. It’s visiting old friends and reminiscing about good times – but it is no longer my home.

I have created a new home and a new life in Washington DC. It involves an overpriced apartment, a bearded gentleman who is my sun, my moon and my stars, great friends and a happy hour or two. I love my home. My home is not perfect, but it is perfect for me.

There’s nothing wrong with a walk down memory lane. But letting go of the past can be so freeing. My present and my future is filled with so much happiness that I can’t help but to want to sprint towards it with my arms wide open.

Gotta go. My flight home is boarding.

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Monday reads + May is kind of the worst month ever (for me)

So far, May has packed a wallop between my foot, Dad being in the hospital, packing to move and now, strep throat*. Ugh.

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The only thing that is keeping me going right now is my upcoming vacation. I really need it.

Here are some other things holding my attention right now: Continue reading

Random Monday thoughts

Hiya. Guess who’s moving in a few weeks? Yep, me. More on that soon. The decluttering is underway.

Here are a few things I’m thinking about and reading right now.

Why can’t airport and hotel Starbucks have the same pastries as regular Starbucks? These are no good.

Starbucks

Brooklyn isn’t a popular girls’ name in Brooklyn. Thank goodness. Although that’s the name of my neighbors‘ [male] cat. Via BKmag. Continue reading

Twitter Spotlight: @BlairDC

If memory serves – and frankly, it doesn’t always – @BlairDC was one of the first people I met in DC via Twitter.

Not working on The Hill, I spent a lot of my time living there feeling like an outsider. Talking and tweeting with Blair, though, gave me a peek into the DC scene I never would have had otherwise.

Do not miss Blair’s Instagrams–her beautiful hometown on North Carolina’s coast plays a starring role.

Blair

OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest

@BlairDC: Sense of humor, honesty, drive, compassion.

OneChicklette: Your chief characteristic (one word)

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Twitter Spotlight: Alejandra Owens

I’m hooked on DC tweeters, clearly. Here’s another fabulous woman, fellow WordPresser Alejandra aka @frijolita. Like @Tammy, she’s a communications pro at AARP. Like @SaraLang, she likes to cook and eat good things.

But there’s more. Get to know Alejandra in her own words here.

Alejandra

OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest

@Frijolita: Curiosity, drive and tenderness.

OneChicklette: Your chief characteristic (one word)

@Frijolita: Tenacious.

OneChicklette: What you appreciate most in your friends

@Frijolita: Loyalty and honesty.

OneChicklette: Your idea of happiness Continue reading

Twitter Spotlight: Alison McQuade

DC people are great tweeters which is why I feature so many of them in the Twitter Spotlight.

Here’s Alison McQuade aka @akmcquade.

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OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest

@akmcquade: makes me laugh; challenges me; has equal interest in traveling and experiencing new things as he does in staying at home with a bottle of wine and a Scrabble board; patience; honesty

OneChicklette: Your chief characteristic (one word) Continue reading

Twitter Spotlight: Candace Armstrong

I love this woman. You know this because I said so when she wrote a guest post about applying to graduate school and when I recapped her visit to Brooklyn.

As Candace gets ready to start grad school, I thought it would be a good time to put her in the Twitter Spotlight and wish her well on this big step.

Candace

OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest

@candacearm: Humor, love of delicious food and someone who makes me comfortable enough to be my true self 100% of the time (have you ever tried to stifle parts of yourself for someone else??? Miserable.)

OneChicklette: Your chief characteristic (one word)

@candacearm: Pleaser

OneChicklette: What you appreciate most in your friends

@candacearm – Loyalty is rare. My friends are there for me for the good, bad and ridiculous.

OneChicklette: Your idea of happiness

@candacearm: Wine country. Wine country IS happiness.

OneChicklette: Your idea of misery

@candacearm: Hunger. I DESPISE being hungry.

OneChicklette: Your favorite fictional character Continue reading