66. Tallahassee

When was the last time I woke up at 4:00 AM on a Saturday morning? I can’t even remember! Today I carpooled down to Tallahassee for a cross-country meet that my friend’s daughter was taking part in. The event started at 8:00 AM and we arrived about a half-hour early.

The weather was slightly cooler today than it has been recently. I think it made for good running weather for the participants.

I think we were there for about 3.5 hours before leaving for lunch. We ended up at Hurricane Grill. I had the BBQ pulled pork sliders and some fries which were pretty good. It was my first time there so I suppose it’s another place I can cross off my “to visit” list.

It rained quite hard for about half of the drive back to Valdosta. We really hit three different storms – one in Tallahassee, one around Thomasville, and another just before getting into Valdosta.

After getting back to town, they dropped me off at my car and I ended up going to Academy Sports to look at some running shoes. I am still disappointed that I can no longer find the Nike Vomero series anywhere around here.The Vomero 6 model is still my favorite running shoe of all time, but instead I ended up picking up the Nike Max Air Torch 4. The shoe has a perfect rating online across all websites I read about it on, and it was selling for $79. I picked it up and plan to start training in them tomorrow and hopefully getting comfortable in them for competition starting in October.

I’m not going to lie, I came home and took a nap after that. Oops.

Right now I’m enjoying a Meatball sub from Jersey Mike’s and a Not Your Father’s Root Beer which has quickly become a favorite of mine!

Today was definitely a good day and I enjoyed myself.

65. Resisting change is unhealthy

Some people grow older in life and start to realize that life is too short to waste. They take in the simple things in life and accept that growing older will bring inevitable changes and that the world around them will also change. Sometimes these changes are for the better, some are not.

Some people accept these things as reality, even if they do not like what is happening around them.

Others not so much.

64. Atlas Genius – Molecules

We steal the molecules from the dead
We liberate inanimate objects
Is this a path of will up ahead?
Or are we just destined to get what we get?

Drawn to your face like never before
Even the mistakes aren’t really mistakes at all

I wanna confess that you own me
And we don’t rest if we’re lonely
There’s innocence in the moment
Maybe now’s the time to be alive

We steal the molecules from the dead
We liberate inanimate objects
Is this a sign of will in a head?
Or are we predestined to get what we get?

Drawn to your face like never before
Even the mistakes aren’t really mistakes at all

I wanna confess that you own me
And we don’t rest if we’re lonely
There’s innocence in the moment
Maybe now’s the time to be alive

We’ve been dressed as humans
We’ve been kings and homeless
Still, we’re just fragments of a great collide

I wanna confess that you own me
And we don’t rest if we’re lonely
There’s innocence in the moment
Maybe now’s the time to be alive
There’s innocence in the moment
Maybe now’s the time to be alive
Maybe now’s the time to be alive

62. Starting over with Instagram

I’ve been considering completely purging my Instagram photos for quite some time, but today I finally did the deed. It took me about two hours to completely remove all of my almost 500 images.

I didn’t do this because I hated my photos or didn’t want people to see them any longer. Instead, I did it because I wanted to start fresh; almost like adding a new paragraph to this new chapter in my life of turning 30 last month.

I’m not sure when I’ll start posting again, but I do know that it will not be until I have figured out a theme – or better yet, a direction – for my account. I will probably change my account name. My current name is one that I have used since the late-1990s, so it’s time to re-imagine myself and my online presence.

I have some quirky little ideas about what to do with it moving forward, but only time will tell what I decide on. And who knows, I may even start another account to feature things that people don’t know about me. And if I do, I certainly won’t tell people I’m the person behind it.

61. Some weird dreams lately

I’m trying to do my best to keep up with my blog and post regularly, even if I don’t have too much to talk about. This is what made my original blog interesting, but it’s funny how your writing style develops over the years (for the better) and then it actually becomes harder to write how you used to before. It’s like you have to re-learn how to write less professionally and just talk about random daily things.

One show that I didn’t even realize was coming on TV this Summer is ‘Scream’ the TV series. I was channel surfing the other night and I came by it. I was pleasantly surprised by what little I was able to watch between laundry, homework and other chores that I was behind on due to my recent vacation. Luckily, there were some reruns again this evening and I was able to catch up through the third episode. The next new episode is Tuesday night, so I’m going to make it a point to keep watching (if I remember) as I actually find it intriguing. The characters are very similar to the movie and the acting is slightly better, in my opinion. The only thing that kind of annoys me is the fact that the actors are made to look like your typical 90s high school teens. I haven’t paid close enough attention to find out if the time period is set in the 90s or not, but my guess is no. I just wish they had chosen unique actors with different looks and not those who look almost identical to the original cast of the first movie.

Another thing I wanted to mention is the fact that I’ve been having some really weird, but vivid, dreams as of late. The last three or four nights have been ridiculous. Normally, I’ll go to bed around Midnight on a work night and sleep through until 7:15 AM when my alarm goes off. But over these last few days I’ve been waking up routinely about three hours before my alarm after having a bizarre dream and I’ll be wide awake and alert. Two nights ago was probably the most impactful dream, because it’s the only one I remember in its entirety still, although it’s short. Basically, it went like this:

I was standing on the sidewalk outside of a large building, but to get to the other side and into the building I had to walk across a multi-lane one-way street inside of a road tunnel. It’s my guess that this place was an airport, only because it’s very reminiscent of the tunnel outside of the Orlando airport and the setup is almost identical – and I was just recently there.

I started walking across the street when I stopped, looked to my right towards the entrance of the tunnel, and I saw a white pickup truck crash at full speed into the back of the vehicle in front of it. As I started toward the accident scene, I noticed that the windows were all shattered and the engine was smoking and steaming from the fluids hitting the hot parts of it.

Once I reached the scene, a woman in a white security guard uniform stepped out of the truck that had caused the incident. She appeared slightly disoriented but I don’t know if she was injured or not.

It was here that the dream ended and I woke up. I haven’t forgotten any of it yet, so this one will be around for a while.

60. This and that

I’m winding down the last couple of weeks of the term and then I’ll have a few weeks off before the start of the next term on August 17th. Our classes are basically self-paced each week, as long as you submit the required material by their due dates, typically Thursdays and Sundays. Since the majority of our writings and essays were completed last week, all I really have left to do in both of my classes is to study for the final exams and complete the required discussion postings. I’m pretty stoked that it’s all coming to an end in March when I graduate.

Last week I was having some computer issues at work and it prevented me from getting most of my work done. They finally came to fix it on Friday and this week I’ve been motoring along trying to get my work caught up both from my leave/vacation and from my computer being down. The good thing is that most of my work is the same from month-to-month, and most of the due dates are set by me anyway, so it’s not a big deal. Everything is mostly caught up now except for a couple of minor things that I’ll finish up tomorrow when I go in.

The heat has definitely settled in for the Summer. It seems like it may have come a little later this year than in years past, but I don’t know, it could just be me. Typical Summers down here in Southern Georgia mean hot days with afternoon showers, but they only last about an hour or less and then the evenings are usually beautiful and you would never even know we had a storm. Every single day is like that until the Fall comes around.

Not much happened today aside from work. Just watching some YouTube videos right now. I took a nap earlier and then showered, so that’s about the extent of my night!

59. Way too much homework

The vacation that I went on last week didn’t do me much good as far as all of the homework I had to complete and turn in this week. Between both of my classes, I typed (and retyped a rough draft) about 25 pages worth of essays over the last several days and turned them in today. My brain is just about cooked.

After this week, the coursework will be more manageable as we are down to the last two weeks of the term and all that’s really left is to study and take the final exams. Bring ’em on! My next term won’t start until mid-August, so that’ll be a nice little break.

58. Come here instead…

Sometimes it really disappoints me that people always ask when I’m coming home to visit. I think just once it would be nice for someone (including certain family) to instead ask, “when can I come visit YOU?” I’ve been home 10-12 times since I first left in 2008. I think I deserve to be selfish for just one time.

57. Photos From Florida!

The beautiful sunset over Downtown Daytona Beach from the third level of Daytona International Speedway.

Another edited version of the sunset over Daytona.

Tia poolside!

The gorgeous poolside and lakeside view of Downtown Kissimmee from the Wyndham Cypress Palms timeshare resort.