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My First Frost

24 Jan

This is a year of firsts for me. Getting back to school, adapting to a new part of the country and truly feeling like an adult. So, a whole lotta different going on. As mentioned before, I like change. I thrive on it. But no matter who you are, it can be daunting and unsettling. That was my thought when I noticed the weather changes here in Indiana. Actually, on seeing my first snow fall, my first thought was “what have I done? I don’t belong here.” But I do. It’s just different and takes some getting used to.

I have spent more than half my life in a sub tropical climate. First, the Bahamas and then Florida. No snow. Hell, if it got below 70 degrees people wore parkas. So this was my view this past week:

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I was excited and then went, “what now?”

Thankfully, not a lot of snow. Mother nature needs to ease this FL girl into winter. But I have learned a few tricks. These are great for warding off the cold wind:

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Soap and Glory Hand Food lotion, Nivea Lip Butters

And on those long winter days when I feel like this:

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Sometimes you just have to remember it doesn’t last forever and have a big cup  bowl of tea.

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Stay Warm and Happy Thursday!

Miccosukee Arts Festival

2 Jan

Happy New Year! Unfortunately, any celebration was cut a bit short due to a massive migraine on my part and my brother being way under the weather too- he sounds like a barking dog. But we persevered, had a delicious dinner and am feeling much better today.

All the better to share my little travel excursion with you. I’d been hearing about the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida Arts Festival for a couple weeks and thought it would be fun. So, Nicole and I got our coffee and set off for Miami-ish. A few missed exits and turnarounds later (ahem) a lot later, we arrived at the reservation.

There was dancing, alligators, shows, crafts and a very rich culture present.

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Even though it was far away and kinda hard to find, I had a great time. It was fun to try something different. Hopefully this will a common occurrence in 2012. I’m always up for somethin’ new!

Run for your life!

20 May

A beautiful but sweltering day in Fl

Today was unbearably hot, just a short walk from the grocery store to my car was enough to start sweating. It’s really hard to enjoy a beautiful and bright afternoon when you can’t breathe properly with a hundred percent humidity. It’s borderline ridiculous. It reminded me of my time in the Bahamas and a dreaded school event called The Run. My school was known for athletics, and lord knows I’m not especially made for speed, but I do my best. The school is also divided into houses (kinda like Harry Potter). There was Taino (my house), Lucayan, Carib and Arawak. Every year in the spring the whole school gets together for one giant track meet. The students run around the large track, around the block of the school and then around the track again. This is not optional. Not participating was considered to be a slap in the face to your house, and I was a kid- I didn’t want to disappoint anyone. A friend of mine and fellow competitor( she was a Lucayan) ran until she threw up blood, and kept on running!

On days like today, where it is just way too hot, I am reminded of that feeling. Exhausted and dripping with sweat. Feeling like your lungs are going to explode and the Sun clearly has a score to settle and wants to you suffer. In fairness, I really liked the school. It was great on every other day. A lot of kids loved the run, it was a chance to show their skills an many of them were really good at it. I however blame this for my distaste of organized sports. I’ll take a swim or yoga any day.