I feel like I am constantly writing a “sorry I’ve been MIA” post as if I have a major following. Still, I feel like if I say I have new posts every Sunday, I should uphold it. Funny enough, I say this as I am posting on a Monday evening, but I felt like some form of update was due to explain the last few weeks as well as what you should expect moving forward for as long as I am in my current state. Continue reading “Under Construction”
I don’t know how to start this letter so I figure I’ll just jump right in. It was no surprise when I got the news of your passing. It made me feel more emptiness than sadness–like a part of me disappeared. You and I have had an incredible bond over the last five years and I am grateful for it everyday. Every Sunday during college, like clockwork, I would call you while I did laundry in the morning. I always knew I was too late if Mr. Trent already arrived after church, but even a few minutes on the phone went a long way. When I missed a Sunday, you would always tell me how I forgot. But while I should have been feeling guilt about missing those days, knowing you looked forward to these conversations as much as I did brought me a sense of comfort that I needed during those years where I often felt lost.
I know that these frequent calls disappeared in the last year when I went back abroad and especially in these last six months since I have been unemployed. I felt embarrassed and I didn’t want to call you to let you know how all my plans had fallen apart from what I’d imagined. However, the few times we spoke over the last few months let me know that I should have just called anyway because you just wanted to hear my voice. Thankfully, I was given that last opportunity a few weeks ago when we visited. We got to catch up on everything, which was really a whole lot of nothing on both of our ends, but we laughed and laughed like we always did. I told you that the next time you hear from me, I will have a job and I will not call you without good news. Unfortunately, that phone call never came because I thought we had more time, but I can’t dwell on that. Instead, I choose to remember you by the small life lessons you may or may not know have impacted me:
- Always keep your own money.
- Always pair your earrings with a necklace.
- Always dress for company.
- Always carry lipstick (even if it’s the only thing in your purse).
Obviously you taught me more things than this, but these were things you always told me. I am going to miss you incessantly asking me if I had a boyfriend yet even though you said marriage was “just alright;” I am going to miss you trying to convert me into a Thaddeus Matthews fan and trying to get me to try Morgan David wine; but most importantly, I am going to miss our talks, laughing about everything and nothing every Sunday morning. I am glad we had this tradition because this is what I can look back on along with the childhood memories I had in your house on Trigg. I don’t know what happens now, but I know you’ll never really be gone. You spent 97 years on this Earth and I was lucky to spend 23 of them with you. So here’s to one last Sunday chat–I hope you had a wonderful day with Granddad. I love you ❤
I cannot remember the last time I experienced a near-full week of warm weather in February in Texas.
I know I am a day late, but my weekend was pretty packed with activities so I was not able to post at my regular time yesterday. It was between 70 and 80 degrees this entire week so I definitely had to take advantage of it. On Saturday, I visited the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden–The Arboretum for short–for the second time in two weeks. Normally, The Arboretum is a $15 admission fee, but until February 24th, admission is only $5!
Last week, I went there with my friend Ilse for an impromptu photoshoot (which will be featured on here soon), and this Saturday, I went with my friend Jane. Initially, the point of this trip was to have a joint photoshoot, but we actually spent most of our time relaxing in the gardens (trying to cool down). It was so peaceful though to sit around and soak in the sun. And we did end up getting some cute pictures!
Yesterday was my dad’s birthday so my family and I started the day by going to the Meyerson Symphony Center to hear Pines of Rome played by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. This was my first time sitting in the chorus and it was a much different experience. I actually prefer it because you can see the expressions of the conductor and, obviously, you are surrounded by the sounds. It was an amazing show!
Following the show, we had a delicious dinner at Ruth’s Chris; my dad wanted to splurge a little bit for his 55th and there were no complaints coming from the rest of us. I had a petite filet with large shrimp and my brother and I shared the lobster mac and cheese.
Overall, I had a really, really great day. I don’t know a lot of people my age who are not music majors that actually enjoy going to listen to an orchestra, so it is nice that I get to share this with my family. Not to mention, I will be dreaming of this meal until I have the grand opportunity to have it again. All in all, it was a solid weekend 🙂
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I cannot believe it is already the end of January, but I am looking forward to February so I guess part of me was waiting for it to be over. Though this may not be of interest to anyone, I felt I would share some of my ‘favorites’ from the month.
Favorite activity: seeing the KAWS exhibition at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Though this exhibit ended last weekend, I think this museum is pretty interesting and worth checking out. There is a ton of space inside for cool pictures and there is a lot of parking. The design in the building, as linked above in my previous post, is also really cool! Not to mention, the museum offers a student discount and is half off on Wednesdays. I am interested to see what exhibitions will be on this year.
Favorite outing: drinks at The Cedars Social
I went here with my friend Ilse to celebrate her completion of flight attendant training. Besides the fact that free parking is a huge plus for me, especially as you ease into downtown, it is such a cool atmosphere. It definitely has more of a lounge feel than a bar. We went on a Monday night so obviously there were not many people there, but the drinks were great and I would love to see how it is on weekends. Will definitely be returning. Continue reading “January Favorites”
I thought the “title” for this post was fitting considering it will be about an art exhibit.
I was recently reminded of a special exhibit taking place at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and I am so glad I was because it actually ended this weekend. It is called “KAWS: WHERE THE END STARTS.” Now if you know me, you know that I generally do not like contemporary art. Modern art and contemporary art are not the same, but the point is, I struggle to “understand” most contemporary (post-1960s) art. I remember reading years ago that contemporary art is basically “I could do that. But I didn’t.” The KAWS exhibit, however, was everything that I do enjoy about this style.
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We are officially halfway through January and I can’t help but wonder how many of us have gotten off track for our New Year’s Resolutions.
I know I have which has inspired me to write a three-step “cheat sheet,” if you will, for ways to achieve your new-year-goals. I think we can agree that the new year symbolizes a fresh start so naturally, we dive in head-first to try something new, whether it be hitting the gym more or making specific career moves. It is easy the first couple of days when everyone is recharged after the holidays, but once we fall back into routine, everything falls back into routine. So how do we fight this?
Continue reading “3 Steps in the Right Direction”
I have lived in Texas my whole life and yet, I still can’t believe that it was below freezing with ice on the ground this weekend when it was 80 degrees on Christmas.
Anyway, I decided to do something a little different this weekend and take a drive out west. When you live in Dallas, it’s pretty rare to head towards the other half of DFW unless you are going to TCU. I wanted to see what else Fort Worth, also known as The Fort, had to offer so my friend, Naomi, and I headed to Sundance Square for a few hours this weekend.
Continue reading “Exploring The Fort”