Warmth

23 Feb

I am flying high as a kite right now! This was my first winter in North Carolina, and its been an extremely mild winter.  I think the universe was trying to break me in slowly. After all, I am a “Floridiot”-the term of the North Carolinians.

So, back to the reason I’m flying high. It was 70 degrees today!! 70 degrees at the end of February in the mountains! As soon as i got home from work, which is at 2 p.m., I threw on a tank, shorts and my beloved flip-flops. I plopped my chair in the middle of the yard and soaked up the warmth of the beautiful sunshine.  I even got a bit of a tan!

I don’t think I really realized how much I missed the sun and the warmth.  Now, let me explain a few things. I hate being hot. When I say hot I mean walking outside and instantly sweating, a lot like what happens when you walk outside when you live in Florida.  It is not pleasant at all. I just like being warm and comfortable. Don’t get me wrong I like the cold.  I love winter clothes and hats and scarfs, just not doom and gloom cold. Give me some sun and 32 degrees and I’m a happy camper. Although if you give me 70 degrees and a nice breeze, I’m happy as a pig in sh**!

Needless to say, im ecstatic and in a very good mood. Hopefully it will continue through my weekend!

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North Carolina…Home Sweet Home

20 Feb

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I moved to North Carolina. Asheville, North Carolina more specifically. Best. Decision. Ever. If you have never been to Asheville stop everything you are doing and start planning a trip (after you finish reading my blog of course!). Seriously though, the Asheville area has so much to offer from hiking and rafting to breweries and hippy drum circles.

The decision to move was a quick and easy one to make.  I decided on May 26, 2011 to move and left Tampa just over a month later on July 1st, 2011. Here’s how crazy I am…

When I decided to move I had no job or home to go to.  I had been in touch with a couple who were renting a house in exchange for work on their farm, but that was the only connection I had made.  I figured it was going to be 4th of July weekend and I could camp for a little while and take a mini vacation before I really had to start job/house hunting.  I camped for 5 days, met with the couple on the farm and moved in on the 6th day. Three days later, I had a job as a nanny. Who gets that lucky???? Me, apparently.  I have never been so happy or at peace in my whole life. I finally feel like I have found home, and even though my family is still in Tampa and I miss them all the time, I would rather be here on my own than in Tampa feeling lost and out-of-place.

Did I mention that I had never even stepped foot in the state of North Carolina before moving here? I’ve never even driven through the state. Crazy, I know.  It was almost like throwing a dart at a map and fate said “Chloe, Asheville will be your home forever”. I’m crazy in love!

A Triumphant Return

19 Feb

Where do I start? It has been 9 long months since I last posted anything. I’ve stared at the screen for a good 30 minutes trying to get my fingers moving across the keyboard. Not to mention, the last few days I’ve racked my brain for what to say! I’m afraid I will over compensate in this post and put everything that has been on my mind for the last 9 months in this  one post. Instead of bombarding you will a novel I will just list a few things I intend to post over the next few days.

1) I’ve moved to North Carolina.

2) I’m starting a garden.

3) I’m still trying to figure out this crazy thing called life.

The first one is probably the most important and exciting. The other two are a little more mundane. However, I’m very excited to be back in action.  So, here’s to my return to the blogosphere!

Smallville Is Gone…Forever

20 May

I’ve noticed in my site stats that many of the search terms that direct people to my blog are asking if Smallville has been cancelled. The answer is yes. Smallville ended its series last week, Friday May 13th, 2011.  The show lasted for 10 years and it was the longest running Sci-Fi series in American history.

For those of you new to the world of Smallville or have no clue of what I am talking about, let me give you a little information.  Smallville is the story of Clark Kent before he becomes Superman.  The series takes us from the meteor shower where Martha and Johnathan Kent find Clark to the day Clark accepts his destiny and takes to the skies as Superman.

So, for the people who keep searching “smallville cancelled 2011” you will be disappointed to find the truth.  As to why, I personally believe it was just time.  Ten years is a long time to keep a show going and to keep fans happy. Considering this show was all about the life of Superman before he was Superman means that once Clark became Superman the show was complete.

Who knows, maybe one day we will see a spin-off series. At least the fans hope so!

A Long Sabbatical

28 Mar

Yes, I know.  I have failed in my Post A Day challenge.  I don’t want to make excuses, but I have few anyways!

Currently, I have no internet access at my home.  It’s a long story that involves a serious love/hate relationship between me and my internet service provider.  So, for now I am having to hoof it to the library if I want to use the internet.  And when I say “hoof it”, I mean that literally.  Paige and I share a vehicle and she is gone most of the day working which leaves me and my two legs for transportation.

It’s not like the library is far.  Actually, it is probably less than a quarter-mile from my house.  I’m just lazy.  Yup, that’s right, just plain ol’ lazy! Well, not all of it is laziness, some of it is fear.  I don’t live in the best part of town, if you know what I mean, and I am the worlds most paranoid person.  It takes me forever to fall asleep at night because every rustle of the leaves, creak, or any other noise sends me into a paranoid frenzy. It really is a serious problem.

Anyway, maybe I will start walking up to the library every day just so I can get my posts done. At least it would give me a bit of exercise too.  Killing two birds with one stone.  I suppose if I didn’t make it to the library every day I could use my Blackberry.  I do have the WordPress App installed, but for me, I think its useless.  Sorry if I offend anyone, but it’s really difficult to use.  I can’t get pictures exactly where I want them, I hate the “phone draft” thing, and you have to constantly refresh the app to have all your drafts current.  Maybe its just me, but I just don’t like it.  Not to mention, typing a whole post using the tiny little keyboard is annoying.

So there you have it. My not so good excuses for not posting everyday.  I will seriously make the effort to post everyday even though it’s a bit more difficult.  I really have missed blogging.

Oh Books, How I’ve Missed You

3 Mar

I wrote a post a few weeks back about wanting to read more. After all, I do want to read 20 books this year. Finally, I have gotten into the routine of reading. As a matter of fact, I’m reading 2 different books-one fiction and one non-fiction.

First, I began reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt. Actually, Paige and I read it together before we go to bed-I read out loud while she tries to doze off. Cheesy, I know, but its a wonderful bedtime routine.

Anyway. The first time I heard about the book was because of the movie. Now it is one of my favorites. I took the advice of one of my readers ,neuroticnotes, and she suggested I start with a book that was made into a movie I like. It was definitely a good place to start because I’m thoroughly enjoying the book.

Since Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is my bedtime story I decided to read something else while Paige is busy working. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larrson is what I picked. Now, I had never heard of the book until I went to NYC a few months ago. Seriously, every time I stepped on to a train at least 5 people were reading this book.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is one of 3 books. The other two are The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest. From what I understand the author, Stieg Larsson, died shortly after delivering the manuscripts for the last 2 books and these are the only books he wrote.

Thus far I’ve made it through The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and it was amazing. I finally understand what the fuss has been about! Now, I’m about a quarter of the way through with The Girl Who Played with Fire and it is hard to stop reading it.

I definitely suggest all of these books. If you like crime fiction and non-fiction, then these books are worth a read.

I Was A Guest Blogger!

16 Feb

A few weeks ago I received an e-mail from scriptorobscura asking me to do a guest blog post.  It is the first time someone has asked me to guest blog, and I can honestly say I was so excited and a bit overwhelmed. I thought about what to write and nothing came to me.  Then, the other day I was writing and decided it would make a great guest blog post.

Anyways, here it is! My guest blog post…go check it out.

http://scriptorobscura.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/guest-blog-post-chloe-sullivan/

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