It’s a rainy day in Big D but that doesn’t stop our trusty mailman from looking fashionable and staying dry in his hat and cape.
June 7, 2012 • 11:02 am 0
June 7, 2012 • 10:27 am 1
We moved to Dallas 2 weeks ago, and although I clearly lost interest in recording our less-than-exciting adventures in Georgia, our new home state gives us way too much to talk about. Texas is exactly what you would imagine and I’m fixin’ to tell y’all about it. So git ready!
August 15, 2011 • 3:30 pm 0
Wow. I haven’t written a post since April. And I think I know why. No, we haven’t been particularly busy, though we have been doing quite a lot. The reason, I think, that I’m choosing to finally write today, on the first pleasant summer day since May, is no coincidence. It’s because it’s nice out and I like Georgia again! Last year, I experienced a thorough disdain for Georgia while sweating through my first summer in the deep south. And this year was pretty much the same. It’s freaking hot down here. And when it’s hot, I do no more than is absolutely necessary. Especially when it comes to sitting at a computer, which I do all day long for work. Prolonging time near a hot computer in a hot office is not high on my to-do list.
But today, it was actually cool (67) this morning, I was able to open all the windows and get a nice breeze rolling throughout the house, and I feel compelled to catch up on this blog. Cooler weather is certainly motivating. And — even though I find it hard to believe Weather.com about this — it’s ONLY 85 degrees right now with low humidity! Which, compared to the mid-nineties and high humidity that has hung around for the past 3 months, seems heavenly. And so, I write.
To recap quickly, here are all the haps of the last 3 months:
April 26, 2011 • 2:44 pm 0
As you can see, it’s been quite a while since my last post. Much longer than my usual two months, in fact. I’ll offer a variety of excuses for that in the form of loads of activities that have required my attention, but truth be told, I just didn’t feel like it! The biggest news of the spring is that we know where we’re moving next year. Drumroll, please?
Alpharetta, Georgia! No, don’t rub your eyes and blink rapidly in hopes that you’re living in a cartoon and just seeing things. I tried that when I first wrote this and it didn’t work. We are indeed staying in the greater Atlanta metro area for another year. The kicker is that Alpharetta is a bit too far of a commute from our current Midtown location, so we’re actually going to move 20 miles north to Roswell to balance things out.
The good news is that anyone who wanted to visit Atlanta this year but just didn’t get around to it has a whole other year to make it happen! (Hint — please visit us. Pretty please.)
And without further adieu, here are the loads of activities that kept me from updating this blog for four months:
January 28, 2011 • 5:07 pm 0
I’m sorry to say this posting-every-two-months is becoming a bit of a trend. But we have good reason! It’s been a busy freaking winter, if you can call it winter. Mainly, it’s been in the 40s and 50s, except for the storm of the decade in January, when it snowed 6 inches and completely froze into sheets of ice, holding the city in a standstill for a week before thawing temperatures rescued everyone. We learned all-too-well why the south can’t handle snow. No plows + no snow-tires + a week of below-freezing temperatures = nasty. But today, it reached 60 degrees and tomorrow it’s going to be 65 (yes, on January 28th), so complaining I am not.
Here’s a rundown of what’s kept me from The Dizzles blog. And please forgive me if I’ve missed something, it’s my own fault for taking two months to post!
Atlanta Hawks Basketball Game: In late November, we went to see the Boston Celtics (yay!) take on the Atlanta Hawks (Boo!) and were pleasantly surprised to learn that there are only about 50 Hawks fans in all of Atlanta. To look at the arena, you would have thought we were back in Boston – the entire place crawling with people in Celtics gear, and the sea of green was a nice piece of nostalgia for us former Boston dwellers.
Festivus Preparation: With the much-needed help of my friend Kelly, I spent the better part of an entire weekend making casseroles and other assorted freeze-able foods to stock up for Festivus. For those of you unfamiliar with the holiday, for five years we’ve been holding an annual Festivus Holiday party, which comes from a beloved episode of Seinfeld. In the episode, George’s father explains a holiday that he’s made up to take the place of the over-commercialized Christmas: A Festivus for the rest of us! Here’s my post from last year’s Festivus in New Jersey.
Volleyball, Yoga, and Swimming: I started playing in another women’s volleyball league AND assistant coaching a 13-year-old club team in December, so Tuesday and Thursday nights are filled with a blur of volleyballs from now until April, as well as weekend tournaments from time to time. It’s thrilling. Mr. Dizzle has gotten back into swimming, and I’m taking yoga a few times a week at the Y, so all of a sudden we’re a much more active couple.
Babysitting for Our Nephew: In December, Mr. Dizzle and I stepped into the world of test-parenting by spending a weekend babysitting our one-year-old nephew for two nights. Suffice it to say, our nephew is one of the most well-behaved babies I’ve ever been around, and he actually has us thinking that (someday…) we might actually be able to handle this whole having-a-baby thing. Not, like, tomorrow, but someday. :)
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: We traveled a half mile down the road to watch a Christmas performance by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, featuring the Atlanta Choir, the Morehouse College Glee Club, and Gwinnett Young Singers. Morehouse stole the show with their powerful performance, and the choices of music by the Symphony were unusual and moving — perfect for Christmas.
Connecticut and Syracuse for Christmas: Dizzle got to spend an entire week at the heavenly doggie daycare know as Wag A Lot, and we flew to Syracuse, then drove to Connecticut, and back to Syracuse for the Christmas holiday. Mr. Dizzle got his long-awaited wish to rent a Cadillac for the drive. A WHITE Cadillac, no less, and everyone agreed that the look would be complete with a pair of cataract sunglasses and a cane. Riding in that car was like floating on a cloud. Aside from the Caddy, it was wonderful to see our families and a special treat for me to spend so many days in a row with my mom and dad.
Festivus in Atlanta: For an entire week over the New Year holiday, our friends came from all over the U.S. to essentially lounge around, eat lots of food, play games, and just hang out together. It. Was. Awesome. Best. Friends. Ever. When you live in a part of the country where you don’t know many people, and you know you’ll be uprooted within the year, it can get pretty lonely. Spending an entire week with some of the best friends we have is the best remedy. During Festivus, we traveled to the World of Coca Cola, Clermont Lounge, and Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles. All around, it was a spectacle.
Getting Serious About Freelancing: In the last post, I mentioned that I’m taking on more work through FlexJobs, which is fantastic. And since then, I’ve found a bit more work here and there, and I’m finally taking myself seriously as a freelance writer. I even bought my own domain and spiffed up my freelance website. Fancy, ain’t it? www.briewreynolds.com.
Table building: Mr. Dizzle graciously agreed to build two nightstands for me for Christmas, and we spent the month of January painting them a lovely gray-blue color and designing a pattern for the tabletops. This weekend should put an end to the construction and begin our actually USE of the nightstands.
Ice Skating in Piedmont Park: Yes, even when the temperatures are getting into the 40s, 50s, and 60s during the day, there is ice skating in Atlanta. The rink is tiny but cute, and it’s connected to Park Tavern which serves delicious food and beverages (my favorite component to any winter sport).
November 22, 2010 • 12:49 pm 0
I’m learning that autumn in Georgia is very similar to early or late summer in the Northeast: 60s/70s during the day, 40s/50s at night, and generally lovely outside. I’m also learning that as soon as the weather is nice enough to be outside for long periods of time, and I add a few commitments to my roster, I completely neglect this blog. My apologies, blog, I hope you understand. Here’s a rundown of The Dizzles’ adventures this autumn in Georgia.
Out of Town Trips: In October and November, we traveled to Connecticut for Shaun’s grandfather’s 90th birthday party, to North Carolina for our nephew’s 1st birthday party, and to Boston for the 6th Annual Upside-down Turkey Day (USDTD). We just got back from Boston yesterday, and our visit wouldn’t have been completely without a pilgrimage to our favorite restaurant, Trattoria Toscana. It was a treat to see so many friends, and we are now devising ways to bring Boston and Atlanta closer together. Anyone have any thoughts on adjusting the space-time continuum?
The Moms Invade Atlanta: The weekend before Halloween, both our mom’s came for a visit to Atlanta, and what a lovely weekend it was. The weather cooperated with sun and not-over-the-top warm temperatures, and we went to the High Museum of Art, Mary Mac’s Tea Room, and for lovely walks around the neighborhood, where a total stranger regailed me of the history of our apartment, in which he used to live. Folks sure are friendly down here.
New Job for Mrs. Dizzle: At the end of October, I hung up my keyboard at Ology.com and took up more responsibility at FlexJobs.com instead. Now I write the FlexJobs blogs, descriptions of employers, press releases, and other random scribbles. And of course, more time for work means less time for blogging (at least, this type of blogging where I don’t get paid… :) ).
Halloween, Atlanta-Style: We decorated, we loaded up with candy, we watched Halloween, and we wound up with about 15 trick-or-treaters altogether. Apparently one of the mansions down the street had trapeze artists and other crazy stuff in their yard, which might explain why people were underwhelmed by our pumpkin carvings and scary skeletons.
Wings Over Atlanta Airshow: Every time I think of going to this airshow, this quote from the movie Girls Just Want to Have Fun comes to mind: “Oh, well my dad made us all go to the airshow. 200 people standing around like this [looks up at the sky shielding her eyes from the sun]. It was a blast.” Except that in our airshow experience, it was more like 500,000 people staring at the sky in 85+ degree heat on the tarmac at Dobbins Air Force Base. The show and exhibits were fascinating, but the rush to the buses at the end was less-so, with three people fainting in our immediate area during the hour+ wait for a bus.
Volleyball Coaching: Over the summer, I started playing in a women’s volleyball league, which continued into the fall. And thanks to that, I’ll now be assistant coaching a 13-year-old girls volleyball team through TCA Atlanta. November was try-outs month, which mean that for two weeks, a lot of my write-a-blog-post-time was taken up by skills and drills nights, tryouts, and meetings. And from December to April, I’ll be at practices two nights a week, and at tournaments every few weekends. What did I get myself into?
Georgia Tech Football Game: We finally made it to our first college football game in Georgia, and college football is kind of a big thing around here. Tailgating in small road-side green spaces in the middle of the city was a site to see, and in my opinion, the best parts of college football are the marching bands. Shaun disagrees.
I know I’m forgetting a bunch of things from the past month and half, and those will probably be covered in a future blog post, hopefully one that doesn’t take me a month and half to write. But in the meantime, knowing that I’m too much of a slacker to post again this week…
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Reading these blog posts reminds me how much Shaun and I have to be thankful for, and if you’re reading this, you’re on that list of gratitude.
October 5, 2010 • 4:27 pm 0
Hey October, where did you come from? It seems I was just settling into September when all of a sudden, the temperatures dropped (yay!), the humidity disappeared (yay!), and Halloween decorations began appearing at the neighbors’ houses (yay!!!).
It appears that we’re about to have the northeast’s equivalent of summertime, with temperatures between 70 and 80 during the day, and in the 50s at night. I couldn’t be more excited, this is my kind of weather! I even rearranged my closet to make my sweatshirts and sweaters more accessible, and I think my flip-flops are feeling neglected as I parade around in close-toed shoes.
But enough about the weather… When last I wrote, it was just past Labor Day Weekend, and we’ve been up to a lot since then. Here’s a rundown:
Georgia Aquarium: The largest aquarium in the country (maybe the world? I can’t remember) is located right here in Atlanta, and we trekked over there on a Friday evening for their Jazz Fridays series. It was actually lots of fun–the band was a “big band” style set-up with excellent musicians and singers, and the aquarium itself is loaded with interesting exhibits and animals. Perhaps made more interesting by the music and wine?
Georgia Driver’s Licenses: It only took three months to get around to it…
Trip to North Carolina: To visit Shaun’s sister’s family, including our adorable nephew!! The weekend was such a blast, with the vast majority of it spent laughing at nephew offering his hands to Dizzle to lick, to be followed by a soapy washing in the sink, and back to the licking again. Lick, lather, rinse, repeat?
Volleyball: I joined a fall volleyball league and have been playing weekly.
Velodrome Cycling Class: Shaun participated in two days of intense cycling at a velodrome, which is like a NASCAR race track for cyclists, with banked walls and other crazy stuff.
Atlanta Greek Festival: Sadly, this festival was the largest and least tasty of all the Greek festivals we’ve been to over the last few years.
Battle of the Burgers: One afternoon, 20 restaurants, 20 burgers to taste, to be followed by several months of burger-aversion. I wrote a review about this spectacular, though semi-nauseating event here.
In the coming weeks, we’re headed to Connecticut for Shaun’s grandfather’s 90th birthday, then to North Carolina again for our nephew’s first birthday, then to Boston for the 6th Annual Upside-down Turkey Day, and then to North Carolina for Thanksgiving. And in between, we’ll try to fit in some Georgia-y stuff.
September 9, 2010 • 4:32 pm 0
Thank God it’s September! August in Atlanta was the longest month I’ve ever experienced, and the heat and humidity just dragged on for days on end. With September, I’m told, comes cooler weather (highs in the 80s instead of the 90s?) and I’m looking forward to it. In addition to being generally sticky and uncomfortable, August was also a pretty busy month for the Dizzles.
New job: Mrs. Dizzle got a new job, hooray! It’s a part-time gig writing for FlexJobs.com, and it’s awesome. Between this and the other writing jobs, I’m back to a full-time schedule. Which kind of sucks, really, because I was looking forward to a life of leisure.
Volleyball league: Even though I’ve played in a few leagues over the past ten years, the level of play hasn’t been close to my high school team…until now. Thanks to our friend, China Kelly (aptly named because we went to China with her a few years ago), I played in a fairly competitive league every week in August, and we’re about to start up another 11 weeks tonight!
Stand-up comedy: Also thanks to China Kelly, Mr. Dizzle and I ventured to The Star Community Bar in Little Five Points to see a bunch of stand-up comedians on open mic night. On a Monday night. Until 12am. Who are we?? As was pointed out to us, we are apparently spontaneous and adventurous.
Chicago: After years of pleading, begging, and threatening, we finally bowed to our friend Bernie and visited him in Chicago, and I tell you what–Chicago is cool! Here’s a rundown of what we did in 2 days:
Long Island and Tully: A couple weeks after Chicago, we headed up north for a few important events: Mr. Dizzle’s business school friend’s wedding, and the Great New York State Fair! The wedding was absolutely lovely and it was great to catch up with Boston friends. From Long Island, we drove our rental–a cherry red mini-van–to Syracuse for a visit with Mrs. Dizzle’s family and a trip to the Great New York State Fair. This year was Mrs. Dizzle’s 30th annual trip to the fair, and in case anyone from fair administration is reading, BRING BACK PATRICIAN’S BAKERY, DAMNIT!
And where does Dizzle the dog go whenever the human Dizzles are out of town? To a doggie heaven-on-earth called Wag A Lot. Because, “Why wag a little when you can wag a lot?” If you are super bored and have very good eyesight, you can watch the dogs running around at Wag A Lot here. I swear, I only did this twice while we were away.
What’s ahead for this fall? Well, hopefully some more Georgia-specific sightseeing, a few family visits both at our place and at theirs, and cooler weather!
August 10, 2010 • 9:22 am 0
Nerd alert! My mom came to town for my birthday weekend and we went on a few adventures in the great state of Georgia. Here’s a rundown of our site-seeing:
Atlanta Botanical Gardens: Just a short walk from our house, the Botanical Gardens have a huge number of plants to see in all varieties–from trees to orchids to vegetable patches and Crepe Myrtles (the bush/tree type plants that line so many of the streets in our neighborhood), the gardens were a delight for all the senses.
Margaret Mitchell House: The one-bedroom apartment of the Gone with the Wind author took only 20 minutes or so to tour, but it was an interesting place to visit, even if our tour guide started making things up along the way.
Archibald Smith Plantation: I don’t even know where to begin in describing this historic home, so I’ll just link to my review on Examiner, where I compared our tour of this Plantation to the Mitchell House. No comparison really, this plantation took the prize for sure.
Cyclorama: They should rename this the Psych!lorama because it’s actually closed on Sundays and Mondays, which we didn’t realize until we were at the entrance. So, we didn’t get to see the world’s largest circular painting which depicts the Battle of Atlanta. Their loss, really (pun fully intended :)).
King Center: A series of informational centers and historic locations, the King Center is a moving tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. The exhibit, which detailed the South under Jim Crow and King’s life beginning in adulthood, had so much information, I didn’t know where to begin. There were speeches to read, videos to watch, and artifacts to examine. In the same neighborhood, the Ebenezer Baptist Church where King and his father and grandfather were all pastors still stands, and you can tour his childhood home and his crypt.
The weekend also included a trip to the shadiest little market in East Atlanta for a leg of lamb which turned out to be quite delicious and a dinner at the Horseradish Grill (also delicious), where I ate a piece of three-layer chocolate cake the size of my head. Happy Birthday to me, indeed!
July 27, 2010 • 9:30 am 1
Our house was hopping during the month of July with Mr. Dizzle’s sister, brother-in-law, mom, and nephew coming to visit, followed by our Dizzles counterparts in Boston, The Dizzles II. And in between, we went to to Savannah to meet up with Mrs. Dizzle’s uncle and family for a quick hello.
First, the Savannah trip, which took only about four hours from Atlanta by car. We got in late on Friday night and were up bright and early to meet with the West Virginia family for a day of sightseeing in the picturesque, Spanish-moss covered town. If it’s possible, it was even hotter and more humid than Atlanta, but the beauty of it all was worth it. After a lovely dinner on the docks overlooking a bay AJ’s Dockside on Tybee Island, we headed back to Atlanta.
Next up, the CT/NC family visit was an amazing three days spent with the cutest nephew EVER created (and I can say that now because he’s my only nephew at the moment :)). The rest of the weekend was made up of tasty food, hilarious conversation, and generally heart-warming family moments.
A few days after the departure of the fam, The Dizzles II showed up, the Mrs. on a 9am flight and the Mr. on a 10pm flight on the same day. Obviously Mrs. Dizzle II loves us more and couldn’t wait the extra 12 hours to arrive. We spent the week making “your mom” and “that’s what she said” jokes, as well as seeing some sites.
We saw yet another Friday night Atlanta Braves game followed by fireworks. On Saturday evening, we made our way to Stone Mountain, Georgia, which everyone under the sun says you MUST see if you live here. I was…confused, I think is the word…about Stone Mountain. So, of course, I wrote about it on Examiner. It’s sort of a state park combined into a theme park, and every night during the summer, they have a laser light show on the face of the mountain. The lasers, we were told, were THE thing to see.
More confusing than the park itself was the laser show. It was my first laser show experience, so I may just be misinformed as to the glory of this spectacle, but it kind of looked like a bunch of bright, colorful lights shaped like various cartoons being bounced off a giant stone wall. Like this:
That’s Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis, by the way, being depicted in neon green and hot pink. I don’t know, maybe I’m just not the laser show type?
Anywho, next up on the visiting roster is my mom this weekend, and then we’re wide open to have people for visits! Atlanta is just lovely in the summertime (if by lovely, I mean sweltering and stifling with an ickier-than-normal level of moisture in the air). Come on down!