Thursday, November 5, 2009
a breath of fresh air...
It was beautiful today.
So beautiful, that if there were green leaves on the trees, birds would have been chirping. There was no need for a sweatshirt. The sun was bright and shiny, like suns are supposed to be. And the air smelled like dead leaves.
It was delicious. Scrumptious if you will.
So delicious that we decided to take Tegan for her first official hike.
"We" as in the Boy and I. The one that gave me the scuff on my shoe...
And yes, that would be him. We plan to take little nugget to the zoo tomorrow, and I couldn't be more excited.
I didn't realize how hard it was to be a single mom. I mean, I knew it was hard, but it was all I knew. I didn't know what it was like to have an extra set of hands to feed her or occupy her while I try to make lunch, or to play with her.
It is so much god damn easier.
I thought I was getting help before, and don't get me wrong, I have been getting help... But this help is different. It's like we're a little family.
WOAH MANDY! WTF DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING?!?
No, boys and girls, calm down. We ARE taking things slow. It's just nice to know what that other life is like.
Okay, here's a couple more pictures from our hike today.... enjoy...
When we stumbled on this little paradise, it made me think of my childhood home... With the trees and the creek. It was beautiful! Did I say that already? I did. B. E. A. Utiful. Seriously...
And the more I looked at it, the more I noticed beautiful pictures that I could take. There were details that I took in with each breath, and each breath smelled of earth and leaves... Fall. I think I fell in love with a new season. I used to think of it as ugly. The season where everything dies, and hibernates for the winter. Trees losing their leaves and looking ugly and bare.
But no. This season, is full of warm colors and apple cider. Comfort food. Water rushing through rock beds. It smells like... Life. Nature prepares itself so that it can start anew once the snow melts. And it amazed me.
On a totally different note, want to know something crazy?
So we come back to the house after the hike, trying to get Tegan to go to sleep, and I turn on the TV. NOTING IS ON.
I stop on Oprah, where I notice that people are singing Karaoke. And guess who I see?
You'll never guess because you don't know her...
Her name is Anna. We used to sing Karaoke together in Florida back at the famous Coconut Willy's! I recognized her right away by her crazy hair, and I only heard her sing for two seconds, but I knew it was her.
I had a friend on Oprah. How crazy is that?
It gets crazier. Ready? Are you sure? Okay....
Some background is needed for this.
So, once upon a time, before I moved to Florida, during my time working at Coffee Break, I started seeing this guy. His name is Scotty Lee, and he was convinced he was a comedian. I personally didn't think he was very funny, and when I went to one of his shows, you know who was in the audience? His mom and her friends. That's it.
We weren't anything serious. We hung out here and there, and I ended things pretty quickly because I realized he only wanted sex. When I told him that, he didn't fight me or try to prove me wrong. He just... left.
Okay, enough background.
I saw Scotty Lee on the news, multiple times tonight. Apparently he is wanted for child porn and for dating a minor.
Thank god I realized he wasn't funny. Because that just beyond creeps me out. Gross gross gross. I didn't think I ever came into contact with people like that. And the fact that I dated one? It makes me realize the world is a sick place.
I think of the hike I had today and the person I was with, and take a deep breath....
I still smell dead leaves and it's not a bad thing. It makes me remember that there is good out there, and that I can see it even though people think it's ugly.
Scotty Lee, on the other hand.... He's yucko.