Three Things Thursday: 11.17.16 – Moved by Gratitude

My theme for this month’s Nano Poblano challenge is Motion.  I found myself being really moved today by gratitude for the people and situations in my life.

Today was our annual Thanksgiving lunch at work and I am grateful for an amazing meal.

This is a day I look forward to all year.  The hotel throws down like an acre of food – there’s a huge buffet of  traditional holiday favorites: turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, corn, salad, rolls and cornbread.  Plus there’s a giant table filled with desserts from chocolate cakes and cookies to apple, pecan and pumpkin pie and coffee, sodas, bottled waters, sweet and unsweetened iced teas.


Lions, tigers and bears…oh my!

My old sales coordinator used to joke that we “trained” for it several days in advance, to be sure we could take advantage of all the wonderful food offered in the yearly spread, including skipping breakfast the morning of and taking a couple of laps around the hotel lobby just before to “clear a little more room.”

I think it was even better this year than in years past.


It was so incredibly delicious and Thanksgiving food is my absolute favorite, but to my shame, I couldn’t finish my first plate and I even gave up halfway through the pun’kin pie!


It was really nice to hang out with some of my team though, and enjoy such a lovely meal.


Which brings me to my second thing – I’m overwhelmingly lucky to work with such great people in my department. 

Despite being in an industry that produces daily, sometime hourly, challenging and stressful situations, they always maintain a steady, slightly warped sense of humor and an unimpeachable camaraderie that’ll keep you going even when you want to throw up your hands and walk out the door.  They’re fun people.  And funny.  We enjoy each other’s company and hearing about each other’s lives even if we don’t spend much time together outside of work.


Which leads me to number three: I’m thankful for one of the best bosses I’ve had the privilege to work for in my life. 

Before coming to this job, I worked for a company where my boss wasn’t so great.

I’ll leave it at that.  It’s an understatement.

My current boss has been with us for about three years now and while results driven and pulling unprecedented numbers for the company, he manages to create an environment where everyone feels their opinion is valued.  Not only has he consistently had my back, but if I screw up, I can walk into his office and say, “Wow, did I ever #@$% up.  I need your help.”  ::sniffle:: And inevitably he will say, “Yeah, it can’t be as bad as you think.  Let’s just fix it.”

Oh and he wears really nutty socks in lurid colors and we will randomly respond to each other’s emails in the form of memes.

It’s the little things.

So for these things, little and big (plus a ton more) I am truly grateful.

Three Things Thursday is a blog challenge hosted by the lovely Ms. Emily’s Home for Full Grown Nerds, that simply asks that you name three things that made your life awesome this week.








Three Things Thursday: November 12, 2015

I borrowed this concept from the lovely Nerd in the Brain, who encourages you to steal this “exercise in gratitude” with “wild abandon” by sharing three things that made you smile this week and “fill your blog with the happy.”

This week was super-busy, but I had some really nice moments to brighten it up a bit.

Thing #1: Two delightful lunches!


Lunch #1 – the Pace Cetter’s Women’s Business Networking Luncheon at the Capital City Club!  I love this group of ladies.  They are incredibly kind and positive and the monthly luncheon is something I always look forward to.

Lunch #2 – the annual Thanksgiving Day buffet the hotel throws for all 500+ employees.  ::sigh::  There’s a lot of deliciousness, but they really blow it out with the desserts.  This occasion was something my former colleague, Cheryl and I looked forward to all year long. We would stuff ourselves silly with turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy and pumpkin pie and then lay torpidly on our desks afterwards like beached whales.  I miss her a lot (she earned a very well-deserved promotion and transfer), so it was a little bittersweet to go down by myself this year and just have a tiny piece of pie in her honor.



Thing #2: Spending time with people I like

I’m fortunate to work with some really fantastic people.  We had a big multi-brand corporate training session this morning at one of our sister hotels, and my co-manager Alp and I got to catch up with our former colleague, Abbey, whom we had no idea would be attending.  It was awesome to hang out afterwards over pizza and catch up before we had to heading back to work.


Thing #3 : a truly stunning sunset


Tonight’s sunset, seen from the 72nd floor, was spectacular.  I never get tired of them.


And there you go!  Three things that made me smile and brought joy to my week.  Thanks as always, Nerd in the Brain, for the inspiration!




Three Things Thursday: November 5th, 2015

I borrowed this concept from the lovely Nerd in the Brain, who encourages you to steal this “exercise in gratitude” with “wild abandon” by sharing three things that made you smile this week and “fill your blog with the happy.”

Thing #1: October’s “A Taste of India” Dinner
through “The Learning Tea,” non-profit affiliated with Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea House.
I was joined for this event by my wonderful friend, Susan and her 8-year old son, The Coop.  As we say in the South, we had a “large” time.

We particularly enjoyed exchanging many fine animal riddles, of which the Coop is a master. 

What animal starts with a “c” and ends with an “e”?

D’uh!  A Canadian Mongoose!

We chowed on some super-tasty vegetarian Indian food, with a particularly nice whipped cream dessert. The “cherry on this sundae” – all money raised supports a home and room and board for female university students in India.

Thing #2: A belated celebration of my dear friend Heidi’s birthday
at Carroll Street Cafe, which is a charming little place in the Cabbagetown neighborhood in East Atlanta, offering alfresco dining.

They feature $5 tapas and half-priced bottles of wine every Monday, so we indulged in all our favorite dishes: crab cakes, lamb sliders, papas bravas, Jamaican shrimp with plantains and pan-seared scallops.

We ran into a few of Heidi’s friends and had a great time chatting with them and of course, petting random pups, whose owners were walking them down the sidewalk around us.

Thing #3: Giving back at the Atlanta Food Bank
This was a community project set through work, but I actually had a good time pawing through random donated items (snack cakes, canned foods, toiletries) checking for valid expiration dates before passing the “good” stuff forward to box up for people in need.      Our group of about 40 volunteers sorted a total of 30,511 lbs of food, which constitutes over 25,000 meals. Pretty impressive for a couple of hours work. It made me feel good to have spent some time actually making a difference for people’s lives.

So, three lovely memories to bring me smiles for weeks to come. Thanks as always, Nerd In the Brain,for your kind inspiration!

Three Things Thursday: July 23, 2015

“Picture perfect.”

One of my favorite weekly blog challenges is Nerd In the Brain’s Three Things Thursday,  where she shares three things that made her smile: her “exercise in gratitude.”

She urges you to “steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy.” 

Looking back through the photo gallery on my phone, I was most struck by the lovely skies I saw over the last few days, so I thought I’d share those with you this week.  (added bonus that they were all attached to very happy moments!)

It's a double rainbow all the way.  Whoa.

It’s a double rainbow all the way. Whoa.   Enjoying nature’s “Art” outside of an Art Opening.

Walking home from barre class down the Beltline.

Walking home down the Beltline from a great barre class.  O4W Skate Park.

Sunset porn.  Pure and simple.

Tonight’s Sunset porn from my front door.   Had to stop, drop the groceries and take a picture!

Thank you, as always, Nerd in the Brain, for the inspiration and opportunity to share some happies!


Three Things Sunday: July 19, 2015

I’m sure by now, there is little surprise that I have once again missed the mark to contribute to this week’s “Three Things Thursday: An Exercise in Gratitude,” the lovely Nerd In The Brain’s weekly challenge.

At least, in a timely, Thursday-ish fashion.

However, one of the things I most happy about is:

I have been lost without lil' MacCie.

I have been lost without lil’ MacCie.

I have my computer back!  Yippee!!!

I was completely happy to let my husband use my laptop for an editing project the past three weeks (especially since it was a gift from him to begin with) but if you saw my few miserable attempts to blog via iphone, you will understand my overwhelming joy to get the little fella back.

Otherwise, it’s been a loooooonnnnggg week.  I’m really missing my friend and colleague (who received a well-deserved transfer and promotion), all made tougher by the fact I’m alone in the office now, doing a job best meant for 3 people, so I’m stressy and scrambling most of the time.

I have to keep smackin’ myself upside the head to remember that my life overflows with good things and I should stop the kvetching and focus on all the incredible positives instead of the minute amount of negative.

For instance, here is a spectacular sunset, viewed from my terrace on Monday:



Who wouldn’t feel saturated with color and sky after seeing that?  It leaves little room for the petty crap.

Tuesday, my dear friend Heidi strolled over on the Beltline and drug me out of my “poor little me” funk and down to my favorite bar, the Highlander, for dinner and some beverages.  Saw some other friends, vented, listened, smiled, giggled, laughed out loud: got myself back.

The walk back, on such a sultry summer night, was filled with lovely twinkly lights from the city spread out before us.

Ponce de Leon Avenue - Bank of America Building in the background and Ponce City Market to the left.

Ponce de Leon Avenue – Bank of America Building in the background and Ponce City Market to the left.


Lights of North Avenue, looking towards Midtown.

The walk and talk did a lot to put me in a better frame of mind.

So, I would love to share another view from my terrace – looking down instead of out.

Gerbera Daisies

Gerbera Daisies

Petunias and Snaps!

Petunias and Snaps!

Despite the recent oppressive heat, my flowers are exploding into gorgeousness, reminding me that there are things to be grateful for all around me. 

I simply need to open my eyes to find some happy.

Thank you as always, Nerd in the Brain, for the weekly reminder!


Three Things Thursday: July 2, 2014

I’m temporarily computer-free so I’m having to post this through my Iphone (cue violins playing “Poor, poor pitiful me). It is truly a “hair ball of bitchiness” trying to write a blog this way. (Warning: there could be cursing and hurled shoes. Note that people could still be wearing the shoes when they are hurled.)

Please also take into consideration that all typographical errors are thus deliberate and spring from my deep frustration of having to peck at this miniscule elven keyboard while Siri-the-Conquerer and her band of merry minions wreak internal chaos on all my attempts at alignment, spacing and media.

Grumpies aside, I do want to share my “happies” through the lovely Nerd in the Brain’s Three Things Thursday, which I’m sorry to have missed participating in for the last month.

So on to the good stuff!

As you may have surmised from the earlier photo of men in skirts, we had an awesome time at the Blairsville Scottish games a couple of weeks ago.


My “Sport” kilt. They don’t really make official kilts for girls.

The annual event is set in a lovely park in North Georgia.


There was Highland Dancing and lots of bag piping.

We hung out with some cool Scots and some stunningly beautiful birds of prey.

I ate stuff on sticks and binge-watched sheep dog trials.

I was replete with happiness.

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The next week, we had a chance to take part in the Atlanta Moon Ride, which is a phenomenal fundraiser supporting Bert’s Big Adventure, a NFP providing Disney vacations for terminal and chronically ill children.

It’s basically a booze-fueled midnight bike ramble through 6.5 miles of intown Atlanta neighborhoods for about 5000 vodka-stuffed but eager-to-cycle-for-a-good-cause participants.

They “encourage” costumes. Ha.  We don’t need no stinkin’ encouragement.

KittyKat Krewe

The Kitty Kat Krewe: Bitch Kitty, Here Kitty Kitty, and Helloooo Kitty

We had all kinds of mad fun cycling wildly through dark and slumbering neighborhoods, illuminated by thousands of glow sticks and twinkling tutus, screaming “Kitty Kat Krew: Sound off!”

Roadie selfie. No easy task.

When roadie meets selfie. This is Not Art.  This is also Not Safe.

::Sigh:: It was made of awesome.

My third happy thing is that I didn’t chuck my phone through the window during this hour-long post of torture.

No more blogging on the phone! Ever!

I should have a computer this weekend and hope to catch up reading all y’all’s posts and perhaps write something myself in a less agonizing fashion.

Hope you have a wonderful celebration for the 4th of July!

BTW, I hear IPhones make a great incendiary base to light your fireworks displays.

Three Things Thursday: June 4, 2015

This week for Nerd in the Brain’s Three Things Thursday blogging challenge:


Three things that made me smile this week (two without accompanying photos) and some random photos (related to Thing 3.)

Thing 1.  My wonderful co-worker, “C,” found out today she got the transfer/promotion she’s been working towards.  I can’t imagine work and life without her, but I’m so proud of her and thrilled for her new opportunity.

Thing 2.  I am so excited that we’re going to the Blairsville (Georgia) Scottish Festival and Highland Games next weekend.  They had me at “Border Collie Demonstrations,” which are so amazing to watch.  Plus, kilts, bagpipes, parades, highland dancing and maybe a wee bit o’ haggis on a stick.

Thing 3.  We got new phones for work, and for some happily bizarre reason, they got us all iPhone 6’s.  I am totally psyched to have use of a better camera than my elderly Galaxy III.  To celebrate, I downloaded a new app, Pixlr-o-matic, and I’m having a ton of fun playing with all of the cool filters .






Thank you, as always, Nerd in the Brain, for the weekly reminder to be thankful!


Three Things Thursday: May 28, 2015

Sliding right under the “Thursday” finish line with Nerd In the Brain’s weekly challenge to “show and tell” three things that brought you happiness during the week.

I had an absolutely delightful Memorial Day holiday – one of the best I can ever remember.

My parents came over from Birmingham on Friday afternoon and we went to dinner at our favorite restaurant, Bone Garden; home of Matt-the-Fabulous-Bartender, delicious regional Mexican cuisine and super cool and slightly wacky “Dia de Los Muertos” decor.

Saturday we invited friends Mike, Derenda, Susan, Dana, Tara and Derrik (and his sweet puppy, Skyy) over for BBQ and movies on the front porch.  We had a wonderful meal and a great time relaxing and hanging out with everyone.

Jeeves bearing drinks: our specialty cocktail, the "Dahlia" made with a fresh blackberry and mint puree, vodka and gingerbeer.

Jeeves bearing drinks: our specialty cocktail, the “Dahlia” made with a fresh blackberry and mint puree, vodka and gingerbeer.

Mom stopping by the bar for a refreshing beverage!

Mom stopping by the bar for a refreshing beverage!

Daddy and David relaxing on the porch

Daddy and David relaxing on the porch

Me and good friend, Dana!

Me and Dana!

Sunday we were invited to a giant 3-house street party and BBQ over in Buckhead, hosted by our good friends, Randall and Anne (who throw legendary parties).

Gorgeous day for a party!

Gorgeous day for a party!

Everybody brought a dish and a beverage contribution, so there was an abundant supply of really spectacular food, as well as brats and sausages from the grill, courtesy of Randall and his TEAM ‘Q.

Me and my Daddy

Me and my Daddy at the Street Party

And for me, the cherry on top:  I knew a guy in the band and got asked to come up and sing back up vocals.  It was awesome.  I want to quit my job now, run away from home and join the band.  🙂

Singing with the Band!  Mostly covers: Springsteen, Buffet, Zack Brown, Eagles, etc.

Singing with the Band! Mostly covers: Springsteen, Buffet, Zack Brown, Eagles, etc.

Monday, we wrapped up the holiday with Brunch at Parish, in Inman Park, and a quick saunter down the Beltline, which my parents had never seen.

Parrish Restaurant

Parish Restaurant

My folks chhecking out the Beltline for the first time

My folks checking out the Beltline for the first time

Graffiti art on one of the tunnels

Graffiti art on one of the tunnels

More art

More art

and as a very special treat, some actual artists!

Mini concert from two very gifted musicians hanging out on the Beltline

Mini concert from two very gifted musicians hanging out on the Beltline

So, a very happy weekend with lots of wonderful family and friend moments.  Thank you, lovely Nerd in the Brain, for letting me share my “happies!”


Three Things Thurday: May 21, 2015

Yay! I’m back after a long absence from the lovely Nerd in the Brain’s Three Things Thursday Challenge!

(Bonus points that I’m actually posting this on Thursday.)

NITB asks you to share three things from the previous week that made you smile: “an exercise in gratitude.”

Food Truck Fridays!

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We had another Food Truck Friday last weekend in the neighborhood.  They tried it a few times last year and it went over so well that we have a full line-up for every other Friday for the next two months.  This week was one of my favorites, Tastee Spoon, who specialize in Jamaican deliciousness, such as meat pies, fried sweet plantains, jerk chicken and jerk chicken pasta.

Jamaican meat pie!

Jamaican meat pie!

Fried Ripe Plantains!

Fried Ripe Plantains!

We brought a blanket and a bottle of wine and enjoyed hanging out with the neighbors.  Lovely Spring night, perfect weather for a picnic!

Saturday night brought a fabulous party at friend Kate’s house!  Despite predictions of rain, her garden party soiree was a delightful gathering of friends, with lots of fabulous food and drinks.

2015-05-21 06.50.02 copyAnd last night, I walked the Beltline over to Inman Park with my bestie, Laura.  We had drinks at Ladybird and a fabulous tapas dinner at Barcelona.  It was a crystal-clear, starry night, with a brilliant crescent moon swinging low over the midtown skyline.

2015-05-21 06.48.26Forgive the crappy cell phone picture.  It was such a beautiful sight – the moon looked so close you could almost reach out and touch it…

And in true Atlanta fickle weather fashion, woke this morning to a ocean of storm clouds, rolling in from the West…

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Still beautiful.

Thank you, Nerd in the Brain, for a chance to share my happy things from this week.  I hope everyone has a delightful holiday weekend!




Three Things Thursday: Thursday April 2, 2015

My contribution of some of this week’s happy moments to the lovely Nerd In the Brain’s Three Things Thursday…

because it’s pretty sad not to take time to be happy!
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When I was out running errands last Saturday, I stopped by Intown Hardware and visited my favorite chicken, who lives there in their Swanky-Chickens-for-Wealthy-Hipsters Coop (co-op?) I named her Aretha Franklin, because much like the famous singer, she has quite an amazing hat.

Lamentably, my husband will not allow me to have a chicken, so I must admire her from afar.

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We compounded the beautiful day with brunch at Bantam Pub, which they were kind enough to build in the driveway of my loft complex. The food is wildly delicious. We soaked up sunshine and sweet breezes on the patio while enjoying Eggs Benedict with grilled salmon and bloody marys for me and a fried egg-topped lamb burger and some bourbon for my husband.

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As the lovely warm Spring day chilled into the evening, my husband pulled out the chimenea and built a cozy little campfire lounge in the backyard.

I’ll keep him.

Thanks, NITB, for the weekly gratitude reminder, and happy upcoming weekend to you all!