A single leaf

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The past few weeks my front window has been covered with leaves when I get in the car.

This morning before I left for the gym, one single leaf greeted me. It caught my attention, especially with the backdrop … some bare trees and some with leaves.

Nature will always grab my attention.

Uncertainties of tomorrow

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What a beautiful way to end an 11 hour day. As I walked out of a meeting tonight in St. James City the beautiful sunset greeted me, which of course made me grab my phone to take pictures.

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In a world that unfortunately is filled with so many tragedies, I believe it is important to stop and enjoy the simple beauties because of the uncertainties tomorrow may bring.

An incredible event that pushes so many individuals to their best performance, left so many people hurting because of the events that unfolded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon today.

What is happening to the United States?  Why are so many innocent people losing their lives? Why are so many people becoming critically injuried because of the evil acts of others?

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My heart truly goes out to all those affected by the events of this afternoon. I only hope they find peace in what happened and lean on others for support.

Grab a hold of your loved ones, hug them, kiss them and share how much you love them, and care about them every chance you have.

Great ending to the day

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Tonight Jason surprised me with dinner on the beach, which was then followed by a beautiful sunset.

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There is something special about being out in the open, smelling the fresh air, and listening to the waves roll to the shore.

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Tonight we traveled to Fort Myers Beach one last time before our move to Tennessee. One last sunset on the beach.

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As we witnessed the sunset yet again, the sky changed to a beautiful array of colors.

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A perfect ending to my day for the simple reason that Jason and I spent some amazing quality time together creating more memories. Our laughter filled the air throughout our time on the beach.

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Best part is we saw many dolphins playing in the water, a beautiful site to witness. I have video of a few coming up for air at the same time.

Left the emotion out

As soon as I got behind the wheel and took in what this car had to offer, I knew I had to take it for a test drive. A smile crept across my face as I started up the car and put it into drive.

Once I drove it down the street for a little while – instantly in love – I stopped to give my boyfriend an opportunity to see how smooth it drove.

Once we arrived back at the dealership I was sold, I had to leave with this car that only had 28 miles.

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Mitsubishi Lancer

The negotiating began, which was completely up to me as my boyfriend sat beside me to give me support. Once a figure was discussed the salesman walked away to crunch some numbers. He came back with what he thought was a good deal, which I was not completely sold upon. I kept my emotions out of my voice, although it was extremely hard because I really did not want to leave in my old car, and told him it needed to still be lower.

He eventually gave us the number we were hoping to get for my trade in, as well as a monthly payment that was affordable.

As I signed the papers, my boyfriend cleaned out my old car for me. As he handed me the keys I threw my arms around him as I said “I just bought a brand new car,” which he heard multiple times on the way home. His smile was incredible as I shared how happy I was.

What an incredible experience. Although my boyfriend was with me, I made the deal happen, I purchased the car. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t my first car, it’s just the first car I bought without my father’s help. (I must have learned a few things from dad.)

I eventually drove away with this beautiful blue car, a car that we spent a week looking at online and researching.

The best part about getting a new car is showing it off …

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So, of course I had to take it over to my parents house to show it off. As they were looking at it, my boyfriend told the story of how the sale unfolded at the dealership. It was amazing to hear how proud he was of me and how I handled myself at the dealership.

He and I make a great team, definitely my rock.

Now for the first time ever I am driving around in a brand new car. I cannot wait to hit the road and take it on a trip to our new home in Tennessee.

Patience

Why do people have such a lack of patience these days?

My paper, which typically is delivered all over Pine Island every Tuesday morning, did not show up this morning, well at all for that matter.

I have lost count of the number of people who have stuck their head in the door complaining that the paper is not out yet, as well as people calling and asking where is the Eagle.

I had one woman who stopped by the office twice; both times agitated it has not been delivered.

So I continued to smile and share what I have shared a couple dozen times before, which by the way was the same answer she heard the first time.

It was amazing to hear some of the responses … the attitude, the nonstop questions.

Don’t sweat the small stuff, life will go on.

Although the paper has been routinely delivered every Tuesday, the Eagle technically does not hit the streets until Wednesday. The date that graces the top of the paper reads Wednesday, which is then followed by the month, date and year. When you start to explain this to a retired community – that the paper is technically not late as of yet – they instantly reply well it has been delivered on Tuesday for as long as I can remember. Please listen, I know it is out of your routine, but your paper will be delivered. It was printed on time, it just has not arrived on the island yet.

Yes, I do have to admit that a few people were very understanding, as they replied OK while smiling. They displayed patience, they understand and yes they will return bright and early tomorrow morning.

Patience I thought was taught at a young age. Well that is what I experienced in my parents house growing up, since I had so many siblings.

Is this something that is forgotten over time? When did people give up on patience?

Multiple people shared that they checked all over the island and nobody has the paper, while asking is it not being printed this week? A couple times I had to hold back laughter because of how dramatic people became.

Although I am flattered that the community is that excited to read the paper hot off the press every week, it was quite comical to see how bent out of shape people became.

I am simply amazed of the reaction of so many people today . . .

I pray that the paper is delivered first thing in the morning, so these people can return back to their weekly routine, which of course will be a day late this week …

Start of another day

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This morning I woke early enough to witness the sky transform into an array of colors as the sun slowly rose to start another day.

As I drove away from Matlacha the sky continued to change colors … absolutely beautiful.

What a beautiful way to begin a day before work. It’s going to be a good day, I can feel it, first a great run and then this.

The simple beauties …

Lost in another world …

imageThere is nothing better than coming home from a day at work and cuddling under the blankets with a great book.

Last week I received an email from the library telling me a book I put on hold was available. An author that I follow – Jodi Piccoult – sent an email last year stating a new release “The Storyteller,” would be released in March. Well, being an avid reader, I instantly put it on hold.

The best part about that email is I completely forgot about the book since it was put on hold last year. Needless to say I was pretty excited to go to the library that day.

This author has an incredible way of grabbing a hold of you and making you think of tough scenarios that you may not have thought about before. Each chapter is dedicated to a different character, giving you more glimpses into that persons thoughts; therefore providing an opportunity to understand their personality more.

Since there are only so many television shows to watch, many repeat episodes that I have seen a bazillion times, the book is opened for endless hours at a time. Well, until I either fall asleep or my boyfriend comes home.

I absolutely love getting lost in another world while getting to know the books characters. On that note, I’m ready to get lost in time, in another world other than my own.

Another day comes to an end

 

Once again the sky stopped me before leaving Matlacha tonight  as I headed home from another work day.

I snapped as many shots as I could while the battery light was warning me it had little life left. I witnessed the sky change a few hues of color before it told me no more.

I love watching the sun slowly set, creating a splash of various colors that glimmer off the waves.

Due to the overcast weather today, the clouds almost took center stage as the rays of the sun illuminated the sky.

I will never grow tired of sunsets because no two are ever the same.

What a great ending to another day.

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A new journey

backyard25Today I made a rather large step toward a new journey my boyfriend and I are going to take at the end of April.

Although we have been planning a move to NE Tennessee for the past two years, it was put on hold once I received a promotion in November 2011. He wanted me to gain experience as an editor before we traveled to a new destination, which I will forever be grateful for because of his incredible support.

With a good deal of experience under my belt, our conversation about moving came to fruition once again and was put into motion as the height of season took off.

My boyfriend is now working two jobs . . . 15 hours away from home almost every day of the week. Although I miss him dearly and only see him for a few hours a day, I admire him for working so hard. The beautiful thing about this man is once an idea crosses his mind he puts everything he possibly can into motion to turn a dream or idea into a reality.

His excitement for starting our life in a new location has become contagious, which eventually shed all of my concerns and fear of moving away from everything I know.

That enthusiasm led me to sharing my notice with work this afternoon, making our move that much more real! It was both invigorating and nerve racking as I shared that I will be leaving at the end of April with my executive editor. Her reaction was complete surprise and bummed all at once.

It felt wonderful to share the news of our move because it brought everything out into the open. I can now talk freely of the excitement that builds every day with others besides family and close friends.

The last couple of weeks I have found places to live, as well as newspapers to apply for, which is promising as we arrive in a new state. It is extremely exciting to search for a new home, to think of a new beginning and everything it holds.

The next few months are going to go by in a blink of an eye as we both work a crazy amount of hours to stock away as much money as we can.

Although I am going to miss my family beyond belief, as well as my friends, it is truly exciting to think of our future in a different location.