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Today is the last day of the August Break. It didn’t get involved from the beginning because I didn’t think I would keep up with it. But, I saw other people’s and I knew I could. I’ve really enjoyed it, y’all. I’m going to turn this into a 365 project that will start tomorrow.

And, here, on my last day of this awesome August Break is my Scare Gnome. He seems to be working.

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I’m back from New York City and it was amazing.  OMG, I really want to move there and one of my friends who moved from Atlanta to NY a few years ago is being a complete enabler.  ‘sigh’  I loved it!  And I have some great pics!

When I first arrived, this adorable little face greeted me!  Dudley, he’s the cutest and the sweetest!  And he’s a total mutt and no one knows what kind of dog he is.  He’s one of a kind.

And then came seeing friends.  From Atlanta.  We flew all the way to NY to hang out with each other.

Then I saw this awesomeness while walking from the subway to Times Square.  There were several of them.  I would love to dress up some statues, that sounds like a blast.  Except mine would all be zombies and strippers.  That’s how I roll.

Knitting was definitely invited.  And only a few people asked me about it, which is down from the usual numbers of a ton.

The last day, I went to Central Park with the enabler friend and it was really cool!

And then there was this guy.  Near Strawberry Field, which people were ridiculously interested in.  It only says Imagine on the ground.  It’s not like he actually died there!

I appreciate the honesty.

And then…there were cupcakes!!!  Yes!  The most amazing cupcake shop!

And then there’s me, being a ham because I love cupcakes with all of my body.

And that friends, was my trip to NY.  I took way more pictures than i am sharing, but I don’t want to bore you.  And now I’m in love with NY…sigh.  I’m going to start visiting frequently to see if I really do want to move there because I spend all of my time wanting to do things and never doing them and someday I’m going to be 80 and I don’t want to look back at my life and wish I had pursued things I wanted to.  I’m working on living in the now and taking charge of what I want.  So, yay.

Because I enjoyed the post as I went so much yesterday, I’m going to do the same thing today. Keep checking back because I will be posting all day!

I went to a meditation today and I was scared! So, I forced myself to go. You know what? It was great, I’m so glad I did it!

And then I came outside abd an adorable little ChiChi was out here

The weird elavator round room

Very high!!

So, I’m combining two posts today (how many posts have I started with “So?”). I’m traveling to New York for the first time and this involves a plane and the airport and these things make me anxious, I’m not even good at traveling in the car. Flying by myself is just no beuno for moi. (Roomie and Chico are home holding down the fort all weekend.)

This is going to be a play by play of my flight, so keep checking back!

This was me at work all day, ready to go

Security line, fun! They’ve ramped it up since the last time I was on a plane.

Where are all of the nice smoking areas I remember? Oh, it’s 3 miles down another concourse and around the corner up the escalator thru the restaurant and behind a secret wall.

And…waiting to board…

My first view of NYC!!

Omg, all of these crazy people accosted me to get in their cars when I walked out if the airport

And I’m here!!

On my way to Times Square!

New shoes

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So, I’m thinking I may not drink caffeine anymore.  But, that’s really hard.  And, like, my favorite drink of all time is coffee and things that taste like coffee.  And what about coffee ice cream?  Do they have decaf coffee ice cream, I’m pretty sure that doesn’t exist!

I do have a good reason for thinking about, maybe, considering no more caffeine.  It’s because of the PANIC!!  If I haven’t mentioned this before, I have panic disorder (like The Bloggess, but I don’t spend parties in the bathroom) and agoraphobia (please click link if you think this is a fear of open spaces).  And the panic has been super duper, really, horribly, terribly bad and intense lately.  Caffeine tends to heighten the panic.  Therefore, removing it from my diet is probably an awesome idea.  Want to make sure you don’t think I’m doing it like, becoming a vegan because all my friends are and I buy all of my clothes from American Apparel or something.

My office doesn’t provide decaf coffee and I would have to stop by Dunkin Donuts every morning (by the way, best coffee on the planet!!) and get some.  Which means I will have to get up a little earlier.  And spend money when there is perfectly free coffee at work, but it, unfortunately, has caffeine.  I’m totally against paying for things when there are other free things.  And I love Chai tea, and I don’t think they have good Chai decaf (mind you, I haven’t researched this at all).  I don’t think I can drink hot tea in the mornings for forever. ‘sigh’  Thank God they make caffeine free Coke!

I also feel like I should make some kind of anti-caffeine stand if I’m going to quit it.  But I don’t know if I have it in me.

UPDATE:  I had to break down and take the ativan today and I haven’t even had any caffeine…sigh…you guys….

UPDATE!!  Maybe I need to do some kind of master cleanse to get all of the caffeine out of my system?  What do you all think of that? And good or bad experiences?

My whole plan for my costume this year was a couple theme.  And it was going to be super cute.  Now that I am no longer part of a couple, I’m having a hard time coming up with ideas.  Yes, I know it’s only August, but I take seriously (I even have a  black cat tattooed on my hip) and I need to have a costume materializing.

So, let’s visit costumes of  past.

A Dorothy theme.  If you didn’t already know, I love The Wizard of Oz.  But, there was a girl at the party with the exact same costume on!  Except she was blond and I totally pulled it off better.  But, still.

I continued the theme and was the Wicked Witch of the East, you know, the one the house fell on.  I think Matt was some weird robot, alien, police something?  Notice my nice red eyes, very witchy!

Pin up girl, Sailor Style.  And yes, I wore this to a party all night and it was awesome.  Matt, the guy in the 2 previous pictures and I had broken up and I was all like, “My ass isn’t going to look this good forever” and I went for it.  Best. Costume. Ever. If you were wondering, I was cold that night, but I had a slight fever because I was sick, but just had to wear this costume.  The fever kept me warm.

And last year I was a 50’s house wife.  I wanted to be Bonnie and Clyde, but the ex wouldn’t go for it.  So, I threw this together at the last minute.  Partly didn’t make a big to do about it because I felt fat :(.

So, guys, this year I need something really good!  As you can see, I have a Halloween costume legacy to keep up and I need your help!  Any ideas?

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