Making Plans: We do it all the time

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
Allen Saunders

“Plans are nothing; planning is everything.”

I have always reflected on plans because, it is my nature to plan. I love it! I like to have all my ducks in a row and every angle thought out. I don’t like missing things, or forgetting one aspect of the plan. It gives me joy when a plan goes just like I wanted it to go.

There  is a flipside to this: Raging and crippling disappointment.

What happens when all of your plans go haywire? Part of your carefully thought out (or in my case sometimes, not so carefully thought out)plans, if not all, has suddenly been destroyed in some way, what do you do?

I had a plan to go visit my dear family up in the lake filled and beautiful Minnesota for my favorite holiday of all time: Thanksgiving! I had it planned for months. When I say months, I mean back to July I was making sure it was okay that I took off from work to go see my family that week. I tried hard not to think about it all the time and plan everything 5 months in advance, because we all know that circumstances can change. However, I wasn’t very great at it… I still managed to have everything taken care of a month in advance. Not to mention, we decided to get a Siberian Husky pup from my brother! I was beyond excited for this trip.

The night before came and everything was packed and by the door. I set my alarm for 4:30 AM (ass crack of dawn… flight left at 6:20) just to make sure I had everything ready. I live two minutes from the airport so it wasn’t going to be an issue getting there.

Little did I know the actual issue.

My calendar on my phone sent me a reminder in the middle of the night about the trip. However, when this happens with Galaxy phones, it means my actual Pandora alarm couldn’t go off.

I woke up at 7:20 wondering why it was so light in my bedroom. It hit me that it couldn’t be before 7. (I get up at 6am every day, I know what the morning looks like) I knew I had missed my flight. Then the hysterics came. I couldn’t function, I was balled up on the bathroom floor sobbing as my dear boyfriend tried talking to the airline to see if we could make a later flight. Apparently for Spirit airline, if you miss your first flight, everything becomes void. Even the return flight…..

I had spent near $500 on this trip already (baggage, hotel, puppy, potential gas money, not to mention taking time off from work)which is a lot of money for my present situation and there it was…. GONE. Just gone…. all with one sentence on repeat from the customer service representative. I think it might have waved at me as it flew over. I was devastated. I could barely talk to my family from the disappointment of it all.

After a little while…. aka 2 days of adjusting my head to the fact that I wasn’t actually going to get to go home for my favorite holiday, I was able to come to terms with it and enjoy the week free of work. I figured at the very least I could read  and play up the video games and knit and drink wine. That is what I proceeded to do and had a lovely time with my dearest man. We were also able to go horse trail riding which was awesome (I’ll have another rant about how poorly those horses are trained and cared for).

Moral of my story… its okay to be disappointed when plans fall through. Just promise yourself that you won’t let it ruin a single moment of your days. I regret how long it took me to get over it emotionally and I do feel it tainted parts of that week. I struggled with being around my boyfriends family for Thanksgiving, simply because they weren’t MINE. They are wonderful people and I was able to re-evaluate and enjoy them. It was just harder than usual.

Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.”

thanks

How my Thanksgiving turned out 🙂

Here’s What We Missed…..

I can’t believe I missed the whole month of October… my favorite month out of the year for all its beer cheer and fall colors! The one month of the year I get to gush about everything in fall tones. The one month I get to complain about stores putting Christmas decor up before Halloween is even over and horrific costumes as well as a few clever and awesome ones. The one month I get to drink fall beers till I costumecan’t taste the pumpkin anymore and take shameless selfies with my favorite brands. Good food, great weather, and the best holidays in the land; that is what I missed. I’m sorry.

BUT here is what y’all missed!

I dressed up as a green and pink monster… I even wore it to my office costume/chili contest! I didn’t win either, but I only participated in one so it serves me right. One of my coworkers had the brilliant idea to come as Count Von Count from Sesame Street. He won of course!

I coffeediscovered two new coffee shops that make fantastic cappuccinos and macchiatos! Serj Books and Ascension Coffee are fantastic places to go and eat and have just straight up great, authentic coffee.

I made it to ONLY one Oktoberfest. This was very disappointing to me since my plan had been to hit up at least 3 different fests.

My shameless beer selfie!

My shameless beer selfie!

However, life can take you by surprise and I found myself with little time to go and oct beerdo much for almost the whole month. There is always next October to look forward to though! I always find myself taking selfies with food and beer in the fall. It’s just that time of year, I think….

We had a lovely birthday party for a dear family friend of Casey’s on a rooftop bar. I LOVE rooftop bars! The last one I went to was New York, New York and it was freezing yet wonderful. It was my best memory in NYC southsidedespite the chilling wind. I tripped over a couch trying to climb over it because I was catching up with Casey’s mom. I got to watch her trip right before I did and we both looked absolutely ridiculous, but it was hilarious! I digress. I loved this rooftop bar here in Dallas simply because it was different from your average uptown club or bar. It was cleaner and less noisy than most. Not nearly enough seating but…. I think when people “go out” they expect to stand most of the time. If they don’t (aka, Me), then1425578_10152834518359253_5975674370663165663_n they should probably change their approach to going out.

I got a new HAT!!!!!!!!! I have been dying to get a fedora just like this for

Its fedora time!

Its fedora time!

quite some time…. mostly just this last year. Still in terms of fashion, it has been forever. It’s just slightly too big, but I will probably wear it 5 out of the 7 days in the week. Just too perfect.

Last but not least…. my final beer pictures. I went to the grocery store the other night all excited about refilling my stock of beer with more blue moon pumpkin ale, because it is the best, only to find that they had already switched their fall beers to their Christmas ales!! I was devastated to say the least……

https://www.facebook.com/3015Dallas a place called LUCK. They had so many different beers on tap it was so cool!

https://www.facebook.com/3015Dallas a place called LUCK. They had so many different beers on tap it was so cool!

I look forward to them all year round and now, they are just gone… I do enjoy St. Arnold’s Christmas Ale, but it’s not the same as that good ol’ pumpkin seasonal fall beer.

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I don’t have pictures as of yet but the future is bright! We are getting a husky puppy and potentially moving to Colorado in April. When I say potentially, there is not a doubt in my mind that it will happen. The dream will finally happen!

That is what you missed! Thanks for listening to my life update. Ciao bella gente!

Hello August!

Youth is in a grand flush, like the hot days of ending summer; and pleasant dreams thrall your spirit, like the smoky atmosphere that bathes the landscape of an August day. ~ Donald G. Mitchell

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”
Henry David Thoreau

Here comes the month we all dread in some way. Personally I think its one of the hottest and busiest months of the year between everyone starting school, the weather reaching record highs and everyone is back from vacation ready to become hard asses all over again. Therefore one of the most hectic months in my experience. It’s the storm of summer ending before the wonderful calm of fall.

Even though August is rough, I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to welcome in autumn this year! Nothing exciting is really happening to me except I get to go see the Arctic Monkeys in October, which I’m sure will be indescribably awesome, but its my favorite season for a reason. What with the colors and the weather and the wonderful mood people tend to be in. In school life it’s still the beginning of the year, so everyone has fresh minds and are relatively excited to learn. In regards to the weather, it’s so cool and lovely in some places on this earth that if anyone is lucky enough to live somewhere, where their fall is colorful and crisp, they are the luckiest people alive.  There isn’t a better time, in my humble opinion, to sit outside with a chai tea or a strong cup of coffee and read a book or take photos of the breath-taking beauty. Some of my best moments were held in the fall, one of the most significant being my time in Florence, Italy. I don’t think I’ll ever recover from those three months. They were the most awe inspiring three months of my life. Being able to travel is a gift we shouldn’t take for granted. That trip was in 2011 and I’ve been trying to figure out how to get over there, for even longer this time. Alas, I am still here in Texas….. but only momentarily! The tentative dream is to indefinitely backpack around Europe when my lease is up. However, there is a lot that needs to happen before this can take place and therefore I am making a very firm attempt at focusing on each day one at a time.

I therefore declare today a celebration of fall and travel and all that entails as well as living each day one at a time in order to stay in our reality. This also can remind us to make the reality we want and not wait around for something to happen.

“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” [Indian Summer]” ― William Cullen Bryant

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