Everyone has their very specific recollection of exactly where they were this day. Those stories could fill a million novels and probably more.
Nothing can change or make better what happened on 09/11/01. We can’t rebuild those buildings. We can’t take back the war it brought. We can’t remove the terror incited; the fear created; or
the lives lost
but in memory of every mother, father, brother, sister, friend, and lover lost and in honor of those still living that, for 13 years and infinite more, haven’t been able to hug or kiss or caress the one they lost, we can make damn sure to spread the love to those we care about. and those we don’t, too.
Someone got a hold of my phone when I wasn’t paying attention. #futureselfiestar
Is it possible for your water heater to break, your roof to need cleaning (because though looks may deceive, it’s not a “green” roof, just shingles), the air vents on half of your house to suddenly become covered in mildew and your oven to die all in the span of 2 weeks?
Yes. Yes, it is.
Five years ago, I wrote a letter to myself on futureme.org. I completely forgot about it, but that letter was delivered today and wow. It’s amazing to see how much and how little has changed in the span of 5 years. I’m going to write another letter to myself because this was such a fun, unexpected email to get today. Here’s the letter I wrote at 27 to my 32-year old self. Comments from my present self are bolded.
Right now, I am 27 years old. It’s August 20, 2009 and I am a marketing/pr coordinator. I’ve been out of my MBA program for a little over a year. The economy is at the worst it’s ever been in my lifetime.
Me and my husband, Jason are trying to buy our first house. We both fell in love with a 1,120 square foot home on Georgetown Road in Raleigh, NC. The sellers have not been very cooperative in responding to our offers, so the road must go on. (Thank GOD this did not work out. I love our current house and could not imagine trying to squeeze a child, a big dog and two adults into that house)
I have no children at this point in my life. And I’d like to have one before I’m 30, but at this point, I’m really enjoying being young and married. We’d like to buy a house before kids so that we can be a little more settled. And there’s still some traveling we’d like to do. I’m a little worried that I might get pregnant before I’m ready, but is anyone EVER ready for children? Doubtful. (I was 30 when I had Nora. If she had made it to her due date, I would have been 31. She was born 9 days before my birthday)
All in all, I’m very lucky to have my lot in life. I love my husband, even though he drives me crazy sometimes. (ha! so true. still is. pretty sure I drive him crazy, too though) I think the secret to life is to just be content with what you have. You should always strive for goals and for bettering yourself, but don’t compare yourself to other people and wish for what they have.
Things I love at this very moment:
1. Mexican Food
3. My dog, Cole
4. Frye boots- even though I don’t own a single pair
5. My blog - www.thedailyjulie.com
(LOL4days. All of the above is still true though I would add my daughter to that list for obvious reasons)
I’m sending this to myself 5 years from now. I’ll be 32 by then. Who knows how much will have changed. Hopefully, life will be awesome.
And remember, Julie, if at 32, you aren’t happy with what you are doing, you better make it happen. You’re not getting any younger. (It is a good thing that right now I’m completely content with life. Sure there are things I want to do and make happen, and I’ll get there, but life’s a journey and all that jazz, and yep… it’s happening. I’ve actually never felt more content or settled in my life than I do right now and that’s a great feeling. It’s true what they say… 30’s are WAY better than 20’s, and I’m only 2 years in.)
Julie at 27
Jason and I have been making it our personal mission to find the best burger in Raleigh. We’ve been to enough places now that there are some clear winners among the Triangle Burger scene. Here are our favorites in selected categories. I’ll update if one of these gets dethroned. All burgers were ordered medium at locations that allowed it (meaning they ground their own meat)
Best “Fast” Burger: Five Guys. Hands down. If you want a burger with minimal effort send your husband here to bring it home. It will be delicious and easy every time.
Runner-up: The Piedmont burger at Chow; it comes with a fried green tomato, pimento cheese and barbecue sauce. The burger is delicious and flavorful and very juicy. In fact, this was my top choice for a burger until…
Best all-around most amazing burger goes to: The Black Truffle Cheeseburger from the Yard House. To be honest, I really don’t like the Yard House. I don’t appreciate paying $7 for a beer that I know I can get next door for $5, so I always put up a fight when Jason wants to go here because I am cheap. But, they do have good food and a mission is a mission so I took one for the team, fully preparing to have a good meal but not the freakin best burger I’ve ever eaten. I was sad when it was gone if that tells you anything. It’s got house made truffle cheese and tomato-bacon-onion jam (read that part again: tomato-bacon-onion jam) on a potato bun. It is so juicy and perfectly cooked that you will be wiping juices from your mouth after each delicious bite. Oh my gawd, I need one now.
Other places we tried that were good: Raleigh Times, Coquette. Both of these places have a solid burger that is good. If you’re there and want a burger you won’t be disappointed, but I wouldn’t go there just for the burger if that makes sense.
And we were surprisingly underwhelmed by the burgers at Chuck’s, though I did appreciate that they offer two size options of patties. Maybe my expectations were too high? I dunno. Either way, when I want a hamburger, I will be going to the Yard House.
Any other hamburgers we need to try in the area? Jason argued that if we’re going to compare them, we should always get a traditional hamburger (which he did) for an apples to apples comparison, but I argued that if they offer unique toppings and do it well, that’s even better than your standard burger fare, so extra points. Are you a purist or an adventurist when it comes to hamburgers? (either way, he agreed that the black truffle burger from the yard house is where it’s at)
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If you’re not angry and grieved about what has been going on in Ferguson, then you simply aren’t paying attention.
I’ve been in a bit of a bubble with my current events for reasons I don’t need to go into now (#busy #busy #busy), but this article. Wow. No words. I cried. I got angry and yes to everything she says.
Can we just please talk about how I spent the most fun weekend ever with my best girls from college and it’s two days later and my name is still Struggles McGee.
My legs are sore from dancing; my tummy is sore from laughing; my feet are sore from walking; my head is sore from everything else.
But oh lord, I wouldn’t change a thing. Friends are the family we choose for ourselves. It’s been 10 years since I graduated college and I chose well.
I think it was an rainy weekend afternoon when I fell down the pinterest abyss and after click, click, clicking some more, I stumbled upon Bow and Drape. It was love at first chuckle. I am completely obsessed with the funny shirts and bags. Best part? If you don’t see something you like you can customize your own and see it right then and there. Other best part, it’s not a million dollars.
My favorites from the shop (click each pic to go to the item):
Oh, and they are launching a new bow and drape shortly, you can sign up for the beta version to get first peek here. I am VERY excited to see what’s up their cheeky sleeve.
UPDATE: Apparently, if you are reading this in tumblr, the picture links don’t work. But if you go to the post on my main page, they should be a-okay.