adulting

Halfway Through 29: Year of the Savage

29 / Twenty-Fine / 21 + 8… whatever you want to call it, will go down as one of my favorite years. July 19th marked the halfway mark of the last year of my 20s. If you’ve been around since January, you know my birthday hashtag was #TwentyWineSavage, and this year has indeed been the year of the savage.

Halfway Through 29: Year of the Savage

Halfway Through 29: Year of the Savage

I’ve Learned that…

The smallest gesture can have the biggest impact. About a week ago at work, I waited on 2 men. They were my last table of the night, which means if they would close out and go home, so could I. Instead of rushing or being short, I gave the same ol’ Ace service. After about 2 hours, the older gentlemen complimented me on my smile and service. It turns out he came out to his son 5 years ago, and it put a strain on their relationship.

Rumple Minze is not my friend. If I have more than 2 of them, it’s going to a night fam. That’s all that needs to be said about that.

Not to apologize for the brightness of my light. The only thing worse than constantly bragging about your accomplishments, is not acknowledging them at all. Everyone deserves to get their flowers while they’re here. Don’t be afraid to be proud of yourself or stand-up for your beliefs, because how you think it will make others feel.

What I’ve Done

Executed my arts summer camp. My first adventure with the Arts Center of Engagement (A.C.E) was a success! We went to an art gallery, painted self-portraits, recorded a song and even made a music video! The support from my friends, family and community means the world to me; and I’m excited to share what A.C.E has in store with them.Halfway Through 29: Year of the Savage -- The Palmetto Peaches Halfway Through 29: Year of the Savage -- The Palmetto Peaches

Supported local businesses and organizations. As much as I shouldn’t be spending any money, when I do spend it’s usually at local businesses. My camp also allowed me to connect with local artists and community leaders.

Made the best memories with people I didn’t even know last year. Watching the sunrise, litty lunches, short day trips to Savannah – the list goes on and on. Even though our #BestLifeSummer17 will end soon, the adventures will continue throughout year 29 and beyond.

How is this year treating you so far? What have you learned and/or done?

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Coffee Free for 4 Days, and This Happened.

Coffee is the glue that holds a lot of us together.

Maybe it’s the aroma. Maybe it’s the caffeine. Maybe it’s all in our heads. Either way, coffee is love.

4 Days Without Coffee--The Palmetto Peaches

Growing up, it never really made sense how folks on TV could casually sip this black stuff, and look super cool while doing it. To me, it looked like they were drinking tar out of a mug. An occasional Starbucks Frappuccino was all the coffee I needed, until my senior year of college. While trying to juggle studying, being active on campus and working, the naps were not enough. And like most college students, I sometimes performed these activities hungover. Such is life. Between the free coffee at work, and balling out on Starbucks with my refund check–I didn’t even bother buying a brewer for home. That eventually changed a few years later, and my daily cup of joe became a bare necessity. (Yes, I saw the new Jungle Book over the weekend.)

Last month I stumbled upon a 4-day “cleansing” challenge on Facebook. It seemed doable:

  • No chips
  • No red meat
  • No pork
  • No candy
  • No fried food
  • No alcohol
  • No coffee

Wait…no alcohol OR coffee? What kind of cruel and unusual punishment is this?

Here’s what happened during my 4 days without coffee.

I fell asleep in the middle of a webinar.

It was like a drunk nap. In my mind, I thought I could close my eyes for 15 seconds, and magically have more energy when I opened them. Instead I woke up an hour later. Didn’t see it coming.
4 Days Without Coffee--The Palmetto Peaches

I tried to read my shirt in the mirror.

While brushing my teeth, I squinted to get a clearer vision of how awful I looked. I asked myself, “Where did I get this shirt from?” “What does this say?” Turns out I was trying to read the words Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles…backwards.

I ignored 40% more phone calls than usual.

I just couldn’t be bothered with anyone else’s foolishness. COULD NOT. I barely had the energy to deal with myself, so actually listening was a lot to handle. Even pretending to listen was a lot to handle.

My nightly meditation session turned into 7 hours of sleep.

Seriously? Seriously. I had the nerve to think I could survive being on a couch in silence with my eyes closed for 20 minutes. THE NERVE!

Kudos to people who function without coffee. You deserve all the awards! Anything is possible, but I need an effective substitute before going without coffee again! As I type this I’m sipping on hot lemon water to see if it does the trick. I’ll keep y’all posted.

How long have you gone without your caffeine fix? What alternatives did you use to keep you energized?

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

10 Times We Were All Buzz Lightyear

Something strange happened a few months ago while I was watching Toy Story (the first one). Do you remember the scene where Buzz Lightyear decides to give this flying thing one last chance to prove he’s not just a toy? He sees the window, gets all geared up and leaps for the gawds. Need me to refresh your memory? Here it is.

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The disappointment in his face was funny for about 2 seconds. That’s how long it took me to realize I’ve been Buzz Lightyear before: high on life only to immediately crash into reality. It only took a few more seconds for me to realize I was Buzz in that embarrassing situation multiple times, and you probably were too.

Like….

when the waitress asks for your ID at happy hour, and you realize yours is at home.
10 Times We've All Been Buzz Lightyear--The Palmetto Peaches

when the last bag of kettle corn is finished, and it’s burnt
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10 Times We've All Been Buzz Lightyear--The Palmetto Peaches

when it’s pay day, but the money didn’t deposit in time to avoid the overdraft fees from yesterday.

10 Times We've All Been Buzz Lightyear--The Palmetto Peaches

when you text bae and get an immediate response, but it’s not bae.

10 Times We've All Been Buzz Lightyear--The Palmetto Peaches

when someone gives you Starbucks coffee as a gift, and it’s decaf.
10 Times We've All Been Buzz Lightyear--The Palmetto Peaches

when the emergency alert goes off during the How to Get Away with Murder plot twist.
10 Times We've All Been Buzz Lightyear--The Palmetto Peaches

when you’re reunited with your favorite jeans, and they’re too small.
10 Times We've All Been Buzz Lightyear--The Palmetto Peaches

when you think a celebrity starts to follow you on Twitter, but it’s just a parody account.
10 Times We've All Been Buzz Lightyear--The Palmetto Peaches

when Pretty Little Liars gets renewed for another season.
10 Times We've All Been Buzz Lightyear--The Palmetto Peaches

when you’re invited out for drinks, but already reached your calorie intake for the day.
10 Times We've All Been Buzz Lightyear--The Palmetto Peaches

The struggle is too real. Do you remember this life changing moment in Toy Story? When have you felt like Buzz Lightyear?

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