48 Hours in San Francisco

We hung out in the Haight Ashbury district and drank amazing rootbeer.

I will always remember this as the last time I truly laughed before my world fell apart. Daddy died only a few hours later.

You already know my Dad died while I was in San Francisco. You might also know that I was only there 48 hours before I had to come home after his very sudden (and still shocking, painful, devastating) death. But what you might NOT know is that, between the nearly non-stop calls with Daddy and Cari and Corey, and the 6 hours of travel time each way, I actually had a little bit of fun. We were in San Fran to visit our dearest friend Timmay who moved there 4 years ago. Every year Timmay comes Continue Reading

PaintNite DateNite with Cody!

Looking cute and ready to paint!

(Another pre-Daddy draft finally gets finished....) Last Christmas I got Cody two present: One functional (a gift card) and another fun: PaintNite Date Night with ME!!!! You probably know the whole concept of PaintNite but I think each one is a little different. This one is run by local artists, hosted at various local bars, (so constantly roaming) and highly encourages drinking while painting. Everyone works on the same piece, which is different per class, and each painting is gauged on Continue Reading

Cristie is getting married and I’m a Bridesmaid!

At Club Continental with The Bride and her ladies!

(I started this post months ago and finally got around to finishing it, but please note that I am no less excited about this because of recent events. If anything, I AM EVEN MOAR EXCITED!) For the first time ever, I was asked to be a bridesmaid! (Note: This will not be the first time I HAVE been a bridesmaid. Just the first time I was asked beforehand.... I love you, Grace! :) ) I think when Vince and I met Cristie and her man, Steve, we were like "whoa they're cool!" but I doubt we had Continue Reading

Therapy does NOT suck

Some people might say therapy is too private to blog about. Some people might be right. But for me, writing is how I process things and lately it's how I remember them, too. So I figured I would write about the few therapy sessions I've had so far. Before all of this started, back in September of last year, I started seeing a therapist in Altamonte Springs to deal with one of my life's biggest loose ends: My mom. I spent a good three or four weeks researching therapists and settled on one Continue Reading

Father’s Day and Daddy’s Birthday

Daddy 2011 BDay

This month is a hard one. Father's Day is right around the corner and Daddy's birthday is two weeks later on June 30th. He would have been 64. It's so weird because I've always known his birthday (especially his age and birth year, since he was born in 1950) but I used my calendar and Facebook to remind me when the day approached. But since February I've repeated his birthday and social security number so many times, to sooo many people, that I now know it better than my own. I remember Continue Reading

“Alicia” Makes a Comeback

An odd side-effect of the life changes of the last six months: I am now more comfortable answering to "Alicia" than I am to "Ali." It all started in November when I first began to introducing myself in a new work environment. After spending the last 15 years introducing myself as "Ali," I decided to go by "Alicia" at D****n. This wasn't just a fluke or a desire to sound more grown-up or something. I work in a highly technical industry which utilizes a LOT of off-shore resources. I can't Continue Reading