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I have been living in my dream location, San Diego, California for 2 years now.  I think it’s safe to say that I’m officially a Cali Girl!  I have learned so much by being here.

1. I learned that I don’t know myself all that well.

2. I started my own business!! Praise.  I will do a formal announcement when it’s the season to debut.

3. Indianapolis is where I had the most spiritual growth.  San Diego has been the place of mental growth.

4. I dress weird, and I’m better at coordinating outfits rather than matchy matchy.  I had no black clothes in my wardrobe so I consciously went shopping and only wore black clothes.  I called it #blackout

5. I finally decided to loc my hair mainly because I rarely washed or style it for 6 months straight.

6. I was REALLY sick my entire first year here.  Internally sick so nobody visibly noticed.

7. I love Jesus for getting me through all of the pain and sickness because for the first time many of my family members weren’t so fortunate and passed away this year.

8. I started focusing on selected friendship quality instead of associate quantity.

9. Which led me to just spending much more time alone.

10. But I don’t know if being alone is good or bad for me… which brings me back to No. 1

I’m sure there will be so many more lessons to learn.  This is most likely the reason I am still here — to learn.  What is me, what is just a hobby or fad? What need do I have of my friends, when should I put people in the no-friend Zone, when does that funnel into the no-speak Zone vs. the lesson to just be more tolerant?  Do I want a house, marriage, kids yet/Ever or do I truly desire to be a foster or surrogate mom in a townhouse?

I have no idea how to answer these, but I’m sure it will come through conversations and experiences that are coming, along with ones I’ve had in these last 2 years.

 

Navigating Indianapolis like a Pro

This is written with the intention of preparing those coming to Indianapolis for the Superbowl 46.  It’s a really great city, and now that I’ve lived here for a couple days over 2 years, I’m pretty much an expert!

1. Nobody can drive.  Like nobody.  Seriously though, many people run red lights around here.  Definitely look both ways before driving through an intersection.  There are lots of impatient drivers that will go in the off-ramp to pass you, that will cross over double-yellow lines to pass you, and go through an intersection although your light is bright and green.

2. Remember how to get to I-465.  That’s one of the things that makes Indy the “Circle City”.  It’s the main freeway that is close to everything, yet close to nothing.  You can get anywhere in the circle in 20 minutes.  If you’re anywhere outside of that, give it 30 minutes.

3. Don’t be fooled by the JW Marriott.  It is gorgeous, a good place to meet up and socialize, and the staff is really great.  However, the food and drinks are awful.  Just really, don’t even risk it unless you are really just going to chill or get a cup of cafe americano (espresso and water) because they don’t have coffee at the bar 🙁  Which leads me to #4. 

4. The private/non-chain restaurants are awesome!  My favs are: Maxine’s Chicken and Waffles (near downtown) – only get the chicken and sweet potato waffle even if it sounds scary.  You can also branch out with the sides of Fried Green Tomatoes and Grits.  Papa Roux (east side/downtown) – I always get the Smoked Sausage Po’Boy.  The east side location has bottomless sides.  I always get the bread pudding and red beans and rice, but you can taste all of them free of charge.  Monon Food Company (north side) – the BEST (strong statement) mac and cheese I’ve EVER had!  You have to get the side of it.  I pair that with the Chipotle Fish tacos.  They also feature Micro brews along with Imports, Domestic Beers and Wine.

5.  Alcohol is not sold in stores on Sunday.  Not a fan of the hard stuff, but I do like a fine wine with my Sunday dinner.  Shoot, you have to plan dinner and all beverages ahead of time so you won’t be stuck out in the cold.  For those that really need that fix, most restaurants do serve liquor, but you just can’t go to the stores or gas stations for your libation.

6. The downtown mall has the best parking, but nothing inside.  I’m not sure why the Circle Centre Mall was designed the way it is, but the aisles are small with a huge opening in the middle where you can see to the floor below.  It’s nice looking, but it is always packed on the weekends.  It’s not because there are that many people, but because there is no space to walk. Event Parking is usually $20, but if you can find $20 of stuff to buy in the mall (mine is usually spent at Chick-Fil-A), they charge you the normal rate of $1.50 for 3 hours.

 

With all of that being said, it is really a great city.  My favorite pastimes include the museums and the parks.  There is so much information and they are beautiful.  Welcome to my new city, have a great time, and come back soon!

Taupe Suede Livin

Who says water and suede don't mix?!

I only shop online.  It’s just easier, you know what sizes they have and you get to see the entire selection instead of what was leftover from the crazy Saturday shoppers.  After my root canal :/ I went to a new mall very quickly and picked up 2 pairs of shoes from DSW.  I found the peep-toe heels on the clearance rack for 30% off.  I’ve been looking for taupe/neutral boots to replace my casual, mid-calf, no heel ones and these were perfect!  Only one problem, they didn’t have them in my size.  Just when I was about to shrug it off and go to my usual online tactics, the sales lady walked by and told me they could order them online with free shipping.  This was my first experience online shopping in the store, oxymoron?  Everything went really well and they arrived at my door in less than a week!
 
After learning how to care for my shoes, all that’s left is getting some suede protectant spray before I actually wear them outside.  With the tips above, I hope they last forever!  I’ve been liking this pattern so much that I even got a matching doggie 😀