Processing Through the Pain

So when life hits you with a 2×4, what do you do? How do you make your next move when the emotional weight actually makes it hard to breathe? I have been delving into some of these questions in the past couple of days. I apologize for the lack of make-up or pretty camera angles, but I am just throwing this together as I go, in hopes that someone will have something to say on it. Anything would be appreciated, even just a kind word or a little joke would be great! Please check it out here and give me any input you can. Love and light, carry it on people!!

Escaping to the Ocean via Pennsylvania

Every now and then I need to get away for awhile… Luckily I was blessed enough to meet my friend B some years back and she “sends” for me every couple years or so. I was hitting a boiling point recently and needed to separate myself from the chaos. Mighty B to the rescue! It took plenty of working with friends, family and the greatest man to make a plan. It was the last week of the summer, right in between the boys’ birthdays… My last opportunity to leave for another school year! So, I left on a midnight train, okay, it was 11 o’clock train, to Pennsylvania aboard Amtrak’s Capitol Limited. I have never been on a train and was thrilled that we were leaving in the middle of the night. The darkness tends to quiet people down and quiet was exactly what I was looking for.
What’s across the tracks? (Taken with Instagram)
This is what I saw right before getting on the train in Toledo, OH. I was kind of mesmerized by how ominous it was on the other side of the tracks. If I was into Harry Potter at all, I might have been a bit excited because I could totally see us boarding this train and disappearing into a cloud of smoke to Hogwart’s.
I couldn’t stop myself from snapping a photo before I boarded… I was incredibly excited to have a small break from the kids and the responsibilities of the house. They started calling people to board in the most interesting fashion. First it was passengers traveling with children, then people going to a certain area and so forth. The fact that they were separating us from the families with kids was awesome in my book. I have all the empathy in the world for them, but the chaos of the family is what I was relaxing from.  My hopes for there being plenty of room slowly diminished when they sat this older woman right next to me! Seriously? There was a whole empty top level of this car and you sit someone right next to me?! She must not have known that it was after 11pm or been uncomfortable, because she talked all the way to Cleveland! I was more than slightly irritated. Don’t get me wrong, she was nice, but who turns on their light and continues to talk when everyone else is sleeping?
Sleepy on train… #amtrak  (Taken with Instagram)
Being that I didn’t get much sleep the night before, I had plenty of time to try and take a nap on the way to Harrisburg, PA. Try being the key word. There is a long story about the dining car that I don’t feel like getting into right now…
Yaaaay..  I am SUCH a geek! #Elizabethtown  (Taken with Instagram)
Sometimes I can be such a geek! I absolutely LOVE the movie Elizabethtown and had to get a photo of this sign! 63b!!!
Yes, Life IS good… #vacation #lifeisgood (Taken with Instagram)
Got safely to Ephrata, PA, stopped long enough to shower and shave my legs, then jumped in the car to head to Delaware. Even my view from the couch when I finally got to sit down told me that Life Is Good
AND… I am on the beach…   (Taken with Instagram)
Finally able to put my feet in the sand at the beach!!! I think I have needed this for more than a couple years now…
Ahhh, the ocean… (Taken with Instagram)
Look, it’s the ocean!!! B has to put a pole out with live bait in order to use the beach, I think she prayed the whole darn time not to catch a fish.
La la la… I can’t hear you!!! (Taken with Instagram)
It looks like I am going, “Na na na na, I can’t hear you, ” in this photo, when the truth was I probably trying to figure out how to get my hair to stay up and out of the way.
Finally at some peace…
Proof that I was actually on the beach… The weather was perfect the whole time we were there, couldn’t have asked for anything more beautiful! I have the hardest time keeping my dreads up and out of the way though…
Flowers with breakfast… (Taken with Instagram)
It may have not been breakfast in bed, but the fact that someone else cooked it is just as cool! Even the flowers on my plate brought some joy to my day. I can’t tell you how nice it was to sit on the screened in porch, drink coffee and eat fresh, hot pancakes! What a way to wake up to head to the beach once again!
Before we head out onto the beach, B has to let the air out of the tires a bit… she would be so irritated if she knew I got this pic of her…

This seagull is bigger than my dog!  (Taken with Instagram)

This seagull just chilled for awhile near the truck on our last day there, he amazed me because he was bigger than both my dog and my cat! I had never seen one this size before!

Sitting at the station, ready to leave…  (Taken with Instagram)

Leaving Lancaster station and heading home… the night got infinitely more interesting from here. Hard to believe that there was so much drama packed into the ride home, but we will save that for another day…

Lunch at Como’s and Theatre Bizzare

Had to go out to Rust Belt Market  in Ferndale to grab the tickets for Theatre Bizzare, so while we were here, Spyder and I decided to stop at Como’s for pizza for his birthday lunch. It was the only meal I actually got to have on a patio this summer. This photo was actually taken by Spyder, which makes me laugh because he isn’t the best with my phone. Kind of like how the dread beads are working here though!

It didn’t matter to him that his chin barely came above the table and he still had to eat his pizza, Spyder insisted that we sit at one of the high tables so that he could see the traffic on the street going by.
The tickets to Detroit’s best Masquerade Ball!

Taking a Moment in the Park

Very rarely lately have I stopped to take a moment to myself.  This fact alone has been wearing on me, as I normally try to take the moments that I need in order to keep my head clear. That lacking of time is showing some ugly truths that I’d rather just turn a blind eye to. It’s hard for me to admit when I am getting slightly “out of control,” and even harder to then reverse my actions and do the right thing.

Luckily, my little downtown area, Kellogg Park, of Plymouth, MI has just the place for it. It pains me that I am going to have to move away from this area. I love the fact that it has the BIG open park in the middle with every shop you could possibly want within walking distance. Not to mention, if hanging out for a drink is your thing, I think there is something like five or six bars within the small downtown area, so there is no lack of socializing! Especially in the Summer, the kids and I like to spend quite a bit of time down there. The surprising thing? Plymouth is filled with wealth and yet, this city has always accepted the uniqueness with which I have chosen to live my life. There is that lack of stares and disrespect that I get most places. Can’t even explain how much I appreciate that. I definitely need to start taking more time to clear my head than I have been. There was a reason that I fell in love with this city in the first place, it brings me peace…

My Boy and the Mushroom

I haven’t been to Plummer Pool in Sylvania, Ohio in close to ten years but ended up going today with my boys. Mom said that she couldn’t work the camera on her phone, which was of no surprise to me. The surprise was finding out that she actually was able to get a few shots and I just loved this one. This was the Lemur King’s first time around a water “mushroom” and he was clinging to me like a little monkey! He would stick his hand out so the water could hit his hand, but then scream and laugh in delight all while acting like he wanted to run away.
I get the biggest kick out of people. Funny how many people make remarks about my hair as if I am not standing in earshot. The biggest misconception still being that my hair is dirty. Please people, think about this logically, with all the advancements we have made in technology, science and otherwise, don’t you think that there are cleaner ways to put your hair in dreads?

Living the Day Under a Beehive

I have no idea what to do with this mess! When it is hot like this, I am reminded of just how heavy my long locks have become. When it is down, it is hard to remember the pain that comes from wearing my hair up for the day. You do know that I welcome your suggestions, right? I mean, I totally trust your opinion when it comes to this type of thing. I am not complaining in the least, just pointing out today’s realization. Throw some ideas at me, my friend…

The New Extension

It’s very hard to see and the color is all off, but that is my newest creation, a hot pink dread extension to add a little color to my life! I have got a few new one’s done for my daughter, but this is the first Kanekalon one that I have made and it’s for me!!!

Definitely need to look into a steamer for future clients though. I am NOT doing each with a flat iron!

Can you see it? Isn’t she pretty?