Hilton Head, 3:30 AM

“We’re running around in circles; I’m chasing you.”

– Chris Bruno

The highlight of my day today was going for a walk (no, the walk itself was not the highlight, keep reading), in an attempt to take pictures, and instead getting my foot sucked into a boggy-ish swampy thing and losing my shoe. I was on the phone at the time, so freaked a little, hung up, and wondered what to do next.

I really like that shoe. It’s a sandal but a sneaker and it’s a skecher but more than that, it’s a…

Well, regardless, the next thing I knew I was on the ground, in my pretty blue dress, reaching my arm all the way down into a puddle of suction cup-like swampland. Perhaps not my most graceful moment, but it eventually got the job done.

I was glad to have my shoe back, but correspondingly covered in mud.

I decided to walk towards the beach, where I had been heading anyhow, figuring I could use one of the beach showers to clean up. Little did I realize it was happy hour, and the entire island population could apparently be found at The Tiki Hut, which was located directly in front of the showers.

Again, not my proudest moment.

It was all made worth it, however, by the two adorable children who looked at me and stepped aside from the showers, saying “oh, you need this more than us!” and continued to hold down the button so I could clean myself off. Then while I was washing my foot, the little boy said “I like your necklace,” which was a bit surprising coming from a young boy, but a compliment nonetheless. Then he started talking to me about this hermit crab he found, and I assured him that I could manage the button-pressing while he ran off to retrieve the little guy. At that moment, I knew a bunch of people from the beach bar were looking at the mess I had made of myself, but I didn’t care, since two beautiful children were sharing a moment with me.

Afterwards, I finally took a few beach pictures, then walked out towards the water a bit and received a phone call. It was from my mother’s cousin, Lisa, who lives in Georgia and wanted to talk about the possibility of me visiting her. I’ve only met her a couple times in my life, but we talked for over 30 minutes, and now I’m all giddy about spending time with her in the Georgia mountains, where they have property.

I decided to confront The Tiki Bar head on, and returned to purchase a drink. Yes, a drink. I figured I was on the beach, at Hilton Head, on an island, with sand and music and seagulls – I should order a drink. Of course, I knew no one, until the waitress recognized me from Sarah’s introduction the other day, and she made me feel more comfortable and put in a drink order. As she walked away, I noticed… okay, I noticed a delicious guy. At first I figured he was just the typical beach bod asshole, but then I noticed the group of friends he was sitting with – a silly, slightly awkward group, who definitely had plenty of signs hinting towards dorkiness and perhaps even intelligence. I tried being surreptitious, probably failing miserably, and eventually decided to simply sit somewhere near his table and look at my pictures.

As I turned on my camera, however, the only girl at the table made a comment about what a nice camera I had, then hit her boyfriend as he proceeded to stare, which is apparently rude if you’re from Indiana – which they were! Haha, that last line sounds even more ridiculous if you could hear the way I said it in my head. Thank goodness this isn’t a video blog.

Anyhow… before I know it, I’m invited to join their table. I was especially convinced when yummy boy smiled and patted the chair beside him.

Overall, I was proud of myself for putting myself out there, and encouraged by the actions of others to start believing in humanity once more.

And really sad that somehow in the shuffle of saying goodbye, I lost yummy boy. Alas, life goes on.

Ob-la-di. Ob-la-da.

I recovered from the loss of yumminess and quirky smiles and adorable sunglasses and rumply hair, and made it over to Wild Wings, where Sarah was working all day and night. It ended up being an enjoyable evening. The band that was playing, the Lloyd Dobler Effect (lloyddoblereffect.com), was a*m*a*z*i*n*g, and I was fine with admiring them from afar, but in the end we all ended up laughing and hugging, and I’m going down to Savannah tomorrow with Sarah to watch them play again.

I don’t know… I’ve listened to a lot of mediocre bands in my time (haha, i’m such a grandma), but very few of them actually connect strongly with me. This band – their lyrics, from the very start, were just beautiful (they worked ‘innocence’ and ‘decadence’ – I mean really now). The lyrics were poignant, and they were poetry, and I couldn’t help but admire their ability, through both words and vocal effect, to take the soul someplace else, even if only for a moment.

I’m a dork. And I’m thinking there isn’t a single person in that bar tonight who would be like “dude, exactly man” to what I just said, but I’m still standing behind it. 😛

Plus, on top of their delicious music, they were GOOD people. As in – GENUINE, and authentic, and humorous, and cuddly. Okay, I don’t know if they were actually cuddly, but it’s a good supposition to make.

It’s 3:30 in the A.M.

Enough of this madness.


“She walked into my life last night
Then she walked out just about half past three.
Though it was innocent and decadent, I must confess
Sometimes these things are never meant to be.

There ain’t nothing like a stranger looking out for you
To make you feel like you’re at home.
And ain’t it something when she’s someone sweet and beautiful
And you don’t spend the night alone.”

– Phil Kominski

Blackwolf Run Lane, NC

I woke up this morning (okay… early afternoon) and took a walk through the paths behinds Corey and Laura’s condominium. I’m so glad I did… it was just delightful. Yes, delightful.

It took me about 30 minutes to walk the first half mile, since approximately every ten feet I felt the need to traipse through the grass and practically fall into the swamp trying to get pictures of every little chirp and breeze. My efforts, however, paid off, since I’m in love with some of the pictures I was able to capture.

I’ve always been fascinated by the way a day can be made complete with the capturing of at least one transcendent picture 🙂

My most ridiculous moment of the day definitely goes to midway through my walk, when I was snapping photos, and heard a rustling in the woods. I stopped, listened, and there it was: a loud rustling, definitely a large creature of some sort. I became slightly concerned for my safety, and considered hurrying along. At the same time, I was intrigued, and readied my camera. The rustling got louder and louder, and the anticipation was almost too much. I prepared for either a great picture or my imminent death. This is what I got:

Yes, it was a turtle.

Yes, I felt the fool.

But I swear, that little sucker sounded like a bear.

Anyway, I followed random paths through the woods, and was rewarded with beautiful gifts. 🙂


The rest of the day consisted of P.F. Chang’s with the neighbors, who are the kindest people, and a bit of shopping (where I discovered I have not outgrown my dress addiction). Later on, Corey and I went grocery/gift shopping at Walmart, where I attempted to drive him crazy with my annoying quirks… but he was undeterred. He definitely has me outdone on the annoying quirks front! 🙂

Gosh, am I happy to have met him. He is an angel in my life. And you would think that after years of annoying each other, the beauty would have worn off… but it certainly has not. It is merely validated to me each time I speak with him that he is one of the truly good men in the world. And we can add to his attributes that he is an amazing father. Gabby just drools all over him. Literally.

But Gabby drools all over everything, so perhaps that’s not a good judge of character.


I’m very happy. Happier than I’ve been in God knows how long. I have HOPE for the future, which is something I haven’t experienced in so long I stopped remembering how it felt.

It feels like sunshine and lollipops.

And I was thinking… I have enough money, and resources, and friends, and an uncanny ability to get random jobs… that I could probably extend this trip for… at least a couple years.

😛