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Holiday preparations and celebrations

19 Dec

It’s Christmastime in the Evans house!

Addam and I have spent the past few weeks decorating for the holidays and stocking up on gifts. While we knocked the majority of our shopping out in one night (give or take a few hours on ebay), we’ve made an effort to stretch out the season as best we can.

Although I’m sure everyone reading this already knows, Addam and I are spending the holidays at his parents’ house in Athens, Ohio. Even though Emily, Ryan, Steve, Judy and Dave visited us around this time last year, it’s been two years since we’ve had a real, family Christmas, and we’re very much looking forward to the trip.

We leave this Wednesday and return the following Wednesday — just in time to ring in the new year in the MIA. As fun as that should be, I can’t wait to get away for the holidays. It just doesn’t feel like Christmas at 75 degrees, especially without family close.

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To, for and because of my mom

8 May

In celebration of Mother’s Day, I thought I’d post a photo blog highlighting some of my mom and my earliest memories. Like any mother/daughter duo, we’ve had our rough patches, but we’re finally starting to pull the pieces together. Our relationship is stronger now that it’s ever been, and I wanted to take a moment to thank the most important person in my life for all that she’s done.

I may have accomplished a lot in my 24 years, but I could not have done anything without my mother’s support and understanding.

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You can go home again

19 Apr

I know a lot of you have been wondering how things went with my mom this weekend, so even though I’m tired after a long production day, I thought I’d provide an update.

I left on Friday. After biking and bussing about seven miles in the wrong direction, I had to take a taxi to Miami’s Amtrak station in order to make my train. (I actually have a decent sense of direction, but what am I supposed to do if the address Google Maps gave me happened to be for a station that hasn’t existed for years?)

Addam hung around until I had to call a cab, then saw me off. After 20 minutes and $20 I made it to the station, about an hour before my train was set to depart. In my rush I had forgotten to pick up anything to eat for the trip, but I was able to raid a vending machine for some Wheat Thins, which happened to be the only vegan-friendly option in the entire station.

I’ve never taken the Amtrak before, but it was actually really convenient. As soon as I walked in a man checked my baggage, and as soon as the train arrived attendants started directing people to their seats.

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Something to do, something to love, something to hope for

14 Apr

Well, folks — it’s been a long week, but I’m gearing up for an even longer weekend. For the first time since I moved to Miami, I will be leaving the city to visit family. I only wish it were under better circumstances.

As most everyone who reads this probably knows, about four years ago my mother had a lung transplant to combat the severe emphysema she had developed about three years prior. She grew up in a coal mining town and started smoking at a relatively young age, but while her sickness was not surprising, it was none-the-less devastating.

My father died of lung cancer when I was six, and the thought that my mom was dealing with similar issues caused me to break down. It’s been a hard couple of years, but somehow we’ve made it through, only slightly worse for ware.

The other night I got a call from my Aunt Martha telling me that my mom was having trouble breathing and had to be taken to the emergency room. She has Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), which doctors think she most likely contracted from a child. After tons of X-rays, tests and IVs, it appeared she had a spot on her lung. Physicians had to perform a biopsy.

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Ben, bikes, boats and Biscayne

9 Apr

I have yet to fully recover, but I figured there was a group of people out there waiting to hear all about the fabulous weekend Addam and I had with his little brother, Ben.

Ben got in Wednesday afternoon, making it ridiculously difficult for me to concentrate on the interviews I had to conduct before calling it a wrap on my work day. I did my best to stay focused, and Ben picked me up as soon as I finished up. At that point we had a few hours to kill before Addam got off work, but we decided to go for a swim in South Beach rather than hurry home.

It was the perfect afternoon for swimming and the first time I’d been in water since the new year. Ben was amazed by how blue the water was and kept saying that it was the only time he’d swam in an ocean so clear, but I couldn’t believe the waves. Addam and I must have been catching the tide at the wrong time, because any other time we’ve been they have been pretty weak. That day, however, they were making me their lap dog. The waves tossed me all over the ocean, and by the end of an hour I was pretty worn out.

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Black Swan and Brother Ben

29 Mar

With all the build-up I’ve been providing via this blog and Facebook, I kind of had to post an update to let everyone know that all is right in the world — Black Swan is FINALLY in stores and in my hands.

Today was production day at Miami Today, but I left for work about half an hour early so I could stop by Target on the way in. It was about 8:30 a.m. by the time I got there, and for a second I was worried that the place wouldn’t be open. I was one of about three shoppers, and it took me a minute to find the electronics section, but it was definitely worth the trip. I’ve had the movie propped up on my printer as inspiration to get me through my busy work day.

And as if I needed any more inspiration to make it through my work week — apparently Ben, Addam’s little brother (for those who don’t know), is driving down from Virginia as I type. I don’t know what is inspiring the trip, but Addam texted me around noon to tell me that Ben was packing up the kayak and would be in town within 24 hours.

I don’t really get it, but I’m really not complaining. It’s been about two weeks since anyone’s come down, and I was starting to get a little bored. Not to mention, it’s been more than a year since I’ve seen Ben, so it’ll be nice to catch up.

But alas, my stories have been returned to me, meaning it’s time to bike my butt home to enjoy the genius that is Darren Aronofsky.

“Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.” — Walt Disney, (1901-1966).

“Salute Your Solution”

4 Jan

This post is coming to you a bit late today — partly because it was my long day at work and partly because I’ve been so busy lately that I needed to shut my mind off for a bit. After biking home I spent the majority of my evening watching movies and forgetting how to think. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Addam was off work yesterday, so when I came home I didn’t have to worry about how I would waste time while waiting for him to make it back to the apartment. He had stopped by the grocery store and brought me home all the ingredients I needed to cook some of the best, and healthiest, cheesy potato soup I’ve ever had in my life. (I know that “cheese” seems to negate “healthy,” but everything was either low-calorie or fat free, making it less than 250 calories per serving but just as rich and filling.)

I spent the evening peeling potatoes and slicing carrots. I threw everything in the crock pot and left it alone for the night, only to wake up to the smell of potatoes roasting in vegetable broth. I’ve never been much of a cook, but waking up this morning almost converted me. The smell may have convinced me to make cooking a habit if I didn’t have to wake up half an hour early to add in the finishing touches (a.k.a. — milk and cheese). Needless to say, I had a very yummy, very nutritious, lunch today.

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