Night Riding – Monday (3/7)

I gripped the black rubber handle bars of my bike, and squinted as I led my friends Caylin and Bria through a dark pathway made from sand and large pieces of gravel, causing all of us to bump up and down on our bike seats. With every bump, my white and purple polka-dotted bike bell would ominously ring…

DING-clunk. DING-clunk, clunk. DINGDING-clunk.

I knew this wasn’t the path we should have been taking. With every turn, I hoped to see the park that I rode through with my family when we took our own trip to IGA, the well-known grocery store on Tybee Island. I longed to see the post office, and to feel the smooth concrete of the back streets underneath my tires to quiet my unsettling bell. But doubts settled in my mind, for it had been a year-and-a-half since I’d ridden my bike to IGA, so maybe I was forgetting some portions of the ride. Not mention Siri, Apple’s automated voice for GPS and any other random questions or sassy jokes, was leading us, and she had to know what she was doing, right?

Yet the more we rode, the more I realized that the path we were taking was not where we needed to be. But I truly didn’t know where we should have been, so we continued on.

The bumpy road eventually ceased, and I sighed in relief to see that we were on some sort of normal road. I saw a wooden bridge to my left, and as we turned right, there were street lights, cars, a few shops ahead. My relief ended, however, when I realized we had to cross the four-lane highway to get to the other side and continue our journey.

We stopped at the edge of the highway, a car vrooming past us. My toes barely touched the asphalt as I tried to balance myself and move the pedals in position for me to easily begin the process of racing to the other side with Caylin and Bria. We each did our share of looking both ways, making sure there were no other headlights in sight. When it looked like we were in the clear, our feet met each of our bike pedals, and we pedaled as hard as we could across all four lanes.

Once we heard it, I could hear the whoosh of cars behind us, and exhaled heavily.

“Guys, aren’t there chocolate bars at the gas station?” Caylin asked.

I had noticed the gas station while we were rushing across the highway, and Caylin was right; we didn’t have to go all the way to the IGA for two or more chocolate bars so everyone staying at our house for spring break could make s’mores on our porch. But there was something in me that wanted to keep going, to be successful in finding IGA, even if Siri was misdirecting us.

I continued riding on. “No, let’s just keep riding to IGA.”

And we rode on.

#sprangbreak2k16 – the adventure continues

Currently in Bria’s living room, still reeling from the Bates Motel episode I watched. What.

The past couple of days have been amazing and restful. There have been several trips to Tybean Coffee, some homework done, some lying out on the beach whilst listening to Chase Atlantic, The Neighborhood, William Singe, etc., and some s’more making.

There’s been TONS of bike riding, mostly to IGA (a type of grocery store on Tybee), Tybean Coffee, and the pier. It’s been nice to travel by bike for the past few days instead of getting into a car. It’s great exercise + the weather’s been nice enough to be outside.

Last night, Pa led us on a bike ride to the pier area, where there was an acoustic night at Doc’s Bar. Caylin was able to sit among many people who had brought their various instruments, listen to them play their songs, and even play a few of her original songs too. It was great to hear everyone add onto the each person’s song. Afterward, we stopped at 80 East Gastropub for dessert, and it was DELICIOUS.

Today, we packed our stuff and headed off the island to Bria’s house, where we’ll be staying for the rest of spring break. Bria and I were able to visit our high school to give Caylin a tour, and to see several of our teachers whom we hadn’t seen in a while. It was really nice to talk to them and catch up after so many years of not seeing them.

And the rest of today has been pretty chill. I took a nap, Caylin and I watched White Chicks while Bria was out celebrating her cousin’s birthday, and I finished a little bit more homework.

Tomorrow, we plan on walking around downtown to River Street Sweets, get some ice cream, maybe just see some sights, and at night we’ll go on a ghost tour (my very first one!) It should be pretty exciting.

Until the next update/nonfiction piece! I may end up writing about night bike riding on Monday night. It was quite an experience.

Mishy

Tybean Coffee – Monday, 11:18am

I am currently in a creative writing nonfiction class, and so far it has taught me so much. Normally, as a writer, I hate writing classes, which seems backwards if you look at it generally. But there is something about writers, and other artists in general, that cause us to want to hide our craft (I thank the conversation we had with Pa, Caylin, and the rest of our current housemates this spring break for this insight). And so, a writing class means sharing your writing with your classmates and your professor, and that is completely intimidating.

Thankfully, my professor has been teaching us that just because we share, it doesn’t mean we have to be completely confident in what we’ve written. It just means we’re “game” for sharing what we’ve written. And ever since I’ve been adopting this thinking process, I’ve been more accepting of what I’ve written, even though I may cringe because it’s just me spilling my initial thoughts onto paper.

And so, as I’m here taking a full week of spring break off from that class, I want to make sure that I’m still stretching my writing muscle. Technically, my whole blog is nonfiction writing, but as I continue studying and practicing my writing, I understand that there are more things I can do to enhance it.

Since I haven’t posted a ton because of the busyness of school, I’ll be posting some nonfiction writing along with my spring break updates. I may continue this after spring break, if I have time :D.

So here’s a nonfiction piece of just me sitting at Tybean Coffee this morning, taking a break from doing some homework…

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I tap my head three times, and squirm on the wooden, sky blue bench. I can’t tell if there are gnats around or if it’s just my imagination, and I start to feel itchy all over.

It’s a beautiful day – the sun is out, yet sunscreen is unnecessary, a cool breeze constantly breathing over everything. This is one of the first times we’ve been able to wear shorts, hoodies donned on. The picnic table shading our legs causes Bria to rise and walk around the small, graveled road that is surrounded by various shops, each building painted in different colors. Some pastel, some bright. Bikes clutter the sides of the road, leaning on wooden fences.

The breeze grows a little stronger, turning the pages of my photo-copied version of the play over and over. I want to reach over to flip them back to the place I left off, but know it will be done in vain – the breeze will continue to breathe. I tap my head again, this time a little more furiously, refusing to actually scratch my head and awaken more itchy nerves on my scalp, and I shift again, this time not because of itchiness, but because my right leg is numb from crossing my legs. I uncross them, and my feet dangle above the wooden floor of the porch. To touch my toes to the ground, or not?

Thirty more minutes and we’ll be hopping onto our bikes and taking the ten minute ride back to my house to drop off all of our scholarly work, only to get back on bikes and pedal toward the fresh market that will only be open until one or two in the afternoon. The sunshine promises the rest of the day to be adventurous with our time at the market, and our eventual trek to the beach for the rest of the day.

Honestly, I look forward to being on the beach, the breeze probably exhaling stronger onto the waves, sweeping the sand into the air, and inhibiting the gnats – whether real or imaginary – from bothering me and any other beach bums.

  

#sprangbreak2k16 – Lake Lanier + WE MADE IT TO SAVANNAH

Hey guys! An update on some spring break things…

Yesterday, we arrived at Lake Lanier, where Caylin’s grandpa lives. We were able to meet her aunt and uncle, and spend time with her family talking, taking a walk to the lake, and playing dominoes.

Dominoes was intense. Bria and I hadn’t played it in about 2 years, but it was one of our favorite things to do with Miss Carol (Caylin’s mom) when we were spending spring break in Bainbridge our sophomore year. We played 13 rounds over a span of 4 hours (we took a break for dinner at Chik-fil-A). Bria won. I was dead last. But it was so much fun!

Today, we left around 11am-noon to head down to Savannah, Caylin and I splitting the drive. We stopped at Bria’s house first so she could grab some things, and then we headed over to my house on Tybee.

I have never been more excited to be back in my hometown until now. Not saying that I’ve never loved where I came from, but I am genuinely excited for this week in Savannah, and all the adventures that are going to happen. Like tomorrow morning, we’re planning on riding bikes to Tybean Coffee to spend a few hours doing homework before spending the rest of the day at the beach. I can’t express how ready I am to be on the beach!!!!!

Tonight before dinner, we all went out to watch the sunset on the beach. I’m not even going to try to express what it looked like, I’ll just post pictures at the end of this post because it was GORGEOUS (and you can peep a photo of it on my Instagram too). Then later we went to Krispy Kreme and got doughnuts for ourselves. So it’s been a pretty relaxing evening after a full day of travel.

True Tybee Island adventures begin tomorrow and I cannot wait! I’ll make sure to snap pictures every day for the end of each of my posts.

OH! And thanks to my great friend Eliza, I got the 1 Second Everyday app, and am taking 1-second videos everyday during spring break, planning to have a whole video at the end of all of this to close the chapter of spring break forever with a B A N G. So we shall see how that goes!

Time for bed if I wanna leave the house by 8am for Tybean Coffee. Yes, you heard me. 8am. During spring break. Meh, I can always nap on the beach 😀

Mishy

#SB2k16 – The Final Chapter

I’m back! But only because it’s THAT time of year again. In fact, this will be the last time I ever write about this topic again.

SPRING. BREAK.

After two months of non-stop schooling, God has graced us with a full-week to recover before going back at it again. Like all the spring breaks in the past, this one is going to be a special one as Caylin, Bria, and I head to Savannah, Georgia. Yes. Home.

This is especially nice for me because I haven’t been back home in like a year-and-a-half at this point. So being able to see my family and be on the beach and around the place I grew up is going to be a blast. It’ll also be interesting to look at Savannah through sort of a new pair of eyes. I’m now a senior in college, and although I loved my hometown to begin with because I grew up there, I always felt like a little hesitant about it. I felt like it was a place where I was just kind of stuck, and I didn’t know the world outside of it.

Yet, the more I think about it, there are tons of things that I do miss and love about my hometown, and I can’t wait to go back and experience them since it’s been a while.

BUT! We’re not going to be in Savannah, just yet.

This morning we’ll be headed to Lake Lanier to see Caylin’s family. We’ll spend today there, and then get up tomorrow morning to head to Savannah. And while we’re in Savannah, we’ll be spending half the week on Tybee Island (where my house is), and half the week at Bria’s house (where we’ll go be more in the downtown area of Savannah).

AND we’re not the only ones who are going to be at my house. My sister is bringing home her roommate and another friend with her, so we’ll have a PACKED house to say the least. It’s going to be fun, and super interesting how this will be pulled off, so I’ll keep updating.

Currently I’m sitting in our hall commons, waiting for Caylin and Bria. It sounds like we’re going to leave at any minute now, so I’m probably going to triple-check my luggage, and make sure I have everything.

Super excited for this break to officially begin! More to come later! 🙂

  
Mishy

#SB2K15 {Days 5-7}: The Small Adventures

Hey guys!

So, I know it’s been a few days since I posted, and I usually post every day during spring break. But it has blown me away at how fast these days have gone by. Seriously, as soon as it’s time to go to bed, I think to myself, “Didn’t we just get out of bed?”

It’s also insane to think that today is the last full day we have in Lynchburg. Yep. We leave tomorrow morning to go back to the mountain. Which means back to class…back to homework…back to order… 😛 I don’t know if I’m ready for all of that.

But anyways, I’m just going to catch you up on some small things we did these past few days. Nothing as big as going to Washington, D.C., but they were nice, fun, relaxing things to do.


WEDNESDAY {DAY 5}

On Wednesday, Taylor took us to her local coffee shop The White Hart so we could all do our homework and have a cup of coffee, maybe a sandwich or some eggs. We stayed there for a while (I wanna say at least 5 hours) working hard and sometimes hardly working.

We also got to meet Taylor’s best friend from high school Shanelle and she joined us in doing homework and such.

Afterwards, we dropped Shanelle off and headed to Ellie’s house for dinner. As soon as we got there, we were greeted by her and her 3 dogs Roxy, Bella, and Bandit. Ellie’s mom made us soup,salad, and pumpkin bread for dinner which we all ate a lot of and then we went into the den and watched Ella Enchanted. I’m not big on movies like that, but I will admit it was better than I expected.

While we were at Ellie’s house, I was on Instagram and I saw that someone was selling 2 tickets to the Future Hearts Tour with All Time Low, ISSUES, Tonight Alive, and State Champs. I messaged her asking about the price of them and how we could pay her and how long it would take for the tickets to get here. I also asked her to give me a day or two to decide.

Bria was a little hesitant to get the tickets. To understand why, you should read her latest blog post HERE. It tells you what happened to her the last time she was going to go to a concert and explains why she would be hesitant to buy these tickets.

THURSDAY {DAY 6}

I’m pretty sure we barely did anything on Thursday. Taylor went out for most of the day. Bria and I attempted to more homework and Caylin chilled upstairs in the room.

Later in the evening, Taylor and I went out shopping and then we all went out to the grocery store to get some things for dinner. Taylor’s dad made us some chicken taco soup (I think that’s what that was called) and we watched an episode of Sister Wives. The soup was delicious. 

After that, we all piled into the car and went to the movie theater to watch a $2. What did we end up seeing? Into the Woods. 

I never wanted to see that movie because, well, I’d seen the play and saw no need to see the actual movie. But since it was only $2 and all my friends were gonna hangout, I didn’t just want to stay at home. To me, the experience of being with them was better than the movie anyway.

FRIDAY {DAY 7}, YESTERDAY

Taylor took us to the school she grew up in and gave us a tour around. We got to meet some of her friends and her high school teachers. I always think it’s cool to see where someone went to school before college. It’s just a piece of that person’s story that made a huge impact on their life.

We went to Suzaku afterwards for sushi and bubble tea. That was the first time Bria and I had ever had bubble tea and it was so good. I couldn’t even finish it though because I was so full from the sushi and there were so many bobba balls at the bottom of the cup.

We had to go back to Taylor’s school to drop something off for Ethan, but then we went back home and chilled for the rest of the day. And by chill, I mean sit around and do more homework because honestly, we hadn’t really finished much the other two days we’d done homework haha.

Today was the day I’d tell the girl if we were going to buy the Future Hearts Tour tickets. AND BRIA AND I BOUGHT THEM. So, that was definitely something that was pretty exciting. I’m SO PUMPED to go to this concert, especially with Bria. It’s gonna be so much fun!

There was BBQ for dinner last night and cookies for dessert. Bria and I watched the latest Scandal episode that we missed the night before.


And now it’s today. I think today’s plan is to go to the other side of town were Liberty University is and go to the mall and shop and walk around and stuff. I think Caylin plans on getting some froyo (which I’ll gladly join in on) and I need to get a book for one of my assignments.

And we’re leaving right now, so I’ll catch you guys later! Have a great weekend! 😀

Love ya!

Mishy ❤

#SB2K15 {Day 3 & 4}: WASHINGTON, D.C.

Hey guys!

So, I apologize for not having a post up yesterday or the day before. The past couple of days have been busy because we went to Washington, D.C. and came back to Taylor’s house in two days. ‘Twas fun! Here’s a picture of the Washington Monument…

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So much happened in these two days that I feel like I have to pick and choose the things I tell you. After all, I don’t want to make this post extremely long. So, let me start with where we stayed in DC…


OUR HOTEL

We stayed at The Mayflower: a Renaissance hotel. Places surrounding it include H&M, the National Geographic Museum, and tons of gyms and coffee shops. Here’s where we entered (picture from Wikipedia):

***Small weather report: The first day we were in DC, the weather was really nice. There was a slight chill, but it was sunny and somewhat warm. The next day, it was cold and rainy, but it was nothing like the cold weather from the mountain.

Here’s a pic from Taylor’s instagram of us in front of some of the giant mirrors inside the hotel:

Hooligans in DC. #ourhotelyo #dc #springbreak #shawties

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MUSEUMS

In two days, we hit three museums: the Holocaust Museum, the Museum of Archives, and the National Gallery of Art.

The Holocaust Museum was so amazing. I’d never learned so much walking through and seeing all of the artifacts and reading the different things that happened before, during, and after the Holocaust. It was a somber walk-through for me. Afterwards, Caylin looked at me and said, “You look so done.” And I honestly was. It made me sad and angry to think that something like that had even happened within the world’s history.

After that museum, we went to the Museum of Archives. We saw documents regarding, privacy, equality, civil rights, women’s rights, etc. We also saw the Bill of Rights and Bria and I tried to see the Declaration of Independence, but the line was super long, and I actually got us out of line to see some other documents which were important, but not as famous as the Declaration (oops). We didn’t stay long there, though, because by then we were all tired and hungry.

We went to the National Gallery of Art the next day. Here’s the fountain that was at the entrance:

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I enjoyed myself except for the fact that my right ankle was killing me and I couldn’t walk around for very long without agitating it (><). But I got to see a couple of Van Gogh paintings and other works that I’d briefly studied in high school. Here are the 2 Van Gogh’s I got to see:
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After walking around for maybe an hour, Caylin and I sat down for maybe 30 minutes or more as we waited on everyone else to finish walking around. I really wished that I was able to walk around more than I could, but it was okay to just be present inside the museum.


MEMORIALS

We saw some monuments (like the Washington Monument) while we were walking and driving around, but we saw two memorials at night: the Jefferson Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. We passed by the George Mason memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial, but we didn’t really get to see them.

It was difficult to get pictures of the Jefferson Memorial because it was so dark and there were no lights shining on him. He looked pretty creepy at night…

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I took some pictures of the exterior of the Jefferson Memorial though, and they were pretty good:

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We also took pictures on the steps with the Washington Monument in the background, but the lighting was good in some places and bad in others…

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The Lincoln Memorial was well it, though, so I got some good pictures of it. Here’s the exterior:

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And here’s the actual memorial:
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Honest Abe was pretty amazing. I’d never actually seen him up close, and it was awesome to see how detailed he was. Whoever sculpted him was truly talented.


THE WHITE HOUSE

Our last day in DC, we walked around looking for places to eat brunch (the Shawties ended up eating at the Wicked Waffle and Miss T ate somewhere else), but afterwards, we were able to get close to the gates of the White House. I won’t lie, at first I was just like, “Ahh, I just wanna get in the car because it’s cold and raining!” But I’m actually glad we were able to get pictures in front of the White House. Despite rain, we all looked really good!

🇺🇸 Attention: Obama is in the building.

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Just visiting my favorite White House. #hailtothechief #whitehouse #dc #republicanholiday

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FOOD

I feel like we ate at a ton of places while we were in DC. We stopped at a lot of unfamiliar places, which I was very grateful for. It’s not every day you get to eat somewhere other than McDonald’s. We didn’t really take many pictures while we were in the restaurants, but here’s a list of the restaurants we went to and what I had to eat there:

  • A hot dog truck – plain hot dog (call me boring, but whatever haha)
  • DC Thai –  Pad Thai with shrimp
  • Saxby’s Coffee – Mocha “Frolatte”
  • Georgia Brown’s –  bread pudding with vanilla ice cream
  • Domino’s (we all had a craving at midnight for pizza…)
  • Wicked Waffle – Sweet Waffle with Chocolate
  • Tazza’s Kitchen – Rigatoni with Kale Pesto sauce
  • McDonald’s (okay, so, we had to stop here for some hot fudge sundaes so we could make the rest of the trip home)

Everything we ate was amazing. I can’t really say anything price-wise because some of the things Miss T was gracious enough to pay for. But I do recommend them all!


I’m pretty sure I hit all of the highlights. One random fact is that I got a dress for Spring Formal. It definitely isn’t the same as the leopard print one I wanted to get originally, but I think it’ll be a good, comfy dress for me to be in. Not too fancy and not too…not-fancy? Haha, anyways, you may see pictures of it later.

Again, I’m so sorry that it took so long to post this! The process took longer than I thought and we’ve been out and about ever since the beginning of this week.

Literally, if you want a brief catch-up on what happened yesterday on #SB2K15 {Day 5} even, here’s what we did:

  • We woke up when we wanted to, but planned to leave for The White Hart (a coffee shop in Taylor’s hometown)
  • We did homework (but I worked on this blog post) practically ALL DAY at the White Hart. I even had lunch and coffee.
  • We ate dinner at Ellie’s house and then watched Ella Enchanted
  • We went out to the porch and listened to Caylin play her guitar for maybe an hour
  • Now we’re watching Pretty Little Liars and I’m blogging.

We’re halfway through the week, whoo! Well, not whoo because I don’t want break to ever be over. But it’s okay, we’re gonna make the most of it!

Okay. I’m wiped out and going to bed. I hope you enjoy this post in the morning when I post it! 😀

Love ya!

Mishy ❤