Sunday, October 7, 2012

Atlanta, GA (Buckhead) #5

It was 9/20/2012, My daughter & I had a mid afternoon appointment in Buckhead so I decided to make the best of the day since I was missing work & she was missing school. I was able to plan to stop at the Buckhead Coalition for a guide book. It's only $5, it has 128 full color & glossy and it's a cool guide to have if you really want to take in a city.

First stop: The Governor's Mansion

Uh huh you guessed it, me and my daughter with.....Mrs. Deal, the Governors wife. That was a bonus to an already good morning. She was incredibly nice and so friendly. She made my tween daughter perk up and actually the whole tour and knowledge of the docents aided to my daughter being able to say that she liked the tour. The tour is FREE and available on Tues, Wed & Thurs from 10:00-11:30 am.

We then walked down Peachtree Rd and just took in the sights and the hustle of Atlanta's Financial District.
My daughter had never seen so many people dressed up to go to work. She was really shocked, I'm blessed by having a work at home position where I can literally work in my pj's (and some days I really do). My husband is self employed and he doesn't have to get dressed up either.

Before the appointment we stopped and had lunch at the 1st Moe's on Earth!

At 2915 Peachtree Rd NE store #0101 was FREE Queso Day, Boo-yah! 
It was really cool inside and of course the food was huge, delicious & filling.

Buckhead's History

Henry Irby, a general store & tavern owner founded a community called Buckhead in 1837. He owned the northwest corner of West Paces Ferry & Roswell Rd until his death in 1879.

Irby himself is believed to have provided the name for this community by killing a deer and mounting the "buck head" so travelers could see it in his tavern.

Six hundred & fifty dollars is what the intersection of Peachtree, Roswell & West Paces Ferry sold for in 1838. It was a total of 202.5 acres.

The Battle of Peach Tree Creek lasted roughly 90 mins and it's noted to have been the beginning of the end for the Confederacy. On July 18, 1864, Confederate soldiers were able to stop Union soldiers from advancing to Atlanta. But just two days later on the July 20th the Union soldiers crossed over Peach Tree Creek after an estimated 5,000 soldiers were killed.

One doctor, one carpenter, one lawyer, one blacksmith, eight laborers and fifty eight farmers were the only heads of households in Buckhead in 1850.

Ransom kidnapping didn't effect Atlanta until July 6th, 1933. On this day, John Ottley, a buckhead resident was kidnapped leaving his home and held on a $40,000 ransom. Ottley was able to persuade one of the kidnappers (a 17 yr old boy that he recognized) to release him. The 2nd kidnapper was sentenced to 21 to 28 yrs in prison

Year of 1959, brought in Lenox Mall. It was dubbed "the largest regional shopping center south of New York".


Other Points of Interest: Atlanta History Center, Phipps Plaza, Miami Circle, Buckhead info

Friday, October 5, 2012

39 pieces of me...

1)I'm a half empty vs half full type of girl

2)Mexican food is my favorite cuisine

3)I'm an introvert

4)I'm a mother to a 18 yr old son & 11 yr old daughter

5)History, Georgia specifically, is a new hobby

6)I LOVE the mountains, I could just get lost in them 

7)I think cupcakes can brighten any one's day

8)My favorite color is everything!

9)I was on the color guard in the Coachman Bugle Corps in 1987-1989 during 7th through 9th grade

10)I'm a new Box Top's Coordinator, would you like to donate your Box Top's? If so enter: Lindley 6th Grade Academy, Mableton, GA. Become a member to see how you can help my school earn money for PTA related events.

11)I let my feelings take over too much

12)I'm a sucker for procrastination, it gets me everytime

13)A movie that I can watch anywhere, at anytime is The Matrix 

14)I'm an aspiring blogger, still trying to find my voice. How did I do? Do you have any suggestions for me? Help a sister out, did you here me? Please place your comments below. I'm not too proud to ask. Feedback feels great

15)I'm a WAHM, who researches new restaurants. I work full time, 35-40 hours. It's online and A LOT of phone work.

16)I love, love "Parenthood" I want to be a Braverman!                                                                           
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17)I like minatures

18)I enjoy solitude

19)I think Michael Buble is awesome. This is "Haven't Met You Yet". Check it out!

20)I admire positive people, how do "you" people remain optimistic all of the time?

21)Macaroni is probably my favorite food

22)I have a phobia of big bodies of water

23)I really want to be good at creativity but I always seem to come up a little short 

24)I prefer the heat vs. the cold

25)I hate long good byes

26)I just started practicing being mindful. Trying to be PRESENT in everything that I do. No distraction, being focused on one thing.

27)Coca Cola is by far the best soda known to man.  

28)I need to work more on being outgoing, adventurous & more open

29)I was married on April Fool's Day

30)I am 4 cities into a 601 city challenge. Austell, GA, Mableton, GA Suwanee, GA, and Lithia Springs are the cities I have been to so far. My 5th city will post this Sunday, October 7th. Click here to find out why, where & how I'm doing this 

31)I love coffee, it smells so inviting, it screams "drink me"

32)Sometimes I feel socially awkward

33)I I grew up reading Sidney Sheldon & Stephen King books

34)I'm a Pisces

35)I don't have a birthmark

36)I've been in an accident with a deer and a man who had a heart attack behind the wheel

37)I sleep on my right side, always

38)I stutter

39)I'm 39 yrs old

This week's writing prompt  "Who" is #19 from Cindy Louden's "A Year of Blogging & Journaling Ideas".

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

12 interesting facts about Georgia

This post is a little different from the others. First it's about Georgia as a whole vs. a particular city. Secondly it'll be in a list form not paragraphs. The "Georgia Cities Challenge" is more than me learning about each individual city in Georgia but also about me learning about the state where I've lived for over 20 years. I've taken history for granted but now I want to learn how Georgia came to be.

1) Georgia was the last of the original 13 colonies, it was established in 1732. That's 280 yrs ago y'all!

2) It was named after King Georgia II of Great Britain
George III of the United Kingdom
3) Georgia was the 4th state to sign the Constitution

4) It withdrew from the Union in 1861 and was the last state re-instated into the Union in 1870

5) Georgia is the 24th largest state with 59,425 square miles. That's 230 miles across and 298 from top to bottom

6) St. Marys, Georgia is the 2nd oldest city in the U.S.

7) Georgia is the nation's #1 producer of peanuts, pecans & peaches

8) Georgia has it's own "Grand Canyon", Providence State Park

9) Macon, GA was home to the first 2 sororities in the world at Wesleyan College in 1851 (Alpha Delta Pi and Phi Mu) 

10) Georgia has 159 counties and 601 "official" cities

11) In 1776 the estimated population for Georgia was only 40,000

12) There was an estimated 9,815,210 people who lived in Georgia in 2011

Next Stop: Roswell

Asking for IH Awareness


How can three little letters be so hard to say or do? 

I have always had a hard time asking for help. Is it too much pride, too much ego, too much fear? Actually, I feel like it's a little bit of three and what's ironic, is that I want to raise awareness for a rare neurological condition and ask for donations to help support a nonprofit set up for children who suffer from Intracranial Hypertension (IH).

This is an invisible often chronic condition that is near to my heart. Intracranial Hypertension is a chronic often times debilitating condition that needs to be placed in the spotlight. It's victims suffer silently and alone.

September was Intracranial Hypertension Awareness Month. It's also called Pseudotumor Cerebri (PTC) which literally means false brain tumor.  IH or PTC is when the body over produces cerebrospinal fluid and the overabundance of fluid causes pressure on the brain and/or optic nerve. The symptoms are wide and varied but mostly include vision problems and headaches. IH / PTC can effect ANYONE at ANYTIME. There aren't any early warning signs or a test that will tell if you are susceptible to it. This is an incurable and rare disorder that affects 1 or 2 children out of every 100,000 kids.

I am asking for your support to help spread the word about Intracranial Hypertension. IHope for a cure in the very near future but until that time IHope for medication or treatment that will relieve some of the pain that IH children have to suffer on a regular basis. 

Will you please help me support a great informal nonprofit that caters to children with Intracranial Hypertension. IH Kiddos Secret Pals is a group of mothers and/or adult IH / PTC sufferers who send encouraging cards and gifts to this disorder's youngest victims. Because my family is personally effected by this I am making it my mission to help this small in number but BIG in heart nonprofit reach it's goals of providing comfort and support to children who suffer from IH / PTC. 

I'm holding a ongoing change drive through Go Fund Me
*Please donate whatever you have available.
*No gift is too small.
*Every little bit counts.
*This is a one time donation by debit or credit card.
*There aren't any service fees or charges applied to your card.
*You donate. I submit the funds. IH kiddos enjoys! 

During the "Georgia Cities Challenge" IHope to raise awareness for this silent neurological condition and ask for funds to support the children that it effects. 
Thank you for reading, Vicki

This blog prompt was brought to you by Cindy Louden. Cindy wrote "A Year of Blogging & Journaling Ideas. This is prompt #25. This will also be listed under the Ultimate Blog Challenge Day#3

Happy Hump Day