Catching Up During COVID

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If that picture doesn’t tell a story, I don’t know what will.

This is what COVID looks like to the Kirkseys. Lots and lots of margaritas!

No, but seriously… things have been a little crazy. You would think that with all of the extra time I had, that I would take the time to blog more. On the contrary. If I really think about it, I’ve spent most of March – August just staring at the wall.

I was beginning to feel like 2020 was a bust. As I was sitting down to write a catch-up post, I decided to go back and seek out inspiration from photos. Maybe, just maybe, something happened that would be worth sharing.

What I found was certainly anything but a bust. This year hasn’t been half bad. I could explain, but I would rather show you:

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For one thing – I turned 47. Who would have thunk it? (As they say!) There is no ifs, ands, or buts about it – I am middle aged. I was unsure how to celebrate my birthday, since we weren’t going anywhere for it. (Normally we travel, but I had some work travel coming up, so we opted to stay home.) I decided, sort of at the last minute, to gather at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in Americus for queso & margaritas. I had just gotten a terrible cold and was trying to recover and this appeared to be the best alternative. I made a list of my favorite people in Americus and we met up for a late, Sunday afternoon happy hour! And boy did we have some laughs!

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It started out fairly tame. In the picture above you see my co-worker Courtney, then Haley (works with me also,) and next to me is Nichole (she is the publish/editor of the Americus Times Recorder,) and across from her is Kim (VP with PharmaCentra,) and then RT (Pastor for Plains UMC.)

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Then the laughs started. And we laughed….

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And laughed….

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And laughed some more! Maybe it was the two huge fishbowl margaritas or maybe it was just good company!

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That’s Barry & Laura with the Mattie Stepanik Foundation. Jeni, Rachel,  Qaijuan & Michael were there also! We had a really good time just celebrating life. It felt good to be surrounded by fun people. (Which if you remember was one of my New Years Resolutions!)

The night before, Tim & I celebrated Valentine’s Day by attending a Billy Joel Tribute concert at Lake Blackshear Resort.

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The concert tickets included a Prime Rib dinner. We had such a lovely time just relaxing with each other.

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During this time, we heard about this “virus” over in China and were not overly concerned yet. Who knew how quickly I lives would change!

The very next weekend was the Women’s Wine & Chocolate Walk in Americus. My friend Kim & I decided to pal around together and enjoy the event. Basically you go to various businesses downtown, taste Georgia wines paired with chocolate and shop!

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Needless to say, after a bazillion glasses of wine, a few sips of champagne, a bourbon drink, a few shots of tequila, and of course, a margarita – I was toasty!

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What’s crazy is… this is last real event I attended in 2020. The last time we openly went out without masks. Who knew what was on the horizon? 2020 kicked off pretty darn okay.

The next week I headed to Valdosta for a work conference.

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We got a little FAM tour of Valdosta – which included Wake boarding.

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It is always a good time to see my tourism besties.

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What is so crazy, is that I was so, so, so sick on this trip. I was suffering with some serious ear issues, but somehow, soldiered on.

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I mean, there WAS a party bus involved.

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And that was the end of normal.

Because the very NEXT weekend I had to head to Savannah for another work thing. And this is when we knew about outbreaks of COVID. I remember being afraid to touch anything.

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Well… I wasn’t afraid of everything. 😉

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At the function I had to attend, I met a wide cast of characters! Forest Gump.

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A pirate

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And Juliette Gordon Low among others.

I even ate at my favorite – Bernie’s twice! I ate all of the shrimp! We stayed at a gorgeous and super haunted Hotel – the 1790 Inn.

There is so much more about that trip, but honestly, it feels like a million years ago.

Because when we got back to Plains, schools were shut-down, locals began dying, and everyone went into a panic. The great toilet paper & lysol shortage of the century!

After a few weeks, even my job had us quarantined at home. It was the best of times… it was the worst of times.

I’ll share a little more of my journey over the next few days. I have to admit, it is refreshing to see that the year wasn’t a total bust. There was a little “normal.” Just a little.

And that little has made all the difference.

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Tourism Director * Freelance Writer * Southern * Catholic * Crazy Cat Lady * Wonder Women * Coffee Addict * Traveler * Voracious Reader * Cultural Junkie * *GSD Mom*

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