New Season, New Domain

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The tree in front of my apartment in Brooklyn, last October
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Autumn in Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Fall has arrived and I realized the other day that my blog is a year old. To celebrate, I have purchased the domain zacdaq.com. This might only be exciting to me, but I am excited, nevertheless.

I am headed to New Orleans in a couple hours to celebrate my brother Brandon’s bachelor party weekend. I have never been before, so I am sure I will have a few pictures to post early next week.

Here’s to a wonderful, adventure-filled weekend!

Z

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The Gold

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The Gold

Maybe it’s not meant to be,
Not this time around.
Maybe I should just sit back, for once
And listen to the sound:
A singing, ringing, live music in my ear.
Let go of trying to control,
And say goodbye to fear.
What’s meant to happen will happen,
As I’ve oft been told.
No need for seeking rainbows —
Each moment holds the gold. 

Burning Leaf

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Burning Leaf

All the confusing
Things that are things,
Missing excitement,
Given requirements that you state.

Like fire, clove, and cinnamon,
On a nice autumn day,
With a chill breeze on my bare knees,
This feeling is here to stay.

Burning fire,
Burning piece of me,
Burning to the ground.

All the excitement, all the rage.
Ignites all of the decay.
Am I okay?
I ask today.
The answer is in the flames.

Burning leaf.
Burning inside me, burning through today.
A piece of me is burning in there,
Hot and on display.

A leaf in flames,
Wanders away.
Carries on,
Blowing along its way.

Like fire, clove, and cinnamon,
On a nice autumn day,
With a chill breeze on my bare knees,
This feeling is here to stay.

 

Grandma Liz’s 90th Birthday

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Assortment of cards and letters from Ed and Liz Seurkamp (the BEST grandparents).

Today is my Grandma Liz’s 90th Birthday. It seems like we were just celebrating my Grandpa Ed’s 90th and I still can’t believe he’s gone. We had a big celebration for Grandpa’s birthday, but I am sure Grandma is being well taken care of in Cincinnati.

I have saved every single card and many odds and ends my grandparents have sent me since I was old enough to think about saving something. In honor of Grandma Liz, I have photographed all the cards and letters from over the years and can hardly wait until I get to hug her and wish her a Happy Birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GRANDMA LIZ!

Z

Just Me and the Pets

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A little friend I met on the porch today.
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Last night’s sunset in Valdosta.
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The reason I won’t be swimming this weekend. Thanks, storm!

Anyone who knows me probably knows that I do not turn down an opportunity to get away. However, I did turn down going on a lake trip with my family this weekend. They have sent me pictures and, from the looks of it, everyone is having a fantastic time. But, I needed some alone time to attempt to scratch a few things off the old To-Do List. 

Staying behind meant that I get to watch all the dogs and even a cat. I just love being home with the pets; I often get jealous when I am leaving for work and turn around, before closing the door, to see the dogs lounging and getting prepared for a nap. I decided long ago that I want to come back as a spoiled dog in my next life. 

I have so much left to do, but I have gotten a few things accomplished: I did some arts and crafts, have practiced the song I am singing in Ashley and Donn’s wedding next weekend, snuggled with the pets numerous times, and perfected a salad dressing I have been making from scratch. Thankfully, Labor Day is this Monday and I will have an extra day to make an effort to expand my list of accomplishments. I even started a puzzle!

Socializing is so much fun, but there is definitely a side of me that needs to be left alone for a minute or two. I haven’t been honoring that side of myself lately, but I am trying. My phone just buzzed — it’s probably another picture of my brothers with the most beautiful view behind them. Let’s see.

Z