I am a lady who really enjoys the simple pleasures in life. I think humans really should consider reflecting on the good things a week can bring, no matter how big or small. So without further ado, here is a list (with light explanation) of simple things that made me happy this week.
Number 1: Me and Josh’s quick trip to the ghost town of Ingalls, Oklahoma
After eating pancakes at IHOP, my boyfriend Josh and I took a quick spontaneous trip to Ingalls, Oklahoma. Ingalls is a ghost town in eastern Payne County, Oklahoma, near Stillwater. I did some research in the past regarding ghost towns. I have always enjoyed shooting photographs of abandoned places like ghost towns, houses, businesses, etc. Through all of my research I came across the little western town of Ingalls. I absolutely love history so I researched some of the history of the town before finally getting the chance to visit. Ingalls was a small town settled as a result of the “Unassigned Lands” land run in the year 1889. It became prominent as the site of the “Battle of Ingalls”, in which a shootout began between U.S. Marshals and a gang called the “Doolin-Dalton gang”. If anyone at all is reading this blog and finds this story to be interesting so far, you should consider doing some research on it (or just watch the YouTube video below). It is a pretty interesting story!
Number 2: The Cityscapes Art Exhibit
My photography work got accepted into an international group art exhibition based in Palm Springs, California titled Cityscapes. One of my favorite forms of photography to experiment with is architectural photography. I decided to enter my work into the show and to my surprise (which I am always surprised by this) I got accepted! The gallery posted a video on YouTube of the works that were selected and exhibited into the show. I added the video below if anyone would like to see the works that were selected (including mine of course).
Number 3: I bought a CD, yes a CD
Remember those? Yep I bought one of those silver, round things we used to purchase before the digital craze we now live and breathe today. I bought Paramore’s new album After Laughter. Can I just say how much I really love that band? Even with a different sound and approach with this new album, they still sound amazing. I am first and foremost a classic rock fan. My favorite band of all time is Led Zeppelin by the way, but I cannot deny the love I have for some of the contemporary bands of today. I think lead vocalist, Hayley Williams, is a brilliant singer and artist. I think she is truly someone in the entertainment industry to look up to. The band took a risk with their new sound. Their new approach portrays and 80’s pop vibe, with an ounce of their punk-rock roots still in the mix. I recently read an article that talked about the bands purpose with the fresh new album. Williams stated “we wanted the album launch to look different from anything we’d done in the past. Less focused on sell, sell, sell . . . and more about friendship and art and our own enjoyment of the process”. There is no-doubt some awesome, catchy tunes found on this album. I think my favorite tracks so far are “Fake Happy”, “No Friend” and "26". I bought the CD mostly because I wanted to listen to a complete album from beginning to end during my commute to work and back every day just as I did when I was in school (and I used to listen to whole albums back and forth and I memorized every line in each song on the album). I added the music video of one of their new tracks titled "Hard Times" below.
Number 4: Food Truck Day at AA
I have been working as a technical writer at American Airlines for the past 3 months and occasionally there are days where food trucks come to the base at lunchtime. There was a fundraiser for the Heart Association and they had several food trucks occupying part of the parking area in front of the administration building. Some friends and I from work got ourselves some awesome street tacos from one of the trucks. We also got cokes that we thought had a lot of grammatical errors on it, until we realized they were all in Spanish and that was the reason behind our confusion (this is the technical writer side of me showing, finding errors and trying to bring them to light, even if they are no errors at all hehehe).
Number 5: Planting at Work
The Living Green group at American Airlines put together an event to build a “Monarch Waystation” on the base. They needed volunteers to help plant flowers and trees to better the environment and beautify the base. My manager signed our team up to help with this project for a team building exercise, which ended up being a lot of fun. The job can be stressful, but I really enjoy working with the team I am a part of. We also got pizza when we got back, which was pretty sweet. I am a self-proclaimed pizza-holic. I am ADDICTED to pizza! That day was a pretty relaxing day at my American Airlines job (though I had to work my second job immediately afterwards...ughhhh).
Well there you go! Those are 5 things that I enjoyed this week! I will be taking the time to do posts that cater to the simple and positive aspects of life more often. I think it is nice to reflect on the good things once in a blue moon. Don’t let the negative things in life grind you down!