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Road Trip: Atlanta (Fringe Festival)

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This past weekend I had the awesome chance to go to Atlanta GA with John! We made our 5 and half hour trek to see the show I wrote SEND/END come to life! Early this year my show was entered by the production company Leave Your Mark, and selected by the Fringe committee.

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So off we went. Besides my show I wanted to show Atlanta’s best sights to John because he had never been there before.

Many hours and playlists later we arrived at Newk’s to meet up with some of the cast of SEND/END and fill our bellies. The food was great and then we were off to the Sweetwater Brewery tour and Tasting.

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The Sweetwater Brewery was so laid back and so much fun. My personal favorite was the Winter Festive Ale. It had that coffee, chocolate-y thickness that I really love in a beer. We had a great time!photo_10

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Then we zipped over to the Horizons School to see the early performance of SEND/END.

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It was really great! I laughed and got a little teary as well. It was crazy to see something I wrote come to life. It was really special.

Then we went to Little Five Points for dinner. We waited a long time for a well-known ATL spot The Vortex.

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John had the craziest burger  listed under the menu heading “OMFG BURGERS” and called Zombie Apocalypse. Here’s a somewhat blurry picture of it.

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Then we headed back to watch the second performance of SEND/END and I was reunited with the co-author Henry!

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We got a chance to thank the cast and I think I enjoyed watching it the second time more than the first. I got to see all of the ensembles funny bits and really catch all the hard work they put into it.

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There was much celebration afterwards!

The next day john and I got up and headed to the Georgia Aquarium. I had never been and was really excited to see it!

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It is breath-taking. We really enjoyed the whole thing, but if we had to select a favorite moment it would definitely be the touch-pool with the sting-rays. John and I love interacting with Sting-Rays. We probably spent a half hour doing just that.

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Afterward we knew our short trip was coming to a close, but we had one last stop at the Varsity before we left! It was John’s first time and my first time since in a looong time.

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It was delicious.

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I just love Atlanta! It has so much theatre and so much life! I can’t wait until my next adventure takes me there!!!

Bonus- I found a billboard advertising some cobras at the botanical gardens! How fun!

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We had an amazing time and I hope you enjoyed reading about it!!!
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What I wish I knew about IKEA


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So a few months ago I went to IKEA for the first time and Boy was it… OVERWHELMING.

 

I mean really there should be a guidebook about going to IKEA.

 

I live about 2 hours away from the nearest IKEA so our trips are few and far between.

So I decided to compile a list of things to keep in mind if you don’t frequent IKEA all the time.

 

1)    Be ready to dedicate your day or at least the majority of your day to the trip.

Honestly! I thought we could do it in 2 hours. Little did I know that it would take 2 hours to get to the warehouse where you could actually buy things!!

 

2)    Have a list of what you need!

I feel like this may feel like common sense, but I cannot tell you how many people were walking around not remembering what they actually went there for.  There is so much stuff that it can be very distracting and expensive!

 

3)    Have a plan and a back-up plan

IKEA has some awesome items for some awesome prices but, everyone else also knows that. Often that turquoise metal coffee table may be out of stock. Or in our case the entertainment center may not look as good in person. It’s always a good idea to comparison shop.

 

4)    Take pictures of the area of your home the items are going to go, and bring paint swatches!

SO SO SO important! If you don’t frequent IKEA often, it is heartbreaking to get home and find out that your shelves clash with your walls. Also IKEA’s return policy is nuts!

 

5)    Bring measuring tape and dimensions

See above. The worst is getting a rug that is dwarfed by your furniture.

 

6)    Wear comfortable shoes.

I’m not sure I stressed the fact that this is going to be a long trip. There is a lot of walking.

 

7)    Make sure you have enough space in your car.

IKEA charges about the same amount as the furniture to ship to you. Especially if you live far from the store!

 

 

8)    Have a plan but don’t get discouraged

Seeing things in person can really change your mind. Keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to try something new.

 

9)    Have Fun

This store is huge, but it’s also so fun! Don’t forget it! And get a snack while you’re at it!!!

 

I hope this was helpful!
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