Four years ago, I decided to let my father back into my life after about 10 years of not seeing or speaking to him. Two years ago, my siblings and I found out my mom had a liver disease. Last summer, the boyfriend and I drove from his grandparent’s house in Rochester to Wilkes-Barre to see my father. This Mother’s Day, I flew out to spend time with my mom and she looked beautiful and okay. A little tired, but okay. This summer, my mom passed away and my life came to a screeching halt. I had so many questions and no answers and I was angry. What was I going to do?! Where was I going to turn?! I still am a little bit angry, I guess. But I am slowly seeing that I still have my siblings to send crazy texts to and a father I can still call on the holidays and a mother, whose keepsake urn sits on my bookshelf, that will still listen when I need to cry.
2. Kisses in inclement weather
The very first time I had a kiss in weather that wasn’t all sunshine and birds and singing in my ears was just a few years ago. The boyfriend and I were walking back from a Sake-filled sushi dinner and it was snowing. No one else was walking, there were very few cars, and it was quiet. Not just a regular no-one-is-out-because-it’s-
3. A well-kept manicure
Even though I love a good lipstick because it makes me feel sexy and bold, I have to say I love a well-kept manicure more. There is something that screams “I take care of myself” when the nails are nicely filed, with or without polish. And a great design is always fun too!
4. Micro Brews
Growing up (because I’m so old now being 26), I thought I would always be a mixed drinks kinda girl and nothing more. That was until I realized what Colorado had to offer being micro brew central. There are local breweries popping up all over and each one has such flavor that’s hard to pass up. Want some of my local favorites? Blue Moon: Agave Necatar, Caution Brewery: Lao Wang Lager, Left Hand: Milk Stout. And here is my all time favourite micro brewery: Alaskan Brewing Company. With autumn right around the corner they will be releasing their Smoked Salmon Porter (to die for) and I’m excited to try their Pumpkin Porter.
Even though Autumn is right around the corner I can never let go of my love for (or nagging feeling to keep going) camping. When I was younger, camping was the summer activity that my siblings, mom, and I would do from May until September. Every weekend. The campground we would go to was next to a horse pasture where we would sneak to pet the horses. It had a field, too, where it was perfect to just stare and watch the Milky Way. And who knows, maybe this season I will try some winter camping.
Alicia is a Pennsylvania born Colorado transplant. She left Pennsylvania at the age of 18 and hasn’t looked back since. She loves writing and poetry and recently took up crocheting. When she’s not keeping house for her beloved residents, she is trying her hand at making and selling her own nail polish.