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day with SabR: glass art shopping, see Ashley, meet Tree That Owns Itself, watch movies, take photos

Friday I spent the day with SabR -- so much fun! We went shopping in downtown Athens and I looked at a lot of glass art, but the really lovely pieces were just too expensive and the decently priced stuff was nice but not in any of my colors. :-p So at the Native American store I picked up a green jasper egg (which had an amazing forest energy) and an opalite star for my altar, and a small thing for one of my Aquarian friends' birthday. ;-)

The strangest thing happened there -- Ashley just happened to come into the shop at the same time that we were there! For those of you who haven't been on my flist long, Ashley and SabR have negative history and pretty much hate each other. When Ashley called me over, I made awkward conversation with her (the tension between them was palpable) and then told her that I was there with SabR, which ended the conversation. I've never experienced that before and I would not care to experience it again! And it makes me wish humans were a little less civilized because I would much prefer open fighting to polite hatred. I'm not the sort of person who tries to break up a fight between adults (or equally matched children) because while it may not be the best way to resolve conflict, it's better than the alternative, in my mind. The police might not agree, heh.

Anyway, after that was over we went to see The Tree That Owns Itself (which is actually the scion of the original tree) and were disappointed at how young it was. (but I want to go back and see it again in the summer) The Magnolia across the street was HUGE and amazing, so we took more photos of that.

SabR took me to one of her favorite Mexican restaurants, which I liked (to my surprise, as I am very picky) and then we went back to her place and watched Prince of Egypt (which she had never seen! wtf!) and Knocked Up, which wasn't as bad as I had expected from everything people had said. I think many people see it as offensive because it features a 'hot' girl and an 'ugly' guy, so the girl is considered to be lowering her worth by hooking up with him -- that part does not have a negative effect on me because I don't believe in the concept of rankable attractiveness/worth. But I DID find it sexist in that a supposedly successful, independent, together woman gets pregnant and turns into a puddle of mush who just wants the baby daddy to be there for her -- especially when she is financially well-off and has a very supportive sister, and doesn't need him at all! She deliberately ignores the fact that he expects a blow job from her, as well as the fact that he is a very selfish and self-centered person who refuses to take care of himself and has no respect for women, because supposedly she NEEDS someone with a penis, regardless of how he has no positive qualities. But the movie wasn't as bad as I expected because he grew up (financially but not emotionally) and she still chose to end the sexual relationship. Which was out of character for the limp noodle she was playing, but whatever. Oh, and Paul Rudd was BRILLIANT in that film. He's one of the handful of actors I wish I could meet.

we did a LOT of driving around. Or rather, SabR did, and I did a lot of riding along. We did a LOT of talking -- about everything from politics (which I actually enjoyed! *shock!*) to spirituality to body image. It's so refreshing to have in-person conversations! Ben is great but I pretty much know all of his opinions -- still fun to discuss but not as stimulating as new conversations.

Athens has paintings like this all over the place -- I want to come back when it's warm and capture a lot of them. it's so inspiring to see so much color! And there are a lot of magnificent trees.

in front of a major intersection in Athens

the tree that owns itself

the plaque: "for and in consideration of the great love I bear this tree and the great desire I have for its protection for all time, I convey entire possession of itself and all land within eight feet of the tree on all sides. ~ William H. Jackson"

SabR ♥

me! I was wearing a fantastically colorful outfit but because it was so cold I had to wear the glumpy blue jacket and cover it up :-(

the magnolia and it's fairy-home roots

lovely ♥

me in front of the magnolia

SabR photographing the magnolia

and again

blurry barefoot SabR running back to the car after photographing her special tree -- I love this one!

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ex_legein446 ══╣╠══
I miss Athens so much! This post brought back a lot of memories, especially the photos. I immediately recognized the intersection. ;)

Also, I LOVED the Native American store when I lived there. I have a couple of beautiful opal pieces from there.
fire_fox01 ══╣╠══
What great pictures! You are really pretty!
belenen ══╣selfportraiture╠══
(was this to me? I think so but am not sure. anyway,)

thanks! :D
belenen ══╣beautiful╠══
aww. I keep forgetting you used to live here!

I wish I could afford the opal pieces! They are lovely. Maybe I'll save up. ;-)
earthy_goddess ══╣╠══
I am really happy you were able to spend the day with SabR. (She is so darn cute!) It seems like you had a great time together. I love that you were able to visit both trees. The magnolia is beautiful. I am sure it will be neat to see the young Tree that Owns Itself grow up. The photographs are great. You are looking lovely as always. Interesting about seeing Ashley. That is just too weird. Hope all is well for you!
sabr ══╣╠══
[x blush x]

But yes, we had lots of fun. The trees were gorgeous, despite being young (young for a tree anyway).
bel hearts sabR
belenen ══╣bel hearts sabR╠══
she IS so darn cute! Visiting the trees was so much fun -- the whole visit was, really.
sabr ══╣╠══
-x blush x-

Aww, thanks :D
Lonely Tree
jendaby ══╣Lonely Tree╠══
Oh, so pretty! You as well as the trees! I love the tree that owns itself! I should really visit GA someday! :)
sabr ══╣╠══
Yes you should :) it's pretty much awesome, especially considering the wonderful people who live here XD
belenen ══╣vivacious╠══
yes you should! definitely! today! or maybe tomorrow, as a birthday present, hee :D
kevloid2008 ══╣╠══
if a tree that owns itself falls in the forest, can the other trees sue it?
belenen ══╣giggling╠══
sabr ══╣╠══
I love these! All of them. haha, awesomeness. I love how "me" the ones of me are. Nearly barefoot, with my camera in tow. AND I love the one through Vince's eyes. Love that my little car pets are in there :D
belenen ══╣adoring╠══
I thought the ones of you were very 'you' too! glad you agree! ;-)
rockstarjoker4 ══╣╠══
You two take gorgeous pictures!

Knocked up wasn't a perfect movie by far, but it had potential. It was both enetertaining to a mass audience, and had the seeds of something with alot of heart. I don't know if Judd Apatow is ever going to make a movie that shows an independant, strong woman overcoming a life challenge (he really doesn't "Get" females for the most part) but perhaps, by showing everyone that a movie that makes people laugh, and makes alot of money doesn't HAVE to be American Pie or Scarry Movie- it will influence and encourage the person who IS going to make the movie that shows the world that women (or any one, regardless of gender) can be independant, self sufficient and STILL make it through life's tough times.
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══

hm, I didn't think of that! good point ;-)
blood_4_deniro ══╣╠══
you guys seem like you had fun! i never knew that tree existed. if i ever go down to GA to visit my grandma i'll have to not bypass the Atlanta area like i usually do and stop by the tree. and i have to say i love the color of your eyes :)
sabr ══╣╠══
Athens is so much better than Atlanta!
belenen ══╣wanderlust╠══
Well, that tree is in Athens, but if you come down you have to visit me for a few days anyway, so maybe we can pop over to Athens! ;-) Meeting you is definitely on my list of things to do before I kick the bucket :D

thank you for the eye compliment!
sabr ══╣╠══
Yes, you should pop over to Athens.

On a side note, I want to see the Bucket List :D
redarmy_pariah ══╣╠══
i was blood_4_deniro aka Katya, i'd really like to stay your friend. :)

btw...i'm resending your package. i didnt put enough postage on it ^^;;;;;
belenen ══╣effervescent╠══
okie dokie! looking forward to getting it! maybe it will arrive tomorrow, on my birthday :D
redarmy_pariah ══╣╠══
i hope so :) i re-sent it out 2 days ago
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