When do we get back to the way it used to be?

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I go back and forth on this. Sometimes, I don’t like what I see. But I am the one responsible for it. I can use my anxiety and depression as a crutch. But I’m not gonna. I don’t believe in making excuses. It’s not who I am or how I define myself.

So, here we are in this forever confusing winter. One of unusual and bizarre warmth and now one of icy cold temps and snow, slush and icicles everywhere in my town. Maybe the truth is this depresses me. Well, because it does. I hate the long winter. Truth be told, it hasn’t been bad. We got next to nothing for so long. But as soon as we get into March, it snows and then snows and sleets some more.

Every year, this is what happens here in New York City. Whether you live in Staten Island like me or the other four boroughs, it’s too confusing for words. If you were lucky, you didn’t get any snow or little like here. But lots of ice which makes it even more fun. If you live in certain parts of New Jersey, you got belted with over a foot of the white stuff. If you are from Connecticut or Boston, you’re buried with about two feet with more on the way in Massachusetts. It doesn’t sound like Long Island got hit too bad either.

Maybe when I go back on a normal schedule tomorrow with work and the gym, I’ll feel better. More like myself. I’ve just been bored lately. From the past Friday when the snow crud started. When I get into these ruts, they tend to stick around a while. But I’ll push myself out of it Wednesday and get myself back to who I truly am.

Hence why I went live on Facebook before an why I am writing in this space. Music helps. I was just listening to this cool song from The Girl Next Door.

Wasn’t Elisa Cuthbert breathtaking in it? Who wouldn’t drop everything for her in that movie? Now she’s married to Dion Phaneuf and that’s just boring. I know how that sounds but whatever became of her career? Jesus.

Do you ever stop to “Take A Picture?” I do. Whether it’s capturing a perfect sunset with daylight savings giving me more time if the sun makes an appearance. Or a fascinating photo of the moon or stars above or just one of mother nature. I love taking pictures. It’s fun just to shoot something once in a while. That’s what my Instagram’s for.

Normalcy is good. So, I’ll return to the real world and get back at it. Oh. And it won’t just be fun and games. But life. It’s what I need right now. Peace. ❤

Serena goes for history at US Open

Serena Williams aims for history when she attempts to tie Steffi Graf for the most grand slams in the Open Era at the US Open. Can she also become the first player to win all four slams in a season since Graf? Associated Press/Getty Images

Tennis is in full swing starting Monday. The final grand slam of the year kicks off on August 31. A late start to the US Open. But the Big Apple is ready.

So are the players including Serena Williams, who will attempt to become the first player to win all four grand slams in the same year since Steffi Graf did it in 1988.The 33-year old number one ranked American has dominated this season posting a 48-2 match record while winning the last four slams including last year’s Open over gal pal Caroline Wozniacki. Williams says she’s ready for the challenge. It should be exciting to follow.

Who can stop her? Simona Halep, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka are the best candidates. Azarenka usually gives Serena the best matches. There are always twists and turns. She remains ranked outside the top 10. If put in the same section, the two-time Australian Open champion is a strong hard court player who can go toe to toe with Williams. However, it’s Serena’s serve that remains the biggest weapon on the WTA Tour. That combined with the will to win make her one of the all-time greats.

I’ll also give honorable mention to Petra Kvitova. But she’s better on grass where she’s won two Wimbledons. Though she is a big hitter albeit a bit streaky. You never know what to expect from the big Czech. Belinda Bencic recently defeated Williams in Toronto. The Swiss teen sensation is a player to watch. Hopefully, she won’t fizzle out like Canadian Genie Bouchard. Down to number 25, Bouchard has become an afterthought despite her looks. She has had an awful season losing 16 of 25 matches.

Wozniacki is always a candidate at her favorite tournament. A two-time runner up, the blonde Danish beauty is ranked fourth and is a crowd favorite. But her season has been disappointing. Particularly at the slams with her best result a fourth round showing at Wimbledon where she lost to Spanish finalist Garbine Muguruza. If you missed her photo shoot, shame shame. It would be nice to see her finally win one. We’ll see if she has another run in store.

The U.S. Open doesn’t release the bracket until Friday. But Williams is the top seed and expected to complete the grand slam. Not the Serena slam. This is much bigger. She’s also going for her 22nd major which would match Graf for the most all-time in the Open Era. Margaret Court won a record 24. It would be great to see Serena tie Graf and have a cool ceremony featuring the former number one ranked German. One can only hope.