Thursday, January 27, 2011

Spoke too soon!

We're officially going to Wyoming.  Trip is booked.  This is where we're staying:

But we're going in May so there will be less snow.

I get to spend a week in the mountains with this guy:


Tuesday, January 25, 2011


I don't think I've told the internet world lately how much I love this guy:

That's Mike beaming over his new God-daughter, Peyton.



Every now and then I have a really hard time making decisions.  Actually, it's more of a constant struggle than a periodic occurrence.  My latest dilemma is deciding whether to take a trip to the Bahamas or Wyoming.

The decision is hard for a few reasons...

1. The Bahamas and Jackson Hole, Wyoming are very different places
2. I'm not entirely sure what kind of vacation I'm in the mood for
3. Photo-ops

The trip is the first week of May and the weather in Wyoming is still pretty chilly, at least according to and I rely on their forecasts the same way a crack head relies on her dealer.  The Bahamas is a lot cheaper to visit because we can get a pretty stellar military discount and pay for 7 days what the average schmuck pays for 1 night.

Buttt I just keep imagining the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park, and when I think about all the beautiful photo opportunities in Wyoming I feel a little bitter towards the Bahamas.  Then I remember the swim-up bar, white sandy beaches and lazy hammocks waiting in Freeport.  Not to mention the hardcore tanning I'd be able to accomplish.  Suddenly I picture my current body in a bikini and immediately decide Wyoming, wearing jeans and a puffy jacket, is where I need to permanently relocate in order to avoid any and all embarrassing bathing suit experiences.

But, I think I've decided on the Bahamas.  There will be other chances to visit Wyoming, and a relaxing, fruity-drink-sipping, laying around with my boyfriend type of vacation seems like the best option for a graduation present.  


Sunday, January 23, 2011


Mike came to see me.  We went to Asheville's Winter Warmer Beer Festival and didn't take a single picture together.

Tomorrow it's back to work.  Maybe I'll have a clever blog post soon. I know these life updates are rather lack-luster.

So, Blogger I'm back!

Having my own "website" was cool, but considering I'm unemployed and in a constant state of broke-ness, I've decided to come back to my favorite free blogging platform! Yaysies! The blog is in for a major redesign so please forgive any temporary ugliness.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Busy MLK weekend!

So, Saturday Megan and I went to the Biltmore.

Then we explored downtown Asheville, 

saw some street performers...

Then on Sunday we went waterfall hunting,

Megan at Looking Glass Falls in Pisgah National Forest

Me and Megan at Hooker Falls

Megan at High Falls

High Falls again.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

online extra

I wrote four snippets about renovated courthouses in the area for an online piece that should be up by the weekend.  Everything got delayed because of the snow day.

I got my first round of edits back today,

My favorite part is the "great job!" at the top. =)

Sorry some of the words are cut off.  Considering the amount of edits I've seen on other people's assignments, I'm pretty proud of myself.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Business as Usual

They plowed, salted, and shoveled and today, after 9 inches of snow yesterday, Asheville was open, and except for the piles of snow and slush, it was like there wasn't a major winter storm less than 24 hours ago.
Everything is still snow covered, and I had to dig my car out this morning but luckily it wasn't frozen shut.  I left extra early so that I'd make it on time in case I had to drive really slow, but the roads were practically dry, no worse than after a little bit of rain.  I was super early for work so I went to Sister's and got a nice cup of hot cocoa which I then burned my tongue on.
It's supposed to stay below freezing for a couple days so most of the snow will probably stick around which is fine by me, I think it's pretty.

Monday, January 10, 2011


My street covered in snow


A tree in the "Hippie Garden" across the street.

Pretty front porch flowers

Sunday, January 09, 2011


Wall in downtown Asheville

Snowy tree


The courthouse on the left.



Thursday, January 06, 2011

Another good day

Today I wrote three short features, about 50 words each that will probably be going in the March/April issue.  I also started working on a list of local fund-raisers for the March/April issue.  I spent more time familiarizing myself with the magazine's editing standards and even assisted in editing two articles.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Hump Day

Another day bites the dust! Today was GREAT.  I wrote four short (100 word) snippets that will hopefully be posted on the website by the weekend and I compiled a list of possible topics to include in a round-up I'll be helping with next week.
Photos to come shortly I hope!


Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Day 3 in Asheville...

And it already feels like home.  I love my room, love my house, love my neighborhood.  This is the first time I've ever had such a long list of things I want to do.  There are so many options here in Asheville, and West Asheville (where I live), is apparently way more super awesome than I could have imagined. I can't wait to get out and explore this weekend.

Today was my first day at the magazine and it was nowhere near as stressful as I was imagining/dreading.  My...manager...I don't know what to call her.  We'll call her M.  M was very nice.  She didn't even make fun of me for arriving 45 minutes before the office opened.  I got introduced to all 8 of the other people who work there.  I thought it was funny that two people could make up the entire marketing department.  I'll be part of the production department, and when the other interns start next week, they'll be distributed between production, marketing and sales.  

I even get my own Mac desktop computer to work on, a fancy phone to accidentally hang up on people with, and an e-mail address!

Today was basically a short orientation (the real one will happen when the other interns come).  I spent a lot of time brainstorming and then mailed off some of the current issue to contributors before leaving at about 1:00.

All for now,

LOVE FROM 12 West!   


Monday, January 03, 2011


So tomorrow is my first day at the magazine.  I'm excited/nervous/anxious/worried/ecstatic ...the usual.

Today was spent getting my life in order as far as my room is concerned.  I'm renting a room in a 5 bedroom house.  It's nice, good location, friendly roommates.



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