Thursday, March 28, 2013

Visiting Prague - Favorite Places Tour


Prague was another trip my dad and I made on our own.  In 2008, we visited for a week or so and did a LOT of walking.  It was one of my favorite trips - I wish I'd taken more pictures.  The architecture was so interesting.

**In preparation for my trip to Germany/Austria/Slovenia in April, I'm going to start a temporary travel series that revisits some of my favorite places and photos.**


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Visiting Charleston


The Christmas of Sophomore year my dad and I took a trip to Charleston.  I'd never been before, and it was a great couple days just the two of us.  At that point, I don't think I'd ever dreamed I'd live in South Carolina.

Charleston became one of my favorite places that trip.  My dad showed me much of the area's rich history, and in the times I've been back since, I've experienced a lot more of this big city with a small town personality.

**In preparation for my trip to Germany/Austria/Slovenia in April, I'm going to start a temporary travel series that revisits some of my favorite places and photos.**


Monday, March 25, 2013

The things you anticipate

I'm not usually the type to long for summer.  I've got a body that perpetually runs 10 degrees warmer than the people around me.  I'm always hot.  And during a South Carolina summer, that means I'm always sweaty.  I don't even appreciate sweat after an intense workout.  Why would I want to sweat after a simple walk to the mailbox?  Humidity is just something I just don't need in my life.

And yet I love and live in the south.  And right now, I'm dying for summer time.

I'll be away from home for the majority of April.  First I'll be in San Diego, CA & Florence, AZ to visit Kelsey and attend a county music festival.  Then two days later, Mike and I will board a plane for our road-trip through Germany/Austria/Slovenia.  When we get back, it will be nearly May and I am absolutely looking forward to wearing shorts, getting back into the habit of shaving my legs, and yes - even sweating a little bit when I'm sitting still.

During the summer we get to take long walks through Hopeland Gardens.  I can actually run without the cold air making my lungs burn and my mouth taste like battery acid.  We'll have cookouts and backyard volleyball and lake weekends and I won't feel like every evening is spent in hibernation.  I've always been a winter person, but lately the season has brought out my inner recluse and I'm ready to shed that skin.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Visiting North Florida

I hope you'll stick with me while I wax nostalgic for the next few posts.


I spent 2007 - 2011 exploring Leon and its neighboring counties. Tallahassee is unique in that it's about 45 minutes from the beach and the entire area is spotted with natural springs and sink holes.  The landscape is covered with infamous oak trees draped in spanish moss, seemingly abandoned small towns, and even more numerous than the oversized pick-up trucks are the winding back roads they travel.

Dock near Carabelle on the way to Alligator Point, one of my favorite beaches.

I spent a lot of time driving when I wasn't in class.  Aside from the several trips I made home to Virginia, the majority of the miles on my car came from mini-adventures within an hour or so of my house.

**In preparation for my trip to Germany/Austria/Slovenia in April, I'm going to start a temporary travel series that revisits some of my favorite places and photos.**

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Visiting Wakulla Springs

Wakulla Springs is about 15 miles south of Tallahassee.  It's easily one of the prettiest places in the panhandle (that's not a gulf shore beach or oak-lined canopy back road).  During the right time of year, you can take a glass-bottom boat tour, and most days you'll see a handful of gators and a manatee or two.

The water is an eerily clear and calm constant 69 degrees.  In the heat of a Florida summer, the banks of the spring will be flooded with tourists and locals alike.  If you're one of the few who doesn't have a pool in your yard, Wakulla Springs (along with many of Leon County's sink holes) are a great way to escape the humidity.  Don't worry, the gators tend to avoid all the splashing.

It's also just really pretty to look at.

Wakulla Springs scan be a great place bird to watch if you're into that, and they'll tell you all about the native flora and fauna if you take a ride on a boat.  It's not rare to see Bald Eagles perched atop the bald cypress trees, along with reptiles and other winged critters among the knees.

Those aren't eagles. Those are vultures.

Wakulla is also pretty famous for serving as the backdrop for a few Hollywood Hits.  "Several of the early Tarzan films, including Tarzan's New York Adventure starring Johnny Weissmuller, were filmed on location at the springs. Other movies, such as Creature from the Black Lagoon, Night Moves, Airport '77, and Joe Panther starring Brian Keith and Ricardo Montalb├ín, were also filmed on location at Wakulla Springs." - Wikipedia

If you're ever in the area, I hope you'll visit.

**In preparation for my trip to Germany/Austria/Slovenia in April, I'm going to start a temporary travel series that revisits some of my favorite places and photos.**

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Saturday Boredom

I guess this qualifies as "Wordless Wednesday."  Or at least it would have had I not added these few sentences at the end.  These are a few things I worked on in Illustrator last week.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

1 Year with Mike

One year of marriage.

One year of tolerance, acceptance, compromise, frustration, laughter, love, and friendship.

One year of togetherness.

One year of forgiveness.

"Love doesn't just happen to you. It is a choice, and represents a commitment. You must choose to love. Love is not an emotion. It's something we do that can produce an emotion, but love is an action. An action that must be practiced over and over."

Happy Anniversary, Mike.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

My Reading List

Before I die (wow, that sounds really dramatic), I want to read all the books on this list.

  1. Ulysses
  2. Madame Bovary
  3. Lolita
  4. The Great Gatsby
  5. Great Expectations
  6. Notes From Underground
  7. Catch-22
  8. Charlotte’s Web
  9. White Noise
  10. The Information
  11. The Sun Also Rises
  12. Wuthering Heights
  13. The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  14. The Catcher in the Rye
  15. War and Peace
  16. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  17. Absalom, Absalom!
  18. Howard’s End
  19. The Grapes of Wrath
  20. Atlas Shrugged
  21. 1984
  22. Billy Budd
  23. On the Road
  24. Sense and Sensibility
  25. A Farewell to Arms
  26. Lord of the Flies
  27. Huckleberry Finn
  28. The End of the Affair
  29. To Kill a Mockingbird
  30. The Sound and the Fury
  31. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
  32. Tender Is the Night
  33. Finnegans Wake
  34. A Room With a View
  35. From Here to Eternity
  36. Sister Carrie
  37. Crime and Punishment
  38. Animal Farm
  39. As I Lay Dying
  40. Hunger
  41. Time’s Arrow
  42. Franny and Zooey
  43. Midnight's Children
  44. Pride and Prejudice
  45. A Passage to India
  46. The Secret History
  47. The Rules of Attraction 
  48. The Postman Always Rings Twice
  49. Moby-Dick
  50. A Sentimental Education
I've already read a few of the ones that aren't crossed off yet, but I want to re-read them.

How's that for a random Saturday post?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

A wee bathroom reno

I get restless sometimes.  And that means the house gets changed.  I wanted to put a vanity in the small bathroom for more storage.  We found one at Lowe's on sale and couldn't argue with it.  We also picked up some shelving.  So now everything ugly is hidden away.  It's not getting featured in Martha Stewart any time soon, but it's an improvement.

Yes the tags are still on my towels.  I haven't decided if I like them or not yet. And I hung all the shelves by myself while Mike was at work. *pats back*

My favorite part of the bathroom is that picture of Buffalo.  Just staring.

We also finally hung something in the hallway.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013


1. Kelsey at an appearance in Charlotte.  I got to "chaperone." // 2. Mike looking fabulous. // 3. Ginger begging for some attention. // 4. Mike getting started on our little bathroom reno. // 5. Night out in Ballston. // 6. Bella keeping a watchful eye. // 7. Tiffany's presents at a 25th anniversary party. // 8. Buffalo being a creep. // 9. Taylor and Me at Great Falls.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Visiting Washington D.C.

You can catch up with part 1 here.

After lunch it was finally time to do what Taylor had been looking forward to all day. The Wax Museum...

I guess we got tired of the city, maybe because of the weather or possibly impractical footwear decisions, but we spent the afternoon out enjoying some scenery at Great Falls.

And then Taylor took me to see her home-town and the new winery out in Clifton.

That evening we went to see Safe Haven in Arlington.  It was not a great movie experience, but I got a free ticket out of the ordeal.  Sometimes confrontation can be good.


Friday, March 08, 2013

Life of Late

How is it a week into March already?


Thursday, March 07, 2013

That time I got addicted to Illustrator

I've always had an obsession with typography. So, I decided to teach myself Adobe Illustrator.  And by "teach" I mean a lot of frustrating hours with the pen tool.

I love the book "Anne of Green Gables" and this is one of my favorite quotes:

Anyway.  That's all I have to say this Thursday.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Cake & Cheese

I know that doesn't sound like a great combination, but trust me, it is.  Mike and I went to a diaper shower the other night, so he made cake and I made macaroni.

Every time I make it it's a little bit different, but it's always a variation of my mom's recipe.  Sometimes there's egg and flour involved, other times there's corn starch, and every now and then butter-soaked ritz crackers on top.

Macaroni and cheese is probably my favorite thing to eat. Unless it's cheese in its natural state - block form with wine on the side.


Monday, March 04, 2013

Visiting Washington D.C.

I spent the weekend in DC with Taylor, and on Friday we embraced our inner tourists by exploring our little feet off.  I say that, but in reality we walked around, I took pictures, and Taylor put up with me for 8 hours...

Our first stop was the National Mall, and after that we headed to the Smithsonian Botanical gardens because I got it in my head that I could find some landmarks from the show Bones. Bones is filmed mostly in LA.  And the Jeffersonian is not a real building.  Just so you know.  I found that out after walking all over creation in search of this fake institute.

The botanical gardens were really pretty though...

Next we headed to the White House so see Barack and Michelle and the lady who's been peacefully protesting since the creation of time.  

We stopped for lunch at a place called Nando's.  I first found Nando's when I lived in England.  My friends and I ate there all the time and I was excited to discover it was actually a chain and there were a couple in DC.  Their chicken is theeeee best.

Stay tuned for part dos.
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