Thursday, September 25, 2014

Flori-EE-Duh

The month of traveling has almost come to a close!  Whoopee!  I've been cleaning and burning candles tonight, in celebration of re-bonding with my house.  Our first trip of many this month was a long one to Florida.  Here's a jolly little photo bomb:


We spent the first weekend in St. Petersburg with a friend in her ah-mazing house! I am obsessed with her 1950's era house:  open floor flan, old brick walls and pillars to separate spaces.  And it's right on the Tampa bay.  I was in Heaven.  Another benefit is that it comes with an adorable Chihuahua!




In St. Pete we visited the Dali museum!  Who knew Florida housed such a cultural mecca?!
We had an amazing tour guide who had been to Dali's home and birthplace and taught us so much!  It makes me realize that I have forgotten quite a bit from college Art History.  I can't believe they gave me a degree in it!


I guess mustaches are truly experiencing their hey-day.  Apparently Dali was quite the showman, so the mustache tribute was appropriate.


While in the city we also visited 3 Daughter's Brewery.  I can't recommend that place enough.  It seems like a lot of breweries specialize in one genre of beer, but 3 Daughters had a really nice selection.  It was housed in this giant factory-like building full of games!  Of course there was cornhole (boring) but there was also life-sized Jenga, shuffle board, checkers, foosball...and Connect Four!



Once we finally made it to the beach, there is really not much else to say.  Every day was coffee, beach, read, eat, beach, nap, shower, eat, wine...repeat.  Sadly these are all iPhone photos but the view is still impressive!  Anna Maria Island is really wonderful because it isn't very commercialized.  There was one restaurant on the beach and it blended in nicely with all the beach houses.  It made for a very relaxing week!















Once at the beach the only rendezvous we took was into Sarasota to visit the Ringling museum.  The Ringling family built a mansion on the Tampa bay that is quite opulent.  I took tons of photos on my SLR but have since lost that cord thingy that lets me put thangs on the intarwebs.  Maybe one day.
Our time at the Ringling museum was quite the odd experience.  I did learn a lot about the original traveling circuses and what a production it was to move the whole show, by train, every day.  But aside from all the costumes and clowns, I have never been watched so closely by a staff before.  Everyone constantly told us to watch our umbrella, to make sure not to touch anything and followed us around the exhibits.  I've been to plenty of museums and never experienced this, maybe they were over staffed?

Here I am with some sad, sad clowns who empathized with our plight.


The Ringling home, Ca' d' Zan (House of John, apparently?)



After the beach we spent one last night in St. Pete, but I am going to save a solo post for that one since this is already photo-heavy.  We really just ate lots of yummy food, read books and walked on the beach.  I can't remember having a more relaxing vacation. :)


Friday, September 19, 2014

September, oh September

This month is CRAZY.  I love traveling to see my family friends, and it's honestly something that won't change until we can live in two places at once.  But lemme tell ya, each Sunday when we get home it takes all the energy I have left to order food, pick it up and sit my bum on the couch.  
This past weekend was another one full of love and family, and this weekend is sure to be the same.  
Even though this pace is surely quick, it makes me relish lazy days at home! :)

A few of my favorite things from the week:

1. We spent last weekend in Atlanta with my family and I got to babysit Louisa for the first time!  It was honestly a bit boring as she was asleep the whole time...but it's still a first!  She is still maintaining her reign as #cutestbabyever and probably will until my sister births more offspring.


2. The actual occasion for the family gathering was a wedding.  I am a casual soul at heart, but I do love a chance to get dressed up!  Not too shabby, eh?


I love this picture of the bride!


3. FALL.  Fall is my favorite.  
I love the sweaters, all things pumpkin flavored and the smell of the air.  And I love Halloween.  
Which leads me to...Miss Piggy.  
Please someone, embarrass your pet and buy this!


4. I drink my coffee black. 
EXCEPT when I can put pumpkin spice yumminess in it.  I know the Starbucks version is chock full of nasty so I am working on an impostor.  I'll keep ya posted on that one.

5.  I don't shop very often but when I do, it often straddles the line between straight-up-hideous and teenie bopper.  I like to think of my style as "comically cute".  This 80's box of a sweatshirt falls in that category and I'm pumped about it. 


P.S. I am not choking my dog, she stuck her own head in there.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

One year of Mozey

Mozey was adopted on September 13, 2013

Let's take an indulgent look back shall we?

Her story actually begins with a different dog.  Last August we went to Florida right after Heather's friend adopted the adorable, and so tiny, Pip.  The dog discussion had happened many times and the idea of getting one of our own had been festering.  After meeting Pip I filled out an adoption form for her brother Pedro on my iPhone and screwed it up three times.  There was Sangria involved.  The agency wouldn't let us take the dog out of Florida, which was probably for the best because there was no action plan waiting for us back in NC.  No vet, no food, nada.

Baby Pip!

But, the seed had been planted and the Pet Finder search was ON.  If you haven't used Pet Finder it is totally worth checking out.  You can search based on all sorts of parameters like size, age, breed and location.  We knew we wanted a smaller dog since I was in an apartment at the time.  After some intense searching I found Monkeyface and this was her photo:

"Monkeyface"

Another ridiculous adoption photo. 

I mean...woah.  My dad says she is the ugliest cute dog he knows and there is something hilarious about this photo to me.  I love how that baby has her arm around Mozey, she really is that docile.  A week or so later we went to go meet her.  Look how scared and small she was!  I know she is still a small dog but for real... she was so pathetic! Although, the whole "Please sir, can I have some more?" look adds to the tiny factor here:

First meeting!
We spent some time talking to the woman who ran the rescue and learned that Mozey had Parvo and was dropped at a shelter because her family couldn't afford to, or didn't want to, treat her.  Parvo is normally fatal and very expensive to treat.  Once she was healthy she was adopted another time and dropped off again, but we don't know why.   She was then pulled from that kill shelter to the rescue in SC.

The shelter really wanted us to take her home that night but I really didn't think we could make such an important commitment that quickly.  We left, then stopped in a parking lot down the road for a bit and almost drove back to pick her up.  Ultimately, we went back to the mountains to think.  Two days later we made the drive back to South Carolina and took her home.  On our second meeting, little Mo was wearing an adorable rainbow bandana (werk it) and she finally came to rest at home in Asheville!  

First night home!
The next morning it became apparent that Mozey needed to visit the Vet...*cough*worms*cough*
The poor thing was a hot mess when we got her, which makes me even more thankful that we could take her home and clean her up.


Mozey was actually Hazel and/or Lemon until we took a walk while waiting at the doctor.  A chat with some random strangers outside a coffee shop helped us choose.  Here's a real cool shot from that decisive moment:


After and then it was off to Boone!  It makes total sense to get a dog and leave on a trip the next day right?  We have pretty much flowed that way ever since and it seems to work.  Here is she conked out after a long car ride:


Hiking up on the Blue Ridge Parkway the next day:



The first weekend with Mozey was a gorgeous adventure and I can only see that continuing.  I never knew how much I could love a furry being until she became a part of our family.  
Here's to many more years together, my little friend!











Friday, September 12, 2014

Fri-DEE!

Woah!  It has been a wild 2 weeks.  Here's 5 things that have been going on lately:

1.  We got back from Florida on Sunday and it was amazing.   I thought I may write a post or two while I was away, I even brought my laptop.  But the only thing on my daily agenda was eating my weight in melon and applying boatloads of sunscreen.  Both were rewarding.

2.  Sunsets.  
I will share more from our trip but I have to say one of the coolest parts was the ocean sunsets.  Comparing the different clouds and colors every night was so cool!  I've never spent much extended time at the beach so I feel like I got to know it a bit with 8 days in one place.  

The last night!

3. Mozey!  I missed that dog so bad while we were gone.  Heather and I talked about her like she was a human the whole time: "Aw, I wish Mozey could be here to see this."  So weird.  
When we returned we were overjoyed to discover that she has learned a new trick:  
Humping "Moosey" the stuffed moose toy.
Proud mama moment.

4. Travel, travel, travel.  September seems to always be such a busy month for us.  We have a few more trips to make this month and then I am going to refuse to leave my zip code for month number ten.

5.  I started my new job on Monday.  I LOVE IT and I AM SO TIRED.  It is exhausting not knowing what in the world is happening.  All the intense listening, note taking and concentration takes it out of me! (Also, refer back to Number 1.)  I have a feeling it'll be worth it, though.  I am having a blast so far and I know it will only get better.

What's up with y'all?

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