Thursday, March 24, 2016

Currently: March 24, 2016

Somehow March has turned into a busy, busy month. I am learning how to use my free time in a more productive way, and I'm actually enjoying the challenge. As a fam with no kids and a pretty slacker-tastic lawn, my evenings are usually free to do what I please. But with lots of travel, weekend outings and family visits, I've had to be on top of it.

Here's what's been going on in my neck of the woods (and beyond):

Two weekends ago I journeyed to DC for a quick visit to see my college besties. Our beautiful friendship began in Adams Hall at Dickinson College in 2006. In August we will celebrate 10 years of friendship, and it was pretty funny to note how different life is now. We were in bed by midnight both nights and not one person tripped on their high heel. Look how far we've come!

My oldest friend of all time, Abbey, also lives in DC and was kind enough to scoop me from my hotel and take me to the airport that Sunday. In between, we had a few hours to kill during which we wandered aimlessly, ate pizza and one made very illegal U-turn. Very reminiscent of our years in central Pennsylvania, wandering the back roads, finding crazy abandoned houses to hang out in. Love this lady! #cepa4lyfe

This past weekend, we celebrated my love's birthday in Hot Springs, NC. Check out that loft where we got to sleep! Both of us slept like babies for 9+ hours both nights, it was crazy. We soaked in the mineral tubs twice, enjoyed a low country boil and lots of campfire sitting. It was perfect!

Now, we've got family in town, and more coming this weekend.

Let the whirlwind continue!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Five on Friday: March 11, 2016

Every time I do one of these I say that it has been a while...and it has!

Here's five things from this week:

After being gone for a week, I picked up Heather form the airport on Sunday and planned a pretty awesome date night. Honestly, it wasn't fancy or exciting, but it was relaxing and reconnecting, which felt really good. On the way back from the airport, we grabbed a drink and caught up from our time apart. When we got back home, I had dinner ready which we ate on the deck in our {new!} furniture and we just drank wine and talked until it got too cold to be outside! Super simple and lovely.

Speaking of absolute favorite thing in the world is to drink coffee outside in the morning. It is finally getting warm enough to do this and it makes me SO happy. It's the little things, no?

Sticking with the outdoors-based consumption of food and drinks, I loaded my Stanley cold pint with the Wedge's Iron Rail IPA (which they just started canning!!) and we took a beautiful sunset stroll the other day. I like making an event out of something so simple, it REALLY IS the little things.

I get to have Easter with my niece this year! Having kids in your life makes you excited about things you never thought you would give a rat's a$$ about. (Daycare costs?! Front versus back-facing car seats?! Easter baskets?! Yay!)

I may even plan an Easter egg hunt, shit's getting real domestic around here.

Saving the best for last.

Today, I am on my way to see my besties from college, who also just happen to be my besties from life in general. And, it's for a very good reason.

After college, my friend Andrea's younger brother Andrew died after fighting Neuroblastoma for 15 years. This Saturday, Courtney will run the Rock n' Roll Half Marathon in DC in his honor and has been raising money for Andrew's Army, the foundation named after Andrew.


You can still give to her CrowdRise. Follow the link here to donate!

That's all folks!

Friday, March 4, 2016

If You're Nosey And You Know It, Raise Your Hand!

In the first post I ever wrote, I said that I wanted to start a blog because I am nosey. This fact remains boldy true in my life. Small talk ain't my thing, give me the dirt! So here is a little dirt, or just some general weirdness. Hope you enjoy!


I love toothpicks but I hate to floss.

I actually care about the direction that toilet paper rolls. From the top, obviously.

I share toothbrushes with people. It's never seemed gross to me!

Each time I get out of the shower I cannot wait to put lotion on my feet, they feel so dry.

When I'm cooking I always slather the extra coconut or olive oil on the ends of my hair.

I constantly leave all the cabinet doors open in the kitchen.

I have loved writing since I was a kid. I would write emo poetry on our old Dell desktop and hide it in my "private" folder. Stealthy.

Heather and I closed on our house after only dating for 8 months.

I went to Southern Baptist summer camp for seven years, and I loved it.

I played the violin for 6 years, was fairly good at it, and then quit when I was 15. I never opened it once ... until about a month ago!

I constantly struggle between the two sides of my personality. For instance, I'm extremely sentimental but I also hate clutter and want to get rid of every unnecessary item!

I was a die-hard cat lady until we got Mozey.

I was an Art History major in college and earned a Spanish minor, even though I know that I was missing one required class. Don't tell Dickinson...

I love to read and have obsessively collected the quotes I like from books since high school.

I have, and wear, clothes that belonged to both of my grandmothers.

I have a king-sized bed and don't know how I could ever go back to a queen!


So there it is, I have finally revealed myself to be semi-disgusting, semi-interesting. What's the strangest thing about yourself?

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Photo I Didn't Take

While I was running this morning I had the urge to whip out my phone to snap a photo. I'm sure this inclination hits me at least once a day, and I recently bought a fancy new camera so I've been pretty focused on catching beautiful, special moments.

Contrary to my normal thought pattern, today I had a moment where I felt like it would be more meaningful not to take the photo. On my run this morning, the sunrise over the river made me stop and watch and think for a while. My mind wandered to a place where every morning I got to wake up to insanely beautiful vistas, like those nomadic trustafarians who dominate #vanlife. (Seriously, no hate, I would love to live that life.) And, honestly, I could live in the rural part of Asheville and wake up in the clouds every morning so the onus is on me to create these moments.

Which I did today.

Today, I hauled my butt out of bed and into the 33-degree temps. (It's that weird time of year where there's frost on the ground in the morning and the sun is blazing at 1 PM.) I consider myself a morning person but struggle to find the chutzpah to work out before work.

Today, I did it, and it was 100% worth it.

I'm very lucky to live so close to the river and the two parks that flank it. This morning, I ran east, directly into the rising sun. The path I chose takes a steep dip down towards the river, the road a good 25 meters to my left and up a large embankment. The feeling is that of running in a protected space, a grassy wall to the left, the river a few meters to the right.

As I rounded the bend by my favorite tree, I saw the sun peaking up above the distant mountain ridges, on the far side of the river. This is the photo I didn't take.

The grass in front of me on the riverbank was tipped in glittering frost and the warmer water was causing steam to rise in slow waves. Through the naked tree branches, the sun shot bright rays all full of yellows and oranges, illuminating the evaporating water like little, low-hanging clouds. There was no one else around, just me and my pup, feeling the stillness of the cold morning air.

That's the photo I didn't take and I think I like it better in my mind.