Belated Anniversary

Bribri and I have been married for 6 and 1/4 years. We have yet to celebrate our anniversary (January 7th) on the actual day. Every year we’ve been with our fellow AIA’ers at staff meetings. Last year we went to Seattle for a weekend later in January. This year, we did nothing. We didn’t even exchange cards. We were in Vancouver as visitors, not residents. It was an odd feeling, but that’s another story.

So I decided that we needed to get away and planned a quick trip to Asheville, NC. We stayed at a cute B&B, the Cedar Crest Inn. It was our first time staying in a B&B and it was lovely. We had our own bathroom and it got great reviews on tripadvisor.com, so we went for it.

It looked like a dollhouse my sister and I had growing up. 🙂 Such good memories.

I felt like I was walking into Downton Abbey (which I just finished watching for the 2nd time through). Or into an antique store, which we actually did shortly after arriving. But more on that another day. On our second day we went to the Biltmore Estate. If you’ve seen Richie Rich, you may recognize it. (Lots of other movies were filmed in the area, too.)

The weather was beautiful and the house was magnificent.

There were fountains…And gargoyles…And again I felt like I was walking around Downton.The garden was in full bloom. It reminded me of The Butchart Gardens in Victoria.Our breakfast at the B&B kept us so full that 2:00 rolled around and we figured we should eat something just because. Vanilla Brice got some ice cream made at the local dairy and I had the best cup of coffee that I’ve had in ages. Honestly, I couldn’t stop talking about it.

Then we wandered down the Blue Ridge Parkway.

For dinner we headed to Mellow Mushroom and I declared my love for hippies.

Although it could’ve been the Blue Moon talking.

I haven’t gotten a beer at a restaurant in a long time. But this one tasted so good, I wanted to chug it and had to pace myself since all I had in my system was the coffee from “lunch.” I think the nice big orange wedge made it extra sweet and the fact that I hadn’t eaten since breakfast (unthinkable for me) made it that much better.

The next day we went straight from Asheville to my bff’s in Spartanburg to meet her new baby Daba!

Here he is, less than a day old. 🙂 His name is really Tucker, but his big sis named him Daba (and some other names I can’t pronounce with a few numbers thrown in) a long time ago and it stuck.

Last week was busy and I felt quite frazzled at times, but it was well worth the miles. 🙂

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tired and numb

Oh man guys. I am beyond tired right now. I was just trying to remember the last week and was having a really hard time. It must be because it was not a normal week. Quick recap.

Thanksgiving was yummy. The Fowlers came down from VA and we all went to eat a late lunch at my folks’ place.

The Fowlers came back to our place and spent the night. Brian and his brother ventured out on Black Friday for the first time. It was overwhelming and over-rated. Then Brian’s sister came to visit with our nephew. Naturally he enjoyed Lola.

Saturday and Sunday we put up our Christmas tree, decorated for Christmas, and watched Elf at least 5 times. The Fowlers brought their old Christmas tree for us to use. I thought it was a coffin when they carried it inside. The tree is so big around that we could only put up half of it. It looks like something from Fringe where the tree traveled through time and ended up embedded into our wall.

Tuesday we left for Orlando to go to the NCCAA Soccer tournament. Traveling with just a carry-on and your boarding pass on your phone is the only way to go.

Got home around midnight on Thursday.

Worked all day Friday.

Drove 4.5 hrs to NoVa Friday night. It’s a long drive but it went by quickly because I read one of The Underland Chronicles out loud as we went. I’ve read them all before but they are good enough to enjoy reading again. And I love driving through Richmond at Christmas. The whole city is decorated with lights and it looks like a little Lego village.

Then we spent Saturday with the Fowler family and I did a fantastic Norwex show that night. It was fantastic because I got to hang out with some really fun people and I feel like I have finally found my niche.

We drove back to NC Sunday and read the next Underland Chronicles book. When we were almost home my dad called to tell us that my Grandma is in the hospital with a fractured back. She is okay, just in pain and will be in a brace for a while. I’m hoping to see her tomorrow.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand then I woke up early this morning to take Brian to get his ankle surgery. He had a routine scope done where they removed scar tissue from old injuries. Hopefully this means he’ll be able to run and play soccer again soon without pain. He’s doing well today, still numb from the knee down and has plenty of Vicodin waiting at the ready.

So, like I said, I’m tired. But happy. 🙂 I got my bunny back from her foster parents and my man is playing FIFA to keep himself awake which leaves me with control of the Netflix.

How to Wind Down

I can’t believe it.

I sat at my computer all. day. long.

But I must say, I got a ton of work done. Now that it’s 11:30, I can go to bed and turn my brain off.

My favorite way to wind down at night is to let the bunny out, get a bowl of cereal (current fave), and watch The Office (seasons 2-4 are the best), 30 Rock, or Parks and Rec (You had me at tornado).

All of these are viewed sans commercials via Netflix. 🙂

I have no idea what is happening in the world outside of my Facebook microcosm as we do not have cable. 😦

I was watching Parenthood, too, but that show is depressing. It makes me never want to have kids. Seriously, I had really sad dreams after watching it. But I do love Lauren Graham. Even though she plays the exact same character that she did in Gilmore Girls (RIP).

Fast fact: Lauren and BriBri went to the same high school in Springfield, VA.

And since no post is complete without a pic, may I present some Ron Swans’o Lanterns: