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Wow, I am having a hard time believing that not only is November more than half over, Thanksgiving is only a couple of days away! Originally, we were hoping this weekend would be a little more about resting up and getting ready for our trip to NC, but it ended up being a little more on the side of spending time with friends with a few errands thrown in.
One thing I managed to get done, that was long over due, was dying my hair. To keep the color nice and vibrant, I bleach my light brown roots to blond every other month. It’s actually been more like two months since the last time, and while things looked “fine”, it wasn’t the vibrant color I’ve come to love. It took me a couple of hours, but I managed to not only bleach my roots but freshen up the pink, with two rounds of air drying thrown in to minimize the damage. Things look much better now, but that bit where my hair was blond was really odd for me. I kept looking at myself in the mirror and trying to figure out if I hated it or loved it… jury is still out. I also received this little surprise in the mail on Saturday. I was a little confused, but I thought my mother-in law had just sent me a some supplies to freshen up my garden come spring. However upon closer inspection, this was what Amazon sent me instead of the nose stud I’d ordered. Tiny to be sure, but lacking the sterling silver filigree and the opal I was expecting. Customer service was thoroughly confused by the mix up and ultimately decided to issue a refund and told me to keep the seeds – they didn’t want them either. Sunday morning Andy caught a little bit of manly down time while I headed out to Basic Bitch Brunch with some friends. We wore our paid and blanket scarves ironically, but were literally out-basic’ed by another group within five minutes of entering the restaurant. There was a bit of laughter and the decision that we’d all just have to try harder next time. If you’re in the Tallahassee area, I whole-heartedly recommend Table 23 for brunch; the food was great, our waiter was fantastic, and the bar staff happily mixed up a round of virgin mimosas and poinsettias for those of us who couldn’t drink. One of the nicest large group dining experiences I’ve had in a long time. If you do decide to try it out, I recommend starting with either the sticky buns or the house made biscuits. The were so good they were divided up and gone before I could get my camera out. Sunday ended as it often does, with me making cupcakes in the kitchen after dinner. The only difference was that these were going to work with me instead of Andy. We had our holiday luncheon on Monday and I signed up to bring Apple Spice Cupcakes with Brown Butter Frosting. I think they turned out pretty well; I’ll have to write the recipe down next time so I can share it with you guys.
Tonight I am hoping to finish up what trip packing is left over from the weekend. We are driving as far as Savannah Wednesday night, and I’d like to get to the city in time to do dinner in the historic district and maybe the teeniest bit of walking around. That means I’ll have to have the car packed and ready to head out as soon as I leave the office at 2. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
It was a bitter sweet weekend. There was quite a bit of outing and abouting, but it was all tainted by the fact that my mom was heading back to NC on Monday. Friday night my mom and I ran some errands, grabbed ice cream, and wandered around a used book store I discovered a few weeks ago. I had no intention of buying anything, but I’d picked up two books within five minutes of entering the shop. Poor Oliver was greatly disturbed by the fact that we spent the bulk of our weekend hours away from the house. Even worse when we were home we were working on other things and not giving him the attention he feels he so rightly deserves. The picture above pretty much sums it up. Andy trying to get some work done on his laptop, Oliver in his lap, but with sad face because he wants the whole lap and mean daddy won’t put the evil laptop away. My mom just HAD to get the pumpkin spice pancakes when we went out for breakfast. Not only were the pancakes pumpkin spice flavor, the whipped cream was as well, and the plate was sprinkled with Pumpkin Spice Oreos and garnished with a candy corn pumpkin. I got queasy just looking at the plate. She was a happy camper though. We managed to squeeze in a decent amount of cooking/baking in between trips and errands. There was slow cooker apple butter, apple plum cake, toffee chip brownies, and homemade bread. We also broke my apple peeler/slicer so I’ll be doing things the old fashioned way until I get it replaced. Our biggest event this weekend was going to the Corn Maze at Aunt Louise’s Farm (full post on that later). It was a first for my mother and myself, and we had an absolute blast. There was also a giant corn pit, plenty of farm animals, homemade jams and jellies for sale and cornbread waffles which were pretty great.
All and all it was a really good weekend. We are all a little worn out, but we regret nothing 🙂
While I am not going to start worrying about my yearly resolutions until I turn 30 in March, I like to take this time of year and think about what an incredible and busy year 2015 has been. Here are some of the highlights:
- Participating my very first Color Run – it ended up being even more fun than I’d hoped, and I would really like to do it again next year. Probably with fairy wings and a tutu, you know, for funsies.
- Spending a long weekend with the Lubattis – Great food, cold weather, lots of laughter, some of my favorite people, and getting to play auntie to two adorable girls? It doesn’t get much better than that.
- Attending the 3rd annual Maiedae Mixer – Sometimes the task of maintaining your blog can get a bit daunting, and there is nothing like spending an evening playing dress up and interacting with other creatives to get things back on track.
- Going apple picking – it was muddy, and I quickly discovered that flip flops are a poor choice in footwear, but the orchard was beautiful and I felt so amazingly proud later when I made apple butter from apples I had hand picked.
- Getting my braces off – After 3+ years, I am so happy have them gone. No more cutting the inside of my mouth, no more tiny rubber bands littering the inside of my purse, and no more spending 20 minutes after I eat pulling things out of my braces. And I can have granola again.
- Taking a silk dying class – silk dying is something I’ve always be curious about. There are some truly spectacular techniques out there and while this class was for basic beginners, it was enough to make me want to take more advanced courses and maybe invest in some supplies of my own.
- Dying my hair pink – now this one is a little sneaky sneaky. I work for a fairly conservative company, and while they are “okay” with my piercings and tattoos that is pretty much where the indulgence in my alternative wardrobe choices ends. So I have been slowly transitioning my hair color from a natural-ish red to fuchsia. We are three months into the process now and things are definitely on the more pink end of the spectrum and no one has really caught on.
- Discovering the miracle of acupuncture – after all of my health issues earlier this year, I was desperate to find something that would allow me to resume some semblance of a “normal” life. The addition of acupuncture to my weekly routine has been a huge help getting things back on track.
- Quality time with my mom – I was lucky enough to have my mom come and stay with me for several longer visits this year. Since I live in the “big city”, I like to introduce my mom to things she doesn’t usually encounter in the mountains of NC. This year we added a hibachi restaurant, gel manicures, and spa facials to her list of “first tries”. It’s almost more fun than trying something new myself.
It rained this weekend, a lot. A lot, a lot, but I didn’t let that stop me! Here are some highlights.
Since the birthday girl was sick last weekend, Jenn and I had our girls’ day out this past weekend. We kicked things off the way we normally do with brunch. However, instead of our regular Tallahassee haunt, we drove a little across the state line to Liam’s in Thomasville, GA.
We kicked off birthday brunch with an order of fried peach fritters and steamy mugs of tea. Then, we got down to the important stuff. In my case, that meant the incredible Brioche French Toast, and Jenn went for their Smoked Salmon BLT. We weren’t quite waddling when we left, but we were close.
Next, we hit some of our favorite downtown shops; I ended up taking way to many pictures in Firefly, but I love that store like, whoa, big time. The place is filled to the ceiling with beautiful home goods and quirky jewelry. They also do amazing gift wrapping, and I have on more than one occasion had them wrap whatever trinket I picked up, even if it’s just for me.
After that, we spent some time in The Bookshelf. Not only do they have a really great selection of books, they sell paper goods and book related accessories. I have one of their tshirts that reads “I like big books and I cannot lie.”
The best part of this store is, without a doubt, their children’s section. They have play areas, and I always spend about half an hour reading the featured titles. I fell completely in love with the book This is Sadie; if I ever have kids, I hope they have half her imagination. I may actually go back and buy it for myself. The illustrations are beautiful, and the reminder that things can be more than what they seem is something I think every adult needs to remind themselves of every now and again.
How was your weekend?
It was one of those crazy weekends that are ridiculous amounts of fun, but over before you can blink. Georgia, North Carolina and then back to Florida, the poor husband is so tired that he had to take an extra day off before heading back to the office. Here are some highlights:
1 – Oliver went into full on toddler pout mode when he saw us packing our bags. Also, he is not allowed on the table, but he thinks that being in something on table makes it okay.
2 – Since the all ladies were going to be at the sprinkle for the better part of the afternoon, Andy decided to take a mini day trip to Greensboro and have lunch with his mom and dad. This is him killing time until he could start his drive.
3 – Lucy is one of these sweetest little puppies I’ve ever met. I gave her ear and tummy scratches, and she said we could be besties.
4 – My friend’s daughter Abigail gets cuter ever time I see her. We colored, we played with Ms. Potato Head, and I showed her how to take pictures of Mommy with my phone; super fun big girl stuff. I wish I could steal her.
5 – The adorable duckie cupcakes from Gigis were the perfect sprinkle center piece, and they were made for people who like a little cupcake with their frosting.
6 – Veggie hash and poached eggs, perfect cheat day breakfast.
7 – Ladies who brunch,.
8 – My first ever trip to Lush, so many beautiful smells and colors. A little overwhelming, but I found some great things that I’ll share with you guys later.
How was your weekend?