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Back From Chicago or Chi-town as I Insist on Calling It

Hey guys! I’m back! Technically, I have been back since Tuesday afternoon, but Andy and I had to hit the ground running to play catch up so things like unpacking and going through pictures were put off until this weekend. There are some specific things I can’t wait to do posts about, but I figured I’d kick things off with a general trip overview.

 Our trip to Chicago was interesting to say the least. The initial trip to JAX was uneventful and our flight, while packed, was fairly smooth until week got to Chicago. There was a horrendous storm over the city (think lightning and hail) and O’hare wasn’t letting anybody in our out. They had our flight circle Gary, Indiana until we ran out of fuel and then diverted us to Indianapolis. This was the point in the trip where we found out that I have panic attacks. While trying to set our plane down, we hit some pretty intense turbulence and the plane dropped dramatically not once, but twice and that ended with me shaking, short of breath, and crying uncontrollably (albeit quietly). Fun stuff. After all of that, United still wasn’t sure if we’d be flying into Chicago or not that evening, so Andy and I  let the gate attendant know we weren’t going to be getting a back onto the plane and rented a car to take us the last 3 hours to Chicago. Of course that couldn’t be the end of it, we hit horrible traffic and the drive that should have taken 3ish hours took closer to six. But we made it safely and in time to watch the sunset amidst the skyscrapers.  The rest of the family arrived on Friday so the day was spent doing a little sightseeing and catching up with everyone as they arrived. It was a little over cast, but that just made for some wonderfully cool weather, which was much needed after the oppressive humidity of our home state.   You can’t see it in this picture, but someone had left an entire hotdog in the foo dog’s mouth. For some reason it was really funny at the time. Also, I saw so many beautiful neighborhoods as we walked around and I now feel like I need to own my very own ivy covered townhouse. Not usually a city girl, but this place really stole my heart.   The happy couple tied the knot at this beautiful location above. A little further down their were people sitting on the rocks reading and sketching. Two things I could absolutely see myself doing if I lived down the road from this place. As it was, the only reason I didn’t try it was because I was 90% certain that if I tried I’d end up wet or somehow destroying my dress.   My brother-in-law and his fiance had, what I think, is one of the coolest rehearsal dinners I’ve ever been to. They rented out the party room at George’s Ice Cream, kicked things off with amazing Mediterranean food from one of their favorite local spots and then finished with build your own sundaes. The entire shop smelled incredible, like vanilla and their house made waffle cones. If I could have bottled the scent, I would wear it every day. The ice cream itself was some of the best I’ve ever had and I am sitting here regretting that I didn’t eat more when I had that chance.   Since the bride and groom postponed their honeymoon until the spring, we were lucky enough to get to spend some extra time with them before heading home. On Sunday night, we all went on an architecture boat tour. It was a perfect blend of fun and informative and had the added bonus of getting to watch the sunset from the river and the whole city light up.   There will be a whole post on this later, but one of the most interesting things we did on this trip was go to Lincoln Park. Not only do they have gorgeous green space they have a conservatory and a zoo which are all free to the public. Free. F-R-E-E. Which blew my mind because they were so extensive and well kept. I would definitely play a little more in local taxes if it meant creating resources like this in Tallahassee. Just saying. 

Before boarding our entirely uneventful flight home(thank God), Andy and I took one more stroll down Miracle Mile and I visited the Cloud Gate(silver bean) in Millennium Park for the obligatory Instagram photo. All in all, an excellent trip, and I am already bugging Andy about when we can go back.


Savannah Trip

And it’s Monday again; my long weekend wasn’t nearly long enough. Our early anniversary trip was everything we hoped for, and (fingers crossed) we really hope we don’t have to wait another five years for our next visit.

s2 In true anniversary fashion, Andy and I rented the same room at the same B&B (Foley House Inn) we stayed at on our honeymoon 5 years ago.s The Essex Suite has changed little in last five years, still two fire places, a huge soaking tub and a luxuriously tall shower. We did learn, however, that the staff now refer to it as the “Bond Room”. Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz stayed in the room a few months ago, and it has been thus named ever since. We did laugh a bit about not only laying our heads where Bond had laid his, but using the same bathroom. I mean, completely bad-ass *eye roll* right?s7 s8 Since we’ve spent plenty of time in Savannah over the years, we took a very laid back approach to this trip. Both Friday and Saturday were spent wandering around the historic district, people/dog watching, and ducking into our favorite shops. s3 s12 s4 s14 s15 I almost purchased this little brass crown from The Paris Market, but I decided to sleep on it, and when I came back the next day, it had already sold. I am glad that I at least thought to snap a quick picture, and since I was so disappointed, Andy bought me a glass of their amazing lavender tea. I’m pretty sure I would have ended up with tea either way, but I thought it was a nice gesture.s17 s16 s10One of the things we knew we wanted to do this trip was try out some new restaurants. Both the Treylor Park & Cafe M were wonderful, but the best place we went was Chive. Their red curry sauce is so good it’ll curl your toes. s11 s18s13 s5 s6This is going to sound a bit crazy, but one of the things I was most looking forward to was spending some quality time reading in The Chair. It may not look like much, but this chair-and-a-half is the most perfect reading spot I’ve ever found. I spent entire afternoons lounging and catching up on my reading when Andy and I honeymooned here. Exactly what I needed after all of the wedding insanity.  I only managed a couple of hours this trip, but it was still well worth it.s1 s9Such a great trip, and I can’t believe after all of the planning and anticipation that it’s actually over. Fortunately, the fur babies were incredibly snuggly when we got home, it helped to soften the blow of returning to “real” life.


West Egg Cafe

Andy and I have been wanting to try West Egg Cafe in Atlanta for a while now, but things just kept getting in the way. We finally made it this past trip, and we were so glad we did.

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As you can see, it was pretty packed even though it was on 9am. We actually had to (respectfully) shove our way to the hostess stand. My poor mom had to follow along in mine and Andy’s wake; she is so short we were afraid of losing her in the seething mass of coffee deprived patrons. Fortunately, this quiet little corner below cleared out right after we got there, and we had a nice, seated place to wait for our name to be called.

* The guy in the green jacket is glaring at us because he didn’t get the sit down spot because he was waiting for coffee at the bar. #sorrynotsorry

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The menu was great; there was something for ever dietary restriction at the table, and not only one something, multiple somethings, which rocked.

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Since it was cool and dreary outside, we all decided hot beverages were the first order of business once we got our table. Andy and I opted for chai lattes (I let him have the one with the most cinnamon on top; it was, after all, birthday week), and my mom had a Milky Way latte, which made me borderline diabetic just from looking at it.

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When it came down to the actual food, we all decided to get something the other’s could share. So we ordered pancakes with spice butter, a tofu veggie scramble with fried potatoes, and over easy eggs with garlic grits and vegetarian sausage patties. Everything was great; we had highly polished plates and very tight pants by the end of the meal.

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Despite the place being packed and there being a wait for a table, our service was amazing. Our waiter was friendly and helpful, and our food came out piping hot in a very timely manner. We will for sure be back our next trip through Atlanta.


What every office needs…

We are back from Savannah! It was a crazy trip, but we had a lot of fun. I was planning on getting my brother’s memorial tattoo at the same shop that did my honeymoon tattoo, but they were completely booked. I should have called to get an appointment, but our travel details were up in the air until the last moment and honestly, I didn’t think there would be a lot of people wanting to get tattooed on a Sunday, Monday or Tuesday. Oh well, now I am using my local contacts to find the best shop here in Tally.

Our fuzzy horde was very pleased to see us yesterday. Oh they let us know who unhappy they were. How mistreated and woefully neglected they’d been, what horrible parents we were. Pretty much the same thing I hear everyday when I get home from work, times 3. My mom came back to Tally with us and she is helping me get my home office up and running. Speaking of offices, Andy found this awesome desk. Unfortunately, I already have a lovely desk in my office, but it is the perfect option for any of you other cat lovers who don’t.

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Desk and images from here.

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O Canadia

Andy and I are safely back on the east coast! Honestly, I am having hard core vacation withdraw, but I am trying to concentrate on positive aspects of being home, like snuggling the kitties and….and, um…..I know there must be something else….I’ll have to get back to you on that. But our trip was wonderful. I’ve never been to the west coast before and it did not disappoint, it was so unlike anything I’ve ever experienced, the scenery alone blew my mind. While we do have mountains here on the east coast, the pacific northwest has MOUNTAINS. Even better, Andy and I took a day trip across the border to Canada (check off #9) so I got to drive around and in between the MOUNTAINS. I believe the phrase “Holy S*%$ might have be uttered a few times.

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And yes, that was a picture of me sticking my toe in the Pacific, the water smelled like a fish fart (maybe just at that beach?), but I still had to do it.

Questions I had about Canada:

1. Why isn’t it Canadia or why aren’t they called Canadans?

2. Are Canadian Geese just called Geese in Canada or are they Canadian Canadian Geese?

3. Where are all the people who talk funny?

4. Where were the overly polite people?

I’m sure there were more, but those are the ones I remember.