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Weekend Recap

Alas, this weekend was not a three day weekend for me, but I did get to spend plenty of time with some of my favorite people, so it was still a pretty great weekend. Since we only had Ben and Karen here for two days, the bulk of our time was spent hanging out and visiting with my other brother in law and his wife at their place. We did manage to make it out for brunch both days and take a walk around Cascades Park located downtown.

Saturday morning we went to one of my all time favorite local spots, a vegan place called Sweet Pea Cafe. They had my favorite green tea sugar cookies and my new favorite cookie, red bean filled green tea sugar cookies. I wanted to get a few extra to go, but they were sold out. We actually made it up and out of the house pretty early on Sunday, so after grabbing breakfast at Canopy Road Cafe (another local favorite), we made our way to Cascade. The early hour meant we had the place pretty much to ourselves.   Cascade has a cool kids area, so Karen and I spent some time squishing around barefoot in the sand. The boys decided to keep their shoes on, but they did join in when it came to playing with the old school water pump and jumping around on the play logs.  Since the park is located downtown, one side runs up against the railroad tracks. We did get to see an empty freight train later on in our visit, but I forgot to take a picture, distracted by the elaborate tags is boasted. It may be illegal, but I think graffiti artists are doing them a favor by sprucing up the old cars.  Even though we’d already had breakfast we decided to stop in at The Edison for a drink (and key lime pie). The restaurant is housed in an old building that used to be owned by the electric company, and the owners have given a playful nod to its origins when it comes to decor.
Like I said, it was a really great weekend and far too short. Hopefully we’ll all be seeing each other in Chicago later this year. It’ll be my first trip to the Windy City, and there is already a mile long list of all the places I want to see.


Thomasville & Painting Furry Faces

After an amazing brunch, which I told you about yesterday, my mom, Andy and I wandered around downtown Thomasville for a few hours. I got to introduce my mother to two of my favorite shops of all time: Firefly and The Bookshelf.

Firefly

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Firefly has all sorts of interesting “home goods” stationary, serving trays, scented candles, brass bunnys, but they also have some really unique jewelry and toys/games for children. Most everything in the store has a practical use, but there is a twist. Like a bottle opener that looks like an octopus or framed pictures of animals wearing old fashion military uniforms. Even better the shops is constantly bringing in new merchandise and changing up their displays.

The Bookshelf

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The Bookshelf is simply a really great bookstore. I love my Kindle as much as the next girl, but there is just some thing about the smell of a new book, the crack of the spine the first time it opens and the weight of it in your hands. I makes reading seem like a much bigger deal, knowing that there is an adventure or possibly a whole new world contained within the ink and paper in your hands. Gives me shivers. And they have kiosk where you can by cupcakes from a local bakery. Really really delicious cupcakes.

Goal #19

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Mom and I wrapped up her birthday weekend with the Paint Your Pet Class at Painting with a Twist. Mom painting my Aunt Charlotte’s cat Kiki (on the left) and I painted my youngest fur baby Oliver (on the right). It was a blast and I would love to do it again.


Early Girl Eatery

I was cleaning out the photos on my phone the other day and I came across these three shots I took back in May when I visited my brother in Ashville. We spent the day driving around to several of the easier-to-get-to waterfalls in the area, and then we had a late lunch downtown before we had to get on the road again. Unfortunately the restaurant we had planned to go to was closed, but Charlie had a back up place in mind. The Early Girl Eatery, he got bonus points for thoughtfulness because it boasted quite a few vegetarian items on the menu.

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The food was really good and there was a ton of it. What you see above is just what I had ordered, the Vegan Bar-B-Q Bean Burger with White Cheddar Mac’n Cheese and Squash Casserole. The guys had to help me finish everything. You know, because they didn’t want me to feel bad about having to leave perfectly good food behind, they’re generous like that. Of course I probably would have liked the place even if the food had only been so-so, they had these gorgeous dark purple tulips on all of the tables. I didn’t steal one, but I wanted to.