Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Giveaway!

I'm teaming up with Amanda and several other great bloggers to give you a chance to win this amazing camera.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Lake View Cemetery 3.23.14

It turns out that a sunshiny spring day is not ideal for cemetery visits. It made me miss when I took a solo trip in January and it was overcast, cold, and wet. Can it be I am wishing for fall already?

I found a few things I'd like to know more about. This trip I noticed several names listed on one headstone (is the headstone just symbolic? could they really all fit? did they bury the ashes?) and I would like a bit of background or history on adding photography to headstones, including the "photo headstone locket" above. That was so neat and my first time seeing it.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Charlotte: 5 Things to Do

While this article is pretty pitiful and I had a horrible 15 years living in North Carolina, there are a few things I can get excited about when I do have to visit. I managed to come up with 5 of them in case you ever find yourself in the area.

5. Chick-fil-a. The most difficult thing about living in the PNW isn't the rain, the lack of sunshine, or how nice people can be, but the lack of Chick-fil-a. I realize that this fine food establishment is available outside of the state and even the southeast, but seriously. Go there in my honor.

4. The NC Zoo. I realize this is an hour and a half away from Charlotte, but what did you expect? The NASCAR museum is secretly an awesome place to visit? No. Not that I've ever been. The NC Zoo is a truly wonderful place; the exhibits are expansive and most are comfortable for the animals. They have a wide variety of animals and things to see including the two main areas, or themes: Africa and North America. They even host a photo safari, allowing you to go behind the scenes in one of the exhibits. It is totally worth a day trip and for a bonus, you can stop by El Ranchito for dinner on the way back. Hands down the best Mexican Restaurant I have ever been to (and now you have six recommendations!)

3.Thrift shopping! Notably 1510 Antiques, a store I am always sure to stop by if I'm in Charlotte. It is cram-packed with goodies and I never leave empty handed. Great source for pyrex. Grab lunch at Dish before hand for that much needed thrifting energy (SEVEN! Seven recommendations!). Chicken and dumplings, you won't be sorry.

2. RuSan's. Best. Sushi. Ever. Get the Godzilla roll.

1. Amélie's French Bakery. Aside from Disney World, this is the most magical place on earth. Step inside this bakery to be instantly wrapped in cute French love and experience a taste bud show that would rival Remy's in Ratatouille. Every inch of this place is beautifully decorated and if you didn't want to go to Paris before, you will now. You can't go wrong with a turkey and brie sandwich, a cup of their famous spinach and asparagus leek soup, and a salted caramel brownie. It will leave you pining for the day you can return.

Basically, if you go to Charlotte you should eat a lot. It's not a walkable city and the east, north, and west areas of town are dangerous. Crime is really high all over the city. South Charlotte is the only relatively safe area and the only thing there is a Harris Teeter grocery store every mile. Literally.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring Equinox

This first day of Spring was celebrated by graciously receiving one of 10,000 daffodils given out by Pike Place Market, picking up macarons at Le Panier for Macaron Day, and snapping a few pictures on the rooftop of my apartment building with my shiny new camera. Tonight the celebration continues with me not cooking dinner! Cheers to Friday, pay day, and one week away from a good time at ECCC.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Dawn comes too early
Sleep fades so quick
Peace slips by softly
The clock starts to tick


Monday, March 10, 2014


Stumbling through your winding streets
Wild, new, and old
Walking, living in my dreams
The path is mine to hold


Sunday, March 9, 2014

travel bug

Have I mentioned how much it makes my life that I get to go back to these wonderful places in 3 months?

Friday, March 7, 2014

three goals a day

Instead of keeping a massive list of things to do each day when I get home from work only to forget it entirely every evening, I decided to choose three thing to accomplish each day. Three seemed like a good number: One? Meh. Not worth it. Two? What do I look like, a responsible adult wanna-be?

Don't answer that.

Three. A nice round number. I might even call it my lucky number on occasion.

Not enough room for things to get moved to the next day, and the next, and so on, so by the time I either do them or forget trying to do them at all they've been on my list for two months.

I had a pretty busy week as far as after work happenings go, but the days I did try this were great. Three is just enough for me to remember I have a few things I'd like to get done but not so many that my brain forgets what getting shit done means.

Any other magical get-stuff-done tips out there?