City Dreaming

Packing, organizing and moving have taken center-stage in my life. It’s insane how much clutter I’ve accumulated over the years and stuffed in the back of closets. We’ve donated thousands of dollars worth of household goods and sold what I considered junk on Craigslist (one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, I suppose). My home is jam-packed with boxes in preparation for our move-out day later this month.

And, we have a new place to call home! Real estate leasing is a cut-throat market in downtown Savannah. We lost the race to sign the dotted line on 3 incredible apartments before finally finding our future home. I saw the posting for the modern, loft-stlye condo early one morning and called to set up a viewing later that afternoon. Instantly we fell in love with the high ceilings, loft windows, concrete floors, and ultra-modern atmosphere. Knowing we had to be aggressive to find a home in downtown Savannah, we made the immediate decision to sign the lease and put down a deposit. We are beyond thrilled to start our new life as young professionals experiencing downtown living.

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We will have all of Savannah at our fingertips.

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-A.

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April Update

Oh look at that, one month since my last post! Maybe it was my internship keeping me busy, or school work piling up, or the fact that we sold our house, but I just didn’t feel like blogging.

First:
Tax season was insane. I’m just the intern, but these people who work in tax work over 60 hours a week. I learned so much working with them and gained some invaluable working experience.

Second:
School. I’m still on the fence. Should I enroll in graduate school? My brain tells me yes, but my wallet says no. I’ve been mulling over the idea of working a simple nine-to-five and spending free weekends and evenings with my husband, friends, and family. And regarding graduate school, as one of my eccentric professors says, “do you like pieces of paper that make you feel good?”

Third:
That magnificant husband of mine, who has been slaving away on weekend shift to bring home the bacon for over 2 years, has finally secured a spot on a regular shift. No more 13 hour days Friday through Sunday; no more being on completely opposite schedules; no more weekends without my special guy. He will be working Monday through Friday, like the rest of us. I see weekend trips on the horizon.

Fourth:
l208e2b45-m0r_FotorWe sold our little house. The home where our love grew and where memories were made, will be tucked away in an album somewhere to be reminisced about later. It’s bittersweet. We love our little house and (with lots of my help) it has transformed from bachelor pad to cozy family home. But, over time, the neighborhood is going downhill and we don’t feel like part of the community here. Not to mention soaring crime rates and feeling constricted- I can’t see our family growing here. So we enlisted an esteemed agent, donated boxes and boxes to Goodwill, touched up the paint, took advice from a stager, and put the house on the market. Just one day later we got an offer. Two days after that we got a full-price offer. We really did not see this coming and apartment hunting has gone into overdrive. We’re on the list for the PERFECT apartment downtown. It’s within walking distance from cafes and restaurants and parks and has a cute private courtyard. Fingers crossed! IMG_6249

Fifth:
I’m still eagerly awaiting my summer internship. My official start date is May 11th. I’m slowly building my professional wardrobe and can’t wait to make a real paycheck!   -a.

Last Weekend of Freedom

This weekend one of my besties came down to take care of me and join me in my recovery laziness. I warned her that my life these days is far from fabulous and consists of sitting on the couch and watching large amounts of HGTV, but she assured me she didn’t mind. She was so wonderful; she cooked and cleaned for me and helped me take care of the girls. It was so nice having company. We even ventured out one day for coffee and I crutched(?) awkwardly downtown. Did I mention that she made me some fabulous cheese plates?

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And now, I’m just preparing myself for my last semester before graduating in May.

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2014 Recap

January
2014 began with friends and fun! I went to Hilton Head Island with some of my besties and partied downtown for new years. I had injured my knee when I was running in December and was preparing for surgery. I had my first knee surgery towards the end of January and spent most of it in bed.
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February
By mid February I was feeling back to normal and trying to be more active and healthy. I went on a lot of walks downtown with hubby.

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March
I spent Spring Break in Gatlinburg, TN with the in-laws. Gatlinburg was a good redneck party spot. I think we spent the whole trip drunk between moonshine and whiskey distilleries. My favorite part was driving into Smoky Mountain National Park and driving up to Newfound Gap. The view was amazing and it was an Appalachian Trail access point, which I want to hike part of one day when my knee is healed.

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April
April was a wonderful month! There were walks downtown, a trip to Athens and a visit from a BFF. I hadn’t seen Val in years and it was wonderful to reunite. We went on beach trips and had girlie cocktail nights downtown. (there was also that bee getting into my bra incident that was really no fun). Also, in April I got a fabulous new haircut.IMG_2892

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May
In May I was done with Spring semester and had a week of freedom before the grueling summer semester. I spent that time hanging with my girlfriends, then road-tripping to beautiful Charleston, SC for some R&R with my hubs. We visited the beach, walked the historic cobblestone streets, and toured a plantation. It was lovely. Also in May, I discovered Zenni Optical and started my over the top glasses collection that I’m in love with!

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June
Summer school came on in full force and basically consumed my life. I was taking 4 classes that are normally 12 week courses in 4-5 weeks so I had exams, papers, projects and homework due almost every day. I spent weekends lounging by my parents pool and managed a quick weekend trip to Atlanta for Korean BBQ and Karaoke with friends.

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July
My second summer semester began (which included the WORST group project I’ve ever experienced I had a terrible partner). I watched World Cup games and cheered for USA whenever I wasn’t studying (blurry photo).  Also, I added to my glasses collection and managed a small weekend trip up to Athens. We visited a cute new brewery and ate some amazing food. I also helped my little sis move into her first real place.

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August was basically one of the best months of my life, because with less than 3 weeks notice we planned a trip to Europe and I was on a plane on a dream vacation. The adventure began with a huge road trip up to New Jersey, with an overnight stop in Virginia Beach. After 2-3 days of crossing our fingers and waiting (plus sleeping in the car one night), we boarded a plane to Germany, flying Space-A with the United States Air Force (did I mention it was completely free?). I need to post a full story of our big adventure, but short recap: we landed in Frankfurt and rented a car. We drove to Amsterdam where we spent 3 days before heading through Belgium to Paris (which I’ve dedicated 2 posts to: here and here). From Paris we booked a coach to London and travelled via the Chanel Tunnel, which was such a cool experience. We spent a few nights in London and took another coach up to Liverpool to visit my family. I reunited with an old friend and stayed with my Granddad in his idyllic little English town. We wished we could have stayed for week, but after 2 days we rented a car and left with heavy hearts. Luckily, my husband drove (on the wrong side of the road and no GPS) and we managed to get to the Mildenhall Royal Air Force Base to try to catch a flight back to the USA. After 3 days of being passed over for flights to the USA, we finally got on a flight to Seattle. We flew on a huge cargo jet with no windows and sat against the wall in little jump seats. After the plane took off, though, we were able to sprawl out of the floor and it was a pretty comfortable experience (despite the 9 hour+ flight). The whole trip back to Savannah was a whole miserable blur. There were missed nights of sleep, food poisoning, late flights, missing baggage, dead car batteries and jet lag. Eventually we arrived home and the whole thing was the best experience of my life!

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September
My fall semester was back in gear and I was back to the normal routine of class and studying. I discovered a new cafe in Savannah that I’m obsessed with now and practiced photography downtown with my new camera. I also spent a perfect, cloudy few days in Ponte Vedra, FL for our second wedding anniversary and got accepted to grad school! By this time my knee was really bothering me and it had been deteriorating slowly since March.

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October
This was a relatively quiet month. My little sis visited for her birthday weekend and we went for a fabulous meal downtown. I spent Halloween weekend in a mountain cabin with my girlfriends AND it snowed!! Also, I interviewed for a summer internship at the company where I really want to work.

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November
There were more walks with the doggies downtown and lattes in the park. On Thanksgiving week the hubby and I spent a few days at a cabin in the North Georgia mountains where we visited Amicalola Falls and Blue Ridge. Thanksgiving was spent with my family and we feasted like kings!

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And, December. In December I: finished finals, celebrated my birthday with the Black Keys in Charlotte, brewed beer, enjoyed a spa day, had my second knee surgery of the year, celebrated Christmas with my family, interviewed for an internship, and rang in the new year with champagne!

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IMG_5310And that wraps up 2014! What a year!!!

Best, x.

Redneck Wednesdays

Yesterday was a good day in my books. I woke up wanting to do something more than sit around the house. So our Wednesday lie-in turned into a stroll down Broughton Street at 9:30 am. It was foggy and refreshing. I got a latte and a scone at The Coffee Fox and browsed overpriced decor in Anthropologie. I always like starting my day downtown because of all the energy and beauty in the city. When I got home, I changed into my go-to comfy outfit and headed out front to brew my first batch of IPA with my husband. The process is actually more interesting than I thought it would be because it combines 2 of my favorite things: science and beer! The thing with brewing is that there is a lot of downtime; grains have to steep and worts have to boil. So me, being the busy bee that I am, cleaned and vacuumed my car, trimmed the bushes, and did some gardening. Honestly, I loved gardening. I’ve never really had any interest in gardening, and I don’t really know much about it, but I found it fun. It was quite the workout (and more entertaining than gym equipment) and gave me something to focus on. I plan to do more research over Christmas break. The redneck part of the day was the fact that we had a fire pit on the driveway and were drinking cans of beer while brewing. IMG_5020Best x.

Thanksgiving Break

I’ve finally made it to Thanksgiving break! I’m only 1 presentation and 4 finals away from my last semester of my (second) undergrad degree!

Besides being an excellent student, I’ve been trying to get out with the dogs as much of possible and enjoy this beautiful weather. In the South, it goes from air conditioning to heating in one week, so we’ve got to soak up the good weather while it lasts.

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Upcoming plans:

Today: I’m going to the outlet mall with my sister and I WILL finish Christmas shopping. I’m getting it out of the way early this year! No Black Friday shopping for this girl.

Monday: The husband and I will be journeying north to the mountain cabin we rented for a couple of nights. We’re going to do some hiking and relaxing in the hot tub! Plus my little sis and her boyfriend are joining us the second night for some shenanigans.

My birthday is approaching and we are going to see the Black Keys in concert! We have a classy hotel room in downtown Charlotte booked and I can’t wait. Did I mention my birthday is the last day of finals??! Drinks all around!

Also, I still have a big trip in the works. Maybe I’ll announce it in the New Year?

Best x.

I’m a Bad Blogger

When it comes to blogging I’m definitely not a pro! Life gets a bit busy and my posts get few and far between. I thought it was time to do a bit of an update.

Thursday:
Today! I’m enjoying an evening to myself with a glass of wine (dry riesling) and House Hunters International. Plus, packing for a much needed cabin weekend in the mountains with my ladies! I’m looking forward to a weekend of catching up, hot-tubbing, girl talk, wine, cheese and antiquing. I can feel the stress melting away already! It might snow and the thought of soaking in the hot tub while watching the mountains get blanketed with snow makes me smile. Also, I’m bringing my camera, so stay tuned for fabulous views!

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Wednesday:
Homework, homework and more homework. Plus, they tortured me in physical therapy with electrical muscle stimulation and OUCH that stuff hurts!!!!

And, I got my new white balance lens cover and played around with setting the white balance manually. So far it seems great! The first photo is a lovely snap of my backyard on auto white balance, the second is with the white balance set manually with my news lens cap. I’m loving the more vivid colors!White balance pic

Tuesday:
Last class of the day cancelled= watching American Horror Story: Asylum on Netflix for hours. I skipped this season in the past and am seriously regretting it! Probably the scariest season so far!

Monday:
Bad news. My knee still isn’t doing well; it healed kind of sideways. My doctor wants me to try “aggressive” physical therapy and he gave me a brace that looks like a piece of hardware. I might have to have another surgery in December if I can’t get my kneecap to bend back to where it’s supposed to be. Damn these knees I was born with!!!

Sunday:
Caught up with a friend downtown over coffee. I tell her that I see her seasonally since we’re both so busy and she doesn’t live in Savannah anymore- so it’s always so nice to trade stories. I suppose I’ll see her again in the winter!

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Wonderful Wednesdays

My youngest sister visited last weekend for her 21st birthday, yay! …but her birthday isn’t until later in the month, boo! We still celebrated with the fam and went out for a fabulous dinner at Public Kitchen (highly recommended). I owe her a chocolate martini when she actually turns 21!

I forgot to take pictures-all I have is this blurry one of us at dinner.

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Today was Wednesday: my favorite day. I have no class and the husband has no work, so we get to sleep in and get brunch and catch up. We ate outside at J Christophers for breakfast and slowly strolled the streets of Savannah in this perfect 70 degree “fall” weather with hazelnut lattes in hand. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera, but I got a few snaps on my iPhone.

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We’ve made some health goals together and I’m pretty excited about them. I’ve been slowly strengthening my knee by doing my PT exercises and riding a stationary bike that I bought on Amazon. My husband is getting back into running and having our chubby husky join him (she’s such a trooper!).

Also, I’ve got some exciting travel plans in the works. It’s going to be big! Stay tuned!

Best x.