So Far, Summer ’13.

201307_1dx00103I recently went home to VA for a long weekend, but the trip seemed so short. My list of people to see, places to go, and food to eat are always significantly longer than possible to fit in.

While home, I met up with some of my favorite friends (as well as favorite Richmond treat of tater tots & magic dipping sauce) and even snuck some auntie/niece time with my sweet girl for some “girlfriend” time that included sharing a Chipotle burrito bowl, new shoes, painting nails, and a solid nap!

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My dad’s side of the family came over to our house on Saturday night and it felt like Christmas in July with everyone there! It’s times like that where I hate living 6+ hours away. I want to see these folk every single month of the year!

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Another honorable mention of that weekend was bourbon pecan pie. I had called my memaw a week before coming home to ask if she’d make me it for me and lo and behold, SHE MADE TWO! Y’all…if only you could experience what I experienced at that moment. PURE BLISS. (Side note: I’ve been obsessed with this dessert all of 2013. Pray for deliverance?)

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Another highlight of the weekend was seeing these three. We’re kindred spirits and a Sunday afternoon tea with homemade peach crumble was absolutely perfect. Love you, Brocks!

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A Sunday evening filled with family and beer-can chicken was the perfect close to a weekend home. Beer-can chicken is one of my favorite meats my dad makes on the grill, so when I requested it (a month ago), my dad’s determination to cook those birds (rain, be damned) made it taste even better!

photoI love my family, friends, and hometown so freakin much it hurts. Coming back to Charleston isn’t too painful when there’s such beauty and sweetness all around. For example…

Monday morning bridge drives to Pure Barre:

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Snuggles with Eleanor:
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Bike rides with a new soul sister:
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Weekend pinterest recipes that CHANGE. YA. LIFE. like this Strawberry + Rhubarb Chia Jam! (Over homemade oats, dried fruits, nuts, apples, & cinnamon! SHUT UP SO GOOD.)
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And great messages from a church I’ve been going to that remind me of lessons I have already learned and need to keep learning…like this one… “Don’t Give Me What I Want.”
For workouts, I’ve been teaching a few Zumba & hip hop dance classes, going to as many Pure Barre classes I can schedule, and running the neighborhood! A recent running adventure this past weekend was an instant mood / weekend game changer:
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Tunes filling the ipod include:
  • “Royals” by Lorde
  • “Wake Me Up” by Avicii
  • “Without Me” by Fantasia
  • “Second Chances” by Gregory Alan Isakov
Recent audiobook read listened: “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
A few things I’m looking forward to include:
-Friends from college coming to visit this weekend! EEEKKK!
-Starting my next read: “The Fault In Our Stars” by John Green
-The Civil Wars releasing a new album August 6th (pre-listen here!)
-Mumford & Sons concert on September 11, 2013 with Helen!!!
The thing I am NOT looking forward to: saying goodbye to my summer roommate Kate, who has been here on a clinical rotation for the past three months. I DON’T EVEN WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT.
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How’s your summer going? Any books or music recommendations? Favorite pinterest recipes I need to try? Do tell! xoxo
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2 thoughts on “So Far, Summer ’13.

  1. If the rest of the Civil Wars’ new album is as good as “The One That Got Away”, that should be magnificent…
    And I get to see Mumford right after you! Caitie and I are going to St. Augustine with Amy and Brandon Russell to see them at the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover on the 13th-14th of September.

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