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What is it they say about a year? It makes all the difference?

19 Jul

It’s been exactly a year since I drove up to Asheville with the baby, the dog, the cat, and a week’s worth of supplies to sign the deed on our new house (Walter was on vacay, that lucky dog!). Last year I was in the middle of chaos on July 19th. This year the rush of life is much more pleasant, especially because it doesn’t involve unpacking a house worth of boxes.

img_20170719_133401978_topThis was me on July 19, 2017. I had only had 3 hours sleep, I had just driven 3.5 hours with the constantly meowing cat, we had been living in two different states for a month, just got a contract on our Atlanta house, and I had just spent the last week celebrating one of my best friend’s weddings. Oof.

Today, however, it is 68° outside, cloudy and gorgeous, and we spent the morning outside mulching the garden bed, planting rose of Sharons transplanted from my mom’s yard, taking a walk to the blueberry farm on our street, and napping before a play date this afternoon.

img_20180719_110116_638Kiddos doing what they love best: getting dirty and playing with mud. One day soon I’d love for this to get off our driveway, but I do love the imaginative play a big pile of dirt creates.

img_20180719_123453_267Our neighbors two doors down. Besides the ticks, I love #countrylife

Walter is almost six years old and is as fascinating and amazing a person as I could hope for in someone so young. His curiosity and depth into life astound me. The only real struggle I have with him right now is deciding whether to continue homeschooling or to put him in the excellent elementary school he is slated for. I love homeschooling, but it is also a great window into all my parenting fears and flaws I battle with on a daily basis.

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Rex is a year and a half and is really one of the most joyful people I know. I soak up his smiles and adventurous spirit, and one of the things I love about where we live is that we are in the middle of nature and he thrives on that. If I open the door to let the dog or cat out and he doesn’t get to go outside, he usually screams at me.

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While I still miss my Atlanta friends and family, I feel like we make a good bit of effort to see everyone at least once a year. I just spent a week with the boys in ATL and a very busy schedule of play dates. It was exhausting but oh so wonderful! I also feel like I am finding some good friends up here, and that makes all the difference in the world. Because of these things, and the amazing location we live in, I can say I have no regrets about this move. It definitely wasn’t always a smooth transition — there were many nights I asked myself and Dave “why did we do this again?” — but I don’t think I could go back. I feel such joy and peace when I look outside my windows, and I know this is a lucky feeling.

img_20180714_154452_717July 2018 — I look like a much more sane person! I’d travel the world to hang out with these three beauties. These are my book club gals and some of the best friends a girl could ask for. Okay so to be honest I am involved in five book clubs (two in Atlanta and three in Asheville). It’s hard to keep up sometimes but reading is my passion!

There have only been two homes in my life that in retrospect have been true homes. The first was my apartment on Charles Allen Dr in Midtown. I began my life there, even though I was already 23. I found poetry and yoga and the love of my life; I accomplished goals that I set for myself, and I had a lot of fun doing it!

And here, in this beautiful home in Asheville, I am more present than I’ve ever been. I rock my baby to sleep and read with my other child before bed and tend to the yard and go to local farms to buy food and explore the wilderness and, and, and… The list could go on, but I won’t! Time to go continue enjoying life.

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Audible Love

23 Apr

I am in love. I have always been an avid reader, but Audible has allowed me to take it to a new level. Now I can read while I am doing other things. Not only that, but it has replaced my need for performances from TV to books (not completely! I’m not a learning robot!). I can’t remember the last time I opened the Netflix app on my phone.

Nowadays I generally have two book club books, a personal fiction, and at least one fiction and non-fiction audio books going at the same time. Because of this, I have already read 20 books in 2016! I feel smart.

Here are some of my favorites so far:

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Oh my gosh this book was so good. I was distraught when it ended, which was very soon because I listened to all 8+ hours in two days. The narrator was amazing. I will be seeking out more of her reads.

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Our first audiobook on Audible. It was a great story, and it was a good first one because I have a feeling that I liked the book more as an audiobook than I would have reading it on paper. It also introduced me and my husband to listening to books together while doing puzzles.

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I would not have gotten all the painting done to sell our house if I hadn’t gotten addicted to listening to this book and finished it in a weekend. Her other books aren’t that good, but this one is a winner.

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Bill Bryson. What more needs to be said? He is an amazing author, and I love that he narrates his own books. He makes history read like fiction. And his comedy makes the tragedies easier to bear. Plus who doesn’t love a playful English accent?

Ladies Book Club

8 Dec

It’s been fairly transformative to be a part of this neighborhood, women-only, book club since this summer.

The last book we read was My Life in France by Julia Child — though written by her great-grandnephew. Who is a fantastic writer. He made me fall in love with Julia. WWJD: my new motto.

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Julia married “late” in life, but to a fantastic man who whisked her off to Paris where she learned to love food and become an expert cook and then an international bestseller and beloved TV star.

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Paul Child: photographer, wine lover, graphic designer,  and lover of the world.

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And a new dear friend Hannah, among others, brought her to us, and then threw us a dinner party with all Julia recipes — it was all Julia, all night! A beautiful night in a beautiful home with beautiful people.

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And our goody bag was a fondue package which I shared with Dave and friends at a game night later in the week.

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Sharing just makes everything better.