life as of late

An update on life lately in photographs.

Triple Falls, DuPont State Forest

Triple Falls, DuPont State Forest

Covered Bridge, DuPont State Forest

View from the Covered Bridge, top of Triple Falls, DuPont State Forest

Us at Triple Falls

Us at Triple Falls

Mast General Store Hendersonville

Mast General Store Hendersonville // slowly but surely checking them off the list!

Heirloom Tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes from our garden!

Cat Without his Hat?

Cat without his hat? Lexington Avenue.



The Dripolator

The Dripolator

Because Pink Nails

Because pink nails // Pink nails because summer.

Watching Titanic

Watching Titanic.

Ultimate Ice Cream!

Ultimate Ice Cream!


Coffee Cup Wisdom

I’ve decided to switch things up a little bit on the ol’ blog. For the last year and a half I have been posting a photo for every day and some caption to go along with it. While it has been a really neat process, I am ready for something new. It seemed like a good time to transition after I went out to Washington and did not have my computer to stay updated on posts. And it was getting to the point where there were a few days during the week in which I would find myself scrambling around looking for something to take a picture of for the sake of having a blog photo. It was getting to be a little too much.

So here goes nothing! I fully intend to continue posting on my blog, so that won’t change.

I just hope to post a little differently than before. I want it to be a blog where I can express myself and write about whatever a feel like writing about, and post pictures of things when I have some photos.

One thing that I really have gotten out of posting a photo every day is that I have had the opportunity to explore my love of photography.

I love photography, and I am fortunate enough to have a generous boyfriend who is perm-sharing his camera with me.

Instead of making myself an outline of what this blog should look like I am just going to go with it. See where it takes me! It will be a blog about everything and nothing. A blog about me.

And as per my coffee cup wisdom: “Oh, the places you’ll go!” Thanks Dr. Seuss.

Death by Chocolate

Saturday, June 9, 2012: Today has been a busy day! Farmer’s Market and grocery shopping this morning, a few random other errands, and (most importantly) making Death by Chocolate!!!

This goes back – way back. And it’s very strongly associated with a family friend. Since forever. When my brother and I were little we used to go to this friend’s house every spring (ish?) (you know how time and memory works for kids … it was warm outside and there were flowers, so we’ll go with spring) for a party. When their plants got bigger/spread they invited folks over to take the excess!¬†This friend’s garden was all marked very clearly as to what could be dug up and taken and what must be untouched. And, more importantly, there were lots of other kids to play with, an awesome backyard, and good food. And even more important than that, there was Death by Chocolate. There was always Death by Chocolate. So Death by Chocolate and Ann Carr and Lee were pretty much synonymous for us. Now, of course, they mean much more to me … but then it was a different story.

We’re going next-door this evening for a lovely little dinner party and I decided it called for Death by Chocolate. And boy have I been channeling Ann Carr today! She’s pretty much been in my kitchen with me all day. We did things a little bit differently this time, but only a couple of minute details. The rest is the same. Except, of course, I don’t have a glass trifle dish, so that’s a bummer. (Note to self: when we have a bigger kitchen I will need a glass trifle dish/glass serving bowl.)

What’s that? You want a recipe? Okay. I’ll share it with you – and it’s SUPER EASY!

1 9 x 13 chocolate cake, cooled and crumbled

1 box chocolate pudding, prepared according to directions on box

1 12 oz. container whipped topping, thawed

Several crushed Heath bars (or similar)

3/4 cup strong brewed coffee or 1/4 cup coffee liqueur

Layer as follows: half of crumbled chocolate cake, half of coffee/coffee liqueur drizzled over cake, half of pudding spread over cake, half of whipped topping spread over pudding, half of crushed Heath sprinkled over whipped topping, and repeat with the other half of everything! Refrigerate until serving!

Biltmore Coffee

Wednesday, June 6, 2012: Today was a long day. Cricket and I went this morning to pick her humans up from the airport after their hiking trip out west. It was so exciting to see them and I’m so glad that they made it home safely even though their flights were a bit off schedule! Looking forward to catching up with them later since I scurried off to work right after we got home. And work was work, and that’s about all I feel the need to say about that at this juncture. Then after work I went to yoga. Which was wonderful and much-needed. And when I got home I wasn’t sure what to take a picture of! Because it was a long day and the camera did not come with me today. At which point I realized that I had not yet told you about our coffee adventures!

For the past many months we have been pretty religiously drinking Dynamite Coffee, and we love it. So there’s no need to be worried. However, we decided that the summer would be a good time to try some other local coffee roasters (of which there are many). And this last time we tried Biltmore Coffee Traders! It’s just south of us on the way to the grocery store, so that’s convenient. And it’s roasted locally! Which is also a bonus. This go ’round we got Nicaraguan, and it was very tasty! I believe it’s a medium roast, and it was thoroughly drinkable and delicious. Which are pretty much my requirements for coffee. Nothing technical here, just a brief opinion. I’ll keep you posted as we keep drinking coffee.

Around and About

Friday, May 18, 2012: While Scott went up to New Hampshire for the day to work on his car, I went to visit some friends. First I went to see Natalie and Luis. It was wonderful to see them and catch up on life. And little Luis has gotten so big! Then I went to Sweet Bites and got together with Liza for lunch. We both had tasty hazelnut iced coffee and delicious tuna melts with guacamole. It was great! Always good to see old friends.

A Lovely Fall Day

Thursday, October 13, 2011: Today was great! I got myself all gussied up for a very productive morning of job-hunting (looking for a second job to supplement the part-time position I already have … fingers crossed please!). Then Scott and I went to a coffee shop to work on said job applications and for him to study. And I had a most delicious Pumpkin Pie Latt√© (thank you, City Mug) (and thank you, Scott)!


And I was feeling particularly good (and cute) today so I had my wonderful boyfriend take a picture of me – GPOY Thursday! The barista at the coffee shop really liked my color combination. Teehee.

What a great day!

warm beverages

Wednesday, August 17, 2011: Seemed like a good evening for some chamomile tea.

Thursday, August 18, 2011: We got a new coffee pot! The one we’ve had for the past several years is wearing out. The other day we made some coffee and some of the grounds were still dry. We double-brewed it and it was better, but that reminded us that we’ve been thinking about getting a new coffee pot for some time now. So we finally did! It’s a 12-cup coffee maker, as opposed to our tiny 5-cup pot. I feel like a big kid now with a big kid coffee maker. Oooh shiny!

Re: No internet at the apt yet.

An update for the last couple of days! We don’t have internet at the apartment yet (that’s coming tomorrow!) so here are photos for the last couple of days.

Friday, July 29, 2011: Mom, Parker, and I went to Buns for a last lunch together for a while. Anna came too! It was wonderful! (We failed to get a picture of all three of us – so there are two photos for Friday!)

Saturday, July 30, 2011: My makeshift bed (it’s an air mattress, and it’s really very comfortable) until Scott gets down here with our real bed.

Sunday, July 31, 2011: Today’s game plan involves checking email and internet-related things at a local coffee shop before sorting through/organizing some of the boxes in the apartment! Tomorrow the internet comes!

iced coffee day.

Monday, June 6, 2011: After making breakfast with Leigh and her roommate we went to the Ugly Mug and had some iced coffee. And then later I went to the Ugly Mug again and had more iced coffee. Mmmhmmm. Yum.