seis años: our anniversary.

Last Monday, April 1, was our anniversary! (No April Fools joke here.) It is hard to believe, but it was six years ago that we started this crazy adventure together. It has been a most wonderful six years!

We met during Orientation Week at Warren Wilson College in August of 2006. Fresh out of our parents protection, on our way to one of the many assemblies we attended that week teaching us about all manner of college-y things, Scott and I met for the first time. He introduced himself and I informed him that there was a Scott Anderson at my high school and that I didn’t like him very much. I kid you not – famous first words. He probably thought I was the weirdest and that he had better steer clear of me for the foreseeable future. A wise man, indeed.

Fast forward to Spring 2007. Scott melded into our friend group and we started hanging out more. But really, just friends. We spent a bit of time getting to know one another over Winter Break chatting online, but that does not necessarily correlate to best friends in real life. The day he was supposed to fly up to Massachusetts for Spring Break his flight was cancelled (much to my Southern astonishment) due to snow up in New England . He tried to reschedule his flight out of Asheville – to no avail – and I suggested that he could come home with me and catch a flight out of RDU instead. He took me up on the offer, came back home with me, and flew out a couple of days later. We chatted several times throughout the week, but I insisted to my mother (who rather surreptitiously suggested that he was quite handsome) that we were JUST FRIENDS. Upon our return the following week we flirted our faces off, I repeatedly asked my roommate if she thought he liked me (because, come on, it’s what girls do – thanks Leigh!), she rolled her eyes at me because it was quite obvious that he did, we decided we were “a thing” around April 1, and the rest, as they say, is history.

The first few years of our relationship involved meeting in the dining hall for breakfast together, finding each other for lunch together between classes and work, and spending our evenings doing homework in the same room. So romantic, I know. But really, it was perfect. I was in heaven! Up until Scott I was convinced that all boys were afraid of me and that I would spend my entire life single trying desperately not to frighten boys away. Ah, high school, how I do not miss thee.

The semester before I graduated, Scott decided to take some time off from school. He came down to celebrate my graduation and then we both headed back up to New England. I moved to Maine and lived there for a few months, then moved to Massachusetts and lived with Scott and his parents until he and I made the move back to Asheville. We have now been back in Asheville for almost two years, Scott is almost finished with is degree and graduates in May, and we are happier than ever!

We never really do a whole lot for our anniversary, but we usually try to at least go out for dinner to celebrate. This year we opted to try Wicked Weed for our anniversary dinner date! It was a really superb choice, if I do say so myself. The weather was glorious, the sun was shining, and the eats and brews were splendiferous. We give it a Siskel-and-Ebert-style two-thumbs-way-up. And on our actual anniversary we went out for a treat at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge with my mom, since she was in town visiting. All in all, it was the perfect way to celebrate – low key, fun, with some delicious food, and great company.


On a walk at the Biltmore

Date at Wicked Weed!

Wicked WeedHere’s to another countless happy years! I love you, Scott! I am so glad we are doing life together.

Spring Break 2013: The Week in Review.

This week was so busy! It was good busy, though. Mostly. I sort of wish I had a week to run around and get stuff done and another week to sleep and sit around and perhaps go to a vacation-y spot. Alas, I managed to cram it all into one ten day span! And there are still a couple more days!

Monday I went to the dentist. Clean teeth: check. And I went grocery shopping. Tuesday I went to the eye doctor and got my haircut. Healthy eyes: check. New purple glasses: check. Hair trimmy-trim: check. Scott has been in various states of an ear infection all week – pain, fever, vertigo. Stinky stinky stinky.

Wednesday morning I hit the road to Chapel Hill! Had lunch with my oldest friend, Emily Silva, before she moves to NYC next weekend! Go Emily go! Went to Trader Joe’s to stock up – one day the Asheville store will open! Thursday I spent the day with my mom in her classroom. Her kids had a really neat Poetry Coffeehouse in the morning where they read some of their original poems! I had lunch with my dad at Merritt’s Store and Grill – really terrific BLT – and had a nice time catching up with him. After school was over Mom and I spent some time going around her house and making a list of things I want to have from her house while she’s in Kuwait. Among various other conversations and general hanging out! It was a very brief visit, but lovely. Thursday evening I headed back home to the mountains!

Friday ended up being a general catch-up day. Laundry, some errands, picked up my new glasses (!!!), lovely relaxing, hanging out. Saturday I worked at my weekend job again and Mom came up for the weekend! Easter Sunday we had a nice brunch – pancakes and bacon. Mom and I borrowed our friends sweet pooch, Cricket, for an afternoon walk and had a lovely time! Then we spent the evening in and cooked a nice simple Easter dinner of ham, roasted potatoes with cheese, and green beans. We watched a fair bit of Downton Abbey and hit the sack! Monday brought another fun day of running around. A lazy morning, late brunch, an early afternoon visit to the French Broad Chocolate Lounge, a walk down to the Screen Door (where I found an awesome little children’s size ironing board that I intend to use for plants), a visit to the Biltmore for their wine tasting, and another delicious dinner together! Followed by some more Downton Abbey!

It was a lot of mish mash and this that and the other thing this Spring Break. Today was glorious! It snowed some earlier this Spring Break and we have had some lovely weather mixed in, with some rain too. The weather has been up and down and all around this spring. One day it will be consistently warm though! I was very productive this break, I got to travel, and I got to spend time with some of my favorite people! Scott is finally starting to feel a bit more like himself, which is such a relief. He still has some vertigo, but he was able to come with us to the French Broad Chocolate Lounge earlier! And I am very glad because it is our six year anniversary today!!! All in all it was a great break, a much needed rest, a rejuvenating time off, and a good week mixed with some productivity!

Loving our hyacinths!!!

Snow over Spring Break!?


Stocking up at Trader Joe's!

4th Grade Poetry Coffeehouse!


Sunset on the road.

New specs!

Easter bunny pancakes!

French Broad Chocolate Lounge!

Weekend Review: Belated Christmas with Dad and Dean

Since Dad and Dean were in Hawaii for Christmas (and they forgot to buy us tickets to go with them … wink wink) they came to visit us last weekend for a belated Christmas family-time of sorts. We didn’t really do Christmas-y things, though we did still have our Christmas decorations up. We spent some good time exploring the art galleries and studios in the River Arts District and some others downtown on Saturday, followed by dinner at The Walk. Then on Sunday we had a lovely brunch at Sunny Point Cafe (Oatmeal Brûlée with cream and fresh fruit – drool) and a terrific adventure at the Biltmore Estate. All in all, it was a glorious weekend! Thanks for coming to visit guys!!!

Insert photo of Dad, Dean, Scott, and me smiling jubilantly! }

Tandem Bicycle at the Screen Door

Scott found a chair he likes.

Where's Waldo ... er ... Dad!?

Oatmeal Brûlée

We give thanks.

My mom and brother joined us for Thanksgiving this year! We missed Dad and Dean and Scott’s family, but it sure was nice to have some family around! And we had so much fun, as we always do when we are together. We hiked up to Rattlesnake Lodge, watched lots of Downton Abbey, went for a walk at the Biltmore, laughed, cooked, ate, and had a great time!

It was a wonderful holiday! So glad to have a few days off with family! Scott and I both worked Friday and Saturday, so Mom and Parker headed home. Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. It was crazy! I am so thankful for my life, my loved ones, and the opportunities I have.


Yesterday my brother turned 20!!! He is such a great guy and I am so proud of him!

Happy Birthday Parker!!!


In which my cousin came to Asheville!

I received a surprise Facebook message from my cousin, Danica, on Sunday that she was on her way through Asheville on a gigantanormous road trip! So obviously I was so excited to get together!!!

We had a marvelous time eating dinner at Tupelo Honey Cafe, and we talked and talked and talked. We strategically saved room for dessert by taking home leftovers and headed to the French Broad Chocolate Lounge! And we continued to talk and talk and talk. And it was wonderful! Before we headed out we asked the nice man sitting near us to take some pictures of us. He was gracious and patient and funny and he took some great pictures!!! Yay!

Had so much fun together Danica! I’m so glad you made this a stop on your road trip! Thanks for everything!

Weekend Review: Karl and Janet’s Visit

Phew! We have entered “that time of year” where work gets busier, tourists flock from near and far, the mountains are gorgeous, and all of our friends and family come to visit!

So far my Dad and Dean came, my Mom came the first weekend of October, and Scott’s parents came last weekend! And now I am sitting here in our almost-too-quiet apartment listening to the refrigerator hum, catching up on some much-needed blogging!

Scott’s parents, Karl and Janet, arrived on a Thursday and they greeted me with open arms when I got home from work that day! What a great way to be welcomed to your home! The weekend was another whirlwind and it was so fun! We ate out at most of our favorite restaurants, saw most of our favorite things, went to the Biltmore wine tasting, and even made a day trip to Boone! I lost count of how many times we went to the French Broad Chocolate Lounge (I think it was twice, but it felt like a bazillion). And we celebrated my sweetheart’s birthday!!! It was last Friday, October 12, and I didn’t even post about it yet. (Oy vey, I am so behind it’s a little embarrassing.) Here are some pictures of our weekend with Karl and Janet! Some waiting for dinner at Tupelo Honey Cafe, some fall colors behind the Mast General Store in Valle Crucis, dessert at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge for Scott’s birthday, and a neat old truck we found while wandering around Black Mountain!

Thanks for such a great weekend!!!

Sometimes You Just …

… gotta run out to the grocery store at 8:00 mid-brownie-baking because you ran out of sugar! Yep. We sure did! And I giggled the WHOLE ENTIRE TIME. And Scott said maybe we should go grocery shopping at night more often if it’s so fun! But it would totally lose its charm if it wasn’t a rarity. Especially if it wasn’t to get sugar for brownies. So we agreed that it should probably be saved for special occasions.

In other not-so-pressing-news this week has been just fine. It’s been cooler, which I love! And I’ve worn scarves almost every day this week! So that’s fun. Fall is the best! In Kindergarten earlier this week we took the kids outside to find leaves and other fun textures to make rubbings. The kids loved it! Oh, and Scott bought some peaches when he went to the store earlier this week and they were absolutely delicious!!!

I’ve been re-reading my way through the Hunger Games series. Yes, I know. I read the series a couple of years ago and am slowly reading it again. And I’m on the third book! And it’s grabbed me again! Sucked me in! Sometimes I just love a book that sucks me in and is so easy to get lost in.

And it’s almost sock-knitting weather, so that’s exciting. More importantly it’s almost sock-WEARING weather! Which I also love. I have so many stripey socks that have been waiting for me in my drawer! Mmmm socks.

Oh, and since I’m on a roll with things that make me happy – TOMORROW IS FRIDAY!!! I love Friday. Even though I have to work on Saturday. Friday just feels so good!

On that note, I’m signing out. My brownies are almost done baking!

Sunny Point and Section 9

Dad and Dean came to visit this weekend! Dad was aiming for a last hurrah of summer with a white water rafting trip and Dean and I were all over it! They arrived late last night and have already headed back east, so it was a very brief trip, but totally awesome!

We started out our morning with brunch at Sunny Point Cafe. I had the special: Sunny Point Pop Tart! “Local Gala apples and currants tossed in brown sugar and cinnamon and sandwiched between a buttery puff pastry. Topped with cinnamon-rosemary-maple creme fraiche and served with an apple-chicken sausage.” (Quote found on Sunny Point Cafe’s website from their menu.) It was, how do you say, deee-scruptiou-licious! (Delicious + Scrumptious = Deee-scrumptiou-licious.) Yep.

After brunch we headed back to the apartment to get ready for white water rafting! A swim suit, some sunscreen, some spandex clothing, my contacts of yore, sunglasses, and a heavy dose of excitement later and we were off! We went down Section 9 of the French Broad River with the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC). The outpost is in Walnut, NC – just north of Marshall. It was a pretty drive up there!

And we had an absolute blast! We were in a raft with a couple and they were super fun, and our raft guide was terrific! The weather could not have been much better – it was sunny and warm, but not humid, and the water was the perfect temperature. Ideal conditions for this outdoor excursion! We got good and wet, jumped off a big rock into the river (I almost chickened out the first time and then went a second time for good measure), swam a bit in a calm spot, and just had a glorious time. It was nice chatting with the other people in our boat, and now I’m super excited to try Zumba because they are both instructors and told me all about it! Yay! What a fun day!

Right by the French Broad Outpost there was a fenced in area of kudzu being eaten by several goats! They will eat anything! Here’s one chewing away! What a face.

Today was awesome! It was so good to see Dad and Dean, a treat to go out for brunch, and an absolute blast to go white water rafting with them!!! Thanks for coming to visit guys! Miss you already!

A Date

Tonight we celebrated that Scott got a job! He’s going to be making wooden toys in West Asheville. How cool is that!? He’s pretty excited. And we finally had a terrific excuse to go on a date! Not that we need an excuse, but sometimes it feels nice to have one anyway. So we went to our favorite place – Tupelo Honey Cafe. As per the norm these days (at the downtown location, not the South Asheville one) we waited about 45 minutes for our table, but we were expecting that. It’s worth the wait, let me tell you. We walked around the block and relaxed outside while waiting for our table. There was a man playing a djembe and two other guys went over to him and started rapping to his beat. Reason number 1945732 I wish I could be invisible sometimes – so as to get a closer look. I had the Tupelo House Salad with Blackened Catfish. It was delicious! And we had a really nice time just relaxing and celebrating. Congratulations Scott!!!