Whirlwind Summer Travels: Pacific Northwest Edition

I’m finally catching up a bit after our travels this past week! We arrived in Seattle late on Monday evening, and by the time we got to where we were staying it was about midnight. And it felt like about 3 o’clock AM. Yay time zone change! We spent three days hanging out with family, playing lots and lots of card games, eating, soaking up some sun, relaxing, and celebrating. It was an absolutely jam-packed few days and it was so good to see family. Here are a few highlights from the trip!

Parker, waiting at the airport.

One of many games of Hand and Foot.

My Great Aunt and Uncle’s lake house where we all get together for the Fourth of July every year. I hadn’t been in four years and it was Scott’s first time!

Lake Stevens, Washington.

Cousins!

Bobo and Parker talking, while Parker avoids getting a sun burn on his face.

My cousin and his lovely fiancé at their wedding shower. They get married on August 19 and I’m so sad not to be able to make it. But it was awesome to be at their shower!

Aaaaand this was the morning after we got home, just before Scott and I hit the road back to Asheville. We arrived around midnight in Raleigh, spent the night at my mom’s house, got up the next morning and picked up breakfast and coffee at Bruegger’s, drove back to the mountains, and I went to work at 12:30!

Needless to say, we’re exhausted.

But the trip was terrific and it was totally wonderful to spend time with family!

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Hunger Games

Thursday, April 12, 2012: Scott and I went to see The Hunger Games this afternoon. I read the books last year when my then-housemate gave them to me and said something about how I wouldn’t be able to put them down once I started reading. Needless to say, she was right. (Thanks, Brittany!) When I heard they were making a movie based on the first book, I was intrigued to see how it turned out. Some book-to-movie productions just don’t cut it, but I must say I was pretty impressed by this one. Obviously there were some things that I understood (certain looks, some events, a few key characters) only because I have read the books, and probably would have completely missed if I hadn’t read them. It might affect my response to the movie, I’ll admit, and I am okay with that. And I may be partial since some of the filming was done in this area at Dupont State Forest, but I really thought they did a good job translating the emotions and intensity from the author’s words to the movie screen. Knowing what happens next, I can hardly wait to see how they continue the trilogy. And I went out today and bought a copy of the first book so I can experience it again. Have you seen the movie? What did you think!? Did you read the books? Are you excited for the other two to be turned into movies? Are you re-reading the books like I am?

In Which we Play Poker with Bananagrams Tiles

Thursday, February 2, 2012: First of all, I’d like to recognize Groundhog Day. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow up there in PA, which means we’re forecast for 6 more weeks of winter (click here for more on that). Now, I’m not really sure what that means exactly because I wouldn’t call what we’ve been having winter. The birds and the plants all seem to think that it’s spring, but Phil says winter. So we’ll see what happens on that front.

In other news, we had the neighbors over for drinks and games this evening! It had officially been way too long. Officially. And we had a great time! We played some Bananagrams, then got OCD on the Bananagrams tiles, followed by Hold ‘Em Poker with said Banangrams tiles.

The OCD Part:

The Poker Part:

And this is Cricket. Isn’t she just the cutest!? We love her. She gives lots of sweet kisses. And she just exudes general awesomeness.

Card Night

Saturday, December 3, 2011: We went all the way to our next-door neighbors’ apartment (all of ten feet away) for dinner and cards last night! We had delicious potato-leek stew with bacon, cheese, and green onions, with copious amounts of wine, followed by delectable chocolate mousse. And we played Spades and talked for many hours, without a care in the world! It was delightful! Looking forward to doing it again soon!

the first few days

So I’ve been thinking a lot lately about blogs, and for a few days I was entirely fed-up with them. All of them. Especially this one. But as some time has gone by and as Twenty-Eleven has started, I’ve decided to take another stab at it and see what happens. I’ve also decided to rearrange my ideas a bit for this blog in particular: I don’t think I’ll post every single day. I might. Aaaand I might not. I think I might also post multiple photos for individual days, depending on what happened that day. This is going to be an ongoing project and I intend to rearrange the “rules” at my discretion. So here goes …

First off, the last day of 2010.

Friday, December 31, 2010: New Year’s Eve Party

The first few of my winning cards in Apples-to-Apples

Penguin sugar cookie! I ate it after this picture. 🙂

First few days of 2011!

Saturday, January 1, 2011: 1/1/11

First photo of the New Year!

Saturday, January 2, 2011: Synchronized Christmas Lights.

Christmas lights synchronized with Christmas music.

The year seems to be off to a good start so far!