Saturday, April 23, 2016

Catch Up

My mamaw said that I needed to be blogging more, so here I am! This past few weeks has been crazy for me. Lots of work at night and on the weekend! It always gets to be this way in April and then quiets down after graduation. 

Here are some of the things that have happened:

Paul decided to tackle the brush under the back stairs. He popped out all the screws and went to town. It really does look a lot better!

At the last Fondren's First Thursday, we raced toilets. And we had macaws wandering the street. With all of this unbelievable legislation that has happened in the last few weeks, I'm reminded that this is why we stay.

A friend (and former Seattle Dripper) used our space for a cool project. I can't wait to tell you more.

I had book club with my group of girlfriends. We talked about the book Dispatches from Pluto, which was really interesting because I was only one of two native Mississippians in the group. Everyone else is a transplant - Ohio, Texas, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey. They brought an neat perspective to the group, while Kelly and I had our own to help clarify some feelings from the book.

We went to a yard sale last weekend and I found one of my favorite yard sale finds to date - this vase head. It's an old Kalalou/Country Originals "original."

You may remember me talking about Vicksburg in my last post. We went back to 10 South for dinner Friday night. It's such a neat space! It was really windy and by the end we both wished we had brought a jacket!

Here's to the weekend!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Spring Mix

Looking back through my photos, so much has happened in two weeks!

Our friends Morgan and Todd, who eloped in the fall, had a huge weekend to celebrate with family and friends that coincided with the Hal's St. Paddy's Day Parade. We had amazing food over several days and lots of time with friends (a lot of it in their fantastic backyard in Fondren!).

One of my favorite days of the year, Beth Israel's Sisterhood Bazaar. I had to get a taster's plate! Brisket, stuffed cabbage, potato knish, blintz, kugel and carrots.

We got a letter a few weeks ago saying that Paul's storage unit rent was going up. Six months ago we talked about cleaning it out, so it was really time for us to cut that out of our lives. Once we started going through everything, Paul quickly realized he had been holding on to a lot of things that he could part with.

We tackled it and emptied the unit. THEN, went through the process of sorting through everything. Below is the calendar he kept from when he was on a tour for a year, writing every city down where they traveled.

This is just a sample of the boxes!

Another reason to get rid of the storage unit payment: I got a new car! It's been so exciting to drive. I didn't know how much I would appreciate being higher off the ground.

With a new ride on our hands, we spontaneously took a trip to Vicksburg to a restaurant on the roof of a tall building next to the Mississippi River - 10 South. The food was excellent!

This weekend we had Zippity Doo Dah events, including us having a garage sale at our house. Mom, MG and I are definitely glad to have a lot of stuff out of our lives after that.

Another fun aspect to the weekend is that a car is always given away by our friends at Patty Peck Honda. Our friend Ashley was one of the key finalist this year and she has been so obsessed with this car. We went bowling the weekend before and she was convinced she was going to win. I told her that there was a chance that she wouldn't get it and we couldn't rig it for her. Y'all, SHE WON. She was the first person to try to open the box with her key and it worked. We were shocked!

I think she was about the time she was calling and saying, "Ummm... dad... I won that car."

The weather was perfect and the parade was so much fun. 

Now, for a day to myself with a book! I'm excited for some time to unplug.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Weird Week

It has been one of those weird weeks. It is Spring Break at school, but alas, staff still had to work this week. The first part of the week is usually exciting because you can knock out all of the projects you've needed to get to without distraction. By Wednesday, you're looking for things to do.

My mom sent us an image this week that said, "I like long, romantic walks down every aisle at Target." It's pretty true for us.

I was texting with her Sunday night while we were in Target, telling her we couldn't get out of the store because there was so much to see (even though we are in there at least once a week).

Just when it looked like we were headed towards the check out line, we got stopped by cute little bowls.

The latter part of the week has been pretty miserable with rain, but a good bit of us got together Thursday to see Cary and Brody one last time before they head to Indiana. We are going to miss having them so close!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Aides of March

There's nothing Paul and I want more than a screen porch on the backside of our house. Until then, we found the next best thing a few weeks ago: an old screen from one of our windows that fits perfectly in the opening of our french doors.

We are all in heaven, especially KT. The cat used to do very well outside by herself, but then she started bolting and we had to put an end to it. This is our great compromise.

With warm temperatures sliding their way in, spring is certainly on it's way. Tips of trees are turning green and it's about time for us to trim before it all begins. There was a horrible drought in late summer/fall and a lot of plant life died. There's a lot to cut away this year!

We started last weekend with our crepe myrtles. Trust me, there was no crepe murder here. 

I also went with MG and Ryan to the Gem and Mineral Show at the Trademart last Sunday after lunch. There were all kinds of rocks and stones, but Ryan was the only one to walk away with anything. My favorite part were the dinner table displays, made completely out of rock.

It's hard to tell what is real and what isn't!

A month or so ago a frozen yogurt shop opened up in the business district. Yes, we're big fans. It felt so good the other day, I told Paul, "Let's walk after work. We can walk the mile to the yogurt shop and that can be our mid-way treat."

The California tart was worth the two miles.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Laurel + Hattiesburg

Inspired by the HGTV show Home Town (filmed in Laurel - they just got the green light to film their first season after a pilot aired!), we decided to take a day trip to Laurel.

After breakfast with our friends, we headed south.

One of the things the Main Street Association (and Erin from Home Town) has done is the creation of vibrancy in their downtown through murals all around vacant buildings. And, to be honest, they have a ton of them. Paul and I kept saying, "This is the town that time forgot." There is so much opportunity and promise there. 

We kept lamenting that we should open a restaurant downtown that was open on the weekends because we walked and walked, only to find that a coffee shop and a butcher shop (with only raw meat) open. We did stop into a quaint antiques store called Southern Antiques, very reminiscent of Antique Mall of the South or Interiors Market in Fondren.

After walking around and driving through their beautiful homes, a late lunch was in order.

Phillips Drive-In popped up on the list. We didn't want to eat at a national fast food joint, so this seemed intriguing. Split between us was a chili cheese dog, Philly cheesesteak, potato wedges and corn nuggets in all their golden glory. The perfect greasy spoon. It's easy to see why people flock here.

Afterwards we headed to Hattiesburg. We had ordered Paul's new computer to be picked up at Best Buy there (they were out in the Jackson), then we made our way around the area, reminiscing of college days. It was a great little trip!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Early Spring

Has it been as lovely and mild where you are as it has been for us this week? I really think we are going to have an early spring this year.

This warm snap has made for patio lunches and new blooms around the yard.

Walker's, of course, is on the top of the patio list.

Morning light.

These are popping up everywhere in the yard!

Friday evening we had Natasha Trethewey on campus. She is the most eloquent and beautiful person (not to mention, writer).

Saturday mornings are the best.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Real Life

I got really excited last week when I found a clean eating lemon poppyseed scone recipe on Pinterest. I'm always hesitant that they might not be any good, but how do you know until you try? I took pictures and thought it might even be something fun to write about on the blog. 

Suffice to say, they weren't my favorite. Paul said he liked them, but I can't recommend making them, unless adding more sweetness to them. They tasted like paste. What a bummer!

Mamaw, this one is for you. We snipped roses from my yard last Sunday and used your milk glass vase. It's one of my favorite things!

I feel like I say this all the time, but our guest bathroom is finally, FINALLY, nearing completion. Our handyman fixed our shower so we can actually use it. Yesterday I painted the trim around the window and today we'll hang the blinds in the window.

Our friend Chris turned 38 this weekend, so we all got together for crawfish at Crawdad Hole. The admiration society for Eli, their son, was hilarious. (Here's our friend Garrad with him below)

Our friend Greg is from Louisiana and is the master of peeling crawfish. While Paul and I ate our shrimp, Greg went to town peeling pounds of them!

Hope you guys had a great week!


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