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Travel, food, dogs, books, style, cocktails, & life stuff.



 



It’s been fun, Tumblr

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 18:51:08 -0400

But I’ve decided to switch things up and make the move over to WordPress. I’ve been on Tumblr since...



The weather this week has been suddenly blustery and cool. Which...

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 10:41:59 -0400

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The weather this week has been suddenly blustery and cool. Which meant that this little restaurant in an old home just north of Charlotte was especially perfect for an autumn dinner last night.

We ate most of the menu (thanks, Chef) but my favorites were the icy cocktails made with spiced rum and ginger, tender meatballs in a fragrant curry sauce, and the sweet bread pudding. It was the kind of cozy meal—and inviting company—that makes you want to linger long after the table has been cleared. So, you know, the best kind.




You know that time of night that everyone wastes playing around...

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 10:53:56 -0400

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You know that time of night that everyone wastes playing around on the internet? I spend mine (countless hours of it) fantasizing on Zillow. So, I thought it’d be fun to start posting some of my favorite houses.

This one was for sale for $650k in West Seattle. I love it for the charming bright blue hue and modern fence exterior, the gorgeous fireplace, and that huge sink.

I’d link to this one, but the link is gone so I’m assuming it sold. So, for now, some other lucky person will be taking their dogs for walks along the Puget Sound before coming home to curl up in front of that fireplace. (Oh, I didn’t mention that I create entire imaginary lives in all of the houses?)

Anyway, if you’re in to interiors, keep following along. I’m excited to start sharing these.




I’ve had a lot of fantasies about apple picking and admittedly,...

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 16:11:03 -0400

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I’ve had a lot of fantasies about apple picking and admittedly, most of them came from Pinterest or like a charming magazine fashion feature. I imagined a chilly fall day with scarves and boots and the crisp scent of apples in the air. Then I imagined a cozy evening with warm apple pie and hot cider. 

Realistically, in this part of the country apple picking happens when it’s still exceedingly hot outside. I was plucking these puppies from trees while trying to keep the sweat out of my eyes in the 90+ degree heat. Afterward, we drank cold cider and ate donuts (this part was still awesome) and then promptly retreated to air conditioning. 

So, not quite the dream. But still a fun way to spend a Saturday. 




"The truth is that this is the only way I can live: in two directions. I need two lives. I am two..."

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 14:47:13 -0400

“The truth is that this is the only way I can live: in two directions. I need two lives. I am...



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Thu, 08 Sep 2016 15:10:32 -0400

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Every year I spend Labor Day weekend at Pawleys Island with some...

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 17:08:48 -0400

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Every year I spend Labor Day weekend at Pawleys Island with some of my favorite people. It is invariably one of my favorite weekends of the entire year. 

This year was no different. We went swimming and kayaking and walking and crabbing. We spent mornings in rocking chairs with warm coffee and fresh bread, and evenings around a big table laughing and eating way too much. I watched sunrise in the sand with the curly-haired toddler son of an old friend, and two nights in a row our whole group gathered on the marsh as the sun sank and the Palmetto moon rose over the water. 

I’d be perfectly happy for weekends like this one to just go on forever. 




At my day job, I co-host a podcast. We talk about fun stuff in Charlotte and then we interview...

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 15:47:57 -0400

At my day job, I co-host a podcast. We talk about fun stuff in Charlotte and then we interview...



It was an especially hot summer weekend. Like, the thick,...

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:44:29 -0400

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It was an especially hot summer weekend. Like, the thick, oppressive kind of warmth where you’re constantly thinking about how to get into a pool or air conditioning… or where to find an icy drink or a consistent breeze. That’s how I ended up in Asheville on Saturday–in search of cooler mountain temps. After a waterfall hike and a drive along the Blue Ridge, we stopped for a late lunch at Buxton Hall where I ate my weight in barbecue and discovered this life changing tequila-spiked watermelon slushy. 

Lesson learned: I’ll take record-breaking summer heat any day if I can use it as an excuse to lead me to a Saturday afternoon slushy. 




Caption: “And then Rosie, the scary monster took all the bones...

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:00:13 -0400

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Caption: “And then Rosie, the scary monster took all the bones away and declared that no dachshund would ever chew rawhide again!” 

I got a new lamp and in my mind Pawley is using it flashlight-around-the-campfire style to tell ghost stories to scare Rosie all day while I’m at work. 




My friends Joanna and Jonathan got married this weekend. I’m not...

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:14:15 -0400

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My friends Joanna and Jonathan got married this weekend. I’m not sure if I’ve ever known two people who are more well liked. They’re both just genuinely kind and warm–and they love to have a good time. A perfect match. 

Despite a downpour that pushed the outdoor ceremony inside, the wedding was beautiful. Joanna asked me to read a passage during the ceremony that I loved. It was something her mom had sent her and it read to “let love be genuine and live in harmony.” Words that feel especially applicable these days. 

The weekend also included a Saturday lunch at one of my favorite local restaurants, Kindred, and an afternoon trip to the Lazy 5 Ranch to watch adorable piglets run around and feed giraffes by hand. (Lest you were confused and thought there was a giraffe at the wedding.)

*I stole these wedding photos from the photographer and my friend Katie because I got distracted by things like friends and pinot grigio and forgot to take pics.




Last night I made Bon Appetit’s Tomato Pie. I’m pretty sure I’ve...

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 11:23:33 -0400

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Last night I made Bon Appetit’s Tomato Pie. I’m pretty sure I’ve posted about this recipe on here before, but in honor of tomato season, I’m just going to reiterate that it might be the greatest savory summer dish ever. Fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes and dill paired with homemade buttermilk biscuit crust and cheese? It’s like all the best parts of summer in the South in one tasty dish. 




"We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the..."

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 13:13:45 -0400

“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence...



Pawley in lane one with an excellent dog paddle stroke and Coach...

Sun, 03 Jul 2016 19:25:04 -0400

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Pawley in lane one with an excellent dog paddle stroke and Coach Rosie offering instruction. #summerolympics




This movie looks very weird. But I have a firm policy about...

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:17:15 -0400

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This movie looks very weird. But I have a firm policy about sharing all pop culture dachshund related things. It’s now playing in NY and LA, and will open nationwide on July 1. So, you probably want to buy tickets in advance as a movie that includes a scene with Danny DeVito walking a dachshund in a yellow dress will inevitably sell out fast. 




A rainstorm has cancelled out the usual evening walk. These are...

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 20:15:51 -0400

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A rainstorm has cancelled out the usual evening walk. These are sad and trying times in our house tonight.




I spent the weekend in New England with my brother and...

Sun, 26 Jun 2016 20:57:30 -0400

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I spent the weekend in New England with my brother and sister-in-law, who live about 45 minutes outside of Boston.


We visited a pick-your-own strawberry farm (with friendly goats!) down the road from their home, ate NC barbecue sandwiches and New England lobster rolls on warm patios, spent an afternoon exploring Portsmouth, NH, and went for a morning hike around a nearby reservoir.


But what made the weekend so great was the laid back life they’ve created. They live in the country where they leave the windows open at night and the only sounds that wake you are chirping birds and chipmunks darting in the leaves. They go for long walks in the woods around their house, watch the wildlife from their screened-in porch in the evenings, and cook creative meals together in their sunny kitchen.


It felt pretty idyllic. I like the life I’ve created, but it’s far from relaxing and more than once I felt a twinge of envy at how low stress their version seemed. Tonight, it’s good to be home in my bustling neighborhood, prepping for this week’s way-too-packed (as always) schedule, and listening to the soothing city sounds of nearby sirens. But one day, I think, I want what they have.




Man I love summer weekends. Not pictured here is the ridiculous...

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:47:46 -0400

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Man I love summer weekends. Not pictured here is the ridiculous amount of time I spent working this weekend. But, as you can see, I managed to squeeze in some pretty great stuff like a trip the the farmers market, some park time with the pups, and a Dad’s Day picnic and symphony music with my parents. 

The top shot here is of a fresh lavender lemonade cocktail I made that is now my favorite summer drink ever. Here’s how to create your own if you’re interested: 

Mix four tablespoons of dried lavender with two cups of water and bring to a boil. Mix in one cup of sugar until it dissolves. Let simmer for five minutes, then let soak away from heat, cooling for two hours. Separate out the syrup (it’s actually lavender colored!). Mix one tablespoon of syrup with ½ cup lemonade and 2 ounces of vodka. Shake over ice. Strain and pour over ice. Garnish with fresh lavender stem and lemon. 




"Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, Omar, as his friends and family called him, was a Latino man gunned down at..."

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 12:03:35 -0400

“Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, Omar, as his friends and family called him, was a Latino man gunned...



Today has been next level exhausting. It started with a 7 AM...

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 18:47:59 -0400

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Today has been next level exhausting. It started with a 7 AM interview and I’m about to walk into my ninth meeting of the day at 7 PM.

So, a picture of happier times on my couch on Saturday morning. This is how everyone hangs out with their dog, right?