Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Art and Travel: Our Most Inexhaustible Source of Magic

Tomorrow morning bright and early I will leave for my road trip getaway!  Not as bright and early as the days I have to work, but I'm hoping to leave by eight or eight-thirty.  That should put my ETA to Bentonville between noon and one, which will leave plenty of time for me to explore the Crystal Bridges Art Museum before meeting up with an old friend for dinner.

The old friend is actually my first Zeta little sis, which means that I was basically her mentor and instant good friend throughout college.  I haven't seen her since graduating four years ago so I'm quite excited to catch up.  Here we are at the Big Sis Reveal Party my sophomore year.

And on Friday my checkout time isn't until noon so I plan on having a leisurely morning before heading up to Springfield where I will hang out at The Mudhouse and maybe do a little shopping before meeting up with friends for the evening.  Off to start packing!

(photo by e.gerhardt)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Heavy Glow

It is official now: Mom, Debby, and I are going to Florida for a last minute vacation in a few weeks!  I can't wait to head to the beach with two of my favorite travel buddies.  It's been five years since our big trip to Europe, so it'll be a nice little anniversary of that.

We will be staying in Fort Walton Beach, which is just ten minutes west of Destin.  New territory, but familiar.  I've stayed in Fort Walton a few times with friends but this will be different because we will probably explore the actual town a little more.  Mom and I are leaving on the Friday night and will stop in Nashville to see Andrew and his girlfriend, Juliana's, house.  I haven't been since last summer and they've made quite a few updates since then.  We may even go to one of my old favorite Nashville restaurants!  The next day, we will drive the remaining six or seven hours and Debby will join us Monday night.  Ahhhh, it wouldn't have really been summer without a beach trip.

(photos by a kind Swiss citizen, and e.hunt)

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Ballad of the Hit and Run

The excitement just never stops in our neighborhood.  Two nights ago, I was awoken around 2:30am by a bump noise outside in the street followed by muffled voices.  As I had to get up for work in a little over two hours I decided to just ignore it and go back to sleep.  At 4am, I was disrupted yet again, this time by the door bell ringing and aggressive banging on the door.  I leaned over to my window, thinking 'oh no, should've looked outside the first time!'

Ever since Taylor got his new car we've been parking the old van out on the street since there's no room in the back lineup.  I looked outside and saw that the van had been hit by another car and pushed ten feet forward up onto the sidewalk.  There was debris scattered around and a pretty obvious trail of antifreeze where the other car had backed up and continued on down the street.  I watched Mom walk outside with the cop, who was amazed no one heard it and went outside to check it out.

I tried to go back to sleep for that half hour before I had to get up but I don't think I really did.  Luckily I only had a five hour shift that morning.  When I got home, I was filled in on the whole story.  Apparently, after talking to Mom, the cop followed the antifreeze to find that the other car only made it down the block!  She found it, abandoned, and was going to check on a call about a severely drunk person stumbling around the area, thinking it might be the driver.  It wasn't.  Apparently, it was a nineteen year old kid who was going to report his car stolen, rather than confess to what really happened.

When the cops came to collect his report, he broke down and told them the truth.  Well, the semi-truth.  He said there weren't any drugs or alcohol involved, and his friends were the ones who told him to claim his car had been stolen after abandoning it.  Pretty crazy.  But look at the damage!  How does a non-drunk person driving a car do this?!  So long, van!

(photos by t.hunt, and e.hunt)

What Must Have Gone Into the Making of Her Eyes

My makeup subscription bag came in a few days ago.  It's covered in little beach umbrellas!

It came with some good things (mascara, a cooling face moisturizer, and a fall-color eyeshadow), and some meh things (a brush and some kind of extreme hair serum).  It's always fun to open it up and see what I get to try out.  And the little bags have been great for travel.

(photo by e.hunt)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

"In My Experience, There's No Such Thing as Luck"

-Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, A New Hope

After opening at work yesterday, followed by a much-needed nap, I was out and about running errands when the storm of the summer rolled in.  It had been kindof cloudy and windy and afternoon, but didn't look like it was about to unleash the fury of Zeus.  That changed within a five minute period.

Wind, rain, lightning, leaves blowing, trees falling; this storm had it all!  I stayed where I was until it died down a little bit, then made a run for my car to head home.  I wish I had driven around a little more: trees were down, some blocking streets, people were walking around pointing at the aftermath, and the air had that eerie, after-storm quiet feel.  

When I pulled in the driveway I noticed we had a few branches down, but nothing major.  Our neighbors had it much worse.  Several had big limbs down in their yards.  Across the street, a limb had crushed part of their new, white picket fence.  Across the other street, a tree had snapped about ten feet up and fortunately missed both a garage and a house!

But it was a tree a couple houses down that took the cake.  This tree had been uprooted, pulling some of the ground up with it, and was leaning on the house.  You can see where it dented the roof there.  They were lucky it didn't just fall right through!

(photos by e.hunt)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Travelers Of Time and Space

Can you believe it's already almost mid-July?!  That means there's only about six weeks left of summer!  I'm making the most of it though, keeping busy with work and errands and such.  I was off today after opening four days in a row, so it was really nice to get a full night's sleep.  Still needed my coffee to wake up though!

Everyone's back home from their worldly adventures.  Mom returned from her England-Italy-Amsterdam mega-trip, Dad from his whirlwind gig in Spain, and Taylor from his long-weekend in Nashville.  And next week, I go on my little summer getaway down to check out an art museum in Arkansas, then stopping in Springfield on the way home.  Should be a fun few days out of town.

Other than that things have been fairly low-key.  There's been some excitement in a possible last-minute trip to Florida but we're not sure if that's going to work out this year with everyone's busy schedules.  We'll see.  Hope you all have a lovely Tuesday!

(photos by e.hunt)

Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Blue and Red Zone

Well, happy late Independence Day!  We had a lovely day filled with American independence activities.  Not really, but I was off work so I was up and around all day.  We started the morning with a trip to Kaldi's, and since it was raining, it was nice enough to sit outside, under the awning, of course.

On the way home we stopped by the grocery store to pick up some things for dinner.  The rain was supposed to let up and the grandma's were coming over for dinner so we thought barbecue would be good.  Taylor and I set the table in extreme patriotic fashion; we even found a plate with Washington Crossing the Delaware on it!

Dinner was delicious.  We even had little sponge cakes with a strawberry-honey-agave sauce over whipped cream for dessert!

After Nana and Grandma left, we had another beer out in the garage over a game of pool before the fireworks show.  And because it rained most of the day the garage wasn't super hot.  We were able to get a few games in before go time.

We headed up to our usual spot at the bank but to our surprise, the parking lot was packed with cars.  In years past it's just been us and maybe another couple or two with their lawn chairs, but this year it was like a drive-in theater!  Oh well, our spot on the wall was still open, our neighbor friends, the Stewarts, came up to join us, and the fireworks were fun to see.  Happy late Fourth, everyone!

(photos by e.hunt)