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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Sixteen Days, And Counting

A couple months ago I took advantage of a flight deal Southwest Airlines had going on and bought a ticket to go see my college roommate, Kaitlin!  She lives in Austin, Texas, and I've been wanting to go see her, and the city, for a while now.  When planning the trip, we realized that we haven't physically been in the same room since Graduation day at Drury, which was over five years ago!

Nine years ago, around this time of year, we were just getting to know each other, as randomly selected roommates for our Freshman year dorm.  How did Drury know we would be best friends?!


We went on to be roommates for three of the four years, making up games in our apartment, going to all kinds of sorority events, and donning crazy costumes for Halloween and theme dances.  She even flew to Europe to be part of our epic, post-study abroad trip.


And in sixteen days, we will be reunited and all the epic crazy and fun will be had.  Austin, here I come!

(photos by e.hunt, e.gerhardt, r.hunt, d.barney, and k.horner)

Monday, September 18, 2017

Peter's Pigeon Party

Last night at dinner we were sitting at our usual spots by the window when we noticed something strange.  The conservatory was abuzz with animals coming out for their dinner, but something was different.  Usually the birds are scattered about, with the bunnies off to the side, but this time the little rabbit was at the center of attention, telling all of his pigeon friends what mischief he got into that day.  "Mr. McGregor is not going to be happy about his garden tomorrow," says Peter, while all his bird friends twitter about in agreement.  "You didn't eat enough there, though, did you?" chirps Benjamin Bird.  "Well, no," Peter Rabbit replies, "that was just lunch!"


(photo by e.hunt)

Mercury Vapor Lights

We've gotten a little of that September fall weather over the past couple weeks, but then it shot back up to the 90s this weekend.  I'm ready for chilly mornings, a hot chocolate treat at night, falling leaves, and all the little ankle boots.  That is why this month's inspirational color is deep burgundy red.  It's comforting, but also mysterious, much like Autumn itself.




(photos collected from krautkopffoodblog, melusineh.tumblr, instagram.com/weareherenow, instagram.com/littleeena, instagram.com/elledecor, urbanoutfitters, gh2u.tumblr, instagram.com/afarmedia, houseandgarden, flickr, fredriksonstallard, flickr, places.kellynbailey, and instagram.com/lostinmaps)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie, All Not Ready, Holler 'I'!

Here we are at another Monday, and a beautiful Monday it is!  Take a few minutes today to remember the September 11th attacks that happened sixteen years ago today.  It's one of those few infamous events that anyone who was alive that day remembers where they were and how they found out about it.  I was in sixth grade; not quite old enough to really comprehend what was happening, but I knew it was horrific and would effect everybody in some way.


I hope you had a lovely weekend.  I worked both days, as usual, but Uncle Paul was in town so we all went to this new Mexican restaurant for dinner, Rosalita's.  The place had a cool, modern, Spanish courtyard look, but it was a bit of a drive, and the food was only so-so.  I think in the future we'll stick to our usual, walkable Amigo's for Mexican.

Last night Dad and Taylor barbecued delicious meats and veggies.  We've had beautiful weather the last week: high 70s/low 80s.  I even needed to wear a jacket on my early work mornings!




When I got home I went on a little baking spree.  Dad's birthday is today so I whipped up a little something for that, and while the oven was preheated, I made another batch of pumpkin muffins!  I had one this morning, sitting at my usual spot in the window, and sipped a cup of Anniversary Blend coffee.  A perfect Fall morning.


I have a few errands to run this afternoon and then I will head home for another marvelous meal and birthday festivities.  Happy Birthday, Dad!

(photos by e.hunt)

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Eclipse Day

A couple weeks ago we experienced a rare and overwhelming natural phenomenon: a total solar eclipse.  The whole country would experience at least a partial eclipse, but St. Louis happened to be in the path that would get to see it in totality.  I was lucky enough to be off work so I picked up a coffee for myself and an iced tea for Dad and met him at the park.




Eclipse Day sort of became an unofficial holiday, what with businesses closing or people taking the day off, so there were quite a few people at the park.  The dock wasn't busy at all though.  We had about twenty minutes or so until the main event so we just observed the surroundings.  The little crescent moon shadows were the coolest part.



And then the total eclipse started happening.  During the last five or ten minutes everything was covered in this weird twilight light (the parking lot lamps even came on!), and then it got really dark. The frogs started ribbeting and the nighttime bugs started making their nighttime bug sounds, and the sun was almost completely covered.




It was one of the coolest things I've ever seen.  I thought it was going to be neat, but it was much more exciting than I was expecting.  I tried to take a picture of it at totality but forgot to put my eclipse glasses over the lens.  One of Dad's friends did remember and sent him that second picture; pretty cool, hunh?!!



After the minute and a half of totality, it went back to twilight, then to daytime.  The frogs and bugs went back to sleep and we met up with Taylor at Amigo's for an afternoon round of Victoria beers.  While there, we saw another odd natural occurrence in the form of strange clouds that looked like someone took their hand and swiped a section of it.  Ahh, nature is awesome.


(photos by e.hunt, and Dad's friend Megan)

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Mist and Shadow, Cloud and Shade

Taylor and I stopped in Nashville overnight on the long drive back home, and upon returning I did my own thing for a couple days, trying to reacclimate to day-to-day life.  It's always hard, coming back from the beach.


I've had a few lovely after-dinner walks since coming back.  The sun is setting earlier and earlier now that Fall is approaching, making for some quite beautiful sunset views, and I passed a worksite with some manner of debris that looks like the escape pod that R2 and 3PO ride to Tatooine in A New Hope!




And as soon as I was getting back into the work flow, I had somebody cover one of my shifts so Mom and I could go get our tattoos!  We were planning on getting them in Florida, like how we did it last time, but we just didn't have enough time with the whole family being there and everything.  No worries, though, I did a little research and found a well-regarded tattoo shop here in St. Louis that welcomed walk-ins.



Mom got her compass rose needle on her wrist and I got my Lord of the Rings quote on my inner forearm!  I knew I wanted a Lord of the Rings quote for my third tattoo but it took me a while to pick one.  I wrote down several but always came back to this one line.  It's part of a song the Hobbits sing in the first book, but it becomes part of Pippin's song in the third movie.  I love how it's really image-driven, while also being about time.  To me it also fits well with my two other tattoos: line drawings of a wave and a couple plant sprigs with petals floating upwards.  Anyway, it is now all healed and I love it!

I've also done a bit of baking over the last couple weeks.  Taylor came over for a movie night and we decided a few homemade cookies would be a lovely treat in the middle of a movie viewing, so we made some delicious chocolate chip cookies before starting Amélie (2001), a quirky French love story that was up for several Oscars the year it came out.  Neither of us had seen it yet, and while it was a little strange, we both enjoyed it.


Now, when I was buying all the necessary items to make the cookies, I happened to be at Target.  And funny thing about Target's grocery section, they only offer eggs by the dozen.  So, after the one we used to make cookies, I had eleven more to use up in other ways.  I made a number of egg sandwiches for dinners, and had another round of baking!  This time I made pumpkin muffins.  I know it's a little early for Fall pumpkin items, but they just sounded so good!  And that they were.



(photos by e.hunt, and collected from blog.moviemaps)

A Wave of Happiness

The last couple beach days were lovely and relaxing.  We saw a double rainbow, although I didn't actually notice the second one until I was looking at the pictures later.  We enjoyed the calmer, cooler ocean water, and finished up the last of the beachy beverages.




We had a little wildlife action on the last day, starting with this crane duo.  They just stood there, occasionally picking up their long legs and very precisely walking to a new spot.  They stayed in the Root Beer remnants most of the day.


While sitting under the umbrella, just enjoying the salty air, Dad and I saw a little lizard guy fall from the umbrella to the sand and then scurry over to hide under our chairs.  The weird animal sightings seem to follow us everywhere.



We stayed down at the beach pretty late that last evening before meeting up at the house for family pictures.  Beach family pictures are the best, and it was a great way to wrap up a great vacation.  Thanks, Mom and Dad, for another epic Hunt Family vacation!!





(photos by e.hunt)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Summer Is Here and Here Is Summer

The next morning we ventured out once again, this time to Rosemary Beach.  I wanted to explore the European-like streets and alleyways, and Mom wanted to check out a few of the shops so we got there and, of course, got coffee first.




We sat outside, enjoying our lattes and breakfast treats when I noticed their sign board was Game of Thrones themed!  Coffee is here, indeed.

We parted ways and I wandered down across 30A to the oceanside part of town.






What a beautiful little town.  Like Seaside, Rosemary is a planned community, where all the houses follow a set of rules and style outlines so they all fit together and it looks amazing.  It simultaneously feels like you're walking through an ancient Spanish-Italian town and a really well-done movie set.  It's all in the details.



I saw several cute little doorway entrances, lots of flora and fauna, and quite a bit of construction, actually.  Being founded in 1995, I guess a lot of the homes need updates now and then.  Not to mention the wear and tear that vacationers (and the Florida weather) put on the properties.







One of my favorite houses was this beige colored one with a sunken doorway.  Want to guess why?  It reminded me of a Hobbit hole door!




I had so much fun walking around, although there wasn't a lot of breeze up beyond the boardwalk, so it made for a hot and sweaty morning.  Oh well, I got some great pictures so it was worth it!  I ran into Taylor when I was about finished with my loop so we wandered around a bit before heading back to meet up with everyone else.




(photos by e.hunt)