travel

Charleston

a few photos from a trip to charleston with my mom and sister last month. with no plans to speak of, we spent our days wandering the streets, browsing the shops and market, and enjoying leisurely meals. dinner spots were chosen based on whether we could eat al fresco… it seemed as though we couldn't stay indoors. we shared bites of fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, and some of the best summer cocktails. although three days was perfect for our trip, something tells me charleston is a place that will call me back again and again. 

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a few recommendations:

bull street gourmet / husk  (& adjacent bar) / 82 queen / blossom  / hominy grill

 

jackson hole & yellowstone

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matt and i spent the weekend in jackson hole, wyoming. neither of us had been previously, but with some good recommendations, we did it well. i managed to come home without any photos of the downtown, but a quick google search will show you what a great feel it has.

the highlight of our trip was a full day snowmobile tour through yellowstone. seeing the park for the first time was an amazing experience for us, and seeing it in the winter was really something special. i could not get over the beauty of the landscape. the breathtaking mountains, untouched snow, steaming rivers and geysers, old faithful (of course), waterfalls… i'm fairly certain i'd never tire of the views. we saw elk and bison, but no moose this time.

we made time for massages, cozied by the fire and paged through books, and of course tried as many of the restaurants as we could get to. we enjoyed bites at nora's (best huevos rancheros), pearl street bagels (they won't toast your bagel but you can watch them make the bagels !!!), trio, silver dollar bar, snake river grillthe handlebar and the granary. we wished we could've eaten more meals as there were definitely some good spots that we didn't get to!

have you been to jackson? we had a great time and can't wait to go back someday!

vegas at christmastime

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last week i had a seminar to attend in vegas. i was there for a few days-- and then matt flew out and met me for the second half of the week. we had an amazing time, definitely exceeding my expectations. i had been there before for work, but never really had a chance to explore. the over-the-topness is unsurpassed. breathtaking design, amazing food and drink, people-watching galore. we had a blast trying out all the different restaurants, doing a little gambling, and walking walking walking. we walked through the casinos, malls, down the strip. it was chilly, but we took in the perfect blue sky and warm sun. admittedly, i was a bit hesitant about spending time in vegas in december, but it's a pretty special place… and the christmas cheer was evident.

*i will say, though, that spending a week in december away makes for an even crazier month. i do feel like i'm getting there-- the house is decorated, cards are sent, most gifts are wrapped... but i'll inevitably be running a bit this week. i do plan to give you a peek into our christmasy home, so be sure to check back!

fall is sweeping in

savory apple tart

savory apple tart [caramelized onions, cheddar, prosciutto] - just one of the creations from our many apples.

tall, autumn trees

beans&biscuits

this weekend was a perfect one for camping. we got away to the woods and soaked up the sunshine and cloudless days one last time. the evenings were chilly enough to bundle up and enjoy barbecue beans & biscuits, made in the dutch oven.

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a warmish fall walk.


other items to note:
+ today i watched leaves fall from the trees one by one
+ our house smells like fall, cider and macintosh candles are burning simultaneously
+ a batch of granola is due to be made
+ (and, can you believe it? i've yet to mix up anything pumpkiny!)
+ for some reason, i've got christmas on the brain
+ busy, but managing to give notice to the simple things

one year.

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two weekends ago, matt and i celebrated our one year anniversary. neither of us can believe it was one year ago that we got married.

we marked the occasion with a low key, summer night away in the tiny boating town of st. michaels. we stayed in a little inn, strolled the streets, and ate delicious food, admired the crepe myrtle, sipped cold drinks on a shady bench. we talked about the past, present and future. we both agree that our wedding was an absolute blast, but being married is even better.

happy one year, husband.

san francisco

as promised, here are a few real photos from san francisco. although i was there to meet the members of my new company and learn about the industry, i did manage to see some bits of the city. it was my first time to see california-- so different from the east coast! as you can see, we had a beautiful sunny day, with a cool breeze, and the fog moving in. i am told it was quintessentially san francisco.

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