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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Over The Rainbow by Wizard Of Oz on Grooveshark

On Saturday afternoon I found myself back at the lake.

Rob has been visiting some friends in Oregon for a few days, so I thought I'd take some time that would have otherwise been spent alone in Charlottesville and hang out with my family. Sometimes, a quiet road trip on your own can be nice.

I stopped in Roanoke first and saw my friend Andy, then met up with my mom, dad, and brother for dinner. We went home after dinner and watched a movie before I went to bed and passed out. I'm really not good at staying up past 10:30.

I got up on Sunday and hung out with my mom on the couch. She's been kind of sick with a little cold lately, so we made some tea and just talked for a while. Then we went to mass downtown and got breakfast at Mill Mountain, which has always been my favorite place.  For as long as I can remember, that coffee shop has been part of my life. When I was little, my parents brought me there so they could get coffee. When I was in high school, my friends and I would go really early before school or we'd meet up there on the weekends. And I worked there as a barista during summer and winter break when I was in college. As dramatic as it may sound, no other physical space has ever meant so much to me.

Mill Mountain Blend

Salad with my eggs and sausage. So paleo.

Some more snapshots from my weekend at home:

Family photos.


I really liked my stuffed animals as a child.



Waiting for breakfast at MMC&T.

This is our church. It's sort of awesome.

Sean really loves his apple cider.

Bite-sized desserts that I frosted for a work party.

Choppin' dem herbs.

The more I visit, the more I miss it.

Emma, one of my lovely best friends, came to Charlottesville yesterday to stay with me for a few days. We've been relaxing together, sitting on my couch with our laptops, catching up, drinking coffee, napping, window-shopping in fancy stores, and going out to eat. And Shawna came over last night, so the three of us spent a couple hours cuddled up together telling stories. Our group of girlfriends rarely gets to spend time all together in one place, so it's always extra-special when more than two of us have a few moments together.

I really thought these few days were going to be lonely with Rob on the other side of the country, but the past seventy-two hours or so have reminded me how lucky I am to have been blessed with these friends and family. 


  1. you're so lucky to live so close to home to just drop in like that!! looks like such a relaxing weekend. also, what flavor of tea is that???


  2. There's something so comforting about going home. I'm always so at ease and i love how it brings back childhood memories. My parents moved to NC about 6 years ago so I don't get to see them nearly as often as i'd like. I always make sure to cherish those times.

  3. What a great post, I love this and I LOVE your blog! :)

  4. I, too, have trouble staying up past 10:30. And I agree, I live close to my parents (about an hour) and I love that I can hop in the car whenever James is working or I'm just in need of some home time. XO Jenna

  5. the stuffed animal picture made me laugh...when my sister still slept in a crib we would pile all our animals into it and pretend we were on Noah's Ark

  6. that sounds so perfect. glad you're enjoying your time with your other faves besides rob :) girl time can be nice too.


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