vacation, coming to a close

It’s been a great, extremely unproductive, sweets-filled week with lots of memories and special moments. It has not been a good week for my web connection. It has been a terrible week for uploading, blogging, or sharing said memories in any way, shape, or form. I’ve given up and am invading my local Starbucks to mooch off their connection while I latte-ify.

It was a week full of furry cuddles, unexpected surprises, tea, giant lattes, mountain adventures, flowers, and sneaky wildlife. I had my first glimpse of fireflies, wild rabbits, dear deer, groundhogs, wild pheasants, turkeys, and more critters. Also got to see some wild raspberries, currants, juniper, cherries, and peaches. All untamed! Auntie Em was a hard taskmaster and drove an action-packed tour 😛 so I got to see plenty of North Carolina in only 4 days.

The bchan also made my actual birthday rather unforgettable with a surprise birthday celebration and treasure hunt (there was a map in a bottle and a tiki man!). A very special 28th year of living 🙂

Fun times at the JujuHouse
A fanciful afternoon tea at the Olde English Tea Room. Very cute little place with excellent scones and fragrant tea.
Fun times with the four legged cousins… here they are making their escape in the early morn.
OMG! Hydrangeas everywhere!
And peaches galore!
Unexpected Asian treats at the giant Asian supermarket and a new lucky cat for my collection.
Had my Southern moment at Cafe Azalea with a delicious bowl of shrimp and grits slathered in a fantastic tomato rosemary sauce and full of goat cheese goodness.
Lots of beautiful scenery on the drive to Asheville.
Overwhelming but delicious lattes (mine was almond mocha coconut *drool*) at Malaprop’s bookstore. Definitely needed the caffeine after Auntie Em’s fast-paced touring 😛
And wrapped it all up with a detour for ice cream at the Maple View dairy farm. Ice Cream! From a real cow!

A special week indeed, including this bit of cuteness from the bchan…

A little Sailor Mercury with her own room full of books.
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scent memories

I picked up some coffee at Starbucks before the drive to work on Friday and was suddenly struck by one of those intense scent memories that seem to just grab you and send you back in time. This time it was the scent of brewing coffee, it brought on a wave of nostalgia, recalling afternoons spent writing with friends after our teaching sessions were done. It made me realize that the smell of coffee, cigarettes, and CK One will always make me think of writing and grad school. It’s a scent that evokes all kinds of memories and puts me in a creative mood.

There are a few other scents that also evoke fond memories. There’s this one smell of humidity and flowers that catches me by surprise every so often and makes me think of my trip to London. It’s a combination of potpourri and rain.

The smell of crayons will always remind me of the first day I went to school. And the smell of tempera will always remind me of high school art classes.

Then there’s the smell of books, one of the best smells.

Tunes that got me through my teen years

In response to Em’s response to a segment she heard on NPR…

What she had to say…

NPR did this music blog asking people what albums got you through your teenage “angst” or were cathartic when all that mayhem was going on.

So these are the albums that got me through my terrible teens

*Note: not necessarily my top albums, just the ones on replay.

1998-2004 (13-19)

  • Hours…, Low – David Bowie
  • Version 2.0, BeautifulGarbage – Garbage
  • Different Class, His ‘n’ Hers – Pulp
  • Dizzy up the girl – Goo Goo Dolls (I still have this somewhere, where is it?)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer – The Soundtrack (show)
  • La Lune – Sarah Brightman
  • Surfacing – Sarah McLachlan
  • Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morrisette
  • Return of Saturn – No Doubt
  • The Science of Things – Bush
  • Placebo, Without You I’m Nothing – Placebo
  • Vespertine – Björk
  • The X-Files the Album
  • Parachutes – Coldplay
  • White Blood Cells – The White Stripes

These are the ones I can think of at the moment, but I’m sure there were plenty more. I remember these sitting in my cd players for days at a time.