last weekend 9.19

Lately, we've been busy. The good kind of busy. The exhausted kind of busy. But still good. Here are a few of our highlights from our weekend.

We're in that season for opening the windows + it is glorious. My plants + I are very happy. 

The deck build has commenced. This is what our Saturday looked like (and by "our" I mean Caleb's). Something like 400 pounds of concrete in this picture.

I should mention that all of the things pictured here fit into Caleb's Passat wagon. You know those stop motion videos of all the things fitting into one lone backpack #wellpacked. Impressive, right? Well prepare to be amazed. 

400 pounds of concrete. Check. A wheel barrow. Check. A shovel. Check. A post hole digger. Check. Those cardboard tube things. Check.

Who needs a truck when you have a dad mobile!? Cruisin' (insert car emoji followed by that weird gust of air emoji here)

The plants to the left of the concrete patio were taken out + will eventually be our wooden deck's new home! Also do you like the greenery I planted in between the cracks of those stairs? Me too.

One of our favorite things these past couple of months have been walking around Duke's East Campus at night. I have the Fitbit to thank for this new found love of walking because the world will end if I don't get those 10,000 steps in. 

As the weather gets cooler, I hope it doesn't deter us from walking. I plan to go until my down puff jacket is proven useless.

I also get to heart eye at my favorite house in Durham on our walks. This one. Black + white + brick. Swoon.

And of course, we were somewhat productive in planning our trip to Maine! Portland to Camden to Bar Harbor with a focus on lobster. 

We are going to the tip top of the country. Like the last state before Canada! You're welcome for pointing that out those of you who are geographically lacking, like me.

Our little cube man says, "Yay for the weekend + Maine."

Now, off to pack warm clothes, draft blog posts + load up on the zinc (I see youcold + flu season).

our weekend in iphone pictures

We crossed some things off our fall declaration list this weekend! We also went sans Olympus camera (I had withdrawals) either because we wanted to be hands free for power walking to the football game or flash photography/video recording wasn't allowed. So here is our wrap up in iphone pictures. 

We've been making homemade lattes as of late + they are my gateway into the more hard stuff i.e. black coffee.

Saturday we went to the Duke football game with our friends. Yay, sports! Somehow we missed the scattered thunderstorms + the sunset looked like this.

Our new office is my new favorite place. Must have desk items for high productivity include: a candle, a latte, a plant friend, pen + paper.

And the highlight of our weekend: The Milk Carton Kids. I can't even express how much we loved this show. The humor. The revolutionary guitar skills. The revelation of Joey having the high harmony. The people that make up an NPR crowd. The simplicity. 

Caleb said he fell in love with music again at this show. I've listened to the album a bazillion times reliving the concert + all those feelz.

Not pictured: runaway goat in our yard bleating and running from strangers. It was quite the ruckus in our little back woods neighborhood. And it was just like that video with all the goats shouting like humansJust like it.

Hope you're having a happy + productive week! 

Blowing Rock

Another weekend another adventure to be documented.

STAYED / Chetola / 

READ / Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder for him. Eleanor + Park (all the feels) + Essentialism for her.

DID / massages, walking, shopping, swimming, exploring

ATE / a brisket crepe with chive + tomato jam. a ganache tart with coconut crust. onion rings. pimento cheese, siggi's yogurt.

INDULGED / Kilwin's / we shared one scoop half cookies + cream, half toasted coconut. yes, this is one scoop

REFUELED / Bald Guy Brew / best coffee in the highlands. lattes + cappuccinos for him. chai lattes for her. the best chai i've had probably ever.

EXPLORED / The Mast General Store / we're those lame people who walked out with the All Natural gourmet chocolate bars from Seattle. just that.

LOVED / The Glen Burney Grocery / they had all the local treats including Big Spoon + Fullsteam + Bittermilk + more of our favorite brands.

SPOILS / whole nutmeg, backwoods hickory spice rub, + rockfire smoked salt from the Spice + Tea Exchange for him. coconut oolong tea for her. primal spicy beef jerky from SC. and birthday cake batter (with confetti cake mix, what!?) + pb+j truffle chocolate bars from Seattle Chocolates.

Little Getaway: Part 1 / Grayson Highlands

Over the weekend, we went west to Virginia. It was a nice, much needed getaway. We first ventured to the Chateau Morrisette winery + then stayed at Caleb's family mountain house up in Sparta.

We arrived in Sparta just before the last light + it made for magical pictures. And the moon made an appearance by the time our walk was over.

The next morning, we were off to the Grayson Highlands to spot some wild ponies. Spoiler: we didn't see any wild ponies but we did spot some tame ones with people on them. Mid-70s is my ideal temperature + after the hot weeks we've been having it was amazing.

We can now say we've hiked the Appalachian Trail. Or well, some of it. Okay, like two miles of it. It was only suppose to be one mile but we missed our transfer trail + did a five mile hike by accident. It happens, right?

The first half of the trip was a lot of walking + breathing + heavily breathing + sore feet + adventuring.

Last Weekend 6.20

The weekend was mixed with relaxation + some real work. Like "moving a refrigerator to paint the floors" type of work.

We watched skateboarding (secretly my favorite sport) + beach volleyball (my claimed favorite sport) on tv because, let's be honest, it was way too hot to go outside. We tried + I got grumpy so we went inside + had this for lunch. And all was right in the world once again.

We also did some house projects + grilled out.

This is the type of meal you grill out + eat on the floor because your kitchen floor is wet with pristine, white paint. Episode three of Chef's Table on Netflix, which was life changing by the way, went perfectly with this dinner.

On Saturday, we braved the heat + went to the Durham Food Truck Rodeo after church. Chirba Chirba is always a must. And Cousins Maine Lobster (!) which was worth the long line in the sun that Caleb stood in to get that cold lobster roll. Oh my. 

And a Happy Father's Day to this dad.

I hope you beat the heat this weekend with friends + family!

Last Weekend at The Eno 6.13

We did a lot of walking this weekend despite the heat. Lots of shady trees + river water. 

On Saturday, we walked Fanny's Ford Trail which was slightly rainy but perfect.

There was also Motorco + handmade milkshakes to be had.

Vanilla icecream, chocolate milk + homemade whipped cream is the only way to go.

Also, we're painting our kitchen/dining room floors white! One more coat to go! We've been wanting to cover up that unfortunate, yellow vinyl for a while. The natural light is already more magical!

WELCOME TO YOUR MID-20S

Birthday week. Always amazing. Caleb makes sure we get in everything my little heart can handle. Green plants, indulgent food + beverage, close friends + forever documentation.

The first half of the week was filled with a community group cookout, Nanataco food + maragaritas + the new Avengers movie.

Our friend Brett took these photos of us at the cookout for fun and I was instantly grateful. She's the best + I've already decided she's going to be taking all our future life stage pictures. The end. You can find her other work at Blest Photography. This is the real us, people.

On Saturday, I had a grown-up birthday party. Or a Plant Party, if you will, with close friends and one of my favorite things: greenery.

To top it off, it was also Memorial Day weekend so we had an extra day to explore which including fawning over all the big-leafed philodendrons and snagging my first fiddle leaf fig tree. Hoping for years of friendship to come with this little guy.

Here's to my mid-twenties!

LAST WEEKEND 5.16

Last weekend was filled with many of the things we are fond of: family, community, fresh produce, blooms + livestock.

The farmers' market was bustling with people and so many colors this time around. We made it with the early crowd and had a lot to choose from. Need rhubarb, they've got it. Friendly farmers with a smile.

One of our favorite vendors, Wild Scallions, always has the most wild + free blooms. Build your own bouquet is always a good idea.

We also stopped by Stone Brothers + Byrd on Geer Street for the essentials, of course.

Our friends at Blue Whistler Farm had their Spring Festival this weekend which included free beer + free range chickens who obviously loved the camera.

My favorite little lady. I mean look at those fluffy, feathered feet.