I have a dozen excuses for why I haven’t written much on Simply Solo lately. I’m busy. I’m traveling a ton for work. I’ve gotten lazy with my writing. My life simply isn’t that interesting.
There, I said it. While I find myself feeling stressed out and exhausted, I also find myself feeling happy. Happy with new projects and challenges at work. Happy to see new places, even if it means I’ve spent more time on a plane in recent months than I have in the past five years combined. Happy with the time Chef and I have been spending together. Happy watching my sister enter the third trimester of her pregnancy.
Would somebody knock on wood, please? It feels almost criminal to admit to being happy in front of all these witnesses. I’m probably asking for trouble.
My goal with Simply Solo has always been to tell complete stories – to let each post stand alone. I try not to write many posts that simply detail the daily happenings of my life. And because I put so much pressure on myself to make every post count, when I’m busy and can’t find the time to write a substantial post, I don’t write at all.
So here we are, four months into 2012, and all you know I’ve done this year is that I went to Hawaii and went skydiving. Oh, and that I got a crazy skin condition called Margarita Dermatitis from the hidden menace that is the lime. (I’m happy to note that my skin is all better!)
But I know other things have happened … right?
It’s kind of sad when you have to turn to your iPhone to figure out what you’ve done in the past three months. On the other hand, it’s fun to look back at the random things you take pictures of.
And here are my last three months told to you in iPhone pictures.
Watching it snow outside my window. Snow is one of my absolute favorite things.
I’m wondering if I should move to somewhere it snows more than once a year, since I enjoy it so much.
Isn’t this a beautiful snow angel?
Post-snow angel. Fuzzy and out of focus – the epitome of my iPhone pictures.
I went to the Blue Goat restaurant for my friend Megan’s birthday. They serve all parts of the animal – from snout to tail. This is bone marrow. I’ll be honest, it was kinda gross to me. But I’m glad I tried it! That night I also tried goat and rabbit.
In February, I attended Chocoholic, a fundraiser for CHIP of Greater Richmond. It was an entire event dedicated to the love of chocolate, including tasting tables and chocolate fountains galore. This was the only picture I took. I was too busy putting myself in a chocolate coma. My favorite discovery was chocolate covered caramel with sea salt on top. Who knew sea salt and chocolate could be so amazing?
Chef and I installed this light in my living room, complete with a dimmer switch! I can’t tell you how proud of this project we are. And I’m glad to report, no one got electrocuted in the process.
For Valentine’s Day, Chef and I went to the Virginia Fine Arts Museum. These guys cracked me up. I like to imagine what they are thinking. “My belly button hurts!”
“Who’s ready to par-tay? I’ve got the tequila!”
“It wasn’t me!”
This was my absolute favorite painting at VMFA. This is by Frederick Carl Frieseke.
Here’s a close up.
Now this piece of art creeped me out.
Here’s a closer look. Yes, those are dolls. This has the potential for some serious bad dreams.
I was lucky enough to have two Valentine’s Day dinners: Chef took me out to Strawberry St. Cafe after the museum and he also made this fabulous London broil dinner.
Chef introduced me to my new favorite vegetable: broccolini. We now eat it at least once a week. Although I think he’s getting tired of making it!
Chef and I also went to a VCU basketball game. It was my first basketball game ever – and they won!
It was a lot of fun to be there in person! I’m almost a sports fan. Almost.
Okay, not really being a sports fan, I can’t tell you what they are doing here. What I can tell you is that Shaka Smart, sexiest man on VCU campus, is in this pic.
After the game, we went for a really great meal at Pasture. This is their famous candy bar dessert. Yes, that’s Nutella. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Of course, Megan and I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day again this year. And we met a celebrity – Gumby!
This is one of about 10 similar pictures on my iPhone. This is my attempt not to forget where I parked my car at the airport. Let’s just say I learned this lesson the hard way.
Work sent me to Nashville for a few days and I decided to go boot shopping. I told everyone my goal of the trip was to buy cowboy boots. Until I realized a: they aren’t cheap (many at $300+ a pair) and b: I don’t actually like cowboy boots. But it was a lot of fun to look!
While in Nashville, I stopped by the Capital Grille. This is a famous bar inside the historic Hermitage Hotel. The bar used to have an underground pathway to the capital so that legislators could easily visit the bar.
At the bar, I tried pork rinds for the first time ever. I liked them. Then I Googled what they were. I didn’t like them anymore.
While at the Hermitage bar, I was informed that I had to check out the men’s bathroom, which had been voted the best restroom in America. Here are some shots. Yes, I felt shady taking pictures inside a men’s restroom.
Cool art-deco design
Yes, taking pictures of urinals is totally normal.
There are two chairs in the bathroom where you can get your shoes shined. Sadly, I don’t think I’ve ever owned a pair of shoes that needed to be shined.
Just use this phone to call someone to the bathroom to shine your shoes! Cause that’s not weird or anything.
I secretly want a green sink in my bathroom now.
An important part of my life these past three months have been epic plays on Words With Friends. Am I the only one who takes pictures of stuff like this?
Next up, I went to Miami for work. I spent a little bit of time walking the beach (my favorite pastime) and liked how they painted each of their lifeguard stands differently.
We went to a restaurant in South Beach called the Pelican, and ordered this mixed grill off their specials menu. You can imagine my surprise when the check came, and this “mixed grill” was $110. If I knew it cost that much, I would have enjoyed it more (or maybe not ordered it at all)!
I also went to Jackson, Mississippi and Columbus, Ohio for work. I didn’t take many pictures there, but this delicious sangria from a Jackson restaurant about made my week.
I mentioned before that my good friend Teya was moving to Chicago. We had a fun slumber party before she left. It was great to hang out with the girls and rock some PJs!
Next up: a trip to Myrtle Beach with the family for a wedding. Of course, we had to stop at South of the Border to revel in its ridiculousness. I was happy to find an ice cream statue so I could show my appreciation for the perfect food.
This is my favorite feeling: The moment before you step on the beach, feel the wind in your hair and the sand on your toes.
I think I’m meant to live right here.
Although, I could live without the jelly fish. Found this guy on the sand.
Here’s me in front of the special car for the bride and groom. Not sure if they intended for us to take pictures in front of it … but we sure did!
Proof that I don’t hate babies. And that they don’t freak out in my arms. I’m practicing for my sister’s little boy who will be joining us later this summer!
Sweetest hashtag/text ever from Chef. Okay, not the one about the Wawa sub. That was me bragging about my yummy dinner.
Chef and I did the suburbs thing one night and went to Applebee’s. My sole purpose for going? The Macadamia Nut Blondie Sundae. The best thing on the menu.
Someone once said I should take pictures of all the meals Chef cooks me and post them as a collage on the blog. It occurs to me that almost all of them include broccolini. Here was a great chicken stir fry he made.
And some chicken parmesan …
And goat cheese stuffed chicken … I have about a million shots of food Chef makes me. What I really should take a picture of is my thighs because that’s where it’s all going!
I also visited Detroit a few times for work. Here is the walkway in the airport. They have crazy psychedelic art work and music playing. It’s relaxing, in a “I feel like I’m in the 60s” way.
While in Detroit, I visited the Heidelberg Project, an art display in one of Detroit’s dilapidated neighborhoods. Tyree Guyton and his family are using this abandoned neighborhood in Detroit to display art and draw attention to social inequities and the abandonment of neighborhoods.
There were pictures of this guy everywhere with different messages on his signs.
This house was really interesting to me with all the stuffed animals hanging from it.
Close up on some of the animals. Cool but also a little creepy, eh?
This one is for my sister who loves elephants.
The animals on the roof look very stoic.
In the most awkward transition ever, here’s Megan and me celebrating Cinco de Mayo this past weekend! Of course, it’s not a celebration without the appropriate head-gear.
So, that’s my past three months in a nutshell – if you call more than 50 pictures a nutshell. What pictures do you have on your cell phone? How has 2012 been for you so far?
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