December 11, 2015

InstaLately: Part II

Ideally, I wanted this post to go live on Tuesday. I was planning on putting it together after I got home from work that evening. But there's been a ton of big changes happening at the Club this week, and the most important vote in Club history happened last night. Just to put that into perspective, the Club was founded in 1927. Basically, I've been super busy at work lately, especially this week, and coming home has been time for me to do not think about anything. And that included putting together a blog post. But now it's Friday. I got to leave work early. I treated myself to a Starbucks. And I've been able to watch a few more episodes of Lost. So I'm feeling rejuvenated. And now here we are with two blog posts in one week. How bout that?!

Also over Labor Day weekend, Bryan and I went to brunch one morning in downtown. We ate at a place called Blue Coast Grill & Bar on Market Square, and luckily there was a big farmer's market going on. One stall was selling these small flower arrangements, and four $4, I couldn't not take one home with me.

There was another much larger stall with a ton of larger flowering plants, non-flowering plants, and herbs. If our apartment wasn't so small, I would have loved to bring some home. And yet another stall had tons, and I do mean tons, of peppers! I'm not a pepper person, but seeing so many peppers together makes for something neat to look at. So much color!

Bryan and I also did the Walk to End Alzheimer's at the end of September. As I get older and grow as an adult, I want giving back to be part of my life. I'm learning more and more about my values, my interests, and what organizations and causes I want to support. The Walk to End Alzheimer's was the first time I actually did something active toward putting my money where my mouth is. Literally. I donated. I encouraged others to donate. And I woke up early on a Saturday morning to walk around the University of Tennessee campus with a group of people who all want to put an end to the same horrible disease as me. It felt good, and I'm looking forward to walking again next year.

I'm you're interested, click here to donate to the Alzheimer's Association and help #EndAlz.

And unless you live under a rock, you know that the fall season is synonymous with football. And when you live in an SEC town like Knoxville, life is revolved around home game weekends and tailgating. I, for one, wouldn't have it any other way. The top photo in this group is myself, Bryan, and our friend Bryan. Yeah, I know. Confusing. Anyway, Bryan is a Georgia fan (vomit), and he came up for the UGA vs UT game. So exciting! If you happened to watch it on TV and thought it was exciting, you should have been in Neyland Stadium. And after the season that the Vols have had, that win was huge, and the entire stadium was going wild. Our friend might not have liked the outcome, but we could agree on one thing: it's much more fun to be in a college town where the home team wins. We went to a bar afterward and celebrated with the rest of Knoxville.

The next pictures are from other games this season, and the photo directly above is of the usual tailgate crew. The guy in the middle with the orange jacket and gray visor is Eddy. This was our final tailgate of the season, and Eddy had just defended his thesis (and passed!!!) to earn his doctorate earlier that week! He's been in the chemistry program for a while, so this was a long time coming, and all of us couldn't be more proud of his accomplishments. Congrats, Dr Eddy!!

A few months back, I subscribed to an online wine club - Club W. And it has been the best decision I've ever made. I love wine, y'all. Like, I'm a huge wino. And after turning 21 I knew I wanted to know wine at least on a basic level. I wanted to know what I liked, what I didn't like, and the difference between all the different grapes. And now, I'm finally doing that to some extent.

Every month, you can chose different wines from Club W's selection, and the bottles will ship to you on the same day every month. The wines are delicious. These aren't your cheap $9 bottles. If you found them in your grocery or liquor store, the cheapest bottles would be close to $20. And another great thing about getting these wines for way cheaper than what they would retail, they are also sustainably farmed and produced. I have yet to find something bad about the club.

If you're interested in trying out Club W, follow my referral link by clicking here, and we'll both get a free bottle of wine!

Back in October, Bryan's stepbrother, TJ, got married, and obviously we were at the wedding. It was beautiful, too. Great venue. Great food. Great music. I really loved the music. The DJ was awesome and did a fantastic job with keeping the night moving along and keeping all the guests engaged and dancing. It was so much fun. Congrats, TJ and Amanda!!

My mom was able to visit over Thanksgiving, and I was so grateful. I hate missing big holidays with my family. I know one day when I'm married and have my own kids I won't be so concerned about it, but until then I'm always going to want to be with my mom and stepdad for the holidays. Unfortunately, my stepdad wasn't able to come up, but my mom could, and I loved it. Saturday morning we went to breakfast at Tupelo Honey Cafe.

My mom also brought with her a new ornament for me - a Starbucks cup! I saw these at Starbucks back in November and kept going on about them to Bryan, but it looks like my mom could hear me all the way down on the Georgia coast. She pulled this out of her bag after we got back to my apartment from the airport, and I was so excited. It's my favorite ornament on the tree this year.

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