Life Lately // Spring In Virginia
Shark Mountain Coffee
621 Nash Street
April 14, 2016
Readers of The Overseas Escape
123 Bloglovin Ave
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Friends,
On a particularly sunny spring day in a particularly beautiful region in Virginia, I’m feeling pretty pleased with the world – especially Charlottesville!
For all the months that we toiled with deciding on where we wanted to repatriate to in the US it appears that we made a really great decision. The best part? Our daily life is pretty similar to the one we left in Germany, which is what we ultimately all that we wished for. While I tumbled around in Craigslist apartment ads for everywhere from Honolulu to Boulder, the bottomline is that we wanted to be in a good community with a high walkscore, and we sure got it!
For Dan and I, the day starts at 7ish (with emphasis on the “ish”) as it creeps towards half past. Stuart continues his slumber, side-eyeing us as we move around the room, obviously agitated by arrival of morning. While Dan reliably packs a lunch and scoots out the door by 8, between walking Stuart then spending an equal amount of time cooing over him, I don’t depart for another 30 minutes. Lately I’ve been on a kick of asking him, repeatedly, “You’re just a little one, aren’t you?” to which he pivots his head from side to side and I melt.
The three of us reconvene again at the end of the day on the couch and half-watch reality tv (lately it’s been a grab bag between Impractical Jokers, Fixer Upper and Shark Tank) or go running or both. Despite the guilt, we’ve also been succumbing to the joy of break and bake cookies and I typically cave around 8PM and make 4 of them, 2 each for Dan and and I. Poor Stuart, I know.
Recently we welcomed our sweet friends Lucas and Lisa to Charlottesville for the weekend. During their visit we participated in ‘First Fridays’. Held on the first Friday of each month on the Downtown Mall, all the art galleries open their doors to visitors and pour wine (fo’ free y’all!). The following day I made a super caloric blueberry lemon french toast casserole (here’s the recipe) and we explored a handful of the nearby vineyards including a stop at our favorite, Pollack, which allows dogs in their tasting room. Good, clean, wine-infused fun is what it was!
While my little travel consultancy is still finding it’s feet, I’m so excited about the future. Meanwhile, I’m really pleased with how wonderful life is in central Virginia. More than that, I’m embracing the three things that make me most happy: sunshine, wine, and loved ones.