Sunday, July 28, 2013

San Francisco Trip: Golden Gate Bridge and The Painted Ladies

Andy and I are still adjusting back to life in GA after an AMAZING trip to San Francisco this past week.  First off, I must start with an enormous thank you to Andy, my personal travel agent, for carefully planning out each day and arranging for tickets and reservations everywhere we visited.  When we travel it is almost like a surprise for me to see all that he has planned--he's that good!

We actually booked our flights during a Southwest promotion last winter (intending to go on the trip in January).  However, we ended up closing on our house the weekend that we were planning to go to CA, so we moved the trip to this summer.  It allowed us to extend the trip which ended up being a really good thing (so much to see and do!).  I decided to divide up our vacation into various sights/highlights, just in case someone else is planning a trip to San Fran anytime soon.  

I also decided to start with the two sights I most wanted to see...here we go!

First up, the Golden Gate Bridge!  It is nearly impossible to get a good shot of the bridge (as you will see!).  That darn fog gets you every time.  We went back from several different locations on a couple of different days, but we still were unable to get the perfect shot.  However, the bridge is EVERY BIT as cool as you would think that it would be.  It is so much bigger than I ever imagined!





We managed to get this shot when a very kind man offered to take our picture.  Although I had purchased a tripod before the trip, it is simply way too windy to use one anywhere close to the bridge (unless you try from beneath the bridge, which you will see pictures of later). 


Andy wanted a shot to show just how windy it was up there!



I dare you to find a girl whose hair doesn't look like this from above the bridge!


Tripod shot...


Andy snapped this while I was taking a picture with my other camera.  Not bad, Bozeman.




Driving on the bridge...






Pictures from walking on the bridge...








I used the Color Accent button on my smaller camera for this one.  Pretty cool!



My favorite shot from the trip!  

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On to the Painted Ladies...cue the Full House theme song!


Here they are!  Everywhere you look, bah badda bah ba da...


Andy didn't see what the big deal was.  Clearly someone wasn't as into Full House as I was.


The Painted Ladies are sitting along a park (Alamo Square Park, I believe), and they truly aren't all that special in person.  Meaning, there are many more impressive Victorians around town, but with the help of the Full House intro., they have become quite a tourist spot.


While we were taking this, three girls were making a video of themselves singing the Full House theme song while standing in front of the houses.  Too funny.


This was another house in the neighborhood that I liked.  So much detail!

So there you have it, two SF spots we visited.  Muir Woods, Napa Valley, and more to come!

Monday, July 15, 2013

A pillow, a trip, and a hike...

***All of the pictures included in this post are no good, very bad iPhone pics.  Sorry in advance!***

Let's start with the pillow.  I have had this Dwell Studio fabric for a while now, but while visiting my parents this past week, my mom helped show me (again) how to make a corded pillow cover.


After a quick trip to IKEA on Saturday, I snagged a feather insert, and I hand-stitched her up.  Here she is on the sofa prior to stuffing.  A better picture to come...


As I mentioned, Andy and I headed to IKEA Saturday morning to snag a few items I needed (curtain panels, pillow inserts, etc.).  It was our quickest trip yet!  We have finally figured out the shortcut to the marketplace, and knowing where everything is now, we grabbed ONLY the things on my list and headed to check out.  But before checking out, I finally spotted the red Expedit line I had seen on Pinterest (but had yet to find in the store).  So fun and glossy!


We also made a stop at The Varsity to eat while we were down that way.  I have a love/hate relationship with The Varsity.  I'm scared to order because they yell, "What are ya having?!?"...and my brain seems to go blank with the pressure (so Andy orders for me).  We also always manage to go before Braves games/sporting events, so it is super crowded.  However, the food is artery-clogging good, so we can't resist.  


I finally tried a fried peach pie while there...SO GOOD!  They are homemade and completely delicious.  Will be getting one of these as my side with a burger from now on!

On Sunday, we headed over to Berry for another hike we had heard good things about.  We hiked up to the House of Dreams...


It is a steady incline the entire way up to the top, but it's nice to get to walk downhill the whole way back!  This lighthouse sits next to the house...


And there were some swings to enjoy next to the house as well.


HUGE swinging tree...


We took a picture while sitting on a Notting Hill-ish bench by the house...


See what I mean?


The views from up here were pretty awesome...

A fun weekend!  More details to come on our IKEA loot and the finished pillow!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Painting the Master Bathroom...

Call me crazy...I took advantage of Sherwin Williams' paint sale last week and painted our master bathroom this week!  This makes the 7th area of our home that has been painted since moving in in late January.  With every room I paint, it feels more and more like ours!

Here is what we started with...





Not an awful color...chocolate brown can be a good thing.  But we have SO much brown/orange/tan in our tile work and in our cabinets, and the brown was really accentuating that.  I envisioned a gray blue/green in here to really brighten it up and neutralize some of the brown...

Although you can't see it in the picture, the tile that you see on a diagonal in the flooring actually has a gray blue/green in it, and after looking through my color deck, Sherwin Williams' Silver Strand looked like a good fit.  I went with a satin finish, as we currently had flat paint on the walls (a disaster in a bathroom).  The walls had to be primed prior to painting, but it was worth it!

And the newly painted bath...






Much better, right?  I'd still like to change out the cabinet hardware, hang actual blinds on the window (there is an accordion paper shade on there now), hang curtains on the window, frame out the mirror, AND (in a perfect world) change out the lighting.  But before I get to any of that, there is one thing you  may have noticed in a couple of the pictures...the paint job isn't totally finished.


See these brown triangles at the top of the walls?  Yep, they need to be painting out in the ceiling color.  Why they were ever painted the wall color, I don't really know.  This is going to require a tall ladder and some dangerous balancing.  It's a two person job (as I am NOT getting on a big ladder by myself), so I'll have to wait until Andy is able to give me a few hours of his time on a weekend (he's super excited).  


So for now, we'll just try not to look up!

Monday, July 1, 2013

When in Rome...

Prepare yourself for way too many iPhone photos of our latest adventures in Rome.  It's hard to believe we are quickly approaching our 1 year mark here.  It truly has flown!  Although we continue to miss Nashville terribly (I cry nearly every time I cross the Davidson county lines) and all that went with it, we are slowly but surely making Georgia home as well.  We have decided that there will always be a sweet spot in our hearts for Tennessee, but we are trying to make the most of our time away.  On to the pictures...

Some sweet friends have really opened our eyes to many more of the things that Berry College has to offer.  We were used to the biking trails, but had not yet really tried out the hiking trails.  We have really enjoyed them!


Andy actually took my phone and snapped this picture down by the reservoir.  Very artsy-fartsy for Andy, if I do say so myself.


We managed to somehow snap this decent picture of us as well.


The trail that we took down by the reservoir was extra wide, which is really nice for talking as you walk.  We even thought it would be a great place to bring the pup.


I loved the look of this tree winding over the trail.  Very cool...


We also ventured out on another evening with our bikes to ride along the river.  We started at a really neat walking bridge before our ride began.  I had no clue that our ride would require stints on major roads--more than slightly nerve-wracking!  Let's just say Andy is a LOT more confident on his bike than I am!


My helmet always sits this high on my head.  I just assumed it was my head's fault.  But then I made Andy try it on during our ride.  He proceeded to tell me how terrible my helmet was and asked how I had been riding with it so long.  Before he could finish talking, I made off with his helmet (while loudly humming the tune that plays in The Wizard of Oz when the mean old lady rides away with Toto on her bike) and he had to wear mine the whole way back to the car.  Sucker!!!


A sweet friend that I had met at church in Rome moved away to Kentucky, so another friend and I traveled to see her this past week.  We visited Mammoth Caves while there (I hadn't been since childhood)--so neat!  So, technically this isn't a Rome picture, but it was another notable moment I wanted to remember.


One of Andy's sisters came to stay this past weekend with her boyfriend.  We had the best time showing them around town!  So glad they were able to visit.  We took them to Berry on Saturday (you have to see the old mill, of course) to hike and swim.


My hub...


You aren't really supposed to swim in the reservoir, but we hiked around to a quiet, secluded spot just to dip in the water for a bit.  It was so hot!


We also took them up to Myrtle Hill Cemetery.


Great views of the city from up there!


This is Andy's boy band shot...




We also discovered that President Woodrow Wilson's wife was buried in the cemetery with her family. Pretty cool...

All in all, we had a great time and are hoping they can visit again soon!  

So these are some of the things you can do..."When in Rome." :)