Fifty Shades of Clay

Before I get into the nitty gritty of completing the Savage, I thought I would start with a serene picture of the natural beauty from the morning of the race:

And the course looked nice too:

It took place on a beautiful horse farm in Dallas, Georgia. The course was just under 7 […]

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” –CS Lewis

And sometimes, Mr. Lewis, you fall and bust your butt. Which is why you should never let go of the past — it might be the only thing holding you up.

Or maybe I’m just not the kind of person meant for analogies.

I survived my entire childhood without any spills on the […]

Ready your breakfasts and eat hearty, for tonight we dine in PISGAHHHHHHH!

“Mount Pisgah is named after the biblical mountain from which Moses first saw the promised land. When the Cherokee were the land’s only inhabitants, the mountain was named Elseetoss and what we now know as the Pisgah Ridge was named Warwasseeta. The now official name carried on to the National Forest which now surrounds the […]

Buy Once, Cry Once

My favorite place on the Blue Ridge Parkway is Graveyard Fields.

“A natural explanation for this valley’s interesting name originates from a time when a windstorm blew down hundreds of the spruce and fir trees that originally grew here. The upturned roots resembled gravestones in a graveyard. But there is a man-made explanation as […]

Double Tap

Ben is not the only one who gets a birthday shootout! A few months ago our local shooting range had a groupon which was a great deal – it even included a gun rental. We’ve been going there for years, but we can’t go as often as we’d like because it’s so expensive. So, obviously, […]

“I want to be so famous that drag queens will dress like me in parades when I’m dead.”

Even the cars doll up for the Indie Craft Parade:

There was a little line this year, but it was nothing compared to last year’s. Although last year’s might have seemed like a longer wait because it was raining at the time. This year we had blue skies ahead!

Asheville artist […]

Ben’s birthday shootout

So for Ben’s birthday we went shooting with friends out at a farm in Fountain Inn. It was lovely. Evidently, they do events there. (They had a picturesque gazebo and large building for gatherings elsewhere on the property.) To think – we could have gotten married there and gone shooting for the reception. Alas!


She’s crafty, she’s just my type

My co-worker asked if I wanted these two oval frames. The paint was chipped in places, and they had no backing or glass.

I sanded them down, and repainted them red. Then, I covered two layers of cork board and foam board with fabric and put it in the middle to turn them into […]


My affair with “Cooking for Isaiah: Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Recipes For Easy Delicious Meals” was over before I finished typing out the title. They just weren’t appealing to Ben (too many tomato based recipes and he can’t have tomatoes), or appealing to me to fix for Ben (too time consuming. Ben only eats one meal […]

“I cured the lame. Well, they didn’t start walking but they certainly did crawl faster.”

Ben and I rarely go out to eat, but when we do we always go to the same place. It’s our favorite restaurant, a family owned sushi bar, and is right down the street from the bookstore. I don’t even like fish and there’s no way I would eat raw fish but with its cooked […]