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Meow Monday: Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day! We’re driving home today from visiting hubby’s family for the weekend. I don’t have any new pics of the cats, so let’s flashback to last year and the year before to see what the kitties were up to on past Memorial Days…

One year ago… my brother and his girlfriend were visiting. While the humans were busy with the Nashville Flea Market and the Tennessee Renaissance Faire, the cats were busy napping (as usual).

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 …

Two years ago… the cats had a very busy day planned in San Francisco!

Watch the sunrise

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Take a nap

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Take a bath

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Take a nap

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Lay out in the sun

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Take a nap

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Catch up on laundry

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Take a nap

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Play hide and seek

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Take a nap

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Happy Memorial Day to you and yours!

 

 

Meow Monday: Cats of Instagram, Part Twenty-One

More #catsofinstagram for you! This batch hails from October, when the weather was still nice but starting to drift toward the holidays. (Wow, I need to actually finish up that quilt…) Lots of Timehop action this week, of course!

Waterlogued BFFs

Waterlogued BFFs

 

My little sewing assistant

My little sewing assistant

 

Poinsettias!

Poinsettias!

 

Cora always says goodbye through the window

Cora always says goodbye through the window

 

Couch time = stitching and cuddling

Couch time = stitching and cuddling

 

Let the Timehop begin... baby Rochester! (We housed him for a couple weeks in college before he went to his new home)

Let the Timehop begin… baby Rochester! (We housed him for a couple weeks in college before he went to his new home)

 

Baby Cora!

Baby Cora!

 

Seriously, so cute!

Seriously, so cute!

 

Ironing 1/4-inch seams open - no fun! But Tali is a great assistant.

Ironing 1/4-inch seams open – no fun! But Tali is a great assistant.

 

Cuddle train!

Cuddle train!

Bedside Essentials

I love my little bedside table, and all the little things on it.

The Amateur Librarian // Bedside Essentials

Let’s take a closer look, shall we? I’ve linked to a few older posts if you’re interested in reading more.

The Amateur Librarian // Bedside Essentials

1 – “Be the day short, or be the day long, at last it weareth to evening song.” I designed this cross stitch sampler myself, when I was going through a really hard year and needed to remind myself that this too would pass. (Via Anne Shirley, of course!)

Blogged here.

2 – Embroidered Wedding Sampler. Of course this sampler is special too… I started stitching my senior year in college while I was engaged… and finished it up after almost two years of marriage.

Blogged here.

3 – Reading Material. Of course I have a few books to read!

Blogged here.

4 – 10 Year Journal. I’ve been writing nearly every day in this journal since the start of the year – with just a few lines for each day, it’s easy to keep up and the idea of looking back on what I wrote 10 years from now is so much fun!

Blogged here.

5 – Bedside table. I found this pair of bedside tables at Cozy Cat Consignment Furniture – by far my favorite furniture store in the area! I love perusing this store every so often for great finds, and so far I’ve brought home a dining room table and coffee table too!

Blogged here.

It’s comforting to have a few of my favorite things at my bedside every night… and once I started taking a closer look, it was quite the trip down memory lane!

The Amateur Librarian // Bedside Essentials

Meow Monday: Nothing to Report

House hunting has taken over my life… we’ve slowed our pace a bit since we first got started, but we’re still driving around neighborhoods and open houses and new listings every weekend and most work days too. The market is crazy around here (which I’ve probably mentioned fifty thousand times by now, sorry)… most homes get multiple offers over the asking price within 24 hours of being listed. We’ve put in 5 offers so far… and none have worked out. We’re *trying* to be patient, though!

In the meantime, nothing much is going on with the kit-cats. I haven’t been snapping many pics lately since I feel like I’m hardly ever home…. but of course I have a couple new ones from around the house.

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

It helps to know that the cats don’t care where we are, as long as we come home to them.

Meow Monday: Cats of Instagram, Part Twenty

Another IG installment – slowly catching up to the present. This batch is from October/November… I think. The cats stay the same through the months, but I can pretty much count on the current cross stitch project to help me figure it out!

My favorite indoor activity: couch time with these guys.

My favorite indoor activity: couch time with these guys.

 

Caught a runaway just in time for fashion diaries.

Caught a runaway just in time for fashion diaries.

 

Kisses.

Kisses.

 

#tbt to Cora's San Fran school pictures!

#tbt to Cora’s San Fran school pictures!

 

Surrounded by cats, always.

Surrounded by cats, always.

 

Another throwback - probably my favorite pic of these two.

Another throwback – probably my favorite pic of these two.

 

Tali and hubby both love nap time.

Tali and hubby both love nap time.

 

These two.

These two.

 

Autumn afternoons are great for stitching and napping.

Autumn afternoons are great for stitching and napping.

 

Yet another #tbt - I can't help it!

Yet another #tbt – I can’t help it!

Franklin City Sights: Main Street Festival

We’ve had a busy few weekends in a row – and it’s not going to let up anytime soon. We were out all day Saturday looking at houses with our agent, and Sunday we had another round of open houses to check out. But first… fair food! We all know that’s the real reason I like festivals.
The Amateur Librarian // Main Street Festival
Main Street Festival is the big annual street fair in downtown Franklin, and even though all the festivals start to run together, I always enjoy a chance to stroll around people watching, checking out the stores and tents, and perusing the food trucks. Plus, it was nice to take a deep breath and step away from the MLS listings for a bit. (Too bad it was chilly… can’t have it all!)
Quick photo dump ahead!
The Amateur Librarian // Main Street Festival
The Amateur Librarian // Main Street Festival
The Amateur Librarian // Main Street Festival
The Amateur Librarian // Main Street Festival
The Amateur Librarian // Main Street Festival
The Amateur Librarian // Main Street Festival
The Amateur Librarian // Main Street Festival
The Amateur Librarian // Main Street Festival
The Amateur Librarian // Main Street Festival
The Amateur Librarian // Main Street Festival
The Amateur Librarian // Main Street Festival
Pretzels and cinnamon roasted pecans? I’m there!
The Amateur Librarian // Main Street Festival
The Amateur Librarian // Main Street Festival
 More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!

Meow Monday: Lazy Bones

When the toy is just. too. far. away… Tali takes a nap instead.

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Cora keeps an eye open just in case…

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Not worth it…

Meow Monday: House Hunters

The cats are ready to settle down in a bigger space. They want more beds for napping, stairs to run up and down, a yard to explore… and maybe some chicken friends (that’s wishful thinking, but a girl can dream).  In other words… we’re house hunting.

 

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It’s a bit stressful and overwhelming, but mostly exciting. There’s no rush, and it’ll be a challenge to find something reasonably priced in the area, so it will probably be a while before we can make a move. So for now… these cats will be seeing a lot less of the humans on the weekends as we hunt down open houses and MLS drivebys.

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

It’s shaping up to be an exciting spring!

Meow Monday: Busy Bees

Another busy weekend for the humans and a lonely one for the cats. We took Friday off of work to drive to MS for hubby’s 10-year high school reunion, and drove back yesterday afternoon. I’m still wrapping my mind around the fact that we are at this age now, celebrating milestones like this… and in terms of decades, at that. We had so, so much fun catching up with everyone, and the whole weekend was a blast. But my introverted self is wiped out from all the socializing and late nights! My brother is visiting for a couple days too, so I think I’ll take a mini blogging break this week and check in again for High Five for Friday.

But since this is Meow Monday, here are some random pictures of Tali in the new chair.

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See you on Friday!

Chattanooga City Sights: Aquarium

Chattanooga was our destination for a quick weekend getaway – it’s only 2 hours away, so it was perfect for a couple nights. To avoid photo overload, I split Chattanooga weekend trip into two parts… yesterday was Rock City, and now for the aquarium!
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
After a quick lunch break by the riverfront (nothing to write home about), we walked over to the aquarium, which overlooks the river and is split up into two buildings – one for the Ocean exhibits, and one for the River exhibits. The grounds are fun alone – there are two “living” bridge overlooks, lots of vendors, a river view, and a built-in play area for all the kids running around.
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
It was a great atmosphere, and the exhibits inside each building were laid out really well so the crowd flowed naturally but you didn’t feel rushed and could go at your own pace. The Ocean building had three floors, but the River exhibit had about one million… almost too many, ha! Maybe we were just tired because we had been on our feet all day, but we started skimming past the last few floors of the River building.
The Ocean!
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The River!
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
I think our favorite animals were the ones we got to interact with a bit – we caught feeding time for the penguins and turtles, and got to touch the sting rays and sturgeons. We also saw a duck and a fish get in a tiff – a passing fish ruffled some feathers and got a peck, returned by a chase around the tank, which was pretty adorable.
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
We were dead tired after the aquarium, so we headed back to the hotel for a nap before dinner. My co-worker recommended Tony’s Pasta Shop and Trattoria for dinner, and it was so good! The bread with baked-in garlic was awesome (and so was our bottle of wine and the rest of dinner!), and the Bluff View Art District was a cool area.
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Chattanoogan had live music at the hotel bar on the weekends, so we ended the night hanging out there for a bit.
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
Before we left on the last day, we had one more great meal – breakfast at Tupelo Honey. The biscuits (and honey of course) were oh so good! The weekend went by quickly and we had a great little getaway. Plus, it was so nice that it was only a couple hours from home!
More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!
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