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Waterlogged

I like to listen to podcasts on the way to work, on road trips, when I’m cross stitching or sewing, or on a Monday night when there’s nothing on TV. I usually need to do something with my hands so I can concentrate – hence the driving, crafting, etc. But when I’m not doing any of those things, sometimes I’ll go back to my old favorite Waterlogue app to make some pretty pictures from random photos on my phone…

So today, a few recent watercolors that came about while I was listening to Pop Culture Happy Hour.

The Amateur Librarian // Waterlogue App

 

And just so we have a few more words too, here’s a list of my current favorite podcasts:

This American Life

Craft Lit

Dear Sugar Radio

Pop Culture Happy Hour

The Lively Show

Slate’s Spoiler Specials

The Splendid Table

How Did This Get Made?

(And if you missed the first season, Serial! I will definitely be tuning into Season 2.)

 

The Amateur Librarian // Waterlogue App

 

The Amateur Librarian // Waterlogue App

 

The Amateur Librarian // Waterlogue App

 

The Amateur Librarian // Waterlogue App

 

The Amateur Librarian // Waterlogue App

 

The Amateur Librarian // Waterlogue App

 

The Amateur Librarian // Waterlogue App

 

The Amateur Librarian // Waterlogue App

 

The Amateur Librarian // Waterlogue App

 

The Amateur Librarian // Waterlogue App

I still haven’t printed any of these watercolors, or the many others I’ve made over the past year or so, but a gallery or clothesline of them all in a row would be so pretty. Maybe one of these days…

The Amateur Librarian // Waterlogue App

 

Franklin City Sights: Brew Fest

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Now that the weather is finally warmer (knock on wood), city sights are back again! Even the dreary rain on Saturday couldn’t keep us inside. I met up with a college friend for lunch in Nashville and thought about attending the free Irish Music Fest downtown… but the rain kept us away. Later, hubby and I spontaneously decided to get tickets for the Brew Fest in downtown Franklin, and even though we didn’t bring umbrellas, we ended up having a blast.
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin Brew Fest
It was a really fun night of Irish music, beer tastings (over 50! I don’t even like beer that much, but it grew on me after the first 15 or so…) and exploring the shops on Main Street. I’ve strolled down Main Street quite a few times and felt like I knew most of the shops, but I realized how much I hadn’t noticed until we were waiting in line and browsing through every last one of them. We even got a beer mug ornament from the Christmas shop (I’m proud I only bought ONE thing the entire night, aren’t you?)
You know the drill… Photo dump!
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin Brew Fest
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin Brew Fest
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin Brew Fest
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin Brew Fest
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin Brew Fest
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin Brew Fest
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin Brew Fest
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin Brew Fest
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin Brew Fest
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin Brew Fest
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin Brew Fest
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin Brew Fest
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin Brew Fest
 More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!

Meow Monday: Catnip Time

Sunday was so warm and sunny after a week of rain that I woke up with the urge to purge – and after enlisting hubby’s help to clean all the nooks and crannies we usually ignore (underneath the couch cushions! The backside of curtains! The window sills! Baseboards!) I turned my attention to the screened-in porch. It still needs a good cleaning (couldn’t quite muster the motivation for that yet) but I knew what it needed most: plants! It may only feel like spring for a moment, but I figured we’re close enough that a frost won’t kill off all my efforts.  Off to the nursery we went!

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

The cats were quite intrigued when we got home again, naturally.

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

Rosemary for starters, with catnip seeds in the pot below. I’m also starting some seedlings inside for some mint (mojitos!) and more catnip, just in case it gets cold again.

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

It remains to be seen if the cats will knock over the planters… but after a bit of sniffing around, they seem more interested in the sunshine.  I’m crossing my fingers, knocking on wood, etc.!

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Franklin City Sights: Lieper’s Fork

Even though it was snowing last week, this past weekend was warm enough to venture out again. I’ve heard of Lieper’s Fork a few times in passing, so we decided to go visit another Puckett’s location for lunch and check it out (Each one is unique – and delicious!).
The Amateur Librarian // Lieper's Fork, TN
The whole area takes up one street in the middle of nowhere, and it’s super charming… the perfect excursion for a leisurely Saturday afternoon. There are a few antique stores and almost every place had fire pits outside and rural views. Photo dump ahead!
The Amateur Librarian // Lieper's Fork, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Lieper's Fork, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Lieper's Fork, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Lieper's Fork, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Lieper's Fork, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Lieper's Fork, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Lieper's Fork, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Lieper's Fork, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Lieper's Fork, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Lieper's Fork, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Lieper's Fork, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Lieper's Fork, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Lieper's Fork, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Lieper's Fork, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Lieper's Fork, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Lieper's Fork, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Lieper's Fork, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Lieper's Fork, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Lieper's Fork, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Lieper's Fork, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Lieper's Fork, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Lieper's Fork, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Lieper's Fork, TN
 More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!

Meow Monday: Neighborhood Watch

The cats take their neighborhood watch duties very carefully… every morning, afternoon, and night, rain or shine (or snow)!

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

One Year Later

On February 28 of last year, our San Francisco apartment was packed up and we started the journey to Tennessee.
What I remember most about that day was the mix of anxiety and excitement swirling together. While we were waiting (and waiting) for the movers to arrive, I took one last walk around the neighborhood and tried to process everything. I tend to focus on the task at hand, and not so much the processing part… so I don’t even remember feeling particularly sad or excited, but mostly just anxious to get the show on the road.
The Amateur Librarian // One Year Later
The Amateur Librarian // One Year Later
The Amateur Librarian // One Year Later
A number of things threatened to make the whole day difficult…
  • The construction by our apartment building blocked the street parking.
  • The weather was rainy and gloomy.
  • The moving company was running late and didn’t have the correct address to pick up a couch from storage.
  • We didn’t have an exact destination for our stuff, since we didn’t have an apartment in TN yet.
But then…
  • The construction work shut down due to the rain, leaving an empty street with plentiful parking.
  • The sun came out.
  • The moving truck arrived and found a parking space right in front of our building.
  • Three weeks later, we had an address and we had our stuff.
Somehow, everything worked out the best possible way in the end. How’s that for a metaphor for life?
One year later, I’m so happy to be here. I like my job, our apartment, our new city. I feel like I plugged into the community a lot faster this time around, and I feel like we’re in a place with a lot of opportunities still to come,. A lot of that comes from living closer to family and friends again, which is the best part of our move.
The Amateur Librarian // One Year Later
The Amateur Librarian // One Year Later
The Amateur Librarian // One Year Later
Today I’m getting another routine colonoscopy. The prep is never fun, and there’s always anxiety centered around the question: Am I sick again? But I’m feeling the best I have in a long time, and 2014 was an entirely pain-free year which feels like a small miracle. I don’t really dwell on my chronic illness much these days, mostly because I have the luxury of feeling pretty “normal” with the exception of regular infusions. I guess this post is my way of reflecting on where I am in life right now… and I’m happy to be here!
The Amateur Librarian // One Year Later

Meow Monday: So Helpful

I’m still working on my low volume black cats, and the cats have been helpful assistants along the way (of course). Some are more helpful than others…

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Nashville City Sights: WWE Wrestling

Hubby’s recent hobby has been watching WWE wrestling… I think it started as part joke, part nostalgia, but the enjoyment is real. So when WWE Raw came to Nashville… so did we. Quite an interesting show! I didn’t know what to expect, and our seats were pretty terrible, but it was a lot of fun. All the fan favorites showed up… Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, the Bella twins, etc. etc. It actually seemed quieter than TV makes it seem, without the sound effects and constant narration from the announcers.
Small photo dump ahead:
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
 More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!

Meow Monday: Snow Days

The ice finally melted over the weekend and the temps are back to normal-cold, but the cats enjoyed the days of snow and ice while they lasted.

Plenty of staring out the window…

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Napping on the couch…

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Assisting in the sewing room…

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

And plenty of lounging around, of course!

Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home

While my parents visited last weekend, we stopped by the James K. Polk home on our way to visit family in the area. I honestly barely remembered anything about the 11th president from history class, but we enjoyed a quick guided tour of his parents’ house, kitchen, and gardens. It was a fun stop in downtown Columbia, and since we happened to go on Presidents’ Day weekend, the price was half off…. bonus!
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
You know what time it is… time for a photo dump!
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
Inside the main house was a museum room, gift shop, and a short video.
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The guided tour through the Polks’ home was interesting, especially with all the  original furniture and portraits.
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The outside kitchen also led to the gardens.
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
I loved the courtyard and gardens best, even if the fountain was frozen and this time of year probably isn’t the greenest.
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
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The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
Sam spotted the calico cat, of course.
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
(Mama’s favorite statue!)
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
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The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
To wrap up our Valentine’s Day, we got to see some of my mom’s side of the family who have a farm nearby, then a double date for dinner at Puckett’s Boat House.
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
 More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!
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