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Meow Monday: Lazy Bones

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

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Cora keeps an eye open just in case…

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

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.

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

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.

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

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.

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

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!

Chattanooga City Sights: Rock City

Chattanooga was our destination for a quick weekend getaway – it’s only 2 hours away, so it was perfect for a couple nights. We found lots to do (and eat!) so I’ve split up the photo dump into two parts – today: Rock City, tomorrow: Aquarium. Fair warning: pictures ahead!
Our first night, we took it easy and explored the area around our hotel (the Chattanoogan).
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The next morning, we were up and at ’em… first stop: Rock City!
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
At first, I wasn’t so sure about the whole thing… as we were herded along the initial path in a single file line with a long stream of other visitors, I was worried that it would be a bit too tourist-trappy with little chance to actually enjoy the views.  But once you get to Lover’s Leap, there’s more room to explore at your own pace. The views are stunning!  You can see six states from the top, which was really cool.
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
We got to the end and had a “that’s it?” moment, until we followed another path (the signs aren’t always clear) and came across the Fairy Tale Caverns. Wow, what a trip! There is a fairytale theme and gnomes throughout, but the caverns took it up a notch. The underground caverns were equally cool and creepy… lots of black lights and fairy tale scenes, which were pretty bizarre… Rock City dates back to the 1930’s, so they’ve probably been there for a long time now. The unexpectedness made it really fun, though – we had no idea there were any underground tunnels at all, let alone a big underground cavern, so it was a really surprising experience.
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
We visited in the morning, and it took about 2 hours to go through the whole thing, but it felt like there was plenty to see in that time and we could’ve stayed longer. We were getting hungry, though, so we headed back downtown for a lunch break and then our next adventure… the aquarium!
Before we left, I couldn’t resist a souvenir… this little guy is living outside with my rosemary now!
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
 Part Two of our Chattanooga adventure coming tomorrow!

Meow Monday: Weekending

Over the long weekend, we roadtripped to Chattanooga for a little getaway. So much fun (pics to come)! We were only away for two nights, but the cats seemed glad when we got back yesterday afternoon.

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

I have a feeling that I know exactly what they were up to while we were gone…

A little of this…

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

A little of that…

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

And probably some of this too…

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

I’m just glad the apartment was in one piece when we got back home :)

Nashville City Sights: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

My parents drove up for another infusion and stayed for the weekend. It’s so nice to live close by again, and these quick weekend visits are always great for small adventures around the city. Recently we’ve been thinking about making the move from Franklin to Nashville, so this weekend was all about driving around and ogling the adorable houses in the 12 South and East Nashville neighborhoods.
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
Of course we had to eat too… here are a couple great places to check out!
Edley’s BBQ
Delicious… and if you go early enough, the line isn’t out the door!
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 Filling Station
A great little place to pick up craft beers… I’m not even a huge fan of beer, but this place was too cute!
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
Also, a shout-out to downtown Franklin… we ate dinner at Gray’s on Friday night and it was so good! I love Main Street, as you know, and slowly but surely we’re checking out all the restaurants!
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: Cats of Instagram, Part Twenty

My parents came to visit over the weekend, which is always a good time. More pics to come tomorrow… for now, another batch of your favorite #catsofinstagram! Most of these are from September/October of last year… which I can only tell because of the Once Upon a Time sampler and Halloween decorations, ha!

 

Hide and Seek in the closet.

Hide and Seek in the closet.

 

The start of a new project, amid the never-ending power plays of these two frenemies

The start of a new project, amid the never-ending power plays of these two frenemies

 

Reading nook

Reading nook

 

The lazy way to play... stare at the toy

The lazy way to play… stare at the toy

 

Seasonal decor - Cora's a fan!

Seasonal decor – Cora’s a fan!

 

Naps and stitches

Naps and stitches

 

Flip flops and cat paws in September

Flip flops and cat paws in September

 

Caught a runaway during fashion diaries

Caught a runaway during fashion diaries

 

Another new start, another cat watching from close by

Another new start, another cat watching from close by

 

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!
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