Tuesday, July 28, 2009

random tidbits

just wanted to share a few recent pictures...

chris & i have been taking eva to a beginner obedience class at a place called dog trainer's workshop. we've been to 3 classes and have 3 to go. it has been really fun, and we're all learning a lot. eva was able to sit for us before the class, but now she is also learning to lay down, come, and stay! here's chris working on down with her:
last week we got to meet liz & scott's beautiful new daughter, leah audrey. she is absolutely precious. i kept thinking she was so tiny, but then i realized i've never met a baby as young as 8 days old! also, i should add that liz & her house look amazing for having given birth just a week earlier!finally, here are some pictures of my office now that maintenance came and hung everything for me. i included a few different angles. there is still more i want to do for the room, but this is good for now. eventually i'd like to get my diplomas framed and hung, and get a paper lantern for the corner to the left of the two counseling chairs.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

birthday week

we celebrated my 25th birthday on wednesday, and chris got me two dozen beautiful roses! we went out to portofino's, a local italian restaurant that liz introduced me to. after spending two weeks in my office with stark white walls and little personality, i went on a mini shopping spree with my birthday money to find some office decor. i wanted a table to put between the two counseling chairs in my office. i also thought some soft lighting would be more relaxing than the fluorescent lights.i've never really liked fake flowers, but with no window i thought i better go fake if i wanted any green in my office. so these hydrangeas from world market grew on me (no pun intended). i also wanted a wall clock so that i'll be able to discreetly keep track of the time during sessions. i liked the retro look of this and thought the red was a nice pop of color. finally, i finished the artwork i started last month. this wasn't exactly what i'd planned - i didn't end up using newsprint or magazines, but i like how creative projects have a way of being spontaneous. the background is acrylic paint, and the collage part is scrapbook paper. if the silhouette looks familiar, it's because my sweet husband volunteered to let me trace his shadow! i'm excited to get more settled in my office, especially as i build up my schedule of individual sessions with clients. i'm enjoying work so far, and i think it's a great fit for me. i am so thankful to have a job that i like!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

july 4th weekend

we had a great time last weekend with friends and family. since i've started work, it feels like my free time in the evenings flies by - so i'm later than usual with the weekend update. speaking of work, it's been going well so far. i definitely have moments where i feel totally overwhelmed, but overall i'm excited about what i'm going to be doing. i'm very thankful that my supervisors are easing me into my position and that my coworkers are so nice & helpful!
back to the weekend - after my first day on thursday, i had friday off! so thursday evening we drove to visit the riddle family in alabama. everybody loved eva, and i think daddy buck wouldn't mind having a pet!
on friday, we went to my aunt jenny & uncle larry's house which is on the river. we had a great time jet skiing, swimming, and hanging out! eva got to play with their golden retriever, jack. we came back to greenville on saturday afternoon and got to see patrick & brooke while they were back from iowa for a few days. we had a great time with them & brooke's sister & brother-in-law, who live in greenville. we found a good spot downtown and enjoyed the fireworks! (our new camera has a fireworks setting!)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

places we like to eat: the lazy goat

katy tells me i haven't posted in a long time. i told her it's because she wasn't working and was able to beat me to the punch with every exciting event that we've had for the last few months. i figured i'd ease back into the blog with a personal favorite: places we like to eat, greenville edition.

today's restaurant is the lazy goat. it has quickly become one of our favorite downtown restaurants, and they've always got something interesting to eat. it's a great place for date night or a night out with friends, and with a motto like time well wasted, you know it has to be good.

the lazy goat

food: mediterranean with a southern flair. at the lazy goat, you can have tapas (appetizer sized portions) or a regular entree portion. we've enjoyed many of the tapas, but the past few times we've been i've chosen from the entrees. a few months ago i tried a special that was brazed oxtails served over a bed of fava beans (shout out to all the hannibal lecter fans!). last weekend, i had the lazy goat paella which was my favorite dish there so far. some of our favorite tapas are the moroccan lamb and the fried goat cheese. we've tried something new and different each time we've gone to the lazy goat, and we've never been disappointed.

service: on a scale of 1-5, i'd give it a solid 4. we've had one visit with spotty service, but the wait staff has typically been excellent.

price: appetizers are $5-10, entrees are $10-20.

dress: casual to business casual

address: 170 river place, greenville, sc 29601

website: the lazy goat