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where have you been?

Ryan and Heidi

Ryan and I took a trip back to Tallahassee to get our stuff out of storage and to be reunited with my kitties. I started my new job when we got back, so I’m just now getting oriented and can’t believe it’s Thursday and I haven’t updated my blog in weeks.

we're adorable.

Tallahassee was a lot of fun. I’m glad I was able to see my friends for a sweet farewell. We also spent the weekend in Apalachicola, where I got some sun on my skin and walked slowly with nowhere to go. We stayed at the Coomb’s House Bed and Breakfast and watched Ryan’s band played their farewell gig at the Dixie Theater.

Oh, and we sat in this over-sized chair by the water.

After soaking up so much sun, you can imagine my disappointment as New York greeted us with snow. But I’m optimistic spring is right around the corner. It’s going to be in the 50’s next week.

havana, this weekend

Lately, I’ve been quick to indulge in my last few weeks of southern culture, so I asked Ryan if we could stop at the Tomato Cafe and Tea Room, a wonderful soup and sandwich place in Havana, Fla. They serve a traditional afternoon tea and have a tomato-filled menu.

Ryan and I both had their signature tomato pie, which is piled with creamy cheeses and tons of tomatoes.

Havana is a small town 30 minutes outside of Tallahassee that has a charming downtown district with lots of antique and handmade shops. When we entered downtown, I remembered that it was their holiday festival – complete with Tractor and Riding Lawnmower Parade and hillbilly Santa (I wasn’t able to snap a photo!).

We were eating when the parade was going on, but I did manage to snap a photo of one of the riding lawnmowers.

Ryan and I walked around, holding hands, and perusing through shops as I snapped a few photos. It turned into a really sweet and impromptu date.

Waterworks Sign

I love painted brick so much.

Produce

Produce at the open air market.

antique cars

Antique Cars

Havana has an old feel to it.

Tomato Cafe

Tomatoes outside of the Tomato Cafe and Tea Room.

Gloves

So much pretty at one of the vintage shops.

handmade critters

These cute little handmades had such personality, I had to snap a photo.

Oh, and how funny is this? But one of the biggest draws to this celebration, besides the tractor parade, of course, is the snow.

Snow in Havana

There was a snow machine. You can see the line toward the back of the picture. It’s a big deal. There weren’t any snow machines when I was a kid. I’m moving to NY in a few weeks from Florida. It was downright hot on Saturday as we were walking around. I’ve only seen snow once or twice in my life, and I’ve certainly never been in a snowfall. It’s going to be quite an interesting transition, to say the least.

seacrest wolf preserve

For Ryan’s birthday we headed an hour and a half outside of Tallahassee to Chipley, Fla. We visited the Seacrest Wolf Preserve. They’re one of the biggest wolf preservations in the United States. They have grey wolves, British Columbia wolves, and Arctic wolves.  We were able to walk right into the wolves’ habitat. The preserve staff socialize the wolves, so they’ll come right up to you. I have to admit, before this trip, I didn’t know a thing about wolves. It was really an amazing and educational tour. And the best part…we got to play with wolf puppies!

wolf puppy 1

We weren’t allowed to take digital cameras into the actual wolf habitat, but we could take as many as we wanted with the pups.

wolf puppies

That one puppy was so tired, but it didn’t stop me from cuddling it.

puppies are the best ever

The Seacrest Wolf preserve really does a great thing trying to protect these amazing creatures. If you’re in the Tallahassee area, it’s definitely a trip you have to take.

bust a move

A lot of these pictures came out dark, so I experimented with some photo effects.

We perused the beer aisle of our favorite liquor store last weekend. It’s near the college campus, so we rarely visit it.

beer aisle

I love the colors.

beer aisle

These bottles would make pretty vases. Don’t you think?

beer

This week a good friend of mine taught me how to make some jam with all of those blueberries. It was way yum-o! Sorry no pictures.

Then we had a tasty potluck followed by one of the highlights of my summer.

skate inn

That’s right. I was so excited about a visit to the skating rink, I took a picture from the car.

How great is this sign?

skate inn

Gorgeous. The whole place sort of reeked with a failed 90’s party, which made it way better.

Case 1:

skates

I asked if they had any prettier shoes and got the stink eye. Ok, mister, jeeze.

Complete with disco ball.

disco ball

There was certainly a fondness for the rink’s glory days.

90s award

It’s probably been twelve years since I’ve roller skated. It wipes you out. Oh, and I’m totally awful at it. My friend had to hold my hand pretty much the entire time. That doesn’t make it any less fun, though. They don’t tell you that the hardest part of skating is avoiding the children spilling out and busting bones right in front of you. I still don’t know how to brake in skates.

Regardless, it brought back my fondness for this song, which was one of my favorite Beach Boys songs.

Tallahassee has two skating rinks. I hear the other one has beer and square-shaped pizzas. We’re in. By the end of the summer, you bet we’ll be roller skating queens.

Turns out, the music doesn’t change much in roller rinks.

Have a good Monday, folks.