As it’s been a hot minute since my last post, I thought I’d take tonight to update my loyal readers on what I have been up to since my move to Athens, Ohio.
Addam and I have moved into our own little home at 47 1/2 South May Avenue, and after a few weeks of lugging loads and unpacking boxes, it is finally starting to feel like home. We don’t have a lot of extra storage space, but we’ve made do with what we have, and it’s coming together quite nicely.
While I love the entire house, my favorite feature is our front porch — where you can usually find me reading a book and sipping on some vino after a long day of reporting for The Athens NEWS.
For the past three weeks I have been freelancing for the weekly paper — reporting on everything from hospital safety to area thrift shops to the local farmers market. I start school next week (eek!), but I plan to continue freelancing as much as I can while balancing my busy class schedule. I don’t know what I’m taking yet, but I’ll find out on Friday, when I officially register.
In continuing with our usual tradition, Addam and I have been checking out the local music scene. Earlier this month we saw The Hackensaw Boys at Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville. A couple of weeks later we checked out Gizzae — a Chicago-based reggae band — at Pomeroy’s Rhythm on the River. Both shows were small but absolutely incredible. I’d encourage any music fan to check them out.
Mumford & Sons, however, took the cake! We saw them at Bonnaroo a couple of years ago, but nothing could compare to seeing them in Columbus! After a long dinner at Gordon Biersch, we headed to the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion — where the show was scheduled to kick off around 7:30 p.m.
Dawes opened the show and performed a very energetic set before handing things over to Mumford. Mumford & Sons played all the hits off their first album, as well as many songs from their upcoming release, which is set to hit stores next month. From what I heard, it shouldn’t disappoint.
In other news — this week Addam and I celebrated our first year of marriage. I don’t know where the time has gone, but it’s been one of the best of my life.
We kicked off the festivities with gifts on Monday morning. Since tradition dictates that couples gift paper to celebrate their first year, after a lunch at Big Mamma’s Burritos I headed to the Athens Bureau of Motor Vehicles to make my name change legal — on “paper.” Addam was running an errand, so I took the extra time to head by the university bookstore, where I bought an OU sticker and a kid’s book entitled Mr. Impossible. I found it fitting, as it was about a man who goes to school and learns how to make the impossible possible. <3 Earlier this month I ordered some prints of original artwork from MYNDzEYE, which is headed by Addam’s good friend Jimmy Parker. The artwork is amazing, and Addam seemed pretty pleased with everything I got him.
Addam gifted me with a collector’s edition of The Hunger Games, complete with a Mockingjay pendant and a ton of Hunger Games notebooks and folders. (All paper). He knows how much I enjoyed the books and he’s well aware of my obsession with school supplies, so it was definitely the perfect present.
After lunch and a few gifts, Addam and I took Yoga for a hike to an Athens overlook, which we all enjoyed. The weather was perfect, and it got us off our butts for a little bit, which is always a good thing. Yoga suffered a bee sting, but after some pampering she was no worse for wear. It was a fabulous way to break up the day.
Once we had finished hiking, Addam and I returned to our house for a few episodes of Breaking Bad (our newest obsession) before dressing for dinner.
Ever since we’ve moved I’ve been bugging Addam to take me to Salaam, an up-scale Indian restaurant in downtown Athens. It was well-worth the wait, as the food was INCREDIBLE! We started with an appetizer of hummus and flat bread and moved into a refreshing tomato gazpacho. My main course consisted of couscous and falafel, while Addam went with a chicken penne pasta with pesto and sun-dried tomatoes. Needless to say — we left full.
From Salaam Addam and I headed to Jackie O’s, which is quickly becoming one of our favorite hangouts. Addam is obsessed with their house-brewed beers, so we had to make the trip over to celebrate.
While I had only planned on a few after-dinner drinks, I was in for quite a surprise, as Addam had another trick up his sleeve.
After saying that he had to “run to the bathroom,” Addam returned with a silver paper bag with the sweetest card I have ever received and a gorgeous rose-cut wedding ring. Little did I know that while he was “running errands” earlier in the day, he was really heading to Cornwell Jewelers to buy the ring — which I fell in love with while picking up a sizer just a few days earlier.
It’s very vintage and exactly my style. As beautiful as it is, the best part is having a constant reminder of the day I dedicated myself to my husband just one year ago.
While the ring is at Cornwell being sized, I can’t wait until it’s a permanent fixture on my finger. It was completely unexpected, and I still can’t believe that it, or Addam, is really mine.
Once we were done with Jackie O’s, Addam and I invited Ben and Emily over for some late-night festivities. We hadn’t seen Emily since we moved to Athens, as she was finishing up an internship at Fendi, so it was great to finally wrap my arms around her!
Although there wasn’t much on the night’s agenda, Addam and I made sure to bust out a slice of our wedding cake — which we froze and bravely transported from Miami, Florida to Athens, Ohio. As a vegan I couldn’t have any, but I got a kick out of watching the Evans clan dig in and claim their own piece. Emily doesn’t typically like cake, but I think that Ben could have put away the entire chunk by himself. (As you can probably tell — Addam just enjoyed the photoshoot.)
As much as I fun as I had during my anniversary celebration, next week I’m back to business. Orientation kicks off on Thursday, and by Monday Addam and I will be thrust back into academia. I’m nervous but extremely excited.
I’ll post an update listing my class schedule later in the week, but in the meantime enjoy the slideshow I created that highlights our new home. Feel free to leave me a comment below and let me know what you think.
“It doesn’t matter where you go in life, what you do or how much you have. It’s who you have beside you.” – Anonymous.