Weblog Wednesday: Autumnal Adventures

Has it really been a week since last Weblog Wednesday?? I seriously don’t know where the time goes. Actually, between working crazy hours, job interviews, marathon training, reading and homemade cooking, maybe I do know where it goes… 🙂

It’s been a heck of a week, that’s for sure. Tune in now for what’s been going on in my life, and tell me what’s been going on in yours!

As I was telling y’all  in last week’s Weblog Wednesday, on Wednesday  I tried my hand at a new slow cooker soup recipe: chicken and wild rice soup, which will appear on Toast of Tuesday next week I believe.

Here’s a sneak preview of it! In addition to getting my new DSLR, I downloaded a couple of new apps on my iPhone for photo editing, in order to stitch together photos and add creative text so that they will look better on Pinterest.

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On Thursday I had a final job interview, which won’t go into too much detail about, even though I really wish I could. I am just always paranoid about employers (or even potential employers) stumbling across my humble corner of the Blogosphere. Not that I have anything elicit or even remotely controversial on here, of course! I just like feeling free to write my feelings without fear of a corporate Big Brother reading them.

Thursday night we did our usual trivia night at a local Mexican restaurant. We came in a decent fourth place — just barely losing that third place gift card!

Friday was a really lovely day here, as the weather finally started taking a bit of a turn for the cooler. I captured the tail end of this gorgeous sunset as we headed out for coffee that evening.

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Before heading to the bookstore for coffee and nerdery, we stopped by Hobby Lobby, where I found inspiration in these super cute rustic Christmas signs. I took a photo of them as inspiration so that I can hopefully make copycat versions of them for cheap. Because, upcycling. 🙂

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At the bookstore, we split a caramel machiatto and perused this nifty steampunk coffee table book.

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Saturday I woke up early, ran a slow and steady ten miles, and spent the afternoon relaxing around the house. Normally I don’t drink coffee after noon, but after my long run I had a hankering for a chia and flax pumpkin donut and some hazelnut coffee. Even though the donuts are going on a week old, they were still super moist and yummy!

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On Saturday evening, Dear Husband worked on a ginormous 5,000 piece jigsaw puzzle he’s putting together, while I worked on my gaming backlog, playing Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. Keep your eyes peeled for the full review — so far I love it!! Which is really saying a lot, since I’ve kind of disliked a lot of the recent AC games.

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That evening we decided to turn on the fire for the first time in our new house. It was lovely, but unfortunately it just wasn’t quite cold enough to really warrant the flames.

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On Sunday, my mother in law took us out to lunch after church, and after that we headed to a local pumpkin patch. Here are some of my favorite outtakes from the fall outing:

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We stopped by Lowe’s (for chalk paint) and Walmart (for groceries) on the way home. Once we got home, I decorated my pumpkin, with directions you can find here in this week’s Toast of Tuesday.

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On Monday I had a super fun adventure at the DMV. And by super fun, I mean utterly agonizing and apparently pointless.

I showed up at the DMV, documents in hand, ready to finally become an official Tennessee citizen. I took a number. I waited. And waited. And waited. And waited.

…finally, my number was called!

I bounded up to the desk in what I can only imagine looked like a winning Olympian’s dash across the finish line, knowing that the end is in sight.

“Ma’am, can I help you?” the less than enthusiastic man asked me.

“I’m here to get my license!” I said perkily, fluffing my freshly curled hair with one hand and checking my lipstick one last time. I wanted a good picture, darn it. I handed him my neatly folded paperwork, ready to get this show on the road and leave the hellhole known as the DMV.

“Place your eyes on the vision test and read line six to me,” he said dryly.

What? Panic started bubbling inside me. No one said there would be a vision test. Dear Husband just dropped me off here and took my car to the dealership for something that needed to be done, and besides, my glasses were sitting on the kitchen counter at home.

Stay calm, I told myself. Your vision can’t be THAT bad without your glasses, right?

“Um, line six?” I gulped, stalling in some silly hope that my vision sans glasses would improve if I had extra time.

“Yep. Line. Six.” He didn’t sound amused with my stalling.

I pressed my forehead against the faded black plastic covering, trying my best not to think about all the gross germs that I was exposing myself to.

Shouldn’t there be sanitary wipes next to this thing?!

I scan the rows of numbers and letters, which got progressively smaller as the row number got higher.

Row one, fantastic. Row two, stellar. Row three, I could ace it. Row four, ehhh a little blurry but still good. Row five, now we’re pushing my vision. Row six, sh!t!!!!

I tried my darnedest to make out the blurry shapes, but it was useless. He didn’t even tell me what percentage of them I got right, but I can’t imagine it was many.

Starting to visibly sweat, I leaned up from the vision test and explained my predicament. To be fair, the gentleman seemed genuinely sympathetic when I told him I had just moved to Tennessee and that the website doesn’t say there is a vision test, and that I was alone at the DMV without my car and didn’t have my glasses with me.

I wish I could say this story had an unexpectedly awesome ending, like that a magical owl swooped down from the heavens and dropped a pair of glasses in my lap. Or that the kind folks at the DMV took pity on me and let me pass the vision test reading row four instead. But, nope. All of that time in line was for naught.

FINAL SCORE::: Charlotte: 0. DMV: 1.

It was super frustrating at the time, but now in hindsight it’s kind of funny. So please, if you’re reading this, laugh at my story and help it have some purpose!

And really, even if the website didn’t say there would be a vision screening, I really should have thought of that. Alas and alack.

Now it’s Tuesday night again, and I can hardly believe that two weeks from today is election day here in the States.

I hope you all are having a wonderful week!

Until next time,

xoxo Charlotte

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