It's the beginning of September! How exciting! I love Autumn, just like every other basic white girl. I don't know when Fall became a "thing"? I guess everyone realized how awesome cider, fall leaves changing and picking pumpkins is, and decided they needed to take a photo of them doing that said thing.
ANYWAY, on to talk about my weekend. Friday we tried take out from this place called The Tomato Head. I got a southwestern kind of salad, it was okay, they put an unnecessary amount of black beans and corn on my salad. Their black bean hummus was really good! But it was whole black beans so I'm not sure why they called it hummus? Unless hummus doesn't need to be pureed? Anyway, I am digressing, Kevin had a burrito and a pizza (he was very hungry and just finished his first week of work!) I think they're pizzas might be better than their salads. I would try it again.
Saturday we got up early and went downtown and had breakfast at Pete's Coffee Shop and it was okay. Maybe I have been spoiled by The Waffle Shop in State College, but coffee wasn't great and I ordered a waffle which wasn't as fluffy as I was hoping. They had a good biscuit though.
We then walked to a different part of town, I guess you could say the hipster part of town and went to Old City Java, it was a cute coffee shop, it had the classic brick walls and super hip baristas. I didn't get any coffee, because I would've had the shakes if I had another cup of coffee so soon. Kevin had a pour over, he said it was okay, it was kinda sour, which I HATE sour coffee, blagh. But then we walked around the corner and saw an EVEN HIPPER coffee shop, we didn't go in because Kevin already had a cup so we'll save that for another day.
I have no memory of what we had for dinner?
On to Sunday! We decided we were just gonna dive right into a 4 hour hike! Now, Kevin is the calmer driver, I get really tense when I don't know where I'm going and when there's a lot of aggressive driving, but on Sunday I stepped up, I thought it's a Sunday, everyone is at church, it won't be busy. Well, we decided on this trail called the Twenty Mile Loop. We thought it was going to be a drive just like on the way to Cades Cove. No, no it was not, we turn off the main highway and end up in the boonies. I was driving along some damn had no service and off in the distance I see what I thought were deer crossing the road, no, they were dogs! Just like 8 of them running back and forth across the road, some had collars, some didn't. They were on a joyride though, we finally enter the park and it becomes the most twisty-turny road I have ever driven on. Thank goodness I was driving because I would've been so nauseous, Kevin was a little bit.
Kevin's feeling sick, I have to pee really badly, we're on a very windy road and I think we are never gonna make it to our destination, oh and I haven't mentioned the weirdest part yet, there were photographers around certain bends taking photos of the car! Fay's (my car's name) is famous! Look there's Kevin's head!
There were so many motorcycles, jeeps and sports cars. I had to pull over so many times on the way back because everyone was speeding down hill. I guess it's a very popular route for them.
I haven't even gotten to the hike yet! So we finally get to the spot and there's not another soul around and I am doing the pee dance. So we're starting off great here, I find an appropriate spot and then we are on our way!
Kevin and I are both terrified of being mauled by a bear, so of course, we chose this hiking route that is secluded and goes very deep into the woods. So I am on edge the first hour (to be honest the whole time) Kevin gives me my car keys to shake to make the bears aware of our presence. We see bear poop, but we keep forging ahead! Oh and there are signs saying WARNING HIGH BEAR ALERT.
I'm feeling great. We're along this stream that's really pretty and we had to cross them with these log bridges, it'll be shown in photos below, and it wasn't a steep hike but it definitely worked the glutes. I started singing to scare away the bears, Kevin was making requests. We didn't see any bears! I was tired at the fourth hour mark though, I wanted to eat, I was worried my cliff bar would attract a bear. But we survived our way back to Knoxville and a shower felt ah-mazing.
We're on our way to calling ourselves hikers! Kinda...sort-of.
It's definitely something I want to keep doing, I need to face my fear of bears!
Now on to the rest of the week, I am starting my my linocut, and I am so excited about it! I feel good about it which is refreshing. I love working on my stamps but it's not the same as one cohesive linocut that you dedicate a lot of time to. This project is based off Klimt's The Kiss. It's a lot of detail which I love doing and I'm ready to get going. I won't be proofing it until I cut mostly everything. And I need to figure out what to do with the background.
That band-aid isn't a printing accident, I was making dinner yesterday and I was cutting little cherry tomatoes and one just kinda slipped and then the knife just hit my finger and Kevin just sharpened the knife. It was kind of funny, Kevin came home after I cleaned up the cut and was chopping a onion weirdly because I couldn't really use my hand, and the first thing he says to me, "Is the knife sharp enough?" and I just show him my finger.
And last thing, I made soap! There's soap on amazon that you can melt, put it in a baking sheet and then use cookie cutters. I wanted them to be thicker, they are thin enough to be pointless. So I will be shipping some of these out to some lucky friends and family. I completely forgot to take photos of my cat soap too! I have cat cookie cutters and decided to use them wisely! Next time!
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