My Happy Place and 31 Years in this World!

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Hello Friends!

While D was away with Nana we took a trip to Asheville, NC. I must say that Asheville is one of the friendliest, most inclusive places I’ve ever visited in the South.

We first enjoyed a tasty lunch at Lenny’s (It’s a local chain that serves subs…Think Firehouse Subs.) They specialize in any Philly cheese steak you can think of and if you know me, you should know that if Philly Cheese steak is on the menu, it’s a must order! We then went by the Visitor’s Center and John had a brilliant idea. He suggested we take the Trolley Tour and we got the Hop on/off stickers that were valid for 2 days. It was perfect for our weekend getaway. The tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable of the area. We learned so much and were able to feel like locals because we became so familiar to the area. (I’m hoping we will get to take D with us next time…hopefully, in October.)

Waiting for our trolley! I have to say that this goes in the books for my favorites of all our getaways! <3

We stopped for water, but we will visit again thanks to the white chocolate bread pudding…yum!

The first day we mostly just listened to the tour and ended up hopping off in the Biltmore village. I LOVE the old Christmas store there. It’s where I purchase our Christmas ornaments for our ornament swap each year. After all that touring we were able to check into our room. We stayed in the Red Roof Inn which was conveniently located within walking distance of Cracker Barrel and Dunkin Donuts. (We actually ate at Cracker Barrel that first night for dinner and grabbed a quick breakfast before dashing back to church to serve. It was a crazy fun weekend!)

On Saturday, we had a delicious breakfast at the Good Girl Eatery. Everything was perfection on a plate! I’m blessed to have a hubby who likes to share food, so we order different dishes and are able to try new things. 😉 After breakfast, we stopped by the aSHEville museum. This place is wonderful! It’s a shop with books and beautiful odds and ends made by women in the community and beyond. There is also a very interesting and informative museum there that shares history of women everywhere. The owner was super friendly and wished me an early happy birthday, she noticed my Wonder Woman shirt and asked if I had watched it yet. I told her I would be seeing it on my birthday the following Monday. (More on that below!) Just to keep from having any confusion, we visited 3 book stores while we were in Asheville. That is our idea of a vacation. 😉 The two most memorable were the Battery Park Book Exchange and that evening we visited Firestorm Books and Coffee. The latter was definitely my favorite. 🙂 I was just excited to learn that they will have online shopping soon. So I can shop anytime…this could get dangerous! 😉

Our book haul

We stopped for lunch at The Green Sage Cafe. We were still pretty full from our big breakfast, but they had the option of getting half sandwiches and in house made sweet potato chips. It was the perfect compromise for lunch. I was also impressed to see that they have a recycle system and even have a place to put items for composting. It was very impressive!

After lots of walking and bus hopping, we decided to head back to the room for a rest and read. This sounds heavenly right about now. I ended up taking a nap after reading a good bit. We then headed out for dinner at King Daddy’s Chicken and Waffles. This place has chicken and waffles any way you can think of! It was very tasty! (This was below Firestorm Books. We visited the book store afterwards.) I also fell in love with Holly Golightly. They were playing her music at the cafe part of the store and I had to ask who it was. I’m so glad I did, even if I fan girl stumbled over my words. 😀 (Can I just say that I’m not big into listening to music…I haven’t been since probably college. I really have to be in the mood to listen. I’m not sure, maybe it’s because there are so many hours in the day! Maybe it’s because I enjoy reading and listening to podcasts instead…?)We then headed back to the hotel so we could get rest for our early morning. Our wonderful trip had come to an end…BUT I can’t wait to visit again soon!

Batman spotted! This place is so magical and artistic. It makes my heart happy!

As I said earlier, we celebrated my birthday on that Monday, July 10. We (finally!) watched Wonder Woman and it was everything that I dreamed of and more…SOOOO GOOOD! I can’t put into words because it won’t do it justice, that good! I found myself tearing up a few times and just feeling so happy. It’s just like the first time I saw the Wonder Woman dolls in Walmart. My little girl heart was so envious. The dolls were so fierce and amazing! I can imagine how empowered this generations girls will be because they can see that girls can do amazing things! After the movie, I got a salted caramel bubble tea and shared the tapioca pearls with D. They definitely taste like gummy bears. I think the greatest gift of all was being reunited with D after him visiting with Nana for a whole week. <3 <3 <3

Rocking my 30’s because I can!

Be sure to check back here on Friday for my birthday reflections and my Friendly Fill-in’s! Where is your favorite vacation spot? How do you celebrate bdays?

<3 Anna

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