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Dusting This Thing Off

Well. According to the calendar, it is September 16, 2012.

I am not exactly sure how that happened. Last time I checked it was oh, about August 1st. And suddenly October is bearing down on me. (Insert WTF here).

Dear Reader (if you even exist, which I highly doubt). This summer was many things, but probably the most of which was BUSY. And unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on  your perspective – I think it’s a bit of both), this fall looks to be no different.

I can’t really put my finger on what has changed …maybe I’m getting older and slower, maybe its our current daytime gigs, but our whole work/life balance is out of whack. I used to have a handle on things.  And now..I don’t remember where I last put the handle down and it doesn’t matter anyways because I’m running late and have to head out the door. Parents, hats off to you because I really just don’t know how you do it.  Consider me stumped.

But despite all that, we’re doing ok.  And we’re trying really hard to shift the scales more in the life direction and less in the work direction. Because that’s important too. So that’s exactly what this post is all about: taking action, no matter how small the step. Instead of constantly thinking vague thoughts like “I should blog more,” I decided to be more specific and establish some basic goals:

-Step 1: Write a post and publish it no matter what.

-Step 2: Write a second post, with pictures, and publish it within a week of the first post.

Here’s to already checking off step 1 and more importantly, to moving more in the direction I want to go in.

Balance feels good.

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Well Hell’s Bells…

It’s March.

So much has happened and yet…so much has not.

I’m not sure what sort of strange vortex/time warp February is, but in the end I’ve determined that it is really a cruel, cruel joke of the calendar. “The shortest month of the year” it boasts. What a load of crap. And don’t even get me started on that insidious little leap day “bonus.”

So February lasted an eternity. Despite my pleading for the month to move on, I can’t help feeling surprised that it’s actually March. I guess I didn’t really think February would relinquish the calendar spotlight. I don’t mean to hate on the wee month; I’m just not a fan of long winter months, what with their limited hours of sunlight and post holiday blues.

I’m sure you’re wondering what busyness kept us so preoccupied that we couldn’t blog during the month of romantic love and all things Cupid, hallmark and Olive Garden.  Well for starters, I got sucked into this series of books:

I pretty much ignored everyone and everything while reading The Hunger Games. Seriously, ask Somanna. I don’t think we really talked while I read these books. Unless you count my half-hearted murmurs of “mmm-hmm” and “sure thing, whatever you say” as conversation.

Which Somanna did not.

Sir Wikipedia describes The Hunger Games as the story of a young woman named Katniss, who lives in a post apocalyptic world in the country of Panem, where the countries of North
America once existed. The Capitol, a highly advanced metropolis, holds absolute power over the rest of the nation. The Hunger Games are an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12 to 18 from each of the 12 districts surrounding the Capitol are selected, by lottery, to compete in a televised battle in which only one person can survive.

It’s kind of like a futuristic version of the Gladiator games…except children are sent to the Hunger Games. I know it sounds weird, but trust me, it’s good.

I had been struggling with a reading drought when this fast and furious trilogy entered my every waking hours. I kept dawdling between all of these “serious” and “morally conscious” books when truthfully what I wanted, nay needed, was a whirlwind courtship of gripping narrative, excitement and suspense.

Ok, so that sounds really trashy and uncomfortably sexual, but seriously yall, The Hunger Games offers up exciting fast paced, EASY, ENTERTAINING reading. Are they as deep and moralistic as the Harry Potter series? Blasphemy. But are they fun and riveting? You betcha.

In short, I recommendz them.

Once I devoured that soap opera, I of course had to get my soap fix somewhere else.  This led me from futuristic Panem to an  estate home set in Great Britain during the early 20th century, a la Downton Abbey. 

Logically.

And now I have officially devoured Seasons 1 and 2. Sigh.

Oh and speaking of devouring things, I made brownies last Friday night (don’t envy my exciting life) and I feel the need to confess that they were gone by Monday.  As in….we ate them all.

Anyhoos, the other major impediment to our (lack of) blogging falls under “technical difficulties.” See we have a slight, digital organization problem. We have:

one old PC desktop (that has my main iTunes account)
one old Apple desktop (that has the “nice” photo editing software)
two external hard drives
one old PC laptop (that you can’t unplug or the battery dies)
one really old and now defunct Apple laptop that I still hope to retrieve some photos from
3 cameras
about 4 thumb drives
easily 10 memory cards
4 other iTunes accounts
a Flickr account
two Picasa web albums
two facebook accounts
cd’s of some photos backed up
a crap desk
and one blog.

And a sh*t ton of photos. Photos, photos, photos!

Photos in one location, but not on the other. Photos backed up in place, but not online / in cyberspace. Photos not backed up at all. Photos that could be deleted. Photos that have never been blogged about ( Hello India trip!) because they could use some editing.

It’s a disaster. A digital disaster.

So our big goal for 2012, pending our tax refund (yeah, that was the other timesuck in February – our taxes), is to purchase some fancy, new fangled equipment, (Hello portable laptops! Hello smart phone!) preferably equipment that begins with “i” and ends in something Apple-riffic like pad, pod or mac. And get our digital act together.

But we’ll see. PC land is way cheaper, but the Apple seduces me just like Eve in the Garden of Eden.

I am such a woman.

Smite me now Rush Limbaugh.

And that Dear Reader is what’s new with us.

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Our mothers must be so proud…

First, thanks yall for the sweet anniversary wishes. This ride wouldn’t be nearly as fun if we didn’t have such fabulous peeps to surround us. Sorry we didn’t reply sooner, but our internet service provider (cough, CHARTER, cough) SUCKS. So crappy internet service, plus general busy-ness results in little time for blogging.

Which is ironic, because despite our pitiful blogging habit, we have managed to win a pity legitimate award!! Woo to the Hoo!!

Oooh…it’s so pretty and official looking. I canz touch itz?

Natasha, a childhood friend of Somanna’s, was kind enough to bestow us THE VERSATILE BLOGGER award. (The all caps makes for a booming-world-domination-male-voice sound effect by the way. Very legit technique.)

It’s a “pay it forward award” and we’re really flattered she thought of us, especially since she tackles blogging along with raising twins, and getting her yoga on, all while living in China. You can find her blog link here. She writes about real stuff, thoughtfully and intelligently….ahem, regularly. Meanwhile, we’re total blogger slackers who yap on about spider killing, Oreos and sweaty dudes at the gym.

I mean really, the commonalities are endless.

Still we were super flattered and excited when she told us we won. (We won, we won!).

However, the award comes with a few rules beyond general bragging rights. Although, obviously that’s the best part. The “award rules” state: Thank and link the blogger who awarded it to you.

THANK YOU NATASHA!

(see the all caps effect works doesn’t it?)

Ok, check.

And state 7 random things about yourself. Award it to 15 newly discovered blogs you enjoy. And let them know.

Oy. That sounds like work.

Well, we’ll tackle the 7 random things about myself first because that sounds like fun and I’m immature and narcissistic like that. So here is some more useless fluff to add to your brains. I apologize in advance. Or should I say, you’re welcome? You decide dear reader, you decide.

1.) I used to have a pet rabbit. It pooped a lot. And always tried to bite my finger. All in all, it didn’t really make a good pet. And this doesn’t really make a good random factoid. So we’re moving on.

2.) I won the Geography bowl in 3rd and 4th grade, but sadly lost in 5th grade. I didn’t even make it past the semi-finals.Oh the shame! Que horror!

And yes, of course I remember the question that disqualified me. It was “Which continent doesn’t have any people living on it?” I was *totally* picturing Antarctica and then said “Australia.” Gaahhh!

It will haunt me forever.

3.) I recently fell in love with kale? I also tried turnip greens and liked them?? Wow your parents really are right when the say your taste buds change over time. My tongue is having an adolescent rebellion because I do not even recognize these taste buds anymore.

4.) I’ve been going to Bikram yoga for a couple of months now. I usually manage 1, maybe 2 sessions per week. (It’s a big chunk of time.) I really like it. Who’d a thunk?

5.) When Somanna and I started dating, he was the cheap skate and I was the spendster. Now he’s frugal and I’m the cheap skate. We’re both still a bit puzzled how that happened.

6.) My first kiss was so terrible, that I swore off kissing forever. And by forever, I mean about 2 years, so that’s a pretty strong indication of how awful it was.

7.) I just got into Modern Family. I KNOW. Where have I been?!!

Now, I’m supposed to nominate 15 newly discovered blogs I enjoy. And let them know.

Uh, fifteen blogs is a lot. And this whole letting them know business is a tish scary.  I don’t know that I even read 15 blogs. So I’m going rogue and listing those blogs that I think this award fits because they are either versatile in their content or their niche.

First up, Sister Dearest. So I’m a biased (a-duh) but I think her book reviews put Oprah’s book club to shame. To shame! Plus, I generally like keeping up with her. She is family after all 😉

Speaking of family, Somanna’s big bro across the pond doesn’t get much time to blog these days (three super cute kiddos will keep ya hopping!) but when he does, it’s a lot of yummy eye candy. Me thinks photo skillz run in the family.

Next are our good pals Hungry Times Two. A tag team couple both in the kitchen and at the table, I love following my foodie friends’ adventures in culinary delights. Having a blog with a specific niche makes it tough to come up with fresh content, but they manage to do just that.

My blogging pal Heather over at Life in a Nutshell is pretty darn versatile. I don’t know what I’m more jealous of: her travels or her hair. On second thought, I think I’m most jealous of her razor-sharp wit. She’s debating leaving blogging (which I totally understand, btw). We’re hoping she’ll stick around. But even if she doesn’t, I’ve certainly enjoyed traveling vicariously through her.

And hopefully her last post will involve detailed instructions on her hair care routine.

Am I allowed to give it back to Natasha? Good, because I just did. Keep doing what you’re doing honey!

The next few blogs are ones that I cyberstalk with a regularity I care not to admit.These bloggers don’t know me. I am the shy, dorky girl twiddling her thumbs mumbling something about wanting to dance while staring at the floor.

It’s very awkward. Feel free to stop reading now.

Anyways, Manhattan Nest chronicles the adventures of Daniel in decorating, all things thrifty and  DIY in his itty bitty New York apartment. Friends, my boy is funny and he is resourceful. Two traits near and dear to my own little heart. If he were having a contest for a female best friend, I’d be on that like white on rice. And then cry dramatically after he chooses someone cooler (and closer) than me. Anyways, my gay crush lives on thanks to his blog.

Sometimes I want to write something eloquent and meaningful. It usually ends up a sappy, hot mess that even Hallmark wouldn’t touch. Nina however has beautiful way with words. I’ve never said hello (Hello!) on her blog before. So I’m just going to out my fanship right here, right now. I really enjoy your blog!

Big Mama  is a big part of my day.  It feels like a conversation with an old friend about nothing in particular. Just my style.

And then there’s YHL. Oh yes, it’s on a first name – acronym basis. YHL (or Young House Love for those of you who live real lives beyond your computer screen) is the blog child of Sherry & John and follows all of their adventures in home decor and DIY.

Y’all they are famous!  I may  or may not obsess over them in a way that a psychiatrist would deem “healthy” or “appropriate”  or “legally permissible.” But restraining orders rules are made for breaking.

Uh yeah, I refer to them on a first name basis. As in “my friends who live in Richmond did such and such to their house.” Or I’ll come home from work and tell Somanna  (not that I read their blog at work. I would NEVER!) “So John & Sherry are remodeling their kitchen and get this, they got a killer deal on their appliances this weekend!”

This is usually followed by raised eyebrows and Somanna muttering something about how I need to get a life and make “real” friends. Psshaww. I dreamt about them once (cough,twice) so that makes them real, right? Right?!

Totally normal.

So, yeah. On that awkward note, plus the fact that it’s past 10:30 on a school night I’m going to bring this awkward post to a close.

Thanks again to Natasha for the sweet award! Stick around yall, there’s more blogging coming at ya.

Because a picture this dorky, clearly indicates a story (of intrigue! of hilarity! or of just general lack of coordination…) behind it.

Either way, you don’t want to miss it.

Psstt- Hungry for more blogs? Check out our blogroll on the sidebar. We’ve got lots more friends and well meaning cyber-strangers who choose to bare their lives on the internet.  Besides we know if you’re on our site, you must be bored, so check them out! 😉

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And PLAY!

I have started, stopped and re-started this post so many damn times, that I finally, in a fit of supreme self-annoyance, decided the hell with it.  I am only to write going forward.  No editing, self-censoring OVER ANALYZING EVERY SENTENCE anymore. Well, except for typos and basic grammar. There should be some standards. Wait, scratch that last line. I’d rather say “there should be some level of minimal blogging decency.”

Oh damn, that still has passive voice doesn’t it?  Crap I’m rusty.

Anyways, what does one say after a 4 month hiatus? Hello? Bonjour? Good to see you again? Do I re-introduce myself?

But at this point I’m fairly certain that we’re down to two readers (Hi Mama & Grandmama!) and since they already know me/us pretty well, I’m going to skip over the introductions.

I/we have obviously been busy. And then (FINALLY) that busyness subsided, like as of two weeks ago.  Did you know that living your life at a breakneck pace for 6 months can be really tiring and stressful? It’s true.  There were moments I really didn’t know if I was going to make it.  Now I look back on those moments and wonder how exactly did we make it? Because that ride was RI-DONK-U-LOUS!!!

In any case, we channeled our inner Diana Ross and survived the hell that is getting a house ready to sell, moving cities, moving apartments (twice), starting new job for me, getting slammed at work for both of us and a whole other slew of personal and professional obligations / chaos that culminated in the perfect storm.

Then when things got calmer, we suddenly realized that it was mid-July and we had forgotten the password to this here blog. Literally.

And while we’re having our little heart to heart, I’ll go ahead and tell you that we seriously talked about quitting this here blog thing. More than once. But I just couldn’t do it for reasons that I cannot totally fathom, let alone articulate.

Except to say that, sometimes I like to think there is a smart girl here who can apply her brain, her creativity and her wit to something a little  more soul fulfilling than what currently pays the bills. Don’t get me wrong – I’m feeling pretty darn grateful for my current gig these days.  I seem to have finally found a good balance of engaging, challenging (oy – the challenges) work with nice, decent people. But still, I think my inner hippie will always feel a bit strangled sitting in a cube underneath a long rectangular flourescent light while the outside world hums along.

All that artsy fartsy stuff to say, in short, that I like this forum. I like the chance to write. Even if the only people who read this are my mom, my grandmother and my husband. They were my favorite cheerleaders anyways.

So welcome to the new chapter of Peaches & Curry: The Asheville Chronicles.

We’re back y’all.  It’s good to see you again.

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Pause.

Hey There Dear Reader.

We’re Peaches & Curry – that freakishly tall pair you’ve come to adore via the interwebs, remember us?  Yeah, I know it’s been awhile and sadly, this won’t be a proper post.  But we just wanted to drop in, say Hello, (Hello! Hola! Bonjour!Hi! Sup! Grunt ‘n Nod.) and mention that we do plan to return to the land of the living, and more importantly the land of the blogging, as soon as we work out some other chaos.

Life has just been NUTS / BANANAS / INSERT YOUR FOOD EUPHEMISM OF CHOICE HERE lately thanks to all this moving, new job, house prep / selling stuff.  We’ve had some adventures that we’ll have to relay to y’all that I’m sure will simply FASCINATE you. (insert eye roll here.)  But maybe if nothing else, maybe it will humor all of us.  (Yard Sale, say what?!!)

(psst – Did I use “euphemism” correctly there? I’m not really sure.  Grammar Nazis, let me know about that.  I’m very busy right now and these things keep me up at night.  I needs my rests – it’s a matter of personal sanity.)

Anyways, we hope you’re well and we hope to get back to y’all real soon.  Because some normality would be greatly appreciated on our end.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this little happy diddy. It’s Glee-riffic.

Ta Ta for now!

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Snowscapes From Virginia.

From Staunton, and the area around Hebron Presbyterian Church to be precise.  We went there over the Christmas break weekend, and we were expecting significant snowfall in the area.  So I was looking forward to shooting some photos of a winter wonderland!  Except we didn’t get any fresh snow (Raleigh did, of course.  We’re not bitter.). Le sigh.  Anyways we did have some leftover snow, so by Monday I decided to try and make some lemonade from some leftover frozen lemons, if you will.

This is the church viewed just off the main road looking up its main driveway.  It was organized in 1748!  1748!

Road to Church.

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West Point Mill.

As you can see Dear Reader, the last time we updated this blog was little over a week ago, on the last day of our 30 day blog challenge.  Then things got hectic as Christmas was right around the corner and there was were still some things to do before our trip to Staunton, VA!  So despite our to do list, I of course made plans to wake up on Christmas Eve at 6am and meet up with two Flickr connections, Tino and Ranjith, for a little photo shooting.  That hurt so much.  It was the first time I had woken up that early in months!  But we decided to meet up that early so that we could go check out this mill in Durham during the glorious early morning light.  Glorious and cold.

We had decided on the West Point Mill in Durham because we hardly ever go over to the Durham side and two of us had never been there.  So why not, right?  Kinda like when explorers decide to make it to the North Pole or Mt. Everest; they’ve never been so why not, right?  Rrrriight.  Let’s not kid ourselves. But it is cool that the mill is really old and was in use from 1778 to 1942! That’s reliability right there! And good maintenance!

Anyways, the mill lies along the Eno River, and since it was a few days after the full moon/lunar eclipse, the moon was still in the morning sky.  I think it’s always neat to see the moon during the day. Here it is sneaking a peak over the water and branches:

Full(ish) Moon Over the Eno.

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