So, on Tuesday my husband and I made the trek up to Charlotte to see Tool! He loves them....they're one of his favorites (as I found out when he told me about the show).
Best wife ever points - he told me about the concert about a month before tickets went on-sale and mentioned that it would be amazing if we got to go. Apparently Tool hasn't been on tour for like 8 years, and they haven't released a new album in something like 10.
Anyway...the show was in Charlotte, NC a week after we were scheduled to move down to Charleston - so it would actually be feasible to go....except that tickets were going to sell out immediately. Enter amazing wife - (that's me) - I remembered when they went on sale, and (thanks to dual monitors and a fast computer) scored tickets before they sold out!
3Teeth opened the show - they were ok, but I felt like they sounded a little too unoriginal - a bit like a NIN / Manson mashup with a bad singer, and then Primus played next. I actually really like Primus. They're weird and quirky, and as Dave would say "whimsical". I like em.
The tickets I got were General Admission, which I assumed meant we would be on the floor, but apparently it meant we would be anywhere in the stands. I definitely would have preferred to be on the floor, but our section had a pretty good view.
The show was at the Bojangles Coliseum, it was a nice stadium but much smaller than I expected. I figured Tool would have their show at the largest place possible, but maybe they chose a smaller venue to keep the show more exclusive.
The music was great, but the crowd was honestly pretty surprising...they were...less than favorable. I was pretty disappointed.
However - I am pretty pumped that I got to see Tool....and I'm forever going to hold the fact that I actually scored tickets as "best wife ever" ammo. :)
In my world January means everything is frozen solid, and there are no signs of life until April at the earliest, but yesterday we explored the most amazing place I've ever been.
When Dave and I first decided to move to Charleston we met a woman in the airport who recommended that we visit Magnolia - we tucked it away in the back of our minds but didn't really pay much attention. Our bad.
The plantation had a petting zoo of sorts, and we met a best friend - we named him "goose-goose". He followed us around the whole time we were in the enclosure!
Goose-Goose was my favorite, but this goat was DEFINITELY my second favorite. He was hilarious! He gave zero effs. He just chilled, and then threatened a headbutt if anyone got too close. Perfect.
The signs when we came in warned us to keep a safe distance from the peacocks, apparently if they are cornered they will inflict bodily injury. We kept our distance.
We hung out with a few cute white-tailed deer, and a ton of other birds, but then we headed into the actual gardens.
The original two plantation houses burned, so the owner (after the civil war) built the only house he could afford, and it still stands today. The porches are AMAZING.
The Drayton family built the plantation originally before the Revolutionary war, and they still own it today. It is one of the few plantations still owned by its original family. So cool!
Does this not remind you of The Secret Garden? I LOVED that movie when I was younger, so I have to be honest, this place (with the exception of a small pony) was a dream come true.
Spanish moss, adorable red bridges, flowers and berries in January? Yes, this place is perfection.
The history at this place is crazy - there are so many corners we didn't even get to. The writing on this tomb was nearly completely illegible, but it was still beautiful to look at.
We were amazed by how many gorgeous flowers there were actually blooming in January! Here are a couple we found in some of the gardens.
Still feeling crazy Secret Garden vibes here....maybe I'm the only one stuck in a fantasy world wishing I'd been Mary and been sent to my Uncle's mansion in the English countryside....but if not, visit this place and you can imagine you're in her garden!
We didn't actually tour the plantation house (I'd say we didn't have time, but honestly we were just being cheap) but we did walk around the porches.
The opposite side of the plantation had another pond (or swamp...we're not sure) with a gorgeous bridge, plus a formal garden and a hedge maze. The formal garden wasn't it's full self, but we are definitely going back in the spring or summer to see more flowers.
This pretty little path brought us to the "Long White Bridge". I've seen some wedding photos from here and they are amazing. If my wedding hadn't been epic and on the beach in Mexico I might actually be jealous.
The garden had a cute little bench built in between two trees - so of course we used it for a photo-op.
We climbed up the observation tower, but it was honestly one of the less dramatic things on the whole plantation - it only looked out over the old rice fields. At least we checked it out.
The bamboo forest was amazing. People have carved their names into all the stalks in the middle, but the rest of it is so gorgeous. The greens of the leaves on a sunny day are incredible.
Such a perfect, gorgeous day. I can't wait to come back here in the spring and summer and see how much the gardens change! Until next time,
Have you ever questioned your own sanity? I don't do it frequently - but last Friday my husband, two of my sisters, and I packed up our entire lives (well, everything that would fit in a 16' moving truck and our cars) and moved 1200 miles from home to Charleston, South Carolina.
Gotta be honest, the move itself was pretty awful. If you've never packed an entire house in a just a few days, loaded a truck in 10 degrees in the snow, and attempted to fit WAY more than possible in the space you might understand.
- Quick tip: If you're moving 4 adults and have a 3 bedroom house, garage, and basement, your stuff will NOT all fit in a 16' truck -
We had help packing from a few amazing friends, plus my sisters & dad, and actually managed to clean the house before we left.
This year we've done 4 of the 5 things recommended not to do all in one year:
1. Got married
2. Sold our house
3. Moved out of state
4. Changed jobs (still working on the new ones)
The only thing we didn't do is have a baby. (Sorry relatives, not happening)
Apparently we are insane. However, we're loving it!
Two friends of ours offered to help us move, so they were amazing and drove our moving truck the WHOLE way. We drove 14.5 hours the first day - but it ended up taking us almost 18 - blonde moment on my part.
Yet another moving tip: if you're caravaning 3 cars and a moving truck everything takes longer - also, double check Google Maps for a time estimate. I thought it was 12 hours from Bangor to Harrisonburg, VA - turns out it was 14.5
We made it - FINALLY - to our "halfway" point at almost midnight, somehow without all falling asleep at the wheel. It was an awful drive too, tons of construction, and then about halfway in there was torrential rain for the rest of the drive. We got to sleep for about 4 hours, and then had to hit the road again.
6AM was our on-the-road time for day two. We needed to get to our apartment complex by 4PM at the latest in order to get our keys to our new apartment and actually have somewhere to sleep.
The one highlight of the trip was driving through the Shenandoah Valley at sunrise. Oh my goodness......SO GORGEOUS! I was driving so I couldn't take photos (thus all the pictures from our new home instead) but I wish we'd had time to stop at every gorgeous view!
After another long drive - this time only 7ish hours though - WE MADE IT!!!
The best part of this whole move is that once we finally arrived and were done with the drive we then had to lug all of our crap up three floors! Holycrapseriously?! We MASHED it, honestly thanks to Dave, and our friends Paul and Jess. I can't lie, I am so completely glad the move itself is over.
Now for the fun stuff - our new home is amazing!
It was pretty chilly for our first week, but 48 degrees in January is pretty darn good compared to what we're used to in Maine! We went to the beach anyway - obviously!
The sunsets here are pretty incredible. Even when the wind is blowing we we're freezing!
On their last day (Thursday) we took them into the historic district of Charleston to explore. We started off with brunch at Hominy Grill - so far our favorite brunch spot in the area. It is so freaking good. And since it was a random Thursday morning we didn't have to wait.
Just like true southerners we all ordered biscuits and gravy, we were being brave. It was absolutely amazing. I don't really do food photos (someday I will, working on it) so I didn't really think to take a photo of our meal, but suffice it to say all of our plates were clean.
We walked from Hominy Grill over to King St. to check out the shops, and then headed to Market St. to show them the Historic City Market.
After the City Market we walked down towards the Battery and spent a little time playing in the park.
I was trying to take a photo of the light fixture.....and the boys decided to pose for me......
We absolutely LOVE the charm of the Charleston historic district, how could you not!?
Even the alleyways in our new city are beautiful! I know I took at least a thousand photos.
Megan is our in-house handstand queen....anywhere and everywhere!
Apparently we are all 5 years old...swings are too much temptation to resist!
Until next time, Charleston, you've been lovely. I can't wait to discover more of your charm!
Our last few weeks here in Maine have been pretty crazy - thus the sporadic blog posts...that will all be changing as soon as we get to Charleston!! (7 days...eek!) To take a mini break from the craziness of packing I hitched a ride with Dave on his inspection route Saturday to Peaks Island.
We had to leave Bangor at 4am, (not my favorite part of joining him) in order to make it to the 630 ferry, so we were up veerrryyyy early. By the time we got into Portland the sky was just barely starting to get light.
The sky this early in the morning is gorgeous - and it was actually unseasonably warm (35ish) so I braved the outside deck to grab some shots of the harbor as we cruised out.
The ferry ride to the island is only about 15 minutes long, and as soon as we get to the dock we head off on our 1/2 mile hike to his property. It's honestly just enough time to get sleepy and warm - and then get tossed into the cold. :)
While he inspects (like usual) I just get to hang out and take pictures of pretty stuff - which is actually rather hard to do in the middle of an island (not the cute part) in the middle of winter. Here's what I got:
On the walk back we were behind a very interesting lady (I tried to get a photo but couldn't quite get one clearly) who kept changing directions...we weren't really sure if she was confused, drunk, lost, or all three! Entertainment at 630 in the morning - can't beat it!
We beat the ferry back to the dock by about 45 minutes, so we snuck into our favorite cafe for a breakfast sandwich and coffee. While we were there we made friends with the cutest residents of Peaks!
These pups were so cute!! Also, they wouldn't leave us alone! Haha. Their owner was reading a paper in the corner so apparently they were feeling a little attention-deprived.
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