Wow, it’s been a hot minute since I last posted! Honestly, the reason for the absence was a lack of creativity going on in life at the time. I was feeling like there was way too much clutter going on mentally and physically, but it feels like that cloud is passing! Not that there isn’t anything new going on- there’s actually been a TON just this past week. Where shall I start?

We’re just like rich folks now- in that we have a library in our home! I’ve been salivating over the idea for months and finally it’s come to fruition! My dad went with me to Charlotte Friday to get the supplies from Ikea. I was on the hunt for Billy bookcases with doors. It worked out well that he was not working and I had the day off because there was NO WAY I’ve have been able to lift those bookcases three times to transport them from store to home.

We had lunch at Amelie’s in NoDa, and it was so funny. My dad is very, VERY meat and potatoes and Amelie’s is a French bakery. He only agreed to set foot in because I was reading him the menu from my phone on the ride up and told him they had bacon sandwiches. So bacon sandwich he had. He ordered the “Sandwich Jambon” and pronounced it phoenetically, instead of French-ly. But he said he really liked it and even tasted my French lavender lemonade and proclaimed it “not nasty.” It’s the little things, right?

We got back around 5:30 p.m. on Friday and by around 10 a.m. Saturday morning Patrick and I had those bookcases DONE! I did the major construction work and he came in to help me with the engineering and door hanging, and here’s what I have for the time being. Looks like I need to start buying some more books! I’ll detail the process a little more in the upcoming week.

And this. We also got this. But there’s a story to it.

Tuesday I was at work minding my own business when I saw this black and white blur run up around the front door at my office. I work on a frontage road along the interstate, and immediately ran outside to try to catch the dog. It took me about twenty minutes of squatting and reaching my hand out, palm up to try and get this dog to let me pet her. I then was able to gain her trust and I placed my hand on the nape of her neck and picked her on up and took her inside to my friend and coworker Emily’s office! She’s a stray magnet too so she helped me out by taking this pup to see if she had a microchip and keeping her at her house for the rest of the workday.I immediately put ads up on craigslist and in The State paper and alerted my mom who drives up and down the road that I work near to check for lost dog signs when she drove to and from work.

I brought her home and she was a little devil dog at first but she’s getting better. She’s not housebroken but we are working on it. Oliver (the cat) is so mad at us for bringing this thing into the house, though he’s coming around as well. We are using a crate to keep her penned up during the day when we aren’t home and I am coming home and lunch to let her out because I don’t think it’s right to keep a dog locked in a crate for 8 consecutive hours. Once she gets housebroken and we also break her of any chewing problems (she loves Patrick’s disgusting shoes and socks, ugh!) she’ll get free reign of the house like Radar.

So far no one has come forward to claim the dog and I’ve kept checking the lost and founds to see if there’s a matching ad. I think someone threw her out or that she escaped from a nearby animal shelter. They claim that they’ve never seen her before though. I’m not sure I believe them, but I think it’s turning out well. We like the new little doggie, and we’re working on names now. I am thinking it’ll end up being Cherry Pie because we have Radar Love and the classic rock dog name tradition is one that I want to keep on forever. Final deliberations need to be made but she does need to be named before she goes in for spaying later in the week.

The weekly meal plan is on its way tomorrow, and I really can’t wait to get back on the blogging track, especially with the Columbia Food Bloggers Meetup closing in on us in two weeks!