Hi friends! It has certainly been a while, and I have no excuse other than the usual: I’ve been BUSY! Here’s what I’ve been up to…
I passed my barista test almost two weeks ago, so I am now the real deal! Baristas are the senior employees on each shift so I’ve also been in charge of my closings and taking the bank deposit. I’ve also been trained on opening the shop by myself, gotten store keys, and taken over inventory for KDH. It’s been a lot of new responsibilities all at once, so work has been busier than usual. I’ve really been enjoying it, though – it’s a good feeling to know that Paul and Susannah trust me and rely on me, and I also like that I’m still learning new things on this job, even after so much time!
I went to Asheville!
Get ready for more photos from my dazzlingly inept camera phone! I had a glorious and previously unheard-of FOUR DAYS OFF from work last weekend to go visit my old roommate, Abby. Abby (and her daughter, Haley) and I were roommates during my previous two summers on the Outer Banks. We didn’t know each other before I moved in, but we worked together at Front Porch and quickly became really close. Abby moved to Asheville, North Carolina at the beginning of the summer to pursue a career in baking (she has a culinary degree in baking). I’m really excited for her, because she has been wanting to get into this field and also to experience somewhere other than the beach, where she’s lived all her life… but I’ve also really missed living with her and Haley. Haley is spending the summer here on the Banks with her dad before she moves to Asheville with Abby permanently in August.
Almost as soon as I got down here this summer, Abby and I started planning a visit. Since Abby and Haley have also been apart since Abby moved out there, we thought it would be fun for Haley to come with me for a few days. It finally worked out for last weekend, so I packed up Perry, picked up Haley from her dad’s, and we were off! We made the eight-hour drive on Saturday, and Haley was great. I won’t lie, there were copious amounts of soft-serve, Happy Meal toys, and pit stops at Chik-Fil-A playplaces involved, but I couldn’t help myself from spoiling her! We got to Asheville on Saturday evening, while it was still light enough to take in the beautiful views. I love the beach, but I really miss the mountains when I’m down here.
I won’t go into über-detail about my time in Asheville, but it was wonderful. We spent the days exploring the area – Abby showed Haley and I her favorite coffeeshop and her new workplace, Haley got to pick out some things for her new bedroom in their apartment, and I walked around the Sunday open-air markets downtown. Asheville is very unique and pretty hippie-dippie, but it’s a really cool place. Everyone sort of does their own thing and nobody else thinks anything of it. Every restaurant and café has vegan and gluten-free options, and of all the couples I saw walking around, I’d estimate that 90% of the boyfriends had much longer hair than their girlfriends. Everybody was extremely friendly, and openly so – waves and shouted hellos, even to strangers, were commonplace. On our last day, we went hiking on the Blue Ridge Parkway with Abby’s family, who were visiting for the day. It was a perfect day and a gorgeous hike!
Abby, Haley, and I spent the evenings just hanging out at their apartment. Haley played while Abby and I laughed and chatted, and we watched four Harry Potter movies in the three and a half days that we were there. It was just like the good ol’ days of living together and made me realize again how much I miss them! Finally, on Tuesday, it was time for Haley and I to buckle down for another eight-hour drive, which we accomplished relatively painlessly with the help of Haley’s chosen playlist – I swear that girl must have been the DJ at the IB in another life. After many hours of buckled-in dancing to Ke$ha songs in the back seat, she crashed hard… and soon enough, we were home!
I’m staying here!