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Category: Life. It’s just so daily.



It’s going to be a good one, folks! I’m sure of it. And when any hardships, setbacks, or disappointments come around (and they surely will), I hope we all approach them with a positive and joyful attitude. (Plus, we’re getting married this year!!!!)

Lots of interesting and exciting things are happening in our neck of the woods right now, so I’ll be back to blogging in a while. Gotta live life to write about it, right? Wishing you all a great start to the year!

xoxo – Taylor

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‘Tis the Season to Surprise

In the blink of an eye, 2014 has flown by and the holidays are here. Time is such a weird wibbly wobbly, timey wimey thing. Our time in Hawaii flew by. Then we got back home and bought our plane tickets to Georgia for Thanksgiving as a surprise (no one thought we were coming) and September/October/November dragged on so slowly. I barely could contain myself. Surprises always make me crazy. I love doing them, but Lord have mercy, keeping them secret almost kills me.

BUT this time, we pulled it off. I didn’t tell a soul that we’d be flying the red-eye to Georgia for Thanksgiving day. We landed Thursday morning, freshened up in the airport, grabbed the rental car, and headed up I-95 to Dad’s. I was a ball of antsy excitement. Running on fumes after a night of half-sleep on the plane + jittery from a strong latte in the airport. Ready. To. Get. There.

Dad and Kathy host Thanksgiving every year and the whole step-family comes to celebrate it together — about 30 people. I knew that by the time we arrived around noon, they’d be in the final stages of prep and Thanksgiving lunch would be served soon. I also knew that Dad would likely be standing outside talking. We live on a private road in the woods, just outside my hometown in the county (in other words, it’s the boonies, y’all). Knowing my Dad well, I knew that he’d be on high alert if a strange vehicle came driving down the road (private property!). He’d be wondering who it was.

I also knew that if said vehicle came down the road blaring their horn, he’d be ticked. So you can guess what I did…

We came down the road, in a bright red rental car, blaring our horn as loud as possible. As we turned the final corner, I could see him standing at the end of the driveway, glaring down the road. I was on the edge of my seat, shaking with excitement / wildly over-caffeinated.

As we pulled up to the driveway, I was waving like a fool through the window. His angry expression slowly faded away to puzzlement. I leapt out of the car and ran over to him. “SURPRISE!!!” I think it took a good ten minutes for him to realize what was happening and smile. 🙂

After that, it was a blur of hugs and visiting with family. We spent most of the day around our fire pit since it was cold, cold, cold in south Georgia. By the end of the day, I smelled like woodsmoke, had probably eaten 10+ cookies amidst all the other delicious food items, and was collapsing into bed way too late.

The rest of the weekend was spent surprising the rest of my family — Aunt Kim, Uncle Brian, Matthew; my Grandma; and my Mom and her very best friends. Aunt Kim’s reaction was priceless. We threw open the door of their house and she screamed, “NO!!!!” Grandma was so sweet and happy to see us. Mom and her friends landed in the airport on Saturday after a trip to NYC and were in a daze of disbelief when we popped out in front of them at the airport. All around good fun!

Now we’re back in San Francisco and there’s 21 days till Christmas. It’s raining here properly for this first time in ages. And yesterday, I bought chestnuts at Trader Joe’s — to roast I guess. Where’s my open fire? Don’t ask me, I always go overboard during the holidays at TJ’s.

Must be the holidays, right? 😉 Hope all of you U.S. folks had a great Thanksgiving. I’m incredibly thankful for all of our friends and family around the world. We wouldn’t be who we are without you.

My love and I in Napa last month, celebrating our dear friends Mike and Natalie’s engagement party. Happy and thankful!


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The Rest of June

Ah well, just as July has ended, I’m just finishing catching up on June!

We got back from Montreal and had a couple weeks to rest after the graduation madness. There wasn’t much time to waste, though, since my Aunt Kim, Uncle Brian, and cousin Matthew were coming into town for a whole week! And they brought Jesse with them! Hurray!

We did a million things while they were here and saw everything we could in 5 days. They make my heart smile, and I was so happy they got to visit this summer!

By the time they left, it was the beginning of July! Phew… time has flown by this summer.

Besides Montreal and my family’s visit to SF, here’s a few other things we did in June:

On National Get Outdoors Day, we biked all the way from our apartment across the Golden Gate Bridge through Sausalito to Tiburon, and then took the ferry back! It was 20 miles, so we were exhausted, but it was one of my favorite days in SF thus far.
I signed up for a writing symposium in Corte Madera at Book Passage to hear Anne Lamott talk about writing. She was fantastic, and it was quite the kick in the butt for me to start writing.
Leave it to me to ask her to autograph a book that isn’t hers…. I already own her book, and I’d bought Stephen King’s On Writing that day, so I asked her to sign that instead. She graciously accepted!
She’s just as cool as I imagine after reading her books.
Can’t get enough of these two goobers!
Can't pass up an opportunity to make Jesse do a jumping photo. Love this one!
Can’t pass up an opportunity to make Jesse do a jumping photo. Love this one!
I’ve enjoyed all the time I’ve spent with my handsome guy this summer.
Anish’s cousins came to town! This isn’t the whole group, but we had all four of his cousins (Dad’s side) in San Francisco for the 4th of July. Fun-filled weekend of shenanigans and DOSAS!
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The Golden Year

On Friday, I turned 25 on the 25th of July.

It’s the start of my Golden Year, and I’m now officially in my “mid-twenties.” Whoa!

To celebrate, I took a day off from work, enjoyed a hair appointment (changed it up – hello brunette!), and had dinner at Off the Grid with some good friends and family. The temperature was in the 80s and I wore SHORTS, which seemed like a little birthday blessing in and of itself in San Francisco!

The fun didn’t stop there though! We went to Yosemite and Napa over the weekend. Yosemite absolutely knocked my socks off. I can’t wait to share my photos with you. What a place!

There was also a pending surprise that Anish has been alluding to for WEEKS and I was thrilled to find out what it was! (He’s the best at surprises, as evidenced by our Valentine’s Day trip to L.A. and my birthday trip to Chicago in 2012 – among many other times!).

The secret finally came out on Friday evening… I opened his gift and pulled out a guidebook, plane tickets, and a hotel reservation.

Y’all, we’re going to MAUI!!!!

I still can’t get over it. We’re going in three weeks for a whole week! The countdown has started and I am so excited I can hardly stand it! Hawaii, here we come!

All in all, it was a damn fine birthday, and I was spoiled rotten by family and friends. Thank you to everyone who made it special. Love you all!

25 looks like my best year yet.