Posts

Showing posts from July, 2016

8 fawns in my yard today. I have no flowers left.

via IFTTT

Cutest puppy on the block!

via IFTTT

Neighborhood traffic

via IFTTT

Doggy ice cream date. She loves it. And I look fat!

via IFTTT

No! Just no! It's still July! I have a summer to live!

via IFTTT

I haven't dried or straightened my hair in over a week. Natural curls are starting to return. By Sunday it's going to be a tangled frizzy mess. There's a reason I straighten my hair each day. But due to current heat and humidity, I'm going to keep not straightening it for a few more days. #curlyhairdontcare #badhairday

via IFTTT

Our daily ice cream date She gets very excited when she sees McDonalds!

via IFTTT

That's what real humidity looks like!

via IFTTT

Sometimes we wear makeup and brush our hair, even though we haven't left the house all day. And then take selfies to document it.

via IFTTT

Tour Life and Coming Home Again

Image
95% of my life is spent alone. I live alone. I work solo. I'm single. I really am alone nearly all the time. I wish it weren't always that way. I'm not a loner, but circumstances have made me that way to some extent. 3 weeks of close proximity with 44 people is a big change for almost everyone, but an especially overwhelming one for me. (So many people in my space! So little control over my surroundings!)
It's a challenge, but one that I enjoy 95% of the time. (See "Serbians After Midnight" for the other 5%.) I'm grateful to be home and getting back into my routine. But missing my big, funny, tour family. And daydreaming about next year already. (Germany! Netherlands! Belgium! Ireland!)
It's a strange adjustment going back to solitary living. So quiet! I look forward to the day where I get to live in a nice happy medium.


My setup for the day. Video editing, writing, job hunting, and networking to do! And maybe even a live video on live videos for my marketing for authors group on Facebook! #SMM #multitasking #strangerthingsonnetflix

via IFTTT

Last Italian meal, first Italian lasagna. Amazing! #eatingmywaythrougheurope2016edition #erintakesitaly

via IFTTT

When exhaustion and hunger kick in, and you get seated at head of the table, a few inches higher than everyone else. And you pretend you're the queen. And conveniently there is a napkin crown on the table.

via IFTTT

Welcome back to the USA. Hope you weren't too attached to your suitcase. #turkishairlines #atl atleastimadeithome #worldtraveler #airlineproblems

via IFTTT

The city/country that would rather take a blood payment than a credit card, has Ta is that take PayPal. Go figure.

via IFTTT

Erin doesn't like snakes.

via IFTTT

Um overlooking Rome?

via IFTTT

Kylie needs a hug.

via IFTTT

Inside St Peter's Basilica. And getting tired and hangry. And a little slap happy.

via IFTTT

After 23,000 steps, and 5.5 hours in the Vatican, gelato makes us happy and not hangry. #erintakesitaly #kylieisdrooling #gelato #stpeterssquare #eatingmywaythrougheurope2016edition #zachisagoodsport #notthefirsttousethathashtag

via IFTTT

No pictures in the Sistine Chapel!! #rebel #alreadymetthepiceoncetoday #whataretheygoingtodokickmeoutofitaly #erintakesitaly

via IFTTT

Ha. My day.

via IFTTT

My view of Colloseum so far. Having very interesting start to the day. I'd explain how the police are involved and threatening me. I'm thinking it's the Italian equivalent of "black while driving." I'm "blonde while standing." Ergo, I'm the problem.

via IFTTT

The full Trevi fountain experience.

via IFTTT

Made it to the Trevi Fountain. Time to decide if I want to come back to Rome some day! #erintakesitaly

via IFTTT

What a great surprise to start off my day! Thanks @amandine3093! I hope you enjoy it!! #writer #author #books #summerreading

via IFTTT

My shoe melted from the heat walking around Pompeii today!!

via IFTTT

Finally Italy gives me a proper sized Coke. At midnight. Because nothing bad ever came from Coke and pizza at midnight. #eatingmywaythrougheurope2016edition #clogamericatakesitaly #catour2016 #erintakesitaly

via IFTTT

Bonjiourno! From the Mediterranean Sea! Hanging out on la playa! Lido! #erintakesitaly #clogamericatakesitaly#catour2016 #sunburn #bluewater

via IFTTT

Tonight's dinner has reached new levels of questionable taste. First round was rice (slightly crunchy), with tomato sauce, and bread. Also they offered some crazy hot peppers. Next course was/is cold eggs and French fries. We don't get it. We really don't. #erintakesitaly #noteatingmywaythrougheuropeverywell #catour2016 #greenvegetablesareagoodthing #clogamericatakesitaly #whydotheylikecoldeggs??

via IFTTT

I think this cutie is from Italy. (It's hard to say.) she also asked me for a selfie in Italian but used the word #selfie.

via IFTTT

Sometimes inexplicably kids ask to take selfies with me too. "Americano, selfie, grazi!" #catour2016 #selfie #etintakesitaly

via IFTTT

And the non-selfie version. #catour2016

via IFTTT

These little ladies just came up to me and said "Selfie! Like boys!" So I got them some boys for a selfie. (And one regular pic. And yes, they said selfie. Apparently it's a universal language word.) #catour2016 #selfie

via IFTTT

Pranzo! Chicken parm. And the first green vegetable since the ratatouille. I didn't know I loved vegetables so much. Oh and this is the second and third courses. First was crusty bread. We assume a fourth is coming. There was also white wine on the table (which I spilled on all of us) but we traded it with Mexico for water. Wine into water! #erintakesitaly #eatingmywaythrougheurope2016edition #catour2016 #greenvegetablesareagoodthing

via IFTTT

Now that's what I call an obstructed view.

via IFTTT

Intense Italian sunset! #erintakesitaly

via IFTTT

One if my favorite pics from tonight's show. Shaylynn nails the stunt and stage presence.

via IFTTT

If I eat lunch and there isn't a picture to prove it, did I really eat lunch? Enjoy this picture of Zach eating the mystery pasta and beans. #eatingmywaythrougheurope2016edition

via IFTTT

Late night Italian village market.

via IFTTT

Welcome to the companion tour. We carry the bags! #erintakesitaly #catour2016 #mybackhurts

via IFTTT

Found giant lemons too. #erintakesitaly

via IFTTT

Found my dream Italian street.

via IFTTT

And for the second time on this trip we've crashed/randomly been usurped into a wedding!! #erintakesItaly #clogamericatakesitaly #clogamericaweddingcrashera #castelforte #italy #wedding #catour2016 #honkifyoulikeweddings

via IFTTT

So far Italy doesn't disappoint. #Mediterranean

via IFTTT

Bucket list approved. I saw Monaco today. Home of my style and beauty icon Grace Kelly. #erintakesmonaco #catour2016

via IFTTT
via IFTTT

Last (Nutella) crepe in France! Au revoir, mon ami!

via IFTTT

That my friends is a breathalyzer! Our bus driver must blow into it before the bus will start. Also he has a personal espresso machine behind his seat. So French. So Italian! #bastilleday #carcassonne #catour2016 #clogamericatakesfrance #erintakesfrance 🇮🇹🇳🇱🇺🇸

via IFTTT

Tour life. So glamorous!

via IFTTT

Dejeuner Bastille Day. French pizza. Because it made sense to eat pizza the day before we go to Italy. Super thin crust, trois fromage. And it's crazy windy on this 500 year old bridge and moat. 🇳🇱🇺🇸🍕🇮🇹💨🌥

via IFTTT

Sometimes the filter shot is awesome.

via IFTTT

Shaylynn and Erin picture 2016. Inside the Carcassonne Castle on Bastille Day. #nofilter #erintakesfrance #clogamericatakesfrance #catour2016 #carcassonne #bastilleday

via IFTTT

I'm in Carcassonne! #erintakesfrance #catour2016

via IFTTT

We've just discovered the front seats are fully reclining. #napamerica #clogamericatakeafrance

via IFTTT

Dejeuner! We said goodbye to our host families and got in the bus. Our families sent if off with picnic lunches which we made it luck style. We are all sharing and showing off what "my awesome mom made." #clogamericatakeafrance #eatingmywaythrougheurope2016edition #ILoveOilveTampanade

via IFTTT

Best French guides ever! #catour2016 @clogamerica

via IFTTT

Best host parents ever. #clogamericatakeafrance #erintakesfrance #catour2016

via IFTTT

My favorite door in France (so far). #erintakesfrance

via IFTTT

The loser has to kiss a giant fanny. (Picture of fanny coming tomorrow.)

via IFTTT

We need more sports sponsored by Nutella in th

via IFTTT

When in France... I still need my caffeine fix and pigtails

via IFTTT

Host mother made me a handmade French lace bookmark. She may never know how perfect a gift this is! #erintakesfrance

via IFTTT

Dejeuner! Lunch! Mangez! Ratatouille, pommes-de-terre (roasted potatoes with garlic), Olive tampanade, allongees (roasted red peppers that aren't like American peppers), and regional special hen (sounds like Cornish hen), and French bread (mais out)! #erintakesfrance #myhostmotherisbetterthanyours #eatingmywaythrougheurope2016edition #eatingmywaythroughfrance #frenchfood #garlicbreath #catour2016

via IFTTT

I'm going to miss this beautiful summer kitchen and my host family! #erintakesfrance

via IFTTT

My host mother made this for our picnic tonight! #myhostmotherisbetterthanyours #notthefirsttousethathashtag #apricottarte

via IFTTT

One of my favorite pictures from yesterday's show. Upside down Caden!

via IFTTT

I know you've all been anxiously waiting to see what I had for dinner. To be completely honest, I'm not really sure. The watermelon and apple tart were obvious. There are 4 types of cheese on my plate- all delicious. A pork chop? Rice pilaf (not awesome). And then there is that thing in the top left. A ham, fat, bread thing. (It's on my fork too.) Few things trigger my gag reflex. This was one of them. NOT good. #clogamericatakesfrance #erintakesfrance #eatingmywaythrougheurope2016edition #cheesegloriouscheese

via IFTTT

My favorite picture from Sunday so far. Bolivia dance team. #folkdance #clogamericatakesfrance #catour2016 #cioff #festivalinternational

via IFTTT

Today's lunch. Some sort of egg loaf? (Do not recommend. Made me sick!) And what I'm calling bouillabaisse. #erintakesfrance #eatingmywaythrougheurope2016edition #france

via IFTTT

With my host mother. She insisted I wear the hat because I look like Bridgette Bardot today. #erintakesfrance

via IFTTT

Here is me showing how I'm as tall as the door. #erintakesfrance

via IFTTT

Here is the door.

via IFTTT

Traditional French dancers representing southern region. Catalan and Andorra traditional music. #catour2016 @clogamerica #clogamericatakesfrance #dance #folkdance

via IFTTT

I like to walk down charming French alleys alone at night! (Don't tell my mom.) #erintakesfrance

via IFTTT

Au Revoir, Mes Amis

Image
In just about 24 hours I'll be in a plane bound for Europe. It's a much-needed trip to get away for awhile.
I've had all this free time to work and be creative lately, but my head has been too full of drama from the past to really be able to let go and let my creative side take over. I hate having all this free time and not putting it to good use writing! I have let my creative side out a bit with painting and refurbishing furniture. I've redone 5 tables in the past 3 weeks. I think my neighbors will strangle me if they hear me fire up my orbital sander one more time. I've loved doing something creative and different from my usual routine. It's good to exercise the design and aesthetic muscle from time to time. I've been trying my hand at sewing again as well. (I'm taking several small crafting projects with me to Europe to give to an orphanage.) I think it's in everyone's best interest if I put the sewing machine away and stop watching "P…