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That Time a Tree Fell on My House

Yesterday morning, I was sitting on the couch.  Jason and Alexander were asleep and I think I was going to do some online shopping or something, when we heard this very loud noise.

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We have a very wooded backyard that I’ve always been a bit scared of.  And, as it turns out, for good reason.  It wasn’t even really raining, but it had been and I guess the ground got too saturated and this particular LARGE tree had bad roots and just couldn’t hold itself up.  So it decided to fall into my deck and house.

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Fortunately, no one was hurt.  That’s the most important part.  And also, it really fell on the very corner of the house.

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The only room that was damaged was our sunroom.  It’s a room that we don’t really use much, aside from working out and going onto the deck.

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But even though it could have been much worse, there’s still a good amount of damage.  The deck (which Jason built last summer), the sliding glass door, the fence, the gutters and part of the wall of the house are all going to need to be replaced.  It also knocked out our power line.  Fortunately, after the tree company came and removed the tree, Georgia Power was able to restore power.  Insurance would have paid for a hotel, but with a baby and a dog, I’d much rather stay at home.

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Not what I had planned for my Saturday, but like I said, it could have been way worse, so we’re very lucky.  And hey, we’ll get new gutters out of it.

Cool Air

I haven’t been more excited for a Monday since, like, ever.  Before you think I’m completely crazy, it’s for one reason and one reason only:  air conditioning.  When I think about all my first-time homebuyer mistakes, buying a house with a nearly 30-year old AC is probably near the top.  (And that the roof is also that old, but knock on wood, it’s still okay.)  So our air conditioner went kaput two weeks ago and they are finally fixing it tomorrow.  I mean, it could have been worse.  We were on vacation for the entire week.  But still.  I live in Georgia.  With a baby.  And a hairy dog.

So I had to go back to work and catch up on 500 emails because I had all last week off and then I went to the gym at lunch but realized that I forgot pants in my workout bag so I left.  And I might have eaten way too many mini hershey bars.  But when I got home, there was cool air.  Sweet cool air.  Air that didn’t get thick and wet when I cooked.

So a few weeks ago, I bought this el cheapo spiralizer.  It works but you get a lot of the vegetable that’s un-spiralizable.  This was not that part.

Zucchini noodles

I turned this zucchini into Vegetarian Noodle Pad Thai. Not the prettiest dish, but really, really good.  I omitted the peanuts and added some Gardein fake chicken instead.  A better use of calories, if you ask me.

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And now, if you excuse me, I’m going to lay under the covers and not sweat to death.

Eating Asheville

Jason and I like to head up to Asheville, NC at least once a year.  We didn’t make it up there last year, but were back with this year and on a mission – to Eat Asheville.

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Since Asheville has so many good restaurants and we were only there for one night, we thought we’d try to experience as many as we could and signed up for this walking tour.

The tour started out at the Battery Park Book and Champagne Bar. There were about 5 other couples on the tour, along with our tour guide Stuart.  It wasn’t a surprise that we started out with a glass of champagne.

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We also sampled two dips – a smoked trout and a goat pimento cheese.

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Next we moved on to Cucina 24.

Cucina 24

The executive chef, Brian, came out and talked about how he writes the menu and chooses the food, which was really cool.

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He made us some sort of octopus dish.  The tour as a whole was really accommodating to dietary restrictions and my octopus dish was served without bacon.

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This was easily my favorite thing we had on the entire tour.

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After Cucina 24, we walked over to Table.

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We actually ended up sitting on the second floor bar, a place called Imperial Life that specializes in craft cocktails.  We had some sort of shrimp hushpuppy.

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Table shrimp hushpuppies

Then it was off to Strada.

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We were treated to a small glass of wine and some sort of pesto pasta.

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Strada pasta

After Strada, it was time for something sweet and we walked over to Chocolate Gems.

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We had some chocolate and almond gelato.  And a small [unpictured] truffle.

Chocolate gems gelato

Unfortunately, it started pouring while we were enjoying our chocolate and we had to brave the rain to get to the next place – MG Road. MG Road is actually a bar and lounge that’s part of Chai Pani – a restaurant we actually have here (and really like) in Atlanta.  It’s Indian Street Food.

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We had three things (one was okra fries, but not sure what the other two were) and an Indian drink that tasted like a margarita.

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This was probably the biggest portion we got at any of the restaurants.  And finally, we walked over to Zambra for sangria and tapas.

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Zambra sangria

Aside from the bacon in the octopus dish at Cucina 24, everything else was pescatarian or vegetarian on our tour.  Zambra, howvever, was not.  They gave everyone some sort of brisket dish.

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But for me, they had a chicken chimichanga.

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It was really nice – I noted that I didn’t eat red meat or pork when we bought the tickets, and there was something special for me at both restaurants that were offering something I don’t eat.

This looks like a lot of food, but really it wasn’t.  They were all really small tastes (though MG Road was pretty big).  I’d definitely recommend doing a tour like this if you’re ever in Asheville.  It’s a fun way to explore the city.

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