Friday, May 23, 2014

Savannah Shopping

I scored a whole bunch of treasures when we were in Savannah. Maybe too many treasures. But there are so many great shops in Savannah that I couldn't resist.

First treasure: I found another Rosenthal vase in an antique mall! As you may recall, I inherited two and bought another on eBay a couple years ago. I always keep an eye out for them, but I never find them, so I was stoked to find one!

A little research shows that this is a design by Bjorn Wiinblad. Here's a close up of the design:

I found the vase on our first afternoon in town at the Wright Square Antique Market. That's where we also found these Junior Deluxe Editions of classic children's books. I love the designs and now want to buy dozens of them for an adorable library for L.

I've found a bunch on Etsy and eBay now, so library forthcoming.

On Saturday we drove out to Keller's Flea Market.

I didn't really find much there, but it's fun to wander around and look at junk. H. bought a couple records, and I bought this weird cat plate.


Back in town we went to ShopSCAD, which sells art by students, alumni and faculty of the Savannah College of Art and Design.

If you visit Savannah, I highly recommend you pop in here. They had lots of great and beautiful things, including paintings and prints, ceramics, scarves, toys, etc.

That's where I bought this pretty little Irene McCollam vase.

Which means I'm now hoarding white vases.

Which is cool, I guess.

Somewhere we looked but didn't buy anything was The Paris Market, which has a huge assortment of pretty and nice smelling things. I wanted to go back there and buy things, but we didn't have time. So, nothing to show, but worth a visit.

We also drove to the Habersham Antique Market. Once again, I didn't buy anything, but not for lack of coveting. Everything I liked was kind of big, and my suitcase was kind of full, and H. totally antique-blocked me. But treasures abound!

With all the boutiques and antique stores, Savannah is a tchotchke-hoarder's dream.


Guys, I am moving to Savannah! I wish.

Have you been to Savannah? Did you know it's awesome? I kind of knew, but didn't totally know.

This one is for sale!

H., L. and I spent 4.5 days in Savannah recently. Just a short holiday/extra long weekend. And what a lovely, lovely place. I guess everyone knows it's beautiful, but what I didn't expect is just how nice it all is. The people are friendly, the shops and boutiques are enticing (too enticing!), the food is delicious. It doesn't feel small - it has the sophistication of a big city, but yet feels small at the same time. It's just a really, really nice place.

If you were the kind of person who, say, enjoys sitting on a patio all afternoon leisurely having a sip of wine, this would be your heaven. Unfortunately, if you are the kind of people who have a wee child and getting day-drunk isn't an option, you can only watch those patio-sitters with a little bit of envy.

We booked a little cottage in the Historic District via Airbnb, called Laura's Cottage. And it was totally perfect.

Laura's Cottage - our home away from home for a few days
As I mentioned earlier, Laura's Cottage is allegedly haunted. I didn't know this until after I booked it. Eeeps! I'm happy to report that I saw no ghosts or experienced anything very spooky. However, on our last evening at the cottage I read other people's reports of sightings and paranormal experiences and then I got a little freaked out. That night, in the middle of the night, L. woke up and was pointing at something in the corner, and I admit that I was kind of spooked. But L. is really into pointing and points at everything, so he could have been pointing at a light or a picture frame or a speck of dust or an otherworldly apparition. Could have been anything.

The people of Savannah seem to love babies. Walking L. around, people would smile at him and make comments about him, or stop and chat with him. He loves dogs, and points at all dogs he sees, and people would bring their dogs over so he could have a closer look or pet them. H. and I were taken aback at first - maybe New Yorkers just really don't like babies and people outside New York really do. But L. got a lot of attention from strangers. Then again, he is the cutest.

Ghost hunter

Eating and Doing:

Traveling with a baby, we mainly ate out only for lunch, and made breakfasts and dinners in our cottage. This also saves money! But here are some good spots for eats:

Soho South Cafe - this was actually my favorite meal in Savannah. Not only is the space bright and airy, but the food was really good.

Belford's - This restaurant is pretty touristy, but that didn't take away from it being good food. They also had a nice patio for eating and people-watching, a waitress who my small child was clearly in love with, and they were pretty nice after my small child made a big mess.

The Crab Shack (Tybee Island) - Again, this place is very touristy, but was a really nice place to sit outside. And it was perfect for entertaining L. who was happy to watch the many cats that roam around and the dogs that are allowed to sit on the patio. And if you like mountains of crab and shellfish: this is your place!

Mostly we walked around town and admired the homes and squares. We moseyed.

We drove out to Tybee Island and climbed the lighthouse.

We also visited Fort Pulaski while we were out that way.

We visited Bonaventure Cemetery.

We (I) did a lot of shopping and window shopping. Good stuff! But I'll save those details for a post of their own.

We did not, actually, tour any mansions or go to any museums. That's kind of weird, I know. We will do it next time!

All in all, a good time was had by all. On the way home I tried to convince H. that we should move there and open a small business! I was only half-joking.

(All these photos were taken with our phones, because I forgot to bring my real camera! Dang!)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

11 months

How is it even possible that soon I will have a one year old? A boy after my own heart, he loves pizza, strawberries, bananas, pancakes. Must be fooled into eating a vegetable. A mini me, truly.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Travel Bug

By the time L is one (next month!), he will have been on 12 flights, to 5 states and 4 countries. By the time he’s 13 months old, it’ll be 14 flights. This fact blows me away, since I didn’t go on my first flight until I was 8 years old (from Newark airport to the Toronto Island airport – back in ’88!). 

I hope that we’re able to continue to show L the world, as traveling is one of life’s greatest experiences, and I want him to grow up with the same wanderlust that his parents have. 

L. looks down over London as we land.

At the end of next week, we’re off on a short trip to Savannah, GA. People keep asking us why we’re going there, and there’s really no reason. It is supposed to be beautiful. It’s warm. It’s interesting and historical. It’s new to us. It’s not too far away. The flight was on sale. Those are the reasons. 

We’ve rented a small 200-year old cottage in the historic district for our short stay. After booking it, I’ve discovered that it’s allegedly haunted, though I feel like Savannah is one of those places where everything is allegedly haunted. I’ll let you know if we spot any ghosts. Ghosts – if you’re reading – no need to drop by. 

Next month we’ll be celebrating L’s first birthday in Pennsylvania with my parents and H’s mom. It’s another long weekend trip on the schedule, and I’m looking forward to getting out of the city, sticking my toes in the grass and eating cake with family. Lots of cake and also ice cream.

We’ve also just booked a long weekend in Toronto in July. H feels like we’re only in Toronto when it’s cold, or on the way to the cottage, and he hasn’t really had much opportunity to explore Toronto. So, we’re going to spend 4 days introducing the husband and babe to the home town. I’m thinking we’ll go to the islands, since I haven’t been there since about 1995. Any other fun summer in Toronto suggestions?

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Day 1, Day 2, Day 1 (Again)...

One of my goals for the year is to go for a full month without sugar. That time is not now. But I am working on a dry-run.

I've always had a sweet tooth. I love cookies. I mean, I really love cookies. And I don't have any willpower. I wouldn't say I had any strange cravings when I was pregnant, I just wanted the things I always love more. So, I wanted more bagels, more burritos, more donuts, more cookies, more sweet treats.

Before I was tested for gestational diabetes, I asked my doctor if I could give myself gestational diabetes from eating too many cookies. It was a very real concern for me. Luckily, I passed my gestational diabetes test, and then I really embraced sugar full-on for the rest of my pregnancy. And pretty much every day since then.

So, now I am right in a full-on sugar addiction, and am trying to regain control. Not for the sake of my weight, or my teeth, but for general health.

So, Monday I had no sugar, and Tuesday I had no sugar... until I went to work event and there were cookies and I ate two. So, yesterday I had no sugar, and today (so far) no sugar. I'm not aiming for 30 days at this point. We're off a a mini vacation later this month to Savannah - and I'll be damned if I don't enjoy all the spoils of vacation while there. And then, L's birthday is next month and I'll be damned again if I don't eat cake and ice cream. But I figure I can try and go for a week or two without sugar, and see if my insanely powerful cravings dissipate. Wish me luck.
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