Living by Loving Guest Post

Today, I have a special treat!

It’s the 20sb Blog Swap, so I have a traded blogs with a lovely lady named Allyce, and she’s posting here while I post over on her blog. I’ve blogged about 2 of my favorite summer treats, so make sure you check it out. Hope you enjoy getting to know Allyce…

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Hi lovely readers of Erin’s blog!

My name is Allyce and I’m the writer of Living By Loving.

Erin and I are blog swapping today, and I’m equally thrilled to have her guest posting at my corner of blogland!  Make sure you visit my blog to read her post!  Don’t forget to comment so she knows which of you dedicated readers of hers visited her guest post!

You overachievers, you!

Before we get to the meat and potatoes, let me tell you a bit about myself!

Like I said, my name is Allyce and I’m 25.
I’m married to my best friend and love of my life, Matt.

We live in Northern, Indiana.  Life here is good 🙂

We DON’T have kids, but we DO have a Cockapoo named Mylie

I’m a 3rd grade teacher.

I’ve taught 3rd grade for 4 years and love each new year more and more than the last.

I’ve been blogging since forever.

I love football and sweatshirts and kettle corn.

Forget this.  If you want to know more about me, visit the blog. 🙂

Being a teacher, I’m spoiled having my summers off!  School starts TODAY…as you read this.  Which means that summer is officially over.

Let this be a tribute to one amazing summer!

Can’t get this mind of mine off of summer.  It was here for a while and it’ll be gone WAY too soon.  It’s a sad reality.  My dream is to move somewhere with summer all year around. Sorry Lake Michigan.  Your boring water animals, unsaltiness and lack of waves just doesn’t cut it for me.  I’m from Indiana, so we get the extremes of every season and of every type of weather.

As a tribute to that Topsail beach that I miss VERY MUCH, today I’m writing a “What You Didn’t Know” post dedicated to the beach.

Lucky you, beach.

#1.

I can’t swim.

Yes, you read right.

I’ve never been a swimmer and I’m still not.  I took swim lessons with preschoolers when I was in MIDDLE SCHOOL folks.  My embarrassment caused me to quit early..still not knowing the breaststroke, butterfly or beating those 4 year olds by holding my breath.  I CAN go under without plugging my nose, but I can’t hold my breath so I blow out of my nose.  Needless to say, I’m never under water longer than 10 seconds because I’ve blown out all the air I have.

I’m proudly not the most glamorous swimmer, but I do sport a mean backstroke.

So, I’m not the one you’d see boogy boarding away my troubles on the cresting waves in fear that I wouldn’t be able to get out of an undertow or rip current.

I make buddies with the kiddos swimming in 2 feet of water. The thought has crossed my mind to wear water wings but I think it might bring down my reputation a bit..you know?!

Actually that is me.  The one lagging behind.  Staying in the “safe” zone.

#2.

My new obsession is beach glass.

Beach Glass (for those of you who DON’T know…you’re about to!) is

Beach glass is glass found on beaches along oceans, bays, rivers or large lakes that has been tumbled and smoothed by the waves, water and sand, creating smooth, frosted shards of glass

It’s like finding a rare treasure along the shore.

We found 4 pieces.

#3.

I have several beach/sand annoyances…let me list a few…

a.  when a stranger decides to camp out her family just feet from you.  I believe there’s a WIDE OPEN beach for you.  But I’ll take it as a compliment because you apparently want to hang out with me.

My book reading is really enticing apparently!

b.  when someone shakes their towel downwind from you.  Thanks to that recent sunscreen application, I’ve now become a piece of human sandpaper.

c. my BIGGEST beach annoyance is when I see someone walking the beach wearing SOCKS and shoes.

It makes me cringe thinking about it.  Socks and sand really don’t mix.

#4.

I’m a people watcher.

Don’t get creeped out, I’m NOT one of the creepy people watchers.. but the greatest fun I have is watching people interact and “be”.  My “fun meter” must be pretty lame huh?!

The way I see it, there are people from all over in one central place and I find it entertaining to observe them interacting with their kids and families.

Some people do some of the strangest things on the beach….for example one morning while sipping coffee on our balcony we see this lovely gentleman doing a little Thai-Chi action.

This was much more entertaining to watch than Regis and Kelly.

Cheap entertainment.

Little by little you’ll know everything and MORE beyond your wildest dreams about little ol’ me if you check out my blog over at Living By Loving

I know there’s a WHOLE LOTTA stuff the world doesn’t know about you!

Come check out my blog and join in on the fun during my link up!

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Thanks for the post, Allyce! And welcome to all of her readers. Feel free to stick around and see the sights right here!

i get around…

Around town, that is!

First, around western Nebraska: a little more in Ogallala and North Platte.

This is a sweet old cowboy cemetery up on (what else) a hil in Ogallala… its really small, but even walking up these stairs gave me flashbacks to my track and xc days :/

Sarah confirmed that they used to run repeats of these stairs at practice. Gotta love xc!

I thought this was a really cool thing to do. They’ve got all the usual suspects in the capsule, but what I loved is that they put in 2 bottles of scotch, one to drink at the inspection, and one when it is exhumed. I for one am already making plans to get back there in 2034… and perhaps in 2084 at age 97!

Next up on my tour was the museum in North Platte, about an hour down the road. I love getting to hear about cool things that happened in my state that I’d never heard of, and this was definitely one of them. During WWII, trains full of soldiers coming from all over the country would pass through North Platte on the way to the West Coast. Right after Pearl Harbor, a group of local ladies got together and cooked a meal for the Nebraska soldiers that were supposed to be coming through. The train that was supposed to be theirs turned out to be one full of Kansas men, but the women fed them anyway. They decided to keep it going, and over more than 4 years, soldiers from all over the country were fed homecooked meals (even birthday cakes!) as they passed through North Platte for 15-20 minutes at a time. It’s a really cool place and I definitely recommend checking it out if you’re ever in the area, or visiting their website to read about it.

The North Platte Canteen in its heyday

There was a big Nazi flag in the background of this display case with some other war info, and I just thought this was a really interesting position to take.

This was in a “Healthy Eating” pamphlet in the exhibit. My favorite is definitely group 7! I actually do kind of like that green vegetables get their own group, and are the most important. With the recent changes to the food pyramid, its interesting to see a similar image from another time.

These scared Sarah when she saw them! She came around the corner and was totally shocked… she may or may not have screamed.There was also a big buffalo that I wanted to get a picture of me riding but alas they wouldn’t let me.

The walls and ceiling of this barn were covered in brands. I think they are so interesting!

I look awfully happy over my imprisonment…

Thanks to countless hours of watching Gilmore GIrls, Sarah and I have an unhealthy obsession with the DAR… imagine our surprise at finding a sign in little old North Platte!

Sarah and her mom left me at this point, expecting I would happily return to Omaha that night with an hour + the time change already behind me on my trip. That, however, was not in the cards. My car stalled as I was getting food on the way out of town, which was lucky since I avoided having it stall on the interstate, and I was out an alternator.

Being stuck alone in an unfamiliar town is not awesome. Luckily the guys at the parts store were amazing and drove to my car to check it out and helped me get it to them to try to fix it; I found a motel that was not (that) sketchy for only $36, and Applebees was having some sort of special where I could get lots of drinks for not very much money.

Annnd I got back on the road first thing in the morning, with my wallet $300 lighter. Ouch. No pictures… I have no need to document me bawling on a random street corner cuz I am in rush hour traffic and my car isn’t moving. Yuck.

Anywho, on a much happier note: getting around in Omaha!

Downtown Farmer’s Market + La Buvette on Saturday

We like our champagne, what can I say?

Sadly, my first trip of the year. Can’t wait to go back this weekend! I am loving that these are finally getting big in Omaha. There are 3 big ones in different areas of town on Saturdays, 1 on Sunday, and apparently 1 on Wednesdays as well. Plus a local farm has fresh produce trucks out around town every day, and there is always a line when I go. Well done, Omaha!

Lunch: hummus plate for mom. For me, open-face baguette sandwich with tomatoes, black olive tapenade and Gruyere, plus field greens by request. sooo good! For Pam, meat and cheese tray. I may or may not have eaten all her blue cheese. I’m sorry, its just SO GOOD. (As was my sandwich, clearly!)

Every time I wear this shirt, the first question I get is why there is a gorilla on it.

Sunday: brunch at my new obsession: Dario’s. It’s this sweet restaurant with a HUGE Belgian beer list that I’d never been to since I heard it was crazy expensive. I randomly heard they had brunch, and took a friend who was in town a few weeks ago. Since then, it is all I think about.


This time I headed there with a work friend. Coincidentally, her boyfriend is the chef there… and he does an amazing job. Last time I had a crepe with eggs and asparagus, this time I went for the Croque Monsiuer. with pommes. and I ate every last drop of that delicious mayo-like fry sauce. What can I say, it was amazing… as was the sandwich, and my cocktails. Jamie’s eggs benedict with pork belly was insanely good as well. This place may be expensive for dinner, but I think brunch is a great deal. My meal + 2 big drinks came out to just under $30, and there was none of the typical eating out food coma. It was perfectly portioned and delish.

In fact, thinking about it now is making me hungry. I think this will be on the menu this Sunday since sissypoo (my baby sister) is in town!

Peace out girl scout!

What’s on your mind?

Do you have a favorite brunch spot? What’s your favorite part of visiting the farmer’s market… other than the amazing fruits and veggies? Any sweet, little known museums in your area?

Tell me about it!