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Thanksgiving Procrastinators

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Thanksgiving snuck up on us this year. SN and I had been enjoying a relaxing week in Fort Walton Beach, FL right before the holiday. Thanksgiving was not on our minds. Prior to our getaway, I'd sent out a Thanksgiving invitation, then put the holiday on the back-burner. There's nothing 'harvest' about Fort Walton Beach. No pumpkins, no chill in the air, no mulled apple cider . Actually, everywhere we visited was already decked out with Christmas decorations. Actually, as long as I'm starting sentences with 'actually,' I might as well correct what I said earlier. This was a relaxing week in Florida other than the fact that we were both working full time while there. I'm getting off topic though. And here you thought you were going to see some Thanksgiving photos.  It's hard to think about Thanksgiving when you're at the beach.  We returned home and SN mentioned getting ready for company. It was still so far away - no need to think about that now.

Wallpaper Ideas: The Great Mural (In)Decision

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Many years ago, when SN and I tackled our first major decorating and remodeling project in our first home, we played it safe. We ended up with a beautiful kitchen ( before & after photos here ) and received many compliments. It was great...but also sort of underwhelming. Granite counters? Us and every other kitchen in America. For future projects, we knew we wanted to amp up the "wow" factor, even if it meant taking on more risk. Go big or go home, right? And we were already at home!  A waterfall running directly over our patio. An arched wall with a chandelier over a Jacuzzi. A dramatic stripe of river rock running along the floor. A pitch black painted ceiling. We really did all of these things.  That last one actually turned out to be hideous. SN was a good sport to paint over it so quickly for me, but he is never going to let me forget it. One of our favorite dramatic decorating choices in our last house was the wallpaper mural we installed in the dini

Nigel's Good Food, Charleston

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A Change in Plans Step 1: Sexy Nerd and I have way too much going on to even think about planning a vacation, so we will just browse through our photos of our trip to Savannah and Charleston last year. Step 2: Wow, that place was amazing. The food! The cute houses! The friendly people and the pretty dresses and the towering trees and the history!  Step 3: Work be darned. It's time to plan a vacation! While reaching this epiphany, it occurred to me that I said I'd share our Charleston, SC photos here on my site but never did. No biggie because I'd already sorted the ones I want to post...oh, except there are a whopping 175 to share! It really is an incredible place to visit. My 'work be darned' attitude applies to blogging too. Who has time for that when there's a vacation to plan? Here's a quick summary of our Charleston trip, as well as all 175 photos. Update: It turns out 175 photos in a single blog post is overly ambitious. Here are photos of the most im