New Boss in Town

Two days ago, Tristan and I went to the Peninsula SPCA to drop off some donations. While we were there we figured we would take a moment to say hello to all the animals… I think you know where this is going.


Well, we found this two year old male cat named Chess and it was love at first pet. He crawled right into both of our laps and even licked our faces. So now Tristan and I are the proud owners of a new feline child – who we quickly renamed Owen. He already owns the whole house and bed. I think life just got even more interesting!



For his birthday Tristan was given a wonderful chef coat from my mother. He finally had a chance to model it this week. It’s a professional coat with tons of pockets and his name embroidered in maroon! Doesn’t he look good? I decided to model, too. I especially loved the ridiculous, but very effective, onion glasses I got for him!




Country Breakfast

Being in suburban Atlanta on business is a good excuse for me to try as many new things as I can. Last Saturday I visited Gritz Family Restaurant and ordered the Country Sampler. As you can see below, for $7.69,  it is quite impressive. Everything was delicious; the biscuits were straight from the oven!  I ate it all.


Except for the Streak-O-Lean. My first taste was unlike anything I’ve had before.  Later research confirmed that one serving was 7 times as salty as bacon. 85% of your daily value of salt! I like my salt but there was so much I could see it on the surface.

I’ll be back.

Summer Concert Extravaganza

Tristan and I have made a pact to try and live life to its fullest. We see too many people living their lives as if they are in a holding pattern, waiting for a better tomorrow that is not guaranteed to ever arrive. We really want to avoid this pitfall and attempt to make the most out of each day. To accomplish this we travel, dine out around town, visit local parks, go on birding and herping excursions, visit the farmer’s market, watch documentaries, etc.

A new thing that we have decided to try is the local concert scene. We are lucky enough to have not only one, but free summer concert venues – all of which are in walking distance of our house.

  1. Wednesday’s ~ The Port Warwick Summer Concert Series
  2. Thursday’s ~ The Mariners’ Museum Thursday’s By the Lake
  3. Friday’s ~ City Center’s Friday’s @ the Fountain

We decided to visit each of these and score them to see which one we like the best so we know which one to go to each week. Anyone who knows us should not be surprised by this; the only thing that Tristan loves more than reviews & rating is, well…nothing  Ambre (Tristan edit: Reviews are #2 in my life). So, yesterday we tried out our first venue; here is our report.


Port Warwick Summer Concert Series ~ Featuring Tumbao Salsero

The Pros:

  • Tons of free parking directly across from the venue
  • Large, energetic crowd
  • Plenty of room on the lawn for said crown not to feel cramped like canned sardines
  • Good music – the salsa band was actually pretty good, but it’s not like Port Warwick had much of a selection for their Latin Music week – like the band said, they are the area’s ONLY local Latin band!
  • Dogs and other pets, such as small children, are welcome
  • Alcoholic beverages of all sorts are permitted within the limits of Styron Square
  • Lots of people + alcohol (usually) = rowdiness, but people were actually on their best behavior (even without a huge police presence)
  • The intermission was actually fun. They played dance music (including some hip hop) that actually got a large crowd up and dancing on the sidewalk

The Cons:

  • Not enough food vendors. The only vendor available was Stuft. You can always bring a picnic basket or eat at one of the (over-priced) restaurants, but with all the other caterers in the area it would be nice to have a few more options available
  • Once the sun disappears behind the apartment buildings it can get nippy, so a blanket is worth remembering to bring

The Low-down:

  • If you want to relax on the grass while you enjoy the weather, decent music, and the company of your friends – this is a GREAT way to spend your Wednesdays and gear yourself up for the rest of the work week.

Take a Look!