Over the 4th of July one of my good friends AC got married down in southern Virginia which was a great excuse for my and Kyle to take a long weekend exploring the area, seeing family, and catching up (and meeting) old friends. It was a pretty packed weekend but nice to be out of the DC area over the holiday.
The wedding was not until later in the day so we were able to do a little exploring around Charlotesville which was fun since I had never been before. We made sure to find good coffee, food, and desserts of course! Besides the eats, we walked around and checked out UVA.
Besides the wedding we were able to visit with Kyle's grandma and see the building his grandpa used to run his wood working business out of. It is now a winery tasting room but still has some of the original architecture and signs. It was really cool to see plus the wine was awesome. We then met up with one of Kyle's best friend from high school and his friends family, it was great to finally meet them and have a great home cooked meal and just catch up!
I already wrote up a post about my trip to Philadelphia for PePcon (the Print + ePublishing Conference) which was mostly just a touristy post on the food and fun stuff I did, you can read all about it here. So I wanted to also do one post about the conference, more specifically I wanted to show my sketchnotes! The conference was pretty good overall, I liked the mix of the workshops at the beginning and end along with all the presentations in the middle. It was also a good balance of shorter presentations demoing tips for Adobe programs and then longer presentations from really great speakers on anything from print design still being alive to where is the digital publishing world going. I could ramble on but instead I'm just going to post my sketchnotes that I took throughout the conference. Taking these notes made the whole conference seem a little more engaging for me plus it helped me remember the information better.
Carter and Sophie are my two furbabies and they definitely make their appearances in my Currently posts: May, March, & February this year plus on my Instagram, but I don't seem to write too much about them on here even though they are basically my "children." I've raised Carter since he was a baby and my family adopted him from the Humane Society back in 2002. And then with Sophie, my mom randomly found her abandoned when she was a kitten back in 2005 (I was away at college) and she took her in and then I inherited her as my own when I moved to DC and took Carter with me. At that point they had became a pair that couldn't be separated and I love having them both anyways.
It's hard to believe that Carter is now over 13 years old and Sophie will be 10 this year, time seriously flies! The past few weeks Carter has given me a little scare and put me into worried kitty momma mode. He had started a weird mouth spasm/tic/??? it was very out of character for him and led to a few vet visits, which he handled awesomely even though he HATES his pet carrier and having to go to the vet. I'm pretty sure it's a traumatic experience for him, if I even move the carrier an inch he gets grumpy and will go hide for fear of being put back in it. Sidenote: Sophie looooves the cat carrier (maybe since she hasn't gone anywhere in it since February) and she lays in it constantly like it's her home and I think it makes her feel safe.
So back to the vet visits we never truly figured out what was wrong except that Carter was really dehydrated so we gave him extra fluids and I'm just watching him closer than usual at home. Since the visits the spasm has stopped and he has been enjoying wet cat food more regularly to try and keep him better hydrated. I'm hoping that he stays healthy and the spasm does not come back. Through the whole ordeal he at least seemed like his normal, happy, active, self! I do have to give a shoutout to my vet at Dr. Zyga at Cherrydale Veterinary Clinic, she was fantastic, answering all my questions, going over the options, seeking other expertise, not doing unnecessary testing just to charge more, and keeping me informed through phone calls even on her day off.