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Holy Shit… Is This For Real?

I know, what the hell is this? How dare I?

What’s that? The last time I saw you guys was June 6th?

Well, if you follow me on Instagram (@andreaoutloud) you know that I am at least still alive and kickin’.

I have sort of been having a love/hate relationship with the thought of this post.

Honestly my intention was to take a little break from blogging, yes. Like a month, but it turned into 2+ months. I kept saying “okay, I’m gonna start blogging again tomorrow… ok maybe next week…” and then it became next week, and then next week, and by that time it just snowballed because it had been so long I got overwhelmed and I didnt even know where to begin.

So voila! Here I am, done with the procrastinating and I will do what I do best – recap my last 2 months in a cute little random-style post. Then once we get this awkward catch-up shit over with, I can feel better about it and we can get back to our normally scheduled programming! (i.e. normal blog posts!)


So this summer has basically involved … well just a little smorgasbord of things, but I feel like I have been so busy that it just kind of makes me want to take a nap sometimes.

Torrance’s dad (& fam) finally arrived at the end of June after quite the trip from Alaska and quite a bit of preparation from us on this end finding them a house, helping them get settled, etc. I mean it was an adjustment for us to move across the country after living in Alaska 24 years, so I can only imagine how much of an adjustment it is for them after living in Alaska for 40+ years! But it is sososo nice having them here and I still cant believe they moved across the country.

We have celebrated a few birthdays including Torrance’s – which of course involved tons of chocolate cupcakes for days…

1cupcakes (That is only like, 1/16th  of how many I made)

Also, for his mom’s birthday we drank wine and sent balloons up for her; and Kona Brown turned 7!

We also had a couple milestones, like did you know that as of mid July it has been 2 years since we moved to NC? Awesome. And as of early August, I have officially worked for my company for EIGHT years. Crrrrazy how time flies.


We havent gotten to do a ton of outside activities this summer sadly, it’s been pretty damn rainy here to be honest, which can make it hard for making plans, but hey we have been making the best of it, we have even managed to squeeze in a few lake trips here and there.

1ski And I finally got to do some paddle boarding!


I’ve been keeping up with my workouts and even still doing some cardio, and hey, I almost dont hate cardio as much now. (I said almost).


Oh, I have also possibly gained a slight addiction to fruity moonshine. Yes, I said moonshine. I am in North Carolina now, and that is apparently how we roll.


On top of all those festivities… we have both had really busy summers at work! Which is good but we are about ready for a vacation. We havent taken a real vacation (read: one where we sit on our asses somewhere nice with no obligations) since we have moved here and it is well overdue… so planning for that shall commence soon.

Speaking of traveling, we do have a mini [work related] trip this weekend. The annual national conference for Torrance’s company is this weekend and we will be heading out to the Opryland Hotel in Nashville on Friday morning for the weekend (this is the same conference we went to in Vegas last year).

(PS. Yes I still suck at taking pictures, but dammit if I’m not gonna try harder!)


So there you have it! And here I am – back to the blogging world! I’d be lying if I didnt say I missed it around here!

Oh and one last thing…

Since I know you guys have missed this face:

1brown You’re welcome.


  • Ever had moonshine?
  • FILL ME IN! What have I missed?
  • What has been the high light of your summer so far?
8 Comments Post a comment
  1. YAY! I am so happy you are alive! I’ve miss you!

    August 14, 2013
  2. rachel #

    awwwwww i am so glad you are back! i missed you and your posts!!!!
    I have never had moonshine! (apparently ohioans don’t roll that way!)

    You have missed that it is only 75 degrees in Ohio IN AUGUST – so this is creepy!

    The highlight of my summer has been SEEING YOU BLOGGING AGAIN!

    xoxo rachel

    August 14, 2013
    • Rachel you are hilarious! And 75 in Ohio in August IS weird!! (I have a lot of family there and they have been saying the same thing!)

      August 14, 2013
  3. Yay!!!! Welcome back. I tried SUP too. Definitely missed your dog! 🙂

    August 14, 2013
  4. I love how your dog looks all “give me the moonshine!” in the background of your picture. that is enough for me not to be mad at you for having been gone for so long 🙂

    August 14, 2013
  5. I’m so glad you’re back!

    The highlight of my summer (since I’m not going anywhere exciting for vacation) is getting to spend lots of time with my family and friends.

    August 14, 2013
  6. WELCOME BACK! Yeah I can still stalk you on FB and instagram, but it is not the same… I have missed your blog!

    August 15, 2013
  7. sometimes you just need a break!! haha luckily I’ve been stalking you on instagram… annnnnnd yay paddleboarding! always wanted to do that! but fear of falling.

    August 17, 2013

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