Four Fun Things

Here’s four fun things to make your week a bit brighter:

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Bees Bounce Back from Colony Collapse Disorder

Colony Collapse Disorder is a phenomenon related to the disappearance of bees. It happens when bees leave their hive and never return. I’m not talking about a few runaway teenager bees. I’m talking about bees en masse fleeing their hive. This year, according to the honeybee health survey, the number of colonies in the United States rose 3%! Whether this is thanks to a slight change in weather, shift in the country’s climate, or due to the many Save the Bees campaigns scientists aren’t quite sure yet. So really, in order to save the bees, it might help if we actually knew what was killing them.

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Another Bee Thing

Here’s a cute light up hive in the window of a shop in Downtown Asheville called the Asheville Bee Charmer.

Monster Popcorn

I found these cute bags of popcorn at TJ Maxx in early August while back to school shopping. They’re made by a company called LesserEvil. Does it remind anyone else of this sketch from Sesame Street?

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Here’s something not so cute: a praying mantis eating a bee (have you noticed that I’m a little bee-obsessed?). These guys loved to hang out where I worked this summer, but I’ve yet to see any in Athens. Fun fact: the praying mantis can be found in every state in the US and every continent except for Antarctica!

Blind Date With a Book

Being the lovable bookworm that I am, I tend to indulge in bookstores way more than I should. Case in point: Malaprop’s Bookstore and Cafe in Asheville, North Carolina.

Blind date with a bookseller - Malaprops, Asheville NC One shelf in Malaprop’s, an independent, quirky bookstore, is reserved for something called “Blind Date With a Bookseller.” The books are wrapped individually in brown packaging paper. The black writing on them is a list of adjectives, describing each one. The price and serial number are on the back. The rules are, you pick a book based off the adjectives. You’re allowed to guess what the title is, but you can’t unwrap the book until you’ve bought it. The best part is that if you’ve already read that title, or if you finish it and end up not liking it, you can return it for a refund or for another blind date book.

My friend DeAnna and I popped in here for a quick second and both ended up buying one of the mystery books! books wrapped as blind dates

I’ve done this one time before. I ended up picking out The Catcher in the Rye, which I’ve read nine times. I also have my own copy at home, and while it’s getting a bit worn I still wouldn’t ever replace it. The pages are covered in ballpoint pen sketches of scenes or iconic items from the book, like the red hunting cap, and all my notes from when I read this book with my AP Language class in junior year. Although The Catcher in the Rye is no longer my favorite book, it holds a special space in my heart. Part of me thinks that I picked it out during my search for the perfect “blind date” because I loved it so much.

So this time when picking out a mystery book I looked for characteristics I wanted in an actual date. Somebody I’d swipe right on Tinder to. Maybe Bumble too. An actual dream boy, ya feel? Because boys in books are just better.

I chose the adjectives: magical, original, timeless, tender, and the phrase “love letter to childhood

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So this month, instead of having a “Read This if You Liked…” post I’m going to go on my blind date with my book and let you all know how it goes. Get ready for an awesome surprise review at the end of August!

If you have any guesses as to what my book is, or who it could be by, let me know in the comments!

xo, Bailey

Make Mine a Double

Today I popped into one of my favorite coffee shops in Asheville, Double D’s Coffee & Desserts! If you’re ever wandering through the streets of Downtown you can’t miss this, mainly because it’s a bright red double-decker bus parked in a patio.

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Besides its iconic English face, I love the bus’s whimsical inside decor and the upstairs windows that are perfect for people watching. Another cool perk? The coffee beans and syrups are local. My favorite is the dirty chai!

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Double D’s is such a neat place to hang out, sip on a drink, and watch the world go bye. Next time I go I’ll remember to charge my phone beforehand so it doesn’t die mid photo shoot, haha!

xo Bailey