And also the reason I've been missing in action for more than a week now.
Tonight is my second to last night in Charlotte, North Carolina. I'd say it's the most productive vacation I've ever had.
Monday - My mom, brother, oldest sister, and I arrived in Charlotte around 6 PM and got picked up by my other sister and her husband. For me and my mom, it felt like noon and we couldn't get down to sleep until 3 in the morning. That night was just relaxing and shopping at Walmart because some of us forgot to pack certain necessities. (Always happens).
Tuesday - Hiking at the McDowell Nature Preserve + sight seeing at Lake Wylie.
(This one's my brother's picture. ::tehe:)
Wednesday - Gem mining! Oh my gosh, this was so much fun. And cold. It was raining and the creek was fucking freezing. But I found a ton of epidote and even some rubies.
Thursday - Driving two hours out to Asheville for our Biltmore visit + intense hiking at Linville Falls.
Today - Shit, I have a big story about today.
So, it was our visit to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville. It was pricey as hell to get in, but we split the cost. I'd say the money was well worth it.
We weren't allowed to take pictures inside of the estate, but there were so many gorgeous things in there. I love the Victorian era and I wanted every single damned thing in every room. Even the servants quarters were pretty. George Vanderbilt was freakin' generous.
And the view is so breathtaking. The Biltmore is hidden away from the main roads and you can't see it from anywhere unless you go to the mountains. All 8,000 acres are beautiful.
The most interesting part about today was that I apparently had a stalker.
See that guy?
Okay, while walking around the inside of the house, my group passed by him. He looked at me and smiled and looked around at all the ladies in my group--including my mom. xD
So my mom thought it was kinda weird, but I wasn't too bothered by it. He honestly looked decent and wasn't passing any perverted signals at us.
My group decided to take a break and get something to eat. When we were coming back into the estate, he was walking in too. My mom was like, "Oh, this guy again?" xD She's so mean, but I don't think he heard her.
He finally decided to ask me, my mom, and my married sister if we were Filipino. (The rest of the group was outside smoking, including my intimidating brother that would have given this guy the stink eye). He specifically said, "So, are you ladies Filipino?" (So, well-mannered, eh?) So, I told him we were and he told us about how he loves visiting the Philippines and how he dated some girl from Cebu and really wants to go to Manila next time he visits the country.
While he was talking to us, though, you guys--his psycho mother was in the background like, "LET'S GO. HURRY UP. OMG." She was just like Norma Bates. And he was like, "Mom, just give me a second, okay?" LOL. I looked at her like, "BITCH CALM DOWN, THIS MAN IS NEAR FORTY YEARS OLD, HE CAN TAKE CARE OF HIMSELF." She's the one carrying the dog in the pictures above.
Then he was like, "It was nice to meet you ladies," and went on his way. Sweet guy, honestly.
After that, I didn't see him throughout the inside of the estate anymore. Then we got to the garden, where I was taking those pictures above. He honestly just happened to walk right into the picture and he was looking right at the camera, along with his stink eye mother. GAH.
My siblings apparently got a ton of pictures of him looking right at me while I wasn't looking. I was like OMG WTF ARE YOU SERIOUS. My sister and her husband went to sleep, so I'm going to have to wait until morning to see those pictures. xD I can't wait, honestly. This will be amusing.
More random things from today:
My brother and I took awkward door pictures.
Oh and my mom took this lame, wannabe model picture of me. I was embarrassed, but I let her take the picture anyway. xD
Today was so much fun. But now I'm freakin' exhausted.
So, to my readers, don't worry! I'm still alive. And I'm going to get back to my stories as soon as I can. I actually started writing a new chapter for My Sadist King last night. I'll finish things up as soon as I can.