Weekly Updates – 7/4/2016 & 7/11/2016

I decided to lump two weeks together because honestly, not a lot happened that was of note, and I figured I’d just put it all together! Being on vacation also throws a wrench in your blogging plans too….

Monday

I already talked about Monday in last week’s post.

Tuesday

It was hard to come back to work on Tuesday after a nice long weekend that followed our crazy work weeks.  After work I headed to Kohl’s to try to find a new bathing suit for the beach.  I realized that I have been wearing the same suits for the last 4 years now…they are getting very worn out! I found a nice Nike 2 piece suit (I like some more coverage than the average suit).

Wednesday

After work on Wednesday I went to visit my mom.  She’s watching my nephew for a few days and I got to soak up some time with him and his huge cheeks!

Thursday

On Thursday, I brought mom dinner and helped her bake 3 batches of cookies.  Spent even more time with my nephew and it was a blast.

Friday – Wednesday

Friday night was spent doing laundry, packing and getting ready to go to the beach.  On Saturday we left to go to Nags Head for a few days with my mom and stepdad’s family.

Saturday through Wednesday were spent at the beach.  Here’s a few pictures of our time there…notice they are pretty much all of my nephew!

Thursday – Friday

On Thursday and Friday it was back to work as normal.  Its so rough to go back to work after a vacation!

Saturday

On Saturday, Michael went to Dover to do a little gambling.  He came back with $700.  I spent my day completely lazy, catching up on shows on my DVR, doing a puzzle, etc.

Sunday

On Sunday it was nice to get to back to church.  We did chores afterwards and all of our food prep for the week.

How have the last few weeks been for you? Have you had a summer vacation yet?

 

Weekly Update – 12/7/15

This week was a pretty decent one.  I had TWO vacation days, a spa day, and did lots of Christmas stuff.  I love this time of year!

Monday

I took Monday off. I tend to hoard my vacation time until the end of the year, then I have to use it all up before I lose it! (We can’t carry over till next year).  Mom and I did some decorating at her house, made some cookies, made chili and got a few errands done.  I went home and was pretty darn lazy until Michael came home from work.

Yoga with Jaye was pretty good.  I enjoyed the workout and felt pretty strong.

Tuesday

Its always hard going back to work after a vacation day.

I’ll probably write another post on this later, but I’ve been trying to do more conditioning and keeping my heart rate under 150.  My heart rate tends to race up close to my max (even when my effort is not at max), so I’m trying to condition it down.

Warmup: 1 mile on the elliptical, heart rate under 150

Workout (5 rounds):

  1. 200 meter row, under 1 minute
  2. Rest period until heart rate recovers under 125

I’ve found that I have been able to increase my speed on the elliptical and still keep my heart rate down.  Seems like it is working!

Wednesday

My brother was unexpectedly in town….as in he knew he’d be in town, but didn’t tell me until the day before.  We had dinner at my mom’s.  Michael had a vendor dinner, so he couldn’t join us, but it was good to see my brother and his fiancé.

Thursday

I took it easy (and more honestly, lazy) and did 2 miles on the elliptical, keeping my heart rate under 150.

Friday

I had another vacation day on Friday (I told you, I hoard my days) and got a decent amount accomplished.  I got rid of an entire GIANT trash bag’s worth of clothing.  I reorganized all my drawers and my closet.  Its amazing how everything is so organized now!

I also took mom to get her car inspected – thankfully it passed (its 15 years old).  We also had a nice lunch out at Panera.

I did a little bit of cleaning and also made a dip for a party were going to.  It was a Christmas/housewarming party for our friend Shawn (he was in our wedding) and his wife.  Their new house is beautiful.  We also spent some time with some of his old coworkers that Shawn still works with.

Saturday

On Saturday, the photographer that did our wedding hosted a spa day….on her!  We had to travel up to Short Pump in Richmond to the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa.  I got a mani/pedi and it was delightful.  I decided to get some nice red nails for Christmas (so NOT my normal style).

Michael got some Christmas shopping done while I was there.  On the way back, we made a few more pit stops and got even more shopping done.  We relaxed the rest of the day and watched 2 Christmas movies on Netflix.

The first was called Pete’s Christmas.  It was like Groundhog Day, but for a 14 year old boy’s Christmas Day.  It was cheesy, but very cute.

The second was called Silver Bells.  It was about a man who fought with a ref at his son’s basketball game and ended up having to do community service with the Salvation Army.  I really enjoyed it.  It might become a new holiday favorite!

Sunday

We wrapped up almost all of our Christmas shopping…I can count on one hand what I have left to get! We did all of our grocery shopping and food prep for the week, then we went to hang out with my mom and stepdad.

How was your week?  When was the last time you went through your closet? What are some of your favorite Christmas movies?

Weekly Update – 10/19/15 aka Fall Vacation!

This week was a pretty different week, as I was gone for a work conference and we had our fall vacation.  We were long overdue for some good R&R.  I was excited to go to a few wineries and see my nephew and take millions of pictures with him!

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O.M.G, those cheeks!

Monday

Monday was a normal day at work.  When I came home, my in-laws were there for a surprise visit, so I ended up not going to yoga.

Tuesday

On Tuesday, I worked a half day in the morning, then we headed up to Philadelphia for a work conference for me.  The drive was pretty uneventful.  Once we got up there, we went to Reading Terminal Market.

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Home of my Philadelphia Eagles!

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Eating a cheesesteak like a true Philadelphian!

Wednesday

On Wednesday, I had my work conference all day, while Michael went to Atlantic City to play some blackjack.

Thursday

On Thursday, I had my conference until noon.  After that, we headed off to Waynesboro (near Charlottesville, VA) for our fall vacation.  We had a nice trip, again, pretty uneventful.

Friday

On Friday morning, we slept in and took our time getting going for the day.  We drove out to a cool B&B called the Iris Inn.  We will definitely stay there in the future.

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These cabins are AMAZING!

Then we headed off to Veritas Winery to meet up with my brother and his fiancé.  They are getting married there next year.

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I’m a touristy nerd.

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This was right before the bee crashed our party.

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I could have looked at this for hours.

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Gorgeous!

Afterward, we headed to the campground to meet up with all of my family.  We played cornhole, ate, drank, and had a great time.

Saturday

On Saturday, we got up and headed out to Bold Rock Cidery.  I am allergic to apples, so no cider for me, but it was a really cool place!

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He LOVED cider!

 

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So pretty, even with the clouds…

The next stop was Afton Mountain Vineyards.  This place was really cool and had fantastic wine. The big group of us polished off 3 bottles.

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My mom feeds wine to babies. Kidding.

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Wine and babies!

Afterward, we headed back to the campground for more food, drink and cornhole!

Sunday

On Sunday, we headed back.  Made a quick pit stop at tiffany’s to get my rings cleaned.  We caught up on laundry, TV and some cleaning when we got home.

Do you take a fall vacation? Do you like going to wineries?

October Vacation + Engagement Pictures

After Crawlin Crab on Sunday, I was so ready for a relaxing week off! My stress levels have been pretty high recently, and this vacation couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.

Monday

I dragged my butt out of bed for my mani/pedi appointment.  Once I arrived at the salon, I was surprised to find out that the salon had been repossessed by the bank! I really needed my nails done before our engagement shots on Tuesday.  I had my haircut at 11:30, and thankfully she has a nail person that was able to do my nails on such short notice!  Mom and I even got a chance to go out to lunch together.  It was a great recuperation day after the half.

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Pretty nails!

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My feet actually look pretty for once!

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New haircut 🙂

 

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Lunch at JoJacks with my momma!

Tuesday

Michael and I got up on Tuesday morning to head off to vacation.

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Yes I used a filter. No shame in my game.

Our first stop was in Richmond to get my ring cleaned and shop for wedding bands at TIFFANY’S!

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Aren’t we so cute?!

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Like a kid in a candy shop!

We then headed up to Orange to check into our hotel and get ourselves ready for our engagement pictures.  We had our pictures taken at Carter Mountain Orchard by the fabulous Katelyn James Photography.  You can check out the rest of our pictures here.  Despite some rain that forced us to find a secondary location, it was a fantastic time!

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Wednesday

On Wednesday, we got up and drove into Charlottesville,VA. We went to a few wineries and did some shopping.  It was a great day 🙂

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Country traffic jam.

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Horton Vineyards

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Horton Vineyards

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Trump Winery

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Trump Winery

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Trump Winery

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Jefferson Vineyards

 

Thursday

Thursday was a more relaxed day.  We had breakfast and then sat outside at the hotel and did some reading and relaxing.  Later in the afternoon we headed toward Culpepper and went to two Greek vineyards. We had been to Mediterranean cellars before, but Molon Lave was a last minute decision and we LOVED it.  We even bought a bottle of wine and came back to the hotel and sat out to watch the sunset.

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View from the back porch of the hotel

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Our sunset picnic with Vidal Blanc from Molon Lave!

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Look at this cutie!

 

Friday

On Friday, we headed to Stuarts Draft to visit my stepsister and her husband.  We went to Barren Ridge for our last wine tasting of the trip.

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Rob, Cristina, Michael and me at Barren Ridge

Later that night, we went into Staunton to have dinner with some of Michael’s friends.

Saturday

This was our last day, we got up pretty early to head home, since we had a work picnic that afternoon.  The weather got a little rough once we got there, so we didn’t stay long, but it was a fun time.

Sunday

Had church in the morning on Sunday, then got a lot done around the house and just caught up after being gone on vacation.  I had dinner with my Dad, stepmom and stepsister, and my future brother in law even came with me.  It was a great week and a nice relaxing weekend to wrap up the week.

 

Do you like going to wineries? How was your weekend?

Florida Pt. 2

This is a continuation of Florida Part One. Sorry it took so long to get out…I’ve had some unexpected excitement! On Wednesday, we began the trek to Key West…my favorite part of the trip. We knew the drive was going to take about 4 1/2 hours, but we were willing to take our time.  The first part of our drive  until we got to Marathon was pretty uneventful. The second half was really slow!

Key West welcome center

Key West welcome center

 

My view for most of the drive

My view for most of the drive

 

Beautiful restaurant in Marathon.

Beautiful restaurant in Marathon.

Best Caesar Salad I've ever had!

Best Caesar Salad I’ve ever had!

This plane had crashed near Marathon days earlier and they were working to get it out

This plane had crashed days earlier and they were working to get it out

We arrived in Key West and navigated straight to the Cypress House, a cute bed and breakfast that was built in 1888.  They took our luggage up to our room and gave us a free parking pass.  We parked down the street and walked back to the room.  It was beautiful.

Porch outside of our room

Porch outside of our room

Cypress House Est 1888

Cypress House Est 1888

Front door to the Cypress House

Front door to the Cypress House

Cypress House

Cypress House

Pool at the Cypress House

Pool at the Cypress House

The most beautiful thing was sitting on the nightstand….a gorgeous boquet of flowers! Michael had snuck away from me while we were in Ft. Lauderdale and contacted the Cypress House.  They arranged to have an arrangement made and delivered to our room.  Do I have the sweetest guy, or what?!

Beautiful flowers from Michael!

Beautiful flowers from Michael!

We freshened up then hit Duval Street.  For those of you who haven’t been to Key West, this is the main street, where all the bars and shops are.  We hit up Irish Kevins for a pre dinner drink and then did some exploring.  We settled on Fogarty’s for dinner.  After dinner, we had a great dessert from a local bakery 🙂

We crashed early.  Got up the next morning (Thursday) and had breakfast downstairs.  We brought our coffee back up to the room and sat on our porch.  We each took turns getting ready and we set out for the day.  We went on the Conch Train to get a tour of the city. Key West has so much history and so much Cuban culture.  We got off around Southernmost Point (90 miles to Cuba).  We walked around for awhile, taking in the sights and exploring some nice hotels.

We went to a cute place called Two Friends Cafe for lunch.  After lunch we went shopping along Duval, much to Michael’s dismay.  We had dinner that night at Caroline’s and I had the best blackened Mahi Mahi I’ve ever had.

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My handsome baby!

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My sunburned self…

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Blackened Mahi

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Michael’s Cuban sandwich

On Friday morning we went through our normal morning ritual.  We spent some time hanging out in the room, then we went to Bo’s Fish Wagon for a snack while we were waiting for Dante’s pool bar to re-open from a private party.  We ate lunch, hung out, then went back to the room to get ready for our sunset cruise.

The sunset cruise was amazing.  The weather was perfect, the staff was funny, and the wine and food was incredible.  We had a blast and met so many interesting people.

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The happy couple

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We had a beautiful sunset!

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I love this picture of us!

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Sailboat!

Saturday was the day we left Key West and I was so sad! We drove back from Key West to West Palm Beach to hang out with his cousins.  These cousins are the children of his aunt and uncle that we stayed with at the beginning of our trip.  We sat out on their porch, drinking and eating.

We got up on Sunday morning and drove all the way to the west coast of Florida to Ft. Myers.  We had an incredible lunch with two of Michael’s friends.  I decided to leave my beautiful flower arrangement with them so that they could enjoy it.  I didn’t want to just leave it in a hotel room!

After lunch we drove to Orlando.  We checked into our hotel and then had dinner at Cafe Tu Tu Tango with some of my friends from a vendor the bank uses. I had a southwest chicken flatbread and some jalapeno mac and cheese.  It was so yummy and it was so good to see them!

Jalapeno Mac and Cheese

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Southwest Chicken Flatbread

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Chocolate Calzone

We stayed at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando.  It was a beautiful 4-star hotel that I’ve stayed at for work before.  We spent the last full day of our trip lounging by the pool.  It was such a good way to close out the trip.

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Pool at the Gaylord

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Caesar Salads poolside!

Our flight out on Tuesday was uneventful.  We were sad to be leaving, but very happy to be heading home to familiar territory 🙂

And that’s it!  It was a great trip that I will never forget!

Florida Pt.1

As promised – stories from my Florida vacation!

We flew out on Saturday, March 29.  It was a nasty, rainy day when we flew out of Norfolk.  Our flight was supposed to depart at 11:15AM, so like good flyers, we arrived a bit before 9AM.  We parked the car in long term parking, checked our bags and got through security by 9AM.

Ready to go on vacation!

Ready to go on vacation!

I decided not to get any coffee because I would have to use the bathroom on the flight…and that did not sound appealing to me (even though the flight to Orlando was less than 2 hours).

What Michael and I didn’t know is that there was really bad weather in Orlando – thunderstorm and tornado watches/warnings.  They delayed our flight till 12, 1, 2, 3….then finally we took off at about 3:45pm. In the midst of one of those breaks, we decided that we needed Starbucks – these were the resulting pictures:

Very unhappy face

Very unhappy face

Yay Starbucks! Boo, delay!

Yay Starbucks! Boo, delay!

When we finally arrived, we had to get our baggage (which took forever) and get our rental car.  Then we had to drive about an hour to Leesburg.  I was NOT a happy camper, I was hangry.  I think it was about 8pm before we got there!

We stayed with his Aunt and Uncle (his dad’s twin brother).  They made us some fantastic tilapia, potatoes (red and sweet) and some vegetable I cannot recall at the moment.

We woke up the next morning  (Sunday) and had coffee and breakfast.  They make smoothies with their Vitamix every day.  They use chocolate protein powder and mix in strawberries, pears, apples, pineapples, blueberries and bananas.  It was SO GOOD.

They didn't know my affinity for owls when they gave my coffee to me!

They didn’t know my affinity for owls when they gave my coffee to me!

We then drove about 45 minutes to a nearby town called Mount Dora.  It was a quaint little downtown area where we had lunch on a balcony and walked around for a bit.

Overlooking Mount Dora!

Overlooking Mount Dora!

We also went to a swap meet/farmer’s market type place that was actually really neat.  I was enjoying myself too much to snap any pictures there.

We went back to Leesburg and I promptly laid down for a nap.  I was so tired from our travels the day before.  I woke up and we had drinks and snacks out on the screen porch.  We had a wonderful dinner of crockpot lasagna. Yum!

Mmm Corona :)

Mmm Corona 🙂

We woke up the next morning (Monday) and were headed to Ft. Lauderdale. Had our fruit smoothies and some coffee and got on the road. We stopped at Panera for lunch.  It truly felt like the start of our vacation since we finally got to be alone!

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We had dinner with his aunt (his mother’s sister), cousin and her kids.  She made some wonderful, delicious food! We left there and headed to our hotel by the water.

Family!

Family!

We spent the next day (Tuesday) walking around, eating, shopping, and going to the pool.  I could have spent a ton of time in Ft. Lauderdale.  It was a beautiful beach and there was a ton to do! It was a good place to walk around and just enjoy the weather.

Cheese and bacon omelet on panini.  I'm not even going to pretend it was healthy!

Cheese and bacon omelet on panini. I’m not even going to pretend it was healthy!

:)

🙂

Our beautiful hotel

Our beautiful hotel

The bridge over from the hotel to the beach

The bridge over from the hotel to the beach

Ft. Lauderdale Beach

Ft. Lauderdale Beach

Watching some parasailers

Watching some parasailers

The water was so clear and warm

The water was so clear and warm

Fish and broccoli

Fish and broccoli

Yummy Chicken Caesar Wrap!

Yummy Chicken Caesar Wrap!

View from the room!

View from the room!

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

Ridiculous boat in the rich area of town

Ridiculous boat in the rich area of town

On Wednesday, we got up early because we were heading to KEY WEST!  I had another omelet panini (hey, don’t judge) and we began the 4 1/2 hour trek to Key West where we would spend the next 4 days.  That’s a story for another post 🙂

Florida Trip Recap

Hey ya’ll! I’m back from Florida!

I plan on doing a post from each part of my trip, but I thought I’d give you a little sneak peak of some of my favorite moments!

We spent some time at Ft. Lauderdale.  Look how beautiful and clear the water is!

Ft. Lauderdale Beach

Ft. Lauderdale Beach

We left Ft. Lauderdale for Key West.  Michael arranged for us to have these flowers waiting when we arrived!

Beautiful flowers from Michael!

Beautiful flowers from Michael!

In Key West, we did a wind and wine sunset cruise on a sailboat.  It was a blast and we met some pretty cool people!

Sunset sail!

Sunset sail in Key West

 

Sunset Sail!

Sunset Sail in Key West

We spent the last part of our trip in Orlando at the Gaylord Palms.  Its a pretty awesome hotel with an atrium in the middle of the hotel.

Hotel in Orlando

Hotel in Orlando

So, there is your little teaser! I’ll be adding some more posts about the trip this week 🙂