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I hope you all had a wonderful three day weekend. I am back in Tally, and aside from being a little travel weary, I’m still jazzed from this weekend. Aside from the standard girls weekend shenanigans, I made it to Palm Harbor in time to participate in the grand opening of the children’s learning center Stefanie is working at. I got to see her do a quick kid’s yoga demo and see the owner award her with her very own set of keys. It was really cool to be there for what is a huge new life step for her. Here are some more of the weekend antics.
1 – We spent a ridiculous amount of time in Earth Bound, and while we were restrained in our actual purchases, I think we each mentally spent about $500. So many amazing things I’d love to have for my home, office and closet.
2 – I had one of the most incredible meals I’ve had in a very long time at one of Stefanie’s favorite restaurants: Consciousness Blossoms. Bonus, everything was vegan or vegetarian, so I could order ANYTHING I wanted off the menu without having to check ingredients. Heaven!
3&4 – While I absolutely missed my fur babies, Ruby and Gus made sure I didn’t go without snuggle. At one point,I had them on either side of me, both demanding tummy scratches; it’s a good thing I have two hands.
5 – With the aid of a few Pinterest recipes, we concocted some amazingly delicious vegan peanut butter cookies. It made a couple of dozen, so there were more than enough for me to take home to share with Andy. He liked them, too 🙂
7 – Sunday, I got up early-ish and grabbed breakfast with my dad at First Watch (another amazing restaurant). We hung out for an hour before he had to head into work, which was a nice added bonus to my impromptu weekend trip.
8 – Both Andy and the kitties were very happy to see me when I got home; I think at one point I had four of the cats trying to sit in my lap, and Oliver insisted on sleeping in my arms while I read before bed.
So there you have it, a pretty awesome weekend. How did you spend your Labor Day?
I am pretty excited to have finally made it to what I have recently referred to as the “bers” part of the year. The holidays are right around the corner, and, for me at least, September is going to be a lot of prep for the months to come. With family in town during August, I let a lot of things slide, and now I am trying to make up for lost time. Fortunately, there is a three day weekend coming my way, and while I plan to enjoy my extra day off, I am also hoping to cram a few additional projects into my weekend work. In an attempt to make myself stick to the “plan”, I am sharing a couple of my goals for this month in the hope that by being accountable to you, I can shame myself into productivity.
- Plan Andy’s birthday week, including buying his gifts & making cards
- Order business cards
- Make travel plans for Maiedae Mixer
- Complete at least two Christmas gifts
- Research new blog layout (bonus points for selecting a new design)
- Cross off at least one item on my 29 before 30 list
I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated, and I’ve also taken a some other steps to help jumpstart the process, with the biggest being restricting my reading time, which hurts. Take away my TV, no worries, but my books? Wow, that one stings.
Image from here.
Hi guys….I’m sorry I haven’t been around much lately. You see, my mom is here, and we’ve been hanging out, and running all over town, and I have been letting a lot of my normal routine slide. It’s a good thing my acupuncturist is out of town, because if she knew how I’d been eating… yeah, you don’t piss off the lady who stabs you with needles, especially when she may or may not be a wizard. Just saying. But here is some of what we’ve been up to.
After picking my mom up from St. Mary’s, we stopped by the St. Johns Town Center to grab lunch and stretch our legs. My mom got to go to Lush for the first time, and after our brisk, brutally hot walk back to the parking lot, we decided to take a quick run through the little pond area where they’d set up misting fans before getting back on the road. We had to take turns so one of us could keep the phones well away from the water.
We took my mom out for her birthday dinner, but I wanted to make sure she still had a designated birthday “cake”. I went with a devils food cake with whipped chocolate ganache and a sweet dark cherry filling. And because it was for my mom, I decided to try my hand at making some chocolate flourishes to fancy up the outside of the cake. I don’t think I’ll be winning any pastry contests any time soon, but not bad for my first attempt.
Looking freshly scrubbed and glow-y from our mother daughter facials
We took my mom to the local soda fountain so she could enjoy the old fashioned treats and check out the cool toy shop that shares the space. Not wanting to miss out on any potential chocolate awesomeness, she opted for the nano cone taster trio. I was really excited to discover that they not only had 4 vegan ice cream flavors, they also had vegan hot fudge. Best. Ice cream. EVER!
There once was a giant burger on that plate…I don’t know where she puts it, but my mom has got a healthy appetite for such a tiny lady.
On her actual birthday, I took the day off from the office, and my mom and I donned our flower crowns and spent the day out gallivanting. I introduced her to my new favorite breakfast spot.
And birthday week ended the way it started with cake, except this time we cheated and picked up a four pack from one of the local shops.
Luckily, my mom didn’t have to head home right after birthday week. We still have another week to hang out and have fun. What have you been up to lately?
Even though the family reunion actually takes place at Crescent Beach, we always come up with a reason to make the 15 minute drive to downtown St. Augustine. This year was obviously no exception, but since I was only going to be able to stay for a long weekend, my Aunt Ingrid, my Aunt Diane and I decided to have a girls day out and hit up the shops/cafes on Sunday. It never ceases to amaze me how you can go somewhere for years and feel like you know it like the back of you hand. Then, you go with someone else, and it seems like a whole new place. Sure, there were a few places that lined up for all of us, but I’d never been into some of the galleries we walked through or seen some of the private gardens we discovered as we skirted around the edge of the “tourist” area.
I really do love St. Augustine; for a while, I had even considered going to Flagler College just so I could spend my undergraduate years strolling the cobble streets and taking in the ocean breeze. Ultimately, I realized that, as much fun as I have one week out of the year, it wasn’t enough to base such a big decision on. Much better to move to a place I’d only seen once before orientation; at least they had my desired major.
So to be completely brutally honest with you guys, I am having a really crappy day. I lost my younger brother a year and a half ago, and today is his birthday. He would have been 27. The anniversary of his death of course is sad, but his birthday? It’s a million times worse. It’s a reminder of all things he is missing, all of the things he never got to see. I feel this deep gnawing impotent rage, that mocks me with how unfair life can be and how, now matter how hard we try, a lot of it is out of our hands. Last year was bad, but for some reason this year has been a lot worse. Instead of focusing on the anger though, I wanted to share some of my favorite Charlie moment’s with you guys.
- The time that he decided to pan handle his way across the US so he could move from Florida to Las Vegas.
- The time he convinced my mom that he was only drinking orange juice and the alcohol she was smelling was coming from my aunt’s rum balls (which have absolutely no alcohol in them).
- The time he took a picture with his friends cat, then got really excited when I told him it made him look like an evil genius. Evidently, that was the exact look he was going for.
- The time I convinced him to try a hair lightener I’d been considering, and his hair turned bright orange. I decided not to use it after all.
- The time he was trying to tell me about a song he had heard, and he described it as “the one about the one armed bird.” After I stopped laughing I told him it was the “white winged dove.”
- The time he explained how easy it was to steal fried chicken from Publix.
- The time Andy and I spent the night at his apartment, and he made a super meaty manly breakfast for he and Andy and a special vegetarian breakfast for me complete with what he called “fancy fruit salad.”
- The time I told some of my college drinking stories, and he had to pick his jaw up off the floor because he couldn’t believe that I had actually done anything like that.
I know some of these things like drinking in the car and shoplifting might seem like things I shouldn’t share, but my brother pushed boundaries. He was who he was, and he worked really hard to get to a place where he could live his life and say “this is me, I don’t care if you like it.” Besides, he loved that he had amassed a collection of crazy stories that it would take most people a life time to build. I miss him everyday, and I hate that there aren’t going to be any more stories.