Over Cocktails

Ok, let me tell you – Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream was a friggin blast!  I’m not going to deny that I was a bit scared going in to the first haunted house but I put on my “brave” face and acted like I wasn’t terrified! My sister halfheartedly threatened to turn away as we got toward the front of the line for the first house, but it didn’t take much for my nephew and me to convince her to join us! However, she somehow kept sandwiching herself between me and him – leaving me behind and throwing her child in front to “protect” us.

We walked through the entire house scared to turn a corner; knowing something was going to jump out at us or fall in front of us!  But laughing throughout knowing they couldn’t touch us and loving every second of it!

The best part:  they were serving beer while we waited in line! Never have I been to an amusement park that has done that!!! Ok, really that wasn’t the best part, there were a lot of great parts like riding Verbolten – which usually has a two hour wait time, but we basically walked right on!  This is an amazing ride that has an unexpected thrill!! Regardless, that was the only ride I rode because well, they were serving beer in the haunted house lines and let’s face it – beer and roller coasters don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand!

There were zombies, monsters, whatever you want to call them – hiding throughout the park and scaring people as they walked by. It was so much fun to see people’s reactions and we will definitely be making this a yearly tradition!

 

Saturday I spent the day watching the Gators WIN!!! My niece was so incredibly patient and I promised her I’d kick the soccer ball around with her after the game. FOR THE RECORD:  I did not want to AT ALL, but she was so patient I reminded her that I made the promise and we quickly went out front.  Her laughter made it so worth it, I was trying to wear the girl out by kicking it far into the neighbors yard, but she was thought it was the funniest thing and was dying laughing as she ran (and got her steps in) to get the ball, only for me to do the same thing when the ball was back in my possession.

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Sunday was a typical day spent bellied up to the bar and loving watching football. However, it always makes for a long Monday!  The rest of the week has been pretty tame, Jackie joined me for dinner/drinks at Don’t Look Back, which was a really fun environment with pool tables, shuffleboard, a large bar and amazing food!  Once again another bar in RVA that I love!

This city knows how to do it right!

One final thing on a sad note: I have an amazing friend who is unfortunately going through a REALLY difficult time, she is fighting breast cancer which has spread to her brain and her spine 😥 She is currently going through treatment. Thankfully her faith is strong. I asked her what she wanted me to pray for in particular, and she said less pain and healing so the treatment works. She wants to stay on earth as long as possible – and hoping to see the final episode of Game of Thrones!  She has so many people who love her and we are all praying hard for her, but a few more prayers are VERY much welcomed! 🙏🏻

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Hurricane Michael is in the area tonight which is causing tornado warnings, so Olivia and I are just watching the news and the storm!

Have a great weekend! 

Comical Conversations Part II

Ok, if I wasn’t convinced I was going to be single forever, I have officially determined I am going to be.  Again, it may be me, I’m not denying that.  BUT I think there are more freaks/idiots out there, then there are good men!!! Let’s get into the latest guys I’ve “matched” with online.

Dude Man #1:  Extremely good-looking.  But was he?  Was he really good looking or was it a front to get a nice girl to swipe right?  I’m going with the latter. I should know better, he had TWO pictures and one of them was black and white, that should automatically be a NO, clearly he’s hiding something or being a bit suspicious.  Anyway, I stupidly gave him a shot and initiated conversation.

Naive Female (Me):  “Hey? How was your weekend.”

DM1: “Awesome, went to Hoopla”

Naive Female (Me): “Oh wow, I ended up there accidentally, not knowing the festival was going on, but just wanting a beer up in Charlottesville.”

DM1:  “Oh yeah, we could’ve hooked up.”

Naive Female (Me): “What?” (said very naively but giving DM1 an opportunity to clear his name)

DM1: “We could’ve hung out, had a beer.”

Naive Female (Me):  “Oh right.”

DM1: “You can come have a beer with me now” (This is on Monday, granted I was off work, but kinda weird considering the little bit of convo and lack of any ‘get-to-know-you’ kind of questions)

Naive Female (Me): “No, I have a friend in town.”

DM1:  “You can bring her”

Naive Female (Me): “Thanks, but she’s not feeling well.”

DM1:  “Oh well, would you be interested in a threesome? If not with her, with someone else?”

DM1 I gotta appreciate your candor/openness, but you picked the WRONG GIRL. Sorry Dude Man #1 – DELETE!!!

Dude Man #2:  Immediately starts telling me how he never wants to get married.  WHOA?!?! Dude, I just asked how your week has been going. He starts telling me that women are only out to get men for their money and he’s not going to give all his money to a woman. I asked if he wanted kids, he said “of course, but I’m not going to get married to have the kids” we will live separately and I’m not going to give child support.  WOW – this guy sounds like a STAND UP GUY!!! 🤦🏼‍♀️ However, I was curious of his logic at this point and asked “are your parents still married?” He responds with “Yes, they’ve been married for almost 50 years now.” My response “Well then why do you think that women are only out to get money, don’t you think women make their own money?” He said he’s had a lot of friends that have been screwed.  My thoughts:  a) you’re friends are idiots for not seeing it in advance, and/or b) there’s more to the story and you’re a bit jaded.  Regardless, DELETE, doesn’t need any more of my time!!! Good luck Dude Man #2.

Dude Man #3: The short version of this guy is he kept telling me how he can be a “bad boy”, but he’s looking for a relationship. After dodging many of the comments, I finally had to say something “If you’re looking for a relationship, then you don’t need to be a ‘bad boy’ and even if you are, what’s the point in saying it to a complete stranger?  You aren’t going to find any girl worthy of your time if you keep talking like that.”  I deleted him before he could delete me, but pretty sure I pissed him off when he said “Whatever, I get plenty on my own.” Congratufreakinlations dude!!!

Dude Man #4:  I can actually appreciate this dude. He lives in Denver, but travels back and forth to Richmond.  What allows him to travel back and forth so much:  He grows his own marijuan and apparently it’s some of the best in Colorado and has cured his dog of cancer with it.  He claims he’s had a lot of job offers and could make millions, but he’s not ready to take that step and work for someone. He enjoys his lax lifestyle out there for now and flexibility to do what he wants! He asked if I smoked and I told him I don’t.  However, he still wants to take me out to a nice steak dinner and I’m torn if I go or not. I made it very clear upon first communication that I am not looking for someone like Dude Man #1 or Dude Man #3 and to be honest, I think he appreciated those stories.  We are obviously very different, but a nice steak dinner is hard to say “no” to, so I may just join him.  After all, he’s the one who suggested it…..

I would venture to say the ratio of dudes that get a swipe right (meaning I’m interested) is probably 1 in 28, and with the few I do swipe on, this is what I’m getting.  Is it me?  Do I need to start clicking on the guys who tell me their job is “Grill Cook at Waffle House” or the guys with cat whiskers on his face saying his job is “being awesome at Advance Auto Parts.” Regardless, it’s awful out there, but makes for some great stories!!!

You’re welcome! 

I am told that these are the best posts, so I’ll keep my account open for the laughter, but really hiding the pain inside 😉

SMH

Back Together

I have VERY good reason to not live up to my promise (that I just made a week ago) for going MIA and not posting 2-3 times a week like I said I would. Kari came in town and was only supposed to be here for four days, but she missed me so much she decided to extend her stay until Thursday!  As her mom said, the gang was back together!

Kari and I lived together for five years, so we are used to the way each other “live” and I didn’t feel like I had to entertain her the entire time.  Plus I know her and how much she enjoys her alone time, so it only felt natural to leave her one night during her extended stay to hang with Brian.

We both worked during the day and I had someone to hang with at night!! But I’m getting ahead of myself.  Let’s go back to the weekend, which was when the REAL fun occurred!!!

Friday:  She arrived at 9:30am and we went to brunch at Weezies, this has been on my Richmond to-do list and I’m a bit bitter it took me so long to get there.  It was SO FRIGGIN GOOD!!! Just fried goodness and reasonably priced and huge portions!!! I LOVED every bite and must go back before I leave at the end of the month 😫 (Ok, it’s probably a good thing I haven’t been before – fried goodness/huge portions. . .)

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Then we jumped in the car to head up to the mountains to go “hiking” in search of waterfalls.  Only, in true Pip fashion, I got us lost and even better, we ended up at a brewery and EVEN BETTER THAN THAT, there was a huge music festival going on!!! The brewery: Devils Backbone; the music festival: Hoopla.  We couldn’t stay for the music and most of the brewery grounds were blocked off, but still got to experience some of the excitement.  Minus the weirdo with bad breath that sat next to us at the bar and offered us a ticket and told us all about the “Benz” he’s letting his dog sitter drive around in all weekend🙄🤦🏼‍♀️. (Dudes who talk about how much money they have are a HUGE turnoff! – plus he only tipped 15%!!!!)

Kari wore a sweatshirt and it started getting hot, so we saw a Dollar General and she quickly made me do a u-turn and almost drive through a ditch, so she could go “shopping”. I have shopped for clothes at Dollar General and laughed so hard, unfortunately she was not interested in buying some hideous outfits with me to wear around!!!

After a day of checking out some breweries, purchasing souvenirs and beers to-go, it was time to head home to hit up some of my favorite local breweries and spots in town in Scott’s Addition! It was a fairly early night after a long day!!!

Saturday we woke up and walked around Maymont.  I got to experience more than the last time I went with Ashley and Katie and I loved it even more, cannot believe this beautiful place is less than 10 mins from my house.  (Probably closer if I didn’t get us lost every time!) Had lunch at Legends overlooking the water and RVA Skyline.

AND THEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE TRIP: We attended the Great American Beard and Moustache Competition!!!! WHY NOT?  Right?  It was down the street from my place and cost $15 to get in.  I think I was in heaven and told Kari about a million and five times how happy I was to be perched right up front and center of the stage!!! We stuck out like sore thumbs and had a blast!!! Asked guys to take pictures with us and the guy that is in the picture with me was on Kelly and Ryan!!! (Side note: I friend requested him on IG and he requested me back HAHA!!!)

 

Met Brian for dinner at Casa Del Barco on Saturday night – one margarita and I was feeling it – OLE!!! The atmosphere was really nice and food was amazing, however, it is a bit far and nothing else really around, so doubtful I’ll be going back.  But I wouldn’t complain if I did!! Went to a rooftop bar that evening, but I think we were tired and needing to rest up for Sunday Funday!

One of my favorite things to do is spend the day at the bar watching football on Sundays. One of my least favorite things is realizing I wasted an entire day bellied up to the bar. Unfortunately, I spend most Sunday’s by myself (but typically make friends at the bar), fortunately this time, I had Kari to spend it with me!!! For both a Jags win and a Packers win!!!

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We spent the day laying around on Monday – which I don’t think I’ve done since we lived together. She has a way of putting on a movie and I’m instantly hooked.  I’ll never forget when we lived together, I had plans for the day and she put on the movie “Catfish” and I was hooked, couldn’t get off the couch.  This time it was a 9/11 movie. I was putting on tennis shoes to go for a long walk and next thing you know, I had a blanket wrapped on me.

Fortunately, because she stayed longer, I got to take her to Belle Isle and Brown’s Island (one of my favorite places) to walk around. We tried to take pictures, but the sun was horrific and I quickly deleted those squinty-eyed mugshots!

Had a great time visiting with KK, sad to see her go, but it’ll be less than a month before I see her again!!!

Off to Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream tonight. WISH ME LUCK!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!! 

Over Cocktails

After last nights post, I have felt compelled all day to come up with something of substance for an “Over Cocktails” post today, but I can almost guarantee you, I’ll disappoint you once again.

First and foremost – my friend Kari is coming in town this weekend!!! Let me explain Kari and Pip.  We lived together for 5 years, so we know each other and how we interact pretty well. I will want to go, go, go all weekend and I will drive her insane! I sent her a list of things to do and I think she’s already exhausted from reading it.  Regardless, there will not be any “lull” in the time she’s here, unless she’s ready/needing it!

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Dating – well, still NOTHING!!! I am not as active on the apps as I should be, but to be honest – I don’t want to be, NO ONE and I mean NO ONE is giving me ANYTHING to get excited over. Conversations typically start out like this:

Me: “Hey, what’s your thing to do in town?” (Trying to give something other than the typical “hey, how are you?”)

Him: “I enjoy going here, there, wherever” “You?”

Me: “I enjoy doing this and that.” “I’ve been here/there/wherever and loved it”

Him: “Yeah, it’s pretty cool”

DUDE GIVE ME SOMETHING MORE TO GO OFF OF – I can’t be the only one entertaining this conversation.

Last convo with dude man said he had been dealing with difficult clients, my question “Oh yeah, Do you have any good stories” his response “No” I said “really nothing?  Not just today, but any time?” His response “nah, not really.” U-N-C-L-E!!! Give me something to  help continue move this conversation forward.

In reality, it’s probably better because it saved me from a date that was extremely boring and a waste of an evening/makeup/outfit!!!

Anyway, with all that being said. I am enjoying meeting new friends. I went to another Richmond Ladies of Lager this week and had a blast. I would HIGHLY recommend anyone who’s looking to meet new friends, try meetup.com – the group this week, was a bit older than the group last week, but I still had a lot to learn and discuss with all of them!!! Granted I got mocked when I ordered a $2 PBR for my fourth beer. RIGHTFULLY so, its was a ladies of LAGER group, but PBR was only $2 AND WAY less calories than I’m used to and alcohol contents.  Plus I needed to drive home, so I justified it in my own way!

Olivia is doing MUCH better after her weird incident last night.  She is panting a lot, but I called and the vet said it’s a side effect of the meds from her dental surgery.  She is taking her meds (for the most part) in scrambled eggs, but this morning, she kept spitting out one of the pills and I had to coat it in peanut butter.  I decided this evening that I needed to start making her scrambled eggs without the yolk (#cholesterol) and she kept spitting it out, I can’t really blame her though – I don’t like egg whites either – give me that yolk!!! I also can’t blame her for spitting out the green beans (vet recommended giving to her since they are soft) for her now-toothless gums!!! So for now, she’s getting cheese and is not complaining!!!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!! 

OLIVIA

This post will be short and sweet. I had a couple topics that I wanted to discuss tonight, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to research them as much as I would’ve liked and I don’t want to half-ass anything. However, in an effort to live up to my promise of writing more, I figured I’d write about Olivia because this week has been quite emotional for me.

Topic came to me this evening as I got home from my sisters house and Olivia started acting really weird, we drove home with the windows down and it was raining.  (Before any haters want to hate on the way I drive my dog around town, it is what it is, I have her wrapped in my arm and she sticks her lil nose out the window – she is literally in pure happiness. I get that I should’ve trained her better from the get-go, and actually strap her in, but I didn’t and I think it’s a worthless cause at this point.)

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Everything was fine all evening, until I got home and was taking her out of my car and her leg went up into the air and froze. I quickly put her on the ground and she fell over, couldn’t walk – it was TERRIFYING for about 2.5 mins. Then she was back to herself.

REWIND 48 hours and we were on the couch recovering from dental surgery. So clearly, I was nervous that it has to do with some after effects from the surgery – why is she acting this way?

Dental Surgery scared me to death – I DID NOT want to do it, but the vet reassured me she’d be fine and I “stalked” this particular vet and went way out of my way to go to her practice! Thankfully, she called me to tell me she was doing exceptionally well throughout the surgery. However, three teeth fell out on their own and 8 were pulled. $567 later = I’m now broke and she’s less 11 teeth! But she doesn’t have stank breath anymore and can hopefully eat her food more peacefully!

Quick bio on Olivia – she will be 15 in THREE months!!! SERIOUSLY breaks my heart 15.  She was given to me as a birthday present from an ex and is the best gift I’ve ever received (sorry to anyone who has ever given me a present, but that’s tough competition right there!) PLUS she was born on my birthday 💞

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This is why it took me WAY longer to write this post than normal. She jumped up on my lap and didn’t leave!!!

 

Over Cocktails

Currently sitting here listening to my dog pant FOR NO REASON at all!! But realizing next week she is going to have to go to the vet to be put under for teeth cleaning and it is BREAKING MY HEART!! Prayers needed/appreciated!  I REALLY wanted to protest her being put under, but I caught a glimpse of her rotting teeth (along with a smell that will never leave my memory) and talked to the vet in detail – SO.MUCH.DETAIL – thankfully she was very patient with me and reassured me Olivia will be fine and because of that, I’m driving about 20 miles out of my way to go to her practice vs. the one closest to me!

I’m going to go on record and say I have NO DESIRE to write tonight, but I’m making a promise to myself to write AT LEAST once a week and I’m going to aim for THREE times a week. Granted, I am not stupid and know that it is HIGHLY unlikely, but I have to have some goals set for myself. I was in a bit of a funk a bit earlier this week when I realized that I had no “personal goals” set for myself right now. It’s funny, how I am proactively learning things, but that’s still not “enough” for me.  Does anyone else ever have that feeling, nothing is ever enough? 

So what is that? What are goals I can set for myself?

  • Run a marathon – HAHA!!! That’s definitely not going to happen.
  • Write a Children’s Book?  Yes, I’d like to eventually do that, but probably not in the near future.
    • I wrote one for my niece a long time ago, but I did not put nearly enough effort in to it. However, I could potentially work off something I’ve already started. . .
  • Learn calligraphy – well, it was on my 2018 bucket list and let’s face it, we are nearing the end of 2018, so maybe I need to start on this

Regardless, I’m going to start with something simple, writing mindless blog posts HOWEVER, I’m going to do my best to come up with different challenges for myself to follow.

I also decided that I’m going to focus on meditating every morning. SIMPLE stuff. I mean how hard can that be?  Typically check social media when I first wake up, but just as easy to meditate with the app OAK. And as I’ve been saying for a while, I want to grow my faith, so I have downloaded Abide, a Christian meditation to do before I fall asleep.

To be continued on how this progresses!

Anyway, I digress – I am still LOVING Richmond and sad to see that my trip here will be coming to an end at the end of next October. Still so much to see/do, this city has so much to offer and I cannot express how happy I have been up here!!!   (Minus missing my family/friends, of course!)

Some blog posts coming in the near future (This is me, holding myself accountable):

  • Why I’m switching to organic
  • I’m learning self-defense – more to come on that (Thanks B – who I doubt is even reading this)
  • I’m going to attempt to FAST an entire 24-hours; I’ll give a warning to anyone who sees/talks to me on a daily basis.
  • How to flirt (Let’s face it, I SUCK at it!!!)

I’ve still been working out as much as possible and tonight, I am almost gimp from a tough workout last night and this morning, so I’m enjoying a glass of wine and just hoping I’ll wake up tomorrow to make it to the gym!

I got off the dating apps, but I will likely get back on, it’s fun for stories at the very least! I wish I could have more excitement from it, but I’m beginning to really realize maybe I’m the common denominator.

Lastly, Jackie and I went out last weekend – regretfully didn’t take any pictures, but had a blast bar hopping around Scott’s Addition.  What started out as “Lunch” (at probably one of the best BBQ places I’ve ever been, ZZQ) ended up being an all day affair of drinking around town and IT.WAS.A.BLAST!!!  On Sunday, Jackie met me at a local sports bar (walking distance from my place) for a drink and I stayed the rest of the day – into the night and made some new friends!!! Can’t wait to go back this Sunday to see the Jags 3-0!! I can’t end a post without a picture or two, but unfortunately these are only pictures I have from the last week – I’m so ashamed (maybe I should make “taking more pictures” one of my future accomplishments).

OVER COCKTAILS

Well here I am with an over cocktails post, whaattt? Is it true, am I back to these?  Who honestly knows – things are either crazy busy or super slow – SERIOUSLY, Why is there never a happy medium?

Regardless, I have quite a few things to say, so bear with me!

Always fun to start with the dating shenanigans.  I deleted my online dating app, I’m not saying I won’t go back to it, but it is SERIOUSLY exhausting and I had a bad interaction with someone that made me realize it was time to focus on other things – like meeting friends (although I was using app to try to meet friends, but I’ll go to that in a bit) I went out on a few dates last week and I’m not going to lie: It’s fun to try new places, get to know new people, and keep my social calendar full.  BUT the constant disappointment is a bit frustrating.

PSA FOR THE DAY!!!

With that being said, a while back I noticed that you could Google my phone number and find out all sorts of information.  My first, middle and last name; address; previous addresses; people who have shared the address with me; family members; political party, salary and net worth (which is embarrassingly incorrect), etc. I cannot figure out how to remove the information from the internet other than opting out from a few sites, but main info is still there, FRONT AND CENTER when Googled. I find it to be absolutely MIND-BLOWING that this is legal and even considered changing my phone number. Until I realized I could set up a fake phone number using Google Voice – FOR FREE!! This is life changing – not just for dating reasons, but for any other reason you have to give out your phone number to complete strangers:  work, Craigslist, etc.

So – back to the meeting friends:  I tried the dating app to meet friends, and there were a couple girls I wanted to catch up with. One seemed super cool, she was married and new to town.  We had plans to go out one evening and she canceled on me, which is fine, but ball was in her court to reschedule and I never heard from her.  Her loss.  Next girl seemed like she had too much drama for my taste:  initial conversation she told me that she was talking to three different guys (I can’t even find ONE I want to talk to) and then she was traveling and next thing you know, she comes back from vacation and she’s “rekindling” things with her ex.  I’m happy for her and blah, blah, blah (all that stuff I’m supposed to say) but in reality, why is she telling a complete stranger this stuff – shouldn’t it be more of an “I like to do this and that” convo vs. “boys, boys, boys?” Am I just mean? I can’t decide, regardless – she said we should meet for coffee and next thing you know my app was deleted!  WHOOPS!!

But I didn’t really need it, I went to a girls night last night!! My lovely friend Ashley recommended I try a group called Richmond Ladies of Lager – these are beer lovers who go to all sorts of restaurants and breweries around town!  So I did it, I got out of my comfort zone and walked up to a group of five strangers and said “Hi, I’m Elizabeth” and they made me feel very welcome and I enjoyed the time I spent with them and I’m looking forward to the next event – which happens weekly!!!

Can’t leave a post without some pictures.  Not a lot over the last few weeks, but here’s some!!

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Girls Weekend in RVA

What’s better than a weekend spent with girlfriends?  In my opinion, there’s not a lot!! It was EXACTLY what I needed when two of my best friends came up to spend the weekend with me a couple weeks ago.  These are girls who I have known for more than 20 years, and we truly know EVERYTHING about each other and can laugh at all our embarrassing moments, share some of our darkest secrets and keep “non-postable” pictures from the weekend to ourselves! THANK GOODNESS, we all have each others backs!!!

And yes, it is hard to believe it’s been so long since we were in high school, when we drove around like we owned the world listening to Robert Myles and just waiting for one of our parents to tell us they were going out of town for the weekend, so we could start planning the party!  Thankfully our friendship has remained strong and we are just as close (if not closer) as we were back then.

I received one of the greatest compliments from someone taking our picture when he asked:

“Are you girls related, or have you just known each other so long you’re morphing into each other”

Unfortunately Ashley and Katie were only here for less than 48-hours, but we fit in as much as possible and had such a great time! We spent way too much money, drank way too much alcohol, devoured a years worth of calories and added to our never-ending list of memories.

Their flight was delayed and after hearing the horror story from the flight, I was concerned they wouldn’t get back on another airplane! (Although that wouldn’t have been too horrible!) We went straight to The Daily to get them (and me) fed – Katie got off the flight white-faced and me, geographically stupid, kept taking the wrong turn. She handled it WAY better than I would have handled it and probably was cursing my name internally the entire time!!! Food was just what we needed to fuel us for an afternoon walking around Cary Street, which I absolutely love to do. Unfortunately we ran out of time to hit up ALL the cute little shops (although my wallet is probably saying “fortunately”) but we had a fun rooftop bar that was calling our name!

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We made it to one of my favorites, Lunch or Supper for a late evening dinner where we had appetizers to set a base for the rest of our evening. Major fail on my part when I tried taking them to the breweries and THEY CLOSED AT 10:00!!! I knew it was early, but not THAT early on a Friday night. DULY NOTED! Went to one more rooftop bar before catching up with Brian who was at a place right by my house. And LET.ME.TELL.YOU. we were VERY much out of place.

 

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I honestly would’ve never realized this little place that I thought was a restaurant (and always wondered how it made money because it was never open) turned into a club at night.  There were glow sticks, a DJ, balloons being tossed around and lots of drinks being poured. In the restroom Katie and Ashley were asked if they were teachers – they said “NO!” and the response was “Well your friend is, right?” (asking about me) WHAT?!? we looked cute!!! How could this be?!?!

We went home with our head down in shame, but woke up the next day to do things more age-appropriate (apparently).

First stop:  COFFEE, sorry girls, I don’t have a coffee maker.

Then off to Maymont, which O-M-G, I am OBSESSED, I had no idea this was literally in my backyard.  Ok, not literally, but only about 10 mins from my house!!! I have been coming to Richmond for 12 years and only heard about it, I didn’t know anything more.  But now, I realize it is a 100-yard estate, with trails and a public park and GOATS you could petThere is also a bear, a boar (I believe) and Japanese Gardens, that unfortunately we didn’t get to see!!! The grounds were so pretty and we could’ve explored there all day.  We did make a point to tour the mansion and pet a few goats (one even bit my finger in the cutest way possible), but definitely need to spend more time there in the future.

However, the wineries in Charlottesville were calling our names.  We hit my favorite of them all, PippinHill. No, it has nothing to do with the name, it is just BEAUTIFUL and the views are amazing!!! There we met some girls who said they went to Jefferson Vineyards and we figured we would go there because they were open later and I have never been. They actually had a concert going on that night that we would’ve loved to attend, but it’s a far drive and we needed to get back. NEXT TIME!

PIPPIN HILL FARM & VINEYARDS:

JEFFERSON VINEYARDS:

Came back and had dinner at The Savory Grain, before we had one last stop at another rooftop bar.

As always, I was a bit ambitious with my planning, but we fit A LOT into a lil bit of time and had a blast.

Things I learned the weekend:

  1. I need to memorize the words to Gangsta Paradise (those two were belting out all the words on the way home from the wineries – I was quite impressed)
  2. I’m a bit of a prude and I never realized it until I was given a glow stick at the club and I legitimately had no idea what to do with it
  3. The word decollage – THANKS ASH 😉

Thanks for visiting, love you ladies!!! 

 

 

 

 

Summertime Wedding in ATL

This post has been a long one coming, and in reality, I’ve probably been intimated that I wouldn’t do it a bit of justice, but one of my best friends got married last month and the weekend and wedding could not have been more perfect!!

For months upon months, I was getting questions from bride “do you think I should do this?” I’d immediately give my first response and she’d say “but if I did that, then this could happen” it was things I hadn’t thought about because a) my head wasn’t nearly as engrossed in wedding planning as hers and b) I have never planned a wedding. So I don’t think I was a lot of help, maybe only a sounding board!

Truthfully, I have always said that I never wanted a wedding. (Do I want to get married? 110%!!!  But planning, paying and having a wedding of my own is definitely not in the cards.) With that being said, if I were to have a wedding, I’d do it very similar to Kasey’s – everything was absolutely PERFECT and not an detail was missed!!!

Before we get in to all things wedding, major shout out to this picture-perfect couple who did a fantastic job hosting and putting together an unfortgettable wedding weekend!

KS and Russ

I flew in to Atlanta on Thursday morning and spent the day doing all-things-girly! We immediately went to Ponce City Market and had lunch at H&F Burger.  This area was so cute and Kasey definitely knows how to speak my language with cute little shops and a burger joint! But we couldn’t stay long because we had reservations to get a mani/pedi and then my first professional spray tan at Raw Bronzing Studio and WOW – I am obsessed, a little awkward standing there basically nude, but the tan was WELL WORTH IT. I just wish it lasted weeks instead of days.

That evening we had dinner plans at the bride and grooms favorite restaurant, Porch Light and made it a semi-early night because we knew we had a big/busy weekend ahead! We woke up on Friday morning and made breakfast for a house full of people. Then headed to the rehearsal, but the REAL fun began that evening.  Kasey and Russ had their rehearsal dinner at the penthouse (I guess that’s what it would be called) of the OMNI hotel at The Battery overlooking the Atlanta Braves game.  Not only was the room spectacular, but the sky was picturesque and the food/desserts were crave-able good. Kasey also had Cracker Jacks and popcorn set up all around to stick with the baseball theme! It truly was awesome!!!

We woke up to hair and makeup AND breakfast and MIMOSAS – can’t beat that!!!  It was a day of pampering before heading to the wedding venue, The Wheeler House where the ceremony and reception were hosted.  The wedding was outside in late July, but the weather was actually surprisingly nice!!! The ceremony itself only lasted approximately 15 mins, then the partay began!!! SO-MUCH-FUN!!! They didn’t do the traditional bouquet or garter toss, but they picked all the music and it really got everyone dancing! Close to the end of the night, they brought out light up necklaces and sunglasses which was so hilariously funny and a HUGE hit!!! Then we took a bus back to Atlanta and the dance party continued on the bus, while I played DJ!! (Note to self:  Figure out music playlist before I nominate myself to take control of music) It was the shortest hour-long bus ride and we did not want it to end. BUT….we went back to the penthouse for a few more cocktails and then out at a bar in The Battery to top off the evening. Even convinced the bride/groom to join us!!!

I am seriously impressed – Kasey (this bride) should quit her day job and become an official wedding planner.  She did an excellent job!!! I know I mentioned it earlier, but it truly was an unfortgettable weekend and I was honored to be the maid of honor and be there for her on her special day!

I wish I would’ve gotten more pictures with the bride/groom, BUT they were a HOT COMMODITY and there was literally a line to snag a quick pic.

Thanks again Kasey & Russ – CONGRATULATIONS!!! 

Comical Conversations

This post is going to be short because I have two of my favorite ladies coming to visit me this weekend and I CANNOT be more excited 🙂 I have a laundry list of things to do, but little time to get it done!

I’m honestly not sure what I’ve been doing and why I’ve been so MIA from this blog lately, but I am staying busy and still loving it up  here.  Woke up this morning to work out and I was actually cold going to the gym!!! It was 65 degrees at 6:15am and the high today is supposed to 80 with no humidity.  I don’t think this is common for August, but I will certainly take it.

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Dating scene isn’t going any better, but that’s ok, I honestly don’t have time for it right now.  I think I mentioned before that I got on a new app and honestly I think I did it more for the comic relief.

Few of the more comical conversations:

Dude Man #1:  “Let’s hang out asap, bring your dog to my place, my little buddy (his shih-tzu) needs a friend while mommy and daddy hang out.”

Logical Female (Me): “Call me old fashioned, but I don’t think going to a complete strangers house is the smartest idea”

Dude Man #1: “All I can say is I like you, I’m a good man.”

Logical Female (Me): “You don’t even know me”

…….(thinking to myself let’s entertain this conversation a bit more)

“What kind of appraisals do you specialize in?” (this was in his profile, we have had no more conversation other than what’s mentioned above)

Dude Man #1: “I bang out the big bucks with quick office and industrial appraisals…I have my ways of getting what I want.”

Logical Female (Me): “Nice”

(that’s my way of saying end of convo, no further interaction needed)

Dude Man #1: (A couple days later) “Hey Baby, what’s up?”

Logical Female (Me):  SILENCE (baby, really?!?!)

…….(at this point, I really want to delete him, but I am more interested to see if he continues conversation and arrogance)

 

Dude Man #2: “Do you sleep with socks on or off?”

Oblivious Female (Me):  “I actually do prefer to sleep with socks on, but it’s not a necessity.  I feel it keeps me warmer and I sleep better.”

Dude Man #2:  “That’s a deal breaker, it means you have scaly feet.”

Oblivious Female (Me):  No response, just deleted and blocked him immediately – what a FREAK!!!

Now this is how you get me to continue a conversation:

Dude Man #3: “I’m a Jags fan and have been looking for someone to watch games with me!”

Excited Female (Me): “Wow, really, I didn’t think any existed in Richmond.”

Dude Man #3:  “Yeah, I’m originally from Tallahassee”

…….Where this gets really funny: He is 24!!! WHAT THE ?!?!

So on this new dating app, it asks for your age range and if it’s a deal breaker – I put age 31-41, but not a deal breaker – didn’t think it would go back to ages as young as 21!!! Guys are actually “liking” me that are 21 and one even said “You don’t look like you’re 36!” Thank you, sir – you just made my year!!! 

Anyway, back to prepping for an exciting weekend ahead 🙂 Have a great day everyone!!