Over Cocktails

Well here I am, another day late, another week shot. I have failed at writing these posts as consistently as I’d like and truthfully I can’t make any promises that will change in the next few weeks 😔 with way too much going on!! But I’ll do my best to always have an “Over Cocktails” post.

  1. I had a friend in town last weekend and I loved showing him some of my favorite spots in Jacksonville.  He arrived on Thursday night and we immediately went to TacoLu to enjoy some of the best Mexican in town, then over to Hoptinger for a quick beer. Friday we went to dinner at Barrique – an amazing new restaurant in Avondale. He enjoyed a Moscow mule as I quenched my thirst with a much needed glass of wine. At the recommendation of the server, we shared food (calamari, goat cheese ravioli and polenta fries) and we were not complaining, everything was absolutely amazing! On our way home, we hit up Aardwolf and I immediately questioned why I don’t go there more often – close to work, close enough to home and Olivia is welcome.  When I started to get upset about having to leave with no good/draft beer at home, he made the most obvious suggestion for me to get a crowler. SERIOUSLY – why have I never actually considered this?  Saturday, I felt so culturalized (which is apparently not a word, but a word that I like and I’m going to continue using) when we went to the LIBRARY – yes, I went to the LIBRARY on a SATURDAY!!! I shocked myself too!!! We went to the Riverside Arts Market and then walked the riverwalk to the library downtown to see an exhibit that featured a piece of art by Banksy (an anynomous graffiti artist) that was done in San Francisco – it’s actually pretty interesting and I was ashamed that I have driven past the signs for months and didn’t pay any attention to them.  More info. IMG_8312.jpgAfter our long walk – we went to lunch and then to another one of my favorites Wicked Barley and then Southern Swells.  Sunday, we went for a long walk on the beach and then down to Caps where he made the comment “Yeah, this doesn’t suck” – I couldn’t have said it better as I was ordering my second Goombay Smash! We went walked around downtown St. Augustine and then met up with some friends where he quickly realized I have a serious disability when it comes to directions as I was trying to follow Google Maps and couldn’t understand why it kept buzzing at me when I was going the wrong way! 🤷‍♀️  The rest of the trip was low-key.  He went to Little Talbot Island while I was at work and enjoyed how deserted it was. I fell asleep every night on the couch, shocked him with new made-up words and even tortured him to work on a puzzle with me but somehow I still convinced him to stay an extra day and join me and my friends for Taco Tuesday.  The rest of my week was spent recovering and catching up on sleep, and here we are at the weekend AND St. Patricks day – for the first time ever, I don’t have any plans!  ☘️


Over Cocktails

My typical “Over Cocktails” post usually posted on Friday’s has been pushed to Saturday.  I tried writing this with 15 minutes to spare on Thursday night, but didn’t get the opportunity and couldn’t write at lunch yesterday because work was CRAZY BUSY – I didn’t even leave until 6:30 – who does that on a Friday?  Not me typically, so I guess I can’t complain too much!

  1. My family was in town last weekend and we surprised our parents with an anniversary celebration at a new spot overlooking the river, River & Post. We even had the aunts/uncles in on the surprise who were waiting for us on the rooftop to have a drink before dinner/  Unfortunately it was REALLY cold, so we weren’t able to enjoy it as much as we would’ve liked, but it was a great time listening to my moms siblings reminisce over the actual wedding day 46 years prior.  ❤️  IMG_8212

    2. Saturday night was a onesie bar crawl, because you know, I’m 36 and still doing bar crawls, but I find that everyone becomes best friends when you look like fools and I think it is so much fun! I dressed as a white tiger (even though it looks like a zebra) and had such a great time hitting up most of Jacksonville beaches finest watering holes!


    3. Every morning as I’m getting dressed I watch the Today show.  Well, Monday morning they were discussing ways to stop checking your phone as much throughout the day.  Full disclaimer: I don’t necessarily think I check my phone THAT much, but I am inclined to grab it while sitting at a stop light or other times of impatience. So, at that moment, I decided to try out on of their techniques which was to put my phone on a grayscale. Everything was black and white – like the movie Pleasantville (and other earlier movies prior to the 50’s) and I gotta admit, I was less inclined to get on Instagram with the boring black/white colors. I did do it all week long, why – who knows why I really do anything stupid like this, but I like to try these ideas out.  I even posted something to IG without knowing how it looked with the filter I choose and I”m pretty happy with how it turned out.   I’m not going to lie though, I had a major blonde moment, when I decided to do this little “test” I screen-shot my phone, only to realize it would still show in color. 🤦🏼‍♀️



    4. My brother-in-law and sister found me this hat and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! There’s reason I”m so excited – I signed just a lease to live up there for a few months!  More to come on this in a later post, but I am SUPER EXCITED!!! IMG_8132


Over Cocktails

I am going to go on record and say that today’s “Over Cocktails” post is going to have a whole lotta nothing important other than things that have been on my mind.

  1.  If anyone saw my “selfie” on Instagram yesterday, I apologize – it was definitely up there as one of the worst pictures I’ve ever posted, if not THE WORST! But I’m not that vain and my Pure Barre studio is doing a challenge (so I got points for posting) plus it was #NationalWorkoutBuddyDay for Women’s Health magazine and I figured I’d kill two birds with one stone.  On that note, Pure Barre was PACKED due to this challenge and we were staggered on top of each other.  I’m not complaining, I just wish I would’ve known. I’ve been going pretty religiously at 6am since May and the class had double the amount of people and seven people I’ve never even seen.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy and excited for them and hope they love it as much as I do, but now I know I have to wake up five minutes earlier to make sure I get my typical spot. (saving you from the “selfie” with just a PB picture)


    Pure Barre

  2. Olivia had her 14 y/o check up today (I know, that’s not a thing) but she had to get her shots and the vet was pleasantly surprised with how my old girl is doing!  He said everything looks great and she may be losing her hearing/vision a bit, but it’s nothing he’s concerned about! ❤️IMG_8110
  3. I had my windows down on the way to the vet and apparently didn’t roll up my passenger side AND left my purse sitting on the front seat.  Stupid blonde moment, I get, but everything was still there! 😁
  4. My Hello Fresh delivery (which I love)  made the suggestion to put the scallion in water and watch it grow.  This scallion had no root or anything, but I put it in the water and it grew roots AND sprouted.  Am I stupid for being shocked by this?  I gotta admit, it was very entertaining and I did not expect it to get as large as it did!
  5. The kids in my neighborhood came to my doorstep this week saying they were raising money for a laptop for their school.  I gave them $20 and THEY DIDN’T EVEN SAY THANK YOU – I had to force a “thank you” out of them!!! 😡 Not only that, but their parents were no where around – am I the only one who thinks that’s weird, they’re like 6 maybe 7? Was I scammed? I did have to sign a paper….but then again, I had to find a pen to sign it. . .🤔 I truly don’t think that I got scammed, but these kids have NEVER made a good impression on me, for reasons I don’t care to get into but they just solidified everything I’ve thought!

Now on to the weekend which I fortunately get to spend with the ones I love the most! Plus a onesie bar crawl and an exciting week following!


February in Review

How’d this happen?  How did January go SO SLOWLY and February FLEW by – I have heard it, thought it, saw the memes and I feel comforted that I am not the only one who feels this way!.

January wasn’t a great month for me (nothing horrible happened, just being sick and some other things that clearly weren’t too horrible since I can’t recall what they were 😂). and I was really looking forward to February and all-in-all it was a great month! I got something finalized that I have been working on for a while (stay-tuned – I am SUPER excited to share this news), went on a fun mini-getaway, enjoyed spending quality time with my extended family, caught up with various friends that I haven’t seen in a while and celebrated birthdays.  PLUS – the weather was perfect all month long!

As for my Monthly Resolutions – I didn’t TECHNICALLY succeed for February which was to do a home improvement project.  I had one easy project I wanted to do, but the weekends got away from me and I was told by my perfectionist father that I should do it differently than I originally wanted to do. He’s right and therefore my “easy” project turned into way more which caused for more tools than I have in my little Ikea toolbox, so it’ll be postponed to a time when I have a few extra hours to do it properly. .

I still plan on doing this project and hope to get it done in March, but until then I decided to put a little something at my front door.  So, I guess technically it’s improvement since it’s improving the look of my front door, right?  😉


Olivia in the window! 😍

I have a great feeling that as the year goes by, it will only get better. Once again, I am looking forward to a new month and sharing some thing that I am extremely excited about!

A lil bit of Lexington!

Another successful trip in the books! This time – Lexington, KY….I know how it sounds….who thinks of going on a vacation to Lexington unless you’re a huge bourbon drinker, there for the horse races or basketball – but nope, neither of those were my reasons – I went to visit my friend Kristin who moved out there a while ago and I will say, it was a great trip!

I was a bit thrown off when I arrived in this tiny airport with only a few terminals. I could jump and reach the ceilings, there was a bunch of bourbon barrels in the windows and as the luggage came out it made the sound of the start of a horse race.  Clearly I was in a city that LOVES their bourbon and horses (every street sign even had horses on them)!

Friday night we had reservations at a really nice steak restaurant, Tony’s of Lexington, and it was one of the best steaks I’ve had…and I’ve had A LOT! I sipped on a bourbon cocktail – being completely out of my element, but knowing that in Lexington that’s what you are supposed to do. I’m not going to lie, I enjoyed it, but I don’t know my limits and that scares me, so I only enjoyed a couple. We then went out to a couple bars and had an unexpectedly great time, stayed out WAY too late, made some new friends and countless memories to laugh at over the weekend.


Saturday, I let Kristin sleep in until 10:30 and if you know me at all, you know I am a morning person and ready to get up and get going!  I think we were both moving a bit slowly, so I was not complaining this time. We headed out to my kind of place for lunch, Hopcat.  Too many beers on tap made for a difficult decision and I wasted no time ordering the buffalo chicken wontons – needless to say, I was in absolute heaven, but highly disappointed when I was told that we were getting one in Florida, somewhere near Jacksonville – then I asked the next person and she said Port St. Lucie 🤔 (Only about 3.5 hours from Jacksonville)IMG_7996

It was a rainy/nasty day, so we relaxed a bit before hitting up some local breweries, Mirror Twin Brewing and Ethereal Brewing


We then caught up with our “new” friends that were in town for the UK Basketball game. (For the record, I think the uber driver wanted to kick me out when I asked “Isn’t Kentucky known for their love of basketball?” 😝)

The rain got worse and we were a soaking mess by the end of the night.  Probably didn’t help that I decided to run in the rain and jump in every puddle along the way vs. getting in a packed uber.  But it definitely made for another fun/exciting night!

Sunday, we woke up and went to a really cool brunch spot, County Club, before heading out to enjoy the little bit of sunshine that peeked out.  Unfortunately, the sun did not dry up the trail paths at raven run nature sanctuary and we attempted to hike these trails, but it was WAY too muddy and slippery. After the upteenth time we almost fell, we decided we’d rather have all of our limbs in place and not be in a cast over the next few months and turned around. We did see three deer though!

We were both needing to get some sort of exercise in, even if it was just a little, so we went to the University of Kentucky and walked the paved path there, had an early dinner and home and on the couch to watch a movie by 7:30!

Now, back to reality, detoxing and eating “my version of healthy” until next weekend when family is in town visiting!

Over Cocktails

So much to say, so little time – currently at the airport about to fly out to Lexington to visit my good friend Kristin! This week has flown by and I’ve been non-stop and needing a little break from reality.  Woke up this morning, went to Pure Barre and straight to the beach to watch the sunrise – even though I was about five minutes too late, it was still very nice to get out and see a little piece of the world coming to life!

1. Last weekend was B-U-S-Y, but I was not complaining – I was able to catch up with friends I haven’t seen in a while. Went out for a friends 30th birthday to River & Post and I CANNOT wait to go back, the food was amazing and the rooftop bar was like something you don’t see in Jacksonville. I kept telling others how I felt like I was in a different city!IMG_7891 The night turned into a few more drinks and these pictures pretty much sums it up – needless to say, I did not make it to barre the next morning!

Saturday one of my most favorite people and her fiancé was in town, so I joined them for lunch along with one of my other favorite people and her husband! We spent FOUR hours outside enjoying the sunshine, laughing and catching up!!! IMG_7982 Sunday I got an invite to head down to Daytona for the 500 – I used to go to these races all the time as a child and it was just as much fun this time – the weather was absolutely perfect and even more fun running into one of my best friends, Nikki!!! Thanks to Instagram, I knew she was there and immediately sent her a text – she was one section over from me. Our friends kept saying “You two need to keep in better touch” and we were like “we talk almost every day – how much better do we need?” But both of our trips were last minute and she’s never been and I haven’t been in probably 10 years, so it didn’t even cross either of our minds!

Of course, I’d be foolish not to mention my little claim to fame here when I drove a NASCAR at Daytona International Speedway – read more about it here!

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I had Monday off for President’s day and once again, enjoyed the beautiful sunshine catching up with another old friend who recently moved away! Afterward I met up with my girls for dinner/movie! IMG_7918Clearly I enjoyed as much Vitamin D as possible last weekend and wrote this post way too fast, but they are boarding my flight now and I am going up north to cold weather, but looking forward to experiencing a new city!!!

Have a great weekend!!! 


Over Cocktails

Another mindless “Over Cocktails” post today – in all honesty, it was one of the reasons I decided to start writing this blog…I truly enjoyed going in to work, sipping on my protein shake, and reading something that I didn’t have to truly process for the first 30ish minutes of my day (don’t tell my bosses), so I figured I’d contribute to it and start my own mindless reading..

There are other reasons for this blog and I PROMISE I have some pretty exciting things to report in the next few weeks, but bear with me as I finalize all the details!!! 

  1. First and foremost:  Happy Birthday to my favorite brother and my favorite nephew.  My brother, who is only 14 months younger than I am, is one of my biggest fans of this blog and I truly appreciate his support and encouragement.  He has been a staple in my life as we were inseparable as children, then grew into teenagers who drove our parents crazy with the constant bickering and now he drives me crazy with his obnoxious kiss-up smirk. But don’t tell him this:  I love him and would’t change a thing about him. He is an excellent husband, great son/brother/friend and amazing father two his lil chihuahua’s.

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    I didn’t realize my nephew would capture my heart as much as he did, he is so incredibly patient, sweet and full of life. He’s smart and fun and I enjoy every second I get to spend with him! I hate that’s he’s turning 12 today, but love watching him grow and interacting with him even if it’s on FaceTime and he’s making ugly faces!!!

  2. Last was a great weekend spent with family and fairly confident I’ve mentioned this one too many times but I am so incredibly fortunate to have the family I do, we have recently reconnected with a family member and are so beyond thankful to have them in our lives! 

  3. I have heard of two incidents of people taking chances and making changes in their life this week. Bethany Watson, a host on Elvis Duran, announced this week that she will be leaving the show to pursue other adventures and then a friend of mine put in his two weeks notice after realizing for a few months that he was way too unhappy and life is too short to feel that way! It’s a HUGE decision, but those chances are necessary at times and definitely not easy! I am so excited for my friend and will continue to follow Bethany to see where lives little adventures take her.  IMG_7676
  4. PSA for the day: I have used the detox foot pads and I’m not a holistic person (not even sure if this would be considered holistic), but they are AMAZING! I’m not going to deny it – it could all be in my head, but every time I sleep with these on my feet, I wake up before my alarm – extremely well-rested and energized.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them and I have already bought my next set! 

    Have a great weekend! Looking forward to catching up with friends this weekend for some more birthday festivities and out-of-town guests!!!😘

Happy Valentine’s Day

valentine's day

As I’m scouring online, I’m reading all these negative posts about how hard it must be to be single around Valentine’s Day (aka Singles Awareness Day) and I won’t agree with that statement at all! I’m not going to say it’s my favorite holiday, but then again – it wasn’t my favorite holiday when I’ve been in serious relationships in the past.  Sure, it’s nice to go out to a fancy dinner, have flowers delivered to the office and maybe a nice gift waiting for you when you get home! But in reality, I enjoy those things WAY more when it’s an unexpected surprise and not a Hallmark holiday.

I have never been the kind of person who is upset about where my life is….Am I 110% happy with where it is – ABSOLUTELY NOT, but I know very few people who are; and if I believe they are happy, I may have a false sense of reality. Let’s face it, the world is full of people posting everything happy about themselves (I know I’m guilty of it) and nothing of what’s actually troubling them – which we’d probably not want to see/read about anyway, but it gives the perception that everything is all sunshine and flowers.

I get the question A LOT, “Why are you still single?” and that’s a question I DESPISE!!! I don’t know, I don’t have an answer other than the fact I just haven’t met the right person. I have learned so much from all my past relationships that have helped me grow stronger and I have absolutely no regrets from any of them, but they just didn’t work out and I am fine with that. I have embraced my singledom and find it to be kind of fun/challenging. ☺️ Don’t get me wrong, I would much rather have someone to share life’s little adventures with me, but it is certainly not holding me back!

I enjoy the love surrounding Valentine’s Day and I am fortunate enough to have my family, friends and two lil ones that always get excited to see me walk through the door! 



My loves


As a side note, I just found this article  and think it speaks so clearly to me. I’m a Sagittarius and can’t agree more that I must take a solo road trip!  This WILL be happening soon and I am really looking forward to it! 😊

And today is Ash Wednesday, I am a bad Catholic and haven’t been to mass since a friend’s wedding (does that even count?) but I always test my willpower during lent and this year I have given up two things that are definitely going to be challenging.  WISH ME LUCK!  



Over Cocktails

I have been MIA and I have absolutely NO excuse other than the fact that I haven’t had much to say – I KNOW, IT SHOCKS ME TOO!!!

Something about this week has been out of the ordinary. I don’t know if it’s because work has been crazy busy, I skipped Taco Tuesday or I’ve been extremely domesticated all week. Regardless, I’m not complaining, but……I’m not loving it either.

  1. I had a great weekend last weekend.  It included dinner at my brother and sister-in-laws house on Friday (somehow they watched Olivia for me AND made me dinner) where they made low-carb tacos – the cheese was melted into a taco shell and it was DELICIOUS! I WILL be making these myself.  Saturday kicked off with two pure barre classes, cleaning and then catching up with great friends at some local breweries – Green Room/Southern Swells…..my kind of Saturday; exercise, productive and fun with a great group of people. Then celebrated dad’s birthday over the Super Bowl and watched the Eagle’s win – THANK GOODNESS!! (Should’ve been Jags, but whatever, I’m not bitter! 😝)
  2. I am quickly realizing I need to SLOOOOWWWWW down.  I have always been a self-proclaimed very impatient person.  Well, I realized I just need to slow down after driving my aunts around last week and basically taking ten years off their lives as they were holding on to Oh Sh*t bar for the less than five minute ride! So I’ve really been working on it and I can’t promise that I will succeed, but be patient (see what I did there!😝)
  3. On that note, I was leaving for Pure Barre yesterday morning at 5:45 as I do every morning and apparently didn’t wait for the garage to go up fully (#halfasleep).  The sound of a garage door hitting your car is NOT a something you want to hear first thing in the morning.  I could’ve sworn it cracked my back windshield, but fortunately, it only took off my little fin (over my antennae) at the top of my car and there’s a dent in it that you can barely see.  It’s honestly not that bad, but terrified me and I’m still a bit depressed about it. I have never hurt my car, and although I got it in ’09 – I still absolutely love it and don’t want another one. Recently I joked with one of my friends saying if I won the lottery I don’t think I would buy another car, he quickly called my bluff and I’m pretty sure he’s right, but sadly that’s not a decision I have to deal with right now. IMG_7802 2
  4. As I mentioned earlier, I have been very domesticated all week by staying home and cooking/cleaning/laundry every night.  I signed up for Hello Fresh and received my first  three meals. My evenings have been spent prepping/cooking.  These meals have all been so yummy and I love the fact that it’s perfect portion control and you don’t have a lot of leftover glazes, sauces, spices, etc. NO pictures though, but I have run the dishwasher WAY more than usual 😉 I doubt I will keep the subscription going on a permanent basis, but it’s nice to have different dinner options! 
  5. My credit card has been compromised.  What a friggin PITA!!! All my automatic payments have to be rescheduled and trying to figure those out will be a task in itself.  SO extremely frustrating! 😡
  6. fullsizeoutput_1b21I can go on and on talking about “This Is Us” – it is SERIOUSLY one of the best shows I’ve ever seen (granted I’m not a great judge, since I don’t watch a lot of tv) but I put my phone on “Do Not Disturb” when watching each episode and fully engage in the hour of television and LOVE every second! Of course Jack Pearson would get the dog AND the photo albums!!! ❤️

Anyway, my sister, cousin and his family are in town this weekend and I am beyond excited to spend it hanging with the people I love the most! I hope to have more to talk about next week …. although looking back, I think I did ok for some mindless reading on a Friday morning 😂!  


Have a great weekend! 

Over Cocktails

THANK GOODNESS IT IS FINALLY FRIDAY and FEBRUARY!!! Anyone else feel like this week has DRAGGED on and on and on, and that doesn’t even compare to the month of January, which was just not a good month and I am beyond excited that it’s in the rearview mirror now! 

I’ve got a lot of things to look forward to in February and ready to use this weekend as a kick off to a great month!   


Thanks Nikki for the perfect picture!

  1. I’m officially a F-A-I-L-U-R-E and I am more than ok with it, but I didn’t make it through Dry January. Obviously, there were the two Jaguars playoff games where I conceded and had a few beers because as I’ve said before, there’s something wrong wtih watching football and drinking water! But I was going to extend Dry January by two days and I didn’t even make it to that point ☹ I had a rough week and decided my sanity was worth being a failure by a couple days and to be honest – I have no regrets!
  2. I tried a few new places in town last weekend and LOVED them all (and as I write this post, I’m highly embarrassed at how bad I was this weekend with my food choices – although, in my defense, I don’t feel I was that bad, I maintained portion control and still worked out every day!)
    1. Grub Burger – just opened at Town Center, TECHNICALLY I didn’t eat, but my friends got extra food that a server just graciously gave them to try and I came in and it was staring me in the face and I had to have a bite or two! So good, plus they have a full-service bar. WIN – WIN!
    2. Mini Donut – first off, I am not a sweets lover, but I had to try to this place. They have all different types of flavors and you could try three mini donuts for $2.50 – NOT BAD AT ALL! The line probably took about 25 minutes to get through, but fortunately Southern Swells (brewery next door) was having their one-year anniversary party, so I was GTG with a beer in hand!!! For the record, I got the fruity pebbles (because I wanted to try something I wouldn’t normally get), the peanut butter cup (which was my absolute favorite), and the honey maple bacon (which are definitely worth a try) donuts!
    3. Cheddar’s – went with one of my favorite ladies who I’m fairly confident won’t ever read this because I don’t think she reads my blog…one day we were talking and I said “Oh, I’ll write about that in my ‘Over Cocktails’ post” and she said “OMG, that is such a cute idea!!!” HAHA!!! It’s always great to catch up with her, I didn’t eat nearly enough of my food, but I was so impressed at how reasonable the place was – it was packed and the wait was about an hour.
    4. Florida Cracker Kitchen – This is a MUST, I’m not sure if it was just the comfortable feeling of good cooking, the Bloody Mary bar out front (or in my case – the mimosa bar), sitting outside on the Adirondack chairs while waiting an hour for a table, or the amazingly cute retail shop – still regretting not getting that hat (guess I’ll be going back soon!) But enjoyed the company with my friend Matt, who is always up for trying new things with me! 
  3. I did a poll on Instagram last week to determine if the majority of people like strawberry jelly or grape jelly more on their PB&Js. I am a grape jelly lover, but apparently the minority at 22%.IMG_7697
  4. I went to the theater play of Lion King last night and it was SO INCREDIBLY good.  The costumes in itself made the show and I kept thinking to myself how I lack creativity after seeing those! My mom graciously gave me her ticket, so I spent the evening with a wonderful group of ladies (her best friends which included my two of my favorite aunts!) 
  5. Just for A Lil Bit of Cuteness

    Hung with this little man this week who told his mom that I was “kind”


    LOVE when cat sits like this!

Have a great weekend everyone!!!