Over Cocktails

I am NINE days down before my big summer move and life is a bit hectic. I’ve been preparing and doing a little each night over the last couple of months, but somehow as the time gets closer and closer, I am feeling more and more overwhelmed. Overwhelmed with things to do, people to see and parties to attend!  Don’t get me wrong, the “people to see” and “parties to attend” part is what I LOVE – it’s the “things to do” part lingering over my head that is NO FUN!

I am out of town this weekend, so last weekend a bunch of people joined me for a few (ok, it was more than “a few”) drinks to send me off – even my parents and their friends enjoyed a few cocktails with me at the beach bars!

We all had so much fun bar hopping that night and I couldn’t be more thankful to everyone who came out. Unfortunately life gets in the way and I don’t get to see these people as much as I’d like, but I am so grateful for these lifelong friendships I have built over the years! I guess I was too busy mingling because I didn’t get near as much pictures as I would’ve liked.

(As a side note: my sister-in-law swears I’m a Russian Spy because I have such a wide/diverse group of friends, but I wouldn’t want it any other way!)

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My friend Kari sent out a reminder on a daily basis about the party via Facebook with pictures I’m still shocked she found…one went back to 2005 and let’s just say “I’m glad Facebook was just coming around back then!

Like I said I am out of town this weekend, heading up to Nashville to celebrate my brothers best friends wedding!!! This will, without a doubt, be a ridiculously fun weekend. I traveled with him, his family and his bride to Ireland a couple years ago and they know how to PARTAY!!! The picture below shows me and my family in rare form after a few too many cocktails at the grooms mothers birthday bash!

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Last party with this crew in Ireland! 

Flying out in a couple hours – let the fun begin! 

Over Cocktails

…or “Over Coffee” as my friend Carole said since she typically reads this blog while enjoying a cup of coffee. Unfortunately for her and anyone else who is hoping to get a little bit of mindless entertainment in before starting their day there hasn’t been much posted because I have been slacking, and will continue to slack for the next few weeks until I get settled in my new place.  But in the meantime, it is 8:30 on a Friday night and I’m already showered and on the couch….blogging, WHO DOES THIS?!?!

Apparently I do, but in my defense, I am going out for my “temporary going away” party tomorrow night and I wanted to get some rest tonight.  Plus Olivia is getting groomed first thing in the morning and I have Pure Barre and other things to finalize around this chaotic house of mine! Don’t let me fool you though, I did go to happy hour with my good friend, Kristin, who is in town for a few days, but I was home by 6:30!

However, last weekend was such a great weekend, that I couldn’t let a week go by without sharing.  I was able to help coordinate and plan a bridal shower for a VERY special bride!! And it was put off just perfectly and then I was able to join the bride and groom for an after party drink at Atlantic Beach Brewing Company.

Then my high school friends and I were anxious for an “uber night out” and we definitely made the best of it!!! It was a night of endless chatter and tons of laughter that continued over the next few days with ongoing text messages reminiscing about the fun we had and how it affected us throughout the week!

In addition to all the fun I had last weekend, the week was busy as well with happy hour with my mom and Carole (mentioned earlier, but sadly did not take any pictures) and the Jumbo Shrimp season opener game – it’ll likely be the only time I get to sport my Shrimp hat this year. 😥IMG_3469

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!  I’LL BE OUT AT THE BEACH TOMORROW NIGHT,  COME OUT AND SAY GOODBYE! 

Over Cocktails

This week was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week!  Ok, that’s a bit dramatic, I just had a little hiccup in my moving plans that has put me in a bit of a funk, but I have faith that everything will work out and I’m not going to get myself upset about it right now. Without going into extensive detail – the place that that I signed a lease on in Richmond isn’t AT ALL what is depicted online, so I’m just trying to get that figured out. On a positive note:  I had an amazing weekend and very productive week, so can’t complain too much!

  1. First off, Saturday was one of the best days I’ve had in a while.  We went down to St. Augustine to enjoy a beautiful day acting as tourists and checking out all the local watering holes.  But first, we stopped by my friends house and played with some goats and pigs and I even watched geese hatching (seriously one of the coolest things ever!)  I can’t say enough great things about this wonderful family, and honestly I don’t think they’d want me to, but it’s always an adventure going down to see them and all the amazing things they are doing to rescue animals.  Then we went out to downtown St. Augustine and probably stayed out way longer than we needed, but we were having so much fun no one wanted to leave! Sunday was spent enjoying Easter with my wonderful family where we had amazing food and walked to the annual Mandarin Art Festival! These kind of weekends are what it’s all about!
  2. I have been spending every spare minute getting ready for this “move” –  even if it’s 15 minutes, I am using this time to get rid of things I don’t use and cleaning out closets, even trying (for the first time ever) consignment. My spare bedroom is in absolute chaos….but it’s kind of empowering knowing there’s a method to my madness and it will all cleared in just a few weeks.
  3. Tuesday night was the one night I haven’t done anything to get ready for this temporary move, but I had a VERY good excuse. I got to hang with three of my favorite teenagers! For those of you who don’t know me, I babysat a family throughout my college years and beyond and this family had such an incredible impact on me.  I have been fortunate enough to watch these “children” grow into amazing people and I enjoy the time I get to spend with them so much. We made pizzas at home and watched the movie “A Kind of Murder” – highly recommend the movie (even though a 15 year-old had to explain the ending to me😝)!

4. Look what I got this morning!!! 250 CLASSES!!! IMG_8625.jpg

Looking forward to another great weekend with a bridal shower for one of my best friends and then dinner/drinks with some more of my best friends! Can’t complain, these next few weeks are going to be crazy busy and I’m going to cherish all of it.  But first: I gotta get through Friday and then my hair done so I can start the weekend off right!

 

Have a great weekend!!! 

Hang Glide USA

A couple years ago, we bought my dad a trip to go hang gliding up in Fernandina Beach and he loved it so much he wanted to go again. Without hesitation, I promised him I would go with him…..that was a year ago!

First off, let me explain this whole hang glide thing – it’s not like what you expect, it’s not like I was flying in the sky with just the wind, my body and a large wing. I had a pilot, the aircraft had a propeller and we were being monitored by air traffic control. Some people have referred to the machine as an ultralight hang glider.

I knew I needed to do this as soon as possible before I wussed out, especially after talking to people and hearing “nope, no way” or “you’re insane”. Even my brother who has gone skydiving said he wouldn’t do it!!! But I truly didn’t understand the fear these people had, especially after further research showing a 100% safety record and the pilot who has over 20 years experience! 

So I booked our flights (my uncle even joined us) and I have to say, it DID NOT disappoint. The first (and only) mistake I made was watching my dad go up – that looked to be the most terrifying part, but in reality it was amazing!  It was such a smooth ride up (I was actually shocked at how smooth it was) and it feels much different than it looks. The ride itself was extremely exhilarating and I’m not going to lie – I was TERRIFIED THE ENTIRE TIME, but loved every second of the 30-minute flight!

The views of the Fernandina Beach shoreline were amazing – and I heard it’s pretty common to see a dolphin, whale or shark in the water, but I wasn’t that fortunate! I waved to the people below as we were flying above the water at only 100′ and a gut-wrenching thrill came over me as the pilot said we are going to ascend back up. As I was SQUEEZING the chair in front of me with all my strength, I said to the pilot “don’t tell me now, but when we land, I want to know how high we are flying at this moment.” Thankfully he respected my wishes and told me when we landed that we were 2,000′ in the sky, flying approximately 70MPH!!! Yes, I was the fool flying 2,000′ high in the sky with flip flops on and have received so much grief about it, but again, I had no doubt this was going to be a completely safe experience, plus we were doing lunch/shopping afterward, so why would I wear anything other than flip flops 😉 

If anyone is looking to get out of their comfort zone, or try something new, I would highly recommend Hang Glide USA. The staff was absolutely amazing and extremely accommodating, the pilot was hilarious and it was an overall FANTASTIC experience/thrill.

TIP:  If you’re interested in going, they recommend going first thing in the morning as it’s less turbulent.  We went from 10:00-11:30 and the last flight started to get a bit turbulent.  If I did it again, I’d go at sunrise! 

 

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Not my picture, but taken from website and shows the amazing views and how high!

New Adventure!

Well here it is, something I’ve been plotting, planning and praying for….for a VERY LONG time. I could say it’s been five months, but in reality it’s been more like five years. Five years of me wanting a change, but not knowing how I could make this change happen. I realized I needed to get out of Jacksonville and experience living in another city. But to be honest – I love Jacksonville, I love my family who live in Jacksonville, I love my friends that I have grown up with and those that I have made along the way, I love my job and my house that I have made my home over the last nine years – all in JACKSONVILLE.  So why would I risk leaving all these things for the uncertainty of living in a foreign city, the uncertainty if I will love it or hate it?  This is the question I have been battling for a VERY, VERY LONG time! But I needed to figure it out and I needed to get out even it were for a short time.

A few months ago, I found out a super great/amazing couple was looking for a temporary place to live this summer and willing to live in my furnished house and even better – willing to keep my cat!!! This was clearly the perfect opportunity for me to get this “itch” out of my system. But the big thing I needed to figure out was the whole J-O-B thing, so I approached my bosses and explained my situation and without hesitation, they agreed that we could make it work and I could work remotely – from home.  I am so incredibly fortunate to work for such a great group of amazing/understanding individuals and I am beyond excited to announce that Olivia & I will be moving to Richmond, VA in May for five months!

Why Richmond? My sister and her family live there and I am a very much a family person and need family around, plus there’s a lot of outdoorsy things I can do and plenty of local breweries I can try out. I searched HARD for my new “home” and probably drove my few friends/family out there crazy asking for suggestions, but I am very excited and signed a lease with a national corporate housing company, in Shockhoe Slip – which is an area in downtown Richmond.  I will be bringing my clothes, Olivia and a few personal items that will make my temporary home, my home, but that’s it!

I will be living about 25 minutes from my sister who graciously told me I could live with them, but I knew I needed to experience Richmond on my own – in a less suburban area.

 

This blog has helped me get out of my comfort zone and it has helped me to push myself to make this move, even if it is temporary, and try a new city with new adventures. I am terrified – terrified I will hate it, not make friends and be bored (and I am not good at being bored and having nothing to do) but I am super excited to try – to try going out on my own and making friends on my own. Regardless if anyone reads it or not, I am so beyond excited to share my Richmond adventures with anyone willing to read!

I CANNOT WAIT!!! 🤗

Over Cocktails

I’m not going to lie, there’s not even a tiny ounce of me that wants to write this tonight, my couch is seeming extremely warm and comfortable and my eyes are KILLING me, so there’s no guarantee of humor, wit or anything intelligent for that matter – so, basically nothing different from any other week!

  1. Last weekend – was a great weekend, but in reality, it was St. Patrick’s Day, so how could it be bad? 🍀 Friday, I kept it easy and hung with my girlfriends to watch a movie….but in true Pippin fashion, I had to leave before the movie even started!  We had too much fun laughing, eating off the charcuterie board (that no one could pronounce) and catching up on all that life has to offer. But when the movie was going to start after 9:00, I knew I was doomed, so spared myself the embarrassment of passing out during the opening credits and just headed straight home!

    Saturday – went to Pure Barre then caught up with friends to bike ride at the beach and celebrate St. Patricks Day at Graffiti Junktion 🤔 but they did have green beer, so I had to oblige (even though I later got made fun of friends for jumping on that bandwagon! IMG_8328.jpg

    Saturday night I met up with some great friends who I don’t see nearly enough and stupidly did not get any pictures, but it was a great time catching up with them and loving on their babies.

    Sunday – it was an absolutely beautiful day, so I decided to go somewhere different and jumped in the car to drive up to Big Talbot Island where I could walk around and climb some driftwood.

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  2. I mentioned earlier that my eyes were hurting tonight, well, I was “selected” to be a part of a study to try out new contacts. I received two weeks of free contacts (I’m in daily disposables) and get $50 for each visit (there’s only two visits total). Seemed like a no-brainer, especially when they handed me a $50 bill (not a check or a gift card) However, that $50 wasn’t seeming all that great when my eyes were killing me the latter half of the day and I had to remove my contacts as soon as I got home.  A coworker even questioned why my eyes were all red!
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    Just an extremely creepy picture of my eye I took years ago, but I find it fascinating!

    3. Pure Barre challenge is almost over and I should receive $30 to spend in retail (sorry for all the check-ins on Facebook, but it would be the only way to reach the points needed to get the $30).  On that note:  I purchased this top and hoping more come in stock because I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!

     

    It’s going to be another exciting weekend and I will be going Hang Gliding in Fernandina – wish me luck and say a few prayers!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!! 

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!  ☘️

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!! 

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

TO BE CONTINUED!

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)

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    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?  😉

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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!