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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!

 

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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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Racing NASCAR

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!!! 

 

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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!!!😘

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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! 

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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!   

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

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    LOVE when cat sits like this!

Have a great weekend everyone!!!

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My goodness, how is it already FRIDAY!!! This week seemed to FLY by and I was a homebody all week. Does that mean I’m actually growing up and becoming an adult? Highly doubtful, let’s face it, it’s likely  because I am in mourning with one more full week of Dry January and it’s starting to take a toll on me, especially after a mentally exhausting/challenging week!

On that note, let’s get to the first “Over Cocktails” point I would like to make.

  1. Here I am 26 days into Dry January (minus two, but whatever that’s irrelevant) and I haven’t lost one pound….NADA, ZERO, ZILCH, NOTHING!!! Do you know how frustrating this is?!?! I have gone to Pure Barre every day, minus the days I was sick, but let’s face it, I wasn’t eating then anyway! I swear I believe my body is meant to have a drink or two…the morning after the Jags games where I fell off the wagon, I woke up and my clothes fit looser and scale was lighter.  Yeah, yeah, I know – dehydration, but whatever – I like the first theory – my body is meant to have a glass or two a night!
  2. JAKE OWEN CONCERT was Friday night!  I went with one of my best friends, Nikki, and we had SUCH A BLAST.  Neither of us were drinking and it was probably the first concert for both of us without a beer in hand, but we had so much fun!  Jake Owen did an AH-MAH-ZING job engaging the audience and he seems so incredibly down-to-earth! He got his career in country music after a wakeboarding accident in college took him off the golf course and on to teaching himself to play the guitar. Apparently I’ve been living under a rock when it was news to me that he was my age, from Florida and went to Florida State!

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    Not the best seats (my fault), but still a blast!!!

  3. My heart was broken after our Jags loss – it was SUCH a great game though.  After a few actually A LOT of bad calls, It was a tough loss, but it is what it is and we will come back stronger next year! I had a great time watching the game at one of my favorite breweries.  They had a watch party and the atmosphere was so much fun!!! We sat in the brewery area and got there three hours early to claim our spot – AND WE WERE ALMOST TOO LATE! 😱 It was P-A-C-K-E-D!!!
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    Best view in the house! (yes, we were ahead most of the game – until the most important part!)

     

  4. I got my first “Big Fat Check” from Ebates and it was the easiest $7.16 I ever made.  I checked my balance for next pay period and I’m already up to $37.76. Granted about $30 of that is from people who signed up after I referred them, but STILL – SO EASY!!! You can read my post about ebates here. If you’d like to sign up with my referral code, use:  https://www.ebates.com/r/EPIPPI4?eeid=28187 (you’ll get $10 for signing up with this code after spending $25)  TRUST ME ON THIS ONE, I don’t promote unless I truly love/believe in it! IMG_7667
  5. I watch one tv show regularly and that is “This Is Us” and if you haven’t seen the last episode, you may want to stop reading here. But I was so incredibly nervous after the first 30 minutes knowing that a lot was going to be explained in this episode and it did not disappoint.

— SPOILER ALERT

That crock pot is the EXACT SAME ONE I HAVE and wrote about here. I got it when my grandmother passed away and love the size of it, but I will be thinking twice, (probably three/four times), about using it again – ESPECIALLY when I am not home!

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Well, I had a few other things that I wanted to write about, but tonight is not the night! Tired and too many other things on my mind.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND! 

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  1. I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of the excitement surrounding another Jaguars WIN and NOW we are one game away from the Super Bowl!!! I am so friggin excited for this game on Sunday…..nervous, but EXTREMELY excited! I just hope we surprise the nation and win against the Patriots! My dad told me the other day that “I have to believe” . . . . UMMM seriously dad, I’ve been believing all along! 
  2. With that being said, I fell off the wagon last weekend watching the game.  I was sitting at the bar and seeing these towers filled with this yummy bubbly stuff all around me and I couldn’t help myself.  I’m not going to lie either – I don’t feel bad about it and will likely do it again on Sunday. There’s just something about watching the Jags play an AH-MAH-ZING game with tons of my closest friends (aka Jags fans)!  I surprisingly have some really great willpower and have given up alcohol for lent a few times, but c’mon, let’s face it, that’s giving it up for God, not me and my Jaguars! However, in an effort to live up to my New Years Resolution for January, I will extend Dry January by two days – I know it’s not the same, but it’s the best I got! And let’s hope come February 4th I will actually be excited to watch the Super Bowl and not just the commercials/halftime show. . . with a beer in hand!😏
  3. Last week I mentioned that I got sick, well here I am nine days later with a lingering cough and NO VOICE!!! Yes, that could have something to do with the incessant screaming I was doing on Sunday, but in reality it’s primarily because of my cough.  Random Pippin Fact #840: one of my vocal cords is paralyzed and when I have a cough, I’m straining the only one I use. I know this because I went to the doctor who stuck a microscope up my nose, down my throat (story for another time) and said I was only using one.  Anyway, I have very little voice right now and it’s driving me INSANE!!!  Others may secretly be loving it, but I can’t stand the silence and fear it’ll continue after the Jake Owen concert tonight and game on Sunday. . .
  4. This is the last bit of Jaguars talk, but click here to see a short three minute video telling America who the Jaguars are and asking everyone to cheer for us this weekend:  Video Image
  5. And in an effort to post something other than Jaguars related, here’s a picture of me and my girls.  I have never been successful at getting them both to participate, but always laugh at the attempts! (And this must’ve been pre-smile/cat jumping away)IMG_7625.jpg
  6. I LIED. . .

GO JAGUARS!!!!

Jags Fifer and Pip

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IMG_7585.jpgThis week started out so promising with a Jags win and plans every night, but that was quickly turned around when I came down with some sort of funk on Wednesday, so this post may not be that exciting as I’m still fighting it 😞

1. THE JAGUARS WON!!! I stayed true to my “Dry January” for the MOST part, I said before the game that I would have a swig of champagne as a toast if we won, so I did and it was literally just a sip.  In fact, the sip was so little that I was literally checking to make sure I got every last drop.

To be honest, it wasn’t THAT bad not drinking because it was flippin freezing, so I was happy not to have a cold beer in hand.  We left the house and it was perfect weather, but I threw a jacket in my car just in case!  SO GLAD I DID, but wishing I brought gloves and an actual scarf to keep me warm.

 

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2. Most of my friends that I went to the game with all came down sick and of course I wasn’t far to follow.  It hit me hard on Wednesday afternoon and I had to cancel dinner with a great friend of mine, sorry Jeff!!! I sent the picture below to him and he said (and I can’t argue it) that you can see that I wasn’t feeling well by my eyes. IMG_7606.jpg

I very rarely get sick, but started coming down with something right at the end of the year and I took NyQuil and felt better, but apparently it wanted to come back HARD!  I can’t recall a time that I called out of work sick, but did on Thursday and spent most of the day in bed. I have never slept so much in a 24 hour period, but it was probably a good thing b/c I’m starting to feel better now. My parents saved the day when they dropped off a “care package” at my doorstep full of meds, soups and FLOWERS!!! So thoughtful ❤️

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3. I am working on a list of things I want to accomplish in 2018 and extremely excited to share it.  I have a feeling this will be a great year and I’m looking forward to accomplishing everything I’ve been thinking about doing!!!

It’s 9:37 now and I’m about to take NyQuil again and will hopefully be back to my annoying/peppy self tomorrow!

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Seriously, how did I have nothing to do tonight, but it’s 9:22pm and I’m just sitting down on the couch to write this post (now that I think about it, I’m seeing a trend).  But maybe it had to do with the dinner I chose to make, the laundry I decided to do, the thank you cards I wrote and the documentary I watched about how the city of Jacksonville got the Jacksonville Jaguars (which was actually very interesting)! But whatever, I’m going in to the weekend ready to play, not work!!!

Topics for “Over Cocktails” this weekend include:

Although, it should be re-labeled “Over Shirley Temple’s” for the next month.               I don’t drink Shirley Temple’s, don’t even know what’s in them, but it sounds better than “Over Water”

1. Apple Watch – I never knew how much I NEEDED one until I had one.  I bought mine after my sister and mom got one for Christmas and I couldn’t let them have all the fun without me! I also didn’t know I had a bit of a competitive side until Pure Barre was cancelled Wednesday morning because of potential ice on the roads, so I left work early to go to the afternoon class! Gotta get all my “activity rings”!

2. Chicken and Dumplings – I made chicken and dumplings on Wednesday and they were Y-U-M-M-Y  – https://alilbitofpip.com/category/crock-pot/ – I had a small amount leftover after sharing with my friends (who went back for seconds #humblebrag) for an appetizer before dinner was ready and it was just as good reheated!

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Someone wanted some leftovers – BUT I don’t share!!

3. Ski Clothes – I have been going “skiing” (I use that term very loosely because IF I do, I go down once and I’m good) every year for the last five years and have been borrowing my friends ski clothes since.  Finally, I decided to buy myself some with the after Christmas sales – got the entire outfit (jacket, ski pants and gloves) for $330 from REI – CAN’T BEAT THAT!! 

I’m obsessed with the jacket and even tried to find a way to wear it this week (temps have been FREEZING from the storm that was actually named the ‘bomb cyclone’ – who knew?!?!) BUT the pants are too long, so I’ve gotta figure out how I want to handle that this weekend. 😒 #shortpeopleproblems

IMG_7542.jpgYUP, that’s me, in my work clothes trying on my new ski jacket and gloves.  Pay no attention to the un-made bed – I’m usually much better than that, BUT the cold temperatures make it EXTREMELY difficult to get out of bed on time!

4. Fun at work – I had a few minutes to spare Thursday afternoon at work, so I put together everyone’s stats from our NASCAR Racing Experience (read about it here)
I’m pretty impressed with how it turned out, plus I actually enjoyed doing it!

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In case you were wondering what I do in my “spare time”

5. Thank you cards – Maybe I’m old fashioned, but I think thank you cards are so important and I’m ashamed to say I didn’t do any for my birthday, but I did them for Christmas.  It’s always fun to get something other than bills and flyers in the mail!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!! 

GO JAGUARS!!!

2017 Year-in-Review

Instead of doing an “Over Cocktails” post today, I decided it would be smart to do a 2017 “Year-in-Review” Just pictures by the month (with captions)  It definitely was not one of my better years, but certainly was not one of my worst! So no complaints, but I’m looking forward to a new year with new goals/experiences/opportunities and ADVENTURES!!!

January:

 

February:

 

March:

 

April:

May:

June:

July:

August:

September:

October:

November:

December: