Over Cocktails

Well since I missed last week, this post may be a bit long-winded – but let’s face it, that’s nothing new with me!

Day Before Thanksgiving – I’m not sure what made it so great this year, but it was absolutely fantastic. It started on Wednesday night with a dinner at my brothers sister-in-laws house and she’s so great and assigns everyone something to bring.  I get the fortunate benefit of bringing wine and I am not complaining because I work that day and let’s face it, everyone loves the girl who brings wine!

Thanksgiving:

BELIVE IT OR NOT, I went to a Pure Barre Intensive class (75 minutes)  – no, this year, I did not go to Pete’s Bar or sit outside and watch the half marathon runners run by while I have mimosa in hand. (Some will say this was because of the rain, but I signed up way before the forecast and apparently I’m growing up!!!)

Don’t get me wrong, mimosas were poured directly after class – WARNING:  I didn’t even shower before I had one 😳

We then went over to my aunt/uncle’s house and I was in charge of appetizers – again, another hit to the party because people (ahem, me!) come hungry and immediately looking for appetizers! Plus, I love it because I get to bring what I want – WIN/WIN!!! (Deviled eggs and brie pastry cups FOR-THE-WIN!)

Pay no attention to the wine-stained lips/teeth!

BLACK FRIDAY: In case you couldn’t tell by the wine stained lips/teeth above, I was in no condition to drive home on Thanksgiving, so I stayed at my parents house and woke up to read the Black Friday deals, I have NEVER been a Black Friday shopper (crowds are not my thing!) BUT as I was looking through the ads,  I saw the Dyson Animal vacuum cleaner on sale from $500 to $300 and was about to purchase ONLINE from Best Buy and my mom said I should check Bed Bath and Beyond to get an additional 20% off and IT WORKED! I got a $500 Vacuum for $256 delivered directly to my door and I didn’t even leave the house! The Dyson arrived Tuesday night and I have never been so excited to set it up and start vacuuming.  Is this what 36 feels like?!?! 

WEEKEND: Saturday and Sunday – I had the unfortunate benefit of watching my two favorite teams (Florida Gators and Jacksonville Jaguars) lose in football. But at least I was in good company. On Sunday, I got the entire family to meet me at Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the Jags for a pre-birthday celebration.  It was so nice to have everyone around, even if it was a LOSS.

Two other bonuses to my weekend include:

Saturday: Lunch date with one of my best friends from Atlanta, we sat outside at ZETA and I’m going to go on record and say their brunch was PHENOMENAL!!

Sunday: I got to meet this little guy (a whopping two weeks old) and catch up with his momma for a couple hours!  💙💙IMG_6777.jpg

MONDAY aka MY BIRTHDAY!!! I have always been “that” person who embedded my birthday in my friends/family members heads NOVEMBER 27th, so it came as no surprise when I tried to send out a “let’s catch up over drinks on Monday ” text to my friends, they all knew that it was really a reason to get together and celebrate my birthday – even though in all honesty, there were plenty of other things to be celebrated! I had some of my best friends join me at Cowford Chophouse for happy hour and appetizers and the weather/views were fantastic! I’ve known most of these girls more than half my life and feel so fortunate that they will all be life-long friends!

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT AND CELEBRATED WITH ME!  I TRULY HAVE THE BEST FAMILY/FRIENDS AND FEEL SO FORTUNATE! 

On another side note – I have always been an avid TODAY show viewer, watch it every morning as I’m getting dressed for work.  The news broke this week about Matt Lauer getting fired for sexual misconduct. Obviously I am reading these news stories VERY INTENTLY and without getting into the scandal itself,  I am absolutely dumfounded by how many people have such horrible grammar/spelling when commenting on these stories!! I cannot understand how people will have so much to say, but say it so incredibly stupid for ANYONE to read! That’s my rant for the day!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!

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This week has been C-R-A-Z-Y, so crazy that I had my parents pick up Olivia to watch her because I had so much going on, but DON’T get me wrong – it was a BLAST!  So for today, I’m doing a “Week in Review”

MONDAY:  I went to one of my favorite local restaurants for happy hour, Orsay.  I was fortunate enough to meet up with an old friend and catch up over cocktails and some amazing appetizers which included pommes frites (and I don’t speak fancy, so I had to Google how to spell it and I’m not going to lie, while I was at the restaurant and before anyone got there, I Googled to make sure they were French Fries!)  Regardless, it was so nice to catch up and I wish I had more time – AND a picture, guess the wine kicked in too soon and convo was nonstop that I failed to take one!

TUESDAY: Went to one of my other favorites in town – WICKED BARLEY; it’s a brewery so I’m sure this shocks anyone who knows me.  But this was a special reason.  I went with two of my long time best friends and we paint on unfinished wood.  Typically, these things NEVER turn out good for me, I am by NO MEANS an artist, but I was pleasantly surprised at how these turned out!  I may be doing this for all my Christmas gifts (not sure yet, as I feel a bit selfish doing it, but I have fun with it and I think it would be nice for family to have something specialized by yours truly – sorry in advance if you’re a family member and you get a Pip Masterpiece).   all girls

WEDNESDAY: Pure Barre VIP Event – they had me at champagne.  This was a VIP event for anyone who has made it past 100 classes and we had a blast!  There was a professional photographer there, so I made sure to have my best form.  (Pictures below are not from professional) But they had cupcakes AND champagne afterward and a special bag for all who attended.  It was a very nice evening!

THURSDAY:  Will have a post all its own, but in short:

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Full post of this fun event next!

FRIDAY:  Hair appointment – much needed . . .and happy hour to show it off afterward.

Weekend plans include BRUVAL and Jags game!!! I’m already exhausted just thinking about it!!!!

Did I mention I worked this week 😉 

Over Cocktails

For the last year (in all honesty it’s probably been more) I have been going through a personal struggle that I haven’t expressed to anyone until recently and I’m not sure if it’s because 1) I’m embarrassed 2) I didn’t want to admit it or 3) I’m way too emotional to talk about it; but it is HARD to find friends who are in the same place as me – friends that are not married, don’t have kids and have similar interests.

In reality, I have a TON of great friends and I’m proud to say a lot of them have been and will continue to be life-long. These are the girls that I can easily call up, see what they are doing and have no shame inviting myself to join.  But I need someone who can grab a drink after a bad day without having to make plans in advance or who can go on a random weekend road trip because the weather is amazing and it would be fun to just get away for a bit!

I completely understand that I am a rarity, but figured there has to be other girls that are in the same predicament as myself so. . .I am currently on a quest to find what seems like an impossible mission — a new friend!

I feel like I hit a new low last night – I’m not sure if it’s a low or if it’s the norm – but I went on Bumble to see what kind of girls were in the same predicament as myself.  Bumble is typically a dating website that recently (or at least new-to-me) came out with BumbleBFF to find friends! I figured if so many people find relationships that way, it couldn’t hurt to try to find a friendship!

A screen shot of my BumbleBFF profile below – I’m just saying, I’d want to be friends with me 😉

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In the meantime, I have a very exciting weekend ahead that I am in DESPERATE need for after a busy week!!! I am going to watch the airshow and go to Porchfest on Saturday, then Jags game on Sunday. I plan to be outside as much as possible enjoying this amazing weather!!!  HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Over Cocktails

This weekend over cocktails, I will be discussing:

 1.  World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party:  This weekend is by far one of the most exciting weekends in Jacksonville – it is known as the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” – although I think the city is trying to remove that stigma, but we ALL KNOW it’s not going anywhere!  It was always a weekend that I prepared for way in advance by making jello shots, having about 5 different outfits planned (let’s face it, it’s late October and it can be extremely hot or unbearably cold), and making sure I have no responsibilities.  I would start tailgating for the Florida/Georgia game on Thursday (and I was actually late to the tailgate because most started a week in advance) and not stop until Sunday. I’d always take off work on Monday to recover from a long/fun weekend. It brings back so many memories, some great and many I don’t want to remember.

Things have changed so much and it’s actually pretty hard for me, I don’t know many people who go downtown to tailgate anymore and I’m at the point where I don’t want to deal with the traffic/parking/rowdiness. I even left town last year, which the 24-year-old in me had a very hard time doing! I’m still living vicariously through those willing to do it and watching from the outside like a kid on the other side of the fence from a playground.

 

 

So as I write this, I had to go down memory lane and find the only digital copies I have available  – hard to believe they are from 2006!!!

2.  Hair: I recently saw a picture of me from behind and I was horrified at how stringy and unkempt my hair looked from the back! So over the last two days I decided to play dress up and curl my hair, I know I’m extremely late to this game, but I’ve never been able to curl my hair to make me happy with it and always end up throwing it up in a ponytail.  Today was different, it looked tasseled like I had just woken up, but at the same time, very nicely well done!  I used a hair spray that like most of my hair products go to a bin (it’s like a hair product cemetery because they rarely get used/look at again!

The product was referred by an old coworker approximately four years ago and I bought it immediately called Spray Starch by Redken, I was so excited about the final product that I went online to buy more and it’s been discontinued (of course!) So I went to Redken’s website to do the hair diagnostic tool and it recommends me trying the Control Addict 28 Hair Spray.  I will buy that this weekend and give a full report next week! I’m actually pretty excited!

3.  Wallet Update: My wallet is back in my possession!!! YAY! I gotta admit, it’s been kind of fun not having it and having all my credit cards placed on hold. It was EXTREMELY enlightening how much I purchase just because – for instance, I read an article about a hand cream that I need, I went to Amazon to purchase right away, even though I have a hand cream on my nightstand, at my desk and in my purse. So I refrained because I didn’t want to put more on my mom’s credit card than needed and will wait until at least one of those others are empty!

4.  My Happy Place:. I found one of my happy places and it’s been right in front of me the entire time! A clean house, music playing, TV off, dog laying by my side and candles lit, writing with a glass of wine!  I did this last night and honestly I wasn’t in any mood to start this post tonight, but then I remembered how nice it was last night and here I am an hour later (went through memory lane, remember ☺️)!  I’m going to make it a point to do it more often.  It truly changes my entire mindset and feels so peaceful! IMG_6472.jpg

For the record: I will be putting out my fall decor this weekend!  

5. PRAYER REQUEST: I hate this, but unfortunately I have a few friends who need prayers of healing and strength right now. I don’t want to get in to any of their personal business, but figured it couldn’t hurt to put this request out there!  ❤️

IMG_6479.jpgShe may not want to lay on the couch with me in the evenings, but she sure likes to hang out right in the middle of my bed and cause chaos in the middle of the night!

Over Cocktails

Well this week has DRAGGED, but. . .it’s officially Friday and I am on V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N!  Heading to NYC for a girls weekend with my mom, aunt, sister, sister-in-law, and niece. It’ll be a great trip with a full itinerary that I am super excited to share!

Some things I’ll be talking about this weekend over cocktails include, but certainly not limited to:

1.) My “running” dreams were challenged this week.  I’m not sure if it was from Pure Barre (Empower) on Monday night or running afterward, but I did something to my right knee and almost fell down stairs b/c of the pain – and I have a high tolerance for pain!  I have still made it to Pure Barre all week, but I wasn’t pushing myself as much as I normally do and I’m hoping a weekend off is all I need and I can get back to it after the weekend.

2. 21st Amendment Brew Free or Die has always been my favorite beer.  Even made a girls trip two years ago to visit the brewery (among other things)

A coworker knows this about me and told me about the Brew Free or Die Blood Orange IPA and whenever I find it, I have to buy a pack because it is THAT good!  I’m surprised I made it three days before I opened my first one! IMG_7047

3.  I am obsessed with these booties that I got this week – I will be wearing them in NYC, even though I feel they would be better for a country concert, but I’m obsessed and feel I need to show them off! I purchased them on Monday night and then got a $10 off coupon in the mail two days later, took my receipt in and got the $10 back PLUS $20 off to use for a future purchase! I’d say that was worth the trip!  (Pay no attention to the dust on the mirror – it isn’t visible until the flash comes out!)  IMG_2916I couldn’t decide which shoes were the right ones and took pictures from all angles and sent to many friends!  Finally decided on the following pair – I’m still torn, but they were virtually the same (price and look), so I couldn’t justify two pairs!

IMG_62294. I’m not a huge make-up person, yes, I wear it – but I have no idea what I’m wearing/doing.  BUT I have found a few products I cannot live without and one includes the 5-in-1 Bare Minerals eye shadow. Truthfully, I’m probably not even wearing it right, but I LOVE the way it stays on all day long and goes on so smoothly!  HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Screen Shot 2017-10-19 at 10.30.28 PM

It’s been a busy week and I’m looking forward to a much needed mini-vacation ahead!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!! 

Over Cocktails

If you know me at all, you know there’s a strong chance I will be having a cocktail or two over the weekend. I figured I’d share a few things from the week and random thoughts that are on my mind:

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  1. MONEY FOUND:  I found money at my back door when taking Olivia outside after work last week.  This was a nice amount and obviously completely unexpected since I picked it up and almost threw it in the trash!  Trying to figure out the most ethical thing to do, I left a note at the community bulletin board and after a week no one has claimed it – I’m thinking it’s mine!!! 😀
  2. RUNNING:  I had friends over for dinner on Monday night and we were talking about workout routines and one of the girls mentioned that she truly believes that with Pure Barre (which I’m already doing at least six time a week), I should start running because I haven’t lost the weight I’ve wanted to lose. So I have dedicated myself to walk/run on the treadmill at least 30 minutes a day/4 days a week. I know it’s not a lot, but it’s a starting point and it’ll keep me on schedule. I have already put each run over the next four weeks on my calendar, so there’s no excuses – I HOPE!!!
  3. BLOG: I have spent A LOT of time this week trying to figure out this whole blogging thing and I have to admit, it is HIGHLY intimidating. Maybe I’m still extremely clueless, but trying to get it “out there” is overwhelming. I thought it was going to be as easy as posting a blog on Pinterest, but there’s so much more to it than that.
    • I have read article after article, followed others on Bloglovin and commented on a few blogs I’ve read, but it seems to all boil down to self promotion and I guess I’m going to have to get comfortable with that first. I know it’s going to be a LOOOONNNNNGGGGG process and the learning curve will be endless, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.
    • MAYBE, just MAYBE I’ll get a few more followers (I already have a few and I don’t know any of them – so if that’s you, THANK YOU!!!)

I’ve got a busy weekend ahead which includes getting my hair done, catching up with old friends, a first birthday party, a “stock the bar” party and watching the Jags game on Sunday. Hopefully I’ll be able to squeeze in some time to go shopping for my trip to NYC next weekend!

Finally, I’m going to have to get a desk or actually use a table to write these posts.  Olivia has made herself comfortable on me and my body is contorted as I’m typing at an angle – let’s just assume the backspace button has been used multiple times!

Current situation: IMG_6179.JPG

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!!