Checking In

I’m back, checking in briefly since I have a spare minute.  Yes, I’m at work! No, don’t tell my bosses 😉 Although, TECHNICALLY I don’t think they’d care, plus I’m not doing anything wrong.  All my work is done and I’ve asked co-workers if they need help with anything! Could I be doing self-taught training in Photoshop – ABSOLUTELY.  Do I want to be doing self-taught training Photoshop – absolutely NOT!!!

So….let’s get down to the good stuff!  Things have been nonstop lately with Thanksgiving, friends in town, MY BIRTHDAY and the beginning of Christmas celebrations! Monday night was the first night I sat on my couch and I didn’t do a damn thing!  It was so nice, I kept thinking “I really should write a blog” but I just didn’t want to and I have a feeling no one was losing sleep over it!

First things first:  Friends in from Bloomington – unfortunately I had to work, so I didn’t get to spend as much time with them as I would’ve liked, but a couple pictures capture the week they were here!

Thanksgiving was spent with a tradition my dad and I started a couple years ago – we sit on the brick wall behind their house and watch the half marathon runners (fools) run by while I sip on a mimosa!img_2204

Then my beautiful extended family came to my parents house who did such a great time hosting it.  Unfortunately, I only took two photos, but this just proves how lucky I am to have such wonderful people in my life!

Last week I celebrated yet ANOTHER birthday (why do I keep aging and not feeling like I’m getting any older?) and just like usual, all my friends and family spoiled me to no-end!  I spent the day at the spa on Monday (birthday was on Tuesday and who wants to take a Tuesday off work until you’re in some exotic location!) with my mom, sister-in-law and two girlfriends.  I am setting a goal to go twice a year from now on, it was so enjoyable and relaxing.  Not to mention, spend some QT with some special ladies! We weren’t allowed to take pictures, but snuck a couple in when no one was looking.

On my actual birthday, some friends surprised me at one of my favorite breweries for a “charity” event and what was supposed to be a couple beers turned in to me not getting home until midnight-ish.  OOPS!

I don’t know how I am the lucky one who gets the special treatment, but it is so nice to feel so loved.

I am having date number FIVE tonight with the guy I mentioned last post.  That’s F-I-V-E and I will not dare tell him my blog name, in fact, I won’t even talk to him about Facebook for fear he’ll find me and request me as a friend and then find an old post that has my blog name!! Too much information for him, too soon!!! Gotta ease him in……

I am making him dinner tonight – it is definitely my turn, he has treated me enough!  One of my staples is Chicken Picatta, which I really wanted to make, but asked him to choose between that and Pot Roast. He chose Pot Roast and I couldn’t argue it when he said that it is less labor intensive and will give us more time to hang out since we both don’t get home from work until later.

I went to my first Jaguars game this year – AND WE WON!!! (Not that it really matters, but I can only take responsibility for the W since it was the first game we won in a while and I was there, right?)

FINALLY, a picture from the annual Christmas party that Ty and Julie host.  They always put on such a beautiful party and it’s so nice to see friends – especially those I haven’t seen since I’ve been back home!img_2337

This and That

Here I am ready to write a post….about what?  Who knows, but sometimes those are the most entertaining posts!  I just know I have been absent for a while and I can use every excuse in the book, but in reality,  I am hooked on the MOST RIDICULOUSLY STUPID show and I am determined to finish it so I can proceed with my life. I have tried to write posts while watching this show, but I get distracted and then mad that I’m not sure what happened, so I end up rewinding it, starting over and shutting down my computer.  It’s a continuous cycle that won’t end until I can complete the friggin show! The show is Hart of Dixie (I don’t even want to admit it)  and will highly recommend anyone who has any sort of self respect to stay away, although there is an extremely high chance if you watch the first episode you will realize how stupid it is and will not continue watching it.  It is mind blowing that it lasted four seasons!!  I cannot understand for the life of me why I have wasted so much time on it. In fact, I actually skipped about five episodes just so I could get to the season finale and start the last season. I only have like three episodes left – THANK GOODNESS!!!


Closest they’ll get to each other! Or at least closest Dog will allow Cat!

Anyway, I got an extremely unexpected surprise last week when some of my greatest friends called me asking me if I’d be around for Thanksgiving, I didn’t have any plans other to spend the holiday with family, so my friends packed up the car (and I mean, they REALLY packed up the car) and their two children and headed down to Florida to visit.  Unfortunately, their road trip that typically takes approximately 14 hours,  turned into a 26-hour road trip, with many stops and one night in a hotel.  But I am so friggin excited to spend the week with them!!! More to come on the adventures we will have!!!

The weather has been pretty close to perfect, which means I have been in my happy place blasting music with the windows open and cleaning (weird as it may sound, but I LOVE it!) – I think Cat is enjoying it more than I have been!!! img_2095

Got back on the dating app, why?  Because I was bored and its entertaining. Unfortunately, nothing was entertaining me too much…..

  • There was the dude that told me “fait” brought him to Jacksonville
  • The dude that wore jeans on the beach
  • The dude that is “firmly against Trump” (political affiliation aside, I DON’T CARE, I DON’T KNOW YOU – discuss in person if highly necessary, not in the “about me” section – do you not have anything to say about yourself, so instead you say something negative about someone else?!?!?!)

….and by the way, while I’m at it….Why is it that so many guys never have anything going on:

ME:  “Hey! How’s your weekend going?”

TYPICAL RESPONSE: “good, yours?”

Why is it always just “good?”

Why can’t it be: It’s been great! Took my dog to the dog park, jumped in a water fountain, re-laced my tennis shoes – whatever, I don’t care, just give me SOMETHING!!!

Anyway, after all the negativity above, I actually did have a date Saturday night, truthfully, I wasn’t very excited about it.  I had plans to go to Wine Festival with my girlfriend, so he and I set something up tentatively depending how early I was done (she had a dinner she had to attend, so I knew we wouldn’t be out late.) Much to my surprise, the date actually went well.  We’re supposed to go to lunch this week, but I haven’t heard from him since last night, so we’ll see if he’s just going to blow me off or if he’s actually busy because there is this thing called W-O-R-K that occupies some peoples days. Minus mine because it’s three days before Thanksgiving and most people in my industry are already taking the week off. Who knows what will happen, all I can say is:  “Time Will Tell”

Finally this picture really puts the California wildfires into perspective! It shows how the fires compare to the outer beltway of Jacksonville, FL.  It’s incredibly heartbreaking that there are still so many people missing and so much lost in devastation. I think I was blind to it being so far removed, but saw some footage last week and now I obsessively watch the news.  img_2104


Back to Reality

Finally taking a minute to write a quick post –  and wow, I just realized there’s been a lot of things that I’ve missed out on posting, so maybe it won’t be that QUICK…..

The last two weeks have been a bit hectic with fall festivities, moving back to Florida, visiting friends/babies/family/puppies and getting settled back in to reality.

It was EXTREMELY bittersweet leaving the beautiful weather and fall colors in Richmond and coming back to the heat and humidity of Florida IN NOVEMBER! But I took a couple days off work to enjoy my last few days in Richmond.

HALLOWEEN was spent walking around Hanover Avenue which has been voted as one of the top places to see for Halloween.  The streets were closed off and every house was decorated differently – I walked the street twice and couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. img_1942

The next day my parents, sister and niece/nephew drove up to the mountains and visited Crabtree Falls! It was absolutely beautiful and we enjoyed hiking up the mountains – until we realized it was taking much longer than we had anticipated and we got a later start than we wanted, so couldn’t go all the way to the top, but we got to see everything we needed!

Drove back home on Friday (crying the entire way – that’s clearly an exaggeration, but I was very sad to be heading home – I definitely was not ready to come back) Unfortunately the drive back was not that pleasant 1) there was a 9 lb dog on my lap the ENTIRE way 2) it rained the last five hours 3) I need new windshield wipers…..

Caught up with friends over the weekend and right back to the swing of things on Monday going to Pure Barre at 6am and heading back to an office….where I put on heels for the first time in six months. I wanted to get right to my “normal” and  I’m not going to lie – going to Pure Barre every day at 6am definitely took it’s toll on me and I was in bed before 10:00pm most nights! I am SUPER sore after six straight days of it, but it definitely feels great to be back!  Apparently the workout I was doing in Richmond wasn’t as tough as the Pure Barre!

Should be ready to post a bit more this week since things will have calmed down, but wanted to drop in with a quick recap!

Over Cocktails

One more week and I’ll be crying my way back to Jacksonville. I am excited to see all of my family and friends, but I am DEFINITELY not ready to come home for good.  This city has really captured my heart, but sadly work calls and I have to go back to where the rest of my heart lies.

I have made great friends, gone on endless dates and ate/drank my way through the city adding a couple inches to my waistline and depleting my wallet, but it was all worth it.

My parents are coming in town this weekend and we are going to do some fall-like activities which includes the pumpkin patch and heading to the mountains to see the colors before I take the trek back to 80 degree weather.

  1. Last Friday I went to happy hour at Kreggers with a guy I’ve been seeing, it had a menu that left me salivating, however, the chicken fingers were raved about online and I had to try them myself.  They were good, but will definitely be trying something else on the menu next time! Regardless, it was a great night siting by the fire and, because we walked up there, we hit every bar along the way and had an absolute blast while we stumbled home.  This is the reason that if I choose to move up here, I will definitely live in the Fan again, it is so fun to have so many restaurant/bar options within walking distance.

  2. Went to the Pumpkin festival with my sister and Jack on Saturday and then headed to Bar Solita  for dinner.  The weather was perfect and it was an absolute blast hanging with my favorite nephew/sister for the day!
  3. THE TRUTH WITH ME AND BOWLING:  I am either really good at the start of my game and ending horrible or really horrible starting, but ending great – I am NOT consistent AT ALL!!! But I always love it and when Brian suggested we got to River City Roll  on Monday night, I was ALL IN. The game started with me getting a STRIKE, 9, SPARE, STRIKE, STRIKE, and him barely breaking 35! However, it went downhill (for me) there and my game ended at 117 – beating Brian who finished at 81. The next game was a bit closer (85 – Pip; 89 – Brian) and the final game I lost big time (90 – Pip; 123 – Brian). All-in-all, total scores – he beat me by ONE point!
  4. I was DEVASTATED when I walked in to one of the places I just had to-go-to before I left and they didn’t have the taco I was craving. Boka Tako is a food truck (I think it still is at least) turned brick and mortar and I had been looking forward to the Buffalo chicken taco all day, only to go in and it wasn’t on the menu anymore.  I almost walked out, but I’m so glad I convinced myself to stay. I ordered the Bulgogi Beef taco (marinated in garlic, ginger and sesame-soy) as well as the Sambal Pork taco (braised with guajillo and Mountain Dew) and each were equally as amazing!

    I’m not normally a food picture-taker, but I had to this time!

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Vitamins. . .

I have always been a person who tries vitamins…..for a little while….and halfway through the bottle I stop……for whatever reason……and end up with a cabinet full of half used vitamin bottles.

Today, I decided to research what vitamins I actually need and it was OVERWHELMING!! Let’s face it, I may not be the epitome of health with the lack of veggies in my diet, so I wanted to make sure I was covering all my basis and then some.

I remembered someone I follow on Instagram recommending a website that will have you take a quiz and it will give you suggestions on what you need.  The quiz took less than 5 mins and it came back with five different vitamins I should be taking and why they suggest taking them.


Better yet, everything is prepackaged!!! My cost was $59 (includes shipping), but it varies by individual needs and you have the right to remove whatever vitamins you do not want/believe you need.

I am NOT a professional blogger and don’t get anything in return for sharing my little advice, however, I can share my code that states I can get free vitamins and merch when I give my friends $40 (shipping not included) towards their first month of Care/of.

My code is:  EP67VK


I’ll report back, but if anyone decides to do this, please let me know how it works for you. OR better yet, if you’ve done it, let me know what you think!

Over Cocktails

The question is: Did I make myself a vodka drink tonight because its been a rough weak or because it makes me more creative? My answer = both!!! (We’ll see how creative it truly makes me when I’m done writing this blog.)

“Why has it been a rough week Pip?” Well unfortunately my friend Lee Anne (the one I posted about last week) passed away on Wednesday afternoon.  She had a seizure on Friday night and was put in hospice on Sunday. She fought a great fight and it is so amazing to know/see how many people truly loved her!!! She had a heart of gold, was hilarious and such a great friend.  Unselfishly, I am thankful she is not in pain, but selfishly, she was going to be the first person I visited when I returned home and I’m sad I did not get that opportunity.  Our last text exchange happened less than two weeks before she passed 😓 (I’m writing in green) IMG_869B30810C2A-1

With that being said, her funeral is scheduled to be on Saturday, November 3rd, so I will be home indefinitely on November the 2nd. Extremely bittersweet – that’s all I have to say about that right now!

One other reason this week has sucked:  a co-worker of mine quit and she was my go-to; my help when I was out of the offie, my sounding board, my friend.  But she’s doing something that will give her more advancement, so I am happy for her, but it’s going to be weird without her.

On to the more juicy topics:  last weekend, I had a date with one guy, then a date with another guy, then date with first guy, then second guy, then first guy again – five nights in a row!!! Talk about confusing……it was really tough to remember which guy I had which conversation with 🤔 thank goodness, date #2 has been on a work trip all week, or I’d really be thrown off. Each are great in their own way, but I’m leaving in two weeks (#storyofmylife) so it doesn’t matter either way!



Anyway, one of the guys took me to the Cole Swindell concert and we had an absolute blast!  His company had box seats and there was plenty of room to dance like we knew what we were doing. I was listening to country music, feeling like I was home and having a blast, it was a night I’ve been longing to have!

(Noted: do not wear that dress and take a picture at that angle again!😳)


It’s been another great week living in the city (other than information posted above – which to my defense, happened after the series of events mention below) I took Jackie out for her 40th birthday – her ankle is still torn up and the guy who helped us never responded to my message, but she had an amazing birthday dinner with a new guy she’s interested in dating and I cannot be more excited for her!!

I went to a Ladies of Lager event – and to be honest, every time I go to these events, I think “ugh, I have no desire to be social and entertain conversations” but EVERY TIME, these girls make me feel so welcome and I have a blast and immediately regret being so negative before I go!

Icing on the cake:  I finally got to go to the Byrd Theater – I’ve been dying to go here since I moved up here. It’s the equivalent to Florida Theater in Jacksonville, although they play movies. We went to see Friday the 13th.  The movie was S-T-U-P-I-D. I’ve never seen it before, but that was probably a blessing in disguise because it was legit HORRIBLE, I almost walked out and left after an hour of the movie.   IMG_1685

I was so excited taking this picture, not so excited about an hour later when I realized how much the movie sucked!!! (But seriously how pretty is this theater!!!)


Anyway, I’ve spend most of my night typing with one hand….because of this…..left hand is OOC (out of commission).

Maybe no more exciting with vodka, but to my defense, I was typing with one hand!




Kindness from a stranger

Every now and then I like to post a blog on “kindness” or some sort of “feel good story”, unfortunately I don’t post a lot of these blogs (this is my second one to be exact) partly my fault because I’m not out looking for them or acting on them, but it was my original intention when I started this journey.

However, on Monday night, Jackie and I went out for an early birthday celebration. It was such a nice evening, the weather was amazing so we decided to go for a long walk.  We walked from my place to Carytown (approximately 2 miles) and ended up sitting outside, enjoying a couple beers and splitting a burger. (Completely negating our entire walk and more, but we didn’t care, especially because the burger was SOOOO good at Citizen Burger Bar)



We were walking home, about 3-4 blocks from my place when Jackie tripped (stupid uneven roads in the dark.) Her phone went sliding (I was certain the screen cracked, thankfully it didn’t) and she dropped her keys. She immediately tried standing up, but basically fell over.  A super sweet guy ran over to see if she was ok. He said he was sitting on his balcony drinking a glass of wine when he heard it happen.  I told Jackie I would get us an uber back to my place and the guy said “no, let me get some ice for her and I’ll be back to take you home.” He ran home and came back with a bag of ice and opened the truck door to take us home. Typically we aren’t stupid girls, and won’t get into a car with a stranger, but you can tell this guy was a good guy. Plus I have mace on my keychain 😝

He drove us home, wanting nothing in return. I got out of his truck saying “you’re going to make a girl extremely happy one day!” (Too bad this guy was in his early 20’s or I would’ve gone after him!) Because I am a super stalker, I found him on Facebook when I got home, and sent him a message saying I’d love to bring him a bottle of wine. I haven’t heard back, probably because he’s younger and doesn’t get on Facebook often, but I was just so incredibly impressed with his actions, that I had to do something. I hope he does reach out, but regardless, I thought I should share his lil bit of kindness!

Update on Jackie’s ankle:  she ended up going to urgent care and getting an x-ray – no broken bones, but has to be in a splint.  She had a date for her birthday last night and told me she was going to try to put it in a small heel:

(A girls gotta do, what a girls gotta do!!!) 💁🏼

For the record, I started this post at 5:55 am, no workout class available today, but I guess my internal alarm still said to wake up! 

Have a great day!

Over Cocktails

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

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

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

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


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


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

This city knows how to do it right!

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

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

Have a great weekend! 

Comical Conversations Part II

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

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

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

DM1: “Awesome, went to Hoopla”

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

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

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

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

Naive Female (Me):  “Oh right.”

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

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

DM1:  “You can bring her”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You’re welcome! 

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


Back Together

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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