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St. Augustine

Last Friday, Kevin and I had the day off together, so we ventured north to St. Augustine, the oldest city in the U.S. We’ve been before, but I’ll never tire of it; there are so many different things to do. This trip, we started at Castillo de San Marcos, the fort that has been standing for over 300 years, and also where Ghost Adventures once filmed. Here are some of our better pictures from the fort.

We even got a weapons demonstration from volunteers who dress up in old military uniforms, which includes 28 pounds of wool! In the summer!

And I posed in between two chimneys.

Of course we had to visit the scariest room in the fort, where they imprisioned Indians and tortured them. It was the room once featured on Ghost Adventures, the Travel Channel show. The crew filming that show captured a presence in that room, and Kevin said he felt some energy while we were in there, but all I felt was hot.

A storm was brewing and thunder was rumbling in the distance as we toured the place, but it didn’t start sprinkling until we left the fort. We put the camera away after that, and due to the sprinkles and the busy sidewalks we had to manuever, we didn’t take any other pictures.

Our hope was to go on a ghost tour at night, but unfortunately it rained on and off all day, and a storm was due to hit about the time the ghost tour took off. Next trip to the Old City I would like to visit the lighthouse.

All pictures taken by Kevin.


Happy Friday!

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Can't seem to find image credit

I’ve been on such a posting kick this month – hope you’ve enjoyed. Thanks to all my lovely readers for checking in ūüôā I’m taking a break today – Kevin and I have the day off together (a true rarity) and we’re taking a day trip to St. Augustine. I’ll be sure to tell you all about our adventure next week. Happy Weekend!

golf adventures, part II

The past 2 Sundays have been spent in a golf cart shooting pictures. Kevin is really focused on improving his golf game lately, and I am being the wonderful girlfriend and taking lots of pictures so he can analyze his swing. (It was actually fun, although quite hot out on the course.) Two weeks ago, we went to the course at the perfect time – no one ahead of us and no one else with the same tee time meant we were on our own.

While he warmed up at the driving range, I warmed up the camera.

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I can’t just take pictures of Kevin though, especially since the course itself has so much beauty.

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I really love when I can get a series of shots like the ones above, so then he really has something to study. I also love his crouching pose, it makes me think of Tiger Woods when he’s really concentrating.

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Here he is clearly happy with his putt:

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And, although it’s blurry, here’s the arm pump that came 1.5 seconds before the smile:

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What’s he doing here? Oh yeah, using his expensive Sky Caddie to access the hole. I have to say that it is a pretty cool, and it’s very accurate.

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It’s fun too, to get shots like these when I capture the dirt and grass in the air from his swing.

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He might get mad for a minute when he sees this one, but it captures the essence of Kevin when he’s competing…against himself.

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He’s so hard on himself. So if you wouldn’t mind, head on over to his new blog and give him some love. He started Going For Par to chronicle his journey in golf. He’s been quite busy lately, as you’ll notice, and next month he’s taking a 3-day lesson through the PGA Tour Academy at World Golf Village in St. Augustine.

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Recently, with Kevin’s influence, I’ve gotten into golf. My grandmother gave me her clubs when I moved to Florida almost 3 years ago, but other than the occasional trip to the driving range, I hadn’t used them that much. A couple weeks ago, we went to the range two days in a row, and then I went to a women’s golf clinic, where I learned a lot.

We went to the range again on Friday night, and I had the worst time (at the range part anyway – my chipping and putting was great). I couldn’t hit consistently and I couldn’t get my form right. A big part of the problem was that my arms were incredibly sore from my intense workout earlier in the week, and I was hurting and afraid to loosen up.

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But yesterday, I had a great experience. I couldn’t figure out why my first couple of drives weren’t going very far, and I was already getting frustrated when Kevin told me to move my body a little more. He can tell me all he wants, but until I realize on my own what the problem is, I can’t fix it. I tried watching him for a few swings, but still nothing clicked.

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A couple swings later, things were working much better for me, and I figured out my problem: I was keeping my arms way to close to my body and wasn’t allowing for a full swing. I was too tense and tried to hit the ball too hard. Once I eased up and got a wider swing, there was a world of difference in my drives. Success!

Kevin worked out his own issues too so the experience was positive for both of us. (I hate going home frustrated!)

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We went through nearly 200 balls between the 2 of us!

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Sorry about the quality of the photos; I took them all with my blackberry.

Michigan trip, part 2

I’m sorry to keep you waiting on the Michigan trip recap, it just escaped me. I can’t believe it’s been over 2 weeks since my friend got married! Now both of my best friends are hitched.

After some family time on Thursday and Friday, we headed about an hour north of my parents’ houses to Grand Rapids, home of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, as well as the Grand Rapids Public Museum, where the wedding took place. It was a great location in the city, right near the river, some parks, and within short walking distance of some great bars. And the best part? Our hotel was a hop across the street. Can’t get any better than that!

The rehearsal was a little long as the bridal party was large (8 on each side) but the dinner was a blast.

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photo courtesy Sarah

My dear friend and fellow bridesmaid Tre found us these cute Bridesmaid hoodies in black to wear at the salon, and a white one for the bride-to-be. Aren’t we hot?!


And crazy Carly had to buy us all a shot – a dirty girl scout, which despite the appearance (it’s a slightly more appealing green than, say, baby upchuck) it was actually darn good.



The hoodies were actually one of the best ideas ever because we woke up on Saturday morning to rain and wind and cold. Let me tell you, it was not easy waking up at 8 a.m. to head to the salon and it’s freezing cold outside and you feel like you’re in a different time zone. But, once inside the salon we toasted the bride-to-be with mimosas and got pampered. I don’t know if you can tell from the picture, but my hair was all kinds of crazy. My hairstylist was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met, but man she had a thing for 1980s hair because I didn’t know my thick hair could get that large.

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After a few hours of getting dressed, having Sarah fix our hair (yes, there were 4, count ’em – FOUR of us,¬†including the bride who needed hair revamps after the salon visit) and taking pictures, it was time for the real show. The reason we all flew from different parts of the country to be with our girl.

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photo courtesy Sarah

Ahh..love. So happy for you two!

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just married!

Then it was time to party! The bride and groom expressed their wishes for everyone to dance, enjoy some drinks and just have fun. She was so concerned with our having a great time that she kept asking us all, “where’s your drink?” and “aren’t you going to have a drink?” Trust me, we did. She’s so sweet.

Sarah, another bridesmaid whom most of us went to middle school with, choreographed a dance for the bridal party to the apple bottom jeans song. We had about 10 minutes to learn it, and about 5 minutes to teach our wedding party partners how to do it. It was quite hysterical actually. Here we are shaking it, although we’re all a little off.

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"and the whole club was looking at her"

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"give that big booty a slap"

We all had so much fun at the reception, although I swear it was the fastest reception in wedding history. Or maybe it just felt that way. The food was great, we took some pictures on a carousel, we boogied, chatted with old friends and before you know it the reception was over. But not really over.

A bunch of us¬†who went to high school together and even some new friends went a few blocks over to a piano bar. Let me tell you, I LOVE piano bars. And they were playing Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” which of course you all know is my absolute favorite song. I just had to bust out.

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photo courtesy Sarah

It was totally worth walking the few blocks in high heels to sing to Journey and reminisce with old friends. I don’t remember what time we made it back to the hotel; I think it was around 2 a.m., which is the latest I’ve stayed out in awhile (except for Vegas of course), but I had so much fun I didn’t care! I didn’t even look too bad the next morning either, when we all met in the hotel cafe for brunch and a recap.

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Sunday afternoon we hit up the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and walked down by the Grand River until we took a cab to the airport. What a great weekend with fam and friends.

Love you Monique. So proud of you both. Best wishes as you head to Washington this week and start your new life together!

I have been…

-Doing laundry with our new washer & dryer. They are fabulous! I tweeted about it on Saturday and Samsung started following me almost immediately.

-Not reading as much as I would like to be, but have instead been completely distracted by Flickr, scrapbooking websites and my own creative ideas.

-Collecting photos, stickers and embellishments for my vintage typecase project. Two weeks ago I ordered an old typecase on E-Bay and here it is:

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vintage type case - before

-Cleaning the house non-stop due to Jak’s constant shedding and my awful allergies. (Side note: I just realized the other day how effective Zyrtec is. It didn’t work so well when I tried it in the past, but I think I found a different type¬† that works very well. I did not, however, realize how drowsy it makes you when I took it at work the other day. Oops.)

-Trying to step up my Twitter game. My friend Erica has given me some great Twitter tips and I recently downloaded TweetDeck, which has really revolutionized my Twitter experience. Follow me here.

-Missing family in Michigan. So glad to be heading up north later this week for Monique’s wedding! Can’t wait to spend time with family & friends.

-Flipping through this book by Ali Edwards, and faithfully reading her blog.

-Thinking about all the upcoming travel I have in the next 7 months. Including a trip to Key Largo, a work trip to Cincinnati, a wedding in New Jersey (which will probably allow us to visit the Big Apple, which I am VERY excited for), and possibly a tropical mini-vacation later this year as well.

-Taking pictures everyday. One a day was/is my goal, but it’s been more than one most days. I will share soon; I’m hoping to upload to Flickr later tonight. Here’s one of Jak from last weekend:

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Heading to Michigan tomorrow for family & a wedding!

I know I’m getting older…

…when new appliances are the excitement of the week! Kevin & I had been researching energy efficient washers and dryers for a few months and on Sunday he finally found a good deal at Lowe’s.


He ordered them online on Sunday afternoon, and they were supposed to call later in the week to set up a delivery time. THEY CAME ON MONDAY MORNING!! But I wasn’t home..obviously. So they tried again Monday afternoon, and no one was home again, but on Tuesday morning they finally caught Kevin before he’d gone to work. They set up the appliances and took the old ones with them, gave Kevin a demo and were on their way within 45 minutes.

Of course I was thrilled when I got home from work on Tuesday. So thrilled in fact that I kissed my new laundry machines.

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loving on my new appliances

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obviously excited

Sorry the pictures are a little blurry, but I had the wrong lens on the camera. (I just got so excited and started snapping!)