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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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I’ve been on such a posting kick this month – hope you’ve enjoyed. Thanks to all my lovely readers for checking in 🙂 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!

Moving!

Making some changes around here! Kevin spent some time yesterday setting up my new blog and transfering posts and pictures to my new blog at my domain name. It’s not quite ready yet, but I wanted to warn you that the time is coming to update your RSS feeds.

I’m doing something new with the new domain. I currently have this blog and a book blog, where I track my goal to read 101 books in 1,001 days, and I am going to start another blog as well, for fashion & design. Some of you are probably rolling your eyes that I’m taking on another project, but those who know me really well will realize this has been a long time coming. I have always been interested in fashion, and have been clipping stuff from magazines and making collages since I was a tween. So, it’s time to move into the 21st century and go digital! So, these 3 blogs will all be linked to my domain name that I purchased last year (sometimes it takes me awhile) and are currently linked to Kevin’s domain since he’s hosting everything together. Which is why I can’t give you the address yet.

Stay tuned for updates. I’m so excited about this!

More peace

Another peace update.*

peace shirt

I purchased this shirt down in Key Largo, for many reasons, but the large peace sign caught my eye from across the store. Then I read the saying and loved it, so now it’s mine. Here are some of the sayings from the shirt (that we should all remember on a regular basis):

  • Be the change you want in the world
  • The real and lasting victories are those of peace and not war
  • When the power of love is greater than the love of power there will be peace
  • An eye for an eye just leaves the whole world blind
  • Live and let live
  • Peace is for all colors
  • Do our hearts not all beat the same…do we not bleed the same…do our souls not laugh and love and cry and dream the same? Peace is the way
  • Peace is not weakness. It is having the strength and widsom and vision to find real alternatives to violence
  • Peace is the ultimate creation of mankind
  • When we create a world that is full of love, understanding and tolerance for all people and living creatures then we will have fulfilled the sacred potential that lies within us and connects us all
  • A much greater moral strength is required to travel the path of peace and forgiveness than the path of violence
  • Believe in peace. Just imagine a world of tolerance and understanding. Where the money and resources now used to create war are used to create a world of peace & prosperity

 And another peace quote I stumbled upon, a few days after I bought the shirt:

“Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have and all that they are.” – Hafsat Abiola 

*I committed to using one little word – peace – as I move through 2009. This is a project inspired by Ali Edwards.

On staying true to yourself…

My Uncle Gary wrote one line in my high school graduation card – “Always stay true to yourself.” I think this is the best and one of the hardest things to do in life. This advice will always remain with me, and his handwriting is even embedded in my mind.

Another person in my life also once said to me that the Journey song “Be Good to Yourself” reminded him of me. I think that was his way of also saying that I should always stay true to myself. I guess I was doing a good job of that when he told me, but I sometimes struggle with this. (Doesn’t everyone?) It just seems that sometimes the feelings of others get in the way, or it’s necessary to play politics, or any other circumstance that doesn’t allow for me to just say/think/do what I feel is right.

“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own voice. Most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”  – Steve Jobs

Coming soon!

A few things I’m working on:

1. The vintage typecase project. It’s been slow moving, but I have pictures and some decorations/embellishments ready to go. I’m also doing some other picture projects, inspired by Elise Blaha.

2. A new peace update. I purchased a shirt in Key Largo last weekend that includes a saying I really love. And, as what always happens when I start thinking about the word peace again, I found another great quote that’s really sticking with me.

3. Incorporating some new design and decorating inspired posts into my blog. I’ve been so drawn to interior design and decorating (and crafting) blogs for a couple weeks now, and I’ve got to do something about it. I love, love, love the photo-heavy content and all the inspiration that comes to me when I look through some of these blogs: Design Sponge, Coco + Kelley, Decor8, Creature Comforts, and sooo many more.  

4. Along with the decor-blogging, I’ve been obsessed with Flickr lately. I’ve been marking so many pictures as favorites and making mosaics like they’re going out of style. I have to figure out something to do with all these lovely images. Suggestions welcome.

5. A new blog look! Kevin recently purchased a couple of domains, and since he’s now going to be hosting several with the package he bought, we’re going to incorporate mine in there as well. I bought a domain name (my name) last summer but I’ve yet to do anything with it, so I’m thinking of switching over. With this switch, I’ll be able to completely customize my design, and incorporate Google Analytics (which was my one complaint with WordPress), and just change up some things. It’s quite exciting really! I’m going to try to learn more about websites and HTML during this process, so bear with me. With this new look, I’ll be incorporating more pictures (not just my own) and more of my recent interests, which of course includes the design + decor.

And I’ve also been playing soccer, plugging away at Zumba, working, hoping to get in some more golf practice, and looking forward to catching up with some friends this week.

golf adventures

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.

driving range

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.

Kev golfing 2

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!)

Kev golfing

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

golf balls

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