Saturday, March 30, 2013

Florida Keys, Day 1

Brian and I went to visit his parents in Marathon, FL from March 14-19th. Of course I'm just now blogging about it because I've been a wee bit behind on my blogging lately.

I decided a couple of weeks ago that the best way for me to approach blogging may be to write a few posts each weekend and then post them throughout the week, since I have very little time during the work week to sit down and type anything. Plus, it would be the perfect excuse to spend a couple of hours at Sola Coffee every weekend, a small hipster cafe near my house that I'm slightly obsessed with.

This weekend turned into the perfect blogging weekend because I have plenty of time on my hands! Last night I attended the Secret Church Bible study from 6:30pm until 1:30 in the morning! It was really good and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing David Platt speak, even though I had my reservations about him. It was neat to think that over 60,000 Christians around the world were all tuning in to participate in the simulcast Bible study at the same time. It was such a nice way to start Easter weekend, even though I was up way past my bedtime.

Brian is at home today setting up the new 220 gallon saltwater aquarium. I decided to leave the house and go for a run before I ended up getting recruited to help with the tanks! The fish tanks stress me out. They also stress Brian out.

My hobbies are running and reading (inexpensive and stress-relieving). Brian's hobbies are aquariums and cars (expensive and stress-inducing).

It's a good thing I have Brian around to keep things interesting.

When we booked our trip to Florida this year, Brian put me in charge of the renting the car and gave me permission to choose whichever company I wanted. He learned his lesson after the previous three rental car disasters. I rented from E-Z and it turned out great!

A little pat on the back for Kelly, please.

We got to the Strawberrys' house around midnight and went straight to bed. On Friday morning, I lounged around reading magazines and drinking coffee.

Pure bliss! Can I please go back now!?

Brian and I ate lunch at Herbie's, which was a quaint little spot, and then we visited the Turtle Hospital. In past years, we've  bypassed many of the Marathon tourist attractions and headed straight for exciting Key West! On this trip, however, we decided to stay closer to home and hit up all of the nearby attractions.

We had heard a lot of good things about the sea turtle hospital. I was a little disappointed because it was very educational and included a 30 minute Powerpoint presentation about sea turtles and the history of the hospital. I think most people would find it enjoyable, but I'm like a 5-year-old when it comes to doing educational things on a vacation. (I think my parents scarred me for life when they once made me spend an entire day at Colonial Williamsburg instead of the Busch Gardens theme park on a family vacation when I was in 4th grade).

Obviously, the best part of the turtle hospital was observing the sea turtles.

Injured sea turtles are pretty fun to watch...for about 5 minutes.

The employees there are extremely passionate about what they do. Our tour guide said his biggest goal in life was to see the rare Leatherback turtle.

I won't lie - I was a little more intrigued by the iguanas than the sea turtles. They're actually considered pests in the Florida Keys. Someone brought them from South America to Florida many years ago and they have no natural predator. Their population just keeps growing. They were everywhere!

After the turtle hospital, Brian and I went to Sombrero beach for a couple of hours. We sat near a bunch of frat guys who were hanging out on their Spring Break. It was kinda fun to eavesdrop on their loud conversations about typical college stuff - parties that got out of control and girls that were puking in their beds. I was grossed out but Brian found it entertaining (go figure).

Seeing these guys on their Spring Break made me feel old. I feel like Brian and I should still be college kids. Are we seriously married adults?! Where did the time go???

The beach was gorgeous and it was a sunny afternoon. Dolphins swam right to the shore, which had everyone in a fit of excitement!

We ended the evening with a happy hour and dinner. Dinner was interesting because I spent a long time trying to figure out if the server was a man or a woman (I'm still undecided). Brian and I stayed out late and went to one of our favorite local bars, the Brass Monkey.

That wraps up Day 1 of our trip.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Quick Hello

Brian and I got back from our Florida vacation on Tuesday. Ever since we got back, I've been super busy at work. Otis got neutered on Thursday and he's been recovering. This weekend had a lot going on as well - two birthday parties, a bridal shower for a friend, and lots of catching up to do on laundry.

It turned out to be a rainy and cold weekend. I am so ready for the warm weather!!! I'm sure the sun that I got in Florida will fade soon and I'll be back to my pale self.

Good news - the new blog design is coming along nicely. I think it would be going much quicker had I not been so busy these past few weeks. I'm so excited because I love the new look! 

I have a lot to blog about this week, fingers crossed I have time. 

I've got to read a lot for book club tonight and will be watching some basketball I hope.
GO DUKE!!!! Praying they will win tonight and be one step closer to the championship game.

I'll leave you with an Otis picture:

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

New Blog Design, etc

I'm in the process of having my blog design updated with the help of the Cutest Blog on the Block team. I'm really excited to see the new changes, but I have to be patient. I've been really busy lately, so I haven't had much time to work on this yet.

Also, in case you're interested, you can now access my blog using You no longer have to have the "" added to the end of the web address.

Last weekend I got the chance to go to Elkin, NC to visit one of my best friend's grandparents. They're an incredible family, and I always love spending time at their farm. There was quite a few of us hanging out for the weekend. There's not much to do in Elkin, but that makes it easier to relax and enjoy a slow-paced lifestyle for a couple days. Also, you have to create your own entertainment, so we played a lot of board games!

Here's the crew after church on Sunday morning:

Also on the agenda for this week....our annual trip to Florida!!! Can't wait to to soak up the sun with a drink in my hand!


Bloody Mary's....

and margaritas!

I love the Bloody Mary's at Sunset Grille. They're hard to beat!
Two more days!!!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Running in the Hood

Yesterday was Day #1 of Couch-to-5K for me and my friend Ame. She asked that I help motivate her to run a 5k because she and her coworkers at 919 Magazine are running the race together on Mother's Day.

I'm in pretty good shape right now, but I definitely haven't been running in a couple of years. The last time I ran by choice was in 2010 when Brandon and I ran a 5K. What's laughable in that blog post is that I mentioned something about how we would later be running a 10K in Cary (?).

I dream big - I'll leave it at that.

Anyhow, I downloaded a Couch-to-5K app on my iPhone and I have the honor of being Ame's accountability partner. I definitely think we'll be running 3.1 miles in no time....
technically nine weeks time.

Today I went on a run through our neighborhood and was reminded that Brian and I live in such a gorgeous area. When we first moved here back in November, we were mostly attracted to the large, secluded lot at the end of a cul-de-sac. The location was ideal and we loved the house, but we never took much time to really explore our neighborhood.

We really lucked out! So many of the houses in our neighborhood are truly spectacular. There's a lot of unique architecture and a whole lot of charm! There's no busy streets and rarely any cars passing through. I also love the lake that's behind our house. Once the warmer weather gets here, I'll start looking forward to more long walks with my walking buddy.

Here's a few of the houses in the hood. Yes, I took pictures of some houses. Is that even legal? I'm not sure. I was just hoping that nobody was watching my from their window 'cause that would've been weird.

I do weird things, what can I say?

Best house on the block....