Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A Weekend Well Spent

I had been looking forward to this past weekend for a while.  Maybe because I’m a sucker for all things romantic, and because it was a long weekend, but I was glad to find out that my excitement was for a reason.

Friday I left work and met my friend Mary for some wine which turned into more wine and delicious appetizers and dinner over perfect conversation and laughs. It made me realize how lucky I am to have friends that I can just be with. Friends that I don’t have to impress.  Friends that I don’t have to struggle for topics to chat about.  Friends that are on the same page as me.  Thank you, Mary for reminding me that just being myself is enough.

Friday then turned into Saturday, and Paul surprised me with the most vibrant red roses.  Early morning roses a day before Valentine’s Day is definitely the way to my heart. Then we went to lunch at one of our favorite spots and continued our day by delivering flowers and goodies to his parents and sister for more Valentine’s love. This day continued with more laughs, stories, and looking at old photos. Again, I ended the night being thankful for people that are just so. easy. to. be around.  There’s something to be said about the comfort of your company.


Sunday I woke up early with anticipation of our night ahead.  Again, I was surprised with cute gifts and a loving card from Paul.  We got ready and headed to our friends’ house for a delicious Valentine’s Day brunch. Between the pink champagne and gorgeous display of food, I knew my day was bound to be perfect.  After leaving there, Paul and I headed into Boston and checked into our hotel.  We then went to the New England Aquarium to do cute things... but there were so many people and SO MANY CHILDREN that I thought I was going to get bumped into so hard I might fall into the giant tank.  Talk about a nightmare come true.  Anyway, we then went to dinner at Joe’s on the Waterfront and looked out over the beautiful city.  We ended the night by splitting a bottle of wine in the hotel lounge and pretended we were swanky city-goers who hung out in usual spots like this.  Ok, fine, Paul probably wasn’t thinking that at all, but I was, and then I imagined I was the newest member of the "Sex and the City" squad. #LifeGoals.





Yesterday, we had the day off and spent the good part of it relaxing. I then went to yoga which is always the best way to end the night. 

All in all, it was the most flawless weekend filled with so much love.  I spent a lot of my time wishing I could press a pause button and capture all the memories and put them into one giant memory bank that I could sort through whenever I wanted.  I guess that’s what iPhones are for, though, and now I have about 200 photos just taking up my phone memory.  But whatever, it was a weekend well spent, and who wouldn't want 200 photos to remember it by?

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Sweet Southern Comfort :: Tennessee & Kentucky Style

These days everything is all business,
never in one place for too long...
I might be a little late in posting this, but my life has been busy lately.  Between work, my recent love affair with the new yoga studio I joined, snow storms, and everyday life activities getting in the way, I still haven’t even unpacked my whole suitcase from our trip to Tennessee which was (almost) two weeks ago. Sigh.
Maybe I subconsciously don’t want to unpack because that means the fun is over.  That means it’s another long wait until I see my sister and brother in law again. It seems as though each time an exciting event or trip ends, I immediately shift my mind onto the next thing I can look forward to, forgetting that everything fun comes to an end at some point. I suppose that’s not such a bad way to live, albeit the unwashed clothes hanging out of your luggage and strewn all across your bedroom floor (sorry Paul). But either way, it’s my way of living and that’s just. fine. by. me.
This last trip to Tennessee was more of a relaxing and calming get-away, taking my focus off the busy 9am-5pm work life and crazy schedule that I’m used to, than a wild-crazy-beer-pounding-bar-crawl down Broadway, but that’s okay.  We’ll get ‘em next time.  This trip was more focused around a benefit concert my sister was performing at in Kentucky, and let me just tell you they hooked a sister (and her crew) up.  We stayed at a stunning bed and breakfast on gorgeous land, surrounded by alpacas, cows, a horse, chickens, and the cutest little goat friends ever!  Not only was the breakfast some of the most scrumptious food I’ve ever eaten, their coffee tasted legit magical. The bed was like sleeping on a cloud, and the scenery was on point. We even ate lunch with views of the Ohio River at a restaurant that used to be a jail that some badass people did time at, including Jesse James and Hank Williams Senior! The concert was great, as it was a benefit for a generous organization called Cops with Paws, and we got to spend some much needed QT in two different states with good food, good wine, good friends, family, and lots of laughs.  So thank you to the beautiful south, you’ve certainly tugged on my heart strings once again. Until next time, here are some photos so y'all can reminisce with me.

This is the Southern Grace Bed and Breakfast we stayed in... Go book your next trip here, like NOW.

...but I can guarantee, things are sweeter in Tennessee.