It’s June!

My birthday month is over but I’m persistent to keep celebrating and make it my birthday year ;-). May was wonderful, filled with family, friends, and of course, food. If you were wondering if I got a golden retriever for my birthday, well, of course not because I would have posted that kind of news the very day! Until “that day”, I keep watching golden retriever videos and have this one on replay. It’s only ten seconds, so watch it!

May was also super busy with work, as we’ve had one event after another (Prom, banquets, etc) and still a few more to go (baccalaureate & graduation). I knew that the end of the school year would be a push, however, I didn’t imagine planning and managing five events at once!

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I was also busy collecting and refrigerating my pee for 24 hours. (Not my smoothest transition in blogging history, but there it is!) I recently went to an endocrinologist and she wanted to test my cortisol levels. The best way according to my doctor? Collect my urine for 24 hours, keep it cold, and bring it back for testing. She handed me this one orange jug and I looked at her with a “this-isn’t-going-to-cut-it” look. I told her I drink more water than a fish and should go ahead and take two. 24 hours later, two (very full) jugs, and after 8 tubes of blood drawn, I’m still waiting on the results. My blood work came our normal, which is relieving (see what I did there?).

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And here we are, June! It’s going to be another great month as I wrap up the school year and we welcome guests from all over the U.S. to Old Town on the weekends. I have a month-break in July (work-perk for being in the school system!) and am already planning my “summer bucket list”, composed of books to read, exercises classes to try, and recipes to test. I’m also reallllllllly excited take a cruise with my momma to the Caribbean the last week of July! I can almost feel that warm sunshine beaming down as we breeze through the islands.

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What do you have going on this June? Any book, recipes, and let’s be honest, TV suggestions? Please comment below! Michael and I are making our way through the new season of House of Cards and I’m anticipating my beloved So You Think You Can Dance premiering on June 12th. Spring & summer are my favorite seasons and I am determined to make the most of them, especially because winter never seems to bring out the best in me.

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Cheers to a wonderful and warm month ahead!

Modes of Transportation Today in Thailand: Boats, Elephants, & Bamboo Rafts!

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Our day drip to a floating market, riding an Elephant, and rafting on bamboo down a river was one for the books! 


We took a boat down a few canals to get the market. There we could get our and shop around. I had the best pad Thai of my life!



(Like my Pure Barre LTB in the 703 shirt?!)

We then rode on an Elephant. Michael was lucky and got to ride au natural. I had a wooden throne. What an experience!

After our Elephant adventures of feeding them, getting kissed by one, and getting “massaged” by a baby elephant (a story for another time!), we went on a bamboo raft and floated down the river. Michael decided to swim it!



We ended the day with some pool time and a cocktail. Wait until you read about Michael eating a bbq’d rat from a street vendor! Until tomorrow,

Xoxo!

Those Post Vacation Rainy Monday Blues.

I mean…the title puuuurdy much sums up today.

A few of my favorites in the world came down a week ago for us all to vacation on Kiawah Island: Parents, brother and sister in law, my sweeeeet nieces, grandparents, aunt and uncle, cousin, annnnd long-distance boyfriend, Michael. I had to throw in that detail of doing the long-distance thing because this was the longest time we’ve had together since we started to date back in March! I dropped him off at the airport early this morning and drove back to reality, wiping my tears as the windshield wiped the rain. Poetic, yes?

The post-vacation blues are real. The high of paid time off, eating my fill of cheese and peanut butter, binge watching Netflix, taking days off from the gym, eating more cheese and peanut butter, snuggling up to those favorites of mine…well the high is quickly slapped with the low of getting back into a routine at work, saying good bye to loved ones, working off the extra 3lbs of cheese and peanut butter, and counting down until the next time I get to see Michael. Current countdown: 25 days.

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I’ve let myself wallow a little bit today but now I need some happy memories from September and things to look forward to in October to get me out of this post-vacation rainy Monday funk.

Sweet memories from early September & vacation:

-creating this new recipe for a clean version of breakfast turkey sausageunnamed-2

-serving as the maid of honor at my sweet friends Carolyn and Ziad’s wedding

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-a shout out from this blog featuring my DIY headboard! Check out numero 3! (p.s. I want to sell that! Name your best offer and it could be yours!)

-capturing these moments with my nieces

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-finally satisfying my craving for a s’more (or 4) of a year and a half!

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October goodies:

-October is one of my favorite months. Fall! Boots! Jeans! Straight hair!

-Helen & David’s wedding!

-downtime in Charleston

-a trip to visit Michael 🙂

-this quinoa chili crock-pot recipe for a cold(ish) day in Charleston

What were a few of your September highlights? What are you looking forward to this October? Cheers to a (hopefully) sunny Tuesday!

And the Next Travel Destination is…!!!

There’s something about the mere idea of traveling somewhere new that makes my heart beat a little faster, puts a giddy smile on my face, and butterflies in my stomach. I’m like a lovestruck school girl, day dreaming of my life with Mr. New Destination.

For this particular destination, it’s been my “dream” since coming back from my backpacking trip in 2009. Hint #1: Reading & watching “Eat Pray Love” only increased my longing.

Hint #2: The plane ride takes about 24 hours to get there…

Hint #3: More than 80% of the country’s religion population is Hindu

And a few pics (of the actual place we’re going to stay) to clue you in…

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BALI, INDONESIA!!!

Happening March 2014 with my good friend, Stephanie!

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Let the countdown begin to this 11 day voyage! (272 DAYS!)