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Buzzing around, all over town…

Wow, so apparently I am not very good at blogging at regular intervals, so from now on I will not promise weekly (or even monthly for that matter) posts.  Things have been uber busy around here, and not in a bad way!

Lets rewind back to where we left off.


Still jobless, with hopes of finding something to fill the in between semester void and carry into a part time venture (little did I know the semester that was ahead) and remained unsucessful at finding anything.  So, I followed my husband’s instructions and put all my energy into finishing up our room.  Here’s a before and after of our room and the furniture which I distressed:



Came out nice right? 🙂 I’m proud of myself! So, after the room was completed we took a 3 day weekend and headed to St. Augustine/Crescent Beach to meet up with Em’s ex-roomie Kevin and his girlfriend, Kristin for some surfing action:

That one came out pretty neat huh?

 In St. Augustine we found the best sangria and fish taco’s ever at Madres! Yum-o!


The new summer semester began, and let me tell you, perhaps it was a blessing that I was no longer working- even part time! The semester became demanding and I began to spend 9+ hours a day studying straight.  I can’t wait to see just how crazy fall is going to be…

So early June we jetted to Dallas, Texas for my ‘cousin’ Shelby’s high school graduation.  From there we toured San Antonio, Austin, and Waco.  Talk about yummy food and heat! This would also be about the same time that my Miami Heat lost the championship to the Dallas Mavericks.  Boo.  Em was estatic…  Here are just a couple shots:

Juan in a Million (as seen on Man V Food!) ~ my breakfast ~ Chicken Tacos!

The Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX

June was also the month I got creative with baking and made some of these deadly chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes!:


4th of July. My favorite holiday.  This year Em and I traveled to Seaside, FL for his family reunion and Aunt & Uncle’s 25 year vow renewal.  If you have never been to Seaside or heard of it, just watch “The Truman Show” with Jim Carrey.  It is a pleasantville-type picturesque beachy town where everyone is happy, laid back, creative, riding a bike, and eating good food.  Minus the “June Grass” (algea) the beaches were filled with life and happiness.  Here are just a few photos:

The coastline

Fun in Seaside

Good old Americana July 4th and some Key Lime Pie on a Stick!

Airstream Food Stand drive, all lined up! Try the grilled cheese and Frost Bite stand!

My husband enjoying Reese + Cream Gelato. 

Beach and ice cream, isn’t that what summer is all about?

So that brings me to today.

July is half-way through and I’m finishing up the end of my summer semester (Thank GOD!).  We are in the midst of planning our big trip to europe for 2013 – my graduation gift! We have our Frommer’s Europe book and are going to start journaling itinerary ideas.  My main concern is spending enough time in Paris.  That’s all I want.  Paris.  We’re looking at early May before the tourist season strikes and possibly visiting Florence, Tuscany, Venice, Rome, Amsterdam, London, Berlin, and Madrid.  If we get to see them all great, if not, I should repeat- all I want is P A R I S.  I can’t wait to take my camera out there and shoot… see the city of lights… and eat to my heart’s desire some of the most delectable and truly ‘savoureux’ dishes.  Shoot… I had brie and fruit with croissants for dinner last night- think I’m prepared? 😉

Hope everyone is having a great summer! Till next time!



>Sometimes all we need is a little reminder.

Today I figured that I would leave you with a couple reminders as to why you should thank God. These photos were taken today at Anna Maria Island, Florida. Anna Maria is one of the few beaches left that is still unspoiled- there are no hotels, no massive parking garages, no noise but seagulls and waves, and very few people. Ever since being introduced to the island by some friends a few years ago, it has always been my little piece of Heaven, and giant piece of sanity on the west coast of Florida. Some days, you would swear you were in the Bahamas when the light hits the water juuuust right. At low tide sandbars appear half a mile out, and you are able to walk all the way to the sandbar and collect sandollars and starfish. People pull up their sailboats and regular boats to the shore and enjoy a meal and tropical drinks at the infamous “Sandbar Restaurant.” In celebration of 2 A’s in my first grad school classes and the end to a long first semester, I headed to my Heaven with my sister-in-law in tow. Today was filled with sunshine, smiles, floating, swimming, lounging, mango coladas, grouper sandwiches, crabcakes, and shelling. These are the things in life that make me most happy and bring me back to childhood (minus the colada!). By the end of the afternoon neither of us wanted to leave; needless to say we’ll be back in a few weeks from sun rise to sunset. It was a well deserved half day of relaxation, and a great reminder of all the beautiful gifts that God gives to us on a daily basis. We just have to open our eyes and see it:



>Wanderlust, wan-der-lust, [won-der-luhst]- noun A strong, innate desire to rove or travel about.

I don’t know when it began, maybe some where about the time of my 7 year relationship ending, the last semester of nursing school and college coming to a close, or the moment when I realized that life was too short to take it for granted as I watched patients die every day in the ICU. Some where in that mess I developed an intense desire to go balls-to-the-wall. I started outdoor skydiving, indoor skydiving, surfing, running half marathons, going to trapeze classes, traveling, and planning on taking flying lessons. I was determined to ride this roller coaster called ‘life’ with my hands flailing all over the place and end it with my body ragged and saying, “Man! What a ride!”

When you’re fresh out of college you don’t have a million dollars or even a week of vacation at work, but somehow I managed to take 3 day and weekend trips to various places in the United States and Caribbean. Time moved on, my relationships became more serious, and life began to settle down. I now spent my weekends wedding planning and spending time with my fiance (now husband), family, and friends instead of conquering the world like I had dreamed.

Well, it hit me again. Hard in the head and heart. I think it was a combination of changes at work, begining grad school, watching Eat, Pray, Love, and talking about starting a family of our own- that finally made me realize- if I didn’t attempt to travel again now, I probably will never get the chance to do it. It’s liberating when you come to the realization that you’re 25, healthy, financially stable, married without kids, have no animals to take care of, and only have a small portion of rent to pay for. The world began to seem endless again, and I started day dreaming of all the places my husband and I could go to. There is nothing holding us back. I repeat to myself on a daily basis, “If you don’t do it now, you never will.”

So therefore; this post is dedicated to all of the beautiful places I have wanderlust for. There’s no particular order, it’s just a compilation of the most beautiful and exciting places in the world you could ever dream of. These National Georgraphic type images cloud my head day and night and fill my heart with so much excitement and yes… wanderlust. Sit back, strap in, put your tables in their upright position, and enjoy the ride!

Destinations I daydream of:

The South Pacific-Bora Bora, Tahiti, Hawai’i, Samoa, Fiji and all of French Polynesia. Imagine eating the freshest and finest french seafood, climbing mountains and volcanoes, living in the sea and sleeping in overwater bungalows.

Europe- Have a a beer in a pub in London, play golf in Scotland, roam Rome, ride a gondola and eat pizza in Italy, fall in love again in Paris, dance all night in Ibiza and Mykonos, drive on the autobahn in Germany, and shop in Prauge.

Africa- Stand in awe at the sights of the great Pyramids and Nile in Cairo, Egypt, then eat and bask in the architecture of Morocco. Take a float in the dead sea. Ride a camel through the Sahara and do a safari on the beautiful savannahs. Swim near a great white and look over cliffs in Capetown while enjoying the art and music in Johannesburg. Leave the continent and head to The Canary Islands or Dubai where there and ONLY there can you go skiing in the desert.

East Aisa- Visit monks and find the Yeti in Nepal, gawk at Mt. Everest, then head south to India to be greeted by the land of brilliant colors and spices. Travel then to Thailand and pray to the Buddha while relaxing in a hut on the island of Phuket.

South/Central America- Ride a wave and zipline through the rainforests of Costa Rica, then travel to Rio in Brazil to see some of the most beautiful people in the world. A short ride to Argentina for a REAL Argentinian steak and a climb the mountains in Peru to see Machu Pichu.

Far East- Off to Japan for real Japanese sushi and revel in the cherry blossoms along the mountain sides. A boat to Australia will bring the curiosity of the Aboriginal people, the hopes to see a kangaroo, and the desire to dive the Great Barrier Reef. And lastly, a trip back to Bali to find paradise in dark wooded Bali huts and vast sparkling waters.

And eventhough this may all seem a distant dream, it will remain for me a lifelong goal. We will travel the world and truly learn of all the beauty it has to offer. One day.