Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Saluting Our Military....


Since 4th of July is this weekend, I thought it was timely that I shared this information with all of you.

I was contacted by rep from Scion about their new car customization competition, “Battle of the Builds,” made to showcase and salute our country’s finest. The contest taps into the creativity, teamwork and can do attitude of today’s U.S. Military personnel and challenges them to design and construct their ideal xB in just 12 weeks.

A total of 25 semi-finalist teams have already been selected based on their proposals for customizing a Scion xB on a $15,000 budget – they can be viewed at http://www.battleofthebuilds.com/. Now through June 30th (today), everyone can show their support by voting for their favorite customized xB to select three finalists to make their vision a reality. The winning team will be invited to showcase their modified xB at the 2010 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas.

Outside of this fun design challenge, Scion is also committed to working closely with Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps commercial sponsorship units and base Auto Skills Centers.

So if you could take a few minutes out of your day to vote, I am sure you would make a lot of people happy.

Thanks and happy early 4th!



Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Pulling a Jessica

Regardless of the shade of your hair, whether it's platinum or chestnut brown, we all have "blonde" moments. When you think about it, is it really fair to classify these ditsy occurrences where we experience momentary lapses of judgement as blonde when then happen to everyone? From now one, I will refer as this phenomenon soley as pulling a Jessica Simpson.

She is probably the person most known for making such comments so it seems fair. It doesn't help my argument that she has blonde hair, but come on, it's not by nature.

See what I mean......


Anyway, the reason I bring this up is because of the Jessica-esque comment I said the other day to my husband. Luckily he was the only one that heard it.

We were in the pool in Arizona and I noticed the item below...

I had never seen anything like it at a pool before. Not ever in my 28 years. So I asked my husband what it was, thinking it was some kind of thing for the kids to play on.
Are you kidding? He asked. Wow, I was embarrassed. I don't know how I missed that handicapped sign.
Oh well, everyone says ditsy things occasionally. I just choose to share it with all of you!

Have you said anything lately you wish you could take back?

Monday, June 28, 2010

Recapping It

Hi friends,

I hope you had a fantastic weekend. I have a bunch of random stuff to talk about so I am going to assume the much loved bullet point post.


  • I am entering week 2 of my month and a half off. I am enjoying myself, but feeling like I need to get more done. I have such a love/hate relationship with relaxation vs. productivity.
  • I wanted to use my time off to write, but I don't exactly know what I want to write. Should I focus on short stories to pad my portfolio or put my time towards that elusive novel I have been wanting to start? I find that I am such a perfectionist, I only want to write if I think it will be good or I can use it for something.
  • Had a nice weekend with the hubby. Well nice until Clemson lost to USC twice in a row and lost their chance to make it to the College World Series. I suppose it wouldn't be so bad if A) JK wasn't one of the biggest Clemson fans in the world, B) USC wasn't Clemson's most hated rival, C) the exact same thing didn't happen in 2002. Anyway, it was tough to watch and JK was more than a little upset. Men and their sports!
  • We went to see Get Him to the Greek. I heard this movie was funny and we had been wanting to see it for awhile and finally got the opportunity. We both agreed that we hadn't laughed so hard during a movie in years. JK was talking to his Dad after the movie and he asked him what it was about. JK summed it up by saying, "sex, drugs, and rock and roll." While it was inappropriate for children obviously, if you like dry humor you will enjoy it.
  • Yesterday JK had a little bit of work to do at the office on post. He dropped me off at the PX (like a Target for military people) and showed me where the commissary (grocery store) was pretty much across the street from it. The plan was to kill an hour at the PX, go to commissary and start the shopping and he would meet me there. Sounds easy enough. Well when I went to walk to the commissary, I got disoriented and couldn't remember which way to go. I ended up walking around for 20 minutes in the 100 degree Arizona heat before I found it! Uhh!
  • The one productive thing I have been doing with my time is working out. When you don't have to go to work or really any other responsibility, it's amazing the time you can find to burn a few calories. While it's not always fun for me, I am trying to make it a daily thing. I exercised every day last week. That may have been the first time ever that I did that. Did I mention that I am married to a Fitness Fanatic? He was not like that when I met him, but has morphed into one. I am going to post more about that tomorrow. Anyway, I thought at the end of my posts I will start telling you about my workout from the previous day. Hopefully soon enough I will share some progress also.

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Saturday:
-35 minutes elliptical
-25 minutes spinning bike
-20 minutes running/walking intervals
-15 minutes abs

Sunday:
-10 minutes stair climber
-25 minutes elliptical
-30 minutes spinning bike
-20 minutes abs, squats, lunges

Friday, June 25, 2010

Favorite Fridays: Celeb Couple That Didn't Make It

Happy Friday everyone! I couldn't resist playing along with Jen's Favorite Fridays this week.

The topic is Who is your favorite celebrity couple that didn't make it? That's such an easy one for me...

Of course it would have to be Jennifer Aniston and Adam Duritz of Counting Crows fame. I mean just look how cute they are together and how much they must have in common!
Ha, of course I am kidding, but seriously how does he manage to date such beautiful A-list stars? I guess beauty really is in the eye of the beholder or whatever people say to make sense of couple's that don't seem well-matched.
In all seriousness, my favorite couple that I wish would have worked out are.....
Britney and Justin.
Now I know they were young when they dated, but they seemed so perfect for one another. They met when they were kids on the Mickey Mouse show and started a romance when they were teenagers. They have so much in common from their southern roots, athleticism (they both played basketball y'all), and singing and dancing skills. Obviously, I am sure they have more in common, but without knowing them personally, that's the best I can do.
They were so cute being sporty together!

Okay, maybe they aren't so cute in matching head to toe denim ensembles, but I blame the stylist.

I really wish these two would have stayed together. Can you imagine how cute the babies would have been? Maybe they were too young. Do you think Britney would have suffered so much if they stayed together? Who knows, maybe they will realize when they are 40 that they were meant to be together. One can hope!
Head over to Jen's blog to play!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Rules to the Sky

Flying has always been something that I haven't minded. Heck, I was even a flight attendant for a year after college. Just ask my husband, I still rock the flight attendant two finger point when trying to direct someone.

Lately though, it seems like everytime I hop on a plane there is something that annoys me. Whether it's the customer service (well lack of really) that you receive when checking in, having to pay exorbitant fees to check bags, constant delays, only being able to enjoy half of a seat due to the person sitting next to you, and the general uncouthness of other travelers.

With that being said, I would like to share with you my top tips to consider the next time you make a trip to the airport:

1. Leave early for the airport. Bigger airports recommend that you arrive at least 2 hours before your flight. While that may seem a bit much, save yourself the peace of mind of having to worry about making the flight. You never know what you will encounter in the parking garage, check in line, or security. For instance, the last time I traveled security was closed for half an hour. If I was late, that could have really threw a wrench in my plans.

2. Know what have to do to get through security. It's not that hard people. Take off your shoes and jacket. Don't bring any liquid over 3 ounces. Be understanding if you get pulled out of line to be searched even if you look about as threatening as Betty White. No matter how stupid you think the regulations are, don't give the TSA people a hard time. They are just doing their job.

3. Be cognizant that you are not at home in your living room. The type of behavior you engage in at home is not okay on a plane. I have literally witnessed people sitting next to me do everything from paint their nails (it took a lot for me not to say anything) to floss their teeth. I understand you might want to do some grooming before meeting your love in baggage, but do me a favor, stop in the bathroom once you get off the plane.

4. Have a pair of flat shoes on hand. I am a fan of the good old days when people dressed up to travel. I don't expect everyone to follow suit and perfectly understand the importance of being comfy on long flights. I try to wear something that makes me look put together, but is not heard to wear. I often wear heels so I make sure to have a flat pair in case I need to run to make a connecting flight. Trust me, I had to run through the Atlanta airport this past weekend and it would have been very difficult in the 4 inch wedges I had on prior to my 5K through the airport.

5. Bring snacks. These days, you never know if you will get feed during your flight (not that you would really want that food anyway in most cases). The airport options are generally unhealthy and very expensive. It's a very good idea to bring healthy snacks as an alternative.

6. Stop and get cash before you get to the airport. I forgot to do this for my last trip and also did not bring any snacks (I was in a rush, okay). I figured I could get something to eat at the airport. I was wrong. There was nothing there except vending machines. I had no cash and there was not an atm in sight. This did not make me happy especially since there was a delay.

7. Pack wisely, especially if you are carrying your suitcase on the plane. I am not going to tell you not to carry on a suitcase as I know how expensive the bag charges are and there is always the fear of the airline losing your luggage. However, if you must carry it on, realize that there is only so much room overhead. Bring a bag that will fit and try not to hold up the entire plane looking for somewhere to put it. Also make it your goal not to hit anyone with the bag as you put it up/take it down. I have been both the victim and perpetrator of this crime.

8. When it's time to get off the plane, wait your turn to exit. It drives me crazy how people act at this segment of the trip. People literally try to knock each over to get off the plane. Everyone wants to leave, you are not the only one. The only time I can see it being okay is if you need to catch another flight. If that really is this case, loudly announce it as you push and shove your way off the plane.

There you have it. My top tips for traveling. What would you add?

Also, I was thinking about the other day, don't you think it would make more sense to board the plane from the back to the front? Call me crazy, it just seems like it would be more efficient

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A Day Full of Meaning....

Sorry for the lack of posting. I left for Arizona on Saturday and after a weather scare, I almost thought I wasn't going to be able to fly that day. Luckily I made it and reunited with my husband late that night.

We spent Sunday working out, laying by the pool, grocery shopping, and catching up on this season of Friday Night Lights (love it).

Then Monday, he went back to work/school as I settled into my role of housewife for the summer. I started to do a little laundry and clean up JK's (former) bachelor pad, when the doorbell rang.

JK sent flowers to welcome me to Arizona. How sweet! Now I will be honest with you, he is not always romantic. He is doing a better job embracing it lately because he knows it is important to me!

Here is a photo of the apartment we are staying at in Sierra Vista, AZ.

This is the lovely pool and workout center where I will be spending most of my days here.

Now to the importance of June 22nd. Today is my sweet husband's 29th birthday!

Happy Birthday JK! Although I know you aren't excited about getting another year closer to thirty and you act like birthdays aren't important to you, I am happy I am here to celebrate with you. We spend too many important occasions apart and although we value our time together no matter what day it is, it's nice to be there for the big days too! I love you so much and hope you have fabulous day!

June 22nd also happens to be the day I graduated from high school. Today is the tenth anniversary, which I am finding hard to believe. In some instances it feels like not that long ago, whereas in others it seems like a million years ago. A lot of my classmates are making comments on facebook about how old we are now. I think we all know in the grand scheme of things it's not old, but in our reality it does seem that way. Let's just put it this way, I don't mind being 28 as long as I don't look 28 or as long as I continue to look 28 for the next 10 years!
If you have any anti-aging secrets, send them this way!

Hope you are having a great day....

Friday, June 18, 2010

Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner

Okay so today was the final day of my giveaway from CSN. Thank your for everyone that participated and let me tell you, I was so happy to give something back to my readers.

The lucky winner is Krystal from Krystal's Kitsch! A CSN rep will be getting touch with you via email very soon.

I am leaving to see my hubby tomorrow, so I might be MIA for a bit, but I plan to give good blog during my summer off.

Have a fab weekend!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Things That Drive Me Crazy....

Did you ever have a day where event after event seemed like it was occurring just to test your patience and see if you could remain the sane and fabulous woman you are?

Today is that day for me. Everything seems to be conspiring against me, but I promise not to pull a Britney. That would be very un-chic of me.


In honor of this day, I thought I would give you a list of things that annoy me...

-Talking in cliches like I did in the post title. If I want to do something with writing that is going to have to be the first thing I put an end to.

-When you take a class at the gym and the instructor is not in shape. Believe me, I know that sounds petty and mean, but you think of that person as an expert in that area so they should be able have to walk the walk.

-The phrase "don't worry about it." It doesn't bother me if someone is using it sincerely, but more so when they say it because they don't want to answer what you are asking. Uhh, those four words infuriate me.

-When you get a fountain diet coke (I am a dc addict and fountain is my favorite) and it's flat or just doesn't taste right.

-As a military spouse, when people say to you, "I could never do that" when referring to the separation. I understand it's meant to be comforting, but trust me, none of us are psyched to do it. We do it because we have to. We are all a lot stronger than we think we are.

-Shorts. They are so cute on other people, but as much as I want them to look good on me, they look like hell.

-The Victoria's Secret Semi-Annual Sale. They lure you in there thinking you are going to find amazing deals. However, after shuffling through hundreds of reject cotton under garments and fighting for room to look in the bins, I always end up buying something that is not on sale.

What's making you want to summon your inner Britney today?

Don't forget to enter my mirror giveaway which ends tomorrow noon!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Chronic Overdressing Because I Want To!

First of all, Happy Wednesday!

Secondly, I wanted to talk to you about a subject very dear to my heart, OVERDRESSING. I think I may have written about it before, but what can I say, it comes up constantly in my life.

Just yesterday, a co-worker remarked how dressed up I was and asked me if I was going somewhere special after work. I sort of laughed and told her that I always dress this way. I really only have two different styles, shabby and chic. By that I mean I either have on a dress/skirt or gym clothes. Those are my staples. I may be in the minority, but I feel much more comfortable in a dress than jeans. I would love to wear yoga pants to work, but I am not sure how well that would go over.

My husband also fusses at me about it. I think it's because when I have on a dress (even if it is casual one) and he has on shorts and a t-shirt, he feels like he needs to wear something on the same level. I suppose when you dress up and other people are less formal, they feel a bit guilty about it. That or they just think you have a problem.

I am a indvidual and I will dress however I want to. I really don't know why anyone cares. The only time I occasionally compromise is with my husband because you know, that's what your suppose to do in a marriage and it isn't always appropriate to wear 4 inch leopard heels to a hockey game if they make you fall down stairs. Just saying.

Do you care if people or more dressed up than you?

Also, don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY that ends Friday at noon!

Monday, June 14, 2010

*Giveaway*

Hey loves!

I was so excited when CSN contacted me to host a giveaway for a product from one their stores. Have you heard of them? If not, CSN is fabulous website composed of more than 200 online niche shops that offer everything from lights to furniture to shoes. Really, who doesn't want more of those things?

What I have selected to giveaway is this beautiful mirror.....

Here are the details:

•Fluent Wall mirror
•Large round wall mirror
•Solid metal black matte frame surrounds the genuine glass mirror
•The metal frame is manufactured by hand utilizing a technique where the metal is heated, cut with inserts and then pulled by hand into this shape and design
•Overall dimensions: 20" H x 20" W x 0.5" D

I choose this because not only do I think it is fab, but I love to use mirrors for decorating. They help make any room appear larger and you also get to check out your pretty face!

To enter:

One entry: Leave a comment with your email

Second entry: Blog about it and be sure to let me know

The winner will be chosen Friday June 18th after 12 pm. So get to entering and check out CSN while your at it!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Graduation, The Beach, & Cucumber Sandwiches


Yay, my seniors graduate tomorrow! While the counselors at the high school I work at split all the grades by alphabet, I am a little partial to working with the seniors. It is really enjoyable to help students apply to college and start their path in life. In other cases, it is truly rewarding just to see them walk across the stage on graduation day!

We have graduation practice in the morning followed by a picnic. Even though it can be stressful and hectic, it is one of my favorite days of the year. The kids are genuinely so excited; some to leave high school and others because they know they are about to embark on such an exciting time. Graduation is at 7:30 pm and let me tell you, it is going to be hot!

On Saturday, I am heading to Wilmington to visit my friend that recently moved there. I am so excited to see her and visit the beach!

What are your weekend plans?

By the way, here is the recipe for the Cucumber Sandwiches I made recently. Enjoy!

Ingredients
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 (.7 ounce) package dry Italian salad dressing mix
2 loaves French bread, cut into 1 inch slices
2 medium cucumbers, sliced
1 pinch dried dill weed

Directions
1. In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, mayonnaise and Italian dressing mix. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours, or preferably overnight.
2. Spread the cream cheese blend onto slices of French bread. Top with a cucumber slice, and sprinkle with dill. You can make as many or few as you like. the cream cheese mixture keeps for about a week in the refrigerator so you can make them over and over again!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The one with the Guido

Let's flashback to a few weeks ago.

I was in Charleston with my college friends. As a reminder, they are all "Southern by the Grace of God" as the saying goes and I am the lone northerner. I think we have learned a lot from each other about life and how people grow up in different areas. For the most part, you are raised thinking the way your family does things is the "right way" and the "only way" and then when you meet people from other backgrounds, you come to the realization that there is more than one way of doing something.

I have one friend in particular that is very serious about upholding the southern values and ideals she was raised with. I know she loves me, but I also am confident she thinks I say too much of what I think too often. She doesn't blame me though, she thinks it's because of how I was raised, in other words, that's just how they grow them up there.

Okay that was the background, here's the story.....

We were out at the rooftop of a bar. It was Friday night around eleven and the place was packed.
The friend I was telling you about pulled me aside and said, "Did you get into a fight with that guy? It looked like there was an altercation."

I honestly had to scan my memory for what she was even talking about. I didn't get into a argument with anyone. I mean come on, I know how to act in public.

Then I remembered the guido that came up to me. He was wearing a suit in 90 degree weather late on a Friday night. He obviously looked out of place. We weren't in the financial district in NYC during happy hour where that is the norm, we were in a laid-back southern beach town.

Anyway, he walked up to me and said something to the effect of, "that's awfully nice of you and your friends to stand in the center of everything."

I inferred that he was being a jerk and implying that we were in the way. I just looked at him and replied, "thanks for noticing" and subsequently turned away from him.

There was not a big scene. It is just my mantra that I am nice unless you give me a reason not to be. I don't go out of my way to look for fights, but if someone is rude or out of line, you can guarantee that I will not let it go unnoticed.

I don't' think that is exclusively a northern trait, but it is common. I just found it funny that Miss Manners thought to even ask me about it.

I guess it just goes to show that life if all about perception. Different people can see the same incident very differently.

I promise if I met you in real life, I would be nice :).

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Summer Break!!

So excited! It's officially two weeks until I start summer break (the major perk of working in education). This week will be busy getting the kids ready for graduation on Friday and next week will consist of wrapping things up and getting ready for next year.

I am more looking forward to this break than I normally would because I finally get to go be with my husband in Arizona (where he in school for the army temporarily). I will be there for about a month before he finishes. I won't have a car since I am flying out there and can't take his because I don't know how to drive stick. I figure this will give me a lot of time to lounge by the pool, workout, and write while he is gone during the day. Like I told him earlier tonight, even if I only see him for an hour a night, I will be happy. I need this.

After he graduates, we will drive back to North Carolina. Road trips are normally fun and it will give me the chance to visit some states I have not been to yet. We will hopefully have a chance to visit family and hit the beach before I have to be back at work.

It was 93 degrees here this weekend, which inspired me to create a list of things I love/hate about the summer.

Love:

-Cute clothes and accessories
-The beach/pool
-Fun summery cocktails
-Being tan
-Doing more things outside
-Vacations
-Being off from work
-Entourage
-Grilling
-Going to baseball games
-More time to read

Hate:

-Sweating
-Frizzy hair as soon as you go outside
-Not getting paid
-People being loud when you are trying to relax by the pool
-Wearing a bathing suit
-Nothing on tv

That's all I can think of for now. What are your summer plans?

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Why I Will Always Love SATC


When I graduated from college, I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to do with my life. I was a Communications major so there was not one specific skill I acquired. I packed my bags in South Carolina and headed back to my home turf in New Jersey. I scoured newspapers and websites for marketing and public relations jobs in the tri-state area. I landed a job that was disguised as a "Marketing position where the sky was the limit" in Philadelphia. On the first day, I dressed myself in my only suit from Macy's and was paired up with two other girls in their twenties. We were sent on a embarrassing mission to walk into businesses unannounced and try to get them to change their credit card machine provider. People screamed at us, chased us out of their stores, and pointed to the no soliciting sign on their door. It was a nightmare. The company never disclosed we would be cold-calling in random neighborhoods in Philly during my interview. I instantly learned the lesson that sales was not for me and never went back for a second day. I think I left a message on the answering machine that I was never returning.

A week or so later I had an interview at Bloomingdale's in the King of Prussia mall outside of Philly. I had dreams of being a buyer. I explained that to my interviewer and she told me that I could work there as a retail associate and if I did a good job, they would recommend me for buying program in NYC. While that was my life's ambition, I couldn't rationalize working as a "cashier" after graduating from college when there was no guarantee they would eventually send me to NYC. In retrospect, I probably should have given it a chance if that was truly what I wanted to do, but I was too worried about my ego and how other people perceived me.

A few weeks after that I went to dinner with some of my best friends from high school. They told me they would be moving to NYC in a month and wanted me be their roommate. I desperately wanted to. I had fantasized about living in NYC since I was a child. Although it was a tempting offer, I knew I couldn't commit to a huge security deposit and paying $1300 in rent a month without a job. Afterall, I just graduated college, I was poor. Although I knew I would live to regret it, I declined the amazing offer. My friends were however sweet enough to invite me to stay with them anytime I wanted so I could come up and job-hunt.

In the meantime, being as confused as ever, I went for an interview to be a flight attendant in Atlantic City. Of course I got the job as it appeared that anyone who could speak English was given a chance. I rationalized that with the flexible schedule this career provided me (one week on, one week off), I would have plenty of times to look for jobs in the city and go on interviews during my time off.

For almost a year I would take the casino bus from Atlantic City to New York City a few times a month. During my visits, I would meet as many head hunters as I could manage and schedule an interview with anyone that would have me. I went to places like Parade Magazine, Chantecaille, and as many other offices in marketing, fashion, real-estate, etc that you could imagine. I had a head hunter tell me that I did not type enough words per minutes. I fell in the middle of a busy street on the way to interview, ripping my pantyhose and outrageously scraping me knees. No worries, I stopped at Victoria's Secret on the way and bought a new pair. But alas, I had no connections. While I came close a few times, I was never offered a job. My deal was that I would not officially move there unless I had a guaranteed paycheck.

While I didn't find a job, I loved walking the streets of the city between interviews. Getting to know the neighborhoods, stopping in stores along the way, and always finding something new and interesting to see.

That year I also applied to grad school for Counseling in Educational Settings. Since I got in, the choice was made for me. That was the path I would be taking. When I pictured my life when I was younger, I saw myself wearing a short skirt and glasses, to show that I was fashion-forward, yet still intelligent. I was in a sleek, modern office with huge windows in some fabulous city. I was doing something creative and I was important. My ideas mattered.

While I love my life, it is not necessarily the one I thought I would inhabit. Part of the reason I think I will always love Sex and The City is no matter how much the girls age and how predictable it may be, those women are living the dream, my dream. They reside in the greatest city in the world, have creative/impressive jobs doing what they love, and of course possess the most amazing closets we could imagine . While that may not be my reality, it's important to remember it's never too late to go after what you truly desire.

Here's to the courage to be like our girls! Is there anyone else who would be willing to watch them well into their 80's? Now that I am thinking about it, I would love to see them recreate a Golden Girls type show in 20 years!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Recap & Randomness

This is going to be a bit of a long post as I have been MIA for awhile. I celebrated a birthday, saw SATC 2 twice, got sick, and had a Girl's Weekend in Charleston during my week absence. With that being said, I'll give you $5 if you can get to the end........

First of all, Happy belated Memorial Day. This picture was taken on the road into Folly Beach in Charleston. I thought it was cool that it was lined with American flags. Living in a military town, I am reminded of patriotism daily, so I always find it refreshing to find examples elsewhere.

Although I was not excited for my birthday, especially since my husband and family were not around to celebrate with, my loved ones made sure to let me know they were thinking of me. Here is the "Clemson" themed bouquet my hubby sent me at work. I was surprised because he thought outside the box of the typical roses and get me something personal. I was also happy to receive a sweet card from him and money to go shopping!

Here are a few of my other gifts.....

A monogrammed and blinged wine stopper, could it be more perfect?
Love me some Chelsea!

Adorable shirt and earrings!

"With the right shoes ANYTHING is possible"
I was spoiled enough to also receive a ToyWatch, clothes, jewelry, movies, and more money for shopping. Woo hoo!

The day after my birthday I woke up with a cold. I seriously get annoyed when I get one in warm weather! To me, colds are for fall, winter, and spring. Summer is suppose to be exempt. However, that did not stop me from going for sushi and to see SATC 2 with my dear friend. Unlike a lot of people, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, sorry haters! I will write more about it in another post.

Friday I headed down to Charleston for a Girls' Weekend with my sorority sisters. When I called my friend whose house we were all staying at to say I was a few minutes away, she replied, "okay, I'll have a glass of wine waiting for you." I knew then it was going to be a great time!
We went downtown and had dinner at Amen Street. It was a lovely restaurant that was opened in 2009. We enjoyed champagne and seafood and then proceeded on for a night of drinks and dancing. Here are a few pictures...
Some very colorful ensembles. I know my head is blocked, but this is the only picture that documents my full dress. I was hoping to steal some pictures from my friends, but they are slackers at uploading pics!

Love my old roomies!

Why can't these girls live in my city?

Our birthdays are one day apart!

Then on Saturday we went out on my friend's boat. Here we are at the Charleston Maritime Center waiting for our chariot. Notice the cute pugs and the Carnival Cruise in the background.

I was too busy enjoying myself to take any pictures during the excursion, but I can promise you that we had a good time. I probably had enough fun for all of my followers.

We didn't get back from the boat until almost 9pm. We had purchased tickets on Fandango earlier to see SATC 2 so we had to rally on even though we were tired! (I didn't tell them I had already seen the movie because we had made plans a few weeks ago to see it together. I know that I am ridiculous, but I couldn't bare not seeing it on opening night. I have problems.) Anyway, I may or may not have fallen asleep for the first 20 minutes. Good thing I already saw it or how else would I do a recap?


Sunday we went to the beach on Folly. It was a gorgeous day and ocean was warm. Being from the Jersey Shore I am use to the water not getting nice until August, so I am always pleasantly surprised in Charleston! After the beach, we went for a late lunch at the Kickin' Chicken. The food is awesome there! When I was looking for a picture of it, I noticed that they have franchise opportunities. I am obsessed with the idea of opening a franchise so now I have a new idea to sell the hubby on!
I left to come home late Sunday afternoon and consequently missed all the requisite going home traffic. Score!

Now on to a few of my random thoughts.....
Al and Tipper Gore are separating after 40 years of marriage. That just seems ridiculous to me to do after being together that long. I totally understand wanting to be happy, but normally if you are going to divorce you figure it out a little earlier.

LL of course took a picture of herself wearing her SCRAM anklet. Leave it to her to keep it classy.

Just what we needed. Another reality show about people living in NJ premieres tonight on Oxygen at 10. Jersey Couture follows an Italian family in Jersey as they run their dress shop. From the reviews, they are suppose to be more relatable and likable then their Housewife and Jersey Shore counterparts. I plan to give it at chance. After all, it's summer tv and nothing is on!


Thanks for bearing with me! I missed your love on my blackberry every day!


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