Thursday, April 28, 2016

Baecation ala Spring Break Style




Another baecation is in the books for the blue-eyed boy and I. Skiing in West Virginia was Round 1 and This time around for Round 2? Gettysburg, Washington D.C and Baltimore.

Perks of being a teacher include weeklong breaks in the Spring and Fall, in addition to Summer of course. These breaks are an optimum time to travel and satiate the wanderlust that runs rampant in my soul. Thankfully, the boy’s career allows him some flexibility and he was able to join me this break, hopefully the first of many *blush

My Dad conveniently lives and works in the MD/DC area, so he was able to play hospitable host. Having a free place to stay is obviously nice on the wallet, but being able to spend time with a Dad you only see a few times a year…well, you can’t really put a price on that. I’m a lucky girl.

Our adventure started on Tuesday night when we flew in on a late-evening flight from NashVegas to Baltimore.  Late arrival meant a rough, early morning wake-up call, but the weather on Wednesday was going to be lovely, albeit a little chilly, for a historical trip to Gettysburg. We were originally going on Thursday, but Mother Nature planned on making it a wet one… more on that later this post.

The boy booked us a two-hour guided tour of Gettysburg on horseback and it was a highlight of the trip. We’ve been gearing up for this particular historical haunt for a few months – watching movies, reading Civil War history books, etc. In fact, the day of our trip we stopped off at the library, and I checked out a quick read that I read out loud as we drove to Nashville. My boy is a bit of a book worm… and I love his bibliophile ways.

Horsing around


Roundin' out our Gettysburg visit at Little Round Top 


Came in like a cannon ball... 
Day two had us venturing into Washington D.C… and we should have known it would be a disaster because of the weather report (we had changed our Gettysburg plans because it was supposed to rain…rain…rain…rain…) and because we couldn’t find a parking spot at the metro, so we had to drive into the operating center of America and then parking… yeah… parking was a financial investment for the few hours we spent there… after being soaking wet and fifty shades of grouchy, we opted to cut our losses and headed home to change into comfortable, but more importantly dry clothes for a lunch of burrito babies at Chipotle and an afternoon at the coffee shop. We ended the night getting a couples massage… His was great and mine was… well interesting… my masseuse massaged me wearing a rubber glove and it was odd…

Friday we tried Washington D.C. again and were successful. Thank God.  We met up with one of my boy’s old fraternity brothers (he’s press secretary for one of our state's US congressmen), who got us set up with a tour of the Capitol that morning and a tour at the Washington Monument that afternoon. We also saw the Congressional Chamber, where security is intense… they literally have you check everything: keys, cellphones, watches, bags, etc. There’s a tunnel that connects the Capitol to the Library of Congress, so we took a sneak peek of Jefferson’s personal library and the Reading Room.




Part of Jefferson's Personal Library #booknerd



After some touring, we worked up an appetite and I was dead set on going to former Top Chef contestant, Spike Mendehlsohn’s burger joint, Good Stuff Eatery… and let me tell you, it was some good effin’ stuff. He’s got a pizza joint next door, We The Pizza, so naturally we had to get a slice of pizza too. I also excitedly instagrammed the occasion, tagged Spike and HE LIKED MY PHOTO.

Spike liked my photo. That's all. 

Friday night took us to Camden Yards where we (including my Dad) watched the Orioles’ murder the Rays with homerun, after homerun, after homerun. We sat in front of some drunken hecklers, who made the event even more entertaining, and we partook in some ballpark food (give me all the pretzels, peanuts and BBQ chicken nachos)

Take me out to the ballgame. 

Saturday we headed to visit some family friends for lunch, before heading off to Baltimore’s Harbor pre-departure. I wanted to see Edgar Allan Poe’s grave and wanted the boy to see the Harbor.

Baltimore's Inner Harbor


Edgar Allan Poe's work lives on, but he is #NeverMore. 


I didn’t quite want the week to end. I feel like it flew by and it’s already been three weeks since we were horsing around at Gettysburg.. Oh, baecation why did you have to end?


Already wanderlusting for another adventure.. 



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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Hair cuts = Fresh Starts




I’m a firm believer that life transitions can either be marked or be encouraged by a change in hair.

Case in point.

Monday, I started the day as a hot mess with several inches of hair damaged by an impulsive late 2014 decision to bleach portions of my hair to achieve that coveted ombré look. Let’s just say that my hair likes to embrace it’s red undertones and all color, bleach or not, typically turns to some reddish hue…to put it candidly, ombré was not a great look for me, so not only did it look like shiz but it damaged my mane.

                       

At 11am, I told my therapist hair stylist that I needed a change… so two hours and 6” later my new ‘do is above the shoulders with some highlights that were supposed to be a shade of brown a few hues lighter than my own, BUT the aforementioned problem with all color soaked up by my strands turning a reddish hue leaves me with what we’ll call cinnamon highlights.

                     

So, let’s cue a life change with a sassy textured shoulder-length bob with some cinnamon highlights.

                   

With 31 right around the corner (we’re talking like less than 6 weeks here…cue panic) it’s time I change a few things, and what better way to keep myself accountable than blogging about it, so that a) it’s real [I don’t have Facebook… and some people say it’s not real if it’s not on Facebook… I think that mindset is changing though… like is Facebook even cool anymore?] and b) I get back into the habit of blogging regularly.

I embarrassingly started this back in the day with discussing bad habits… [you can get acquainted with them here… or here...and if you want to see my lack of progress you can read here and here….I’m literally not kidding when I say I’m a hot mess… like thankfully I’m not a parent yet, as the whole child rearing business could have been hazardous had it taking place prior to this dedicated life change]

So, this haircut has prompted me to want to embark on a self-improvement quest to better the me, that goes with the new ‘do. And if my blue-eyed boy is reading this post, to better the “me”, that will go even better with you.

I want to be realistic, so I’m only going to focus on changing/improving one or two bad habits at a time. To be successful, I need to really make this form of goal setting manageable and let’s be honest… achievable. I don’t want to bite off more than I can chew… and pardon me for being frank, but it’s time for me to get my shit together.

With my head in the clouds {I’m literally in the air flying to Baltimore for Spring Break 2016) Here’s a few initial habits that I’d like to focus on in the coming year… taking a bad habit and replacing it with either an improved version, so a less bad habit, or replacing it with a good habit. 

DISCLAIMER: This is not an exhaustive list… [cue laugh]


Bad Habit
Solution to Improve or Eradicate

Nail Biting
 NOTE: I know it’s disgusting… the product of gnawing is unattractive, that act itself is gross, and the amount and type of germs I’m ingesting is vomitous.

This one is an $$ investment, but get a manicure weekly/bi-weekly. By spending money and having nails looking nice, maybe desire to bite will diminish?


Clutter


Plain and simple: Make the time to get rid of shit.   #noexcuses


Stop misplacing things.
I know that my boy gets so annoyed with me because I will misplace important things when they are needed. House keys, mailbox keys, my wallet, my debit card, driver’s license, etc. etc.



Have designated places for things and don’t procrastinate to return items back to “home base”

Skipping meals, eating poorly, too much sugar consumption yada yada

Meal planning/prep. Make it a priority to fuel my body with good foods… Doing the Whole 30 – I know that the key to this is truly meal planning/prep




Clothes…. EvErYwHeRe


Step 1: Get rid of shit to drastically reduce inventory
Step 2: Stop stockpiling laundry
Step 3: Fold and put away IMMEDIATELY… don’t procrastinate


Procrastination
Remember that procrastination is the thief of time.
Prioritize To-Do lists and limit distractions (social media, texting, laziness,etc.)

Hmmm... so many to choose from... Let's go with Not Working Out Enough 



Le duh... get my ass to the gym. 

Fresh start... big changes, people. Step 1 for accountability...right here.

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