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Celebration & Relaxation

Last weekend my lil bro graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Master’s degree in English/Rhetoric.  Way to make a big sis proud lil bro! Quite the smart cookie he is… let me just tell ya!

After a dinner with family & friends in celebration of his graduation,  someone threw out the idea of heading to the cabin for the night. That’s all I needed to hear.

An overnight at one of my favorite places to be. My special getaway release.

So everyone made a dash home to pack up a few necessities for the overnight & started the trip up the mountain for some much needed rest & relaxation; or some adult beverages, a camp fire in the rain,  awesome tunes & great peeps, conversation & laughs.

Time just seems to escape you there … as the last of us crawled into bed a bit after 5:00 AM! This is one place where sleep isn’t as much of a necessity as for me it’s seemingly easier to function on little to no sleep at all night after night.

This impromptu,  spur of the moment overnight at the cabin was just what I needed. In the immediate it provided me a carefree night to kick back & chill listening to tunes with great people and not worry about all that needed to be done.  It also served as a preview to and reminder of what’s to come & look forward to in the summer months.

A get away without having to hop on a plane (though I’m thinking it’s about time I get on one of those things!). A momentary lapse in time that allows me to leave the worries at home… putting on my comfy cabin clothes,  lounging by the fire,  taking walks along the creek … maybe even a game or two of corn hole or beer pong if we’re feeling at all ambitious.

I so needed cabin time… looking forward to lots more night like last Saturday throughout the summer to get me through & keep me sane!

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Wonderfully Awesome Weekend

Hello friends! How are you all? Hopefully doing well since I last posted!

It certainly has been a while since I’ve posted. Quite honestly I’ve been dying to post but between my crazy, busy schedule, my laptop still on the fritz & some situations that have rattled me & ruffled my feathers I haven’t had much of a chance to breathe let alone blog as of late.

Tonight though, I decided to put everything aside and make time to write and catch up with my blogging friends … I’ve missed you guys!!! Seriously missed ya!

Hmmmmm. Where to start?

Work is keeping me on my toes & keeping me more than busy. Between our end of year picnic & graduation this coming Friday for which we are expecting nearly 300 people and preparing for our huge summer program that begins next wrek I’ve got about 5 to-do lists going at the same time. Super busy time of year for us with the littles & then quickly transitioning to welcome a bunch of school-aged kids for summer. Lots of work but looking forward to seeing all the planning come to fruition.

Family has its way of keeping me busy lately too. Between lil bro’s graduating from CMU with a masters degree in English/Rhetoric to P-Dub’s upcoming 1st birthday to get togethers to Relay for Life fundraisers to home parties… you name it we’ve had it going on.

Life my friends, is good. While it has its way about throwing you some curve balls at times you learn lots about yourself and those around you. Some good, some not so thrilling. Pray on it. I have & will continue. Sometimes a prayer can be answered & you end up getting caught up & a lil hurt in the process; in a way you didn’t expect. The answered prayer, even though it was prayed and meant whole heartedly can still cause a tiny bit if hurt depending on the situation; a tiny bit of conflict within leaving you confused by being disappointed & happy at the same time. It’s a weird thing to experience. All I can do is listen to my heart, learn and continue to believe & pray that all things will work out in time. Not my time…not in your time either. Only in his time.

Anyways… forgive my digression there! Moving on to this most wonderfully awesome weekend I had.

A very positively poductive weekend indeed. From getting a special order of 12 frames completed on Friday to writing this blog from the comfort of my deck (on my teeny tiny phone keyboard I might add!) it was a pretty bang up good weekend to end a busy week while also ushering on an even busier week ahead.

The best part about it was the weather men were wrong! We had 2 absolutely gorgeous days this weekend in spite of a partially rainy forecast. Woo-hoooo!!!!!

Yesterday was filled with a good bit if outside time… hit up some yards sales with Jaime early in the day followed by a trip to the Goodwill Outlet Store. That place was an experience in and of itself & deserves its own post which will hopefully come in the nezt couple of days. Good deals including three pairs of brand new name brand shoes! Score for sure.

After our bargain shopping adventures I was beat but somehow managed to resist the urge to take a nap. Decided instead to wash my car & clean the interior as well. Miss Serendipity looks stunning if I do say so myself! I was saddened a tiny bit upon seeing the little nicks & scratches my pretty little car accumulated since her last washing. Two dents on the hood from the hail storm we had a while back and little chips I can only assume are from stones coming up off the road. Nicks and all I love my little car! 🙂

I picked up the 2 flats of flowers I ordered from B-Shane at mom’s house and brought them home to plant. My little deck looks positively bright & cheerful with the addition of fushia Impatiens, white Vinca and purle and yellow pansies. A new addition this year was a tiny step ladder (yard sale find) to hold 3 pots… looks adorable!

Today was the day they were calling for rain. I myself didn’t see, hear or feel a drop though I was told it had briefly this morning. The sun shone beautifully pretty much all day! After church I decided to go tanning, using a gift certificate I was given as a birthday gift LAST year for my 32nd birthday. Yep…about to be 33 in two months & I just used the first session today!

After tanning I came home & laid down for just a bit & then headed to work for a little while getting some items crossed off of my to do lists.

Went for a much needed walk with my cousin & chatted the miles away in the evening sun. Exhausted by the end but rejuvenated by the fact that we made it up the last hill without falling over!

Ran to the grocery store to pick up a few things for salads for the week. Dinner was exceptionally delicious if I do say so myself. A salad made of sweet butter lettuce, cucumbers, fresh raspberries, dried cranberries, and green olives with fat free raspberry vinaigrette dressing. I bought a new brand and I LOVE it!

So here I am now winding down the evening; enjoying the cooler air outside instead of my warm apartment … thinking about an ice bath for my knee…. mentally preparing for the week ahead.

Thankful for such a nice weekend in the midst of all the business that’s behind me and all that is yet to come.

Glad I made the best out of it considering curve balls that were thrown my way… got lots done that needed done; not too shabby given that I wasn’t feeling so hot in recent days either. Sometimes being a girl can be rough… just sayin’.

Keeping my head up & looking towards the goal… a promise of days to do what I want, when I want. VACATION, my friends. Thinking about that word gives me the tingles! Less than two months away with no major plans for 10 days I can hardly contain myself just thinking about it!!!

So that’s enough about me… now it’s your turn! What’s been going on in your neck of the woods?

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Toes in the Water…

Today I’m dreaming big!

 

Dreaming of beautifully sunny, warm weather. 

 

TROPICAL HEAVEN… 

 

 Perhaps somewhere like Aruba.

 

Maybe even somewhere like…. Cancun … YES, that’s it!

Ahhhh.... A little slice of heaven.

Let me start packing! 

Actually at this point I’ll take just about anywhere that is a bit more sunny and warm than good old Pennsylvania.

Gleaming sun so I can bask in its rays… 

Fresh water to dangle my toes…

 Soft, warm sand to lay out on…

An adult beverage or two close at hand would be nice too…. Just sayin’. 🙂

I want my toes in the water....

This isn’t what I had in mind….

Soggy Shoes..... Bleh!

Yuck, yuck, yuck….. I don’t like soggy shoes and wet pants…
Ummmm…. Now I understand the usefulness of people wearing floods

Pretty sure the weather we’ve had here has something to do with today’s  longings for beaches, beverages and bumming around.

Rain, rain go away… we’ve seen to much of you today!

Rain ALL day yesterday… Rain ALL day today.  TOO MUCH RAIN.

And so my friends….  I’ve decided!  It’s time to hop on the plane to warmer weather…

I want my toes in the water!!!

 

CANCUN… Here I come! 

Who’s coming with????

 If you could hop on a plane right now where would you go?  Why?

Getaway…

We all need to at one point or another…

Take a break & relax…hang out, chill, breathe, just be.

I’m getting to that point where I’m just itching to get away!

While a trip to Europe,  Florida or even Washington State to visit one of my bestest girl friends ever would be fantastically AMAZING…my sights aren’t set that high. Although doing the above would take care of 3 items on …the list… !

My sights are set on something much more immediate & way more affordable … much closer with the perfect mix of relaxation & fun.

My brother’s cabin, nestled among a quaint little family of cabins, is the perfect place for me.  It’s the perfect weekend getaway to hang out & chill during the day… walking, reading,  cooking out, listening to tunes, playing card games & maybe even a game or two of pong or cornhoke with an adult beverage. Evenings/nights tend to be my favorite… sitting around the fire till the weeeeeee hours of the morning just chilling, relaxing, talking, listening to more tunes (if we’re lucky, little bro will even bust out his guitar), make smores, reminisce or just BE.

Having gone up there since I was a kid (the cabin originally belonged to lil bro’s pap), I’ve always looked forward to going.  I must say though that I truly didn’t appreciate it or look forward to it as much as I do now!

We’re all itching to get up there … lil bro, lil sis, bro-in-law, nephew B-Shane, plus friends. As soon as the nights aren’t too cold, we’re heading up for cabin fun in the mountains!

Now don’t let this fool you… We’re not roughin’ it by any means … i dont sleep in a tent! myself,  lil bro, & lil sis & family each have a bedroom. We have running water, electricity, plumbing & cable. Our version of roughing it involves taking 5 minute showers & driving down the mountain to the nearest grocery store to pick up any necessities we may have forgotten. Just had to clarify!

I guess for me it’s a nice GETAWAY without having to GET AWAY.

It’s a great way to spend time with lil bro & little sis (&fam)… lots of fun has been had together up there & am looking forward to getting up there again soon.

Once my laptop is up & running I’ll post some pictures from past years.

Do you have a special getaway spot?

Pretty sure you’ll be hearing about mine again soon!

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