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The deets on Italy

23 Jun

What:  I’m going to Italy!

Who: Me, no long flights for Lincoln. Luckily, I will be staying with the parental units then so I have a dog sitter for free!

When: In September for two weeks

Where:  I’ll be flying out of Fort Lauderdale connecting in Philly then flying into Venice. And can I just say I love the idea of flying into an airport named Marco Polo? I will definitely have my valium on hand for the flight since this will be my longest flight ever.

 

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Why: Why not? I doubt I will have the opportunity to go and not have to worry about getting time off from work or worrying about work while away.

How: I’m sure some of you are wondering how I am going to Italy if I’m unemployed. This is actually a once in a lifetime thing since my flight and lodging are basically free. My sorority sisters husband is in the Air Force and got stationed in Italy in the past year. She is still in the US and will be moving there at the end of August, along with her two dogs and I believe they will be there for two years. So I have a free place to stay and  I will definitely be bringing her American goodies and cooking and cleaning in exchange for free board!

As for the flight, thanks to my US Airways Dividend Miles, it’s pretty much a free trip. All I had to pay was $100 for taxes and I still have some miles leftover to use towards my next free trip! I would love to stay for longer than two weeks but didn’t want to overstay my welcome and my best friends 30th birthday is at the end of September. She is having a party in Phoenix and I will not miss it! So September will be a traveling month for me.

We have some side trips planned when I get there, this is what we are thinking so far:

Milan

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Verona

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Florence

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Slovenia

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Croatia

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I am fine with going anywhere but Florence and Croatia are my must visits. I’ve wanted to visit Florence ever since I was a little kid. I remember reading geography books (yes, I was a dork) and looking at the cities of Europe and Florence’s architecture always stood out to me. Add art, history, wine, gelato and men to the mix and I’m game! My grandmother was originally from Croatia and came over to the US in her teens so it will be terrific to see yet another part of my heritage. After Italy and Croatia, I just need to make my way to Poland.

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have any fun, summer trips planned?

How do you occupy yourself on a long flight? What’s the longest you’ve been on a plane?

A good start to the week

21 Jun

Mondays are blah. But I had a good start to the week

*Went to Lowe’s

*Was amazed by how many hot men are there are 9am

*And how many hot men work there. Perhaps I should go to Lowe’s more often?

*Went to Dunkin to get my free Wifi on.

*Was disappointed since it wasn’t working and I just spent $1.08 on an iced coffee

*Asked the DD employee if something was wrong with the Wifi, she said “No, it’s working” and pointed over at a guy and said “See, he is on” I looked over and replied “Ummm, he isn’t even on a computer”!”

*Thought I was being punk’d and decided to leave

*Wondered if Punk’d is still on? Probably not with Ashton going to Two and a Half Men

*Thought about what my favorite Demi Moore movie is, still going with One Crazy Summer

*Went to old faithful, Starbucks, to get my free wifi on.

*Met up with a friend for lunch at Table 274, a new restaurant in Cotswold.

Like I would actually pay full price for a meal!

I’ve been curious about this place since it opened a few months ago but heard mixed reviews. I figured I would wait a couple of months to check it out so they could work out their kinks. Because they are working out their kinks and what works and what doesn’t solely for me.

I ordered the Roasted Vegetable Wrap-Roasted artichoke and tomato, sautéed mushroom, goat cheese and arugula

All of that for only $7! The wrap was tasty as is anything with goat cheese. But I was expecting it to be hmmmm….not soggy. The inside was good but a tortilla was definitely not the ideal way to hold it together. It would have been better on a pita or focaccia, something to hold it better together because it started falling apart after awhile. The sweet potato chips were a bit of a disappointment, most of them were limp and soggy. But then when sifting through them, I would find a good, fresh one in the mix.

*Visited my second Starbucks of the day. Apparently, I will pay full price for the Bucks

*Wondered what David Lee Roth is up to these days

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*Didn’t bother to look, somehow I was assured that he is alive and well

*Went on a mile and a half walk with Lincoln. There were a few minutes were I didn’t think he was going to make it since he was dragging and panting in search of shade and water.

*Noshed on leftover tacos but this time added some Spicy Wholly Guacamole to them, always a welcome addition.

*Flipped through magazines and went to bed by 10pm. I don’t feel like I did that much but I was ready to crash.

Oh I left out one major thing I did on Monday:

Booked a trip to Italy!

Like you even have to guess what the question of the day is…..

Have you ever been to Italy?

When I was 30

10 Dec

I’m turning 31 on Monday-how the hell has this happened? I am an adult and not a fresh, new 30 something anymore. I am an actually adult and have been for a number of years now and not as young as I once was. I can’t say 30 anymore, it’s going to be 31 for 365 days and then, eek, 32. And 33. And, well, I like to think that you all can count so I won’t continue.

I called one of my former co-workers who is originally from NYC this afternoon and told him I will waive hi to the city for him. When he asked why I was going to NYC, I told him for my birthday and he asked “Wasn’t it just your birthday?” I feel like it was just yesterday that I was telling him about my upcoming cruise that I was going on for my birthday since I wanted to sail away from the fact I was going to be the dreaded 3-0. Then I thought, where has this year gone? It’s gone by too quick and I am not digging that. Why is it when you’re young, time seems to drag on but once you are an adult, have responsibilities, work, bills, etc, it goes by fast (excluding the 40 hours of work each week which seem to drag on). I don’t like where time is going and don’t want to think that the next nine years will fly by but in reality, I am sure it will and will bring along alot of life changes. In my 20’s, I lived in Florida, West Virginia, Arizona and North Carolina. Will I spend my entire 30’s in North Carolina? If I have any say in it, hopefully no. But sometimes I wish I had a magic eight ball that would tell me where I will be in a few years.

This time last year, I flew down to Florida to head out for my cruise. Luckily my parents are still down there so I could kill two birds with one stone by going there and seeing them along with leaving on the cruise.

I brought in my 30th yr with friends from high school….with the help of red velvet cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory.

Then had drinks at the Hard Rock Casino in South Florida with friends from college and high school

Then enjoyed a week long cruise to the Bahamas and Grand Turk with besties and my sister

The rest of my 30th year? Well, you can read the rest on here. I started this blog in January and the rest is history.

Some highlights of the 30:

*Went on trips to DC, NYC ,Indiana and Phoenix.

*Ran my first 5K after thinking the only way that I would ever run was if an axe murderer was chasing me.

*Met my favorite author….again.

*Lost some skin to a mountain

*Got a new job

*Ate lots of sushi….here, here, here, here and here

*Went on some bad dates and some good ones but nothing transpired, oh well.

So yes, that my was my 30 in a nutshell. What will 31 bring? I have absolutely no clue what’s coming my way but I sure am anxious to see. To the younger chickadees-don’t worry 30 wasn’t bad at all. I was expecting breakdowns and meltdowns to occur but it didn’t at all and it was a lot of fun. I still feel young (most days at least) and thanks to Olay, still get carded. Please don’t stress as much as I did about turning 30 because it’s the new 20 right??

I’m bringing in my birthday on Monday with Mari and Mo and am stoked to see the city in its Christmas festivity. That being said, you won’t see me on here at all since I will be out having fun on my winter vacation! Please be sure to check back on Tuesday or Wednesday…….HUGE contest going on and you will not want to miss it 😉

Thanks all for enjoying the ride with me and sharing my experiences—peace out 30!!