Tuesday, May 6, 2014

barbecue and broadway

Over the last few weeks at work, a lot of people have come and gone. It's always sad to say goodbye to familiar faces, but I'm someone who loves to meet new people. So when newworkfriend Leah asked me to come to Beer and Barbecue festival, I was down. Leah and two other friends from work, Alli & Kelly and I spent hours hanging out on the beach, drinking Virginia beer and looking at all of the different vendor crafts and gifts. We even stopped for some lunch at a great pub that had gator bites! They were chewy but, oddly enough, tasted like chicken. Sometimes, it's just nice to have a lowkey Saturday with friends.
Sunday, David and I slept in, had some breakfast and then drove up to Richmond to see Wicked! I had seen it a few five times before that and while it's not my absolute favorite musical, I still really love it. David came with me and while we could really only afford the back of the theatre, he absolutely loved it which made me so happy. I love being able to share things I love with him and liking them in return. Beforehand, we got in town a little early and grabbed a quick burger at a place called Dash a few blocks away and watched the Richmond bike race fly by. All in all, a great weekend.

How was your weekend?


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

mondavi wine & a giveaway

Please comment below to share your own story about supporting veterans and/or American-made products. I will select ONE reader to be entered into CK Mondavy's grand prize drawing by May 15. The grand prize is a $500 donation to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund in the winner's name!
In this day and age, we all know the importance of our military. They protect us tirelessly and fearlessly. When I moved to Virginia, I had no clue that I was moving into an area that has one of the biggest military presences in the area. Wherever I go now, I see people in uniform. I have had a few chances to meet with some of them and they are all so nice - they love with they do and they are all willing to sacrifice whatever it takes for the good of our county. Since I've lived here, I've worked hard to find many ways to support these selfless individuals and that can come in many forms such as supporting a company that supports our troops.
When Mondavi offered to send me two bottles of wine, I was like, "Duh. Sounds like a great night!" but I quickly realized that their message was more than just a good bottle of wine. They make sure that a percentage of each bottle that they sell (up to $50,000) goes to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. The IFHF is completely funded by public donation and serves U.S. military personnel wounded or killed in service and their families.

Next time you are looking for a bottle of wine, whether it's for a dinner party or just for yourself, remember Monday. Not only are they a steal at $10/bottle, but they are one of the easiest ways to give back to our servicemen. And, honestly, when you are looking for a delicious bottle of wine, what could be better than that?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

weekend in photos // foxfield races

Everytime I have gone back to Charlottesville with David (he is a UVA alumni) each and everyone of his friends have said something along the lines of "are you coming to Foxfield this year?" Foxfield races are similar to the Kentucky Derby held just outside of Charlottesville that students and alumni from schools not only UVA come to but from Universities all around the area - from as far away as Georgetown to closer schools like JMU. It's very similar to the Kentucky Derby for many reasons but the most important reason has to be the dress - the 'uniform' is almost unanimously girls wearing Lilly Pulitzer dresses and derby hats while the men are in light colored shirts, bow ties and Sperrys.

So a few weeks ago, I found myself buying tickets, a dress and a hat and before I knew it, I was in Charlottesville ready for the race. David and I started off the weekend watching a concert and eating from a variety of delicious food carts in the Charlottesville Downtown Mall the night before. We woke up the next day at 7am, headed to the field, and spent our day on his fraternity's plot. We ate, drank, hung out with all of his UVA friends and, surprisingly, found some time to watch the races. We even won a few dollars in bidding. Somehow, we didn't even find time to take a single picture while there, but I grabbed a quick one in the car with my hat (and my new hair! I got it cut and dyed back to it's natural color last week)
The next day we spent a few minutes just north of Charlottesville wine and beer tasting. We spent absolutely too much going from place to place buying our favorites (we had done the same route last October and found some wines & beers that we just loved). But, while we were on our tour, someone suggested that we check out Bold Rock Cider because they had free tastings. Loving cider, I somehow convinced David to go (he wasn't too excited). While there, he not only fell in love with the taste, but we got a tour of the whole facility from the owners - and it was a beautiful property. It was interesting to hear how different the cider process is from beer and to see it getting bottled. The property also just put over $4 million into a beautiful new barn to hold their brewing and we took a tour and looked at what it is going to look like when it is revamped.

What did you do this past weekend?


Monday, April 21, 2014

weekend in photos // easter weekend

David and I began this weekend thinking it would be relaxing and that we would have plenty of time to do a lot of nothing. The month of April and the month of May were/are very booked up for us and we were excited to be doing a whole lot of nothing this weekend. It turned into anything but that.

Saturday, I got to pick up my new car (yay!) and it took a few hours to sign the paperwork and make sure the car was in good condition. Then the second the tank was full, David and I met my parents in Fredericksburg to give them back the car that they let me borrow for a year after graduation. We had dinner before heading back home. We spent the night watching Gravity on the couch after that (oh, it was so scary!) before both of us fell asleep on the couch.

Sunday ended up being about an impromptu Easter dinner with David's family. David nor I celebrate the holiday but I felt so lucky that they included me in their celebrations. David's Mom even made me a cute Easter basket and David's Dad (who is an international pilot) even grabbed me a growler of beer from Germany. It was so sweet and the day was full of good wine, lots of hanging out on their dock, so many laughs, and more delicious food than I ever expected. And lots of cuddling with their three adorable dogs. I am so happy I have them all in my life.

How was your weekend?


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

my very first car

Almost every free second of the past month or so has been devoted to looking for a car. My parents were kind enough to lend me their extra car for a year while I saved some money but that year is almost up. After a lot of looking, I figured out that there isn't too much more out there that I hate than shopping for a car - between the pushy salesman and how quickly cars move off of lots (you just test drove it yesterday and now it's sold? How did that happen?) there were just so many other things I preferred to do.

Luckily, my Mom is very good at car shopping (she can haggle like no one's business) and actually enjoys doing it so this past weekend she came down to visit and my month-long search was quickly over. I am so happy to say that I have my very first car now! With my own name on it and everything. A 2009 Nissan Versa and I am in love. I get to pick it up later this week and I have been counting down the seconds until I can drive it again. I can't wait.

Do you remember your first car?