Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Home Plate Party

A couple weeks ago my colleagues and I bought tickets for a National's game against the LA Angeles. The game was last night and I almost decided not to go because I'm still exhausted from vacation (I swear there needs to be a vacation for vacations). Last minute I decided I didn't want to miss out on a chance to hang out with co-workers outside of work, so I went!

It ended up being one of my absolute favorite memories from this summer!

The reason we picked last night was because it was 'Department of Commerce' night, which meant we got a few extra perks for being employees at DoC. Honestly I thought those perks were just getting in through a quiet gate and getting a free tote. WRONG-O!

We got to go on the field!!! 

We went down right around 6:00 and got to stay until almost 7:00 (with the game starting at 7:10). That means we got to see players warming up, them prepping the field AND them coming out to the dugouts ready for the game. It was seriously unreal.

At one point I was posing for a picture and one of the LA players came behind to photo-bomb it... but alas my coworker missed the shot (sad face).

I hate to be super sappy over something as simple as a baseball game, but I really cannot emphasize enough that power that partaking in new experiences has. I've been extremely busy socially and professionally recently but I've been living the life of my dreams. It's very rare I say no to an invitation and although sometimes I'm tired, I can say that I'm living my life in my 20s to the absolute fullest.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Savannah Foodie Tour 2017

It's been awhile since I've posted anything because I've spent the first half of the month on vacation with my family on Hilton Head Island.

Every year all of the women in my family rent a house and partake in shenanigans for 10 days at the beach. This year was no different. Every day we woke up, walked the beach and watched the sunrise, hopped in the pool, laid on the beach, napped, went out to dinner, slept, and repeated. I mean really, can you imagine a better way to spend your days?

This year was especially great because I was able to incorporate 3 different day trips into the week (the travel bug bit hard, y'all.) On Monday I took my mom to Charleston, SC to celebrate her birthday. Wednesday I went to visit two good friends in Atlanta, GA. Finally, and the main point of todays post, we went to Savannah, GA.

Savannah is one of the most beautiful cities in the South and one of my favorite to visit. We go every year on the last day of vacation and each year we are able to do different things and see new sights that we hadn't the year before.

This year we signed up for a foodie tour and was it amazing. It was a three hour tour and legit we walked to 6 different restaurants with some historic sights in between and ate. Can you think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon?

Check out my pictures below and make sure you have a snack nearby, because you're going to get hungry...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Columbus, Ohio July 2017

When I first found out I was going to Columbus for a work trip I didn't think much of it. Being from Pittsburgh I am familiar with the Ohio area and nothing about it honestly intrigued or excited me. 

I was sooooooo wrong. Columbus ended up being a very cool city with a lot to do. The two main things I found to be the best were the food and the art. It was a very trendy yet traditional at the same time. 

Check out the video I made and as soon as you can, VISIT COLUMBUS!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

2 Places at 1 Time

Usually I like to share adventures, advice, favorite places, and things to do. But, I finally downloaded the entirety of the new Zac Brown Band album and stumbled across this song that honestly struck a chord with me that no other song ever has.
I think the best thing about song lyrics is that each and every listener can take them personally and resonate with the artist. To me, this song reminds me of all of the blessings I have and how truly lucky I am to travel the world and have a wonderful life in D.C. Further, it gives me a sense of nostalgia missing my hometown, friends, and family in Pittsburgh, PA.
It's a bittersweet symphony, and sometimes that's what life is all about. I leave for a work trip to Columbus, OH tomorrow and I think I have an idea of what may be on repeat in my headphones the whole time. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Smith Mountain Lake 2017

Today I'm back in my cubicle with a million things to do before a huge work trip on Thursday. Fortunately I'm super rested and relaxed after a long weekend at Smith Mountain Lake- one of my absolute FAV destinations for a quick trip from D.C.

A couple months back a few friends of mine and I decided we would get a lake house just to have a fun weekend away and we found the absolute perfect one! It was right on the lake with a double-level deck, hot tub, huge dock, and private little lake cutout that we could just relax and float one all day, every day.

Honestly there aren't many details to recap other than good times with friends, delicious family-style meals, and every and all lake activities to include fishing, kayaking, swimming, and floating on our wonderful rafts.

Check out my pics below and stay tuned for my next trip this weekend to Columbus, OH!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Rehoboth Beach for the Day!

This past weekend a friend of mine and I took our second annual trip to Rehoboth Beach. Thinking on it, it should happen more than just annually because it took us only 2.5 hours to get there and we spent almost nothing on the trip! Unfortunately looking at my calendar, another day trip just might have to wait until next summer.

We left at 7:30 and were parked and on the beach by 10:00. One note to make is that parking is only 30 minutes so I recommend circling a few times to find a spot right near the boardwalk so you and whoever you're with can take turns paying the meter.

First, we of course wanted some pictures to commemorate the day.

After we looked nice in pictures it was time for top-buns, hats, and laying out in the sun. We went from glamorous to not in about 3 seconds.

At about 11:00 on one of my meter runs I grabbed us Thrasher's French Fries. It's a MUST when you go to Rehoboth and they are made fresh to order and served with salt and malt vinegar. Because we were saving our appetite for dinner we split a medium order (still huge) and a diet coke.

I was able to last in the sun until about 2:00 (I'm extremely fair skin so I make sure not to push my limits when it comes to laying out) and then we packed up our stuff and head to our favorite restaurant for Lobster Rolls and Scallops.

The last stop on our journey was the Vineyard Vines OUTLET. There are only a few of them in the country and Rehoboth Beach is one of them. For once in my life I actually didn't buy anything!!! It was tempting but with all of the traveling I've been doing I need to be a tad more fiscally responsible.

It was a perfect day, with perfect weather, and led me into a CRAZY week relaxed and ready to go.

Monday, July 10, 2017

4th of July Weekend in Washington, D.C.

I live in Washington, D.C. so making plans for the 4th of July is a bit different for me. I steer clear of the National Mall and try to enjoy D.C. sights that are a bit further removed from all of the crowds.

This year for 4th of July weekend I had the absolute best time exploring wineries, golfing, visiting Mt. Vernon, and catching a baseball game.

The weekend started with a beautiful (albeit HOT) Friday afternoon/evening with one of my dear friends at Bull Run Winery. We had made the plans to visit a few weeks prior and fortunately the weather was beautiful for us and we spent the afternoon eating cheese and crackers and downing a couple bottles of wine.

For those of you that haven't been, Bull Run Winery is only about 30 minutes from D.C. and is located in the historical Bull Run Battlefield park area. When you arrive you can do tastings or you can simply purchase bottles of wine and snack foods to picnic or enjoy inside. We always plan it so we can sit outside, but the atmosphere is great either way!

My Dad arrived Saturday morning for a father/daughter weekend because he hasn't actually come down for the 4th since I've lived here. Usually my Mom and cousin come down for a girls weekend, so I had to tailor the agenda a bit to be more fitting for him.

Saturday we visited Mt. Vernon which is located about 15 miles south of D.C. in Alexandria. It is a beautiful estate with mostly all of the original and preserved buildings of the plantation that George and Martha Washington lived on.

Sunday morning I booked a tee time for my Dad to play a round of golf. I ended up booking at East Potomac Course. For those new to D.C. I would recommend it because it has stunning views of the monuments as you gold. However, you can definitely tell that it's a public course as it isn't kept as well as others, and there are definitely better public courses if you drive out to the Virginia area. Still, we had a blast!

Sunday afternoon I had planned on taking my Dad to Stone Tower Winery because it's been on my list of places to go for a very long time. On our way there we realized a friend of mine and her fiancΓ© were actually at Bull Run Winery (flashback to Friday) so we spent another afternoon there. It was great seeing my friends and meeting Justin's (the fiancΓ©) family before the wedding.

Monday I had to work, but the final event with my Dad was for Monday night to attend a National's Game and see the post-game fireworks. The Nats ended up winning and it was a blast!

After my Dad left on Tuesday morning (the actual 4th of July) I took a quick nap and started decorating/cooking because I had decided to host about 10 friends for a BBQ before Fireworks. We had such a good time eating hot dogs and drinking champagne (because, why not?).

All in all I had the absolute BEST 4th of July weekend surrounded by family and friends and I can't wait for the million other things this summer has in store for me!