See, the thing about stepping on a sea urchin your first day of spring break is: things can only get better, right?

Very right.



As coconut flavored anything’s Number One Fan, I was the happiest camper. And despite limping around the island and a dash of miserable weather [including a rainy day in paradise], Nancy and I managed to muster up one fantastic break.

We ate everything.


Steak and blue cheese cream sauce, say WHAT?!


Breakfast of Champions

And then we detoxed a bit with spinach-packed smoothies. We got some very confused looks from patrons as we explained why our fruit smoothies were green. Just pre-gaming for St. Patrick’s Day.

Six smoothies and some eggs. Seems about right.

Six smoothies and some eggs. Seems about right.

When the weather wasn’t cooperating, we decided to take matters into our own hands. Or rather, the skilled hands of a masseuse.


I just want someone to rub some stuff on me.

Facials and massages do wonders for your attitude. I smelled so delicious I wanted to eat myself up. And I was much perkier than when I couldn’t stop glooming about some rain.


Post-Spa Bliss

I even enjoyed dancing with some of the locals.


Couldn’t stop blushing. Or laughing.

Our room neighbors also seemed to enjoy themselves.  VERY loudly.

Made for quite the interesting listening.

Made for quite the interesting listening.

It was obvious that they were enjoying 50 shades of something.

And though we took our tanning very seriously, we made sure to enjoy playing some games. Can’t take things too seriously…

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It was paradise. And just what the doctor ordered, escaping winter and snow for sunnier climates. We relaxed, we maxed, and even enjoyed a few adult beverages. Things certainly didn’t get too wild, at least for us.

I can’t say the same for everyone else.

She was like this all day.

She was like this all day.

I guess that’s why they suggest pacing yourself….

Squeezing it all in….


Rough lunch break

My best friends wedding is on Saturday. Before then I need to be Supa tan, Supa fit, and Supa prepared for travel.

To do: lunchtime suntan session (check), oil change in the ol’ car, workout, eat clean and yummy, and pack. Oh, and help host a baller Girls Pint Out first event (at Tyler’s Taproom in Durham, at 7:30 pm on Thursday!! Come join us if you love beers! and ladies! or are a lady even if you hate em!!), and a glass night at Rockfish (at 6pm on Thursday, then caravan to Tyler’s? Duh.).

Then drive 8 hours on Friday from NC to Pittsburgh. no big, I got this.

Six Pack Sunday: Anniversary Sale and Aversion to Pale

Good day friends, despite my claims of how lovely this Sunday is, I’ll confess, I only have left the apartment to grab supplies for breakfast this morning.  We whipped up some egg sandwiches (combo 1 full egg + 1 egg white, some REAL bacon, and some low fat cheddar on a sandwich thin.)  It was divine, and it felt especially naughty to be eating real bacon.  But sometimes, turkey bacon or fake-in (read: veggie bacon) won’t cut it for me.

This Six Pack Sunday is brought to you by the fine makers of UV rays (i.e. our good friend, Mr. Sunshine) and Nordstrom.  My favorite things.

No, definitely not that Mr. Sunshine.

Without those two, my week wouldn’t have been as fantastic as it was!  So here it is:

Six Pack Sunday

  1. Since I’ll be heading up to OCNJ again this coming weekend, I’ve started scoping out a few other things I wanted to do but simply didn’t have time to do over Independence Day weekend.  One of the biggest ones that I’d like to do, and have wanted to do since I started liking seafood, was visit one of the infamous seafood spots that my mom and dad always used to go to when I was growing up.  Top of the list? Smitty’s Clam Bar (I searched far and wide for a website for them, to no avail… maybe they’re keeping it old school.)  I remember coming here all the time growing up, and my mom would always get the most amazing looking clam chowder and fried clams, but as lovely as they looked, the idea of seafood skeeved me out.  Now… well now it’s all I want.  Also on the potential list: Yesterday’s or Obadiah’s. Basically anywhere great that can serve me fishies is all I want.

    Fish are friends. And fish are FOOD!

  2. On Thursday, I had an appointment with my personal Nordstrom consultant, Amy, to preview the Anniversary Sale.  It was the most amazing shopping experience of my life.  She had pulled all the watches and purses that I wanted to see, and brought me through the tents of racks full of deeply discounted things.  She also brought me a beverage to enjoy as I scanned the piles and hangers full of clothes.

    Sipping my complimentary soda while I wait for my consultant.

    I’ll be honest, though I saw many things I was fond of in the catalog and online, I really only truly intended to buy ONE.

    Happy (early) Birthday to ME!!

    Oh, it is love.

    The Michael Kors watch of my dreams.  I had been eyeing this puppy since they came out, but when I saw the prices drop so low AND was sent a Nordstrom note for $20, the time just seemed right.  My birthday isn’t until August 24th (MARK YOUR CALENDARS!), but the sale ends when July ends, and I know the catalog things go fast.  My other early birthday present will be my trip to the Healthy Living Summit in Philadelphia, so if you’re going too, be sure that I’ll be celebrating early Friday and Saturday night!!

    Though I only had my eyes on the watch at first, that didn’t stop me, from blowing my paycheck on a few other goodies. Woops.

    My haul!!

    Two pairs of Nike Running shorts, one pair of Nike capris with a wide pink band, one pair of Under Armour capris, and the Zella blue hoodie.  Not too shabby.

  3. On the same note of Nordstrom, when I was going through my bag, I realized that the pair of pants that I’d bought had not been included.  Either someone misplaced it, or it was set aside, but either way, it didn’t come home with me!  Well, I called them back, spoke to my personal stylist, and she immediately apologized profusely and offered to drive them over to me.  TALK ABOUT CUSTOMER SERVICE?!  Any of you who shop at Nordstrom, I am sure, are aware of their impeccable service.  You may not know, though, that it’s a long standing tradition and that their old handbook used to be a single note card with only 75 words on it.Welcome to NordstromWe’re glad to have you with our Company. Our number one goal is to provide outstanding customer service. Set both your personal and professional goals high. We have great confidence in your ability to achieve them.

    Nordstrom Rules: Rule #1: Use best judgment in all situations. There will be no additional rules.

    Please feel free to ask your department manager, store manager, or division general manager any question at any time. – Source

    Though their handbook has expanded, their basic concept of service and judgment has not changed.  It’s a beautiful thing.

  4. Jalapeno Poppers.  They’re a true love of mine, though I rarely indulge because they’re often fried, filled with gooey fatty cheese, and not something I spend my money on.  HOWEVER, the ones at OnlyBurger (which used to just be a food truck, and now has established a fantastic mortar and brick storefront) were off the chain!!

    Bacon wrapped, not fried, and fantastic

    They were wrapped in bacon, very fresh jalapenos, and stuffed with cheddar and (get ready, all you Southern food lovers, to have your mouths watering) PIMENTO CHEESE!! I also had a lamb slider, and the prices were so so reasonable, it was perfect.  You can follow OnlyBurger on Twitter to see specials, and find out where they are bringing the truck next!!  But seriously, if you hate chasing cars (i.e. if you’re not a dog…) go to the restaurant.  It’s also the neighbor of my favorite froyo place… Tutti Frutti! Dinner and dessert within a few feet? You can’t beat it!

  5. I may have a problem… An addiction to collecting pint glasses.

    That's not even close to all of them.

    It’s getting out of control.  Luckily, my apartment complex did me a solid and thought of this when they offered giant bookcases in every apartment.  I’m a lucky duck.

  6. The sunshine is my true love.  I’ve been trying to make sure that I have enough of a tan to rock my bridesmaid dress for my best friend’s wedding in two weekends, which results in lots of this:

    Thank goodness for that Kindle.

    Which basically translates to I’m cranking so hard through that book!!  And those UV Indexes are my second favorite reading material.

Ok, well we’re off to celebrate my beau’s father’s impromptu Vegas wedding tonight with dinner, so I guess I should probably shower.

Have a great evening, and good luck getting back into the swing of things tomorrow!  Dreadful Mondays….  This is what I think of them!

Rawrrrrrrrr!! GO AWAY MONDAY!

Anything good coming up for you this week?