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Work Perks, Miami Style

Every year in January, my company decides to up its awesomeness level and take us to an offsite in Miami. This year was our second annual Miami Offsite, and it did not disappoint. Well, the weather definitely did disappoint (it was about 60°F and windy every day we were there) but it was an otherwise great trip. For the second year in a row, we stayed at the Eden Roc – a beautiful resort on the beach next door to the Fontaine Bleu (which is my favorite Miami hotel, so always happy to be in the vicinity). My friend, Alex, and I shared a room and (due to a shortage of doubles) also a king sized bed. The rooms were beautiful and clean, and the view from the balcony was breathtaking as always. For the majority of the offsite, we were in conference rooms listening to presentations, or breakout rooms working in teams with our departments or cross-functionally. During those hours of the day, we could very well have been in a hotel in Wisconsin, …

Floridian Thanksgiving: Part 3

Welcome to the third and final installment of what I’m sure is a fiercely captivating trilogy telling the tale of my Floridian adventures. One of my new favorite spots down there is Benny’s On the Beach in Lake Worth – big thanks to Matt’s mom for introducing it to us. Benny’s is, unsurprisingly, on the beach! It’s attached to a great pier and offers unreal ocean views. Also, alcohol! Aside from the fact that they were out of straws, napkins, pasta salad, and the chicken & waffles Matt so strongly desired, the food and service was great. The biggest draw, however, is definitely the location. We went after our trip to the Morikami Gardens, so the weather was perfect for a beach-front meal. Let me take you away on another photographic journey to the mystical land of Benny’s On the Beach.

Floridian Thanksgiving: Part 2

For part 2 of this installment, I am going to transport you physically, mentally, and emotionally (okay, definitely not physically and probably not emotionally but you get the gist) to beautiful Japan. And by that I mean a Japanese garden in Delray Beach, FL that I suspect is very comparable to a real place in Japan. In any case, Matt and I went to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens while we were in Florida and – no exaggeration and all jokes aside – it was breathtaking. We got really lucky with the weather – it was a beautiful sunny day, not too humid, and there was enough shade offered throughout the gardens to keep me from passing out. Since I probably don’t have anything else beneficial to say (Matt was the one reading the brochure about the gardens, but since I was taking pictures I gained approximately zero educational value from the experience) I will leave you with the below photos to make you jealous and wish you too were in Japan… er, I …

Floridian Thanksgiving: Part 1

I’ve never been one to celebrate the holidays in a warm and/or tropical location. My fair complexion and bizarrely low tolerance for the heat definitely make the idea less than appealing in most cases, but when the opportunity arose this year to give it a try I figured why the HECK not? Said opportunity was thanks to Matt’s parents having made the move down to Delray Beach, Florida earlier this year. They were kind enough to open up their home to me for the holidays (food included… oh so much food). So, I put on my big-girl pants and made the grueling less than 3-hour flight down to Florida, SOLO. That’s right, not only am I pale and heat-intolerant, I am also terrified of flying!!! Such a winning combo, Matt is so lucky to have me. Anywho, after experiencing the most turbulent takeoff of my life (#veryblessed) it was relatively smooth sailing down to Florida. I was lucky enough to have a window seat with (drumroll please) no one in the middle seat next to! …

#MarkeyPartyof2

So, some of you may be wondering (I doubt anyone is wondering, but this felt right for effect) why Matt and I made the trip to the Adirondacks this weekend. Well folks, wonder no more! My friend and co-worker, Crystal, married her best friend of many years, Eddie, this past Saturday in Lake Placid. Matt and I were honored to join them to celebrate their wedding and new marriage along with their family and close friends. This was one of the first weddings I had attended (aside from one that went horribly awry at a very young age when I was also the flower girl — I’ll leave it at that — and my cousin’s very small, intimate wedding in Rochester a few years ago), and it sure did not disappoint. Since I think at this point pictures speak louder than words, I will leave it to the weekend’s photos to tell the tale of Crystal and Eddie’s wedding. But I will say, any wedding I go to in the future that doesn’t end in …

Our Adirondack Adventure

This past weekend, Matt and I embarked upon one of our biggest adventures yet — conquering the Adirondacks! Okay, well we didn’t exactly conquer them, but we did drive all the way up there from my parents’ house in New Jersey. Beyond that, we pretty much just stopped the car every so often once we made it into the mountains. And by that I mean we would be driving, see other cars pulled over, continue to drive by them, realize we should probably be stopping to see whatever they were looking at, and turn around. These spontaneous stops proved to be some of the best (and most breathtaking) parts of the trip. Our first spontaneous stop brought us to a lake off the side of the highway. We (of course) drove by it, realized we had just passed something really cool, and promptly turned the car around. Once we parked, we made our way down a slope to the edge of the water. The view was incredible. Matt, a bit braver than I, walked out …

D.C. Take Two

One of my favorite places that I’ve visited so far is the DMV – and no, I don’t mean the Department of Motor Vehicles, but rather the DC, Maryland, Virginia area. One of my best friends and college roommate, Kelsey, lives in Rockville, Maryland with her fiancé. I had visited Kelsey for the first time in February ’16, and had been back earlier this year with Matt. But I was excited to be experiencing DC in the summer.   I got into Union Station on Thursday night. Kelsey and I joined our friend from school, Bridgette, at a bar where she lived in Arlington, VA. Arlington was an awesome area, with a young, exciting vibe and lots of cool bars and restaurants. We had a few drinks to catch up but both Kelsey and Bridgette had to work the next day so we got food (big surprise) and headed home. The next day Kelsey was able to work from home so she could hangout with me and the puppies. Kelsey has two little dogs, Nala …

Our Delray Vacay: Part 5

Our time in Delray Beach was definitely over far too quickly. That Monday was our last day, and we committed ourselves to waking up early (7:30am, but hey, that’s early for vacation) and getting to the beach to beat the heat. Sitting on the beach with Matt that morning was such a peaceful, soothing experience. It felt like we didn’t have a worry in the world. There was no dreading of returning to real life; to jobs, to bills, to errands. All that existed was me, Matt, and the ocean. Unfortunately, my bladder did not enjoy the same peaceful state, and we had to cut our beach visit a bit shorter to find me a bathroom. But that morning was one of my favorite moments of the trip. Getting home did prove to be a bit more difficult than we expected (flight was cancelled, rescheduled to the next day, rerouted to LaGuardia instead of JFK… the usual), but we made it home without a hitch. Making the transition back to real life is never easy, but I wouldn’t trade …

Our Delray Vacay: Part 4

Our Sunday in Delray was definitely one of my favorite days of the entire trip. We signed up for a two hour yacht cruise along the Intracoastal Waterway, which brought us through Delray Beach and Boca Raton. The houses in Boca were incredible; as we learned from our trip to the Boca mall earlier in the week, there’s definitely no shortage of funds in that town. The waterfront houses were essentially mansions and each had one or two (or three) boats and/or jet skis. Basically, it made me feel more poor than ever! (Kidding, kidding… but really.) The cruise was a really fun way to spend the afternoon and we saw some really interesting places, including the former CEO of Enron’s house. However, we saw no sea cows (aka manatees), which I was slightly disappointed about. And, as always, we took a plethora of selfies. Later that night, we headed back to Deerfield Beach to take advantage of the clear skies. The weather was much nicer than it had been when we were there at JB’s a few days …

Our Delray Vacay: Part 3

One of the things I SO badly wanted to do (and poor Matt so badly did NOT want to do) was experience Butterfly World. Me, yearning to be one with nature approximately 65% of the time, of course saw the ad in the pile of brochures Matt’s mom shared with us and decided it was a must. And Matt, being a good boyfriend, obliged. We drove out to Coconut Creek on our third day in Florida. It was another warm day (to my delight… not) but we made the best of it and successfully frolicked with the butterflies. Ideally, I would have liked to have learned a bit more about butterflies; it was mostly just a big walk-in enclosure where they flew around you and in your face and through your hair and whatnot (Matt loved it! Not!). But I still thoroughly enjoyed myself and made lots of lifelong butterfly friends (unsure the exact lifespan of a butterfly but assuming we are lifelong friends just feels right). Later that night, we had dinner at Deck 84, …