Octopus Legs & Taboo

Well Hey Y’all!!!!

I’m back!

Yup, back in the South where the term ‘ y’all ‘ is nothing more than the most sensible means of communicating salutations to multiple people. Nothing strange. In fact…. simple. I’m back to the South where things are simple…. well… as simple as things can ever really be in a flawed world, on a funny farm, with a bunch of transplant Floridians living the sweaty dream.

My trip went absolutely awesome, thanks for asking! We all enjoyed ourselves immensely, I think, and formed even stronger, truer, lasting bonds with friends as we spent a wonderfully harrowing 44 hours or so in the car together.

I bought Mrs. Castille (my awesome friend & adopted aunt – or something of the sort-) a chocolate bar from Cracker Barrel (one of our ritualistic traveling stops) that had a station wagon on the front and read

‘to get you there in peace, one piece at a time’

We wove our way through Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts,  and New Hampshire.

Many hilarious and incredible experiences along the way. And a lot… A LOT… of the game taboo. Amazingly, this kept us fairly well entertained.

We stopped along the coast in Connecticut and a few of us picked up a few seashells, let our hair get that beachy wind-whipped feeling that leaves it coarse like dread-locks, and then headed to the Blue Goose Seafood restaurant.

Roadtripping: the atlantic ocean

 by the atlantic ocean

I, being from Florida, have had a good deal of seafood but I wanted to try East Coast seafood which is entirely new to me.

BlueGoose

Clam Chowder coming up!

A few of the boys ordered steaks…. they didn’t have the stomach for the octopus legs which us braver souls dropped (almost)  unreluctantly into our mouths.

There was stuffed sole, sea bass, Manhattan clam chowder, lobster bisque, clams casino, scallops, seafood marinara, & more.

Dinner Plate from Blue Goose in Connecticut

food = smiles = milkshakes = love.

wedding trip me and kayden

OH! Speaking of love….. that’s pretty much why we went. Sean and Beka are now married. Yup…. that’s right. That shaggy, some-what awkward, fun-loving, artistic, paintball obsessed, quarter back I met when he was 14 is now married. I have to call him Mr. Castille. Well, not really. But they are now happily married and returned from their honeymoon. He’s moved his bride from Massachusetts into their sweet humble abode in middle Tennessee and thus begins the process of assimilation to southern culture, a new family, and a new life.

SO… in my next post I will tell you about the wedding! And show you a ton of pictures. There’s just so many details of the trip that I want to share that I just didn’t know where to start. So I started with the simplest approach….

Hello…….. this is what we ate!

until next time,

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Packing Tips for Organizing Luggage (3 days to go)

packing tips for organizing your luggage (thisgreeneyedgirl)

I did a series of posts on organizing my luggage for my upcoming trip to the East Coast.

I began with a video from professional organizer, Alejandra. She has great tips for organizing every area of your home. She’s brilliant. I highly recommend her website.

Here is her detailed video on organizing your suitcase.

I have lofty expectations for what my next suitcase will be but for now…. I went thrifting. I bought this suitcase for $20 and did the best I could in the absence of Alejandra’s obsessive organizing brilliance and an abundance of funding. This is my first attempt at video blogging so please excuse the low quality. I’ll learn!

 

And here is the next video I did on organizing my personal care/ make up/ bathroom bag and my travel purse.

 

This is a list of tips I came up with for packing well.

1.) Make a list!!!!!

I’m a huge list maker. I make a list before going to the grocery store, of what I want to get done, before I take a trip, ect. Make a list in order to make your other lists if you need to. Meaning, make a list of events and demands/priorities for the trip.

For instance:

Ski Trip, Birthday Party, Church, and day on the town.

Now you can list the items you want to remember:

ski gear (coat, skis, helmets— what ever people pack for that? ;) ) party dress, nice outfit, comfortable casual outfit, pajamas for three nights… ect

2.) Roll & Bag

This keeps things nice and compact. By rolling clothes you keep things snug, fit more in a space, and hopefully prevent some wrinkling. By bagging things you keep dirtier items like shoes from getting other things dirty or you protect the clean items in the bag from anything they might come against. You can bag make up in order to keep it organized, easy to find, and clean.

3.) Throw in a few extras for just in case.

Whatever you think you might need is probably a good idea to take… if it fits. That extra sweater or swimsuit.

4.) Pack wipes & grocery bags.

I plan to do this for sure to help me keep things extra tidy.

 

I hope this post was helpful in some small way!

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4 Days to Go: Organizing the Luggage (part 3)

Well, this is the third part to my series on organizing my luggage for my trip to the East Coast. In the first post I shared my inspiration for packing well, Alejandra, and a how-to video from her as well as a link to her website. See that post here.

In my second post I shared the video I did on organizing my own suitcase which was a thrift store find. See that post here.

But in this one I’m going to share about organizing my personal care/ make up/ bathroom bag, which I enjoyed the most.

I haven’t done much video blogging, hopefully I’ll get better at it, so please excuse the poor quality of this video and let me know if you have any tips for me.

I will compile all my posts on organizing luggage at some point into one. Along with some of the tips I’ve learned!!!

If you have any great tips leave them for me in the comments so that I can include them!

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5 Days to Go: Organizing the Luggage part 2

Hey y’all.

I’ve been doing a series of posts on my upcoming  trip to the East Coast. A few days back I posted a video from Alejandra on how to organize a suitcase. If you want to take a second to learn from her brilliance you can see that post here.

This video isn’t nearly as good. However, I still thought I’d show you was I decided to do with my own suitcase.

This is my first attempt at video blogging, so excuse my poor excuse of a how-to video.

Here are a few tips for packing a suitcase (for car trips)

1.) Make a list!!!!!

I’m a huge list maker. I make a list before going to the grocery store, of what I want to get done, before I take a trip, ect. Make a list in order to make your other lists if you need to. Meaning, make a list of events and demands/priorities for the trip.

For instance:

Ski Trip, Birthday Party, Church, and day on the town.

Now you can list the items you want to remember:

ski gear (coat, skis, helmets— what ever people pack for that? ;)) party dress, nice outfit, comfortable casual outfit, pajamas for three nights… ect

2.) Roll & Bag

This keeps things nice and compact.

3.) Throw in a few extras for just in case.

Whatever you think you might need is probably a good idea to take… if it fits.

 

Stay tuned because this project was fairly lame and not very interesting but next I’m going to post about packing my personal care/make up/ bathroom bag, which I’m excited about!!!

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