Random|| Picture Update.

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Hey!

I haven’t done one of these photo dumps in awhile, so I figured now would be a good time to do one. Feel free to add my on Instagram (heyyitsashley) if you want to see them as I post them. Some of these pictures haven’t been posted there yet, but will eventually make there way over there. I love posting my pictures on here, which I ended up having to upgrade my blog to a personal plan because I was running out of storage space for photos. It looks like I might have to end up upgrading again to a premium plan, because I’m getting to a point that I’ll probably be out of space (AGAIN) by the middle of next year? I guess we’ll see what happens. Anyway! Onto some pictures that I’ve been taking over the last couple of months and different things I’ve done that I never updated about. I think I’ll start off with the newest things/pictures first.

Now that Andy has weekends off from work, we’re actually able to do stuff! This weekend we decided to go walk around Target and the Spirit Halloween store. I actually left Target not getting anything for myself, crazy! I usually walk out buying things I never needed and spending way too much money. The Spirit Halloween store had a bunch of different Hocus Pocus costumes and accessories. I was living for this sign they had. We also decided to grab Taco Bell for lunch and eat it at the park. It was actually really nice since we were under the trees in the shade.

More food pictures. Andy’s birthday was on October 9th, so we decided to go to our favorite restaurant for dinner. They seriously have the best pizza ever! I decided to try something else from their menu though and got the baked ravioli. It was so good! I need to go back this week for more.

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Another weekend we all (my entire family) went to go eat at Joe’s Grill. It’s literally right at the end of our street, so we can walk there. They sell amazing pulled pork and mac & cheese. They have a lot of food on their menu, but I always get the pulled pork and mac & cheese. I always forget to take pictures of the food, but it’s so good!

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The weekend before Andy’s birthday we decided to go visit his parents. I mentioned that in my last post, I believe. It was a pretty fun time. I took this picture at a rest area that we stopped at before getting to his parents. I really love it.

These are just some random pictures that I took while there. Top left is his parents’ dog Digby. Top right is just a picture of my shoes and the grass. I have this weird obsession with taking pictures like this, I don’t know why. I have a ton and I do it all the time. 😛 Bottom left is my dog Dax exploring their backyard. We don’t have a fence yard, so whenever he goes to visit he gets to run around without a leash. Bottom right is a picture of Dax and Digby together, which I shared in my last photo a day post.

Andy and I decided one weekend to walk around Anne Kolb Nature Center park, so I could find things to take pictures of. We didn’t stay too long, because it was so hot outside, but I didn’t get a ton of nice pictures. Left is the observation tower, which you can go up. Right is one of the walking trails. Below are a bunch more pictures that I took at Anne Kolb.

These six pictures are all taken from the top of the observation tower. I took the stairs to the top, but took the elevator down because it was seriously so hot outside, HAHA. I love all these pictures that I was able to take though.

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I was pretty happy with every single one of these pictures that I took. This is another part of Anne Kolb. There’s different parts to the park/nature center. This is an area where you can actually go fishing at. The last picture is this really cool butterfly that I seen. It’s called an atala butterfly. I love that it looks like it’s glowing with those blue dots on it. I wish it had it’s wings opened, because they are even prettier with their wings spread.

And now this is where I just post a bunch of random pictures and a ton of my furbabies, haha. 😛

I was trying to get the girls into the Halloween spirit. Honestly, I wanted them to sit next to the pumpkin and look at the camera. They didn’t want to do that. I even tried to offer them toys, but nope. 😛 These were the best I could do.

Sleepy kitties! Left picture (October), I started to give October treats every day, so she’s starting to come out more. She’s usually a loner and never really likes attention much. We have a room that we call the “cat room”, because that’s where we keep the litter boxes, their cat tree, and it’s warm so they all like to chill in there. 98% of the time she is in there. Now that I’ve been giving her a lot of treats, she’s been coming out of the room more and hanging out in other areas of the house. She’s even sleeping more in our bedroom at night! Right picture (Leaf), that’s Leaf’s favorite blanket. she LOVED it since she was a really tiny kitten. It somehow ended up lost for months and months. Finally found it in the hubby’s trunk of the car and as soon as we got it out and washed it, Leaf was in love again and obviously super stoked to have her blanket back. Below is a picture of her when she was a tiny kitten with her blank versus now.

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And some other random Leaf pictures. Left picture, she was being so weird and wouldn’t stop looking into the lamp, lol. Eventually I had to turn it off, because it’s a really bright light and I didn’t want her to hurt her eyes, because she seriously wouldn’t stop. Right picture, was Leaf trying to lick my eye, haha. She’s such a strange cat, but I love her to death.

The boys! ColbyJack (left) and Dax (right). We celebrated Colby’s fifth birthday recently. I can’t believe he’s already five. He refused to put the birthday hat on as he does every year. I think only two years I’ve actually been able to get it on him, haha. And my pup. he’s forever the cutest.

These last two pictures are just some random pictures I took outside of my house. That’s all for this post! I hope you enjoyed seeing all my pictures. I’ll have my next set of photo a day pictures in the next day or two. I’ll catch up with you guys later this week as well.

In case you missed it;
Photo A Day|| October 6-10.
Blog Tour/Thoughts|| The No-Good Nine.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyhalloween

Random|| Life Update.

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Hey!

I think it’s been like ten or so days since my last update. I’m been so MIA this last week and a half on the blogosphere, but I am ready to get back into it in September and catch up with you guys this week. August has been such a weird month for me with things not working out and other things happening. Here is just a quick little update and a few pictures.

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It was my mom’s birthday on August 17th and we had a birthday party for her on August 18th (a Saturday). We decided to do a beach themed party and we created a little “beach” in the backyard. It came out really great too! We used a beach/ocean backdrop and added a bunch of sand. We also included seashells, beach balls, beach toys, and other beachy things. We wanted to create it for picture to take pictures there. Like a little photo booth area and of course you could hangout there if you wanted. It was also a pool party too, so we all played pool volleyball and had a lot of fun.

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The hubby got a new job! It’s a job he really wanted and I am so stoked for him. He worked really hard in school for a year for this, so it’s really awesome. So we were supposed to be moving, but it didn’t happen like we thought it would which is what I’ve been so down about. BUUUUT, with this new job he got, it changes everything. They actually want him to move there to work in their office in Orlando so it should definitely happen for us this time around. He just has to train here where we currently live for 8-10 months and then they was him to transfer to Orlando. I am really hoping this works out this time. We are taking a different approach and route as well this time around, so hopefully so. Over the weekend I put together a little party for him to congratulate him on his new job. I got a cake and we grilled out. We decorated with some decorations and balloons.

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I finally read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and I really enjoyed it. I kept seeing spoilerish things with the movie having just released on Netflix, so I decided to finally read it. I finished it on Sunday and watched the movie on Sunday too. First of all, I really liked the book so much. The movie though….I really didn’t care for it that much. It was just okay. I think having read it and then watched the movie right after kind of ruined it for me it. It was so different and things happened that didn’t happen in the book…BUT THEN I decided to start the book sequel after the movie and I was annoyed AF! The movie pretty much spoiled the beginning of the sequel. A big event that happens too, not something minor. So I’m like “WTF” and now I feel like maybe I would have liked the movie a little better had I read the entire series first. The movie had some things in it that didn’t happen until the sequel. I read 70 pages of PS I Still Love You and events that happened in those pages happened in the movie. That annoyed the heck out of me! So yeah, not a fan of the movie. The hubby really liked it though, but he also never read the book so there’s that.

Just some random pictures. Halloween candy is starting to make an appearance and I am super stoked. I had to get a few things, like my favorite little pumpkin candy corn type thing. I’m not entire sure what to call them, haha. But I love those things and I buy so many every year at this time. And the other is just a random picture of my shoes. I don’t know. I just thought the grass was really green and I liked it.

So next weekend (September 6-10) I am going to Illinois! One of my cousin’s is getting married, so my mom and I are going to go. We’re going to ride with my other cousin and his family. They are going to rent a van. We’re all going to pitch in $100 each for gas & renting the van. It’s a 18-20 hour car ride (ahhh), so we’ll literally only be there for the wedding which kind of sucks. We wont’ really have any time to do anything else, but it’ll still be nice to see family and hangout for a day or two.

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And here are a few pictures of the furbabies. It wouldn’t be an update without a picture of them. 😛 Top Left (Dax). Top Right (October & Leaf). Bottom (ColbyJack). That’s all for this little update. I plan to catch up with all of your posts and comments this week when I get some free time.

I’ll have my August wrap up post coming soon. I am hoping to finish the two books I’m currently reading in the next four days. I don’t know if this will actually happen, but I am hoping. I will also have my August book haul soon too. I probably won’t have my own pictures, because I’m still waiting on the books to actually arrive. Dang Book Depository taking forever!

In case you missed it;
Book Tag|| Anonymous Bookaholics.
Thoughts|| #MurderTrending.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Random|| Picture Update.

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Hey!

It’s been almost three months since I’ve done one of these posts and I don’t even know where to begin with it. I don’t remember what I have and haven’t posted already. So there may be a few repeats. I love posting these type of posts and my pictures, but when I go so long without doing one then I have no clue where to begin again, ahhh. 😛  Warning this is probably going to be REALLY picture heavy, because there’s probably 60+ pictures.

Feel free to follow me on Instagram (heyyitsashley)! A lot of these haven’t been posted on my Instagram yet, so you’re seeing them first! Eventually they’ll make their way on there. I take so many pictures and don’t want to post a million at one time, so I hoard pictures to post later, lol. Anyway, onto my pictures!

Let’s start with FOOD, because food is amazing. 😛

I stumbled upon this restaurant called “I Heart Mac & Cheese” and holy crap I was in heaven. I needed to go their, ASAP! Last week the hubby’s parents came down to visit and they took us there and it was great. I got the pulled pork mac & cheese. SO MUCH CHEEEEESE!

Recently the hubby and I tried a new pizza place (it’s amazing and we’ve already gone twice in like a week and a half) and we also tried a new burger place that was really great too. The burger place is called BurgerFi and the pizza place was called D’Salvos.

This new shaved ice place opened up down the street so we tried it out for my aunt’s birthday. It was really good. They sell alcoholic drinks in kind of shaved ice form and they were good. No picture of the drink, but I do got a picture of the shaved ice we got too. Also, their interior decor is amazing. One wall is painted like the ocean/sky. The ceiling has lights that are printed with clouds on them. The floor is like the ocean. And the table is sea glass. I accidentally deleted my picture of the floor. They also have a chalkboard wall so you can write/draw on it.

The shaved ice is blueberry. It’s sitting on the shaved ice table. The ocean/sky scene in the background is one of their walls. Below is my mom writing on their chalkboard wall and the top right corner is their sky/cloud lighting. SO COOL! 🙂

Alright, moving right along. Onto, furbabies!

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A year ago yesterday my little Leaf turned one (well technically she turned one in June, but I got her in July so that’s her new birthday). I tried so hard for days to get pictures of her in the birthday hat, but she just wasn’t having it. So I got pictures of her eating the birthday hat instead? They are all still pretty cute pictures though. I am so stoked we decided to keep her. We love her so much.

We’ve been dogsitting the hubby’s parents’ dog and Leaf and Digby love each other so much. It’s cute. They’ve been playing so much together to. 😀 Here is another picture of Digby, because I have a problem with taking pictures of animals. 😛

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My four! Dax, Leaf, October, ColbyJack.

And some pictures of them loving each other.

Some other misc. pictures. First two are the cats are when I was trying to relax in the bath, but they all wanted to watch me. WEIRDOS. Third picture of me walking the pup. And the last picture is Leaf photobombing my picture of October.

Now onto nature type pictures. First up, the sky.

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Next, flowers and plants.

First picture is a shadow of some leaves on the side of our house. I really love how it turned out.

The rest are just some random pictures.

Some really neat buildings I’ve seen. The first picture each shop is a different color. Second picture is a parking garage that is painted to be a sunset (or sunrise). The entire parking garage isn’t picture. It’s HUGE.

A couple different pictures of the moon.

Playing with sparklers with my nephew and sister. My nephew didn’t a bunch of scribbles with his sparklers while I took a picture. My sister tried to write things out. Got this really cool one of an “A” she did. Last picture is just me holding the sparkler.

The hubby’s eye, lol. For some reason I really LOVE this picture though. And the second picture is of me and my new glasses! 😛  I really love these glasses.

And DONE! So many pictures. There’s even more pictures that I probably didn’t post, but trying to figure them out will be so hard. I’ll just leave you with these and hopefully I don’t let myself go months without doing another one of these posts. I will hopefully catch up with all of your posts at some point this week. I hope you had a great weekend!

In case you missed it;
Travel|| Black Point Marina.
Wrap Up|| June.
Book Haul|| June.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Random|| Life Update.

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Hey!

So I think I am battling a reading slump, which totally sucks! I was flying through books this month. I was making pretty big progress with my June TBR (check it out here). I read seven books (most were graphic novels) and then finished another that I had started in May. That’s eight books I read at the beginning of this month and I read them so fast too and I think I burned myself out, to be honest. My current read Love, Hate, and Other Filters goes back to the library in SIX DAYS and I am not anywhere near to finishing it, because I haven’t been in the mood to read. I am really enjoying it too and that makes it worse, in my opinion.

I also have things happening in my life that are taking over brain space. My mind is elsewhere. I’ve even neglected finishing some school stuff, ugh. I have a lot of things that need to happen in such a short amount of time. I try to stay composed though and realistically, I probably brush off a lot of important things. If things don’t make me happy or things I don’t want to do, then I tend to ignore doing those things for as long as possible. I also have this mindset that whatever happens, happens. I mean, that’s a pretty good mindset…to an extent. It’s good for things that are not really in your control. What’s happening now was totally in my control…

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I am a huge procrastinator, not going to lie. Example: I’ve known I was going to be moving for probably almost a year now and I have done nothing to move the process along to make it go more smoothly. I have three months now and….I’m fucked? Everyday I procrastinate things and then things happen that are no longer in my control and my trusty (not full proof, by the way) motto pops into my head “whatever happens, happens”. So when I say my mind is elsewhere, it’s on what the heck am I going to do about moving?

Where? How? How much is this going to cost? Savings? What savings? Things come up and there goes the savings. What about all the crap the hubby and I own? We own so much damn stuff, ughhh. What happen to minimalism this year? I had plans to toss pretty much all our stuff this year… <— I put that idea to the side and decided i’d come back to it later the next day after thinking it. I have four animals, who’s going to rent to someone with three cats and a dog? I’m sure there is ways around this, but I get paranoid they’ll find out and then we’ll be screwed. BLEHHHH. Life.

What about work? I am socially awkward (hence my blog name) and I also have MAJOR social anxiety…so the fact that I have to talk to my boss about potentially moving away but still REALLY wanting to keep my job is freaking me the hell out. I have the type of job that I can do it from home if needed. I have panic attacks thinking about this. If he says no, then we have to stay here; in this expensive city that realistically we just can’t afford anymore. Or if my boss says no and we still move to the cheaper city that I really want to move to, what am I going to do about a job? I can’t talk to people. SOCIAL ANXIETY SUCKS. I can’t handle finding a new job. Even thinking this is a possibility is scary as hell!

So what do I do when I can’t handle things? I pretend this is all a non-existent thing in my life and go about my life; doing whatever it is that I want to do instead of what I NEED to do. Sometimes I like to think I work harder (maybe even better) under pressure or a deadline, because I literally have no other choice but to do the work now that there is no time to stall or that word again…procrastinate. That’s not a good way to go about life either, by the way. Everything is a lot easier when you give yourself time to actually do things instead of trying to do a million things in a short amount of time on top of your regular life stuff. It only drives you crazy.

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I honestly had no intentions of this post to turn out like this. I was actually going to tell you guys I was in a reading slump and then post pictures that I took while at the park with my sister a couple weeks ago. I am so tired of adulting. Not that I really do much of it aside from pay my bills on time. That’s probably the only thing I got right as far as this adult thing goes. Sometimes I buy vegetables. I think I rambled way too much and I think I needed to just vent this all somewhere.

Anyway, this is part of why I’ve been so MIA on here. It’s also what kick-started this reading slump. I have so many things I need to figure out. I also need to figure out how to get over my fear of talking to my boss, because I really need to do it ASAP. The sooner the better, especially because we need to do know if we’re staying or going. Enough of that though. Here’s a lens ball picture of me that my sister took. I was taking a picture of her taking a picture of me through the lens balls, lol.

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I’ll share all of my other pictures soon. I have some from when my sister and I went to a park. I also have some from when we visited our dad and we went to another park. And then a TON more from the last 2.5 months. I’m sorry if I continue to be a little less active for awhile. This post pretty much explains why and also what my life is going to be like the next few months trying to figure all of this out!

In case you missed it;
Book Tag|| Mid-Year Freak Out.
Thoughts|| Be Prepared.
Thoughts|| All Summer Long.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

 

New Year, New Blog.

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Happy New Year!

** You may have seen this exact same blog post below back in November, but I am posting it again just in case you missed it and because it’s the new year and I planned to make some new changes to my blog, which I have been trying to incorporate more toward the end of 2017. I will also have another post coming soon of some goals that I hope to accomplish in the new year as far as blogging, reading, and regular life goes. I am going to also post my Goodreads 2017 challenge stats, fave books I read in 2017, and my challenge for 2018. So, be on the look out for those posts coming this week. **

I’ve been thinking a lot about blogging, the blogosphere, and especially my blog and I decided to make some changes and I really hope you stick around for them! Continue reading this post to learn more about it.

I had originally created a blog called “still pixels” for my photography (side note; I am not a pro-photographer or anything like that. I just like taking pictures and sometimes they come out pretty awesome.) and I have an Instagram account to go along with it as well. I like everything I did over there for the two weeks I was doing it, but I think juggling two blogs is difficult; especially when I neglect this one A LOT over the last year. With a new year here, I want to make some changes to the content on this blog.

With that being said, I am going to slowly make this blog be about all the things I like and not only books. It’ll also be where I talk about random things happening in my life. A little journal (ish) in a way. Also, kind of like how I was doing with my random picture posts that I’ve done over the last couple years, but there will be more of it; not just once in awhile.

I migrated some of the things that I posted on Still Pixels over to this blog as well, because I liked the content that I made and posted there; like the headers that I made from the pictures that I took. I’m not going to delete Still Pixels, because in the future I may want to try again with that blog. I’ll be leaving it active, but not updating it (for now). I’m leaving my Instagram account for Still Pixels (stillpixels_) active too, but not updating that right now either. I put that account to private for now.

I will still be updating about books here, but books may not necessarily be my main focus. I don’t plan to rename this blog or anything, because “Socially Awkward Bookworm” still portrays who I am as a person. I am still (and forever) socially awkward and I am still (and forever) a bookworm. There’s more to me than just books though, so I want to talk about and share those things too. I love blogging, but sometimes not always about books and I have no idea where else to put the things in my head.

I think that’s another reason why I’ve been pretty MIA in the blogosphere over the last year and a half. I don’t always want to blog about books, but this blog has always been centered around books and I felt like maybe it would have been wrong in some way to post other things besides book related things and the casual picture update. So I’ve slowly stepped away, I guess you can say. I don’t want to do that though, because I love having a place to put my thoughts and my pictures (other than Instagram).

BUT! With a new year (HELLO, 2018!) here I decided I am going to embrace it and post whatever I want to post about; whether that be books, music, tv shows, fandoms, traveling, photography, or anything else happening in my life. This will be a space for all of that and more. In life if things aren’t working out for you anymore, you change it, or leave it behind. I don’t want to do anything in life that isn’t going to make me happy.

“I’m so focused on my own energy right now and people misinterpret that. I’m not being distant. I’m just gravitating to the vibes that suit me.”

I want to live a life where I am happy with all of my choices and what I am doing and I want my blog to reflect that too. I want to live my life as stress free as humanly possible and if that means having to let some things or people go, then so be it. Life is too short to be anything other than happy and who you want to be. Life is too short to not have the things you want and do the things that you want to do. I’m all about good vibes and that’s the way I want to live my life always.

“I’m learning to be more calm and patient these days. Just can’t afford to let anything or anyone steal my happiness.”

“The more in harmony you are with the flow of your own existence, the more magical life becomes.”

There will still be TONS of talk about books too; no one will ever be able to take away my love for books and the need to talk about them. You’ll just get to see more into my life as well and that could be pretty fun. 🙂

ashleyyellow

Random|| Christmas & Other Things.

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Hey!

Today I am going to do a one of my random picture updates and it is going to pretty image heavy, because it’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these. It’ll most likely be my last one of these posts before the end of the year. There is almost 50 pictures in this post, so be prepared. 😛 I think I’ll start with Christmas pictures since Christmas just happened.

 

There was a couple of days where it got pretty cold in Florida, which I was stoked about, because I was able to wear my Christmas sweaters and drink hot chocolate all the time to warm me up. I’ve had my Real Friends Christmas sweater (left) for a few years, but I’ve only worn it a handful of times LOL.

 

In the middle of December we went to this little event (Fantasy of Lights) where you drive through and see all these different Christmas lights and decorations. That was pretty neat and there were a ton of different cool lights. It was hard to take pictures in the car though, especially when you had a line of cars behind you LOL. I go ta few though.

 

My three kitties (there will be more cat pictures 😛 ). Left: Leaf. Middle: October. Right: ColbyJack. Here are a few Christmas ones with them near or under the Christmas tree. Sometimes they were good to it and other times they attacked the tree, climbed the tree, and broke branches. UGHH.

 

OH HEY!!! It’s Santa Dax. He’s pretty stoked about the Santa hat this year. Last year he wasn’t thrilled that I put it on him. He’s too cute, I can hardly stand it. Haha.

 

Christmas lights. I was bored, so I took some Christmas light pictures. No way was Dax and October taking part in this though, lol. ColbyJack was whatever about it, but you can tell he hated it. Leaf was fascinated by the lights. I had to stop though, because she was trying to eat them.

 

Hot chocolate and Christmas cookies. On Christmas Eve Eve ( 😛 ) we made it a family night. We decorated cookies, drank hot chocolate, and played board games and trivia games. It was pretty fun. We also let my niece and nephew open one of their gifts. On Christmas Eve we had our Christmas dinner and played more board games. It was pretty fun. I’ve been battling a cold for like almost two weeks now though, so that kind of sucked. I still tried to have fun though. Sorry to any of my family members that end up sick because of me though!

 

We may have all went a little overboard with presents this year; there is presents for nine people under here though, lol. I got a ton of cool gifts from my family and the hubby’s family too. The hubby got me the other two Home Alone Funkos, which I was stoked about and a wireless charging pad for my iPhone X. He also got me the candy cane TOMS, which are awesome. They are glittery and sparkly.

 

Pictures do not do them justice AT ALL. They shine and sparkle in the light, which I am obsessed with haha. Probably my new favorite pair of TOMS. I have so many pairs. I think I only wear TOMS, sandals, and occasionally I’ll wear Converse.

 

 

The Santa Claus headband. I lived with this thing on my head the entire Christmas weekend, LOL. My sister got a snowman one and then we got our mom, her kids, and Andy Santa hats. They didn’t wear theirs, but I did until Christmas ended LOL.

 

YOU GUYS!! It was Leaf’s first Christmas. She totally took claim of all the prezzies, so her brothers and sister couldn’t have any. LOL! In the bottom right picture you can see where she took claim to the stocking and let ColbyJack have the dog toys HAHA. Eventually she backed off for a couple minutes and the others got to check out what Santa brought them.

 

 

October (top left) and Dax (bottom right) were pretty done with the presents though. They seen what they got and ran off. I think ColbyJack (bottom left) and Leaf (top right) were the only ones that stuck around and played with some of them.

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Last Christmas picture. My younger sister got me a Dobby bookend, which is totally freaking cool! I can’t wait to rearrange my Harry Potter bookshelf, so I can include it on there! He’s so cute.

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You should probably already know by now that I live for sunsets and taking pictures of them. I was able to catch some pretty cool ones in the month of December. The purple and pink one was amazing though. I took that on my way home from work right in front of Hard Rock. It’s not easy getting pictures of sunsets in this city, so many cars and buildings. And now all the furbaby pictures…

 

MY HEART IS MELTING. I love when they cuddle together. It’s one of my favorite things and Leaf definitely likes to cuddle. ColbyJack only really likes Dax (he tolerates October and Leaf). She’s growing so fast though! She was a little bigger than my hand when we got her and now she’s almost the size of October! She’s only like 6-7 months old. She can be a monster, but she’s also really cute and sweet…

 

SEE? She loves sleeping by us or on us. When we first got her, we always slept by her because we didn’t want her to be alone because she was so tiny and because we were bottle feeding her. So we would wake up in the middle of the night to feed her if she was crying, so I think maybe that’s why she’s so close to use. A lot closer than our other kitties. Also ColbyJack does lay with me sometimes, especially when I’m sick…

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And some other random pictures of my furbabies. These are the last ones, haha. Furbaby overload, but I love them so much and I can’t help it. 😛

 

They finally made a Sora Funko, so I got him in December. I was so stoked to get him and that he has a little keyblade. I need to get my hands on all the other Kingdom Hearts Funkos, ASAP! I’ve been having fun replaying all the games again and I can’t wait until the release of the new game at the end of 2018.

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Last but not least, I move things around and here is a picture of my bookshelves. They are a complete mess now though. This was before they became a wreck. I need to clean up and put a ton of things away and make them look nice again.

That’s all for this post. I have a ton of things to do today before my weekend trip to Lakeland (again, told you I love it there). This time I’m going with my sisters, mom, and aunt. It sucks that the hubby can’t come with. 😦 But hopefully it’ll still be a lot of fun. I’ll have my wrap up posted hopefully tomorrow.

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| December.
Travel|| Lakeland.
Thoughts|| Being Fishkill.

I hope you have a great day!

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Travel|| Lakeland.

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The hubby and I went to Lakeland to visit my childhood best friend and her boyfriend in November. Last year we visited them and were able to go to Harry Potter world at Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure. This time we chose the cheaper route and just hung out with them and did things around their town, which was still SO MUCH FUN! We are obsessed with Lakeland! It’s about 3-3.5 hour drive from us, so it was kind of like a mini road trip, which is always fun.

We have to drive through this little town called Lake Wales before getting to Lakeland. There is this place called “Spook Hill” in Lake Wales, so we decided to check it out.

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So we attempted to try this, but we didn’t do it right so it ended up being really lame LOL! I think one of us was supposed to get out of the car to be able to see this happening, but we both stayed in the car, so we obviously didn’t notice HAHAH! We’ll do it again next time we go up there.

A couple of other pictures from Lake Wales on the way to Spook Hill. That view is so pretty.

 

When we first got to my friend’s house, we just sat around and talked. Pretty much just caught up and then talked about when we were kids. Poor Andy (hubby) had to listen to all of our old stories and everything, lol. She did my nails and then wanted to do my hair. So we did that until her boyfriend came home. Once he came home we went out to eat at this Mexican restaurant called Abuelo’s, which was so good! We also drank a little bit.

On Saturday during the afternoon my friend (Yanery), Andy, and I went on these little bicycle/walking trails and that was pretty fun.

 

The trails were kind of nerve-wracking at times, because there were some pretty steep hills to climb up and down. I don’t know how bicyclists do it, I would be scared as hell about it; especially because you are surrounded by water. In that water are alligators! In the wild…so no fences or cages to stop them from getting you if you mess with them!

 

SEEEE?! They are just out in the open. I was seriously scared I was going to slip and fall into the water or on top of one hahah. I also didn’t wear the right kind of shoes at all. I had my converse on. Had I known the trails were going to be like they were, I probably would have brought different shoes. We obviously survived though!

Here are a few more pictures from hiking on the trails!

 

 

After that we went home, showered, changed clothes and then went to Rocket Fizz. If you haven’t heard of it, Rocket Fizz is a store that sells a bunch of candy and different flavored sodas. We always like going there. Andy likes to get the soda and I like to get the salt water taffy. After Rocket Fizz we went to the Brass Tap for pizza and beer. Also a picture of a really BIG and awesome Christmas tree outside the shopping plaza that Rocket Fizz and Brass Tap were. I’m obsessed with Christmas trees.

 

After we ate and drank a few beers there, we decided to go to Beer Hub to try some more beers and then went back to the house. I’m a beer person and we like to eat, beer and food was a must for this trip. LOL.

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Sunday was our last day, so in the morning we went to this little place called the Poor Porker for breakfast and then we headed home shortly after that. The Poor Porker was such a cool/cute little place. It’s a food truck that sells beignets. They call them “fluffy pillows of heaven” and they totally were.

 

There were a ton of succulents and cacti EVERYWHERE and there were so many different cool seating areas surrounding the food truck. It was such a neat place! I was taking pictures every thing! Here are a ton of pictures of The Poor Porker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suck a cool place, right? I’m pretty obsessed with it! They told us that they are going to start having live music there on Friday nights, so I can’t wait to get back to Lakeland and check it out one day. I bet the atmosphere at night will be just as cool as during the day. They sell beer and snacks at night in another indoor area, which is cool. Remember how I said I was obsessed with Christmas trees? Well of course I spot a HUGE Christmas tree across the street when we were leaving the Poor Porker. Can you guess where I ended up?

 

 

And that was our mini weekend vacation to Lakeland to visit my childhood best friend! It was so much fun hanging out, catching up, and seeing more of Lakeland. The last time we were busy in Orlando going to theme parks, so we didn’t get to see a whole lot. So this was really nice. We are both in LOVE with Lakeland and who knows what the future holds for that. 😛

I have a random picture post coming up soon. It’ll just be pictures I’ve taken over the last couple of months.

In case you missed it;
Thoughts|| Being Fishkill.
Friday Finds #71.
Travel|| Disney World.

I hope you have a great day! And if I’m not on here again before Christmas,

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!! 😀

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