Beach Bum

It’s been an incredibly long time since I’ve blogged. Sorry friends. It’s been a busy past few weeks, but also relaxing.

After celebrating Memorial Day with good friends and food at the lake and a little bingo, I packed up for a 10 day beach trip.

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20130610-100208.jpgI was so incredibly close to the grand prize of $70 in the blackout round.

The first part of the trip was to celebrate Katelin and her upcoming wedding. We spent Wednesday-Saturday soaking up every ounce of sun we could. We also ate incredibly well and shopped a ton.

20130610-100649.jpg Our first stop in Gulf Shores was Bahama Bob’s. And it never disappoints.

20130610-100931.jpg Then, the best maid of honor ever took us to get our nails done. My toes were hot pink, Poptastic by Color Club. My fingers were Don’t Be A Budapest by OPI.

20130610-100939.jpg She even had goody boxes for everyone.

20130610-101001.jpg Dinner at The Hangout. Thanks for the good time, Ben.

We even got to see an America-themed light show at The Wharf. Does it really get any better than that?

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While the girls packed up to come home, I switched condos. I stayed for an additional week with the Irvin clan. I’ve been part of their annual beach trips for six years now (except for one summer when I lived in Kansas City).

I got to come up during the hottest part of the day and snuggle with this sweet girl during her naps.

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20130610-121500.jpgShe strutted all over the beach in her bathing suits.

This year provided a lot of entertainment thanks to the chairs next to ours. The Southeastern Conference was well represented. We made friends with Mississippi State and Missouri friends, and other Crimson Tiders as well.

Corn hole was brought out, and it got serious. Daily tournaments were played, the National Anthem was a requirement in the final round. There was a lot of good cornin’ happening.

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The summer of ’13 has started off fantastically, even if I am a little burnt from 10 days of sun. Here’s to the continuation of an enjoyable summer for all. (And the hope that I don’t wait two and a half weeks to blog again!)

20130610-121600.jpg A happy jelly fish someone created from all the washed up seaweed.

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In the Now

What I’m Watching: Braves baseball
As I’ve mentioned before, my family is an extremely avid supporter of the Atlanta Braves. Every night the Braves are playing, we’re watching. Yesterday was especially fun with the doubleheader. And it was even better after they won both. Once the summertime gets here, my family will make its way over to the ATL to take in a game or two.

What I’m Reading: “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins
After seeing the trailer for “Catching Fire,” I realized I didn’t remember much about the second and third books due to flying through them the first time. So, I resolved to re-read the trilogy. I’m loving it just as much the second time around.

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But, I realized I made a faux pas in my reading schedule. I will definitely be seeing “The Great Gatsby,” when it comes out, but  I haven’t read it since 11th grade. So, another book I need to re-read. But it comes out in May, whereas “Catching Fire” comes out in November. Guess I’ll sneak in “The Great Gatsby” first. (Also, if you haven’t seen any trailers for “The Great Gatsby, check one out here. Trailer #2 is my favorite.)

What I’m Listening To: The Band Perry’s “Pioneer”
The band doesn’t stray far from its roots in its sophomore album, but add a little kick of rock to it. They’ve hit home runs with their first two singles, “Better Dig Two” and “Done.” So I can’t wait to figure out what others I’m going to have on repeat.

What Color I’m Painting My Nails: pink on pink
I’m still sticking to the new color, Pink Blink, but created a half moon at the top of my nail with an old O.P.I. color called La Paz-itively Hot.

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What Image I Love: Moment of Silence

bmarathonParticipants in the London Marathon stop for a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing before beginning the race. (Photo by Luke Macgregor, Reuters)