Real World

4 states and a cracked windshield later, we are home!

Yes, Cleopatra has a crack.  😦  I about cried.  We were on our way to TN from Savannah and a rock flew up and hit the windshield.  Poor thing.  Good thing our insurance will replace it!

I certainly wasn’t ready to come back.  Going back to work today was certainly not fun!!  I’m glad that this is a short week.

Our vacation was way too short, but it was great to hang out together.  I wish every day Luvy and I got to get up, take a run, sit out and eat breakfast and drink coffee looking at the ocean, lay out and read, ride bikes, and enjoy each others company.  Unfortunately, we had to return to the “real world”.

Luvy is catching up on school and work stuff.  I’ve been grocery shopping for the essentials.  I still need to go to Whole Foods and Passafiume’s for produce.

Now, I’d better get on the laundry before it grows arms and legs, turns into a laundry monster, and eats me!

I wish that along with vacation came another vacation to recover from said vacation PLUS a maid to take care of all the cleaning, washing, shopping, and miscellaneous stuff that goes along with coming home from vacation.

Any takers???

Full recap and review of our vacation tomorrow!


Georgia On My Mind

This morning Luvy and I spent a short but sweet time with our toes in the sand.  I am missing the beach already.

In case you all were wondering which beach we were at, we were in Hilton Head.  🙂

For some level of privacy (and safety), I like to keep some things as secretive as I can.

However, I am happy to say that Luvy and I are in Savannah, GA now with his brother, Travis and his wife Stacy.  It is so nice seeing them again!!!  It has been way too long.

Travis and Stacy recently moved here from- get this- Fargo, North Dakota!!  Just a wee bit of a difference.  Stacy is a born and bred northern plains gal, so she is having some trouble adjusting to the humidity and heat.

They both have their PhD’s in mathematics, and are college professors.  They both accepted positions at Armstrong State Atlantic University here in Savannah.  

They gave us a campus tour.  It was a very pretty campus filled with lots of exotic plants.

Plus, Travis took us and showed us their office.  It is technically Travis’s office, but he shares with Stacy.  🙂

After our tour, they took us to a Thai place called the King and I.  It was delicious!!!  They made my meal without any oil.  I got Green Curry with Tofu.  It was hot and spicy, but very soothing with the coconut milk.  I ate the entire bowl!

I didn’t get any pictures with the meal, because we were enjoying each other so much.  However, none of us were displeased with our food.  It was delicious!!!

We went and picked up Rocky, Travis and Stacy’s dog, to take him on a walk.

He is the sweetest and most well behaved dog I have ever seen.  I am a cat person, but I like Rocky.

We weren’t planning on going into downtown since it was a Saturday night, but we decided to take a walk at Forsyth Park.  It took Luvy and I back to our honeymoon days.  🙂

We actually stayed in Downtown Savannah for 2 nights of our honeymoon.  We stayed a the Hamilton Turner Inn while we were there.  It is the cutest bed and breakfast.  

It was so nice to see this again.  

I’m off to enjoy the family.  Long drive back to the hills tomorrow!

I’m not ready for vacation to be over!!!  😦

Burns Be Gone

We are at a new coffee shop tonight!!  We are at Java Joe’s.  It is a local spot here.  This is our last night here, and we have been wanting to check this place out all week.

We didn’t spend a ton of time at the beach today.  This morning we headed out for a 4 mile run.  I was feeling extremely lazy this morning, but Luvy motivated me to get up since he was already dressed and ready.  I, again, didn’t regret running!  I felt so much better and more energized after.  We ran at an 8:45 pace, and most of it was in the shade.  I can tell I’m not where I used to be, because I used to run 4 miles so fast and with hills.  It is pretty flat here.  However, I am just super thankful I can run at all without pain.  I’ve been making sure to stretch after every run, and I even brought my foam roller with us!

I wanted something substantial for breakfast after our run.  It wasn’t very hot out, so I decided I would make a hot breakfast rather than cold cereal.  What better than a beach buckwheat muffin??  I brought my buckwheat bake stuff, plus I had leftover pumpkin and apple sauce that needed to be eaten from home so I threw it all together for a great muffin!

Microwave Pumpkin Buckwheat Muffin

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin
  • 2 Tbsp applesauce
  • 3-4 Tbsp almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp carob or cocoa powder (if using cocoa you will need to add some sweetener)
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp buckwheat groats
  • 1/4 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 Tbsp flax with 2 Tbsp warm water (or one egg)

Combine flax with warm water and let sit while you combine all other ingredients in a microwave safe bowl.  If using an egg mix it in with wet ingredients and add in dry ingredients.  Microwave on high for 3 1/2 to 4 minutes.  Check to make sure it is done by pressing on the top.  If it bounces back it is finished.

This makes a HUGE muffin.  Next time, I will make it a bit smaller.  It was almost too much for me to eat.

I topped it with peanut butter, honey, strawberries, and banana.  Luvy had cereal with banana and strawberries.

I bet you all didn’t think you were going to get a new recipe while I was at the beach did ya???  😉

After breakfast, we hit up the beach!  (I waddled to the beach)  Thanks for all your suggestions on my burns!  Today they look MUCH better, but I still stayed out of the sun for the most part.  Luvy worked very hard to dig and bury my umbrella!

I sat under the umbrella for the most part and covered up with my towel.  PLUS, I had 50 sunscreen on!  I had all my bases covered.

I was a bit sad to not be laying out mainly because it was cold!!  It was 80 degrees, but it was overcast and extremely windy!  Even Luvy thought it was a bit nippy out.

At least my toesies were in the sand though!  

You all like my burn marks!  I think they are hilarious!  I looks like I’m wearing red flip-flops.  Please, no jokes about my platypus feet.  I know they are fat and flat… Luvy calls them my platforms.

It was so chilly out that we decided to forgo going back to the beach after lunch and ride bikes.

We rode for about 30 minutes and realized that it was starting to get dark like a rain was coming.  We turned around and headed back to the condo.  Right when we got back to the condo it started to rain!  I call that perfect timing!!

Tonight, Luvy picked our dinner place and it was another success!!  We went to a favorite of ours- Bonefish Grill.  I know we go there more than anywhere else, but they do a great job!

Luvy got the special- Maryland Softshell Stuffed Crab.  You actually eat the shell of the crab!!!  I love him.  I love that he can try weird things like this.  There is no way I would.  🙂

He said it was good though.  It was very rich.

I got the small salmon with steamed broccoli and asparagus.  I also got a side of the Mango Salsa.  I ended up eating it on the salmon- it was great!

The asparagus were huge!!  They were the size of my face!  I all but licked my plate.

Both of us were stuffed after that!  However, not too stuffed to go look at the Vera’s.  They have discontinued some, and it just so happens that I’m on the market for a new purse.  🙂  And just so you all know, my birthday is coming up…. in July.  Just sayin’.

Tomorrow is our last day at the beach.  Major sadness.  However, it will more than make up for it when we get to see Luvy’s brother Travis and his wife Stacy!!!  We haven’t seen them since Thanksgiving!

See you tomorrow from another state and city!!  That is if Travis decides to give me his password.  🙂