#134 Dave and Busters

One of the bridal party members, my cousin Ashley, could not make it out to last nights festivities. Therefore, we decided last minute to go all the way to Orlando and spend time with her after work. We ended up going to have dinner at Dave and Buster’s and then spent the rest of the night playing in the arcade. It was my first time there. I liked it. It was fun. I managed to get enough tickets to get myself a little Charmander. Normally I take loads of pictures of my adventure but I didn’t here. I don’t know if I was busy having too much fun or if I was still out of it from last night but I just didn’t.



#133 Hen and Stag

For months now I have been planning a bachelor/bachelorette party for Corey and Christina (C+C). I know normally these things are held separately but they insisted on having one together. They are usually the night before a wedding too but with the wedding party’s crazy schedules the bride and groom thought it best to do it a little in advance on a day that worked for everyone involved. Last night … was the night.

The plan was to go on a pub crawl in Dunedin. I rented a party bus to help us get to all locations with out us having to drive. I had a list of ten bars we needed to drink at least one drink from, while trying to compete/complete a hen and stag scavenger hunt. The night would be ended at a night club for dancing until the bus came to pick us up.

Scavenger Hunt
Five Points
Do a shot
Blow bubbles from one bar to another
Copy a strangers dancing
Skip from one bar to another
Successfully photo bomb someone else’s picture.
Ten Points
Use a cheesy pick up line on a stranger
Ask a guy/girl to marry you
Get  a kiss from a stranger
Dance crazy by yourself on the dance floor
Fifteen Points
Convince a stranger to serenade you, on video, with a cheesy love song
Take a picture with a cop/bouncer
Get a guy/girl to give you their number
Pretend like you are paranoid and ask a guy/girl why they want you so bad
Get a guy/girl to buy you a drink
Twenty Points
Collect a napkin from every bar signed by the bar tender
Find a bald man and rub his head as you make a wish
Take a pic of a shot that’s on fire.
Find someone with the same name as the bride/groom, and provide proof.
Get a stranger to take a picture with you and post it to their Instagram with a hashtag of your name spelled backwards.

Other than the date and time, C+C were not aware of the nights activities. We started off at their home where everyone met up to go over the rules of the night, pick up their party gear, and get on the party bus! The night did not go as planned at all. On the bus ride there, everyone got so drunk that by the time we got off at the first bar, Flanagan’s Irish Pub, none of us could walk straight.

I had called the bars in advance letting them know we were coming so that our disruption wouldn’t be an unwelcome surprise. They greeted us with open arms and even participated with scavenger hunt. The live musician of the night even serenaded someone in he party. It was great. We literally took over the entire bar trying to complete tasks from the hunt. Super funny.

It was even funnier when we were on the street and the entire drunk crew was trying to skip to the next bar, Skip’s Bar & Grill, while blowing bubbles and yelling out to people if their names were Corey or Christina. At the second bar, I was amazed at myself. I have never once before in my life drank as much as I did last night. I was asking people to marry me and even used a cheesy pick up line on a guy. I mean it was crazy! Stuff I normally would be too shy to even attempt. At events like this most of the time I am off to one corner keeping to myself, but my cousins begged me to participate and loose for once. As my wedding gift to them, I did, and they were so happy about it.

Anyway on the way to the third bar, Dunedin Brewery, we kept loosing people along the walk. Some were throwing up and acting a fool. Even inside the bar they were being too wild. I made the decision to call off the crawl and head to the night club for the rest of the night. Their behavior was narrowed down to crazy dancing the rest of the night at Blur Nightclub and that was safest for everyone.

The embarrassing night time shenanigans below!



#132 Car Headaches and Dresses

I was driving to work yesterday morning, windows down, music on, jamming away, when all of a sudden, I hear a loud noise and my car starts shaking uncontrollably. I pull over in the first driveway I see and stop the car. Get out look around I am halfway to work stuck in a car dealer parking lot with an inflatable flailing arm man laughing at me. I start to panic because I walk around my car and notice a flat tire.

This happened to me not too long ago with the front passenger side tire and now it happened again with my passenger rear tire. I called my boss to tell her I was going to be late and ask her for help because last time I called my uncle to change it and he was at work (I was also too far from the house). My boss sends my coworker/warehouse manager to help me out. I thought once he changed the tire the problem would be solved. He drives away I follow and my car is still shaking but I push it to get to work. All the guys look it over in the parking lot at work and see nothing wrong with any of the tires and I have no clue why it would be shaking. Finish my work day, go home in a shaky car, and ask my uncle to look it over. Thankfully it was Friday because he looks it over and finds that the rack and pinion is completely shredded and tells me this is one job he can’t fix because the car needs to be elevated. Apparently, when the rack and pinion broke, my tire ran over some of the pieces and that’s what caused the flat tire.

This morning I go to the shop to get it fixed and just about died on the spot when the man tells me its approximately $800 to fix and would also take several hours. Thankfully I have just been approved for a new credit card and it already arrived in the mail so I went ahead and put it all on there and I will pay it off little by little. If I didn’t have that card I really don’t know what I would have done. I was also thankful that my cousin came over because our bridesmaid dresses are ready! She picked me up from the shop so I wouldn’t have to sit there all day and we got our dresses from David’s Bridal. We also took the time to visit this little old lady that is going to alter our dresses (cheaper than getting it done at David’s) and did our fitting. Left the dresses there. Picked up my car and on my way home the car is still shaking. Need to take it back see what the heck is still wrong with it after paying almost $800 I do not need it shaking!

#131 Howey-in-the-Hills

Pristine Howey-in-the-Hills is a rural village located on the shoreline of Little Lake Harris.  Our Town is secluded from, yet convenient to, the best of Orlando’s attractions and both of Florida’s coasts.  It is a delightful, quiet, safe and well-kept community that offers family focused living surrounded by a striking panorama of glistening lakes and nestled among the gently rolling hills.

I thought it best to let the town of Howey-in-the-Hills tell you for themselves who and what they are. I have lived in Florida for about a year and a half now and since day one my aunt kept insisting we go to Howie-in-the-Hills. We didn’t go until today. It was great fun. We went to several locations to fish, kite fly, and sight see. The drive there itself was very scenic with farm lands and orange groves. Fun chill day out. Some of our kite flying shenanigans below. Unfortunately not much wind in first couple locations but the last one really did blow (in a good way).



#130 Contact Lenses and Work Perks

Back when I was about thirteen years old, there was an incident that ruined me for a very long time. You see, my mom decided to purchase some contacts for me during my annual visit to the eye doctor. I was very excited to get them as I thought it would make my high school career a lot better. No more four eyes, I would just be me and I could be able to see, without my glasses being in the way. I received my first pair put them in just fine and wore them the entire Saturday trying to get used to them before school on Monday. When night time came around, I had to take them off before bed, and I couldn’t. Yes that’s right I had a complete meltdown because the dam lenses would not come out of my eye. I swear we were there close to two hours trying to take them out, but my crying was moistening them and making it worse to take out. I swear at that time I thought I would never get them out of my eye.

I never wore contacts again. Ever. Until today.

Yep, that’s right. I was traumatized for years. Graduated high school with glasses, graduated college with glasses, multiple jobs with glasses and now finally after about 15 years later I decided to try it again. Why now? Well multiple reasons, Christina and Corey’s wedding being one of them. They have a pair of glasses they want all of us to wear and well, they would look tacky over my glasses so its best to get contacts. Yes many reasons but my main one is something I haven’t gotten a chance to mention in my past posts about my new job.

It turns out there are some perks that come along with the position. The main one being that the owners of the company pay for all of their employees to go on a company cruise at the end of the year as a thank you for all the hard work during our busy season! In November we will all be going on a weekend Royal Caribbean cruise to the Bahamas! Isn’t that insane?! For free! I get to go to the Bahamas for free! All expenses paid to Grand Bahama Island, Freeport. All I would have to pay for is the gratuities and if I would like a drink package. Whats even better is that I get to bring a guest with me! I chose Christina as she is the most cruise experienced I know and she could show me how to really enjoy my first cruise and I know she would be available (unlike many others I considered).

Anyway, back to my point, the reason I got the lenses is because I know on the cruise I would want to go swimming or do other beach like activities and the contacts would help. Especially with wearing sunglasses in that amazing Bahamian sun! Yes I am aware its the same sun everywhere but you get what I mean!  I’m going to the Bahamas with contact lenses!