San Diego Recommendations?

First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY LOVE.

Happy Birthday BenHe’s officially 29 today, so I’m no longer a cougar … just a slight snow leopard. 😉 Head over to Instagram to see my mushy, gushy tribute to him.

ANYWAYS

For Ben’s birthday, I bought him plane tickets! Actually, fun story, I bought him tickets to Vancouver, then immediately regretted the purchase because I wasn’t even sure what he wants to do in Vancouver. Since I had 24-hours to get a refund on the tickets (THANK GOD), I told Ben about his gift a bit early and we decided to postpone that trip but bite the bullet on our San Diego trip! We found a good deal on tickets and it all worked out.

So now I’m going to San Diego, then up to Laguna Beach. We’re flying into San Diego and out of LAX, so we’ll be driving up the coast.

ANY RECOMMENDATIONS?!

I’m also looking to work with brands in the area, find as many donut places as possible (we already have these two) …

Ube Donut Ice Cream Cones!! 🍦💜🍦💖🍦Saturday Night!!! #donutbar #sandiego #DTSD #menu

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So, you know, I’ve got the donut part figured out. 😉

Any other recommendations? Even recommendations on how to work with brands? We’re going August 30 – September 5!

Even if you don’t have any recommendations, tell me about some travel hopes and dreams you have coming up!

Things I Miss About Ireland

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Like, the real holiday … not the drinking one. 😉 As you (probably) know, I’ve been in love with Ireland for my entire life and finally was able to travel there in 2015 (I won that trip – did you know?) so why not chit chat about it on this Irish day?

What I miss about Ireland

The People
Seriously, if you want to go somewhere and feel more welcome than you do in your “homeland” – go to Ireland. The people are happy, simple, excited for life and polite. They get up and dance at restaurants on a Tuesday night. They smile (sometimes toothless smiles, but hey) when you walk into a room and greet you. They call you things like “love” and “sweetheart” in their beautiful accents and make you want to sit and stare at them all day. Just me?

The Sheeps!
I can’t help it. I was obsessed with the sheep there. THEY WERE ALL OVER THE PLACE. P.S. Yes, I know the plural of sheep is sheep … come on now, guys. 😉

What I miss about Ireland

The Beauty
I have never seen a more beautiful place. Between the greenery (seriously … the most GREEN you’ve ever seen, I promise), the flowers, the palm trees (it still blows me away that they had those), the fields … Just insane.

Things I Miss About Ireland

Things I Miss About Ireland

Things I Miss About Ireland

Things I Miss About Ireland

The Castles & Old Buildings
The castles are the initial reason I fell in love with Ireland. I had books of Ireland growing up and used to look at all of the beautiful castles, abbeys, etc. They’re gorgeous and OLD. We don’t have anything this old in the U.S. obviously, so it was insane thinking about what happened in those buildings.

Things I Miss About Ireland

Things I Miss About Ireland

Things I Miss About Ireland

Things I Miss About Ireland

The Cliffs
The Cliffs of Moher are absolutely gorgeous. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS. It was super windy, but a beautiful day. This was #2 on my list of things to see in Ireland (after the Blarney Castle) and it did not disappoint.

Things I Miss About Ireland

Things I Miss About Ireland

The Food
The fish was INSANE. I had fish and chips for almost every meal. Or seafood chowder. Even the beef was amazing and I’m not a huge red meat fan. It’s very obvious that their animals are taken care of there. OMG I want to go back just for the fish.

Things I Miss About Ireland

Things I Miss About Ireland

Things I Miss About Ireland

Okay, I’ll stop. Fun fact – I only intended on putting in one picture per category. Whoooops.

If you want to read about every day in Ireland, check out this page! 🙂

What are you doing for St. Patrick’s Day?
Have you ever been to Ireland? Any interest in going there?

Road Trip: Savannah (Part 3)

If you’re behind on our little road trip, you can catch up here and here!

*I’m just going to be honest right now and tell you that 50% of the photos in this post are Ben’s, not mine. For some reason I just was too busy being distracted by the ocean, food and a cute boy to remember to take pictures. Make sure you check him out since he’s the best boyfriend ever for letting me use them. 🙂 Here’s his website and his Instagram.*

On Thursday I woke up to the beach, water and Ben and let me tell you … I wouldn’t mind do that every day. 🙂 After a slow-moving morning, we put on some sandals (and sweatshirts because it was WINDY) to walk down the beach.

Tybee Island

Tybee Island

Tybee Island

Tybee Island

Tybee Island

We didn’t have anything specific planned in Savannah besides a late dinner reservation, so we took our time getting ready. After a little internet searching, we found a place for lunch that looked super cool and different called Treylor Park. Definitely my favorite place we ate at!

We started off with PB & J wings and OMG they were SO good. Of course I didn’t take any photos, but YUM. You can see the remnants of the sauce in the photo below. Then we both got tacos – Ben got Hawaiian Tacos and I got Chicken & Pancake Tacos that were OUT of this world (I’m hungry just thinking about it).

Chicken & Pancake Tacos from Treylor Park

For dessert we got Deep Fried Oreos and a Bacon Brownie (I wish I could use the heart-eyed emoji right now …)

Treylor Park Bacon Brownie

Treylor Park Deep Fried Oreos

The brownie was amazing, but the oreos were just so-so. I thought I’d like deep fried oreos for some reason – I do not. 😉

Our server was such a sweet girl and we had a ton of fun just looking through the menu, eating and drinking (obviously) and enjoying not being in the pouring rain that *thankfully* only lasted for the two hours we were at Treylor Park.

After we ate enough to feel like we were dying (well, at least me – Ben can eat like a bazillion calories a day and still have abs #notfair) we started walking around the city.

Savannah

Don’t mind the awful screenshot from Ben’s Snapchat story, but it’s cute. 😉

We walked through a cemetery and then walked to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The pictures don’t do it justice.

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

After the church, we continued to walk up and down the streets and over to Forsyth Park.

Savannah, GA

savannah

Photographer Extraordinaire: Benjamin

savannah

Photographer Extraordinaire: Benjamin

savannah

Photographer Extraordinaire: Benjamin

After a bit more walking around, we headed back to our hotel on Tybee Island to take a nap and get ready for a nice dinner back in Savannah.

We got back into Savannah around 8 and headed to Jen’s and Friends for crazy martinis. I got a S’mores Martini and Ben got a Reese’s Martini. We shared a second Strawberry Shortcake Martini, but we were both feeling it after those drinks. Not in a drunk way – in a “that’s a lot of sugar” way. Neither of us drink often plus the drinks were super heavy. Don’t get me wrong – SO good and worth the stop if you’re in Savannah. Just maybe eat some real food first. 😉

Jens & Friends Martinis

Photographer Extraordinaire: Benjamin

Jens & Friends Martinis

Photographer Extraordinaire: Benjamin

We walked a couple blocks to our final dinner destination at the Olde Pink House – Ben was really excited about this one. 🙂 We had a 9:45 reservation (only time we could get in) but it was worth the wait! It was set in an old “house” (duh) that apparently was haunted (the ghost did not visit to my delight … unfortunate for Ben). Our server was amazing and the food was delicious.

Olde Pink House Savannah

Photographer Extroidinare: Benjamin

Olde Pink House Savannah

Photographer Extroidinare: Benjamin

We started with a BLT salad recommendation from our server that they split for us – fried green tomatoes (my fave), bacon and black pepper thyme buttermilk dressing.

Can I please go back just to eat?

After the salad, Ben got the special which was a crab-stuffed grouper and I got salmon. My salmon wasn’t amazing, but really … when is salmon amazing? 😉 Ben’s was really good, though and the service/space was totally worth the late reservation.

Olde Pink House Savannah

Photographer Extroidinare: Benjamin

After dinner, we drove back to our hotel and immediately crashed from the crazy day and crazy amounts of food.

Friday we woke up to a beautiful sunrise that was absolutely breathtaking. Made it even more difficult to leave … but we left around 8 to head back to Chicago.

We stopped in Asheville at a Waffle House (apparently a “southern road trip essential” – so basically a lot of fricken butter on eggs ha!) and then headed through the mountains back. We had driven through the mountains on our way obviously, but it was at night so it was fun to see it during the day. So beautiful. I started driving around 3 until we stopped in Indianapolis at 9 p.m. for Chipotle (probably the healthiest thing I ate all week).

We listened to a ton of music on the way back plus part of the audio book “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck” which I loved. the only reason we stopped listening to it is because we hit a wall of exhaustion and need to switch to screamo and dirty rap to get us through the rest of the drive. 😉

Our trip was amazing and I’m so grateful to have Ben in my life – someone who would even think of doing something like this and planning it all is pretty special. A lot of people thought we were crazy doing a road trip together, but I loved my time with him away from all of our life/work stress where we could just focus on relaxing together. Even our 32-hours in the car went well together – we only had a couple of weird conversations once the exhaustion hit and our brains were no longer working. I’m so incredibly lucky to have him in my life. 🙂 Okay, enough sap.

That was my trip! I hope you enjoyed reading it. It was fun to look back at all of the things we did, especially since this week is extremely stressful and emotional (my last day at my full-time job was yesterday!) More to come – life it only going to get better, I can feel it.

Have you been to Savannah or Charleston? 
Do you base your trips around food like Ben and I did? 😉 

Road Trip: Magnolia Plantation (Part 2)

Okay, on to the next part of the trip! If you’re behind, check out my first post yesterday for all the details.

On Wednesday, Ben and I got up, headed to the hotel lobby for some breakfast (yummmm) before heading out to the Magnolia Plantation outside of Charleston.

Magnolia Plantation

We walked around the plantation a bit before jumping on the tram tour where our host told us all about the rice plantation, the slaves that used to be there and everything you would want to know about the wildlife there. So fun!

Magnolia Plantation

After the tram, we headed out to eat some lunch (more PB&J and gummy worms – woo!) and then headed to our self-guided swamp tour where we saw and alligator WAY too close for comfort. I was too busy walking very quickly away from it to take a picture while Ben was taking a video, so you’ll just have to imagine it. 😉

Magnolia Plantation

After the swamp tour, we headed out to drive to Savannah. Thankfully it was only a two-ish hour drive, so we got there right around 5 p.m. and headed into B. Matthews for a quick dinner. The food was good, but nothing out of this world. Our bartender (we could only get a bar seat – they were full with reservations) was awesome, though!

B. Matthews

We headed out to Tybee Island (a 20-25 minute drive from downtown Savannah) where we got to our hotel that Ben magically found with an ocean view (smartest guy EVER).

Since we had been go-go-go the last few days, we spent the night watching a funny movie and just listening to the ocean waves crash outside our window. Not a bad way to fall asleep. 🙂

Tomorrow will be my last post from this week-long road trip! It’ll be all about our last day in Savannah and then our drive back to Chicago. I can’t believe the trip is over, but it’s fun to write out these posts.

Have you ever been to plantation?

Road Trip: Charleston, SC (Part 1)

I am SO sad my road trip is over, but SO excited to tell you all about it. Our road trip was five days, so I’m going to split up these posts the best I can!

So, let’s start from the beginning. On Monday (12/26), Ben and I groggily (well, I was groggy at least) got up, packed up my car and left Chicago a little after 7 a.m. We drove straight to Charleston from Chicago, so it was going to be a long day! I wasn’t feeling the best (a weekend of eating bad food for Christmas had my stomach in a tizzy) but luckily the excitement of the trip took over. The weather was pretty rainy for the first few hours until we got through Indiana. We stopped in Kentucky for a slightly longer bit to eat some PB&J, veggies and sour gummy worms (duh). 🙂

After millions more hours (okay, maybe just 6+) and most of  Aziz Ansari’s audio book “Modern Romance: An Investigation,” we stopped in Asheville, NC at Buxton Hall Barbecue for dinner. SO good! There was over an hour wait which was NOT okay, but somehow we walked up to the bar and magically two seats were open so we snatched those up.

Buxton Hall Barbecue

The vibe of the place was awesome and the food was really good! I wish we would’ve been feeling better, but at that point we had been in the car for over 10 hours and just wanted to get to the hotel.

After a quick snafu with the hotel (so … they didn’t have our reservation – thankfully we called and they had it fixed by the time we go there!) we headed into the last 4-5 hours of the drive before pulling into foggy Charleston a little after midnight. We stayed at the Hyatt House. The hotel was very nice and right on King Street in Charleston, which was wonderful for our couple of days there.

After sleeping in a tiny bit on Tuesday, we headed to get some … can you guess?

DONUTS!!!!

Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC

We made a stop at Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts a few blocks up King Street and brought a couple of things back to the hotel to eat! 🙂  We ended up getting a sugar cookie donut (my fav), some sort of caramel donut, apple bacon fritter and then an orange glazed donut. So good!

Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts

The donuts fueled a fun little workout (the only time we had to workout the whole week …)

Charleston Workout

We got ready for the day (AKA I put on the worst walking shoes every … #foreshadowing) and then headed over to Hominy Grill for lunch.

Hominy Grill

I got a fried catfish po-boy sandwich (no picture, imagine that) but Ben got the best thing ever – the Charleston Nasty Biscuit with fried chicken breast, cheddar cheese and sausage gravy. I wish I could’ve eaten it! (Ben supplied me with this picture because I suck.)

Charleston Nasty Biscuit

Once we rolled out of Hominy Grill, we started walking all the way down King Street through downtown Charleston and over to the water.

Downtown Charleston

Downtown Charleston

Downtown Charleston

Downtown Charleston

Downtown Charleston

Downtown Charleston

Photo cred to Ben again ^^ 

We gingerly walked home (because YO GIRL wore the WRONG shoes – ouch), took a quick power nap and got ready to go out for the evening. We made reservations at Eli’s Table, where we had a couple of drinks and some dinner. I had fish, Ben had a steak and it was really good!

Eli's Table - Charleston

We walked a couple of blocks to Bulldog Tours for our Ghost & Dungeon Tour!

Charleston Ghost & Dungeon Tour

While I’m terrified of the dark and ghosts and cemeteries … the tour was so much fun. I highly recommend going on a ghost tour if you ever go to Charleston! We heard some crazy stories (this is the craziest of them!)

Charleston, SC

After the ghost tour, we headed over to the Pavilion Bar for a drink on the rooftop before heading back to the hotel for the night.

Pavilion Bar

And that’s Charleston! Tomorrow I’ll tell you all about our third day at Magnolia Plantation and the first couple of hours in Savannah, GA!

Have you ever been on a road trip?

“Tutu

Recommendations for Charleston –> Savannah

Good morning! Happy Tuesday. I’m falling asleep at my desk, so I figured I’d write a quick little post to pep me up a bit. 🙂

I keep reminding myself that this time next week I’ll be in Charleston with Ben and I’m SO EXCITED. I work today and tomorrow, then the college shuts down until next year. I work at the gym on Thursday night and Christmas Eve morning (my last shift – I’M SO SAD), then head to the Packer game with my mom, then up north for Christmas. Back to Green Bay on Sunday for Christmas with my family, then alllll the way to Chicago that night!

Christmas Puppies

This picture has nothing to do with the post, I just really love puppies.

Ben and I have been pretty spoiled since we started “officially” dating a little over a month ago. We assumed we were going to be long distance for awhile, but I’ve seen him once a week and now I’m moving there so … the universe acts in mysterious ways. Anyway, we’re heading out on our road trip on Monday morning and I couldn’t be more excited. I don’t even think I’ve told you guys about it yet!

Monday morning we’re getting up bright and early and driving to Charleston, SC! 🙂 We’ll have Tuesday and Wednesday in Charleston, and then we’re driving down to Savannah, GA (about a two hour drive from Charleston) on Wednesday night. Then Thursday is in Savannah and early on Friday. We’re still deciding if we’re going to extend the trip a day and drive back on Saturday, but as of right now we’re driving back on Friday. Very short trip, but it’s the only time Ben could get extended time off training his clients and this will probably be the last time I’ll have this much vacation time for awhile! We’re super excited.

So, have any of you been to Charleston or Savannah? Any tips? How about any road trippers out there? How do we stay sane?

I appreciate any help!

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Weekend Recap: Homecoming 2016

And the crazy weekend is over – woooohoooo!

Saturday my day started out pretty early with a trip to the gym. Had to get it in!

Workout outfit from TJ Maxx

After an upper body + HIIT workout, it was off to the Homecoming tailgate!

Homecoming 2016

It was actually a pretty slow tailgate for us this year, but we still had a good chunk of people stop by!

After the tailgate, we went back to the house (my office is in a house) and unloaded the truck/ate/sat down for a couple of minutes. Then the rest of the afternoon was spent running around campus, checking in on smaller reunions and getting our “After Party” tent all set up.

Food truck at Homecoming

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The After Party went all night and I was whooped. I got home around 9 p.m. and went straight to bed.

Sunday morning I slept in a little and then started in on my social media freelance … and was interrupted by a pug. 🙂

Work

Pug Distraction

I got done with my social around 3 and then cleaned the apartment as best I could, did laundry, went to the gym, went grocery shopping, meal prepped … and then died. Just kidding – but it was a pretty crazy “weekend” if you can even call it that.

This morning I got up at 5 (somehow) and got in a shoulders + HIIT workout.

Workout outfit from TJ Maxx

And now it’s back to work!

TJ Maxx Work Outfit

Here’s to a productive week – last week before my travel month starts up. Madison (for fun) this weekend to visit my wonderful friend Lindsay and hopefully a TON more trips to Chicago next month. I’m telling you … I just need to be there permanently. 😉

How was your weekend?
What are you doing for Halloween weekend?

Let’s have coffee

I love these types of posts. Whether it’s coffee, tea, diet code red mountain dew (my teeth are going to rot off, I swear) … I love getting coffee with a friend and catching up. Since I don’t have many in-person coffee dates planned, let’s have one together!

Coffee Date

If we were having coffee …

I’d tell you about the awesome, life-changing and uplifting trip I had to Chicago last week. Do any of you ever just “click” with someone, something, some place? That’s how I felt with Chicago. I’ve always liked it there, but this last time just solidified things for me. Even a few of you who watched my video noticed how happy I was, which is crazy to me that you can see that!

I’d ask you a million and one questions, because that’s what I do. I love hearing about things happening in my friends lives, whether it’s how passionate they are about their work, a new person joining their family, a funny date story … I love it. So how about you tell me something about you in the comments? I’d love to hear it. 🙂

I’d probably spill some of my drink on myself, let’s be real.

I’d tell you about a huge weight being lifted off my shoulders. After over a year of being denied by loan refinancing companies, one finally refinanced my loan based on my credit score instead of solely based on my very low salary. So, my payments were supposed to go up to $867 in January (per month) … and the loan refinancing company cut that in half. It’s a HUGE weight off my shoulders and a little more manageable. Seriously, check out SoFi if you’re struggling with student loans (or any type of personal debt).

You’d probably ask me about my dating life because, well … that’s what people ask single people. It’s okay, though. I’m used to it. I’d tell you I’m not actively seeking anyone, not online dating, none of that. I’d tell you that I’ve given up on the dating scene where I live a long time ago because I have no intention of staying in the area forever, which obviously hinders my dating life. Now, if you prod a little bit more, I’d probably tell you about someone that currently has my “attention”, so to speak, but I’m nervous about it. Girl has been burned quite a few times, so I am apprehensive. But you would be able to see past the nervousness and see that I’m more excited than nervous. We’ll see what happens. 🙂 (<— I’m THE BEST at being vague enough that ya’ll will hate me)

I’d ask you your opinion on what to wear for a wedding next month because girl is BAD at making decisions.

I’d ask you about your favorite hair stylist … hair is a big deal for me and I haven’t had mine done in almost a year. Whoops …

I’d tell you about how crazy my November is going to be for work – just the full-time job. I have five events next month, but four of them require overnight travel. Nov. 3: Madison, Nov. 10: Minneapolis (overnight), Nov. 15-18: Chicago (multiple overnights). I’d tell you that I’m excited about it, because getting out of the office and being at my events is the best feeling. Although, you would probably be able to tell that I’m hopeful for new opportunities soon.

I’d tell you that we need to have coffee more often because I miss being with like-minded, fun, energetic, driven people. So, I’d basically beg you to be my friend all the time. 😉

Linking up with Amanda!

I asked you above, but if we were getting coffee, what would you want to talk about? What would you ask me? What kind of drink would you get?

It’s not good-bye, it’s see you later (Hawaii 2016 Recap)

Okay, this is going to be long and full of pictures. Get ready. 🙂

Thursday: Travel + Aloha, Hawaii!
My day started off full of anxiety, of course. I left Saige’s house in Milwaukee around 5 a.m. for the airport, parked and got ready for a 10-ish hour day of flying.

Hawaii Trip

The little flight from Milwaukee to Chicago was terrifying – it was too short of a flight to take my anxiety medication and it was a TINY plane, so very bumpy. Luckily my long flight from Chicago to Honolulu was very comfortable and smooth. Plus, I was so excited, so that helped!

With the 5-hour time change, I arrived on Oahu around 1:30 p.m. to my wonderful best friend.

Hawaii Trip

We quickly got lunch, dropped my stuff off at her place and then went to get our nails done. Part of that day is foggy, so I don’t remember all the details, but I met her boyfriend (Cody) and two roommates (Ronnie and Dave). Michelle, Dave and I ended up getting dinner at a Korean BBQ place and then went to bed.

Hawaii Trip

Friday: Beach day! 
Honestly, I loved the entire trip, but this was probably my favorite day. I spent the entire day with Michelle and it was so relaxing! We went up to Turtle Bay first and laid out on the beach …

Hawaii Trip

We got lunch at a shrimp truck and then roamed around some more beaches.

Hawaii Trip

Then we went to Hale’iwa, went through some shops, got some shaved ice (OMG SO GOOD) …

Hawaii Trip

And roamed around some more on the beach.

Hawaii Trip

Then we went to the Dole Plantation and got some Dole Whip (HOLY CRAP – SO GOOD)

Hawaii Trip

Hawaii Trip

We went back to Michelle’s house and cuddled the pups before going out in Honolulu for the night.

Hawaii Trip

Meet Duffy – the only man a girl needs (+ Bruce – the other pup at the house. OMG I loved those dogs)

Michelle and I left to go get appetizers / Lava Flow drinks before meeting up with Cody and Dave and two of Michelle’s friends at a couple of bars.

Hawaii Trip

Saturday: Mermaid Caves
Saturday was a bit rainy (though still super warm) so Michelle and I went to look for the Mermaid Caves.

Hawaii Trip

Hawaii Trip

And we found them! But I was too chicken to go inside (what else is new).

After the caves, we met Cody at the house and took off for sushi in Honolulu, followed by car shopping (and meeting another dog!!!!)

Hawaii Trip

The pit bull’s name was Snooze … I mean, I can’t.

After that, Cody took us through the base he works on and then back home we went. Michelle and I snuck out for some froyo and TJ Maxx (OBVIOUSLY) and then back to the house to watch Mulan 2 which I had NO idea existed.

Hawaii Trip

And I cried watching it, obviously. Please excuse the f-word.

In fact, I was introduced to all kinds of interesting things on Saturday night. Including cockroaches and weird music videos.

Hawaii Trip

Sunday: Costco, Hanuma Bay & Hiking
Michelle and I started out the day going to Costco with Cody and Dave – probably the most fun I’ve ever had at Costco. 😉 Then, Michelle and I decided to be beach babes again (duh) and went to lay on another beach, Hanuma Bay (P.S. thank God for the iPhone putting locations on pictures you take, otherwise I’d forget the names of all of these places).

Hawaii Trip

Hawaii Trip

Hawaii Trip

After a sufficient amount of sunshine and swimming (aka Michelle swimming and me wading where I could still touch), we headed out to go for a hike – I think it was called the Lighthouse Hike? Maybe? I don’t remember, but basically it was completely paved so it wasn’t too scary.

Hawaii Trip

Hawaii Trip

Do you spy the awesome sunburn lines?

Hawaii Trip

Isn’t my best friend beautiful? And brave – I was too chicken to go out to the ledge. 🙂

Once we got home, we took showers (seriously, how does sand get EVERYWHERE), hung out with the pups and headed out for dinner in Honolulu.

Hawaii Trip

We had a long wait, so we took it as an opportunity to take a bunch of selfies and chat about life. Without getting too sappy, let’s just say I miss my best friend. She always pushes me to do things that scare me!

Hawaii Trip

Monday: Beaches + Pups
Imagine this – WE WENT TO THE BEACH AGAIN!

Hawaii Trip

Hawaii Trip

Hawaii Trip

I think this one was called Kailua … or Lanikai. My phone says both. Basically it was a beach in Hawaii with sand and the ocean. 🙂

We went to lunch, but I did NOT feel well at all. Probably way too much sun (I got super sunburned this day) and too little water. So we went back to Michelle’s for awhile before heading to the Kate Spade outlet (which I talked about in my video yesterday!)

After that, Michelle, Cody, Dave, Duffy, Bruce and I (I promise we hung out with Ronnie, too – he was just always busy during the day!) went back to base to look for the dog beach. We ended up driving all over and taking the dogs out. I was lucky enough to see the USS Utah Memorial as well.

Hawaii Trip

Hawaii Trip

Duffy was afraid of the water, so Michelle had to go in with him. 🙂

Hawaii Trip

Hawaii Trip

I never realize how much taller she is than me until pictures like this. #forevertheshortfriend

We ended up eating on base (salad, pina colada and a s’mores dessert for me, yesssss please) where we could see the planes taking off / landing and then going back and hanging out at Michelle’s with more pina coladas.

Tuesday: Pearl Harbor + Me Crying By Myself 😉
Tuesday started out SUPER early (well, 6:30 a.m.) to get over to Pearl Harbor in time to get free tickets. This was one of the most beautiful and haunting places I’ve ever been.

Hawaii Time

Hawaii Time

Hawaii Time

Hawaii Time

Hawaii Time

After that, Michelle and I went up to the Disney Resort to go back on the beach and get some shaved ice. 🙂

Hawaii Trip

Hawaii Trip

And we ended the night with a luau!

Hawaii Trip

Hawaii Trip

Hawaii Trip

So, so, so much fun, but I was so, so, so sad. The entire day I felt this giant pit in my stomach because I knew I had to leave the next day.

Wednesday/Thursday: Flight back home
I slept in a tiny bit, went and got malasadas with Michelle and then cuddled the pups for awhile, sobbing here and there in between. 😉

Hawaii Trip

Duffy!

Hawaii Trip

And big ol’ Bruce – he was too tired to wake up for me. 🙂

I spent the morning chatting with Michelle for my last remaining hours on the island. She dropped me off at the airport around 1:30 and I basically bawled my way through the entire process.

Hawaii Trip

Thankfully the flight wasn’t too bad. While in Hawaii, Dave (who is a pilot) basically told/showed me everything about flying, so I felt a lot better about the flight (minus the part that meant I was leaving). Luckily I pulled myself together by the time I got on the plane, and watched some shows while we flew home.

Hawaii Trip

The long flight wasn’t too bad, but again the tiny plane was super bumpy. But I survived!

Hawaii Trip

Hawaii Trip

Once I landed in Milwaukee, I drove the two hours back to Green Bay and arrived at 8:30 a.m. central time on Thursday (so … 3:30 a.m. Hawaii time) and fell asleep for five hours. The rest of the weekend I talked about on Monday, but it’s been a struggle re-adjusting and I miss everything about Hawaii – especially Michelle.

So, that’s the condensed version of my trip! I felt so at peace the whole time I was there and I loved it so much.

Have you ever been to Hawaii? What do you think of it?

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