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11 Nov

This weekend we are driving to Jacksonville!  There is a Soul Food festival were going to attend on Saturday.  there are some great groups performing such as the SOS Band, George Clinton, Parliament Funakdelic and a few other old school groups.  I get to spend time with my family who lives in Jacksonville.  I would say I’m geared up and ready to go…but, I’m not.  We will be leaving in a couple of hours, and I have yet to pack. Because I looked at the weather forecast!

What? Why am I seeing 3o’s and 60’s? In Florida?   What I’m I supposed to wear now? Dang! I’m obviously not a fan of cold weather.

How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?

Stay Warm!

Natasha

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Planes, Trains, and RV’s

27 Oct

I’m not a big fan of traveling by car, not one bit. I prefer to travel by plane. I find that flying is quicker, less  hassle, and often less expensive. But, when it comes to traveling to (my alma  mater)University of Florida football games my first choice by far, is an RV. I was so against RV’s when Dr. B initially suggested it. I had visions of retired couples at Yellowstone. Not my type of fun. But,  I’ll try anything once, and I’m so glad I did.

This is the real deal Holdyfield! It's a house on wheels!

Bernard's dream RV, a Class B diesel pusher.

An RV elevates your tailgating style to a whole ‘nother’ level. Most can sleep 4-10 people, so you drinking and driving isn’t an issue.

His and her recliners

The living room is big enough for me to do my Billy Blanks workouts!

Full size bed

RV’s even come with a fully equipped kitchen so you can save money by cooking instead of eating out.

Freezer and refrigerator

Gas stove, oven, and stainless steel sink

Hardwood floors and leather seating are standard in most RV’s

This dining room section converts to a bed!

This sofa converts to a bed!

RV’s have many other great features that makes it a home away from home… just perfect for tailgating!

Now, do you see why it wasn’t a hard sell to convince me?

This is the model we rented. A Class C, 32 Ft.

Were on our way to the FL vs GA football game! Were staying in RV City with the other UF  tailgating faithfuls!  Have a great weekend.

Natasha

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‘Newlyweds’ in Nassau, The Bahamas

24 Oct

Dr. B trying out a Cuban cigar.

This weekend my husband and I took a short vacation to Nassau, The Bahamas. What a hugely fantastic time we had!  My last trip to  Nassau was in 2006, a day-long stop on a 4-day Caribbean cruise.  I fell in love with this island nation the minute I set foot on its soil.  I grew up at the beach, and so I have a deep love for all things tropical.  One of my uncles told me last Christmas that a family member who is researching our family tree, mentioned that we have descendents from the islands.  I would not be surprised if I in fact my family roots stem from the Bahamas.  Both my husband’s mom and dad are from the Bahamas.  So you see, it was like going home for us.

After we arrived, we stumbled across the 16th annual International Cultural Festival!!  If you’re not familiar with The Bahamas, then you might not know that the island is home to Afro-Bahamians (black), Euro-Bahamians (white) and Indo-Bahamians (Asian/Indian) populations.  The internationally diverse history of The Bahamas, makes for eye-opening and enriching experience. Additionally there is A sprinkling of Cubans, Spanish, Scottish, and Greeks!  The festival exists to strengthened the bond between the Bahamians and its international residents:

The Festival fosters friendly relations and understanding between Bahamians and the international resident community. This high quality organic experience that emerged from members of the community has become an international signature event that serves to demonstrate just how diverse and cosmopolitan The Bahamas has become.

The Festival also provides a global platform for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration to encourage foreign countries to consider staging food and cultural weeks as well as host more trade missions to The Bahamas. Strategically, this makes The Bahamas a far more interesting and sophisticated place to live and visit by broadening and deepening the vacation experience and quality of life that’s available here.

It’s literally one big party! This was by far the best cultural/arts festival I have ever been to!  The atmosphere was great, everyone was having a good time.  We met tons of great people, ate too much great tasting food, and indulged in lots of Kalik (Bahamanian beer).  I am definitely looking forward to going back.

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Hurricane Irene: Vacation Crusher

22 Aug

The downside to living in Florida is Hurricane season. Dr. B and I planned on spending the upcoming weekend in Daytona Beach. We have some Hilton Honors points that we are trying to use before the year-end. But, oh no! Mrs. hurricane Irene said, No Bueno! Yo two are staying home this weekend 😦 I love, love, love Florida. But those damn hurricanes have a tendency to ruin the best made plans.

According to the National Weather Service Irene has already strengthened to a category 2 storm. If you’re not familiar with hurricanes: #1, you obviously don’t live in Florida, and #2 category 2 storms have a wind speed of 75 to 110 mph. Irene is projected to it category 3 (winds over 110 mph), and ride right up the coast of Florida.

One advantage to hurricanes in Florida over, say tornadoes in Kansas, is at least you have fair warning that a hurricane is coming. With a tornado there is little to no warning…except for a loud freakin noise that sounds like a train.

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Funny Salt Lake City Tourist T-Shirts

22 Feb

Salt Lake City has a reputation as being a strict no-frills city due to it’s Mormon roots.  Much to my delight SLC was filled with friendly people who are very proud of their city and it’s “unique” history.  But, they are also very funny and can see the humor in their history and they aren’t afraid to say so.  Just check out these cute t-shirts I spotted during our trip!

Have you spotted a crazy tourist t-shirt?

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Tubing at Gorgoza Park: A Post in Pictures

14 Feb

Beautiful scenery on our way up to Park City

Having a drink in O'Shucks, a pub in Park City

Dr. B ready to tackle the tubing slopes

The tubing slopes

Our friends Matt and Laura

View from the top. How beautiful is that?

Matt and Laura's son Christan

 

Dr. B going up the tubing lift

This was my first time tubing, and it was more fun than I expected.  Have you ever been tubing, did you like it?

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Day Three in SLC

13 Feb

Today is our third day I’m Salt Lake City, Utah. Thus far, It’s been a very memorable trip :-). Friday evening we went to a burlesque show. Yep! It was old-fashion burlesque, Utah style ! The show was put on by The Candy Cabinet Cabaret, and held in a live entertainment venue called the Woodshed(need I say more).  My favorite performance was the 60-ish woman performing a burlesque belly dance – she had 3 stomachs, but she had a lot of rhythm, and some great moves.
Saturday we headed up to Brighton Ski Resort for ski lessons.  The weather was beautiful.  It was 40 degrees, and sunny on the mountain, which made for perfect skiing weather.  My biggest fear was that I would be soo cold and miserable that I would hate skiing.  But, I had on several layers underneath my ski clothes and the sun was shining bright – so I was able to enjoy the lessons without being cold.  OMG, the lessons were soo much fun.  I really enjoyed learning how to ski.  It’s a lot of hard work, I didn’t realize the ski boot wear a ton.  By the end of the lesson, I was able to take the ski lift up to the beginners slope, and go down the hill while completing a few turns on the way down!  After our lesson, Dr. B and I stayed a Brighton for a few more hours and continued to practice what we learned.

Today were going up to Park City, Utah which is where the Sundance Film Festival is held, and where the 2002 Winter Olympics took place.  Were going to find a nice restaurant for breakfast, tour the city, and then go tubing at Gorgoza Park with a few friends.  I’ve heard soo much about Park City’s restaurants, shops, and cultural centers, so I’m really looking forward to today’s excursion.

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