Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Panama City beach, Florida

We spent a day in Panama City Beach, Florida, this weekend. It's such a crazy little town. Some other friends recommended we go to a different, more quaint, town, but we kinda wanted to see what PCB was about. We had heard a lot about it - mostly that it's a popular destination for spring breakers... 

It's definitely unique and there's plenty to do. I would say it's a smaller version of Las Vegas, and a little more family friendly. But it definitely has a Vegas "vibe." 

Here are some things we saw...

An upside down building

A ship-shaped building

A safari themed putput place 

There were so many unique places that we didn't get pictures of. As well as some HUGE hotels. 

I'm glad we got to see what Panama City Beach is like, but I don't think we will be going back. I think next time we plan to visit Seaside, FL, where they filmed The Truman Show. Ah, we're getting old arent we? We'd rather stroll through quaint beach towns than party it up... Haha to be honest I've always preferred strolling and shopping in a cute village to a wild party. 

On our drive back it poured rain. 

What did you do for Labor Day weekend?

Xo,
Julie 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Beach and friends

One of my bestests friends since childhood came to visit this weekend. She drove down from Nashville with her husband and it was just what I needed. It has been so good to spend time with like-minded people (fried food is bad! Organic food is good! Try telling that to a southerner! Lol) and spend some time at the beach. I definitely got spoiled last year when we lived within walking distance of the gorgeous Rio beaches!! 

Even though we only spent one afternoon at the beach, I feel refreshed and happy. Now if only I could convince her and her husband to move to Alabama! 


Xoxo,
Julie 


Photos taken with my iPhone 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Updates and Changes

Hello!  It's been awhile since I've posted.  Even longer since I've posted regularly.  When I was in Rio, I blogged just about every day.  It helped fill the lonely days and gave me something to look forward to.  I was only working part time and didn't have many friends, so blogging gave me a community to connect with.  It definitely saved my sanity.

Now that I'm teaching full time, I still WANT to blog, but just haven't had the energy yet.  As many of you know, we moved from Rio to California and then from California to Alabama... and then I started teaching right away.  The transition has been exhausting and, almost a month later, I'm still not feeling 100%.  I come home from school feeling like a zombie.  I go to bed before 9pm every night.  I feel so pathetic... and old.

I also feel pressure.  Pressure to blog, pressure to finish our road trip vlog, pressure to say something so that I won't lose any followers.  It's all self-inflicted, I know, but I can't help it.  I don't want to give up my blog yet.  We have so many adventures planned, lots of places we want to explore, that I just don't think it's right to stop blogging.  However, the posts might be few and far between, and that makes me feel guilty.

Can I accept that I might lose followers (or not gain followers)?  Can I accept that the content might not be as interesting as Christ the Redeemer, the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, or cute little monkeys?

Whether I like it or not, that's how it's going to be for awhile.  Maybe things will settle down, I'll get into more of a routine, feel more rested, have more energy, and I'll start preparing more blog posts to share.  In the meantime, I'll just have to get to it when I get to it.  I do hope that all my lovely readers will continue to check back from time to time (or better yet, subscribe!), so that when I DO share something interesting, you'll be the first to know!

In the meantime, here are some Instagrams of our road trip:


CRACKER BARREL!



Roadtrip entertainment

The most interesting gas station in America?

Mario?  Are you there?

You know you're in the South when...


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XOXO,

Julie


P.S.
I'm still reading all the blogs I follow but I'm not commenting as much anymore...  :(