Archive for November, 2013

Travel: Selfies (part 1)

My mind, body, and heart are so much happier since I’ve arrived in Thailand. I find clarity in the most random people or adventures. While my mind does sometimes wander to places I wish didn’t exist, my heart (and belly) are happier…fuller most days. Without further ado, my first 5 days in selfies.

Day 1 – ready to fly to Bangkok


Day 2 – layover in Seoul


Day 3 – hanging out with this guy at the Grand Palace, Bangkok


Day 4 – 22 mile cycling tour of the Bangkok countryside


Day 5 – arrived in Chiang Mai and the city is preparing for Loy Krathong.


Stay tuned, 45 days remaining! 🙂


Life: Thank you

The past 2 months have felt like an eternity and it’s been a long old road to get back to even seeing a semblance of the person I used to feel like inside. Last night felt like a turning point and was one of the first times anything felt right at all.


Maybe the beer was extra tasty, but it probably had something to do with all my amazing friends (near and far, pictured and not pictured). So whether or not anyone really takes the time to read this, I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you to my friends and to the universe for showing me who and what really matters.

In other news, less than 24 hours until I’m on a plane and my November and December adventures commence. October was a blur, but there were many great adventures sprinkled in there. I never got to cross off the botanical gardens or the American History Museum, but I’ll be back and it leaves a goal for January at least!

Lastly, I don’t know how often I’ll get to update the blog while I’m away, but I do plan on trying to post photos. You can also find me on Instagram (linky loo over in the side column). Stalk you later peeps, it’s time for my adventure of a lifetime!

Weekend review: Running Hare Vineyard

This past weekend felt more on-the-go than previous ones as I was just trying to tick off all the little to-dos before next Sunday! There were a few dinners with friends, light shopping, a hair appointment, and even a trip to a vineyard with my friend Sandra and my sister.


My sis and I had planned a vineyard outing awhile back and I was going to find a few in Northern VA for us to visit; however, after finding a deal for Running Hare Vineyard (located in Prince Frederick, MD) the other week, this became our destination. It was almost too good to be true – a tasting for 2, 2 souvenir glasses, and any bottle of wine from the tasting menu for just $20! Mega steal! Plus, you could bring a wee picnic and make a day of it listening to the live music.

On the flip side of that, in an effort to use up most of the food I had before travels, my friend Sandra and I made grape leaves. Since she’s Egyptian and my dad’s side of the family is Lebanese, it was fun to compare recipes and styles. In the end, they came out brilliantly and we knew they would be perfect for our winery picnic.

So off we went to Prince Frederick and enjoyed the fall foliage along the way. We arrived around 1, enjoyed our tasting, and then set ourselves in the sun to enjoy our bottle of wine and our homemade noms. We had so much fun we ended up staying until 5 when the sun started to set and the crowd started to dwindle. It was a beautiful vineyard and one I’d definitely visit again!


Life: Rock bottom

This past week has been an emotional roller coaster with mostly downhill slides; I even thought multiple times I had hit rock bottom. It has to be one the hardest things to pull yourself up by your boot straps when you aren’t even sure where you put your boots. After many cries, many kitty cuddles, and some stern talks from my friends I woke up feeling slightly relieved. In fact, before I even opened my eyes this morning, I told myself that today was going to be better than yesterday. I have to stop allowing people to punish me when for once, I can say, I’m not the one who did anything wrong.

I’m taking back my life, starting today. Better late than never, right? Asia is coming up in 9 days and it is my second chance at happiness. It will not be wasted.

And because I’m a giant cheese-ball, here is some pin-spiration that got me through the week.



And because I’ve recently become a massive Dr. Who fanatic, this one is just pure gold:



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