Wednesday, September 30, 2015

What Ha-"Pinning" [Vol. 4]


It may officially be fall but Texas hasn't gotten the message yet.  There is absolutely no physical evidence that the season has changed.  But that doesn't mean that I haven't brought it into my house!  Last weekend I went on a Fall/Halloween decor shopping spree and spent most of Sunday afternoon decorating.

I still feel like I need a few more items before the house looks complete.  One of those things being a new wreath.  Confession: I just took down my Spring wreath on Sunday. It even still said "Spring" on it.  In my defense I only had it up there because I don't have a fall wreath to replace it with.  Nor do I have a Halloween one.  But thankfully my friend Ashtyn is a wreath making genius!  And she has graciously offered to help me make both a Fall and a Halloween wreath this weekend.

Enter: PINTEREST!!  She told me to scour Pinterest for some wreaths I like and than she'll tell me what to buy from Hobby Lobby before we meet on Sunday.

Here are my inspirations:

Halloween

                                    (via)                                                                              (via)
                                                           
                                       (via)                                                                           (via)  

Fall
                                           (via)                                                                        (via)


                                         (via)                                                                           (via)

Obviously I will be sharing our wreath making efforts next week. And I could not be more excited.

I've also been searching Pinterest for ways to spruce up my fall wardrobe.  It's still not up to par especially since moving back to Texas where it actually does get cold.  Unlike Florida where people just think it does because they're  so used to it be hot all the time.

Here are some of my favorites:

                         (via)                                                 (via)                                              (via)


I'm especially interested in adding a vest or two to my closet.  They look SO cute paired with jeans!  And that white sweater in the first outfit looks so comfy and cozy I feel like I would be living in it for the fall and winter.  Now just need to find all these things in my favorite stores and I'm good to go!

And that my friends is What's Ha-"Pinning" with me!

Happy Hump Day! Linking up with Jenn and Jess!


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Day in the Floating City


After an exhausting, fun-filled day exploring Verona, we jumped on the bus one last time and headed for Venice.  I had been given mixed reviews of Venice when I told people we would be stopping there.  Some said it was their favorite Italian city and others said it was overrated.  Well having now been there myself I think I have mixed feelings about Venice.  

Here is how our time in Venice was spent.

So we arrived at our hotel after our very last bus ride and one very bumpy boat ride.  I was in heaven when I saw the hotel.  I mean look at these pictures.  It was the picture perfect little cottage turned hotel.  Actually I believe our hotel used to be a  chateau of some sort and was owned by a single family.  The inside had a strange mix of  antique furniture and weird tribal decor.  It was very strange I completely forgot to take pictures of the inside.  So enjoy these of the outside!








We had dinner at our hotel that night and then we hit the hay because we had an early morning the next day.  Our hotel was about a 20 minute boat ride from the main island of Venice so we had some great views of the outskirts of the city.  

When we got to the main island we headed straight for Piazza de San Marco.  




One of the reasons I was so excited to see Venice in person is because of my history with Disney.  As you know I worked at Epcot and at Epcot we have the World Showcase.  And one of the main sights when you get out to the World Showcase is Piazza de San Marco.  Specifically Epcot has exact replicas of the Campanile Tower, the Doges Palace, and the two columns located between the palace and the tower.  When I did the Segway tours as a Guest Relations Hostess I talked specifically about all three items.  So seeing them in person in all their glory was absolutely AH-MAZING!

i took about a thousand pictures of them to share with my Disney friends.






Our first stop of the day was to a glass blowing factory/shop.  We had a private glass blowing demonstration and had the opportunity to browse through some of their amazing creations.  Venitian glass is very gaudy but has it's own beauty at the same time.  Unfortunately everything a little too expensive for me but it was so neat getting to see them make it and the final creations.

Following that we had about an hour to do a little exploring and then it was time for our guided walking tour of the city.  We started at St. Mark's Basilica.  Talk about breathtaking.  It was absolutely stunning and the amount of work and detail in this church is mind-blowing.

Following the church we started exploring the city.  Our tour guide was so knowledgeable about the city but he was not at all personable himself.  So while we learned about the entire history of Venice I'm sad to say it was very boring.  And it was HOT so that combination is never good.  Most of us were very glad when the tour was over.  But I did manage to take some great pictures of the city and it's canals.











After the tour we had lunch.  A delightful seafood pasta that I loved and some chocolate gelato with fresh strawberries!  We had about an hour to get some shopping done.  And then it was time for a must when you  visit Venice.  That's right!  A gondola ride!  Again we had some great views and I would definitely say that you must take gondola ride through the city if it is your first visit.  But I probably would skip it next time I'm in the city.  






I'll be honest, after the gondola ride we were ready to head back to the hotel.  But our water taxi back to the hotel wasn't until 5:00 and we were done with the gondola ride at around 3:00.  But we had seen what we wanted to see of the city.  In hindsight, I probably should have done more research on this city so we had a better idea of what to do after the gondola ride.  But I had no idea of the timeline for the day so, there ya go.

We ended up strolling along more of the canals.  We found some fun little Venetian shops with tradition Venetian masks and other theatrical looking items.  We had more gelato (obviously) and sat in the square and did some people watching.  I wish we had gone a little deeper in to the city rather than sticking with more touristy spots.  But we still had a good time doing what we did.

Next time I will explore more of the internal parts of the city a la Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmerman.








Overall I did enjoy my time in Venice. I got myself a lovely navy blue Longchamp purse for half the price I would have gotten in the States.  So that was great.  I had some really tasty food, and I got to see some sights I had been dying to see in person.  Would I go back?  Yes I think I would.  Would I recommend visiting the city to others.  Absolutely.  You MUST see Venice at least once in your life.

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Well I only have one post left dedicated to reliving my amazing two weeks in Europe.  You'll get to hear all about our final destination...ROMA!

Linking up for Travel Tuesday! :)


Monday, September 28, 2015

The Weekend


Why is it that weekends go by so quickly.  WHY?!  I propose that we change Friday to a weekend day and then we all just work 4 days a week rather than 5!  I feel like everyone would be ok with that idea.  Don't you?  I need to find out who can make that happen for me.  At least in my school district.

Thankfully this is gonna be a fairly short week for me.  I have a professional development day on Wednesday, meaning I will be at school but won't actually be teaching.  And we have a half day on Friday since it's then end of our first 6 weeks of school.  Good lord, it's already been 6 weeks since we've started school.  This year is flying by.  

Well I had a pretty great weekend.  Thus one of the reasons I'm so bummed it's over.   

Here were the highlights:

- Chaperoned the first dance of the school year.  It was hilarious watching these 6th, 7th, and 8th graders dance to music that is entirely inappropriate and laugh at how awkward they all are.  In case you're wondering I know how to NeNe and Hit the Quan now.  

-Dinner Friday with a friend from work.  Y'all we got there at 5:30 and didn't leave until abut 9:15.  Completely lost track of time.  (It's a male co-worker by the way! ;) )  We'll see where this goes.

- Volleyball tournament all morning Saturday.  I treated myself to a Pumpkin Spice Latte so it made getting up at 5:30 on a Saturday much more bearable.  We lost the first two games and won the last one, so at least we went out on a high note!

-Spent Saturday afternoon tailgating/watching the Texas State vs. University of Houston football game.  It was so great seeing so many friends from college.  We lost (horribly, we left at halftime) but I was still glad I went.  Eat Em Up CATS! 







- Sunday was spent being very lazy and I loved it.

- Watched Hotel Transylvania which was surprisingly very good.

- Went and stocked up on Fall/Halloween decorations and spent the afternoon decorating.  I love this time of year.  Cannot wait to get my Christmas stuff out!

 
-Bought some new coffee mugs.  Three to be exact, thank you Home Goods.  I have been wanting some new ones for forever and am so happy with the ones I bought.  Keep an eye out on Instagram for them! :)

- Set my Instagram to private.  A student found me.  Which is a big no no, so I had to set it to private before any others did.  I'm gonna have to have her unfollow me today.  womp womp

-Watched the season premier of both The Amazing Race and Once Upon a Time.  Jenny actually knows one of the guys competing this season so it will make it even more fun to watch it.  Go #TeamTexas!  As for Once Upon A Time...well I was slightly disappointed but just like with Grey's Anatomy I'll lee watching because I have to know what happens.  

Pretty great weekend!  Now off to get my Monday over with!

Have a great week friends!

Ps.  Be sure to come back tomorrow because I'm talking all about Venice! :)

Linking up with Biana!


Friday, September 25, 2015

Oh Hey Friday!


Ok first of all, TFIG.  Second of all, how funny is that picture.  I laughed entirely too hard at this when I saw it last night.  Genius.  And now all I want are some french fries.  McDonald's fries to be exact.  Yum.

Well another great week is gone.  And just like that it's the last weekend in September.  This time next week we will be saying Hello October!  Thank goodness because I am so ready for cooler weather, boots and scarves.  As I'm sure all good bloggers are! :)

And now it's time for the usual around here:




[one]  We lost out third volleyball game of the season but I'm so proud of my girls because they played so well! We only lost by 2 points and we really worked for it.  So it was a good lose.

[two] Jenny and I went to the 8th grade football game this week.  The boys in my class kept asking me if I was going to the game and I was finally able to say yes!  We won!  And it was fun watching a little Tuesday night football.


[three] I watched Grey's Anatomy's season premier last night and I'm still 100% a fan.  I don't care what anyone says.  And even without Derek Shepard, the show is still good.  I will watch it until the very end and I'm not at all ashamed of that.

[four] I made the tastiest pasta dish this week.  I got the recipe from Pinterest....obviously and it was delicious!  If you're looking for a yummy and easy dinner head to my Pinterest, click Edible Eats and look for the Creamy Spinach Tortellini pin.  And here's a picture of another #PinterestWin


[five]  I'm so excited for this weekend.  We have a volleyball tournament tomorrow and then after that I'm meeting some college friends at our alma mater's (Texas State) football game.  They're playing the University of Houston.  Here's hoping they win!  GO BOBCATS!

Hope y'all have a great weekend!
Till Monday!