Saturday, April 28, 2012

365 Grateful - Week 17

April 22, 2012
...for precious old photos.

April 23, 2012
...for the unexpected cold front that decided to swing by on one of my last FL days.

April 24, 2012
...for new albums that pleasantly surprise me.

April 25, 2012
...for a lovely lunch with one of my favorite Ocalians.

April 26, 2012
...for all the quirks of the OSO office that I know I'll miss.

April 27, 2012
...for goodbye shindigs and the amazing people who took the time to make it special! 

April 28, 2012
...for my cloud of a bed (that has now been sold and taken away - hmph).

My Favorite New Duo - Round 2

The two of them together make me so happy. 
I don't know why, I don't know how, but it just works.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Bluefield Estate Winery

Last Sunday, I had (what felt like) was the first day to myself in a long, LONG time. Between work, going home for Easter, and more work, this was my first day to breathe/sleep/catch up on life/hang with friends - which of course means Kristin and I are hangin'! A couple of months ago, I got an email about a Living Social deal for a wine tasting at the Bluefield Estate Winery just outside of Gainesville. On Sunday, we took advantage. It was the perfect sunny FL day, and we were ready to become those wine connoisseurs we always knew we could be. 

We arrived at the quaint little farm, quite literally out in the middle of nowhere, and didn't see another soul in sight. We made our way inside the winery, and what do ya know, there were tons of people crowded around a tiny bar trying various wines! We squeezed into a spot at the bar, and began to order our samples. We tried everything -- we tried blueberry wine, we tried a white wine, we even tried an orange wine. Our favorite, however, was the pomegranate wine, and as a part of the Living Social deal, I was able to take home a bottle! As we were trying out the wines, we were given a sheet to fill in our thoughts on the various wines. Some of our obviously very knowledgeable and experienced wine drinker comments included: 

"It's like...whoa"
"Reminds me of a bad mixed drink from XS"
"Reminds me of a headache!"

Despite the above negativity, the majority of the wines really were delicious! 

Once we had our fill, we ventured out into the vineyard. It was small, but certainly gets the job done. They grow both grapes, AND blueberries - as their main wine is a blueberry wine. 

(Literally, whenever I say that word, I think of that "Muffins" YouTube video from like 5 years ago - and I laugh. And I laugh some more. What ever happened to that guy??)

They also had horses! We had to pet them, of course. This guy was so sweet.

Once we had gotten our fill of the horses, sunshine and wine, we headed home, but took the long way through a tiny little town called Windsor - which pretty much consisted of 2 or 3 big old victorian houses situated along a beautiful tree-lined road. It was pretty fantastic. I'll miss little things like that when I'm in DC! 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

365 Grateful - Week 16

April 15, 2012
...for Sunday afternoon winery adventures with McDoogs!

April 16, 2012
...for our newest addition to the Wickham family...Zooey Deschanel Wickham!
(They don't know it yet, but yes, that will be her middle name)

April 17, 2012
...for a cool sky, an evening breeze, and another day done.

April 18, 2012
...for the opportunity to work from "home" aka the coffee shop down the street! 

April 19, 2012
...for our brand spankin' new custom made office furniture. We look legit! 

April 20, 2012
...for my tech-savvy fam. All Wickham family members are now officially an iPhone owners!
(Flan sent this photo to me the other day. They were at the AT&T store buying their new phones - HI DAD.)

April 21, 2012
...for stormy Saturdays that make it easier to get things done.
(aka chores, packing, and oh yeah, more chores)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

365 Grateful - Week 15

April 8, 2012
...for the entertainment of a Wickham Easter morning. #flarp

April 9, 2012
 ...quality time at home with the sistahs (and beahs...and just dance).

April 10, 2012
 ...for the first bite of frozen yogurt after a full 40 days without it - heaven! 

April 11, 2012
...the excitement of a new adventure on the horizon! 

April 12, 2012
...for making the decision to wait and read the book before the movie.
It made the Hunger Games that much better! 
Also, I am thankful for Gale, Peeta, and their undeniable good looks. 

April 13, 2012
[ATTN: I deem April 13, 2012 a day of double thanks - I can't choose just one photo to post!]
...for the thoughtfulness and support of a kind old man. 

...for the amazing marriage of my parents. Happy 27th anniversary Mom & Dad!

April 14, 2012
...for lavish Gatsby-themed parties & good company!

Friday, April 13, 2012

The Segway Sisters

These pictures have been sitting in a draft of a post for about a month now - and to be completely honest, it's because they leave me speechless...I mean, look at us. Again, what can I even say...

My mom got Sarah a Groupon for a segway tour of St. Pete. It was Sarah's spring break, I played hookie, met her in Tampa, and what do ya know, we found ourselves down in St. Pete speeding through the streets on our segways. Honestly though, SO. FUN. 

After I realized I was not going to fall off my segway or lose control and hit that little old lady walking her dog, Sarah and I found ourselves zooming everywhere. Of course, we had to be first, right after the tour guide - who, by the way, was too cool for school. We'll leave it at that. 

We zoomed through the streets, down by the bay, through the park, across the pier. As I write this, I am picturing a montage of Sarah and I segwaying back and forth through various scenery. HA - and it's making me laugh. 

Now, don't forget, you have to wear protection. Segwaying can be very dangerous. Sarah and I were super pumped to plop those helmets on our heads and ride into the wind. 

Oh, also. I forgot to mention. There were about 8 of us on this tour. 2 Wickham sisters. 6 German tourists. 2 of those tourists were kids - one, who obviously couldn't contain his excitement at his new found toy and continued to stray from the group causing our too-cool-for-school guide to continually repeat "I am not a regulator", and the other who was so experienced at segwaying, he made all of us look like complete amateurs (aka idiots). 

After about a 2 hour tour of St. Pete, we called it a day. Phew - what a workout, right? Sarah and I treated ourselves to a beer after that. It was, after all, spring break. 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

365 Grateful - Week 14

April 1, 2012
...for OBS memories that I'll have forever! 

April 2, 2012
...for the quick, easy & delicious when exhausted.

April 3, 2012
...for a reason to sneak a mid-afternoon Werthers or two (or five).

April 4, 2012
...for volunteers! 
(these were the remnants of our OSO Volunteer Recognition Reception)

April 5, 2012
...for costume shops and finding the perfect 20s outfit!

April 6, 2012
...for HOME :)

April 7, 2012
...for swamp adventures with SP & Dad on a beautiful FL day.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

365 Grateful - Week 13

March 25, 2012
...Sunday morning brunches, horses, mimosas, & great company! Oh yeah - and big hats.

March 26, 2012
...for these 2 hooligans and their goofy texts. 
These are our "We hate Mondays" faces. SO pretty, right?

March 27, 2012
...for peaceful evenings.

March 28, 2012
....for F-L-O-R-I-D-A!

March 29, 2012
...for phone calls from this lady :)

March 30, 2012
...for this beautiful time of year - Easter lillies are the best!

March 31, 2012
...for morning sun showers that give way to lovely afternoons.