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Beach Blowout (We lost fuzzy!)

Beach Blowout (We lost fuzzy!)

Wednesday night after work, Matt and I headed for the beach.  Julio’s had a UTI for the past few days so I was kind of worried about him even though he took his last antibiotic before we left.  The drive out of Raleigh was miserable with torrential rain, then we had to deal with traffic, plus 2 kitties.  Once we got out of traffic I let Julio out his carrier and he seemed to ride pretty well.  He would come sit in my lap, sit back in his carrier, walk around the back seat but he was being  good.

We got right outside of Wilmington when we started to smell something.  Matt said it was probably one of the chemical plants we were passing but as we got to Leland the smell got worse.  We started laughing that Hal had poop’ed in her carrier.  I needed a restroom break so we stopped at a gas station.  I hop out and check on Hal.  Sure enough she’s poo’ed all in the carrier and all over herself.  I grab her out and take her over to a grassy spot.  I tell Matt to get paper towels.  So like 10 minutes later, after he’s futzed around in the back of the car, and finally gone inside, he comes over empty handed.  I’m like “where are paper towels?!”  He reaches in his pocket and pulls out a couple!  WTF?!!?!  At this point I’m super annoyed because I’ve been trying to corral a cat covered in poo.  I tell him to watch her and run back to the car, grab my card, use the restroom, BUY some paper towels and ask the cashier for several bags.  He bags up her carrier bedding while I use the spigot by the grass try to get some of the poo off.  I finally get her somewhat acceptable, we put her in the carrier back in the car and head to the IL’s house.

About 3o minutes later we pull in and I immediately take Hal to the bathroom.  As if it weren’t bad enough she didn’t feel well, she then had to have a bath.  Poor thing acted like she was on the verge of hyperventilating when I finally got her out of the tub and wrapped in a towel.  I cuddled her and then put her in our bathroom to dry off.

In the almost 14 years I’ve had Hal, she’s NEVER had an accident before – anywhere.  The only thing I can think is that the can food I gave her before we left didn’t sit well, plus the stress of riding.

Unfortunately Hal’s favorite toy forever, Fuzzy, was in her carrier.  Of course he was covered in poo.  I decided I would try to save him on Sunday morning but having sat in plastic bag covered poo for a few days the stench was awful.  I couldn’t bring myself to even try to wash him so he ended up in the trash.  I feel really bad since Fuzzy is the only real toy Hal’s ever played with.  She used to talk to him at night.  Cutest thing ever!  Since moving in with Matt and Julio, I don’t know that she’s really played with him but I always felt better knowing Fuz is with her.  I’ve seen other Fuzzy’s around so he may reappear, though he will never be the same.


Girl’s weekend

Girl’s weekend

Thankfully Tropical Depression Andrea did not ruin our trip!

Friday morning I met the girls at T’s house, we ran to lunch and started our trip to E’s mom’s condo (she would join us later in the afternoon).  After a disastrous bout of directions {we had 2 Iphones and 1 GPS in the car mind you}, going to the wrong condo and 4.5 hours on the road we finally made it to Cherry Grove.

The weather was still kind of spotty as we pulled into the parking deck but by the time we unpacked the car and changed the sun was out.  We headed to the beach to get a little sun while we could.  As we were sitting on the beach I noticed what looked like a coast guard helicopter out on the horizon.  It began to get closer and thats when I realized they were flying in a grid pattern.  Then the beach patrol drove by with someone looking at the water through binoculars.  I finally pointed out the helicopter to the girls and decided they were looking for someone.  Not surprising, the water was really rough.  On Saturday we would see the news article that a 19 year old had gone out on his surfboard with his brother.  The board came back to shore but the boy did not. 🙁


Friday night we had dinner at Filets.  We were able to snag a table outside, right on the water.  After dinner we decided to see what kind of entertainment we could find.  Fat Harold’s it was!  We walked in only to discover the crowd was quite a bit older, like 60’s and 70’s.  One of the girls started chatting with a local and they suggested we go across the street to Ducks.  Arm twisted so we went.


fat harolds


We walked into Ducks to discover the crowd was younger, like 40’s-50’s.  HAHAHA!  At this point, the music was better and the girls felt like dancing, so we stayed, for a while!  There was lots of booty shaking, shagging {but not any of us}, a few stalker moments {some old guy with a walrus mustache had his eye on me and kept trying to talk to me}, the electric slide and a bitchy little old lady!  🙂  Finally we decided to call it a night.  Needless to say this bar felt very odd and random.


The little old lady in blue who tried to hit E while doing the electric slide.
We got photobombed.




Saturday we woke up to beautiful blue skies.  Around 11am we headed to the beach and sat for a few hours.  Then we headed to the grocery store to pick up a few supplies, grab lunch and basically get out of the midday sun.  About 2:30 we headed back out and sat till 6:00.  At this point, everyone was a little pink here or there.  Thankfully I got the good kind of pink that turns brown the next day.  We showered and headed to Clarks on the marina.


After being told there was an hour wait, we decided to hit the outdoor bar and wait for our table.  We were all a little surprised the wait was an hour since there seemed to be several open tables, one of which could accommodate a party of 5.  Finally someone from inside realized the same thing and we were seated.  I have to say the service was pretty awful.  The patio staff was short and we ended up with a waiter from inside.  It took a good 15 minutes for him to check on us once we were seated.  Since we had waited so long we all knew what we wanted.  I must say the salad was DELICIOUS along with a fresh baked croissant drizzled with honey.  My dinner however, was not great.  I branched out and ordered the shrimp and grits.  The grits were so cheesy it was almost gross and the blackened shrimp were well, not so good either.  Not to mention, it’s really hard to eat grits with a fork!  Needless to say I won’t be going back there, not for dinner anyway.  After dinner we ran to Baskin Robbins/Dunkin Donuts and grabbed ice cream for dessert and bagels and donuts for breakfast.



Sunday morning we woke to cloudy skies.  Everyone packed their stuff and we were on our way home.   The drive home was much shorter and aftering picking up my car I was home by 3:30.   Matt decided to play golf so I relaxed until he got home.  We had dinner and then watched tv for a while before I went upstairs.  Having a girl’s weekend is exhausting. 🙂



Road Trippin’ – Julio’s first trip

Road Trippin’ – Julio’s first trip

After work I got home and Matt and I packed our things. Once we were ready to leave I grabbed the kiddos and put them in their carriers. In the house they were okay but as Matt was strapping Julio into the car they both got a little upset. For the next half hour or so Julio talked more then we’ve ever heard. I expected Hal to be loud and I think she got Julio in a panic. Then he started trying to bite his way out of the carrier. Grr! I kept reaching back and popping the carrier telling him no! Finally once we got on the highway and got kind of settled in they calmed down. We would hear the occasional “meow” but nothing crazy. Of course I figured as soon as we would get them settled we’d have to stop.

We stopped and they both perked up but as soon as we were on the road again they settled back down. I was really really impressed with how well both of them did.

Once we got to the house we got them set up in the bedroom. Hal, of course, headed for under the bed but Julio was up for the adventure. It took him a few minutes to get down the stairs but he was good as long as Matt or I was around. He finally found the sunroom and he was in love. He stayed there most of the trip.





I must admit I was a little worried what Julio would do while we were sleeping. I mean the house was full of possible toys. He managed to find some feathers in the arrangement by the computer and those ended up in our bed. Thankfully it wasn’t destroyed and that’s really the only damage he did. Whew!

The car ride home was better for Julio. I think he knew what to expect and Hal didn’t freak him out. Thank god because she was terrible on the ride back. She cried for probably the first hour. At one point Julio looked at me and you could tell he was so tired but I think Hal was keeping him awake. Poor guy. Anyway, they both fared just fine. Julio was exhausted when we got home.


Foto Friday Week 4

Foto Friday Week 4

I know it’s been a while but here are a few shots from the beach last weekend with my new lens.  Let me just say none of these have been edited at all and I think all of the beach pics were taken in manual.


This was on the drive down.  It’s hard to take good pics in a car.

This is something I would have never gotten with another lens.  Granted they were flying pretty low but still.

Not totally sure why I like this one but I do.

Happy Friday!  I will probably edit these and post them again.


Foto Friday, Week 3

Foto Friday, Week 3

As promised this weeks Foto Friday should be better then last week.  Matt and I went to Sunset Beach over the weekend so I got some pretty decent pics at the beach.  Unfortunately my lens had a big ole spot so I had to do some creative editing.

This was from the car on our way down.


I like clouds.


This was a huge jellyfish we saw washed up on the beach.


The beach, of course.

Happy Friday!


The story of us!

The story of us!

Three years ago over Memorial Day weekend, Matt and I both traveled two hours to the beach at Topsail.  Shortly after meeting we realized we were actually neighbors.  And while neither of us know our first official date day we use this weekend as our “anniversary”.

I must preface this post by saying there are 2 sides to every story and well this one is no different.  🙂  There is my version and Matt’s version.  Of course mine is the “right” and accurate version.  HAHA!  And Matt doesn’t blog so he can’t argue with what I say. 😉

A few months after I moved to Raleigh, my co-worker started talking about a beach trip she was going on with a few other girls from work.  The thought of a weekend at the beach sounded amazing so I asked if I could come.  They said yes and I prepared for the weekend.  There ended up being a large group of people going but since a few of us were the first ones at the beach house I managed to snag a room.  By the end of the day I was the only person left not sharing a room.  Since Matt and I had been chatting most of the night I offered to let him crash with me.  I know I know. 🙂

Anyway, later that night as we were getting ready to go to sleep, I may or may not have told him we could make out.  We ended up spending most of the weekend hanging out together and I told him since we were neighbors we would hang out when we got home.  Of course by this point he was completely smitten and I’m pretty sure he already knew I was the love of his life.  😀  He however will disagree with that last statement but it’s cool.  I know the real him.

Once we got home we still continued to hang out all the time.  It was pretty easy since he literally lived two seconds away.

Fast forward three years and we are now married!  YAY!

Who knew a simple trip to the beach would lead to the love of my life?


Our first pic together!