Saturday, May 11, 2013

A Romantic At Heart

Despite the fact that I spend a large portion of my time on a ship, and spend most of that time finding out how soon I can reasonably get off that ship, I still am a sucker for a boat ride. Fishing boat, speed boat, yacht, row bow...really it doesn't matter, I love them all.

And when you combine that with some of my other favorite things (dressing up, eating, drinking and dancing..) well, let's just say you earn some major brownie points.

Last weekend my boyfriend took me on a Washington D.C. dinner cruise to celebrate my birthday, which passed during our last underway.

It was just perfect!!

It was fancy....

He was pleased with himself, remember what I said about brownie points?

I got to dress up!!

This is the only picture I have with the name of the boat since I was too excited to get on the thing to take pictures outside.

It was a gorgeous night with a perfectly timed sunset..

And after dinner, drinks! And really, what's a delectable dinner without Irish Coffee to follow?

We even took a turn around Georgetown. We may not be able to afford a thing there, but the view was sure nice.

And then, as if all this wasn't wonderful enough...Josh had even told the crew that it was my birthday...

Then, after a magical dinner we danced the night away with some very lovely people.

I can honestly say it was one of the best birthday presents I have ever been given!

So, if you're looking for something special to do for someone this is certainly something to consider. It's a little pricey so it's not an every weekend kind of thing..unless you're ballin' like that, in which case you should really share! 

In any case you can find everything you need here:
And it is certainly worth it! 

I hope all of your weekends are just as wonderful!!


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Cherry Blossoms

For Easter this year Gloria and I decided to celebrate in Washington D.C. and see the famous cherry blossoms during the festival. We imagined it would look something like this:

Instead......we got this....

We still had a good time, but I think we learned something; you don't always have to travel to experience something wonderful.

Many of us feel like we have to go places to see things and often ignore the history and beauty of the towns we live in. Now, I'm not falling for Norfolk any time soon but.....the week after easter we discovered the Norfolk Botanical Gardens

And we were rewarded with a beeeeyyyoooootiful day! First shorts day of the year!

We walked, posed, basked in the sun, climbed trees and generally just acted like children in a wonderland.

We even met quite a hunk! He was just taking care of the yardwork for us....

After we stepped out of wonderland we found the enchanted forest (literally, this is what it's called!) And we found a game of checkers just waiting for us! 

Gloria wiped that enchanted forest floor with me, but I couldn't be TOO upset when these beauties were on the walk back.

We had the most wonderful day roaming these gardens and truly wish we would have gone before this! Who knew such a gem of a place was hiding in traffic congested Norfolk?!

If you have an afternoon off, we would highly recommend taking a stroll at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. Tickets are $10 for military/seniors, $11 for all other adults. 

And if you live somewhere outside of Virginia, go explore what's in your hometown and tell us what you find!