Coosa River Kayaking Trip

With the colder weather coming in, it was time for me to organize another kayaking trip while the water was still warm. We went to bed early the night before so we could be ready to head to Wetumpka, AL for the early trip starting at 9:30am. Ever since I discovered kayaking, Coosa River Adventures has been my favorite place to rent from. The staff are so friendly and helpful and it’s only $29 to rent a one person kayak for the entire day. Coolers and dry boxes packed, we had a blast out on the water all day! The water temperature was absolutely perfect! I also spoke with the owner and he told me that the water should stay a great temperature until Thanksgiving so this may not be the very last trip of the season!

http://www.coosariveradventures.com/

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Can’t wait to organize one more trip this year!!

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Putting a Bow on Friday the 13

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It’s Friday the 13th so what do we do to celebrate? Why, get a new tattoo of course!

Black Lotus Tattoo Gallery had a special running just for this special occasion. For the low price of only $13, you could choose any of the pre-selected designs to commemorate this dreaded date! Not one to turn down a good deal, I anxiously awaited escaping my office, jumping in line and adding a new art piece to my body.

I arrived at the shop around 6:30 pm. Luckily for me, my roommate had gone early and put our names on the waiting list already because the place was PACKED. Around 30 people were milling about and looking at designs. The staff seemed stressed and unhappy. I mean, I’d be a little ornery too if I was hot, overworked, and dealing with picky people for only $13 a piece. Granted they did bring it on themselves by creating this event but a bit more organization would have gone a long way!

We waited 3 1/2 hours before it was our turn which would not have been terrible if it had not been super hot in the building. That aside, once I was taken to the back to get started, I was like a silly school girl getting her very first tattoo. My awkward nervousness forced me to repeatedly assure him that this was not an ink virgin. I had decided on a little bow between my shoulders.”Make it bright pink and very preppy please!”, I said. Overall, I think he did a great job but I may go back and get someone to add a little more color.

Here’s me looking very excited about it.

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I also didn’t realize that I would not be able to see this very well and I’m still figuring out how to take care of it from feel alone.

Would you get a tattoo for $13?

Sometimes it’s more about the story than the ending. 

http://blacklotustattoogallery.com/

Good Vibes Gathering

First off, I’d like to tell you that I certainly do not consider myself a hippie in any way. I do, however, enjoy dressing up in costumes and blending in with the natives.

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“Blending In”

With that in mind, I’d been planning on going to an event in Pine Mountain called The Good Vibes Gathering. Good Vibes is a free music and art festival where everyone is accepted and all work for is done on a volunteer basis.

www.goodvibesgathering.com

After seeing last years’ Facebook profiles of friends in headbands, covered in flowers and dancing, and general wallowing about in the grass, there was no way I was going to miss this year.

Then the rain sky opened up and rain began to fall. ALL. WEEKEND. LONG.

On Sunday I decided that I’d had enough and I hadn’t spent $4 on this headband for nothing so I packed up my waterproof picnic blanket, grabbed my cooler of beer, and prepared myself for whatever I’d discover.

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There weren’t tons of people about but rain has a tendency to put a damper things so I wasn’t completely surprised. I really enjoyed all of the handmade decorations and the ingenuity that went into creating them. As a not very creative person, I found myself amazed by the simple beauty of fabric banners and silk scarf tents. Cute little stations were set up if you found the need for things you’d forgotten and reminded me of a “sharing is caring” point of view that, in this busy world, we tend to neglect.

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There were a few vendors still there selling all types of handmade items. I saw gorgeous pieces of jewelry and headbands, clay-ware and t-shirts, even “soul” readings, as one sign pronounced. Artists brought their wares as well and even invited others to help “create” by adding their own creative juices to a piece. I added a tiny cartoon lion face to the below piece of furniture for the sole reason that I though it needed one. The owner of this awesome exhibit stated the following about it:

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“I also love the symbolism I take from the top right “we still love Good Vibes, even in the rain.”

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this little “hippie” adventure and loved meeting all of the nice people who helped make something like is possible. I’ll just pray next year doesn’t rain so I can spend the whole weekend taking in the “Good Vibes” beneath the sunny sky and lush foliage!

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House on the plantation property Boyfriend had to check out before leaving.  See more about this great property at:

www.sweethomeplantation.com

Enjoy the Ride

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Tuesday night is Group Ride Night in downtown Columbus hosted by the local bike shop Ride on Bikes. Check out their Facebook to guess how many people will show up. Winner gets a Fat Tire beer!

Every Tuesday at 6:30pm a group of up to about 150 people begin cruising the blocked off streets and historic River Walk for a scenic ride that extends almost all the way to Oxbow Meadows.

I’ve done this ride three times now and no matter how hot, buggy, or rainy it gets, it’s always enjoyable. Bikes are free to rent and usually fill up very quickly so I try to make my reservations at least four days in advance. Just show up in your gear, check in to receive your cycle, and start warming up with a couple of circles around the block before setting out. It can get very crowded so I like to wait a few moments longer before setting off.

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 It’s not easy taking pictures while on a bike!

The scenery along the Chattahoochee is gorgeous and it’s easy to get lost in thought while taking in the river view. Feel free to ride with the pack or take a more leisurely route.

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Afterwards, head up the The Loft where you can enjoy 10% off your bill!

For more information, check out these sites:

rideonbikes.com

visitcolumbusga.com/visitors/attractions/chattahoochee_riverwalk

www.theloft.com

10 Year Reunion

It’s 2013 and it’s Time for My Dreaded 10 Year Reunion.

Actually, I’m not dreading it at all!  A few years ago I attended a 10 year with an ex-boyfriend of mine and ended up having a blast. He was 5 years older than I was and apparently everyone his age was dating someone my age so it ended up being one big fun party.

I mean, dressing up and drinking in fancy places? COUNT ME IN!!

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So a few weeks ago I was contacted by one of my old ’03 classmates who was apparently in charge of getting this event together. Keep in mind that the year is almost over and I haven’t been available for a single planning meeting. He stated that he’s been very busy and unable to accomplish venue planning and other details. No problem! I’d love to help and LOVE planning parties.  He then informs me that the set date for the reunion will be Aug 24 – IN 46 DAYS!! Now, I could have just said it was impossible but I do so enjoy a challenge!

After finding a venue only to have them cancel one week later because they were opening a restaurant within the next few weeks, I’ve managed to secure a new one that I KNOW won’t be going anywhere – The Marriott Downtown. I’ve helped secure a DJ, buffet, and even set up an online pay page all while trying to keep the Facebook page updated and appease all of my former classmates.

If if sounds like I’m patting myself on the back, I suppose I am a bit. All this planning isn’t near as easy as I’d thought it would be but I’m thrilled to be feeling such a sense of accomplishment!

Now with the event only two weeks away, I’m starting to feel slightly apprehensive. Will enough people buy tickets (at this juncture, we only have one couples ticket bought out of 50 people!) Will everyone show up? Will there be enough food? Is the room too small? Do I need to make a speech? I secretly hope so! What if the DJ is too loud? Am I over-thinking everything? Possibly. Truth is that I just really want everyone to have a good and memorable time. At the same time all of this makes me wonder,

Am I becoming too concerned with all of the planning details to a have a good time at my own reunion??

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I’m guessing that we’ll just have to see how things are going within the next few weeks. And don’t worry, I’ll be sure to update you!

Thirsty Thursday

There are times in life when a friend will call you and ask you to meet for a drink. You have two choices. I usually lean towards the more festive decision. Like blowing off your prior made “boring” responsibilities and enjoying some well lubricated conversation with awesome people instead!

On the way I informed everyone that I would without doubt be joining the fun despite my scheduled gym trainer appointment (Don’t judge! I’ll make it up!) and the unfortunate fajita lunch accident that resulted in quite a few not so adorable stains on my top. We all met up at The Living Room which we all love mostly because of the comfortable seating and great atmosphere.

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It was a little warm but luckily all of the mini fans were blowing and umbrellas were up so we got to relax in relative shade. Over fruit concentrated drinks we caught up on work, our love lives, and all of the offensive jokes we had not yet told one another.

When we finished, we decide to get some food. Now Downtown (or Uptown??) Columbus has really been growing in a huge way recently. With the new whitewater and CSU campus bringing so many new people to the area, restaurants have been popping up left and right. This time we all decided to try a place that none of us had yet had a chance to try called The Burger Joint.

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It was a SUPER hard choice between the Surf & Turf burger, made using lump crab meat instead of the usual beef patty, the veggie patty, or the regular burger. In the end though, I decided to go with the  100% Angus beef patty since it was called the The Burger Joint and just make it really special. I requested it be loaded iceberg lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, T.B.J. Sauce (a spread made with lumps of fresh garlic), smoked paprika mayo, white cheddar horseradish and chive cheese and thick sliced apple-wood bacon on a 9-grain sprouted bun.  As my side I ordered the sea salt and vinegar fries and was not disappointed. Service here takes a bit longer because, as the sign above the register states “Be patient please. We make everything from scratch”. I really enjoyed my burger and fries (a friend also had their Black & Tan beer battered onion rings and OMG were they good!) and can’t wait to go back and try some more interesting combinations! While the restaurant is relatively new, the staff were enthusiastic about the food, new things coming in the future, and very friendly. Found their early online website but be sure to swing by and check them out!

http://theburgerjoint.org/