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Beach trip recap...

So, I'm finally getting around to doing a recap of the trip. I'm pretty sure I told you everything as I was going along, but I was really tired on that trip so maybe not!  I went through my trip journal and pictures and took notes. :P

So, Thursday morning, my friend came.  We loaded my things in the car and then had breakfast.  He'd picked up biscuits from Hardee's on the way.  We ate and then headed out.  We stopped in Greensboro.  We don't usually stop until Rockingham, but he wanted a soda and I figured it would be a good chance to use the bathroom.  I did and I got a coffee! ^_^  We headed on and when we got to Rockingham, we topped off the tank and then went in the Sandwich Hut to use the restrooms and get snacks.  I usually get a drink and a Reese's, but I only got a Mountain Dew.  We drove on and when we were close to the beach, we stopped in Long's SC at a Goodwill there.  We found it on our last trip and stopped in.  I found a cute little purse/pouch.  It's fabric and it has two straps.  One to make it a wristlet and one to wear it around the neck.  The little purse is about the size of two decks of cards side by side.  It was only a dollar and I really liked it.

We left there and then headed on down to North Myrtle Beach.  We arrived at the Red Tree Inn and checked in.  We were able to get the same room we had last year. ^_^  That is always cool.  We put our things away and I had to go on the balcony some.  We were both hungry, so we headed out after a bit to eat.  We were going to Steak and Shake, but my friend decided to Golden Corral instead.  That was a good meal. I tried their honey sesame chicken and it was delicious.  I had put various things on my first plate and one piece of that.  I liked it so much, I went back and ate a plate of it.  We left there and went to a Dollar Tree and then back to the room.  We stayed in awhile and then headed out to a few places.  We went to the Goodwill and Dollar General.  We got some food, drinks, and snacks for the room in Dollar General.  My friend got a milkshake and then we went back to the room.  We ordered a pizza later in the evening from Hungry Howie's. I took a nice walk on the beach.  I was so tired, I forgot to look to see what the hotel looked like from the beach! LOL  Luckily, I did recognize it and I had my friend come to the window so I'd be sure.  I finally got back to the room.  I was exhausted, so I crashed a little bit after midnight.

I woke up at 6am on Friday. Yikes! My friend was up and he put on the Scoobynatural episode of Supernatural.  I watched it to the end and was fully awake, he was asleep! LOL!  I decided to get in my walk so I did.  I went to Starbucks and got my first cascara latte in a while.  BLISS.  I went in a few beachwear stores but didn't buy anything.  I went back to the room and ate some leftover pizza.  I was wanting to get out again but my friend was asleep so I decided to walk again.  I ended up walking about 3 miles from the hotel.  Keep in mind my first walk that morning was a total of six miles!  At the 3 mile walk on the second walk, I spotted a McDonald's.  I decided to go in and use the bathroom and then I got a frappe and a small fry to give myself a break from walking. I did that and then headed back.  I was one tired person that night!  I did go down and walk on the beach just a tiny bit. I have to have feet on sand everyday during the trip!

So the next day was our last full day.  My friend was going to hang out around the hotel for awhile, so I decided to head out.  He gave me some money so I could grab breakfast while I was out.  I stopped in at a pretty cool McDonald's and had biscuits.  After I finished there, I headed to the Starbucks and had another cascara latte. :D  On the way back to the room, I stopped in Tuesday Morning.  I got 2 rolls of washi, a card case, some stickers, and candy.  I walked to Ocean Blvd. and walked back to the hotel that way.  I went in three beachwear stores on my way back. 

I got to the room and then got my tumbler and went to the lobby to fill it with coffee.  I went on the balcony for a bit and then decided I wanted to go down on the beach.  I took my trip journal, my bujo, my coffee, and a beach towel.  I sat on the beach for a while and then went in.  My friend was ready to go to dinner soon after that.  We headed to King's Famous pizza. One of our favorite spots to eat while at the beach.  Later, after we'd gotten back to the room, he decided he wanted a Milkshake at Cookout and I wanted some Starbucks.   Yes, I had Starbucks twice in one day. :p  I packed up most everything to be ready for the ride home.

On Sunday, I got up and packed the last few things that I couldn't the night before.  I went to the lobby and got coffee and I also walked on the beach a little bit.  I took lots of pictures.  We loaded up the car and then checked out of the hotel.  We went to Myrtle for the first time since the trip began.  Our destination was Lenny's Country Kitchen in Myrtle.  We've eaten here many times while in Myrtle.  They have a nice breakfast buffet.  We got that and it was good.  We left there and were heading out  I needed to use the bathroom and forgot to go in Lenny's, so I told my friend if he saw an easily accessible McDonald's to stop and i'd use the bathroom and get a frappe.  We passed one and I got a frappe for me and a soda for him.  We got on the road again and didn't stop until we got to Rockingham.  We stopped at the Sandwich hut again and then headed home.  We got here a bit before 5.  It was a good trip, but way too short.  I'll post some pictures soon.


Last full day. :(

Today is our last full day here.  We check out and head out in the morning unfortunately.  I slept a little longer today than yesterday.  I got up and walked.  I stopped at a McDonald's and got a couple of biscuits for my breakfast and then walked to Starbucks to get a cascara latte.  ^_^  It was delicious.  I was able to get a spot to sit too, so that was great.  I stayed there long enough to drink my coffee and then walked on.  I went to Tuesday Morning.  I got two rolls of cute washi, some stickers, and metal card case holder with JFK on it.  As in JFK airport.  They also had LHA for London's Heathrow airport.  I thought they looked cool.  I got the JFK one because I'm a Kennedy fan.

I left there and headed back towards the hotel.  I found the perfect coffee mug in a King's beachwear store.  I had been looking at coffee cups in every beach store I went in.  This one was cheaper than the others I'd liked and so cute.  Unfortunately it had a chip and a crack. :(  I didn't get it.  It was the only one they had, too.  I was so sad.  I went in several other beachwear stores around there, but none of them had it either.

I finally got back to the room and relaxed a bit.  I went to the lobby and filled my tumbler with coffee.  I went to sit on the balcony for a bit, but then decided to go out on the beach.  I carried my beach towel, my coffee, and my backpack.  I had my trip journal and my bujo in my backpack.  I sat on the beach for a while and just enjoyed it.  I took pictures.  I'll share a few with you here:

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It's been a nice little trip, but it's gone by way too fast.  We are heading out for dinner in a bit.  Not sure where we are going to eat yet.  


Wednesday catch up!

Since I didn't post a real post last night and I promised a real one today, I decided to do it early!  I am still very tired today.  I didn't sleep well again last night.  I am hoping to catch up on some tonight, but I probably won't.  Considering that my friend and I are leaving for the beach in the morning.  I never sleep well the night before a trip.  I sleep even less knowing I have to get up earlier than my usual time. :p  

So, yesterday I walked, but I didn't do my workouts.  I would have, but there were a lot of moves that would hurt my foot.  My foot still hurts a lot.  Walking is bad, but it isn't as bad as some of the workouts.  I skipped my workouts  I decided since I won't be able to do any until I get back, I'm just skipping them until Monday.  I plan to eat and enjoy everything possible this weekend, because Monday, I plan to finally get on track!  I want to reach my goal weight!  Since I'll be at the beach this weekend, I plan to enjoy the food. :p

I washed clothes last night and packed my suitcase.  My clothes are all ready, but my other suitcase is still empty. I carry two small suitcases to the beach.  One has my clothes, the other has my electronics, notebooks, bujo, etc.  I also carry my messenager bag, but I carry it up front in the car with me.  I carry my phone, wallet, trip journal, and other things in it.  I also carry a Starbucks tumbler for coffee!  I picked one of of my more recent ones that I haven't used much.  

I was thinking of leaving the laptop at home, but I got some electrical tape and was able to fix the cord.  It's not a permanent fix, but it is working fine at the moment.  I had some other tape on it and I could hear it sparking.  I put the electrical tape on and it's not sparking and it is charging well. ^_^  I really want to be able to use my Macbook!  I have to do nice blog posts at the beach, right?

Today I walked and it was sunny and in the seventies!  Yesterday it was around fifty.  I was able to walk in short sleeves today.  That was weird.  I am ready for this same weather but with an ocean view.  I hope to take a lot of pictures and you know I'll share some after I get home.  I'll also try to share one a day while there.  I plan to get to the Starbucks at North Myrtle.  I have three free drinks on there and I got my notification today that I'm gold for another year.  I already knew that. :p It's nice to see it though. :D

I have such a weird tan line from winter walking!  I wear a pair of long fitness capris so I have a nice tan on my calves but from half way up and past my knee, I have none. LOL  It looks so weird and makes me self conscious.  I plan to get some just above the knee shorts to wear on my walks.  I hope to get grey ones as all the black ones I've worn in the past all get bleached out from the sun.  Grey ones would too, but it wouldn't be so noticeable. I have never tanned in my life until I started walking!  It's so weird.

Ah, I think I totally made up for that short post last night.  I was just so tired.  I am also currently reading a true crime book by Ann Rule that I hadn't read before.  It's so good!  I am carrying my Kindle with me to the beach, and I will probably finish it there.  I'm also still reading the book on coffee.


No more cascara syrup!!!!!!!!!!

So, I decided to go to Starbucks tonight and hit the drive thru and get a latte.  It's a good thing I did!  The barista told me that their bottles of cascara were running out of date in March.  She thought it was around the 14th, but then she checked and it was the 2nd! :(  This means no more cascara lattes for me unless they bring back the syrup.  I hope they do, but I'm not holding my breath.  I'll have to find something I like that is just as good.  I don't want to find something else. lol  Oh well.

So, I'm glad I did that.  Speaking of Starbucks, my pretty blue ceramic tumbler that I bought some time ago is broken! I don't know how it got broken as the break is in the INSIDE of the tumbler at the bottom.  I was rinsing it in the sick and heard a weird noise coming from it. I though maybe something had dropped down in there.  Nope, it was broken! I loved that tumbler.  I'm so upset.  I won't be able to get another one as I got this one on clearance. I've seen them on ebay, but people ask two or three times more than they cost brand new.  I am not going to toss it.  I'll keep it and use it for decoration or something.  This is only the second Starbucks tumbler I've ever had break.  The first one was a white ceramic one from 2009.  I actually dropped that one, so that was my fault!  This one is a mystery.  

I walked today and the weather app on my phone said it was just going to be overcast.  I walked out the door to start my walk and it started raining. ~_~;  It rained for the majority of my walk and I was not a happy camper!  I got my walk in and came home and then did my workouts.  It was ab day.  Those weren't too bad.  I got that done and then had lunch.  I finished the book I was reading last night so I went to Amazon to see if I could find any more interesting true crime books.   I did and I 'borrowed' those to my Kindle.  I'll download them in a bit and then decide which one I am going to read next. I just finished Cruel Sacrifice by Aphrodite Jones.  I love her books and her show on ID!  I think my next book will be the other one of hers I found on Amazon.

My friend didn't want to walk tonight because it was dreary.  It may have been dreary but it was dry!  It stopped raining AFTER my walk. ~_~; Figures!


Cold again, yes!

It was cold again on today's walk.  Luckily, the wind wasn't as bad as yesterday and I was able to walk without totally freezing.  I know it's only going to get worse. No more day of taking my jacket off and walking in a t-shirt for a while!  Oh well.  I went to the grocery store tonight and picked up a few things I needed.  I got a bag of Starbucks coffee that was on sale.  I got Pike Place roast.  If course I made myself a cup and it was delicious.  I used to always get Pike Place roast at Starbucks before I discovered the joys of lattes. :p

Speaking of Starbucks, it was double star day today so I want to go over there if I could.  My car did okay going to the grocery store, so I chanced it and went to Starbucks.  It did okay.  I got a cascara latte and an ornament.  They were 30% off as all the Holiday things were.  I found out after I ordered that they were out of almond milk, so they made my latte with something else.  I say soy, but I'm pretty sure it was with coconut milk.  That was the grossest thing I've ever gotten at Starbucks!  I drank it, but I didn't like it.  I know they would have fixed it, but I didn't want to bother them.  They were already busy, busy and it took a loooong time for me to get my drink.  Oh well.  At least I went and got the ornament I wanted and double stars!  The ornament is a mini version of the VA ceramic tumbler that I want.  Here you go:

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I so want the actual tumbler, but it's $22.95! Yikes!  Maybe next month or sometime next year.  At least I have the ornament. This will make my collection of Starbucks ornaments go to three. :p  Yeah, I don't have as many of them as my other Starbucks stuff.  I should totally do a blog dedicated just to my Starbucks stuff!


Sunday Starbucks

Ah Sunday, a day I sometimes like to go to Starbucks.  Well, I went today!  I didn't stay, but I went and got the tumbler I've been wanting.  They were 25% off! Yay!  I got it and a cascara latte.  I then came home.  My car didn't do too badly going over there and coming back.  I was glad of that.  I had a weird walk today and felt I needed a treat!

First, some random person beeps at me and tries to give me a ride in his vehicle.  NO Not going to happen, dude.  Then, another guys asks me for money!  He looked better dressed than I was!  After him, I got the most special one.  He was acting strange as I was walking towards him. When I got closer, he moved over to the other side of the sidewalk and was talking (I guess to himself, I had earbuds in so I'm not sure.)  He goes over and picks up enough snow to make a snowball all while talking.  I was just waiting for him to throw it at me.  Luckily for him, he didn't!  I kept walking and finally got home away from the crazies!  

I did my workouts and relaxed a while.  I really wanted to go to Starbucks and get a latte and I wanted to look at the tumblers again.  They were 25% off so I got my tumbler.  It's a grande size and whie with colorful & symbols all over it.  I like it!  It's definitely different.  Grande is my usual go to size, so most of my tumblers are grande size.  Here it is:

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I really like it.  Did I need another tumbler? No, but I got it anyway. :p  I also picked up a few of the Christmas tree shaped gift cards to add to my collection. ^_^


Saying goodbye...

Tonight I went to my local Kmart to pick up my prescriptions for the last time.  The pharmacy is closing on the 14th of this month.  I'm not happy about that. The store is closing after the beginning of the year.  The pharmacy is going to be closed a lot sooner.  I will miss them.  The people at this location were all really nice.  I liked going there.  I will have to get used to another pharmacy and I don't really want to have to do that.  They are sending all their files over to the CVS that is near them.  I asked them to send mine to the CVS that is closer to my house. It's an easy walk to get there, so even if I'm having car issues, I can go and pick up my prescriptions.  

After leaving Kmart, I was going to Starbucks but then I just ended up coming home.  I might go later this week.  I'm sort of waiting for a double star day.  I might get that tumbler if they still have it, but I want to wait until they are doing the double star day!  That will give a me a lot of stars. ^_^


Well hell!

I needed to go to Family Dollar tonight to get a bag of popcorn. I air pop some and put it in a Tupperware container and eat on it for several days.  I just make fresh when that is gone.  Well, I meant to go to Family Dollar and just get popcorn and perhaps some hair ties.  I ended up getting ten dollars worth of stuff!  Sheesh!  I got two shirt boxes for gifts, a set of three gift bags, a roll of snowman wrapping paper, a set of gift labels, a cute little metal tin, and a bag of Cheez Doodles! LOL  Shame on me! :p

I did walk today and get my workouts done.  I have my bed linen in the dryer. It's ready to go back on the bed, but I keep forgetting to go in there and get it!  I did get my hair washed and dried.  I planned to put the linens on after that, but I did my French lesson and then decided to post to my blog.  I was tempted to run over to Starbucks while I was out going to Family Dollar today, but I decided to just come back home. I'm sure I'll go one day this week.  The last time I was in there, there was another tumbler that I liked.  Like I need another tumbler! LOL!  It's a cute one, though!

 


Stuck!

Yeah, I'm in the process of my daily NaNo writing and I'm stuck at the moment.  I am not sure where to go with what I have at the moment.  I figured I would take a break from it and go back to it after a bit.  I'm not sure how to go about what is coming next.  A major thing just happened and now I have to work on the aftermath. HELP!!!!!!! lol  I'll figure it out.  I am going to take some laundry out of the dryer and put my bed linen in and then come back to it.  I thought I'd do my blog post before doing that.  I just wanted to get away from it for a bit.  I only have 1500 words so far today. I really want to get many more.  I'm pretty sure this will make me pass the 10,000 mark, but I want to do more!

I walked earlier today.  It was overcast again but it didn't rain.  Yay!  I came home and did my workouts.  I had lunch and then drove to the post office.  I had three new letters.  I mailed off several pen pal letters earlier today while walking.  I'm actually caught up for the moment.  I was so behind.  I sat down last night and wrote letters until I had them all done.  I plan to write one day a week to keep my letters caught up.  I might even go to Starbucks to do it. :P

Speaking of Starbucks!  I went to Office Max to get some plastic business card holder sheets.  I use these to keep my Starbucks cards in.  I found  package of 25 for 6.99 so I bought them. I was happy because I was figuring I would get like ten and they'd be ten dollars. lol  

The Office Max is really close to Starbucks, and I just happened to have one of my Starbucks tumblers with me, so I went and got a cascara latte and brought it home to drink while doing NaNo. :D  I also was able to get a new card that I didn't have.  I put all my cards into the sleeves and put them in the binder.  I had been using some trading card sheets, but the card kept falling out of those.  These are much better.  I love that the pack had 25.  That is enough for 250 cards!  I have plenty for more.

I am not too messed up from the time change last night.  It affects me more in the Spring that in does in the Fall.  I am going to get my laundry taken care of and while I do that, I'll be plotting where to go with my novel.  I've gotten to the part I was looking forward to writing and I'm not sure where to go! 


Starbucks again?!

Yeah, well... I went to Starbucks tonight and looked at the reusable cups and tumblers. They had all of their Anniversary stock on sale.  I bought this beauty.  It was 30% off and I love it!

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Isn't it pretty?  It's blue which is my favorite color.  It's only 10 oz, so I won't be using it at Starbucks, but I can use it at home.  It's so pretty!  And yes, I got a latte while there. :p