THE GREAT AMERICAN ECLIPSE OF 2017

What a strange and wonderful thing it was to witness the total solar eclipse this year. I happen to live very close to the path of totality and witnessed the eclipse at 99.98% totality and it’s something that I will never forget.

The CFO of the company I work for has a home in Spartanburg, SC and he and his wife hosted a little get together at their house where we watched the eclipse. Our company owns a manufacturing plant and the guys let us borrow their welding masks so we could safely view the eclipse. We all took turns using the masks and the few eclipse glasses we had and were awestruck.

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The sky dimmed into twilight.
The street lights came on.
The crickets chimed in.
It was truly bizarre and then it was over.

We tried to capture it on camera, but didn’t have the forethought to bring our real cameras so our phones kept adjusting to the light. I pulled the imaged above from Facebook from friends and folks who captured the eclipse so beautifully. I did manage to snap a few photos of our group all looking skyward to document the occasion.

Though it was over in just a few moments, I am so glad I took the time to go see it. It was humbling to know that so many other people were united in looking up at the sky that day.

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A BEACH IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MOUNTAINS

This is real life y’all.

Tucked away in the foothills of the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains is a lake called Lake Lure. Lake Lure was one of the film locations of the cult film Dirty Dancing. On the one edge of the lake there is a genuine beach. It’s completely bizarre to see in person. The scene of folks entering the beach is just like that at the beach at the coast, but with mountains and the beach accesses a lake and not the ocean.

I knew there was a “beach” at Lake Lure, but I need knew how legit it was. Next year I plan to go there often.

Bizzarre, but awesome.

JUNE WISH LIST

I haven’t purchased a single item from my May wish list because I have been a bit distracted this month working towards a much bigger purchase.

A few months ago, I was at a full stop at a stop sign waiting for an opportunity to make a left turn when an elderly woman turned into my lane and hit my VW Jetta head on. There wasn’t one thing I could have done to avoid the collision and I watched it happen in slow motion. I even honked before she came to close so she would correct her trajectory. This was jut another episode of bad luck in a string of incidences that month. I really just couldn’t catch a break.

After the accident I happened to fall and ended up in a boot and on crutches unable to drive for about a month so I couldn’t get my car to the shop right away. Last month I did make it to the body shop and the insurance company of the woman who hit me deemed my car a total loss.

I legit cried.

My car wasn’t that old and it ran like a dream. I had just had it serviced and bought a brand new battery right before I took it to the shop. It was paid off to boot! Now I’m starting from scratch and getting a new car. I should be more excited about a new car, but given the circumstances it’s just a shame and I hate that my car couldn’t be repaired.

I will be buying new and am getting another Volkswagen. Through all of this mess I have been unsure about everything except the fact that if I had to buy a new car, it would be another VW. After trying out a few different models, I will be getting the VW Golf Alltrack SE.

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On the outside it looks a bit like a posh Ford Focus wagon, but on the inside, it’s incredible. It handles like my beloved Jetta, but it has even more power under the hood. I was able to test drive it on the interstate in Charlotte and just plain fell in love.

I had been looking at their larger line of vehicles and test drove the Tiguan, but this wagon caught my eye. It has everything that was on my must have list: all wheel drive, takes regular unleaded gas, automatic transmission, and the back seats fold flat so that more can fit in the vehicle. I had been looking at larger VWs because the one issue I had with my Jetta was that I couldn’t fit furniture or anything with any size to it in the trunk or back seat, even with the seats folded down. I needed something a little bigger and this wagon is perfect. Other features that I love in this car are: incredible sound system, iPhone integration, it still has a CD player, hand brake over electronic emergency brake, different driving modes, sun roof and it handles u-turns like a dream. It’s just an incredible car and pricing starts around only $26,000! It’s an incredible deal for such a quality vehicle.

 

DRYBAR STARTER KIT

I have heard a lot about the Drybar and have seen their storefronts in New York, but I hadn’t tried their products or services before I received this gift for Christmas from my sister.

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This is such a great kit. I love this folding hair dryer. It’s perfect for travel. The clips and brush are great too. The best part of this kit is the mini dry shampoo and conditioner. I have tried dry shampoo in the past and have had mixed results, but I am here to tell you that Drybar’s dry shampoo is amazing. It works every time and is effortless. I have never tried dry conditioner before, but I like using it on the tips of my hair after straightening. It keeps my hair from looking too dry.

Drybar has so many nice kits that make excellent gifts. If you have a Drybar near you, I would encourage you to check it out. They really do have a quality product.

SIERRA NEVADA BREWERY

Saturday, October 29th, my parents came to get me from work and took me to lunch at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Asheville. We got there when the doors opened at 11am and it’s a good thing we did. That placed packed out in a hurry!

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This place blew me away. I had heard great things about it, but just hadn’t made it there until my birthday this year. The food was great and so was the beer. My mom, dad and I took a a self guided tour and were blown away by how beautiful everything was.

If you are planning a trip to Asheville, NC any time soon, you need to see this place for yourself.

ALL THE POCKETS

Nothing beats a great tote bag!

I recently had an old, reliable tote bag bite the dust. It was a sad day.
Because that bag was from Lands End, I was able to order a new one exactly like it!

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My old bag was green and my new one is red with a different monogram style. I have already sprayed it thoroughly with Scotch Guard and am carrying it with pride. It has a pocket for everything and this bag serves as my portable office.

LULU LEMON HEADBANDS

Going to Lulu Lemon in NYC is much more chill than going to Lulu Lemon in Charlotte. In NYC, they don’t try to over sell you and get you hyped up over leggings. They simply let you browse in peace and make a selection. It was refreshing.

I had just made a couple purchases from Lulu Lemon in Charlotte so I didn’t really need anything, but I did pick up a couple of headbands. I got the Fly Away Tamer Headband II in black and luon spray jacquard hunter green black. These headbands really stay in place and keep the wispies out of my face. I love them.