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Saturday, Ben and I went to the Top of the Hops Beer Festival downtown. It was a beautiful day to be outside and we enjoyed it while bumping into friends and tasting lots of new and different beers. Some of the more unique brews we tried were Fish Paralyzer BPA of RJ Rockers Brewing Company (BPA stands for Belgian-Style Pale Ale), Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ale which had a very smokey taste to it, and Jacques Au Lantern of Evolution Craft Brewing Co. which is a seasonal pumpkin ale that Ben described as being very nutmeggy! We also tried several ciders and cask ales.
After all that beer, we desperately needed some food, so we headed to the Whiskey Jar for some southern style cookin’! Ben and I both had the Courthouse Sandwhich “Hicory Smoked Pork with a spicy Pepper and Onion blend topped with Housemade Cheese Sauce on a Po Boy Roll and served with Fries”. It was delicious and we washed it down with a famous Moonshine Punch!
Afterward we spent some time sobering up while playing cornhole at Chris and Cara’s house. It was the perfect Saturday spent with good friends!
Translation: Oh My Gosh Thank God It’s Friday YAY!
I’m so excited today and here’s why!
- It’s Friday and the beginning of the weekend…DUH!
- We are going to the Top of the Hops Beer Festival tomorrow where we will get to sample many awesome beers and spend time with lots of friends! We went last year and it was a blast!
- I feel like I am doing so much better at work. I’m feeling more comfortable with my job, tasks, and asking my coworkers questions plus I am meeting new people and getting involved!
- The weather has been wonderful and it is supposed to stay that way through the weekend.
- I was really good this week at keeping up with my healthy eating and exercising (ran over 11 miles!). I’m trying to remind myself constantly that this is important to keep me positive and help me mentally and emotionally in addition to keeping my body healthy.
- Lastly, I found out that I MAY be able to spend a weekend in October with my brother, sister, and dad in New York AND go to a TEXANS game (special thanks to my awesome boss for giving me the time off)! It’s not definite yet, but we’re working on it!
I hope everyone has a FABULOUS weekend!
My posts have been few and far between this year, but that’s mostly because I’ve been out experiencing life! Since one of my goals of writing this blog has been to document all of the new and wonderful experiences I have as I make my way through each day, I figured I should share some of those.
Well in no particular order, here they are:
- Got engaged!
- Test drove new cars
- Bought a new car!
- Bought a wedding dress
- Planned and threw 2 baby showers
- Introduced my dad to my future in-laws
- Became a landlord (i.e., invested in a rental property)
- Successfully competed in Warrior Dash
- Found the only Alamo Drafthouse outside of Texas and watched a double feature
- Drove to New Jersey and back in less than 48 hours
- Saw a production of Disney’s Newsies at the Papermill Playhouse and met the cast at a local diner afterward
- Created a wedding website and registered for wedding gifts
- Got a promotion to Software Engineer II
- Learned how to play the awesome game of Dominion
- Planned a wedding (partially)
- Threw a Silpada party
- Got second place in a Biggest Loser contest at work
- Made a fall wreath
- Became addicted to Pinterest
- Went to Smith Mountain Lake
- Watched an elementary school production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- Attended the Top of the Hops Beer Festival, met up with an old college roommate, and met a famous blogger
- Had engagement photos taken by an awesome photographer
- Made my own t-shirts for Shamrockfest 2011, the 2011 Charlottesville Women’s Four Miler, and Breaking Dawn Part 1
- Went to a bridal show
- Participated in Office Olympics
- Got my concealed weapons permit
- Attended Scrum training by one of the inventors of Scrum
- Spent a wonderful long weekend in Disney World with my dad, step-mom, little brothers, and my fiance
- Had an AMAZING girls weekend in the Outer Banks
- Helped plan an engagement brunch for a friend
- Attended the 7th Annual Pink Ribbon Polo Classic at King Family Vineyards and met the owner who attended my alma mater
- Watched the Royal Wedding
- Crowd Surfed during the Dropkick Murphys performance at Shamrockfest
- Saw a real live bear
- Experienced my first earthquake…SCARY
I’m sure there are a ton of things that I’m leaving out and so many pictures and stories to go with all of these experiences, and one day I’ll hopefully get them all up here on the blog.
It’s been an AMAZING year so far and I’m hoping 2012 will be even better!
Hope your 2011 has been as great as mine!
It’s starting to feel like fall!
After the sweltering heat that we’ve endured this summer, I’m welcoming the autumn season with open arms.
Fall always reminds me of new beginnings: starting school, starting a new job, entering into a new relationship. These significant events in my life have almost always happened during fall, so the familiar smell of the air and feel of the breeze cooling you as the sun warms your skin perfectly always makes me happy and nostalgic.
Tomorrow, I’m attending the Harvest Wine Festival At The Plains and will happily be sipping local wines while enjoying the company of friends and the feel of the grass beneath my body. Next weekend, I’ll be attending and “starring in” the autumn harvest themed wedding of two dear friends. I can’t think of a better way to welcome the season!
Last weekend was quite eventful! I experienced these awesome firsts:
- Attended my first music festival
- Played cornhole for the first time
- Tasted my first moonshine – apple pie and nectarine
- Enjoyed my first lavendar meade
- Attended my first tea party (really a tea party-themed birthday party for my friend’s daughter)
It was an awesome weekend and I was ecstatic to add these firsts to my list of lifetime experiences!
Yesterday I attended the Crozet Music Festival with some friends from work. We went to support a group of guys from VGT who have a band called Coal River. These guys were AWESOME! They sang some really good cover songs as well as some of their own unique tunes. If you’ve got some free time and feel like hearing some great local music, check out their MySpace page.
In addition to listening to some great bands, there were several local wineries and breweries there. Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery (mentioned in an earlier post) was there and had a newly bottled wine called Lavender Metheglin.
From Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery’s website:
Metheglin is derived from the Welsh word “meddyglyn” which means healing drink. In ancient times, healing spices were added to mead resulting in a drink with healing powers. Lavender, believed to promote good health, is also soothing and relaxing and is associated with romance and seduction. Possessing a beautiful golden color and a bouquet of fresh lavender flowers, this slightly sweet mead can be enjoyed heated or paired with desserts such as blackberry cobbler.
This wine was amazing and hopefully it really does have healing powers since I’ve been fighting a cold. I loved it so much that I bought 3 bottles of it.
In addition, I sampled wines from Well Hung Vineyard (love the name and their label) and Flying Fox Vineyard which had some really good wines (and really cute labels). I’m going to have to make it out to Flying Fox’s tasting room to try their 2006 Petit Verdot which won a Gold Medal in the 2009 Virginia Governor’s Cup wine competition. It tied for first place with Barboursville Vineyards ‘ Octagon 2005 and Jefferson Vineyards‘ 2006 Meritage (according to the owner) and I loved both of these wines.
Local breweries in attendance included Starr Hill, Blue Mountain Brewery (was really sad I missed out on their Humpback Oktoberfest but will have to make a trip out to Nelson County to try it and their up-and-coming Chocolate Pumpkin Porter), and Devils Backbone Brewing Company (I had the Gold Leaf Lager which was delicious).
In the end, it was an awesome night with lots of friends, good music, good food, and great wine and beer (despite my cold). I will definitely be attending again next year and you should too!
I’m so glad that autumn is finally almost here!
One thing that I have learned to appreciate about living on the East Coast is the beautiful weather and scenery that takes over between September and November. Leaves changing colors and the weather getting colder is something I rarely got to experience growing up in southern Texas. Now that I live in central Virginia, I can’t get enough of it!
I love taking pictures of the leaves changing colors from bright greens to various hues of orange, brown, yellow, and red. I love getting to bundle up in sweaters and fleece and sit by a bonfire and drink apple cider. And I love all of the fall festivals that take place during this time of year. The Graves Mountain Apple Harvest Festival, the Carter Mountain Orchard Apple Harvest Festival, and the Fall Fiber Festival and Montpelier Sheep Dog Trials are just a few that I plan on attending!
The next couple of months are sure to be filled with lots of fun and plenty of pictures.