Work Play and Chardonnay: August Round-up

Another month bites the dust.  Another month bites the dust.  And August is gone, and August is gone.  Another month bites the dust…

Slow down, 2018, slow DOWN.  Please and thank you.

Okay.  Okay.  I have as much control over time as I do over a freshly opened bottle of white wine.  Actually…I'm lying about the latter, but you will learn a little more about that as you scroll down.  Pinky swear.

August wasn't a slouch in the fun department.  This was partially due to my Maine vacation but mostly due to the quality time that I was able to spend with friends and family including…

Fairy doors and a cheese-making class at Leu Gardens with Nicole.  The cheese course was planned.  The fairy doors were a pleasant (and adorable!) surprise.

My Maine vacation included time well spent at the Gannon Camp.  It also included my first 5k outside of Florida.  My lack of planning and old sneakers made it a race that was a #FAIL (I'm not faulting the race at ALL).

My usual M.O. is to put together a “Ranifest” – an organized list with all of my race needs and pertinent information.  For some reason I decided to wing it, so I got the race start time wrong, packed yoga pants instead of running rights and forgot the top to my hand-held water bottle.  Also, I brought old, old running shoes that finally gave me a blister after a zillion miles…  I shall rename this the “Oops and Ouch 5k”.  Again…totally my fault.

Dead Sneakers
R.I.P. Brooks running shoes.  You saw me through miles and miles of training and numerous road races.  You were cute and utilitarian.  May shoe heaven treat you right.

I drank a lot of wine during my vacation.  So much wine that I referred to it as “Wine-a-Geddon.”  Just a few pieces of evidence below…

As much fun as I had had it was overly decadent, so I decided to go alcohol-free for thirty days (it's day 12 as I type this…boom!).  I kicked off the 30 days with my first ever juice cleanse via Pressed Juicery.  Admittedly, I was a bit afraid of the cleanse.  I'm a food lover through and through.  I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the taste of the juices.  I did feel a bit lethargic during the day and, at times, missed chewing solid foods.  But overall…I would cleanse again.  But for now…I'm living the Mocktails and Dreams life.

Pressed Juicery
I survived my first juice cleanse and I all I got was this lousy Instagram post.  And a healthy living boost.  I can't shake a swizzle stick at that.

I can't believe September is HERE.  There is so much to look forward to this month.  The EPCOT Food and Wine Festival (wine to be sipped on September 22nd!), the six month anniversary of the blog on September 17th, the beginning of 10k training for the Disney Marathon Weekend, and my very first stay in a Tiny House that I booked via Airbnb (I'm a little excited.  Get it!!!???).  I bet I am going to complain about how quickly September went by before I know it.

But before September ends, here's the August round-up of posts if you'd like to catch-up on cheese, wine, and Maine.

Curd Your Enthusiasm

Adulting at Disney: Wine Bar George

At Home in Vacationland

But First, Brunch

Desperately Seeking Lobster…

Happy end of Summer going into Fall, Y'all.

Work Hard.  Play Hard.  Drink Chard (after September 21st).



39 thoughts on “Work Play and Chardonnay: August Round-up

  1. I hope you didn’t bury the shoe charms with the sneakers! RIP. One last time, dear running shoes, “Clear!”

  2. I can’t believe the year is nearly done as well. It’s crazy! We’re headed to Disney World next month so I’ll be able to check out the food and wine festival.

  3. Sadly, August is already gone. Although I wonder why September seems very long yet it just started the other day. Is it because school is here, and it seems like it’s going to be so busy? Perhaps…Although I promise to have more fun too.

    1. I am looking forward to fall, too! I can’t wait for sweatshirt weather. I can wear them inside but I want to be able to wear them outside without sweltering!!!

    1. It’s just for show. You can actually buy fairy doors of your own via Amazon. I went down a fairy door rabbit hole not too long ago. 🙂

  4. The Gannon Camp looks like lots of fun! I’d like to take part it the race, as it’s been my dream for a while. I’m also thinking of trying juice cleansing, as it sounds interesting! 🙂

    1. Hi, Natalia!! The Gannon Camp is definitely a good time.

      Races can be a lot of fun! I hope you fulfill your dream soon!

      The juice cleanse was very different. I’m still surprised I did it…and survived!! 🙂

    1. I can’t even begin to imagine doing a three day juice cleanse! I am “pro-chew”. 😀 Merry Christmas!!! Hahahaha! That made me laugh!!!

  5. August looked like a full month for you. I am so glad to see that it was filled with tons of great activities. Hopefully September will be the same. Keep it up!

  6. I also can’t believe how fast this year is going by and the fact that August is over has me all sad. I’m in Florida too and it’s hard to believe summer is over; it’s so hot though. Great round up post, you’re funny.

    1. Hello, Fellow Floridian! The summer is so nice but I am sooooo ready for Florida sweatshirt weather.

      And thank you for the kind words!! You gave me a big, huge smile!

    1. Fall is so beautiful! I do miss the changing of the leaves. Palm trees don’t turn glorious shades or red and gold. But still…I live in Florida for the temperate winters. 🙂

    1. You and me both! I am itching to take my Halloween decorations out of the garage. I have “Halloween-itis”.

  7. Sometimes things are meant to be. I always believe a more greater things will come by our path one day soon. So its okay if the charms are gone with the sneakers. It’s the memories that count

    1. Summer in Florida is a bit brutal, so I welcome the fall. I just wish the year would tap the brakes a little.

  8. cool , you are really work hard play hard! That’s awesome lifestyle, same to me too, be positive, active and happy life always! Keep it up!

    1. Happy holiday fever to the Philippines!!! I would like to do another juice cleanse. I think I am going to wait another month or so. I liked how I felt the next day!

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