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Your Bad Hair (Part 2)

It’s time for more bad hair pics. If you missed Part 1, check it out. There are some treasures in there. But now we have a new set of treasures to kick off your Friday.

1. The Aqua Net

This is my running partner in crime. She sent a bunch of pictures to choose from but I thought most of them were way to cute to make this post. This one was an exception because 1) that is a ladder 2) I’m not sure that’s even a perm but her natural curl untamed and 3) I am sure those bangs don’t get that sexy without some serious hairspray.

2.The White Fro

This is a picture from Kate. Instead of sending a picture of herself, she decided to call out her brother instead. Take notice of the hair, then check out the shirt, and know this picture was actually taken in the 80’s.

3.  The Acid Washed Mullet

This is Jackie. While the mullet and the feathering are indeed impressive, it’s the pairing of the slick hairdo with the acid washed skirt that I find extra appealing. Oh, hey, do I see high-tops in there? I think I do.

Perhaps Jackie and I were twins? Because I had that same skirt. BOOM.

Where does my sweater end and the dog begin?

4. The Face Lift

Here’s Jackie again. I’m not sure I can classify those bangs because I don’t really know what’s going on there. I can classify the tightly pulled-back hair in the barrette. Jackie is actually 40 years old here but it’s the pulled back hair that makes her look so youthful.

5. The Some Kind of Wonderful

Say hello to Ms. Katy Widrick. And tell me you don’t think of Mary Stuart Masterson when you look at this picture.

It’s more than a bowl cut. It’s what made Eric Stoltz totally diss Lea Thompson.

(source)

6. The Floating Head

Here’s Katy again. This picture is a classic and I included it for general terribleness (that’s a word, I think) more than for bad hair.

Don’t think I don’t have one of those too. Thank God for braces, right Katy?

7. The Mu-Mu of the Future

This is Emily. Her hair is actually pretty nice here, but my God, the dress. THE DRESS! She reminds me of that girl in every horror movie who tells you that you’re going to die but you don’t listen. Bonus points for the creepy doll and her parents putting her in front of some foliage for the perfect shot. I just wish I could see the shoes.

Thanks for sending in all the great pictures, ladies. And I hope the rest of you were entertained by our traumatic childhoods.

 

 

 

 

 

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Your Bad Hair (Part 1)

I asked for bad hair pictures and I got ’em. You all are not shy. I love it! A bunch of you even sent in more than one and let me choose which one to post. Of course, sometimes that was Sofie’s Choice and I had to pick several so now this is going to be two posts otherwise you’ll be reading into next week. So let’s get to it.

1. The Helmet

Kathy sent in this picture. I think it’s questionable that this is even hair. It looks like it was set gently atop Kathy’s head. Plus, it’s a sports picture. I’m not sure soccer uses helmets, but this was another time afterall. We may never know the answer.

2.The Trick Mullet

This picture is from Sierra. I almost deemed this picture too adorable to post (and she’s still adorable today), but then she received points because her bangs go all the way around to both ears. Then I realized, this is in fact a mullet but she’s so adorable that you are tricked into thinking this is a regular haircut. Extra points also given for the sexual-predator-friendly “Arms are for hugging” dress.

3. The Confident Mop

This is Amber.  If you turn her upside down, you can use her on floors. Amber is really working this look with that confident strut toward the camera and Tweety Bird on her shirt.

4.  The Seductive Mullet

This is also Amber. Not many people can pull off bangs that go back mid-head but Amber has it going on. This is possibly my favorite entry for the pose alone. The phrase “pictures are worth 1000 words” was created once this was taken.

5. The Kip Winger

This is my friend Katie. I’m not sure Kip Winger ever had this hairstyle but I do think he would date anyone with it. So the name seems appropriate.  It’s a little bit feather, a little bit cowlick, and a little bit dental hygenist scrubs.

6. The Joan Cusack

Here’s Katie again. All I can think about when I see this picture is Joan Cusack. And really, I have no idea why. Maybe it’s the pose or the rad lightning bolt earrings. Also, it’s important to note that if you cut off all her hair from the ears down, that she would have the same hair as my brother in the late 70s.

7. The Hair Bear

Shannon sent in two completely different pictures and I appreciate her willingness to experiment with hair at such a young age. First, we have the hair bear. I can’t decide what I like better, her gigantic head of hair, the pink cumberbun in the background, or her then boyfriend’s peach fuzz moustache.

8. The Sinead

Here’s Shannon again. She gets mad points for 1) actually shaving her head and 2) being the only one to send in this type of hairstyle. I also appreciate her ability to transform one side of her hair into long luscious locks by leaning into her friend.

9. The Hare Bear (See what I did there?)

This is Jina. I had to double check that this wasn’t me. A perm, reddish hair, bangs, freckles, bunnies. It’s easy to see how I could get confused. I can’t say anything bad about this picture. Jina obviously knows the way to my heart.

10.  The Superhero

Ok, so maybe Jeremy Renner didn’t send this in to me. But you can’t prove it.

Thanks to everyone for sending in your pictures. You are all good sports and make me feel less awkward. Part 2 is coming up soon so you still have time to send in your pictures at eatwatchrun@gmail.com  if you didn’t get a chance.

 

 

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Flashback Friday: Bad Hair

Alternate title: How my parents made sure I never had sex.

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a Flashback Friday. I’m really good at starting up recurring posts and then abandoning them completely. So it’s time to bring it back, even if just for one week because I’m almost certain I will regret this.

You might remember, I dyed my hair red last week. While I was dying it, I posted a picture on Instagram out of boredom.

Then I got a few comments.

Those comments made me think about how often I change my hair and all the terrible hair cuts I’ve had in the past. Today I’m going to share some of them with you. These are pictures of pictures so they aren’t the best quality, but if we’re being real here, no one needs to see these clearer than they already are. So get ready for some of the worst pictures ever taken of me. (You can thank my BF for digging some of these up.)

Lord help me if any of this ends up on People of Wal-Mart or Awkward Family Photos.

1. The Bowl Cut

My parents started me out pretty young with the terrible haircuts. Since I don’t remember going to the salon, I’m pretty sure an actual bowl was used in the making of this hair. If you stare long enough, I kinda look like Danny Bonaduce. (This picture is Pants approved, by the way.)

2. The Tight Perm

(This is for you, Verlin.)

I hated smiling because I had terrible teeth and was super embarrassed about them. I got this perm the summer before 8th grade. The first day of class, I walked in and Kris Winkle (yeah, I’ll call him out) said, “WHAT did you do to your hair!?” That pretty  much scarred me for the rest of the year.

3. The Feather

Mmm. I loooved having teeth like that growing up. Gave me so much confidence!

I remember my dad made me wear that dress and I hated it. I’m pretty sure this is the only time I wore it and I remember being thankful that I was still growing because I knew it wouldn’t fit for long. Dresses should not have bibs or look like couches. But I think we have other issues to deal with in this picture, like that blue eyeshadow.

4.  The Feathered Mullet

This might be one of my favorites. I like how the feathering really covers up my earlobes. Couldn’t someone at least have repainted my nails?

5. The Disheveled Mullet

That was my first and last trip to Fantastic Sams. My mom LOVED it. I was mortified. Even in the 80s. I cried after I got this hair cut and had to deal with it forever while it was growing out. I know you can’t tell from the picture, but that’s a Belinda Carlisle pin I’m wearing on my shirt. I couldn’t afford the t-shirt, so I bought the pin and wore it all.the.time.

6. The Teased Bangs

That’s me and Lisa. She is going to KILL me for posting this but how can I let such a treasure go unseen? That is the tight perm from the previous picture growing out. Not completely horrible, but you can’t deny the awkwardness of the spoon in my mouth, a happy face made out of Oreos in our ice cream, and my supremely comfortable hand pose.

7. The Scrunchie

Oh hey there attractive couch!

This was my matching phase. My earrings matched my scrunchie which matched my shorts. Not horrible, but very 80s. And now it reminds me of The Graduate.

*****

So there you have it. I showed you mine, now you show me yours. Pretty please? Send me your worst hair cut picture at eatwatchrun@gmail.com (and your blog link if you have one) and I’ll put them in a post in a week or so. 🙂

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Flashback Friday: Burning Man Q and A

Since I had so many questions about the  Flashback Friday Burning Man post, I thought I would do a Q and A. You guys asked some good questions! Here they are:

The Kidless Kronicles (who has two blogs) asked:

How many people [were at Burning Man], do you know?
It’s been growing every year. It started with 20 people in 1986. When I went in 2010, there were over 50,000.

Victoria @ Running Peanut asked:

I wonder whose idea Burning Man was!? How did you find out about it?
Burning Man started as a bonfire ritual on the summer solstice by a guy and a few of his friends. You can read more about the history here.

I found out about it through our friends who went the previous year. Hubs wanted to go bad, so he bought tickets. It wasn’t really my type of thing so I was pretty apprehensive at first. Knowing we were going with friends helped though.

Brandi @ The Vitamin Bee asked:

How hot was it there?
It’s hot during the day. I think the average temperature was in the 90’s. Even though it’s hot during the day, it’s a dry heat. (Ugh, I hate when people say that.) But, take it from someone who lives in Florida – dry heat is way better than humid heat. When you’re too hot in dry heat, you can stand in the shade and cool down because the breeze is cool. In humidity, you don’t cool down in the shade because because the breeze still feels like a furnace.

For the most part, I wore shorts, a bathing suit top, boots, goggles around my neck, and a scarf (for the dust storms) during the day.

(Side note: There was no one on the other end of the line. But we had to wait for a woman that had a 10 minute conversation before us to get this picture.)

It was cool at night, somewhere in the 40’s-50’s. So we wore jackets and warmer clothes.

What were your essentials? Anything you recommend bringing?
Burning Man has a survival guide that is published every year. It’s required reading and they tell you everything you need to know about what to bring. I could give you a list of what I’d recommend bringing, but it would be long.

This was the inside of our little trailer and all our stuff packed into it. I think for never going before, we did pretty well bringing what we needed. Next time, I’d definitely bring a warmer jacket though. I had to borrow one from Morgan on a couple of colder nights.

Who plans the events?
Attendees sign up to be a participant and I think have to go through some approval process to get on the event list. A lot of the attendees go to Burning Man every year and set up the same theme camps.

For instance, the Barbie Death Camp is one of the theme camps that have been there several years in a row.

(Pic stolen from Morgan. Thanks, Morgan!)

Did they have trailers to rent when you got there? Or did you have to rent one in Reno and drive with it the whole way?
No. You have to rent (or own) a trailer before you arrive. Some people just drive in with tents or sleeping bags and some find strangers to give them a ride in. It’s really what your more comfortable doing. We rented from the place we did because they had the trailer set up on sight when we got there. We didn’t have a car so we wouldn’t have been able to get a trailer there without renting one. That would have been a lot more money when we were already spending a ton to get there in the first place. 

Our trailer rental came with bikes to use for the week. I would say that a bike is probably one of the most important things to have. I can’t imagine trying to walk the area the whole week. It would take forever.

If you rent a trailer, you need to do it far in advance. I think we rented ours 8 months in advance and still most of the places in Reno and the surrounding towns were booked. The people camping next to us rented their trailers in San Deigo and drove them up.

Showering?
Don’t expect to do a lot of that. And even when you do, you don’t stay clean for long because of all the dust. We had a shower in our trailer but it didn’t have hot water. And it was uncomfortably small. I could sit at any point in the shower and be sitting on the toilet. I washed my hair twice during the week and it sucked because it was so cold.

Our friends Morgan and Don set up a water bag on a pole in the sun and stood in a kiddie pool to shower outside of their trailer.

Kate asked:

How much food/beer did you bring for a week and was there a store nearby you could go to if you ran out?
We didn’t bring beer, but we brought a huge bottle of tequila and vodka that were gone at the end of the week. Our friend, Don, brought 100 beers (for himself!) so he wouldn’t run out. He shared those with us as well. Plus, people give you alcohol all over the place at Burning Man. (Remember, it’s no commerce, giving society.)

There are no stores nearby. Burning Man is about a hour away from the first gas station and an hour and a half away from the nearest town. If you leave, you have to pay to get back in.

Was it peaceful?
Sometimes.
We stayed on the outer circle, so it wasn’t as loud as the inner circle where most of the people camp. But, we still had camping “neighbors” on all sides of us. We also had to sleep with earplugs because there is constant bass from all the music, usually until 7am. If you’re staying closer to the inner circle, I wouldn’t imagine you’d get much sleep. However, it was really easy to bike out into the middle of nowhere (where it was quiet) and enjoy the artwork.

The more awesome pieces of artwork usually had more people around.

For the most part, you are around people the whole time.

Do you plan to go again?
Right afterwards, I said no way. But now I kinda miss it. Hubs was talking about going again next year but I really want to go to Alaska. It’s one or the other because Burning Man was the most expensive vacation we have ever taken. We had to buy the Burning Man tickets ($200-$400, depending which tier you get), buy the plane tickets to Reno, rent the trailer, and buy supplies for the week. We were really lucky to have friends to stay with in Reno, otherwise that would have been another cost for lodging before and after the festival.

I do think we will go again. It’s an experience like no other, even though that sounds lame to say. Maybe in a year or two?

Jim @ Biking My Mass Off asked:

How do they determine which man to burn each year? Is it a randomly drawn or is there some kind of ceremony?
There’s a vote. Usually they pick the dad types with 2 adopted boys. Know anyone like that?

Ok, I hope this was helpful! If you have any other questions, feel free to ask in the comments. 🙂

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Flashback Friday: Burning Man 2010

A year ago (and 2 months before I started this blog), the hubs and I flew out to Nevada to go to Burning Man. Burning Man is a 7-day, no-commerce, festival in the desert that happens every year. The festival is so huge that when it happens, it becomes the third largest city in Nevada. Here’s an aerial view of what it looks like:

It’s hard to describe Burning Man to someone who hasn’t been there, but basically it’s a festival put on by the people who attend it. There’s nothing to purchase (except ice and coffee) and you have to bring everything you need to survive (clothes, food, water, shelter) for the time you’re there.

We flew out to Reno to meet up with our friends, Don and Morgan. From Reno, we drove an hour and a half to the Burning Man site where hubs and I rented a small trailer for the week and Morgan and Don brought their “snailer.”

Each year Burning Man has a theme (ours was “Metropolis”).

And you get a booklet of all the one-time and recurring events happening around the city.

The events are anything and everything – wine tastings, dance parties, craft making, Sharpie tattoo contests, kissing booths, BBQs, drum circles, movie nights, trivia, dildo fencing, yoga. Pretty much anything you can think of.  And there was so much going on at one time, there is no way you could do it all.  There was even a Burning Man 5k. 🙂

The Man is part of a large structure that gets burned on the last night.

So basically, the entire week we spent riding our bikes around (no vehicles are allowed unless they are approved “art” vehicles) looking at amazing artwork, going to random dance parties, doing all sorts of activities, dressing up in costumes, and kicking back with good food, beer, and friends.

So here are some of the pictures from the week we were out there. 🙂

This was the coolest piece of artwork by far. It was huge and made out of all mesh (if I remember correctly) and she lit up different colors at night.

It was fun riding around on our bikes because we would find some of the coolest things. There’s no way you could ever see all of Burning Man if you tried, it’s so huge. But I think we saw a good portion of it.

We found this monochomatic cross-walk of mannequins that was pretty cool and creepy at the same time.

Their faces were speakers.

We found an Oink in the middle of nowhere. That’s hubs standing in the O.

We also found a really tall typewriter desk in the middle of nowhere. Oh, and I bought my CamelBak solely for Burning Man and now I run with that baby all the time. Best.purchase.ever.

The Pink Mammoth was one of the dance party areas. In the evening, this place was packed with people dressed in pink and dancing to techno.

We found this little mini-city. You can walk in and out of those “buildings.”

A tower you could climb up.

Here are some of my favorite vehicles riding around the city. This guy did not want to stop for a picture. But we begged.

I have an insane love for guinea pigs. The guy that created this vehicle let me sit in it and he told me about his guinea pig love too. We had a bond.

A lot of the vehicles let you get on and ride around in them, which was fun.

We found a girl making margaritas with a blender by riding a bike. That’s one way to stay thin and drunk at the same time.

We also found a hug booth! Morgan ordered the “long uncomfortable hug.” Then we all ordered the “group hug.”

Then hubs found a new friend.

We participated in the Million Bunny March. There were picketers.

Look at all the bunnies!

Pants would be so proud.

Since the theme was Metropolis, there was an attempt to break the Guinness Record for the most Supermans in one area. Of course, hubs had to get in on that action.

They broke the record. But it was broken again a couple days later. Apparently there’s a big market for mass Supermans.

We always had to have dust masks with us because of flash dust storms. Check out all the dust in the air. Dust tornados!

We saw some really pretty sunsets and then Morgan and Don posed in front of them.

At night The Man lit up.

You’re able to walk up to the top of it.

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When we were riding our bikes at night, we needed glow sticks so people could see us coming and flash lights so we didn’t run people over. Also, if it was nighttime and you didn’t have a flashlight – you were screwed if you had to use the port-o-potty. That crap was dark and nasty. Hover skills perfected.

It took us a couple days, but Morgan and I found the ellusive popcorn truck we kept hearing about. (I’m wearing a bikini bottom, not underwear, pervs.) 😉

On the 6th day, there’s a huge celebration before The Man is burned. Morgan and Don do fire Poi and were part of a big group performance beforehand that was really cool. (Morgan is in the back row, second person in.)

After the fire performance, they raise The Man’s arms, have a huge fireworks display (that was better than any display I have ever seen), and then burn him.

Afterwards, everyone gathers around the burning embers and makes s’mores!

On the last day, they burn the temple. The temple is another constructed roof-less building where people write their wishes and dreams on the walls. When the temple is burned, they say that the embers are everyone’s wishes being sent above to be answered.

The temple burning is completely silent and more an introspective thing.

The day after the temple is burned, everyone packs up and leaves.

We had a lot of fun at Burning Man but after day 5, we were ready to go home. So I think if we did it again, we wouldn’t stay the full week. It was definitely an experience like no other and we were really lucky to have Don and Morgan with us. They had been there the year before, so they gave us all sorts of tips on what to bring and expect.

Ok, so there you have it. This post didn’t nearly cover it all. I could have posted for 2 weeks on all the stuff there. But I guess one Flashback Friday will have to do. 🙂

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Flashback Friday: New House Renovations

Just over a year ago, the hubs and I moved into a new house. We loved it right away, but like our last house, we don’t feel like it’s really ours unless we at least choose the color of the walls.

After our last house, we realized that painting the walls yourself stops being fun after the first room. We did not want to paint another house. Then we realized how much money we were already spending by having flooring and a few other things professionally done, so we sucked it up.

There were a lot of things we wanted to do:

  • Paint all the walls.
  • Change the dining room into an office by putting up walls and adding a door.
  • Rip out all the carpet and linoleum and replace it with laminate (family room, office), tile (bathrooms and kitchen), and new carpet (bedrooms).
  • Refinish all the bathroom and kitchen cabinets.

For the kitchen, I was really inspired by this picture.

I loved the color contrast of the white cabinets and the dark walls. So, I knew that I wanted the cabinets to be refinished white. Once I got the color sample on the wall, I thought it looked like poop (I’m really picky with browns), so I changed up the shade a bit.

Here’s some before and after pictures of how everything turned out.

We knew from our last house that we would never use our dining room for anything but storage, so before the cabinets were done, we had a new wall put up to block off the entrance from the kitchen to the dining room.

The dining room is now our computer room. Hey ya’ll! I be bloggin’ from there! Here you can spot the new wall.

The guest bathroom had some nasty looking linoleum, but otherwise it was in good shape. I knew I wanted a black and white theme, so we had the cabinets redone, black tile installed, and I painted the walls gray. I wanted to get the countertops redone too, but my wallet told me to go to hell.

The master bathroom had cabinets redone and white matte tile put in (hubs HATES shiny tile), which you can’t see from the picture. I don’t love the color of the bathroom but it was such a bitch to paint that I didn’t want to do the room over. Plus, it was sort of complimentary to the master bedroom color – and you can see the bathroom from the bedroom.

To the right of this view, there’s another little room with a door that has the shower and toliet.

Here’s the master bedroom. We layed down new carpet (and by we, I mean carpet installers we hired) and painted the walls a Paula approved non-poop brown that was also on an accent wall in our last house. I didn’t want to pick another new color and still liked this one, so it worked.

Magic happens here, folks!

And finally, the family room. Puttin’ my man to work!

We used about 10 samples on the walls until we found the accent colors we liked. Hubs did most of the painting and I did most of the trim.

Our little breakfast table and our 1980 $5 phone on the wall that still works.

Hubs had the idea to make the baseboards black instead of white. I was really hesitant at first but it turned out awesome.

The rooms I’m missing is our guest bedroom which has a Murphy Bed in it and doubles as hub’s man-room (i.e. Alien and Predator figurines everywhere) and our gym, which I’m sure you’ve seen countless pictures of Pants working out in.

“She’s up in the gym just workin’ on her fitness.”

All of this took a lot of work. It took a lot of rescheduling of contractors, meeting contractors, trips to Home Depot, one food poisoning (tile installation guy), two idiots who couldn’t order the right tile, a second search for the right tile when we had already found the one we loved, and one moron who gave me satin paint instead of semi-gloss which caused me to have to redo the entire master bathroom. It was 2 months of stress and it sucked.

But it was worth it. 🙂

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By the time you read this, I should be waiting to get on the cruise to the Bahamas. I’ll see you all on Monday or Tuesday at the latest. 🙂

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Flashback Friday: The Honeymoon

Since last week’s Flashback Friday was about my wedding in Vegas, I guess it’s only fair to write about my honeymoon. We went to Maui, and let’s just say that Maui is the most incredible place that ever existed.

After the wedding, we flew to Maui and stayed 7 nights. We stayed in a condo that we booked on VRBO. Here’s the view from our condo balcony.

We rented a Jeep so we could do some off-roading. Renting a Jeep made me realize that I will never buy a Jeep. No space in that car and the seats suck. But at least you look cool when you’re driving a Jeep. And really, that’s what matters.

Maui is all about day life. People are up at the crack of dawn and in bed once the sun goes down. We had a hard time finding any restaurant or bar that was open past 10pm. So instead of late nights, we had early mornings.

Each day, we did some type of excursion or hike that required us to get up at 4 or 5am. We really made the most of our time there and I don’t think we ever weren’t exploring something. When we weren’t doing an excursion, we would pull off to the side of the road and hike to random overlooks and beaches.

One more step and I’m single!

We didn’t book any of our excursions until we got there which worked out better than I thought it would. I had an idea of a couple things I wanted to do, but that was it. So, here are some of the things we did in random order:

We went on a whale watching boat tour. (It was FREE because we sat through 2 agonizing hours of someone trying to sell us a timeshare.)

While we were on the boat, hubs expressed how excited he was to be married to me through pictures.

We rode a bike down the Haleakala Volcano. (One of our tickets was free from that same timeshare deal.) We rode up in a van (about a 2 hour ride from our condo) and took the bike down.

No pictures from the actual bike ride because we were going 30 mph downhill and it was on an open road with lots of curves. It was SO fun and SO dangerous. We eat danger for breakfast, though. And eggs.

We stopped half way down the volcano for breakfast and then did some exploring. Why get your lady 12 roses when you can get her ONE of these?

After the bike ride, another girl in our group was signed up to tour the Maui Winery at Ulupalakua Ranch. Our condo was in the opposite direction of the winery, so the driver offered to either take us home or take us on the tour for free. Did someone say “free?” 🙂

The winery was beautiful. Hubs bought some wine and shared it with a nice man.

There was a cute shop across the street from the winery where we had lunch. The cat outside of the shop would not move or open its eyes when we pet it. Too much wine, maybe? (And yes, it was alive.)

We went on an aerial tour of the Big Island in a little commuter plane. The girl that took our picture here started throwing up about 10 minutes into the flight and never stopped.

The Big Island (also just called Hawaii) is bigger than all the other Hawaiian islands put together and the lava flow from the crater keeps adding to its size.

The crater of the volcano wasn’t what you typically picture. It looked like black, flat, dead land and you could see red lava in areas just under the surface.

The smoke is where the lava was flowing into the water. No virgins were being sacrified, which was disappointing.

Toward the end of the flight, I wasn’t feeling so hot so hubs consoled me by taking a picture of my misery and laughing.

We drove the entire Hana Highway and made tons of hiking stops along the way. It took us about 12 hours from when we started to when we got through the highway and we didn’t even come close to seeing everything.

Stops along the way included the Twin Falls. We were the only ones around that hiked to the second fall (which wasn’t easy) and hubs was braver than I was. He waded through deep water to get over there.

We stopped at a black sand beach that had sea caves.

We hiked through a bamboo forest.

At the end of the 2 mile hike was a waterfall so huge that we couldn’t even get the whole thing in one picture. Please enjoy the worst picture ever taken of us by strangers.

The ride through the Hana Highway was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. We actually had to sign a waiver saying we wouldn’t drive it when we rented our car. It’s considered one of the top 10 most dangerous roads in the world.

Half of it is one “lane” that’s mostly unpaved, pitch black once the sun goes down, no guard rails, steep cliffs, and very small bridges to cross. At one point, about 15 mooing, crazy-eyed cows surrounded the Jeep and we were freaking out. We waited about 5 minutes for them to pass before we could keep driving.

We went to a Luau where they handed you Mai Tais as you waited in line to get in. Maui, you know just what I like.

Hubs found a tour that included rafting, snorkeling, whale watching, breakfast, and lunch for $99 a person. It was supposed to last 2 hours and lasted almost 4 hours. Best money we spent there and probably the most fun we had on the entire trip.

The waters were so choppy and the boat was going so fast, that I almost fell out. Hubs also thought that was hilarious.

Part of the trip included snokeling around the Molokini Crater, one of the inactive volcanos.

A reef shark swam right by us while snorkeling. I tried to get a picture, but it didn’t come out clearly. So here’s a picture of me!

We visited a nude beach. We had to climb up a big rock to get to it. This is the non-nude side.

And hubs took some surfing lessons.

Some random facts about Maui:

  • Spam is everywhere. Spam burgers. Spam sushi. Hawaii loves its Spam.
  • The continental U.S. is called the mainland.
  • Every local I talked to that asked where I was from thought Orlando was a total party city and wanted to visit here.
  • McDonald’s has hot banana pies and hot apple pies.
  • Groceries are super expensive. A box of Frosted Flakes cost $8.00.
  • DQ Blizzards in Maui taste better than in Orlando.

Also, it’s windy most of the time.

Enjoy that last picture. That’s my natural hair color.

Ok, so that was long and picture heavy and didn’t even cover it all. I’m looking back at these pictures and it doesn’t do Maui justice. The beauty in person pales in comparison to what I see on film.

The rest of the time we spent exploring, eating at amazing restaurants, drinking fruity drinks, and then spiraling into a fit of depression because we had to leave.

Where did you take your honeymoon?

Or if you’re not married, where did you take your favorite vacation?

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Flashback Friday: The Wedding

This starts a new segment on the blog. I see a few other blogs have a Flashback Friday with their own spin on it, so this is mine. LET IT BE LAW.

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After 7 years of dating, the hubs and I got engaged. Before we started wedding planning, I suggested we go to Las Vegas, but the hubs shot down that idea because his family is on the traditional side. I’ll admit, I was bummed. A destination wedding sounded awesome, but this relationship thing is a two-way street, so I started doing research in the Orlando area. And by research, I mean I just asked all my friends where they got married. Shortly after grilling all my friends, we found the Maitland Art Center.

I loved it!

Meet the chapel.

I really liked the idea of my future wedding pictures in that chapel. I pictured it decorated with lots of white flowers. It just has this old school feel to it like monks in long, brown robes should be walking around with their heads bowed. The picture really doesn’t do it justice.

I booked the chapel at the Art Center for the wedding and booked the Winter’s Park Farmer’s Market for the reception. The Farmer’s Market is indoors, unlike the Art Center, to account for unpredictable Florida weather. Also, if I broke a sweat in my wedding dress, I would flip out.

The Farmer’s Market used to be an old train station, so the inside is really charming.  Shortly after we booked the wedding and reception, we booked the caterer, photographer, and the cupcake tower wedding cake.

I tried to keep the wedding as affordable as possible because hubs and I were splitting the bill. I often reminded him of what he owed and would ask his opinion on different things (even though he pretty much left the planning to me) because it was his money too.

Seven months before our wedding and after $2000 in deposits, hubs realized that the portion he owed for the wedding was indeed his portion and not the total for the whole wedding.

Meet Las Vegas. Open-mouthed smile

Hubs decided Vegas didn’t sound so bad after all. (Insert I told you so here.) First, I threw something heavy at him. Then, I was annoyed because I had already done so much work, but then realized I was getting my way so that annoyance didn’t last long. I canceled everything I had booked, did a bunch of research on Las Vegas wedding packages, and ended up booking our wedding at Mandalay Bay. We got all but $300 back from our deposits (whew!) and ended up saving 6k by going to Vegas.

Before the wedding, the bestie and I had our hair done at the salon in the hotel. I don’t recommend wearing a tight-necked t-shirt when you’re getting your hair done unless your wearing that same tight-necked t-shirt for your wedding (lesson learned).

Hubs and I got married in the outdoor area of Mandalay Bay called Valley of the Falls instead of the chapel. It was an extra cost, but totally worth it. We also saved money by getting married on a Monday instead of the weekend.

Over 20 of our friends flew out for our wedding which blew my mind. You mention Vegas to people and they go crazy. I’m sure half of them still don’t know they were there for a wedding. Everyone started buying plane tickets like they were going to meet Cher and Celine Dion personally.

Our guests had to wait an hour for the ceremony to start because the minister that was supposed to marry us was in a car accident on the way to the wedding.

I decided not to take that as a sign and had a beer with my brother and best friend in the lobby while we waited. 🙂 When another minister finally showed up, the wedding was on and my brother walked me down the aisle.

No, we didn’t get married by Elvis (our most asked question). But I’m pretty sure Roy Orbison lives and now plays the violin at weddings.

My best friend was my Maid of Honor and the only person in our wedding party.

The little dude that married us sounded like an evangelist. I’m surprised he didn’t slap our foreheads at the end. The falls were so loud, he had to use a microphone so our guests could hear, which just amplified his corniness.

The photographer who took our pictures was awful (he was part of the wedding package we booked). We took over 200 pictures with him and we liked 15 of them. All our other pictures came from our friends.

He did manage to take a few good ones. This was our favorite.

Now it’s a little over 2 years later and I don’t think I would have changed anything. The ceremony was short, we had dinner at Rumjungle in Mandalay Bay afterwards, and then danced at Cathouse in the Luxor most of the night. I had so much fun and it was much more relaxed than your typical ceremony and reception.

If you’re married, where did you get married?

If you’re not married, would you get married in Vegas? 🙂

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