If you only have one hour in St. Augustine…

If you only have one hour in St. Augustine…

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If you only have one hour in St. Augustine, try to make it 7:00-8:00 am.  At this time, the tourists are absent, the sun is in “golden hour,” and the parking is free.

If you only have one hour in St. Augustine, park near Flagler College.  The school is only fifty-ish years old, but the buildings used to be a prestigious hotel.  The architecture is beautiful!

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Simple Joy Saturday #39

Simple Joy Saturday #39

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or change as time passes.  Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!

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1. A change of pace

Work is more fun when you are at a Disney resort.

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How to Save Money at a Disney Resort

How to Save Money at a Disney Resort

This week I attended the Ruffalo Noel Levitz conference at the Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort.  As a self-proclaimed penny-pincher, I consider the prices at Disney a little, um, steep.  However, I did discover a few ways to save money.

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1. Choose “Quick Service” dining options. 

I ate most of my meals at Picabu and Fuel.  These “buffeterias” have delicious food, and (while they’re not cheap) they are cheaper than the more formal restaurants.  I especially liked Picabu because I could grab a hot meal (such as tacos or a burrito bowl) and a snack for later (they stock some of my favorite granola bars).

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Mosquit-OH MY!

Mosquit-OH MY!

For ten hours on Monday, I drove south at 80 mph in the company car.  I am attending a student retention conference this week, and my goal was to reach the hotel before dinner.

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About halfway to my destination, I stopped at the Savannah Wildlife Refuge to snap some nature photos and stretch my legs.  As soon as I exited the car, 1000 mosquitoes attacked me.  I ran in circles while swatting them (killing about 10 mosquitoes per swat) until I could safely return to my car.

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I didn’t try to leave the car again for three hours.

Sorry there aren’t more photos of the nature preserve, but I like my blood to stay in my body.

Simple Joy Saturday #32

Simple Joy Saturday #32

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or change as time passes.  Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!

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Sorry…I am a little late to posting.  It has been quite the week, and the upcoming week will be even busier!

April 21-27, 2018

1. Songs that recall happy memories.

Do y’all have songs that transport your mind to a time in your past?  It seems like the radio has been playing such songs all week.  I have mentally traveled from my first cheerleading camp to the Grand Canyon with a stop in Victoria, TX.

What songs bring back memories for you?

2. Speaking of  music, this pianist is incredible.

My mom told me that I would regret my childhood refusal to practice the piano…

(…and those ten songs just took me on a mental journey my freshman dorm room to the Woods Family Camp.  After that, I sat in my car for a while, attended a PIU chapel service, arrived back in Tyler, TX, and visited my high school youth group). Music is truly incredible.

3. Coffee-flavored yogurt is back at Aldi. 

Enough said.

 

 

Simple Joy Saturday #31

Simple Joy Saturday #31

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or change as time passes.  Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!

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April 21-27, 2018

1. Last weekend, I met a college friend at Pilot Mountain.  We had such a great time hiking and catching up!

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The Pilot

The Pilot

Pilot Mountain State Park

Before you leave, I need to know if I there is a man in these rocks, or if I am just seeing things…

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You see it too, right?  Perhaps he is the pilot that gave Pilot Mountain its name.

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