Friday, September 15, 2017

friday favorites 09.15.17

So thankful that it's Friday, this week has been...well, let's just say that I'm glad it's over. Every single day, I've felt crabby and unmotivated. I haven't even wanted to see patients this week, which is so unlike me. And I have no idea why, especially since my appointments have been going so well. I think I just had a few too many assignments due this week and I'm exhausted. I definitely thought about skipping out on friday favorites this week, but if ever there was a need to focus on the positives from the week, it's today. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

cruise control: life at sea

I've never thought of us as "cruise people". It's such a commercial way to travel and Tom and I normally go out of our way to avoid crowds and plan unique adventures. But we were pleasantly surprised by how easily we settled to life and sea and loved living and traveling by cruise ship. 
alaska cruise anniversary
alaska cruise anniversary

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

what's in my [clinic] bag?

Linking up with some lovely ladies today to share "what's in my bag". I thought I would do things a bit differently since the bag that I carry most is my clinic bag for treating patients at dental school. Minus a few errant strands of floss and a whole lot of granola bar crumbs I found at the bottom, I'm showing you exactly what's in my clinical bag as a medical dental student. And while it's not nearly as glamorous as last year's edition, I wouldn't want it any other way. 
what's in my medical clinic bag

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Alaska by Numbers

My head is still spinning a bit from our recent Alaskan Cruise. It's one of those things where you're left thinking to yourself, did I really do that? Or am I just dreaming? We loved our first glimpse of the Alaskan wilderness and are already working on a way to get back there. 
alaskan cruise inside passage
I'm still not sure where to begin with sharing everything (literally have thousands of photos), so I thought starting out with a fun list would be a good way to get things organized. And since sharing Europe by Numbers, this seemed like the best way to share an overview of our trip. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

friday favorites 09.08.17

This transition from August to September has already been a bit of a crazy rollercoaster ride (thanks to favorite #5), but I've been sprinkling in lots of fun adventures and still getting a good bit of work done too. Can't wait to see what the rest of the month brings, in the meantime, I'm sharing a few favorites below. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

harvard museum of natural history

This past labor day weekend, we had a pretty wet Sunday. While I'm sure this rained out some people's plans, it was the perfect timing for us. Because there is nothing better than a rainy day museum visit

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

boating boston: kayaking the charles river

Don't you just love long weekends? Especially with being in a long distance relationship, having a little extra time to visit over the weekend makes a big difference. We had a relaxing labor day weekend and spent our time catching up on work, napping, shopping, brunching, and museum hopping. But my favorite thing we did was kayak the Charles River in Boston.
kayak boston charles river

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

white jeans for every season

A couple of years ago, I finally bit the bullet and bought a pair of white jeans, these ones to be exact. And while this wouldn't be a big deal for some, I am not the kind of girl that should own white anything, but I guess that's what they invented bleach for. But the biggest issue for me is that I felt that white jeans were for summer only and that I would only get real use out of them a few months out of the year. Oh how wrong I was. 
white jeans for every seasonWhen it comes to style blogging, I never want to be one of those people whose just show casing what's currently on trend. Instead, I like to buy and wear pieces that will work for my wardrobe long-term. According to my monthly clothing budgets, I paid $54 dollars for these white jeans (now on sale) two years ago and I think I've got my money's worth with wearing these year-round. With labor day having just passed, I was remembering the old adage of "no wearing white after labor day", but here's proof that you can wear white jeans all year long. 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

august lately

Oh August. You have been the busiest month. Hustling in dental school Monday through Friday and then out of town every single weekend this month. All in all, I'm a little shocked by how productive I managed to be with how much got done this month. It's a lot to take in and remember. So here's the best glimpse of August.
august lately

Friday, September 1, 2017

train of thought

My mind has been all over the place lately. It's gotten so bad that I can't focus on anything because I'm too busy thinking about what comes next.
train of thought
train of thought

Friday, August 25, 2017

dental school lately : vol. 1

It feels that there has been so much going on for me with dental school lately with hitting a milestone marking a year away, a year back and starting a new semester. And I need to start documenting all these big changes.
When I first created this space, I blogged about dental school semi-frequently, but then this space became my stress-free zone, which meant talking about and sharing anything but dental school. But, I would be remise if I didn’t document my journey. I’m in a unique position with being a woman, a black woman and pursuing a career where there are few people like me. As I’ve been getting back into sharing more and more about this journey, I want to do regular updates, hopefully bi-monthly. I’m hoping that this gives motivation to others, but also serves as a time capsule for me to look back on when graduation day finally comes. 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

day trip diaries : Seattle

We’re just back from an Alaskan Cruise celebrating our four-year anniversary. Our cruise left out of Seattle, which gave us a great opportunity to visit the Pacific Northwest again and reminisce about our time Wandering Washington last Fall.
visit Chihuly
We landed in Seattle late Saturday night, then had a few hours to spare Sunday morning before our cruise took off. We wanted to make the most of our time on the West Coast, especially in the PNW, so we ditched our luggage and headed downtown. Last time we were here, we had the chance to visit Pike Place Market, go rock climbing at the REI flagship store, see the Space Needle, explore the arts area of Fremont, and our favorite with exploring the Japanese Garden in the rain. Since we only had a few hours to spare this time around, we had to pick just one thing to do. Too many great options, but we ultimately chose to visit Seattle’s Chihuly Garden & Glass House. 
visit Chihuly

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

starting the semester

I guess this is my official back to school post. Though can you go back to something if you never fully left it? Technically, I had a week off between ending summer semester and starting fall semester this week, but not really.

Friday, August 18, 2017

summer clothing budget

I'm not even sure that budgeting bloggers is a thing anymore as it seems our hostess has abandoned us mid-year. Regardless, I still want to keep sharing my budget purchases here because it's a good form of accountability. 
And I was pleasantly surprised to see that I only made a few strategic purchases this summer that carried me through. Add in the fact that I have a few birthday gift cards and found some amazing sales and I didn't do too badly. All my purchases from July & August are below. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

why I'm taking my vacation days

Dear Fellow Americans, why don't we take our vacation days? Really think about it, when was the last time you took the days owed to you? And if you did, did you feel guilty about it? 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Florida Road Trip

One of the best parts for me about this space is having the chance to reminisce. And I've especially loved being able to look back and relive an entire trip simply by reading through our itinerary, so I want to share one here for all of our big trips. 
Florida Road Trip
After 3 years of putting it on the back burner, the stars aligned and we were finally able to make this trip fit into our schedule and our budget. I'm sharing our exact itinerary here so I don't forget a single detail of this epic adventure through the Sunshine State. 
Florida Road Trip

Monday, August 14, 2017

101 in 1001: Update #2

I haven't checked in with my 101 in 1001 since my February Update and I'm ashamed to say that I've only crossed a few more items off my list since then. Thankfully, it involves some of my more ambitious goals, but I still need to make some headway on all the smaller items soon so this doesn't sneak up on me.
101 in 1001 update

Saturday, August 12, 2017

mischief managed!

mischief managed

Friday, August 11, 2017

a year away, a year back

 I wasn't planning to post anything today, but then I realized that I had too because today is one of those milestone days that shouldn't be overlooked. What's so special about today you ask? 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

French Canada on a Budget

I wanted to do one last share from our trip to French Canada...our Budget. Because visiting chateaus and eating gourmet meals is the kind of thing a girl could get used too, within reason of course. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

zip-lining montmorency waterfall

If you know me, then you understand that I will never pass up a chance to chase a good waterfall. While were visiting Quebec City, we had the opportunity to visit Canada's tallest waterfall, which we definitely made good on. 
montmorency waterfalls
After all the crazy adventures at Niagara Falls (aka a helicopter ride from above), it only seemed fitting that we also have an epic adventure at Montmorency Falls with a chance to explore and zip-line right along-side the falls. I've chased a lot of waterfalls in my day, but this experience was definitely the most unique one. 
montmorency waterfalls

Monday, August 7, 2017

life lately :: juggling july

I can't think of any better way to describe July than as a juggling act. Looking back on this month, it seems as if it lasted forever and went by too fast all at once. Didn't end things on the best note with getting sick at the end of the month (probably from a lack of sleep leading to a weakened immune system), but overall, July was one for the books.
life lately july

Thursday, August 3, 2017

a rainy walk to remember

Right when we arrived in Quebec City, we got the best views of the city on our drive in because the Promenade de Samuel-de-Champlain surrounds and passes all through Quebec. 
La promenade Samuel-De Champlain
We knew we had to walk this pretty promenade before we left town. So even though it was pouring rain off and on, mostly on, we put in all the miles. 
La promenade Samuel-De Champlain

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

french canada :: quebec city

Oh Quebec! 
This city with it's cobblestone streets, dramatic châteaus, and gourmet cafés that is right in the heart of French Canada feels even more french than France does. I know that sounds crazy, but it's true.  
quebec city brunch
Everywhere you turn there is a piece of history and culture. And while so many modern cities are losing that, Quebec revels in it. It's a slice of Europe right here in North America. 
quebec city old city

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

neighbors to the north

The last time we visited Canada (VIDEO!:), it was a whirlwind bucket list kind of trip. We hung from one of the tallest buildings in the world, visited Niagara Falls from behind and above with a helicopter ride. We even had our hearts stolen by Toronto. But with all that, we haven't had a chance to make it back since.

This year Canada is celebrating their sesquicentennial, 150 years! And we thought we would help them celebrate. So Tom and I (and the pup) took the quickest weekend trip to French Canada with 3 days spent visiting Quebec City. Between travel, we enjoyed half a day in the city on either end of the trip and then one full day in between. I'll be sharing more details about our Canada trip later this week, but for today, I thought I'd share some random photos all from my iPhone.
canada 150

Thursday, July 27, 2017

a week of wear: vol 3

I've been doing a little more shopping lately and have been enjoying putting together bright fun outfits for this warmer weather that are still professional enough for grad school. Per usual, I live in university issued scrubs most days, but once a week I gain control over my wardrobe. So here's to a fun summer inspired week of wear...it only took me a month to wear all these outfits! 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

the cost of visiting Florida's national parks

If you're a regular reader around here, then you may have noticed how much we love the national park system. And it's our goal to visit all 59 of America's national parks. This will probably take us a decade, but is a fun adventurous goal to have.
Lately, we've started visiting all the parks within a state at once, like hiking through Utah's Mighty Five in Seven Days or Wandering Washington. So it should come as no surprise that we visited all 3 of Florida's parks within as many days. One thing I noticed compared to other national park visits is that we had to do a ton of research with trying to sort out our options for each park. Florida's national parks are unique and don't have as much hiking emphasis as others, so it can get costly with paying for activities in each park. I thought I'd share our budget friendly cost breakdown for visiting each national park. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

a camper's guide to dry tortugas national park

With our trip through the sunshine state, we visited all 3 of Florida's national parks. We spotted alligators in the everglades and went boating in biscyane, but by far our favorite was our visit to Dry Tortugas National Park.
This national park is actually an island off the coast of Florida that just so happens to be surrounded by the world's 3rd largest coral barrier reef. Even though the island is closer to Cuba than it is to the US, it used to serve as a major line of defense in the 1800's so it's chalked full of history. 

Dry Tortugas is one of the least visited national parks. This isn't because it's not worth visiting. Trust me, it is. But the only way to access the park is by boat or by seaplane. Add in the fact that the island has no electricity, no internet, no fresh water---most people only visit as a day trip. But Tom and I pride ourselves on not being most people. And a night of dry camping on a secluded island sounded like paradise to us. We spent our time laying out on the beach and searching the fort for hidden treasures. So I thought it would be a fun idea to share what we learned. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

every point counts

I'm doing all the things this week with grad school. I have so many projects due (crown & bridge preps + denture set-ups) and an exam that I will definitely be cramming for tonight as I haven't even started studying. Yet, I'm taking the time to write this quick post because I wanted to acknowledge hitting a big milestone with dental school. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

a week of wear: florida edition

I'm normally stuck in scrubs all day every day. While I kind of hate it, one thing it's taught me is that clothes are meant to have a function, not just be pretty. So with packing for our recent trip to Florida, I made sure to not only consider the cuteness factor, but also what would function best.
I literally packed based around what activities we were doing each day. And I was much happier with the outcome, so I thought it'd be fun to share a vacation edition of a week of wear

Sunday, July 9, 2017

day trip diaries: key west

The Florida Keys and Key West in particular have been on our radar for years, so I'm glad to say that we finally made it happen. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Boston Broadway :: WICKED!

Boston Broadway Belated Birthday
Say that 5X fast
One of the best parts about Tom being in Boston is that, well it's Boston. And being so close to New York-"the home of broadway", means that we've gone from never having seen a broadway show to having seen 4 together (The Lion King, The Book of Mormon, Chicago, Aladdin) and now lucky #5 with Wicked!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

a frantic fourth

I hope everyone had a fun and safe fourth of July. Ours was completely unexpected and totally frantic. We had a bit of a scare with our pup and ended up at the emergency vet until 3AM rolling into the 4th. Not the best way to kick things off. And we wound up going back to the vet during the day too. We're just so fortunate that we found someone to take care of our furbaby during the holiday.  But this definitely put a damper on our plans and we ended up cancelling things so that we could keep an eye on our PJ pup ( I think he's out of the woods now) and catch up on some much needed sleep for ourselves. So this fourth of july was more of a reminder that things can't and won't always work out the way you planned. But at the end of it all, we're just thankful things weren't worse. FYI the fireworks pic above is from last year's fireworks show in Boston that we caught right after spending the holiday weekend camping in Vermont

Monday, July 3, 2017

camping in the keys

We've been camping all over the country, but never on a beach. And I can't imagine a better place to have had our first experience with beach camping then in the Florida Keys. Even a resort hotel couldn't offer this beach front view! 
Snorkeling by day and sandy beach camping by night = PARADISE

Saturday, July 1, 2017

spring clothing budget

It's been a couple of months since my last clothing budget update. I became so accustomed to not buying clothes during my spending freeze that it changed my perception of when and why I am buying. But when the warmer weather came, I had to stock my closet. So here's a combination of all of my spring purchases from May and June. 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

life lately :: jubilant june

jubilant = (adj.) feeling or expressing great happiness and triumph
If May was full of Mayhem, then June was it's exact opposite. A month full of lots of small wins turning into big victories. And really how could June not be good when it represents that official transition from spring into summer?
life lately jubilant june

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

alligators in the everglades

Everglades National Park is well known for hosting a unique range of animals: alligators, crocodiles, even jaguars. So my hopes were high with expecting to see lots of wildlife. We only had the morning to spend in the Everglades as we had afternoon plans in Biscayne National Park, so I was the most impatient thing ever with searching for wildlife.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

boating biscayne

Lucky for us that within 3 days time, we managed to visit all 3 of Florida's national parks. And Biscayne National Park is one of those hard to access ones solely for the fact that it's a protected coral reef with 95% of the park being underwater. 
There are so many unique options for exploring the park, but we ultimately decided on doing a boat tour with sightseeing and island hoping all around Biscayne Bay. Crystal blue waters and sandy beaches, it was a no brainer.