Friday, August 31, 2007

One Year and Counting: Part 2

Monday, August 13
We said goodbye to Savannah and headed up to Charleston.
Ft. Sumter was our first stop. We rode the boat from Patriot's Point and toured around the fort for about an hour. Ft. Sumter. After Ft. Sumter, we checked into our hotel and then went to explore Charleston.
The view from our hotel, Shem Creek Inn.
Walking near the Battery, in downtown Charleston.
Mark thought he'd take a few shots...
A cool pineapple fountain at the Waterfront Park.
Tuesday, August 14
We planned on going to another historic home, and Magnolia Plantation was, thankfully, a million times better than the Thomas Low House we'd visited a few days earlier. If you're ever in the area, I would highly recommend. Don't be swayed by the high's totally worth it. It's a plantation home is on 500 acres, and was originally built in the 1600s. We spent the first hour or so walking throught the different gardens. We saw a few dolphins, tons of enormous spiders, and a lizard bigger than any I've ever seen before. After the gardens, we went on the tram ride and learned more about the history of the plantation (it was originally 2000 acres!). We saw a few deer and 2 alligators; after the tram we stopped by the petting zoo and then, after a great lunch at the Hominy Grill, went back to the Inn to relax in the AC.
The welcoming sign. The main house.Taking off our our tour through the gardens.I tried to keep us from getting lost.The garden maze, which is a replica of a famous maze in England designed by King Henry VIII.On the tram ride. (Side note: notice the red mark on Mark's neck. While we were walking through the gardens, a vampire moth/fly that nearly ate his head off. Seriously, his neck was bleeding and the mark was there for the next 2-3 days!)Trying to give a little lovin to my favorite animal, at the petting zoo.
Wednesday, August 15
We spent our last day aboard the USS Yorktown. It was probably our favorite activity of the whole vacation, although 3+ hours inside an aircraft carrier with no AC was not super pleasant. The aircraft carrier was really cool; it had 6 separate tours inside the ship and also a museum dedicated to people who have been awarded the Medal of Honor. We also went on a submarine, a destroyer and a Coast Guard ship. Yes, we are dorks and sometimes accidentally dress alike.
Mark was trying to avoid the enemy planes.
USS Yorktown
Careful, or I'll shoot!
On the submarine.
I was on the lookout for pirates.
The destroyer and the Coast Guard ship.
What can I say, Mark said "Act like a helicopter"...
After we had seen all there was to see, it was time to head home. We were lucky to stop in Augusta for dinner with Candice and Michael, and got home before it was too late. All in all, it was a great trip.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

One Year and Counting: Part 1

I've always heard people say, "The first year of marriage is the hardest"; if that's the case, Mark and I are in for one easy life together! The first year flew by and to celebrate we were able to take a 6 day trip. Conveniently, I was scheduled to work at a wedding in Savannah on the 11th, so we scheduled the vacation around that. Here are some of the highlights...
Friday, August 10 - We drove down to Savannah (about 4 hours away) bright and early. When we arrived, we headed straight to Tybee Island.
We checked out the Lighthouse and the Battery, but the 120+ temperatures kept us from doing too much of anything else. Hiking down the stairs at the lighthouse...we were literally dripping with sweat.
Mark was on the lookout for enemy ships, at the Battery museum.
We did quickly jump into the ocean, and then we headed to our amazing digs for that night, and the next. We stayed at an amazing mansion in downtown Savannah, with my 2 co-workers and their husbands. That evening the 6 of us went out for tapas and burgers and had an...interesting time.
Our room...nice, right?!
We clean up pretty good!
Saturday, August 11 - We spent the morning exploring the shops on River Street and also checked out a few historical spots around town.
The statue of The Waving Girl. Supposedly, she waved to each ship that came and went for 44 years.
We visited the Thomas Low House (which was seriously overpriced) and The Church of St. John the Apostle (where the wedding would be, later that evening). From 5-midnight, I worked at the wedding...nothing too significant to report (ie no celebrities) but the church was struck by lightening which was pretty crazy.
Sunday, August 12 - Our anniversary! We had a pretty laid back day. Went to a few parks and cemetaries, ate a big lunch at Paula Deen's restaurant and watched The Bourne Ultimatum.
The huge fountain at Forsyth Park.
I was obsessed with the trees in Savannah.
Having dessert with Paula.

Thursday, August 16, 2007're it!

I've been tagged by Jessica

4 Jobs I've had:
1. Nanny - aka being paid to live a life of luxury in CT/NY
2. Cocktail waitress - gotta love it when you can wear a bikini to work!
3. Intern for Infuse Events - yup, this is how I get to hang out with OJ Simpson and Kanye West
4. Assistant Recreation Director at The Hilton in Destin - playing mini golf, watching movies, going bowling...what a job!

4 movies I love to watch over and over:
1. Love Actually
2. Fever Pitch
3. The Sweetest Thing
4. Moulin Rouge

4 favorite TV shows:
1. The Office
2. So You Think You Can Dance
3. Law & Order - I love it!!!
4. Basically any show on HGTV...yup, I'm lame!

4 favorite hobbies:
Traveling (I considered writing this for all 4...)
2. Going to the lake (only since it's more convenient)
3. Going to the beach
4. Scrapbooking

4 places I have lived:
1. Paris, France
2. The OC
3. New Canaan, CT
4. Laie, Hawaii

4 favorite foods:
1. Masaman curry
2. Salad
3. The Kroger brand (Premium Select) of ice's soooo good!
Creme brulee

4 places I would rather be right now:
1. At home with Mark
2. Visiting my family in Florida
3. Europe
4. Anywhere :)

4 websites I check daily:
1. Q100
2. CNN
3. Craig's List
4. MySpace

4 people I tag:
1. Candice
2. Megan
3. Lyndzee
4. Christi - get a blog!!!