Hey everyone! I’ve been a little busy so haven’t been blogging as much! I miss the blogging world! Hope everyone is doing well!
So for Memorial Day I decided to visit my family up in PA and Ohio. It was a nice and relaxing time. I haven’t seen them in a while so it was nice to catch up on everything! Here are a few pictures from then! I know it’s super late lol but hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend! =)
I found out last Sunday that my first cousin passed away. Our family lives in Pennsylvania in a small town outside of Pittsburgh so we left NYC Wednesday after work. This is when the Nor’easter was starting so I couldn’t even see the roads because they were covered with snow! But the drive was doable for me, I just drove slow and carefully.
We hit New Jersey and out of nowhere we come to a complete standstill in traffic. All lanes are not moving one bit. So one hour passes. Two hours pass. 3 hours… We ended up being stuck in standstill traffic for about 5 hours folks! My husband and I were so annoyed! The reason for the traffic was because 2 semi trucks were jackknifed and blocking the highway! Ugh! The police FINALLY came and had everyone exit the highway because they closed it down. Just wondering why the police didn’t come sooner to help =/
It was about 10:30pm when we were exiting the highway. We wanted to get a hotel for the night and pick up where we left off the next morning. But all the hotels that were in the area were booked to full capacity! Great =/ Then we decided the best thing to do is turn around and go back to NYC and leave in the morning since we were about 45 minutes away. The road that had the hotels was off of a 2 lane road. We were driving on the lane that was plowed near the hotels. We were driving to the end of that lane to merge onto the 2 lane road and as we’re driving, there are 3 plow trucks behind each other plowing the remaning snow from those 2 lanes. So as we’re approaching the end of the lane we were in, the plow trucks ended up plowing the snow into the lane we were in so now we’re stuck! My car is low to the ground so there’s no way my car could get over that pile of snow. We didn’t have a shovel either! Ugh! So we tried reversing to get out of the lane but then there were 2 cars behind us that got stuck in the snow! A regular truck with a plow came to help and we were able to finally get out and drive back to NYC! Woo! That all happened on Wednesday!
THURSDAY MARCH 8
Thursday morning we got back on the road and the roads were clear but for some reason they were still a few accidents on the highway here and there. But that’s better than being stuck in traffic for almost 5 hours again! We eventually made it to Ohio (where my parents and sister live).
For dinner, we ended up discovering this hidden bar/restaurant called Krakatoa! We absolutely loved it! Check out my previous blog and read all about it!
Friday was my cousin’s funeral in the morning and the church was jam packed. He had a great impact on the lives of many and he will always be remembered…
My mom is a dance teacher and she had the opportunity to direct and choreograph Hairspray, a high school musical in New Castle, PA. OMG you guys, the musical was great! The whole cast did a really good job and I’m proud of my mom for being successful at choreographing her first musical! She was so impressive, that the Head Director asked her to come back again to direct the musical for next year! Go Mom!
SATURDAY MARCH 10
Saturday morning, my sis and I made breakfast for the family. It was nice to be able to sit down and catch up!
My baby cousin also had her 4th birthday party which was art themed! My cousin planned and coordinated it all and it turned out really nice! My husband and I joined the fun and painted a picture of our own too! It was fun! It was so nice to be able to see my family again because I don’t get to see that side of the family very often since they live so far.
We left to go back to NYC on Saturday after the birthday party. Also, my brother in law and his family are moving to VA Beach at the end of the month so their going away party was Saturday night! As soon as we arrived in NYC, we dropped off our bags at home and went straight to the going away party at Maggie Spillanies Bar! That was a fun time! My husband and I danced the night away! We had so much fun that we didn’t leave until 4 in the morning! And remember it was daylight savings time so we lost an hour of sleep!
SUNDAY MARCH 11
My mother in law had a family gathering at her house for my brother n law’s farewell and for all the March birthdays that we have in the family which is quite a few! I was so exhausted and doing my best not to fall asleep during mid conversation! haha! Life keeps us all busy and it sometimes hard for everyone to get together. So it was nice to see my in laws that I haven’t seen in a while. We all had a great time!
As you can see, I had an eventful 5 days! I’m just glad it’s all over and done with! Has anyone ever been this busy before!? LOL
“All adventures, especially into new territory are scary.”
I know this experience all too well because I’ve entered into new territory MULTIPLE times due to my dad being in the Navy when I was growing up. He’s a retired Navy Chief serving 24.5 years!
I’ve was born in Manhattan, NY and after that I lived in:
Adak, Alaska–> Rota, Spain–> Virginia Beach, Virginia–> Chesapeake, Virginia–> Manama, Bahrain–> Back to Chesapeake, Va–> Then back to Virginia Beach, VA where I graduated from high school.
After high school, I attended college at Penn State University, The Behrend College in Erie, Pennsylvania where I met my future husband.
Then I moved to NYC with my husband and here I am now!
See I wasnt joking! Each new territory came with different personalities, different cultures, different schools, different morals, different mannerisms, and different weather to say the least.
It was a very tough experience to constantly move and leave my friends behind. Making new friends wasn’t very easy for me since I was very shy, but I eventually made friends and once I got comfortable enough to let my guard down, everything was great!
Whenever I had to move, I would try super hard to keep my long distance friendships alive. But because of the “growing up and growing apart” or “out of sight, out of mind” notions, I lost touch with a lot of friends.
I went through all these changes and adjustments through my life and some situations were very difficult to handle.
But through it all, I was able to travel to new places, became friends with people of different cultures, matured more quickly than the average person, and learned to be very independent.
So yes all adventures into new territory can be scary, but if I was able to survive through my “adventures”, then you can too! =)
I wanted to share this post by brokeassgirltravel.com that talks about jobs offers that allow you to travel for free! It sounds too good to be true! Check it out and see for yourself!
What is your dream job? If you could literally do anything and get paid what would it be? Mine would definitely involve travel, and alcohol, maybe sleep.
I have been seeing a lot of cool job offers recently that involve free travel so I figured why not share? Below are three current offers that involve free travel.
Free trip to New Zealand if you go to a job interview:
If you are in the tech field the city of Wellington wants you and they are willing to pay for your vacation if you interview (of course you have to prove you’re actually a fit for the job). The 100 best applicants will be accepted and will receive free travel, accommodations and tour of the city.