Saturday, May 16, 2015

Big Guava Music Festival 2015

Last weekend, Zach and I went to the Big Guava Music Festival for the second year.  We love this festival because of its four stages, free fair rides and food trucks.  My favorite performers were Hozier, Cold War Kids and Passion Pit.  Here are some highlights from the weekend.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

One Year of Growth

One year after our new lawn was installed, the plants look much bigger and fuller.  Here's the before and after.  That's right, I now care about these things.  My 18-year-old self would not believe it.



It's amazing how what a year can do!

Monday, May 11, 2015

A Day in the Neighborhood

The weather in Tampa this time of year is gorgeous.  Here are a few shots I took walking the dogs around our neighborhood.  This is exciting stuff, folks.

After our walk, Zach and I made this fabulous charcuterie board and enjoyed meat, cheese, bread, grapes and wine for dinner.  

Friday, May 8, 2015

Bloody Mary Festival 2015 and The Game of the Century (Allegedly)

Last weekend we had friends over for a grill-out to watch the fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather.  The weather was perfect.  We watched tv outside, swam, and Zach grilled an obscene amount of ribs, pulled pork and chicken.  We played with friends' babies, drank champagne and craft beer and caught up.  

Sunday, we went to the Bloody Mary Festival in Curtis Hixon Park with our newly-engaged friends Eileen and Keith.  I love hearing about their wedding planning progress, since I had so much fun planning my wedding.  Eileen has fabulous taste so I am confident her wedding will be beautiful.  I just hope I get to be a bridesmaid.  :)    

The bloody mary samples came with these elaborate garnishes.  My favorite is the one below, with bacon and cheese-filled combos.  

I hope you're all having a great week!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Walk the Moon and The Griswolds Concert

Zach and I recently ventured to St. Pete for a fun day.  We went brewery-hopping at Three Daughters and then Green Bench, had dinner at Locale Market and then went to the historic State Theater to see The Griswolds and then Walk the Moon.  

Three Daughters has lots of fun games like the one below.  This is definitely a great spot.  

Check out Zach's sweet Big Lebowski tee.  :)  Yeah - I bought that.

These pictures are almost too blurry to post.  Can you tell I don't bring my camera out much anymore?  Both performances were so good, I couldn't help myself.  

I hope you're having a great week!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

You may have read that there is a mystery person at our office who has been leaving me origami cranes (or as Zach says, pterodactyls).  I recently moved to an office on the other side of the building, and on the last day in my old office, after I had packed up all my stuff, I arrived at the office to find these rainbow-colored cranes, lined up just like this.  I love this office mystery and I so wish I knew who was leaving these cranes.  Maybe one day the mystery person will come forward??

Also, our firm is expanding!  We have the second-largest firm in the Tampa Bay area.  Because we continue to grow, we recently expanded to fill a third floor of our building.  Here is a modern new (yet relatively small) conference room.  The lighting is one of the flashier parts of the decor.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Lightning Game - Courtesy of My iPhone

Here we are at a recent Lightning game, taking advantage of my law firm's suite with some clients and some good friends.  The Bolts are killin' in this season!  My firm's suite is definitely a great way to treat new and prospective clients - and we love the chance to enjoy free drinks and snacks while watching free concerts and sports games.  

Christine and Jason :)

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Chillounge 2015

Welcome to Tampa (or at least a blurry picture of Tampa).  Chillounge is an event that takes place in Curtis Hixon Park every year.  There are lounge areas, live performances and local food and drinks.  This year, we met up with friends for a couple hours at Chillounge and then brought the party back to our place.  We only took a couple of pictures - here they are!

L-R Sammy, Stephanie, me and Joie.  We recently met Stephanie through a mutual friend.  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Best of Tampa Bay 2015

This year, Zach and I joined the committee in charge of planning Best of Tampa Bay, an annual event (this year was the 30th year of the event) at the Straz Performing Arts Center.  This is the best possible committee to join.  I mean, they already know what they're doing, they are super successful and organized, and participating is genuinely fun.  Zach and I were on the restaurant committee, so we visited local restaurants and asked them to serve food to guests as a means of free advertising.  We also asked our law firms to purchase VIP tables so we could host our clients, which is a great way to keep current business and bring in new business.

In all, there were 47 restaurants and 13 local breweries at the event, serving guests all they could eat and drink.  There were three live bands - each of which was excellent.  And best of all, many of our friends attended.  

These are the few shots we took at the very end of the night.  So many fun people attended who are not pictured.  :)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Late Night Swim With New Friends

Last Saturday, we went to a local event, and had some new friends over afterward.  Until 4am.  Who knew we could still hang in there like the 20-somethings??  

It was an interesting thing, allowing strangers into our home.  Two of our girlfriends were out in St. Petersburg and they asked if they could bring these four people to our house for an after-party.  At 1am.  We seriously considered saying no, since we had never met the people, but since our friends deemed them cool, we said why not.  They came bearing snacks and beer, so obviously we made the right choice.  

I can only imagine what the neighbors thought if they could hear us outside at 4am with the outside tv playing cable radio and one of our new friends swimming in Zach's board shorts.

See the guy in the far right corner of the pool?  He was in heaven sitting on our little seating area back there, drinking beers out of the floating cooler.  :)  It was pretty cool enjoying our new back yard with these people.