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Let It Snow...Somewhere Else

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This week was filled with getting into the holiday spirit with Christmas activities:

Planned my Christmas flights home

Looked into some ugly Christmas sweaters

Finished up decorating

Drove to a Festival of Lights

Visited Santa

Played in the snow
I enjoy snow....on Christmas day....that's it.  It's not Christmas yet so therefore it needs to melt and come back again later. I will take the seashells over snowflakes any time of the year.

Back to Reality

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Well my first day back to work a relaxing vacation, I ended up having two crashing exotics patients and I came home to a note on my door says that my rent would be increasing by $200 in the new year! On top of that I've been trying to do my Christmas shopping with no ideas at all, and 16 people at my work called out sick. Talk about coming back to reality....

On a merrier note....It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around my apartment!

Turks and Caicos

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My family traveled to the stunning Turks and Caicos for Thanksgiving! This is the 7th year we have traveled for Thanksgiving and each year has happened to be somewhere in the Caribbean.  I can honestly say that the Caribbean is one of my favorite locations on this earth. Not only was it home for 3 years, but the food is tropical and delicious, the weather is my favorite temperature year-round, the water is indescribable blues,  but island time is the best way to relieve stress and just be present. It's a type of freedom and therapy that you can't obtain anywhere else.   Conch spring roll My bliss  Iguana Island Those blues though Rum punch on a Caribbean beach to celebrate an American holiday  Conch fritters, crack conch, and fried plantations   Scuba Champagne on a boat while fishing  "See the line where the sky meets the sea, it calls me!"  Conch outside of its shell  Rum punch mon' Creole conch

Where Did November Go?

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US lifts ban on elephant hunting trophy
Trump Elephant Trophy Ban Hopefully this doesn't actually become an issue. It would be disgusting and shameful for this ban to be lifted. 
Dogs Really Can Smell Your Fear
Food truck festival this past weekend .....I tried a melt-in-your-mouth delicious Frenchman sandwich.  It contain fried chicken, egg, ham, cheese, and bacon. It may have feel apart while I was eating it, but I inhaled every last bite. 

Stuck in Colder Weather

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I had off this past Friday, so of course I had to do a bit more hiking, even though the cold almost kept me inside snuggling up with Anya and a mug of hot chocolate all weekend. Old Rag Mountain Hike is a strenuous hike, but the view was well worth the journey.  We couldn't have picked a better time of year to go. 
The weather has gotten down to the 30s this past week.....I had to go shopping for more winter clothes.... I even saw a guy with his convertible top down!
Luckily in a few weeks I will be able to enjoy some much need beach and warm weather time!

Halloween 2017

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This week was spent getting back into the swing of things at work after such a wonderful vacation.

Halloween was this past week! I decorated the apartment a bit in the spirit of the holiday.  This was the first year that I wasn't able to completely dress up for Halloween such was a little disappointing. I did a few little subtle things though....
Anya did dress up for me instead, although she wasn't too thrilled.

Iceland and Denmark

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Winter is Coming....
Day One:  We arrived in Reykjavik at 6am; we were not able to check into our hotel, so not wanting to miss anything, we headed out to explor ethe city. We headed to the Sandholt Bakery where we enjoyed coffee, a danish, and a Skyr.  Skyr yogurt is a type of yogurt made in Iceland that apparently has great health benefits. Heading out to face the harsh cold, we were then on our way to Hallgrimskirkja church, which is the largest church in Iceland and one of the tallest buildings in Iceland. As well as a church, it is currently being used as an observation tower to overlook the city.  Next stop was the Iceland Parliament house, built in 1880, which today only holds a few meeting rooms. At that time, our stomachs were growling and we had to taste the infamous Icelandic hot dog,  made out of lamb. You are suppose to order it with everything, which includes fried onions, raw onions, ketchup, mustard, and a homemade mayo. Honestly, I wasn't too impressed, but I'm…