Arbor Hills Nature Preserve

Finally, I have found a place to go in Plano that isn’t full of concrete! (Don’t get me wrong – the shopping here is fantastic.) I was a little skeptical (but hopeful) when I pulled into the parking lot last weekend. Turns out, there was no need to be. Arbor Hills has everything I could hope…

Moose!

No, this post is not about large, antlered creatures. This post is about a little, goofy, fluffy, fur ball – named Moose! Matt and I did not have any plans to get a dog for quite awhile, but then I visited him at work one day…at the animal shelter. I found Moose and the rest is…

Dallas Museum of Art

Matt and I finally made it to Dallas! After a few days of unpacking and getting settled in, we drove into town to visit the Dallas Museum of Art. There were two exhibitions that looked really interesting – Truth: 24 frames per second and Yayoi Kasuma’s All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins…

Georgia Aquarium

Did anyone hear about the power going out at the Atlanta airport last month? Well. That happened the day Matt’s family was headed home from his graduation weekend. (BTW – MATT OFFICIALLY GRADUATED COLLEGE!!! WOOHOO!) Everyone was delayed. Luckily, flights were rescheduled for the next day, but his grandma couldn’t fly out until late. That…

Blood Mountain

Matt came home from class last week and asked if I wanted to go on a hike. (Of course!) We packed up our cameras, some snacks, and our water and jumped in the car to leave. Forty minutes and one insanely curvy road later, we were in the parking lot at the base of Blood…

The 8 “Hows” of Studying Abroad in China

During Spring 2015, I flew halfway around the world to spend a semester in the Intensive Chinese Program at Ocean University of China in Qingdao – a 4hr/day 5 days/week program. My goal was to return to the United States fluent – and I did! During my time abroad, I was fortunate to spend breaks…

The Stages of Studying Abroad

“The first two weeks are going to be rough.”  These were the words of encouragement I received shortly before departing for China. Up until that point, I was on cloud nine. I was nervous, but completely convinced everything was going to be fantastic. These words brought me down a bit, which was good. Although a…

Spa Day and a Surprise (or 6)

Slight warning – You’ll have to excuse me during this post. I’m going to have to gush a little bit about how awesome Matt is. You’ll understand soon. 🙂 Saturday morning rolled around and Matt and I were 100% ready for our spa appointments. The only thing standing in our way was breakfast at the…

Berkeley Springs – America’s First Spa

Although Matt and I have been together for almost three and a half years, we’ve never gone on vacation together. All of our trips have either been to see each other or to see our families over the holidays or during the summer. Yay long distance relationships! So, we decided at the beginning of the…

Unexpected Destinations

Day trips can be a good way to fit in a mini “vacation” without breaking the bank or having to take time off work. You’d be surprised at what you may be able to find close to home. This was the case for me when I discovered The Palace of Gold. I never would have…