exciting news!

Where do I begin?

Ok, let’s be real, I have been waiting forever to spill this news and I officially can!

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Matt and I are officially homeowners!!

Yes friends, we bought our very first house! I know a lot of people say their first time home buying process is stressful and horrible, but other than one small snag (seller scratched the floor while moving out) our home buying experience was smooth and easy.

I would like to thank our amazing realtors for being a huge part in that. They were such a pleasure to work with.

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I also think good karma finally came back to Matt and I. I always say being a good person, even if you get sh*t on in the process, is always worth it and the right thing to do. And I truly feel that all the times Matt and I got taken for granted and all we’ve done for others, finally came back to us. And I couldn’t be more thankful for that.

SOOO excited to get moved in and make the house our own. I have about 93849234 projects I already want to start. Someone needs to remind me that these things take time and I need to do one project at a time. I have a feeling I may bite off more than I can chew. But I’m just so excited!

So needless to say we have been insanely busy. Packing, signing documents, loans, walk throughs. But alas, we still find time to do some normal fun things!

Since we’re moving out of our current neighborhood we have really been taking advantage of some of our local spots that we love.

I am REALLY going to miss our Sunday morning breakfast tradition at Buzz Berry. We go here every Sunday as they have the best biscuits and gravy. And we’ve really gotten to know and love the staff. They are so good to us, so much that one day when they forgot to make said biscuits and gravy, we got a complimentary coffee cake to tide us over while we waited.

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Oh yea, their bloody mary’s are pretty tasty too! Yup, this place serves booze too.

Another tradition I am going to miss is on my day’s off Matt and I go to a local coffee shop Comoncy that is right by Matt’s work. Again we have gotten to know the staff and always have a great morning together.

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But the one thing I think I will miss the most… my favorite sushi restaurant. Not only do they make the best sushi I have found, but yet again, we have gotten to know the sushi chef’s and are always treated so well. When it comes to dining out the experience is just as important as the food. Luckily we get the best of both.

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His and her rolls.

But even though we are leaving some pretty amazing places behind, we have been exploring our new neighborhood which has some pretty neat places that soon may be our new regular go to spots.

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We have been having a lot of fun out in the world exploring, but there has actually been some delicious-ness going on at home too.

I can’t say I’ve been cooking gourmet meals by any means, but I did whip up some amazing chicken tacos one night.

I definitely took a short cut and used rotisserie chicken and just added a can of Rotel tomatoes and let it simmer and marinate. Put in purple corn tortillas and topped with allll the avocado.

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And since we are trying to save some money, being new home owners and all, I attempted to make my own veggies rolls at home instead of stopping by Whole Foods.

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Mine were a bit messier, and I swear what makes these amazing is the wasabi-mayo sauce that Whole Foods gives with it (thankfully when I go I grab extra’s so I had some at home) so they were a pretty good substitute.

However, the nights Matt plays dodgeball and I know I am having dinner alone…sometimes I can’t help but pick up sashimi on my way home from work.

AJ’s Fine Food salmon sashimi is seriously the best I have ever had. And I am picky when it comes to my salmon.

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It’s like buttah.

Well loves, I would love to stay and chat, but I have an apartment to pack up!!

Moving is so bittersweet. I hate packing, but am so excited to get into the new house and make it my own. But seriously the whole process..packing/unpacking, I could do without.

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Do you have any exciting news?
If you own a house, how was your home buying experience?

staying positive

Friends I am so sorry. I really hate that my posts are so sporadic and unpredictable, but I really feel like that is what my life has become.  Having a full time job and trying to run my own online fitness coaching business is really taking a toll on me. Not only with the blog, but also my social life. Or lack there of.

But alas,  I have managed to get out of my house and do a few fun things that I thought I should at least check in to let you know that I am still alive.

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Life has been so hectic that Matt and I forgot our own anniversary.  For the first 6 months of our marriage we had been celebrating every month and going to the same restaurant every month. Well we both forgot our 6 month and funny enough that was is actually a mile stone. I still can’t believe we’ve been married 6 months! Time really does fly.

I told Matt we could just wait until the next month, but he insisted we still go to our traditional anniversary spot. Well it’s almost our 7 month, but we managed to make it out before then. And it couldn’t have been on a more perfect night. Work has been incredibly stressful and Friday was the worst. To the point where I was almost in tears.  Thankfully I was able to go home early and upon getting home I took a long hot shower.

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It’s amazing how a good shower and a fresh face can immediately make you feel better.

While I waited for Matt to get home, I did some personal development and read a little.  Again, it was just so nice to relax, read and remember to be positive and focus on me and bettering myself.

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I freshened up a bit and we were off to an amazing dinner.

No big surprise where we go for dinner.

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Oh how I love sushi. I don’t think we ordered enough do you?

And needless to say with the week I had some sake was had as well.

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After dinner we stopped by the park and took a walk around the lake. The weather is finally starting to cool down here and the nights are beautiful.  We ended the night swinging on the swings and went home to veg and watch some TV.  It was a little late, but it was the perfect anniversary night.

 Saturday morning we decided to go out and grab some breakfast at a popular Brunch spot. Thankfully they have good Americano’s and the weather was nice because our wait was quoted at 10 minutes and it took more like 30.

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The rest of the day was spent working with random errands in between. Typical Saturday for us really.

Sunday started off typical with us getting our traditional biscuits and gravy and I guess it was a trend of our breakfast’s taking longer than normal, because the girl ended up forgetting to make our coffees because she got too busy. O’well right?

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Matt’s parents also came to town Sunday so we met them for lunch. Well, since Matt and I had a later breakfast we weren’t really hungry for lunch, but when they ordered dessert…

Well I couldn’t say no to a bite (or three)

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This Apple Caramel Cheesecake was to.die.for.

And now it’s back to the drawing board for another long week at work, but I am determined to stay positive and make the best of it.

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What do you do after a long stressful work week to unwind?

let’s play catch up

Hey loves! Yes I know it’s been awhile. But this girl has been busy.

So let’s play catch up should we?

I had my final wedding dress fitting, but since I want to keep the dress a bit of a surprise, no pictures. Matt and I however have seemed to start a tradition of getting a celebratory drink after we have a wedding accomplishment, so we met at a local bar to have a drink.

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I know you were expecting to see a picture of a beer, and don’t worry, I had one of those too, but I saw the bartender make this drink and it just looked so good. It was gin, muddled strawberries and cucumber, and simple syrup. It was very refreshing, I’m not typically a huge gin fan, but it was great in this drink.

So about this wedding, needless to say I am getting excited!It will be here before I know it!

In the meantime I have been busy with work as per usual. Nothing new with that. But some things that are new?

I have been in contact with Truly Organic Foods for some time and was finally able to try some of their products. They are an online store based in Canada that offers raw and vegan foods. Their  wide selection of raw and vegan organic superfoods include raw chocolate, maca, lucuma, mesquite, raw organic nuts, seeds, goji berries, hemp seeds and protein powder, spirulina, coconut oil, organic teas, organic herbs and spices, Himalayan salt, vegan protein powder, vitamineral greens, gourmet organic raw nut snacks. It’s an amazing source for basically anything you could want.

Here are some items I decided to try.

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Superfood Cereal, Coconut Flour, Pure Wraps – Coconut Wraps, rawmio hazlenut utter, and nud raw vegan cracker crisps

I of course immediately dug into the nud vegan crackers as they were one item I was very excited to try.  I personally love that green taste, so I thought these were delicious! I have yet to use the wraps yet, but those were another item I was very excited to try. And let’s be real…chocolate hazelnut butter is basically the best thing ever.

I am very eager to try more products from Truly Organic Foods!

I wish I had more home made goodies to show you, but as of late I have had no desire to cook!

I did make some delicious waffles however, but I kind of cheated with using my FlapJacked protein pancake mix.

This stuff is soooo good though and makes it so easy!

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I had only made pancakes with it prior, but I am happy to report that it makes amazing waffles as well.

Other then that it has been a lot of meals out.

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The most amazing beer cheese and pub pretzels while watching football at our new favorite Sunday football hangout.

And as if you’d be surprised, a sushi date at our favorite sushi joint happened as well.

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Sashimi and a salmon roll are pretty much my go to’s. But hey, if it’s not broke don’t fix it.

Other random scenes.

I’ve been (slowly) reading this book. I have heard that it just has really good information in it, with all my inflammation and bloating issues going on I’ve dabbled with the idea of doing a Whole 30. Regardless of if I decide to do it or not, I love reading about nutrition in general.

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 I just only wish I had more time to actually read it.

Oh. And in case you forgot. I do cute things sometimes.

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I left Matt a cute message on his Starbucks cup one morning.

Other then that loves, it’s been pretty boring around here.

I hope you all are having a wonderful start to your new year and a great weekend!

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What are your weekend happenings?

a perfect birthday

Long time no talk my loves!

I feel like so much has happened in such a short amount of time. Let me catch you up a bit.

It seemed like Christmas came and went in the blink of an eye and very quickly it was my birthday!

Considering my birthday is only three days after Christmas it really is a blink of the eye.

We didn’t have any huge plans for my birthday, really it’s just another day, but I was lucky this year for it to fall on a Sunday so I actually had the day off and Matt and I planned to just kind of play things by ear.

We have a Sunday tradition of going to a local coffee shop that also happens to serve alcohol 24/7.  Don’t judge, but on Sunday’s yes I do start drinking at 9am.  But I get a Pomosa, which is a Mimosa, but with pomegranate juice instead of orange juice, so it’s kind of healthy right?

Whatever, it was my birthday.

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The day only got better. Matt was nice enough to treat me to a manicure, so he took me to do that while he did some work at home. Matt has been amazing since my car accident, since the insurance deemed my car totaled you are only given a rental for 7 days after they make an offer on the vehicle. I found that kind of silly, but Matt had been great about taking me to work and carting me around town so I can run my errands.  It may seem small and something a significant other “is suppose to do” but Matt was so selfless and never made me feel like it was a burden to take me places. That kid seriously humbles me sometimes.

The one thing that we did plan for my birthday was dinner.

And I’m sure it’s no surprise what I wanted.

Sushi.

We went to our favorite sushi restaurant and decided since it was my birthday we would get a little crazy and order something new.

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Well nothing too crazy for us, we both know we like eel, but have never gotten the eel nigiri so we decided to start with that.  It was amazing. I have a feeling we will be getting it every time now.

Matt and I then split some tuna sashimi and he got a soft shell crab roll.

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I decided to go with the salmon roll – one of my favorites.

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Dinner was of course delicious and was a wonderful birthday treat.

We had plans to go to our city zoo as they hold a special event called Zoo Lights, but it has been ridiculously cold here and all I really wanted to do was go home, put on some sweatpants and relax.

But not before picking up some dessert.

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Staying classy with frozen yogurt and wine.

It was the perfect way to end my birthday.

Well loves that is at least a quick update to what’s been going on, however I have so much more to tell you.

Lot’s of new and exciting things have already happened for me this new year!

Until then I hope everyone has had a wonderful start to their new year!

weekend regulars

Weekends are just too short, are they not?

Since I work Saturday’s, I really feel like I can never get anything done on my weekends. Because I am not going to lie, I am selfish and really just want to be lazy because I have such little time to actually be lazy. If that even makes sense.

However, by mid-day I am always itching to do something, it’s just not cleaning the house or being productive like I should be.

So instead non-productive things are done.

Like dinner and drinks at Whole Foods.

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I am obsessed with Whole Foods roasted brussel sprouts.

Like, it may be a problem…

A problem I’m ok with having.

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I also really like beer. We have visited our Whole Foods bar so often, we are now “regulars”. So much that I added one of our favorite servers on Instagram. Because I was a creeper and made sure she was in my beer shot photos.

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I will say I was a bit productive on Sunday.  While Matt was still sleeping away I took the opportunity to experiment a bit in the kitchen with a new product I had received.

Have you guy’s heard of banana flour? Yea, I didn’t even know it existed. And with my obsession with banana’s, in finding out about this glorious product, I just had to try it.

Guys, be sure to check back because I made an ah-mazing pancake recipe with it.

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And even though I am the queen of adding protein powder to everything, these are protein powder free!

But speaking of that… I did however make a pretty good chocolate pumpkin pancake with protein powder.

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I will be sharing both recipes very soon. So whatever your preference is, I have an option for both.

The textures of these are total opposites, but both tasted great in their own ways.

More random weekend happenings?

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Surprise! More beer!

Matt’s dodgeball league had their team draft, so of course I had to go and support him.

My beer may or may not have been overflowing.

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Surprise! More sushi!

We met a friend out for dinner and we almost always get sushi.

I’m not complaining.

Seriously, never get tired of this stuff.

Well loves, it’s late and I’m tired so I leave you with sushi porn and pancake teasers.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week.

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Do you take time to relax on the weekends?

Are you a regular anywhere?

 

sushi, beer and love

Do you ever look at the date or day of the week and think to yourself “where has time gone?” Because that’s how I feel right about now. Time is just flying.

My life has been busy and on top of that emotionally stressful lately. A lot of feelings I am trying to deal with and honestly with all that going on, I haven’t had the time nor the desire for much else. But alas, I feel I need to check in with you lovelies because even with all the stress and the crazy I know I need to stay positive and keep trucking on!

So with that being said what a great time to focus of the marvelous things that have been happening.

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It seems most things that make me happy these days are food, beers and my love.

 Nothing wrong with that though right?

Matt and I had sushi plans with a friend who ended up canceling on us, bummer. Even though we re-scheduled for later in the week, Matt told me that he was craving sushi so bad that he still wanted to get some.  So we thought we would save money and meet at Whole Foods and just get sushi from there.

Well friends, I’m not sure we ended up saving money.

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It’s not my fault, I was like a kid in a candy store with this selection. I think my eyes were bigger than my stomach and I got a bit carried away. And failed to look at the prices on top of that.

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Yup friends, I spent $60 on sushi. Whoops. It was delicious though, so I guess it was worth it, but next time I think I’ll pay a little more attention to the price tags.  Matt and I were stuffed, but since we spent so much we forced ourselves to eat it. Tough life.

Two short days later we had our re-scheduled sushi date with our friend. You would think we would get sick of sushi, but we don’t.

We met at Sakana which we hadn’t been to in awhile and again forgot how huge their sushi rolls were and may have ordered a bit more than we should have.

We started with tuna tataki, which oh my goodness was amazing.

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For our rolls Matt got the Soft Shell Crab roll which is one of his favorites.

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And then we got three other rolls to share.

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Ahi Ahi Roll, Boston Roll, Rainbow Roll

Yup. massive rolls. I think this is one of the few times we have not been able to finish everything we ordered.

I have never taken sushi to-go so when our waitress asked if we wanted a box I asked her if she personally had ever had left over sushi and if it keeps. She said she had, but only for the next day. I didn’t want to waste sushi so I decided to take it home and would just see if it was good the next day.

I had intentions of having it for lunch, but Matt’s parents come into town for an early Mother’s Day and we ended up having lunch with them at Olive Garden. Our service was less than stellar and I ended up taking some soup home with me from lunch.  It was still a great afternoon with Matt’s parents, as we took them to look at a possible wedding location. There was actally a wedding going on that day so it was great to see the spot set up for the occasion so we got a better idea of what it would look like. And it just made me super excited for my wedding!!

Since we were so busy through out the day, I was actually thankful for leftovers. I didn’t want to take the time to cook so it turned into a left over dinner kind of night.

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I didn’t even have to dirty a plate!

Side Note: Sushi is just as good the next day!

Other random marvelous happenings?

1. Having a bar in your grocery store, having the best bartender who always remembers you, and also gives you free cookies and chocolate stouts to dip it in.

#strangebutgood?

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2. Co-workers who buy you ice cream.

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One of Matt’s co-workers raved about an ice cream and insisted on buying us a pint. I have no idea why he was so passionate about it, but I’m not about to question anyone who is giving me free ice cream.

It was Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip and it was ah-mazing.

Thank you co-worker.

3. Mother’s Day Breakfast

Ok. So I’m not techincally a mom, but it doesn’t mean I can’t have a special breakfast on Mother’s Day right?

I didn’t think so.

So with it being Sunday and Mother’s Day, breakfast called for waffles.

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Pumpkin Spice waffles layered with bananas and maple syrup.
I don’t think I even need to tell you how amazing these were.

But I will. They were amazing.

And one more marvelous thing, but it will have to wait until later.

Not one, but two recipes I need to share with you guys!

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I know right, who am I?

So make sure you check back soon, because these were two delicious kitchen successes.

Until then loves, have a great week.

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How was your weekend marvelous?
How did you celebrate Mother’s Day?

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Happy Monday loves!

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Do you know what is so great about this Monday?

It’s my last Monday of Pharmacology!! Can I get a woot woot!

I may be a bit over excited this is my last week of this class, but it has been stressing me out like crazy, so I am happy to see it go.

Thankfully I have done way better than I thought. Not that I thought I was going to fail by any means, but I just surprised myself. Let’s leave it at that.

So which that being said I think it’s a perfect intro for the lovely Katie’s Marvelous In My Monday.

Because let’s be honest. This Monday is pretty marvelous to me.

The weekend was kind of chill. Which I am always ok with. Sunday I was not feeling well at all, so it was an early night in and a lot of laying on the couch. I hate when the tummy is upset.

But Friday was a day worth mentioning.

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Sushi. Friends. Drinks (much needed and deserved) and Fun.

My friend Heather (girlfriend of Matt’s co-worker Nick) suggested we do a triple double date. I know. It doesn’t make sense. It was a triple date, but she really liked the sound of triple double date, so I went with it.

We met up with her and Nick and one of Matt’s other co-workers Travis who is now dating Heather’s best friend Christina.

Confusing I know.

We met up at an old favorite sushi restaurant Sakana.

The lovely ladies.

(Sorry no pictures of the boys.)

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Wine was quickly ordered. They have the best plum wine. And I deserved it. (I had found out that I did so much better on my test than I thought I did. I was ready to celebrate)

Delish.

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I started off with a seaweed salad. I am addicted to this stuff.

Not the most photogenic seaweed salad, but it was still delicious.

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Matt ordered the seared tuna tataki, which I really think was the best cooked tuna I have had in some time.

Blurry, but delicious.

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Next the sushi. And lots of it.

Too much actually, for once we didn’t finish everything.

Matt got the soft shell crab for himself. He usually gets this wherever we go.

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I got a Boston roll for myself. Basically a California roll topped with spicy tuna.

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And then we shared a spicy tuna and spicy salmon.

Yea. I think only half of this was eaten.

Well Travis and Christina took care of the rest, but that’s what friends are for right?

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After dinner Nick wanted to come over and hang out for a bit. We’re always down for hanging out (Heather had to go back to work, she is a manager at Wal-Mart and they had their Hunger Games DVD release extravaganza. Crazy Hunger Games people.)

We told Nick just to meet us at our place and we would stop and grab a few more drinks on the way home.

Funny story.

We get to our apartment and notice Nick isn’t there yet. He should have beat us to our place.

When we had turned onto our street a cop had pulled someone over. I made the joke of, oh I hope that’s not Nick.

It was.

Nick has more of a sports car and I guess he um accelerated a bit too quickly.

He had to do the whole field sobriety test, which thankfully he passed everything and got off with a warning.

That kid got lucky.

Let’s just say the rest of the night was chill.

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All in all a great night out with friends. Which is always good.

I hope you all had a wonderful, fun and safe weekend. And I hope you have a wonderful week!

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When was the last time you got pulled over? Did you get a ticket?

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