If you have ever followed me on Instagram, you will know I use the hashtag #sammyvaca whenever I go on vacation. Well, this might be my new future favorite vacation plan by far. That says a lot, considering I spent three weeks in Thailand.

Well, while talking to my friends wife, Elizabeth, I started planning my trip to Germany to visit her and one of my good friends, Craig. I can not tell you how ecstatic I am to go visit. I have gone to North Carolina a few times to go visit them, you can check that out here and here (when they got married). They moved to Germany almost a year ago for the military and it has been a long time since I have seen them so that is also a plus!

I'll be visiting in August for about two weeks and taking a trip to Rome to visit a friend from college for a few days as well. Along with Germany and Rome, Elizabeth made the suggestion for other places in Europe to travel to, uhhhh yes please. She suggested Greece, Czech Republic, Turkey; ermahgawd. I could pee my pants I'm so excited.

Summer can not come soon enough.
Do you guys have any exciting summer vacation plans?



We celebrated this past weekend for his last birthday in his 20's. The big 29.
He absolutely loves aquariums, I may or may not have mentioned this before, so I drove down to southern New Jersey and took him to the Adventure Aquarium to meet some friends. He got to pet a shark and I got to see penguins - win. I was really excited to see the hippos, which to my misfortune was off exhibit until June.

We don't get to indulge in a lot of dates so I really cherish when we are able to go out to lunch for a burger and beer. By burger, I mean mine was wrapped in lettuce and made of quinoa (it works for me). I cherish the moments we get to try new places together.

I especially love the moments when he snuggles with Fifa, when she crawls into his nook and falls asleep. He finally got to hear her snoring in person.

For his birthday after the aquarium, I took him to the nicest steakhouse in my area. Yes, this vegetarian willingly went to a steakhouse for her boyfriend. I turned pescetarian for the night and tried some mahi mahi, not terrible but I probably will not go for it again. He loved it, one of the best steaks he's ever had. I think I did good for his birthday.

Distance isn't easy. We struggled, we still struggle but we are managing. I can not say we are perfect but we are attempting to make it work for us. I try not to overanalyze the situations and enjoy the moment we are in and enjoy the moments we have together. Hopefully it gets easier with time. Thank goodness for technology.


100 happy days // 2

I finally have figured out how to upload my pictures to my MacBook! 
It was as easy as saying hey iPhone, trust this computer. Voila. 

This project has really made me pick out the simple things in my everyday. It has made me happy to realize all the little things that truly make me happy. I can see a pattern in some of my photos: Fifa, friends, food, and the shoe shots. But hey, it works for me.

I am on day 37, as of today and so far so good. I have seen a ton of people start this project and I hope I can be one of them to finish it. 63 days left to go. A lot can happen in two months.

You can find part one here.


currents: march edition

disliking the cold weather and possibility of snow tomorrow

wishing I was still in Florida's sunny weather

nervous about my exam, since I didn't study (oops)

happy to have spent 4 days with B

planning his birthday weekend and present package

excited about my new couch being delivered on Sunday!

disappointed the Expedit 2x8 shelf wasn't in stock, I need somewhere for my crafts, darnit

procrastinating on Project Life more and more

eating healthier because I've been terrible this month

drinking more water and soy chai lattes

needing to put together my gallery wall

watching The Blacklist, new episode tonight

listening to the hum of my space heater

catching up on all my regularly read blogs, I'm so behind

searching for new vegan recipes to try

counting down the days until B comes to visit [11 days!]

keeping up with 100 happy days, 26 days in so far


100 happy days // 1

Surfing the Internet, I found this idea about 100 happy days and I loved it. It was something that just drew me in because I try, I try so hard to just appreciate the little things of today. It is exactly why I loved Project Life so much.

Do you have time to be happy?
Can you take 2 minutes out of your day to snap a picture?
Will it change your life?
In the end, will it make you realize the little things?
Or, will you forget?
And say you just don't have time for this?
Really, we don't have time to be happy?

So join me, and the rest of the people hopping on the bandwagon of 100 happy days. See if you can really complete the challenge. It says 71% of people fail. I'm going to try my hardest to be in the 29%. I started on February 27th.

This is what I've gotten so far..

You can follow me on Instagram or look for my #100happydoods to follow the progress.
I'm pretty sure one of those pictures is the wrong one for the day but oh well. I still took a picture for that day! Some are from my snippets post as well.

Join in and see if you can accomplish it :)