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Florida Ice Storm 2018

Living in Florida my entire life, I’ve had only a handful of very cold weather experiences. It’s snowed here a few times, but nothing of consequence. We DO tend to have a few weeks of low temps (lows getting into the mid-low twenties), but it tends to warm up rather quickly.
This past week has been particularly cold, and last wednesday North Florida was transformed into a winter wonderland. We ended up only getting “frozen mix” rather than full blown snow, but I still loved the results.First off, I’ll let you know that I slipped on our porch steps as I was walking to the car to go to work. I still have a gigantic bruise on my back. Second, my car was completely frozen and one of my spiritual gifts is NOT de-icing a car. Third, I was terrified of driving on icy roads, but the roads ending up being fine and I only work 3 miles from our house anyway. So, my morning started off rocky and I didn’t have a chance to take in the ice-covered surroundings.
When I came home for lunch, I took the opportunity to walk around our yard and snap a few photos. Everything was so beautiful! And again, I know this may not be too impressive to someone in, say, Michigan… but to Floridians THIS IS AMAZING! Look how magical our yard was!Here’s hoping for another bout of really cold weather before it’s 95 degrees on the daily!

Hurricane Irma

It’s been a crazy week in the Hancock household in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. We started hearing about this huge category 5 hurricane over a week before it even made landfall. Ray and I are both Florida natives, so we’re pretty familiar with tropical storm and hurricane threats. In fact, about 5 years ago during a tropical storm, a tree fell on our house. We know the drill. Get clean water, charge the devices, prepare snacks, find flashlights, gas up the cars.

With hurricane Irma showing up just weeks after devastating hurricane Harvey over Texas, the entire state of Florida was in panic mode. I went to Publix last Tuesday, 6 days before north Florida felt any impact, and they were completely out of bottled water. In fact all of our local grocery stores ran out of water as soon as they received new shipments. The same was happening with gas and bread and canned goods. It was truly nuts. WHO NEEDS SO MUCH BREAD?!?! The Keys and Miami were put under a mandatory evacuation, so thousands of people were driving north up the the state, passing right by Lake City. This just added to the craziness… and lack of gas.

Ray and I both went to work as normal on Friday. We hung out, slept in, did our laundry, washed our dishes, and then attended a hurricane party Saturday night. I woke up early Sunday morning because it had already started raining and I was on edge. The news had been so conflicting. One minute we were going to see a direct category 5 hit. The next minute we were going to just experience outer tropical storm bands. The storm was predicted to travel either the east coast of Florida, the west coast, or just go straight up the middle. We just didn’t know what we were in for.

Sunday evening we had a few friends over to play a game and podcast. Our friend, Charles, brought over tons of food so we had a true feast. By midnight, the storm was wild! The air pressure was heavy, the wind was blowing like crazy, and the temperatures had dropped down to the low 60’s. Honestly, as scary as it can be, experiencing minor hurricanes can be really fascinating. We stood out on the porch for a while just watching the wind and the rain. Around 2:00am, we lost power (boo) and went to bed around 3:00am.

Monday morning was full of wind and rain. Once the worst past over us, we ventured out to survey the damage. Lake City was really lucky and only saw minimal damage compared to other counties in the state. There was some flooding, trees down, and LOTS of power outages. Probably 90% of our county lost power. We were out of power until Tuesday evening and there are still people waiting for their power to return! Unfortunately, many roads and bridges are closed and flooding is expected to get even worse in the next few days.

Living without power is, well, not awesome… but we tried to make the best of it. Ray used our tiny grill and cast iron skillet to cook up several meals. Temperatures were uncharacteristically mild, so we were only warm and not sweltering without a/c. I spent Tuesday reading, cleaning up the yard, and hanging out on our porch and balcony.

So, that’s pretty much what we’ve been dealing with over the past few days. Hurricanes are no joke! I hope you and your family are safe and at home!

San Francisco Weekend

I spent a golden weekend in the golden state celebrating my friend Jenna’s birthday. We visited Chinatown, the mission district, the full house house, Sausalito, the ferry building, and Ghirardelli square. We walked 35 miles (this is almost accurate), climbed so many hills, rode a cable car, explored Muir Woods, and biked across the Golden Gate Bridge. We ate delicious food and drank not enough cocktails. We packed so much into three days! This was my first time visiting San Francisco and hopefully won’t be my last. It was a wonderful weekend and I wanted to share some of my photos with you!

June 2017 Favorites

June 2017 Favorites:Growing cacti – Early this year we moved most of our cacti and succulents outdoors. They just didn’t seem to be getting enough light in our sunroom. Guys, they’ve been flourishing! Several have had beautiful blooms over the last month.

Rainy Days – the beginning of June was extra rainy this year, which lead to a few slightly cooler days and greener grass.

Staying Home – Our spring was filled with trips and events, which were all wonderful… but in June we actually had several weekends in a row at home. We were able to sleep in, recover from the work week, get chores done, and be overall lazy. It’s been very relaxing!  

The Jeep – Guys, we were a one car family for a very long time. We made it work, but it wasn’t always easy. Finally, this month, we purchased a second vehicle. We took our time, saved money, did research, and ended up buying a new-to-us (but with very low miles) Jeep Cherokee! 

Lavender and mauve nail polish –  These two colors, in various shades, have been my jam!

T-shirt dresses – Lately I’ve been LOVING easy casual tshirt dresses. I can dress them up for work or down for the weekends. They’re so comfortable and cute! My favorites are the jersey swing dress from old navy (currently on sale) and the lularoe carley (here’s a link to my fave consultant).

Lemon Lara Bars – For the month of June, I was on a restrictive eating plan (very similar to the Whole30) to try and relieve some fibromyalgia pain I’ve been experiencing. There weren’t a lot of “grab and go” type foods I could eat, BUT I could have Lara Bars! Lemon is my favorite flavor and apple pie comes in close second.  

Coconut Milk – I’ve been drinking coconut milk with my coffee lately and really loving it. It’s very summery!   

Riverdale – Ray turned Riverdale on a few weeks ago while we were eating dinner, and after one episode we were both hooked! Riverdale is based off the Archie comics, but it’s not just apple pie and boy scouts. Riverdale takes a slightly darker approach to the beloved Archie characters. It’s awesome and you should definitely check it out.   

Mommy, Dead and Dearest – Mommy, Dead and Dearest is an HBO documentary featuring Gypsy Rose Blanchard, who killed her mother after living her life being the subject of her mother’s Munchausen by Proxy. I love true crime and this case is so bizarre and interesting.

The Dollop – I’m forever on the search for a good podcast. The Dollop is a podcast focusing on hilarious stories though out America’s history.