So, I was all great about getting my Florida Georgia post up, but I haven’t exactly told you about my other trip to Jacksonville, have I? You know, the one where I went from Jacksonville to New York back to Jacksonville then to Flint, Michigan, and back to Jacksonville and then I drove back to Gainesville and practically couldn’t remember how to get to my house.

In a word, it was a truly fantastic trip. I was in New York for work, but I still found time to hang out with some lovely people. I mean, sure, they’re nice and all, but LOOK at them. I mean, I just don’t have any unattractive friends, do I?

Let me just say that, if you’re ever in New York and need a great place to go to dinner, the food at Suenos is KILLER. And, you know, if you get to share with my old classmate Chelsea, my old roommate Corie and her husband Nate, or the always-hilarious Metalia, well, my friends, you’ll get a feel for just how lucky I felt.

(I also want to take a quick second to say that I had the best — BEST — bartender in NYC at The Blue Bar at The Algonquin. Christian the bartender took the time to introduce me to interesting regulars at the bar when I was down there by myself on Friday night with nothing else to do, and I ended up having an amazing time. Giant thanks to him. And also a pretty decent bar tab.)

From there, I had a bit of fancy flying to get myself to Michigan to see my cousin and goddaughter. We visited, we ate, we drank, we went to the pumpkin patch on a gorgeous fall day.

Jorie and me, aka Bibbity Boo

Cousin Jenni and Jorie

Easy to take a good picture of such an adorable subject

My friend Deana, who came from across the state to see me. This is what you get from friends you've known since 4th grade. Good stuff.

I’m glad to be back, cuddling my pups and Jared, but it’s trips like this that remind me just how lucky I am to have a job that I love that, every once in a while, lets me travel. I’m lucky to have great friends in different parts of the country. And I’m lucky that, no matter how fabulous a time I have, I’m always happy to come home.

(By the way — I’m taking my first stab at NaBloPoMo, so I’m attempting to post here once a day for the month of November. I promise they won’t all be so picture and “hey, guess where I’ve been!” heavy. But, if there’s anything you’d like to see me tackle, let me know in the comments or shoot me an email. Because, dude, I’m going to need some material, you know? But whatever. Day 2, DONE.)