And So Vacation Ends

Ugh, today is my first day back to work. Vacation always goes by way too fast. This was definitely a fun and exciting vacation. Although, I think I need a vacation from vacation. Just a few days to rest and relax.

We flew out of Pittsburgh on Saturday morning. It was a smooth flight, minus Lindsey and her terror of flying. She likes to squeeze my hand until the bones break. We arrived in Atlanta and were picked up by Lindsey’s step-brother, Ted. We then went to his grandmother’s house for something to eat.

The first thing I noticed about the Atlanta area is that everything is like an hour and a half away. It is a huge city and the suburbs are not really that close. It was kind of cool. Anyways, after we ate, we went to Stone Mountain. This is a carving of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Jefferson Davis followed by a pretty cool laser show. People joke about people in the South being in denial about the Civil War, but there is a part of the show where the show Lee crying after breaking his sword. I am guessing it was very emotional if you were a Southerner. Since I am not, I just cheered and screamed “WE WON!!!!”

Sunday was a dinner at a family member’s house. Guess how far away it was? Yep 1.5 hours away. So weird. We got to eat plenty of good ole Southern food. Once we got back to Ted’s place we drank some beer and watched football. Lindsey got a little inebriated.

The next day we went to the zoo. It was a nice zoo. I think Pittsburgh is probably a bit larger, but this one was still nice. They had a pretty cool bird show, I am usually not one to like the shows where animals perform, but this one was not so bad. I just wonder if the lady who was in charge is actually a bird-i-ologist (avian expert is probably more correct) or just an animal trainer. I guess I will never know. It is also quite scary how they just let the tigers feed on small children. They should probably put some glass there or something.

We were supposed to go the college football hall of fame, but since it was kind of late in the day, no one wanted to hit traffic. The ladies went to get their nails done, while us men went to a few stores, such as a giant wine store. This place was like the size of umm, a small super market, but with just wine, beer, and liquor.

I found a bottle of wine called Josh. If I would have found one called Lindsey, I would have purchased them, but just buying one called Josh is weird, especially when I do not even drink wine.

After that we went to Cabelas and looked at boats. They had some fairly good deals especially on a pontoon boat. Adam and I wanted to get it, but we did not know if you could carry that on the plane. That was the only thing holding us back.

Sadly the trip to Atlanta did not end with us meeting Ludacris. I apologize. I know most of you were hoping I would tell you about how we met up and went out partying. In fact, at Stone Mountain, they did a piece of music from Georgia and they did not play Luda! How messed up is that?

We came back to Pittsburgh on Wednesday and had to go to IKEA because Lindsey needed to get some more wedding stuff. After that we went to Buffalo Wild Wings, I had never eaten there before and was pretty impressed with it. I mean, it is similar to Quaker Steak ‘n Lube, but whatever, you can never have enough of those types of restaurants (sarcasm noted).

Photo Shoot
On Friday, we met with our photographer to do our engagement photos. I was actually a bit nervous about it because I am not great at smiling on command. Luckily though, our photographer was fantastic and she brought enough energy to the shoot that I was at ease. Once I get the photos there will be a post dedicated to them.

After the pictures were done we went to dinner at the Inclined Plane (the restaurant is called Asiago’s). It was a nice romantic dinner. I tried a pumpkin martini, which was very good. After dinner we went to the movies to see Gone Girl.

The movie was great and for the first time ever, Lindsey stayed awake! Once the movie was over we went to Pour, which is a bar attached to a nice restaurant in Ebensburg. They have a bunch of craft beers on tap and I tried a few of them. The first one was terrible because it was too dark, the second was gross because it tasted like pine. I then tried to order a Miller Lite, they were out. Needless to say we left and went over to Clark Powell’s and enjoyed a few Miller Lites.

Corn Maze
Saturday was fun and a bit different. We went out to JB’s Tree Farm with my mom and decided to do the corn maze. We made it through without getting lost. Well we got a little lost, but I think that is the point. We were trying to find these hole punch things in order to win a prize. We did not find them all, but it was definitely fun.

The farm had some animals there as well. They have some Nigerian Dwarf Donkeys. I know, you are thinking “Josh is that even a thing?” And I promise you that they are real. Plus they had some baby goats, which were super cute. I think Lindsey may have wanted to take them home.

After we picked out some pumpkins, we then went to Marzonis for dinner. It was so damn good. It was such a fun day hanging out with my mom.  

Once we finished dinner, Lindsey and I went to Kohl’s (I BOUGHT SOCKS!!!) and then Boscov’s (I BOUGHT A PSU SHIRT!!!!!). We also bought some Christmas presents for someone, but we will not mention that here.

This was a nice easy day, we sat around watching football, then went to dinner at Lindsey’s mom’s house. We came home and watched The Walking Dead then we went to bed. Lindsey fell asleep while I read for like two hours. It was just what I needed for my final day.

And now vacation is over and I need to get ready for work.