Universal Kinda Weekend

Last Thursday, Garrett found out some friends from Texas were in Florida for summer vay-cay so we took them up on the offer to meet them in Orlando for the weekend. We drove down Friday night with plans to hit up the Icebar on I-Drive. Let me tell you, it was so cold! (duh) The parka/hooded fleece things they gave kept us somewhat warm, but after 40 mins in Ice my poor toes were very numb!

Saturday we hit up Universal Studios, with the new Wizarding World of l Harry Potter as our main goal. We learned a very important lesson that I will share, but only if you don’t get it my way next time! USE THE SINGLE RIDER LINE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AT UNIVERSAL. Waiting 30-90 minutes to get on a rIde is a thing of the past with this tip. Even at the Harry Potter Forbidden Journey (castle) ride, the 90 minute posted wait was no more than 15 minutes for us using single rider. Oh, and try the Butterbeer (frozen if it’s hot). It’s sweet, yummy and only $4 a glass!

G and I both have annual passes to Universal’s parks through next summer now, and I’m looking forward to our next weekend getaway. Orlando & Universal was our first trip together a couple years ago and it was fun to reminisce with him about the whirlwind that has shaped us both since first started dating.

Universal Kinda Weekend

Pictures Are Worth 1,000 Words (or so I hope)

Want to try a new project that I can share here on the blog and hopefully be more consistent in my postings. My friend E used to take a picture at 5:25 pm every day (or close to it) to share with her world during 2009. This year she’s been collaborating with a friend on a different daily-photo blog (of which I love to follow along!).

I want to try the photo every day approach, as a way to track what I’m doing and where. My hope is that in addition to sharing visual memories, I’ll also be more inclined to share a story or antcedote most days too. I’ll also be posting these to my Flickr account (link on the right) too those who prefer the gallery style.

To get started, here are a few different photos from the past days, weeks & months that can show what I’ve been up to!

Pictures Are Worth 1,000 Words (or so I hope)

2009, Quickly

Taking a look back at my 2009 and the experiences that came with…
it was quite the year!

JANUARY
New Years in Fort Worth with the Teagues
Ate black eyed peas for good luck in the new year
Visited Janette in Orlando
Soccer concussion and head wound
Dallas Stars at Tampa Bay
Garrett leaves for six-month deployment on USS Klakring

FEBRUARY
John Legend with Silverios
Moved into Mirabella with Stacey
Launched Social Media Club Jax
Pirates Run 10k
Valentine roses from Garrett (my first, ever)
Tiger Woods returns to PGA TOUR
Alia visits Jax

MARCH
Elton John & Billy Joel with sis
Gate River Run 15k
Corn Dog Day party
Tiger wins the Arnold Palmer Inv. on the 18th hole

APRIL
Running the Blues 5k
Courtney’s bachelorette party
Surprise flower delivery <3
Easter with Mike and Maureen
Verizon Heritage at Hilton Head w/ Stacey, Geoff and Mark
Commotion kickball defeats #1 Cobra Kai
Nickleback (met @elysia1)
Jax Beach opening parade

MAY
PLAYERS week
Mom and Dad visit Jax
Single Greatest Night honoree kickoff
Girls’ night in Vilano Beach
Kickball pub crawl at the Beaches
Never Quit 5k

JUNE
Pier Point pool weekends with Jen & Elysia
Secured my personal Facebook URL: (www.facebook.com/laurenbeyer)
Jacksonville Beer Fest with fellow beer snob & friend Justice
Disney’s Animal Kingdom with Tim, Cheryl, Stephanie & Amanda

JULY
Pier Point 4th of July with cousin Karl
Klakring countdown begins
Multiple attempts to watch Shuttle launch from Jax Beach pier (saw on CNN instead)
Met Zoe, my CFF ambassador
24 hour movie marathon with @iwearyourshirt and friends
first Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers show
Robbye, Rikki, Kinsey & Kacie visit to welcome Uncle Bud home
Garrett’s Homecoming

AUGUST
My 25th birthday. Quarter-life crisis begins
Kenny Chesney
Fort Worth vacation with the Teagues
Wakeboarding, wake surfing & listening to Toadies @Possum Kingdom Lake
Showed off Oregon in the summertime to Garrett
Climbed a mountain (2 really big hills) at the ranch
Dad’s 50th birthday party in the barn
White Trash Beach Bash for CFF
Midnight shuttle launch viewing party on Jax Beach

SEPTEMBER
Holly visits
Savannah trip for Brew Fest
Beach Olympics ’09
Erin visits
Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits fest
First Jags (regular season) game — lost to Arizona

OCTOBER
Marine Corps Half Marathon with Elysia
Dana & Brandon’s wedding in Flagstaff
Race for the Cure with Jess
Florida-Georgia game with Elysia

NOVEMBER
Rear-ended
World Golf Hall of Fame 09 Induction ceremony
Jax Beach air show
Children’s Miracle Network Classic
Single Greatest Night
Pete’s Bar on Thanksgiving morning
Thanksgiving with Karen, Tim, Cate & Michael
Thanksgiving dinner with Klak friends

DECEMBER
Civil War (sad)
Jags beat Texans
Klakring Christmas party
Trail Blazers in Orlando
First real Christmas with Garrett
Fly home on Christmas Day to celebrate with family
Ring in the new decade!

Did I forget anything?
(thanks Elysia for the inspiration to do this!)

2009, Quickly

My Race Shirt Needs Your Help

I’m counting down for the Marine Corps Half Marathon in Jacksonville next Saturday (October 3rd). Now that I’m in the single digits, the pressure is definitely on. I’ve had a good past few weeks of training, including getting in my long runs of 7, 8, 9 and 10.5 miles on the weekends. I finally found road markings that are spot on (thanks Jacksonville Running Co!) and re-calibrated my Nike+ so I know for sure each mile I’m pounding out really counts as such. This weekend I’m planning on tapering the miles down to a 7 or 8 mile long run, then getting in three shorter (think 4 miles or less) runs early next week before running THIRTEEN-POINT-ONE in one go. (yikes)

There’s a way for you to be at the race with me, cheering me every step of the way. As part of my fundraising for the N. Florida Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, I’m putting the names of everyone who gives (or pledges) on my race shirt to wear in the Marine Corps half and the other races I’ll do this year. The cut off to add your name to the shirt is tomorrow, though I’ll be raising money through November. If you can’t donate, leave a comment or send me an email telling me you’re pledging to do so. To make your donation, visit my page at http://bit.ly/ltbeyer-cff.

Here are the shirt layouts I’ve narrowed it down to. Please vote for your favorite font/color/layout look via the poll at the bottom:

Wordle-A
First one
Wordle-B
Second-ish
Wordle-C
Third-like
Wordle-D
Best for last

Thanks again for all your support, both in the fundraising and cheering me on during my training for the half marathon. I’ll keep updating to let you know how I do with both!

My Race Shirt Needs Your Help

My CFF Challenge To You

I’m laying down the gauntlet to all of you. Whether you’re a friend, family, online friend, part of the CF community or just stumbled on my blog looking for pics of  a Mexican fire dance or Nissan Altima (yes I can tell how you get here)…I invite you all can be part of my Cystic Fibrosis Challenge.

Here’s the deal: I’m committed to raising $1,500 for the North Florida Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, as part of being named a 2009 Single Greatest Night honoree. It sounds like a lot of money, but when I realized I only need $15 donations from 100 people that seemed easy. After all, I have 2,000 followers on Twitter, 600 friends on Facebook and a big family to reach out to.  Whether you can spare $5, $15 or $50 I’m asking for your help.

In return, I promise to keep you updated about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, share my stories of being an honoree, and build awareness of CF through all my channels. If that’s not enough for you, I’m going to put everyone’s names who donates through me on the back of a running shirt that I’ll wear in every race for the rest of the year (including the half marathon I keep meaning to do). So to recap – be part of  MY 100 by making a donation to CFF at http://bit.ly/ltbeyer-cff and I’ll put your name on a t-shirt, share pictures & videos with you about life as an honoree AND you get to help out a very deserving (and efficient!) non-profit in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. (Do I even have to mention its a tax writeoff?!)

If you want to know more about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Single Greatest Night Jacksonville, check out the interviews I did with Liza, our CFF Special Events Director, and Stewart, who is the chairman of the ’09 SGN event. I’m actually headed to a CFF meeting tonight, so expect more stories to come.

Thanks for reading, watching and considering to help me reach the MY 100 goal for CFF. Feel free to comment here or email, DM, poke or FB message me or contact me in any other way if you have questions or a story to share. Cheers!

My CFF Challenge To You

L*Boogie & H-Izzle explore St. Augustine

I found my video editing software and my Flip cam last weekend and put together this little ditty. In September, the Adventures of L*Boogie and H-Izzle continued with a road trip to St. Augustine, Florida. Here’s a little of what we explored and adventured:

Hint to friends and family: if you visit Jacksonville, we can make videos of fun things too!

L*Boogie & H-Izzle explore St. Augustine

New – New – New

It has been so long since I’ve visited my own blog [much less wrote here] that I forgot what it looked like. So when I came back, I decided to change the look. This is a cool (and free) theme I think fits me a little bit better – good color, better fonts, more personality. What do you think?

Changing my blog’s look isn’t the only new thing in my life right now. I’ve been shaking things up for the last couple months, and I have to say, it’s been quite fun. It’s been five months since I packed up life as I knew it and moved across the country to follow my dreams. I’m getting more used to the perma-vacation life that Florida offers (not that I always take advantage) and am starting to build myself a life here. A summary of what’s new in my life since the summer would have to include:

  • A new political party – I’m a full blown Obama supporter
  • Joining beach volleyball, soccer and kickball teams (fun, except for the back-to-back days!)
  • Getting older (24!) and being able to celebrate back home in Oregon
  • Meeting a fantastic guy who I adore, and happily call my boyfriend
  • Setting a goal of running a 5K this fall, which has since evolved into a half marathon
  • Exploring Florida with adventures to Okefenokee Swamp, Orlando, St. Augustine and Amelia Island (pictures here)

I’ll write about all of these things in more detail soon, and will continue to try to be better about posting things on the blog. I need to stop thinking of it as a “life update” page and instead nurture it to become a place for my thoughts, words, links, photos, videos, blurbs and memories. I can’t promise everything that is posted here will be appropriate or relevant for everyone who reads it, but it will be a reflection of me. Right now, that’s what I need it to be, what I want this place to be.

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One more thing…even though I was cheering for Sergio, Paddy and the Europeans in the Ryder Cup all weekend, I am very happy to see the Cup come back to the USA. This weekend’s matches were so much fun to watch — incredible golf from both teams. I think we’ve cemented a few more personalities on the PGA TOUR, which is always a good thing. USA FTW!

New – New – New

Here comes Fay

Flashlights – CHECK
Batteries – CHECK
Case of water – CHECK
Good books and magazines on hand – CHECK
Food that doesn’t have to be microwaved – CHECK

Ok, I’m ready for Tropical Storm Fay to pass by Jacksonville. From what I can gather, people aren’t too worried about this storm. I get the feeling it’s equivalent to a really good Oregon winter wind storm. Power outages, downed trees and flooding are what most are concerned with. (Of course, that doesn’t stop the entire city of Jacksonville from shutting down today & tomorrow while some of us still have to work…)

If I get really curious about what the storm is all about, I might venture to the beach to take some pictures/video. But after watching the video below (taken yesterday in Ft. Lauderdale), I think I’ll wait to use my kite board (don’t really have one) and do all other sporting activities until Fay goes away!

I’ll check in as I can, either on the blog, Twitter, Facebook or via text, if anything storm related gets kinda serious or scary. Until then, it’s back to work!

Here comes Fay

Name That Car, and I’m Still Alive in Florida

Hello family, friends and followers!

My apologies for delaying and delaying blogging from my new home — it seems that after spending 8+ hours a day at my computer, I don’t have much enthusiasm (or enough hours) to get back on and fulfill my blogging responsibilities. I will get better. Someday 🙂

Life in Jacksonville and as a PGA TOUR employee is pretty amazing. The weather has been mostly gorgeous (it did rain one day–or morning I guess), with more sun than I can soak up [although I tried on Sunday and have a lovely pink forehead to show for it]. It’s like a permanent vacation, between the sun and sand and nightlife. The job is going super well. We’re working full-steam ahead on new initiatives and ideas, but they’re also letting me get my feet wet, meet colleagues and understand the higher level objectives of the dot-com department and TOUR in general. I’m staying with my boss/friend Marcie in her extra bedroom for the time being, and hope to secure a more permanent place to live in the next couple weeks. I’d love to live at the “Beaches” now that I’ve spent some time in Jax Beach, so hopefully that will all be worked out soon.

Big news!! I bought a car! A 2003 Toyota Camry LE, with a V6 for a bit more power. I got it at a really nice place called World Imports here in Jacksonville last week, and have enjoyed breaking him in while figuring out my new surroundings. Here are a few pictures of the car, courtesy of the dealership.

But my new car doesn’t have a name yet, so I need your help. Here are my favorites from what has been suggested so far. Click on your favorite to vote and instantly see the results below.

Corban
Kirby
Camilo
Something else….(put it in the comments)

Status:

Alright kids, that’s all from here for now. I’ll write more later, and try to get all the pics off my camera to share with you. Don’t freeze back home with all that snow (it feels like June here and you’re getting January weather. Crazy!) Miss & love you…

Name That Car, and I’m Still Alive in Florida

I’m here

Just a quick note to let you know I made it to Jacksonville yesterday. Picked up my rental car, loaded it full of big suitcases & golf clubs, and drove straight out to Jax Beach to get some sand in between my toes. (The water is already warmer than it ever gets on the Oregon coast!)

Started work in the PGA TOUR offices today. So far, so good! I’m taking some time to get acquainted — with the people, the area and the technology. Not much to report on yet, but I wanted to make sure I got at least one post in this week and let y’all know that I’m here, safe and sound (and without any tears, crazy).

One more thing, I posted a link at the top of the sidebar (on the right side of the screen) so that you can subscribe to my blog via email. This is for all of you who like to get my emails — sign up to get the blog sent directly to your email anytime I post. Isn’t that cool? Then you don’t have to remember to check back to this site. I’d still love it if you left comments and replies here on the blog so we can keep talking.

Pictures and news to come soon. Ciao!

I’m here