What a week! We just got back from ICAST which is one of the largest fishing conventions of the year for industry professionals only. Companies from all over the world congregate to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando to see what's new and upcoming in the fishing world. Since we were headed to Florida, Josh and I took a few extra days and headed to the beach beforehand for some much needed time off. We only had 48 hours so we had to make the most of it. To be honest with you, the last several months have been quite exhausting for both of us and all we really wanted to do was chill out. Not necessarily outside either. Because lets face it, it's Florida in July and anytime you step outside it's H-O-T no matter where you are. We had our fun frolicking in the ocean and drinking rum runners by the pool but since our room was on the top floor of a beachfront hotel we were a-ok spending the majority of the time in there. I posted up my camera on the tripod with a zoom lens attached and watched the dolphins feed during the day and photographed the thunderstorms from our balcony at night. We took naps, got sunburned, drank a little too much, ate a little too much, watched NatGeo and got caught up on life for a minute. We decided that this will be our ritual every year. But maybe even try to tack on a few extra days next time.
At the end of last year when the 2017 schedule became finalized, I looked at the places we were going in June and got incredibly excited. We were going to start out in Washington DC for a week and then head to upstate New York to spend 2 weeks on Lake Oneida. I had never been to either of these places and always wanted to go. DC was an awesome place to set up camp for a week and a fun city to explore, but it was hot as blazes down there! I felt so bad for Kigs. The temps were nearing 100° and the humidity was 100%. He really had no interest in doing anything outside so when it was time to head up to New York with a 10 day forecast of highs in the 70’s and lows in the 50’s we couldn’t get out of town fast enough! With every mile north driven through the Appalachian mountains, we could feel the weather finally cool down and dry out. We drove around Oneida, through downtown Sylvan Beach and over to our campground before having our camp set up by 7:00 that night. We stayed at a campground about 10 minutes east of the lake called Treasure Isle RV Park. It’s a family owned and operated business and they run a very clean and secure camp. It was a great place to be set up for the next event.
I’m a terrible person, I know. Four months ago I told all of you that I was starting over in life and going on this amazing journey and taking you all with me and then I totally ghosted you. Please accept my sincerest apology. These have been the craziest/most fun months of my life but it has also been the most difficult. For the last 17 years there has been structure in my life of a 9-5 job with a paycheck that gets deposited every other Friday. Not anymore, my friends! Working for myself has been a huge learning experience of what my new normal looks like. Aside from running my business, I have also taken on management of Josh Douglas Fishing full time. There are so many things that go on behind the scenes of a professional fisherman and I’ve been taking each task in stride. Finally, after all this time do I feel like I can start sorting through everything on my plate and manage it appropriately.
Holy crap, our house is finally move-in ready. Thank heavens, because I’m not sure that I had another weekend of manual labor in me. If I was ever on the fence about having carpal tunnel before the reno, I can definitely confirm it now. I’m also fairly confident that the dog thinks we’re bat-shit crazy since all we do every weekend now is go up to that house and feel up the walls day and night. Can’t say I blame him. We did so much painting recently that when I went to bed I was having dreams about painting, too. That’s when you know it’s time to put the paint roller down and walk away. For the time being, I don’t have any “final” pics to show you since we finished up late Saturday night and left for home on Sunday at 4am. Thought it might also be nice to have some furniture in there before the big reveal. You know, for effect. The move is happening in a few weeks so all of us will just have to be patient.
Another weekend, another exciting progress update! Since I had a 3 day weekend this go-round, I had a much needed extra day to get stuff done. We got so much accomplished this weekend, that we are now officially ahead of schedule! Never thought that would be a thing with the way these renovations have been going. I got up to the house on Saturday morning and immediately went to work. Since Josh kicked ass down on Lake Travis for the 2nd stop of the FLW Tour, but not quite enough ass kicking to fish day 3, that meant that he was officially on his way home which meant that I needed to kick it into high gear to get the walls prepped so we could start painting. Not sure if I've mentioned it before, but Josh has a pretty debilitating dust allergy, so I was in a major time crunch to get all the walls spackled, sanded and washed before he made it back into town. My dad was up for most of Saturday helping me out and we were actually able to get all of it done as well as painting the first coat in our bedroom!
Hey there -
I'm Bri! Lover of food, wine, and photography that is currently traveling with my professional bass fishing husband along with our cantankerous rottie, Kigen. When not traveling you can find me living the lake life off the shores of Lake Mille Lacs in Isle, MN. Pour a drink, pull up a chair and join me as I journey across the country documenting it all along the way!