Discover St. Augustine Florida


Known as the oldest continuously occupied settlement on the continental US, St. Augustine is certainly a place that I would encourage you to discover.  St. Augustine is located in Northeastern Florida near Jacksonville.  It has a nice mixture of history, beach life, fine dining, and a pace that says…please vacation with me.  Here are a few pictures to give you a slice of the St. Auggie life as I like to call it.

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St. Auggie Life

Welcome to St. Augustine

Welcome to St. Augustine

Raintree Restaurant, St. Augustine

Raintree Restaurant, St. Augustine

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Olde City, A1A – St Augustine

Here are a list of places to visit on your next trip

That’s just a small sample as there is so much more.

“Creating lasting memories can only come from rich experiences.” – Aurie   

Inspired 2.0


Today I am inspired by my long time blogging friend, Deirdre, author of Inspired to Affect & Touch.  A line in one of her recent post really stuck with me.

“my glass is now half empty [… ] but only because i continue to drink from it…” – Deirdre

So profound when I first heard it….How is your thinking?  Is it stinkin’?  Is it positive?

glass half full?

Reeeaaaalllyyyyy?


Here is another edition of the FollowFridayFunnies #FFF

My good sistren on twitter, JovieJ, author of The Big Risk, have always taken solace in cutting up over that Windows Mobile commercial we saw on youtube. You know the one where they say “reeeeaaaaaally?” the entire commercial after acts of utter nonsense…yep, that one.
I couldn’t help but bring this back after opening this here bag of Doritos the other day. I’m not going to lie; This was quite offensive to say the least. Take a peek below:

Ok is that it really?

Take a look at this. I don’t know who could actually give this to customers with a straight face. It’s a low down, shameful, wicked act. It was bad enough when you decided to only fill the bag halfway, but I literally got the $0.25 amount in the $0.99 bag.

Do you have a “reeeeaaaaaally?” moment? Describe it in the comment section below.

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for the weekend. Happy trails!

2011 March Madness


It’s that time of year again!  It’s March Madness.  One of most enjoyable things to do each spring is to fill out my NCAA tournament brackets.  I haven’t taken any official bracketology course, but I’ve been doing this since 1998.  What does this all mean?  Absolutely nothing, but I always have fun with it.

I have created a group on ESPN’s Tournament Challenge called…you guessed it…Experience Aurie Group: Fill out your Tournament Brackets here.  A little healthy competition never hurt anyone and I encourage anyone to takes an interest in this to participate for fun.  This year’s college basketball landscape has been filled with uncertainty as it relates to who could go all the way.  This leads to an exciting time for folks to fill out their brackets and maybe shock the world along with all of these team of hopefuls looking for glory.

Here is this year’s bracket in all it’s splendor.  You can click the image in a new tab and make it larger as well as zoom in for the most ideal viewing.  Who do you have going all the way this year?  Post your answer in the comment section below.

Friday Funnies 1.1


Today’s Friday Funnies, #FFF, come from an email I got from a cool college buddy of mine.  Since I’ve had personal experience with the iPhone’s auto-correct feature, these are especially funny to me.  Even with my piano fingers, I have trouble from time to time.  For those who have family/friends with iPhones, please excuse the texting difficulties that you may see from time to time.

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I will insert cheesy line here —–> These pictures really take the smart out of smartphones

For more Friday Funnies, search the Experience Aurie Blog or look in the tags for this and other interesting topics.

Funny on a Friday


If you consider yourself a social media buff or even a wannabe, you are probably on Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and so on. I personally wouldn’t say that I am one, but I’ve always had the propensity to keep track of my peeps and tweeps online because I’m so used to having good friends in far away places.

Speaking about keeping track of my peeps & tweeps, I have decided to rest mi foot likkle bit at the Cinnamon Coffee Spot. I want to thank Nicky for having me do a guest post and to continue to keep up the great work. Since I’m staring out the window at 2 feet of snow, I’ll have a small cup of blue mountain coffee, dark, strong, and sweet (just like me).

If you have a Twitter account, you are most likely familiar with hashtags, denoted by –> # <–. The hashtags are used to sort status updates via a trending topic. One that has taken off very well is #JamaicanBlogger. This was created by one of my blog sistrens: Nicky aka @therealnickmack who is the author of NickMack dot Net (see my caribbean blogroll).

Since today is Friday, there is a cool thing that twitter account holders do. They will give some free publicity to their followers by putting #FF or #FollowFriday along with that person’s username (eg. #FF @experienceaurie). This encourages the growth of your account with the oldest marketing tool; word-of-mouth.

I was thinking of another variation of this concept which would be called #FFF (Follow Friday Funnies). Although inspired by Twitter, I will do this on my blog because it won’t be easy to keep ever joke to 140 characters. If you would like to do this, feel free to reference the hashtag #FFF and link back to this blog post.

Today’s #FFF is:

What does three soft tacos and BP have in common?

Well there are a couple of things…they both give you gas and indigestion for about $2.99.

This post was brought to you by Experience Aurie

My Reconnection with Jamaica


As a member of the Jamaican Diaspora/Expatriate Community, I am very pleased to report that I had the chance to spend the end of 2010 and a snippet of  2011 back in the Land of Wood & Water.  I had a great time reconnecting with family and enjoying Jamaica once again after an almost three year absence.  Although circumstances can explain this, it is still not acceptable to me.  As an aspiring global citizen, it is very important to make commuting a way of life and not to get so bogged down in one place.  Movement is beautiful and going back home to Jamaica consistently is extremely important to me.

With that said, I had a full schedule for the one week trip and I have the pictures to prove it right here:

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Awesome, huh?  Yes, it was just phenomenal.

What was great was that I was able to take the Jamaican Jewel and my Mom with me.  I spent time w/ my cousins, aunts, uncles, grandma, and family friends (who are treated just like family).  From Kingston to St. Andrew, Spanish Town to Mandeville, St. Mary to Ocho Rios,  we took in quite a bit in a very short space of time.  It really is true.  It’s important to go back from whence you came in order to move forward with purpose.  For many of us, myself included, 2011 will be a pivotal year and one where this recharge was certainly needed.