Pages Back and About Me Updated!

One thing I did not notice when I updated the blog to this theme back in January was that the pages sort of disappeared! They were actually set by default to a “Page” template that I never setup on the theme so when you would click them they would just reload the blog. I have fixed the problem so now my About Me and Contact pages actually work!

I only discovered this issue after I went to update my About Me page. I had not updated that page in years and it seemed that it needed a face lift since it was the same three sentences I quickly came up with a year ago. Now it really tells you a little bit about me and what this blog is all about. I have also included a “Hit List” of my favorite blog posts of all time. I still have the same picture on the page from my 2008 trip to San Francisco. I need to find a more updated picture, but that will take some time to find! Anyways, just a quick update! I hope everyone is enjoying their week!

A Week Vacation – Was it Worth It?

You know it is not often I go on vacations, something I want to change very, very soon, but when it comes to going on vacations many people make up excuses for reasons they cannot go. When my buddy Adam asked me to go to Hilton Head with him for a week some of those same excuses popped up in my head… “What about work?”, “Can I afford it?”, “I will get behind!”, etc etc. I knew in the back of my mind that I wanted to go on vacation and that it was almost needed at this point so I told myself I am going on this vacation.

Burn Out
No matter if you work a 9-5 or you work for yourself on your own schedule you will in time burn out. Things will get frustrating, you will seem more stressed out and you really cannot concentrate. For me there has been times where for ThinkComputers I cannot sit down and review a product, it’s like I have a big brain fart. This happens when you are doing the same thing over and over again day after day. This is why I felt I needed this vacation.

But I still need to work?
For me, my business is not automated and I myself actually create most of the content for the site so it is hard to say I’m going on vacation for a week. You can still enjoy your vacation and work at the same time. I know this is possible, because I did it! You need to properly organize your days and maybe even work a little harder a couple weeks before you leave for vacation. For my week at the beach I had a Beach Routine that I followed each day, that way I was done with my work in the morning and had the rest of the day to really enjoy myself.

Let the Adventure Begin!
When you are on vacation make sure you treat it like one! As I just mentioned you need to make a routine that eliminates most of your work so you can really enjoy your vacation. While on vacation go out and adventure! Do not spend your vacation in your hotel room on the internet or watching tv. How is it going to feel like a vacation? On my week at the beach I always was doing something, whether at the beach, exploring the island on bikes or checking out local restaurants. Doing this gives you the “adventure” feel and should really make you feel excited about what you are doing.

Allow Yourself to Relax and Reflect
One of the biggest things I made sure I did while on vacation was take time to myself to relax and reflect. Many nights I would sit out on the balcony, watch the sunset and just think about things. You would be surprised at how relaxing that is. We normally do not get to do things like that when we are at home…it just does not happen. What’s crazy is that during the vacation no matter when I went to bed I was up by 9AM and I felt great! Not only that I was able to fall asleep no problem, something I was struggling with before I went on the trip.

Was it Worth it?
How much is happiness worth? The feeling of waking up and being excited about something is something we do not experience everyday, but to have it for a week was great. But if it’s only for a week whats the point? Well obviously being back in Pittsburgh is not the best feeling, especially after being at the beach but the vacation did so much for me. First it gave me so much more motivation, again before I went on vacation I was extremely burnt out, and now I feel like a new person! Also even since being back my sleeping / tiredness problem is not as prevalent. I am able to fall asleep pretty quickly and I feel pretty good throughout the day. Overall the trip reinvigorated my drive and really gave me the time to think about my business and myself. I am getting more done now and it feels great (Just look at how I am keeping up with this blog!). You can’t put a price on any of what I just mentioned so yeah…it was definitely worth it!

Dinner at the Salty Dog Cafe

One place Adam told us we had to check out while in Hilton Head was the Salty Dog Cafe. It is located in an area called South Beach in the Sea Pines Plantation. South Beach sits on the Braddock Cove inlet, which actually makes for some nice scenery. We headed to the Salty Dog for dinner and were seated outside on the deck / dock area, which actually only had 3 tables.

It was great to sit out there and breath in the fresh air look out at Braddock Cove. The deck actually sits right by the marina there so you get a nice view of the boats as well. The Satly Dog is known for their seafood and we were at the beach so I knew I was definitely getting seafood! The actually had a chef’s special for the night, which was a Southern Steam Pot ($24.99). The steam pot included crab legs, peel and eat shrimp, kielbasa, potatoes, and corn.

When they brought it out I couldn’t wait to dig in! Everything tasted amazing, I couldn’t believe I finished the entire meal because it was so much food.

The Salty Dog Cafe on Urbanspoon

After dinner we walked around the South Beach marina where there were many different shops, restaurants and bars. It is definitely a very cool area and a great place to spend an evening. I had my camera with me and I was able to take some shots of the marina and surrounding area. They are below.

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Biking Around Palmetto Dunes

The area where we stayed in Hilton Head was called Palmetto Dunes. Actually most of the island is separated into these little communities. Inside of Palmetto Dunes are many different resorts, condos and homes. One thing that was really great about most parts of the island are the bike paths. They go all over the island and you can be on them for hours. A lot of the time it seems like you are on an adventure because the trails take you through the woods or over waterways.

I was able to get out 2 of the days I was in Hilton Head to go biking. As I said the paths and trails go all over so you can really explore. They also allow you to check out some of the awesome homes in the area, and there are quite a few. One thing that is interesting about Hilton Head is that you are allowed to ride your bike on the beach, so if you wanted a fast way to explore the beach a bike is definitely the way to do it.

Besides just being able to explore riding a bike for a few hours was great exercise and felt great. If you plan on going to Hilton Head plan on bringing a bike if you can. If not there are plenty of places you can rent one.

Beer Dinner at Giuseppi’s

A couple of days into the trip Adam and Tim came back with a flyer for Giuseppi’s Pizza which advertised a “Beer Dinner”. Just hearing the name Beer Dinner I was interested, but we came to find out it was a 4 course meal, where each dish would be paired with a beer. You can’t go wrong with that, especially for only $25.

We headed over to Giuseppi’s and they had two tables all setup for everyone who called in and made reservations for the dinner. Giuseppi’s is part of SERG Restaurant group, which owns quite a few restaurants on the island. I had originally thought we were going to be served Italian food as that is what Giuseppi’s serves, but they brought 2 chefs from other SERG restaurants to cook us a special Asian themed meal. Each dish was paired with a beer from Bear Republic Brewing Company.

The first course was a vegetable spring roll with sweet Thai chili sauce. It was actually a thank you from the chefs for coming to the event, so technically that makes the entire meal 5 courses. I really enjoyed the spring roll and pineapple in the spring roll gave it a nice sweet taste.

The second course was seared coconut tuna atop a bed of seaweed salad and sushi rice. It was served with a spicy sauce. It was paired with Racer 5 IPA.

The third course was a Thai crab cake served with a green mango salad. This had to be my favorite dish of the night. The taste was just amazing! It was paired with Red Rocket Ale.

The fourth course was ginger rubbed pork tenderloin with vegetable farro. Farro is actually a wheat grain which I’ve never had before. The way that it was prepared it tasted just like fried rice. The pork was paired with Hop Rod Rye.

The last course was a purple sticky rice pudding with fresh mango, papaya, banana, and pineapple. A great way to finish off the meal. It was paired with XP Pale Ale.

The beer dinner was simply awesome! Having 2 chefs cook you a meal that they made up themselves was a real treat and having beers that pair well with each dish was a plus. As each meal was presented it was explained and so was the beer that it was paired with, so you actually learned something as well. All of this for only $25, you couldn’t beat it! If you live around Hilton Head then you need to check out the next beer dinner at Giuseppi’s.