Night at the Graduate

When I get up in the mornings I tend to jump on Instagram. Jimmy doesn't really think it's healthy, he says my brain is going to turn into mush. He was pretty happy I hopped on IG Tuesday morning because I entered us into a giveaway for a free dinner & wine tasting at The Graduate. And guess what?! We won! you might've figured that from the title but, hey I had to give you guys a storyline.

The Hour Before

I came home from work, hair still in the flat twist and started a convo with Jimmy. Mind you I did not take my twist down or have my makeup on. Long story short, when I looked at the time I had 45 mins to get ready. That may seem like a lot of time for some, but for me... its a struggle. I set a timer to leave at 5:45 pm, we had to be there by 6 pm. Funny thing about that, I was still putting my clothes on at 6:50. I did my makeup in the car and still had two twists to take down. You can imagine how stressed I looked. 

The Arrival 

We took our seats with this older couple. I immediately thought "what could we possibly talk about". However,  they were awesome! The husband had all the dad jokes, he made me feel comfortable when I didn't know which utensil to use with each dish. Or when the lady introduced each wine, he said just smile and nod. I think I'm a pro at that. They asked us about what we did and school. The wife what our dream careers would be if we had the choice. It made me wonder what exactly did I want to do, I'll save that topic for another time, though. 


The night's theme was: Battle of the Brothers Wine Dinner. The objective for us was to choose which wine, each made by a different brother (Benziger & Imagery), was better. I thought that I was more of a red wine person, but then again, I didn't know much about wines at all. I know my goal was to buy the cheapest one possible, btw Aldi has pretty tasty bottles for $3. I need to vote for my favorite it turned out to be Imagery Chardonnay. I wasn't as sweet as I usually prefer, but it was so good. I considered purchasing a bottle, but of course, it wasn't for sale yet. 

This was a great experience that I was able to have, I dont think this will be my last time visiting The Graduate. I also want to thank @unlockingrva for picking us for the giveaway. 

Choosing the Perfect Apartment

I’ve recently moved to Manchester, south of Richmond and started working for a leasing company. I wanted to go over the tips and mistakes I made when I was on the hunt for a new apartment.


The Finishes

              Don’t be impressed by all the nice finishes. Just because the finishes look nice doesn’t mean the apartment is nice. Take a deeper look, knock on the walls to see if they are hallowed. If there is an electric glass stove, ask if they scratch easily, if they do, you will be paying for it upon move-out.



           In our latest customer service training, we went over how it takes twelve good experiences to fix one bad one. Make sure the apartment community offers on-site maintenance and they’re leasing office is at the location or accessible.



           This is one of my mistakes I didn’t do any research about the area, only that all utilities were included in the rent. Check out the neighborhood beforehand. Schedule different times of the day to visit the area. When I was looking into the place I’m in now I would go pretty much the same time while my application was being finalized. Mostly everyone was at work so I couldn’t really see what I was working with. Also do research online: high traffic, crime or even sex offenders it should allow you to put in entire address but not an apartment number. Just take proper safety measure since you will reside there for twelve months.


Those are my tips that I learned at work and through my own moving experience. What’s yours? Comment below.