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Monday, December 31, 2012

The Last Day of 2012

Well here we are, the very last day in 2012. I'm sitting at my computer, drinking coffee from a Starbucks cup, listening to the clock tick. It's pretty dreary and cold today and Patrick is still asleep with Jack. A lot of people make New Year's resolutions, I do not. I think they're stupid, mainly because you shouldn't wait until a new year to make a positive change in your life. I believe change is important and that it should be often and embraced, maybe that's just because things have changed literally my entire life. I'm looking forward to what this next year holds. We have our first move together which is happening sometime in April and up until that point we have our leaving Florida bucket list to complete. Caitlin and Toby will be getting married. Patrick starts his Physician's Assistant program and I will be looking to visit Matt and Crystal in their new home in Hawaii. Maybe there will be a baby Thomas? I guess we'll see! Happy New Year. 



Saturday, December 01, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

I think it's time to announce....

Blogging is something I really enjoy and have been doing since May of this year. I noticed when I started that Blogspot has a pretty cool section where you can view your audience. I'd generally glance at it every now and then out of curiosity and in one month after I started, my page views suddenly spiked like crazy and were doing so everyday. I decided to install a tracker that shows IP addresses and locations, in addition to the type of device they are viewing your page from and how exactly they found your page. Some visitors were from Pinterest, some from Facebook, from Google, from Instagram, etc.  There was a particular IP address that was checking my page multiple times a day, in fact, at most, this particular IP address checked 33 times in one day. The average from this address was 10... I mean, it makes sense because I update my blog 10 times a day, you know? Not. In addition to this, they were reading each and every comment that friends were writing on my posts.  From June to September, this same IP address looked at my blog 581 times. No joke. There certainly aren't 581 days between June and September, slightly sickening, right?  The shocker? This is the SAME IP address that was accessing my email accounts March through July of 2011. You guys remember that Stalking post I wrote a littler over a month ago? Yeah. 

So, cat's out of the bag. What's the announcement? You can be tracked. 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Bridesmaids

Caitlin asked me to be her maid of honor this weekend and naturally I jumped with acceptance. She decided to have a few other bridesmaids, Amanda, a longtime classmate, and Megan, also a classmate. I'm headed to Jacksonville this weekend and Saturday marks the beginning of wedding festivities, including wedding dress and bridesmaid's dress shopping. For some reason, I can't get the images from the movie Bridesmaids out of my head and for another reason I see me being something like the main character in Bridesmaids.... What was her name? Wasn't it Annie?

Caitlin and I have been longtime fans of Vietnamese food, at a particularly seedy restaurant that probably doesn't pass health code inspections. In Bridemaids, Annie takes the girls to her favorite restaurant which so happens to be some hole-in-the-wall place. I can see it now, I suggest Vietnamese cuisine and everyone but the girl who doesn't like Vietnamese food gets sick. 

Caitlin told us that she's thinking earthy tones since her wedding will be outside on the water, in the beginning of summer - how perfect. Much like the movie, I see us going to David's Bridal, or any store of the like to pick out pretty light green, baby lavender or any other earth-toned colored dresses. Only I will pick the dresses that nobody likes! Maybe this is just the wedding stress that comes with any and every wedding, but regardless of anything, Caitlin is my best friend and shit is about to get really real. 


Sunday, November 04, 2012

My Bestie is Getting Married!

My very first job was working at the YMCA with Toby and his best friend Rusty. Toby moved out of working in the "teen room," to working at the front desk, which left Rusty and I working with the smaller children, although the good thing was that we could still see Toby through the window. Toby graduated high school two years before us and I'm not entirely sure where he went after that, but Caitlin and I went to UNF and lived together. Rusty and I ended up working together once more at Mellow Mushroom where we became decent friends. He invited me to his going away party for the Navy which was toga themed, naturally, I brought Caitlin. It was in October 2008 and I remember that Caitlin and I had pretty legit togas. We arrived at his party and pretty much just stuck to the bar. The next thing I remember is that I couldn't find Caitlin.. I took my time walking around the entirety of the club house that the party was held in when I saw her sitting on someone's lap. I hadn't seen Toby in a few years so I didn't even recognize that he was there. His hair was long and shaggy! Not what I had expected. She was sitting on his lap and they were singing Across the Universe.  Random, but this was a big deal for a few reasons....
1. Caitlin loves the Beatles.
2. Not many guys Caitlin ever met liked the Beatles.
3. Toby was a musician.
4. I knew Toby and thought he was already cool so I approved.

They hung out for the rest of the party and on the way home I vaguely remember hearing Caitlin talk about how she thought Toby was hot and was already pretty attracted to him. In fact, I do believe they exchanged numbers and he texted her the next morning and planned a date. There are a few details I'm leaving out but that's probably a good thing.

Some time went by and they decided to end things. Needless to say, I was pretty upset for them but it seemed like they were both handling it well. Some more time went by when Caitlin opened up to me to tell me that she missed Toby and thought she might want to give it another shot. She called Toby and invited him out to dinner... I think they were in St. Augustine. Toby was pumped and they were together again!

Toby called me two nights ago to tell me that he wanted to marry my best friend. I woke Patrick up crying and jumping up and down. I'm pretty sure keeping that a secret was the hardest thing I've ever had to do. I cried (good tears), every time I thought about it.  He got on one knee and she said yes!  I honestly cannot think of a better match for either of them. Congrats you guys, Patrick and I love you both forever!

 


Sunday, October 28, 2012

My Favorite Holiday

Halloween is my favorite holiday. You don't have to buy anything for anyone so there's no awkward gift exchanges, you don't have to travel, you don't have to prepare any elaborate meals or shindigs and you get to eat candy and dress up. Seriously, if you don't agree with me then there's something wrong with you!

Patrick and I were the cast from Castaway, and I'm pretty sure we had the best costumes at our party. Our other option was Jay and Silent Bob. I'd be Jay obviously. Oddly enough, I wasn't Helen Hunt, I was WILLLLSOONNN!

The party was in downtown Fort Walton at Patrick and Matt's Indoc instructor's penthouse. The view was amazing. The weather has finally changed and it's no longer 215 degrees outside. Tonight we're carving our pumpkins and enjoying the first beverage of the holiday. I plan on making my own concoction so the recipe will follow later! <3

 





Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Sweet Mosin

Patrick and I adopted a kitten last week. He is so very affectionate, gentle and unfortunately very sick. We named him Mosin, Moe for short, which was one of the only names we could agree on. We wanted to stick with the one-syllable thing since our other two animals are one-syllable names. He has an upper respiratory infection and his eyes are infected - the third lid has covered almost his entire right eye. I'm a little upset with the animal shelter we got him from because they gave him the wrong medication. I took Moe to the vet today for a general wellness check up when I learned that they were giving him something different than what he needed. I am actually a little frightened that his sickness could be life-threatening. The vet explained that he looks pretty bad but she has seen worse.  We've already fallen in love with him and if anything were to happen to him we'd be devastated. 

Moving on, I picked up another client, yay! And the ones I have now are very happy with their results so far.  It's such a rewarding feeling to know you're helping people look and feel great. I love personal training! <3


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

New Orleans Continued (#acnola)


Day two in New Orleans was probably more eventful than day one. We started the day out on Decatur street near Café du Monde which has famous beignets and Café au lait. YUM! We had a few mimosas at an outdoor restaurant and listened to the jazz band play. I think October is probably the best time to go anywhere in the south because the weather is just amazing. We made our way to Montrel's which was pretty famous for their crawfish, which we ordered three pounds of. In addition to the alligator crab cakes and crawfish bisque. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. 

By the time we finished at Montrel's it was time to roll on over to the Blues & BBQ Festival, only we stumbled upon another festival in the process -  the Louisiana Seafood Festival! How could it get any more amazing than that. We decided to walk the few miles to the Blues & BBQ Festival and I'm glad we did, because the music was amazing, the food was delightful and we met some very interesting people. 

Lafayette Square is where the next festival was held, smokey BBQ was all you could smell so as you can imagine it was heaven. Within the first ten minutes or so, we were approached by two big guys asking us how we were enjoying our trip so far.  Being the social butterflies that Caitlin and I are, we automatically chat them up, take pictures with them, etc. Right as we were moving on and telling them it was nice meeting them, we find out that they are both on parole from the federal penitentiary otherwise known as Agnola. Oh, it gets better. One for murder and one for being the self-proclaimed "most notorious drug dealer in the entire state of Louisiana." Now, these things really don't happen to normal people. Now I'll tell you the best part. We all exchanged phone numbers. Keep in mind, this was before we found out they were on parole. We leave a while later after listening to Keb' Mo' and make our way to the next place, a gumbo bar. Alligator gumbo is probably the tastiest thing that's ever been in my mouth, right along with oysters. I really love seafood. 

We leave the next morning and Toby calls us stating that one of the dudes we met from the festival (the one convicted of murder) has called him 14, yes, 14 times within an hour and a half. We don't think anything of it. Caitlin and I get back to my house in Florida and both have missed calls from the other one, whose numbers were programmed into our phones! What a mess. I then had to explain to Patrick why I had a paroled convict calling me, that's another story! In retrospect, exchanging phone numbers probably wasn't the best idea, but it's a good laugh now. I can't wait to go back, I seriously love that city! Once again, most of these photos are in order. If you have Instagram and want to look at the entire album, including Caitlin's pictures you can search #acnola. <3


  
 
 
The random cat that jumped on my lap at a Mississippi BBQ joint. It was startling because he didn't have a tail.

Monday, October 15, 2012

New Orleans!

I think it's best to split this post up into two different days, there are a ton of pictures but they're mostly in order.

We spent the first day eating amazing food and walking around Bourbon street.  A friend recommended a restaurant called Boucherie. I have never tasted anything like this in my life! It was soul and southern food but with a fusion twist. The head chef and the owner are good friends with my neighbor so naturally most everything was "compliments of the chef."  I tried "boudin," which was probably the most phenomenal thing that I've ever eaten. Duck liver and pork - who would've guessed. Caitlin and Toby both ordered the brisket and I ordered mojo duck breast. HEAVEN. I could literally talk about the food the entire post.

After dinner we made our way to Bourbon, smelled just like I remembered. Like vomit and horse poo, but it's always so fun. The last time I was in New Orleans was July of last year for a bachelorette party and we were only there for one night. There's so much more to do during the day which is what I'll post photos of tomorrow. Seafood festival, blues and BBQ festival, street performers, you name it!

For now,  day one.

 
            
        
                 
The most hilarious shot of our trip. Why was I standing like that? Did I have to pee?









Sunday, October 07, 2012

Vent

I'm pretty sure I experienced the worst morning I've had in quite some time. It was a series of inconvenient events one right after the other. I woke up already wanting to go back to sleep. I began my morning routine of making coffee, prepping my breakfast only to realize that the microwave stopped working. I shook it off. I found a Tupperware full of slightly old pinto beans that I decided to put down the garbage disposal. Nobody ever told me that beans couldn't go in the garbage disposal. What happens you ask? Both sides of the sink clog shooting up chunks of smelly pinto beans. Bean water is everywhere, including on me. I grab the plunger and plunge both sides which gives me no avail, only now I'm covered in plunger-bean-poop water. I eventually decide to grab a bucket and drain the sink, after resetting the garbage disposal. I fill the bucket and make my way outside. What happens next? For some stupid reason, there was a FROG underneath the door handle. I accidentally grabbed him and we startled each other.  He proceeds to hop his happy way into my house. I am terrified of frogs. Not only is Patrick TDY, but I lose eyesight of the little fellow. I look absolutely ridiculous wearing blue polka-dotted pajama boxers, an oversized t-shirt and boots, standing there in a trance of terror. I attempt to get a container to cover him in hopes that at some point in the day, my neighbor will come save both of us. He hops away, out of my sight again. I literally start sobbing like a five-year-old while standing on top of the couch, empty tupperware in hand. 

I have an epiphany and decide to vacuum him up and release him back into the woods. I was successful. I feel kind of bad because he's probably traumatized being sucked up into a vacuum, but he had no idea that he traumatized me, if not more.

Enough about this morning, I want to forget it! Yesterday was perfect. A girlfriend and I checked out the farmer's market in Watercolor by 30A. It was okay. The best part about the whole thing was the wine and cheese bar directly next door. Next weekend is New Orleans and I can't even contain my excitement. Guess I'm going to have to!


Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Helloooo October!


The weather is absolutely glorious which makes intervals outside even better! This will be a short post, mainly because I'd like to spent the majority of today soaking up Fall rather than on the computer.
I am shocked at how fast this year has gone by. October already, really? In two short months we'll be headed to California for Christmas. Every year we're there, we take a few days to go wine tasting and stock up on our favorites. We went to a tasting party Friday night with a few friends. The wines they chose were actually really great! We ended up buying a Layer Cake Garnacha and a special wine for Caitlin and I before we go to New Orleans next week. Can't wait! <3


I forget what was funny...
Salty Duck, Friday night.
Check out the bottom beer - Fat Jack!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Out Here Tryin' to Function

So much for that photo challenge - I can't even update consistently, how did I think I would be able to do that?! I spent today doing program designs, tedious work I tell ya. I met a trainer on Friday night while enjoying my last night with my good friend Andrea. This trainer owns a facility in Fort Walton Beach and practically hired me on the spot - at the bar. His facility is all functional - which is awesome. I checked the place out this morning and I'll be glad to start moving my clients there.

Bought a couple awesome shirts the other day as a present to myself :).

Probably the greatest picture of any couple, ever.
My sweet boy had an injured foot - he's better now!
Basically.
I am in love with this shirt.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

And I sound like Barry White

My body couldn't fight it any longer. I finally got sick. I am never sick. The past four or five times Patrick has been sick I've managed to avoid it because I have a kick-ass immune system.  I'm not really sure what the flu feels like, but if I had to guess I think this is it. Fatigue, sore throat, nausea, chills, body aches, congestion and a headache! The works. I went to bed last night with a ball of tissues, sweatpants tucked into socks and a long sleeve shirt. I attended the wedding with my pseudo-husband yesterday because Patrick took a private jet (yeah...I know) to New York for the week. It was a lovely beach wedding followed by a reception at a fine art gallery in 30A, which is where the Truman show was filmed.  I'm hoping with copious amounts of vitamin C, Zen tea, honey-pomegranate cough drops and a NyQuil cocktail that I'll be better in no time!And now, it is time for some of that said tea.


Just some of the ladies.
Pretty much an instant classic.
Jags need to stop sucking.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Most Treasured Item, Day 03

My most treasured item is my wedding ring, although slightly cliche, it truly is my most valuable item. So I guess I'll explain how he proposed with this beauty! It was in February and it was taco Tuesday.  I had class and was driving home when he called me and asked "can you please stop at the store and get margarita mix?" "Of course." I stopped at the store after class all day, and driving an hour. I get home, open the garage and to my surprise, I see Patrick running out of the house waving his arms. "Babe! I forgot to call you, we need one more thing, will you please pick up tequila?" "Seriously? You forgot to call me?" Reluctantly, I turned around and drove back to the store.

Fifteen minutes later, I open the garage, and see Patrick running out waving his arms again. I'm thinking to myself, "he better not have forgotten to call me again." He tells me he just wanted to help with my books and groceries. How sweet!

I open the door from the garage and see a path of red, pink and white rose petals outlined by votive candles. I was certain that we were just making up for Valentine's day since both of us were busy.  I think the rest is a little too racy to blog about. But he proposed and it was beautiful. The ceiling fan was littering rose petals over the entire room, a bucket of champagne was chilling on my bureau, there were chocolate covered strawberries and jazz playing in the background. For dinner he made me an amazing dish (that wasn't tacos), and we drank Limoncello.  He swooned me and still does to this day. I love that man.




A busy but fun weekend ahead. Congratulations Dave & Kelly!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Favorite Memory, Day 02


I would have to say my favorite memory is a tie between these three pictures. The first picture was the day after he got back from his first deployment. November 5th, 2009. We were out at dinner and it was unusually cold!  The second picture is the day he got back from his second deployment, July 4th, 2010, and the third picture is when he got back from his third deployment, November 4th, 2011. Each deployment was different, and each held its own challenges. The first deployment being the hardest and the one where you don't know what to expect, the second deployment was immediately after we got married so it was a huge adjustment, especially since I had moved from Jacksonville and didn't know many people. Lastly, the third deployment held months of harassment and malicious stalking by someone in a different state which lead me to be frightened for my own safety and the safety of my family.  I guess it's safe to say that each favorite memory is one where my love returns safe. <3



 
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