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


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!

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