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Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
I created a baked potato casserole today out of some leftover mashed potatoes I found in the freezer. Super easy.
I had about a cup of mashed potatoes, maybe a little more.
Half a cup of shredded cheese.
2 big thick cut strips of bacon, cooked.
Half a can of reduced fat crescent rolls. (Reduced fat. LOL why??? Who knows.)
I chopped up the bacon and mixed the potatoes and cheese in with them.
Preheat your oven to 350, not 375 like it says on the rolls. I did this because I was worried about the crescents being cooked and the potatoes being cold because those little guys bake up so fast.
Line a little greased baking dish with Crescent rolls. Plop in the potato mixture. I left enough crescent rolls hanging over the edges to bring them over the the top about an inch all the way around. Then I sprinkled some more cheese all over the top and edges of the crescents. Put it in the oven for about 20 mins, just watch it, when the top of the crescents get nice and brown and the cheese on the edges are crispy, it's done!
This is what it looks like. And it was freaking delicious.
I am still laying low at home. I didn't even get out of my pj's today. It was awesome. I love vacation.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
It's official! I am home in Dallas, TX for Christmas! I flew in last night at 9:30pm. My brother picked me up and immediately took me to Taco Bell, then home to my parent's house. It's pretty chilly... it was 36 degrees this morning... Whew! Yesterday was my 29th birthday, so Jeff is taking me out for drinks some time while I'm in town but I was so exhausted yesterday I didn't feel up to it. Maybe tonight but I'm still tired. Mom even put the tree up for the first time in 3 or 4 years. :) YAY! Merry Christmas y'all!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Here are the old cracked and holy linoleum floors...
Monday, September 26, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
I just had the most relaxing 3 days off in a row. I can't remember the last time I had that much time off! (besides when I was unemployed for 2 weeks a few months ago!) And let me tell ya, it was awesome. I did absolutely NOTHING. I watched too much tv, played on the internet waaaaaay too much, and somewhere in between naps I found a new place to live!
I have been working at two really awesome restaurants here in ole Key West. I absolutely LOVE both of them and the people I work with! It's been pretty tiring because the one place does breakfast and lunch only and closes at 5pm, whereas the bar opens up at 6pm and closes at 2am. The days I have to to both are the worst. but thats just thursday and friday.
Speaking of the bar, and my living situation, my new apartment is directly above my bar... lol! So convenient! It's a great deal. A friend of the owner comes into town one weekend a month and wanted to rent a place so he didn't have to find a hotel all the time, and I needed a cheap place to live, so we worked out a deal where we split rent! I get the bedroom and I can decorate however I want and when he is in town he will sleep on the futon! I tell you what, the universe is always throwing amazing things my way. Just when I think, "oh man, this is it, im really in trouble now, the universe has finally stopped providing for me!" BAM! Right on my lap on a silver platter. Guess it comes with karma. Don't be an asshole and good things will come your way. I will send pictures of the apartment when I get moved in.
Well, I am gonna grab some lunch and get ready for work!
I will leave you with this...
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Click that link down there... CLICK WHERE IT SAYS "FIND OUT MORE" the other areas don't send you to the right spot.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
My computer has the grey screen of death and my hard drive is kaput. Along with all my pictures from the past 5 years, my STCW license, my ENG 1 license, my frequent flier numbers, my logins and passwords for countless crew services and web pages... basically my life is in ruins. My job sucks, the weather turned cold, my ex keeps weaseling his way into my life and my house, I don't know what I want to do with my life, I can't afford to take my captain license course, I can't afford rent, I quit drinking, I gained a ton of weight, and I need to take pictures of these fucking flat Stanley dudes but I don't have a camera or a phone with a camera on it... basically it's pretty bleak right now.
You wanted a blog? You got one.
Now you see why I don't write when I'm not happy??? Nobody wants to hear you or me bitch and moan. It's not fun is it? There ya go.
I will write when something good happens.
I do need to write about Fantasy Fest but I don't have the pictures... gee.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Being back on my little crazy island has it's ups and downs.
It's so nice to see all my old friends and catching up with them as we stumble across each other. I ran into my old friend Josh tonight who used to live with me and 6 Fury employees in the "Fury Frat House" back in 2004, that was fun. (Can you feel the sarcasm?) I also ran into my good friend Mandy whom I lived with for a long while before I evacuated after hurricane Katrina.
I came home and got online to see what I had missed on my happy hour excursion into town. I noticed my drag queen friend RV Beaumont was online. Now, I knew that RV was diagnosed with cancer but I thought she was doing ok, fighting through it and getting better. I had seen pictures of her recently in drag and doing events so I didnt think much of it. But I figured I was home, and I just made tacos, and who doesn't like tacos? So I offered to bring her one. She told me her address (which just so happens to be just around the corner) and a walked over, foil wrapped taco in hand.
I skipped right past the house and into the 801 Cabaret where I asked the door girl Marilyn where RV lives. She said "you walked right past her!" I backtracked to the lamp lit porch where a skinny, bald man with big lumps on his head sat smoking a cigarette. I said, "Is RV here?" and to my surprise (for fucking real, SURPRISE) he said "It's me bitch!". Oh. Oh my. I ran over and hugged him because it was the only thing I could think to do other than burst into tears. He is a shell of his former self. I've never seen anything like it. Last time I saw him he was HEALTHY looking if you know what I mean. I can't really put it in to words my feelings. I just try to imagine what my mom had to go through seeing my father go through the same thing. RV has melanoma and bone cancer. They didnt catch the bone cancer when they caught the melanoma and its caused large tumors to grow on his head and spine. We sat on the front porch and watched people walk by as they watched us on the porch. We laughed and talked about them as they looked at us inquisitively. It's good that he keeps his sense of humor. I'm going to keep visiting him. I think he enjoyed having me there. He's still fighting. They are doing an experimental chemo on him and I hope it works. I told him we need to start designing his fantasy fest costume for next year... he just looked at me like I was crazy.
I put the taco in the freezer. He promised he would eat it when the indigestion subsided and before the next round of radiation on tuesday. I told him he could freeze it forever if he wanted.
This is a video of his before he got sick. Actually he was sick here, he just didn't tell anyone.
And this is a classic RV Yoedel skit. LOL
You can find his YouTube channel here
Anyway, just letting you know what I did today. I need some sleep now. Hope you and yours are healthy and happy. I feel so blessed that mine are.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Well hello there...
So here I am, sitting in my enormous comfortable bed in my huge air conditioned bedroom in my amazing new house waiting for my hot tub to heat to the perfect 99 degrees in beautiful Key West, Florida. How did I get here? I asked myself that same question recently while lounging poolside sipping a sweet tea vodka cocktail while my long time friends ordered our third round of jagermeister shots. It's simple really. As the late great Hunter S. Thompson once said, "Buy the ticket, take the ride."
Lets take it back a few notches. Last you heard I was on a boat sailing. Somewhere between Portland, Maine and Boston. My brother came to visit me in Boston and it was so awesome! We had a great time and I took him to Provincetown to meet Will and all my buddies there and we had a blast. He really seemed to enjoy it. I am so happy we got to spend some quality time together. After he left I went up to Portland to work on a catamaran for a few days. Well, after the Portland episode I went north to Camden to hang out with the Schooner Appledore for a week before deciding to come back to Key West after having a very short, to the point conversation with my best friend. I called her on the brink of tears, not knowing what to do or where to go and she basically said, "go home." and hung up on me. Thank god for friends. I booked the flight and packed my bags. After a whirlwind road trip back to Boston I celebrated my good friend Alaina's 21st birthday with her and my buddies then hopped my plane to Key West.
My 7am flight from Boston got diverted to NYC when the dude in front of me decided to have a heart attack. I know. Just my luck. So we were stuck there for almost 2 hours. Got to Miami in time for my connecting flight to Key West only to find out it was delayed for an hour and a half. By the time I got to my little island it was 3pm. My good friend from Texas, David and his bird Marquesa picked me up and took me directly to Dante's pool bar at the Key West Bight where we met up with our friend Raggs, a local legend. As the conversation goes, Raggs asks me if I have a place to stay to which I reply, "no" and he just so happens to have 2 rooms available in his amazing conch house. Well, I just so happen to need 2 rooms for Ryan and I, he takes me to see the place and done deal. Housing situated. That same day on my stroll down Duval St. I stopped into a local bar to see if a friend was working. He wasn't but the manager happened to be standing next to me and asked what I wanted with him. I replied that I just got back into town and wanted to say hello. I mentioned that I was looking for work and he asked me if I had time to fill out an application and have an interview. Long story short, I am gainfully employed at a very busy Duval St. bar. My life just amazes me sometimes.
(Side note: Ryan is an ex-captain and very good friend of mine who is coming down to be my roommate.)
Being back in Key West is so good for me. In the week I have been back I have lost 5 pounds just from walking around everywhere. As soon as I get a bike it will be even better. I was a size 4 when I left Key West a year and a half ago and I am waaaaaaay bigger than that right now. I can't wait to get back into all the clothes I brought with me!
The only negative thing that has happened since I got back is that I dropped my brand new Droid phone in the ocean... Damn.
On the relationship (or lack there of) front, I met a really great guy who is in the Navy but I'm not so sure that's going to work out. He is deployed till November and then goes back to NYC for two years and I'm here and I just don't know how it's going to pan out. I told him I would come see him in November and we would see how that goes. I feel really confused and stressed about it because I feel like he's someone I could potentially have a wonderful relationship with but there are so many things standing in our way right now I'm having a hard time seeing around them.
All in all, I think I made the right decision coming back here. I have a great circle of friends who I think of as family and I feel blessed to have so much support around me.
I will post pics and info more regularly I promise. I have internet at home so I really have no excuse now do I???
I hope you are all well, happy and healthy.
(photo at the top was taken at the reef just before I dropped my phone in.)
Thursday, July 15, 2010
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