Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Date Night: Cafe Sole

Too stressed for tacos huh? I know my last post was a bit dramatic but it's true. There are so many new things in my life that sometimes I forget how to explain them all to people who don't see it. They don't see that I have to physically hold my eyes open after 8:30 pm. Maybe I'll make it a taco Tuesday and try to get myself back on track. Just being home for 24 hours helps. It could be old memories, or a previous life but the trip back up to the mainland stresses me out. There are SO many people, all the places are so spread out, and there is never enough time to do everything that should get done. 

Guess what the best part of a trip is? Coming home. 

AB is amazing in so many ways and I wont sit here and list them all, you'd probably puke from all the sappiness leaking out of your screen. The one example I will use is that he knows I get stressed and I don't eat/sleep as I should when I'm gone. Normally I want a pork sandwich and my sweatpants when I get back but he proposed a different idea. Date night. 

Enter Cafe Sole

Hello heaven in my mouth. 

Did you read that menu up there? There's much that is unseen but let me just tell you what we ordered. 

Angels on horseback: dates stuffed w/ garlic & wrapped in smoked bacon served w/ a peppery honey demi-glaze.
Lion-fish ceviche on toasted crackers special appetizer of the day. If you're ever out and see lionfish on the menu, try it. Everyone involved on the ocean would love if there was a culinary demand for them. They are not native to FL and nothing eats them meaning their population is way too large. 
You can read about our entrees up there. We had the Hog Snapper Sole' and the Snapper Sole'. We eat A LOT of fish in this house but this was one of the best meals I've had down here. I'm def. adding it to my "must" list of KW restaurants. 

Oh yeah, and we finished it up with a slice of Key Lime pie with toasted marshmallow on top. If you eat it with the sliced fruit served on the side it is the prefect ending to a great meal. 

Wait, there's more...  it was ALL HALF OFF bc we're locals. Our waiter told us they're extending the locals deal through October also, I'm positive we will be back. 

Monday, September 29, 2014


Life lately has been a little bit of a whirlwind. There have been things, figuratively, flying through the air and landing where they want. Just as soon as I figure out what I'm doing or what my next move will be, there's some sort of hoop to jump through. Sometimes I think that hop is going to set itself on fire and then I'm going to be the bald chick with no clue what she's doing in this world. 

 || Our lease is up and the landlord wants a new one signed. I know that's how it works but I still don't have my dog and we cant find a new place we can afford that will take animals. For such a dog friendly island this place blows when it comes to finding a place where you can live with your animal. 

 || I'm still getting the hang of my new job - new hours, new location and a lot of new policies to figure out - I also took the gymnastics coaching job. Instead of one new job, now there are two. My only saving grace is that I know the new job really, really well and I'm comfortable doing it in my sleep... which is good bc it may happen in some point in time. 

Adding to the jobs is the thought in the back of my head that I may not get my temporary certificate to teach. I just applied again ( I forgot I tried like 7 years ago) to take my subject area exams and I'm waiting for a reply. For the $75 I paid just to get approval to take a damn test I'd like them to hustle a little bit here. 

Do you guys realize the amount of jobs I've talked about and applied for on this blog? Pop quiz, how many or which ones do you think?

On the reverse side of the madness are the evenings, err- well some evenings and weekends off. Half the time I don't know what to do with myself. 

This past weekend I trekked all by my lonesome to Ft. Lauderdale to say hey to some people. 

It went a little like this: I took pictures of pretty sunsets because that's the only good thing about the drive up| Had a beer or two at Cowboys and some girl got her hair stuck to my head via my bobby-pins and then walked away with my blonde pins in her black hair without noticing | Drank some Southern Comfort and Goose Island beer at Oktoberfest (more on this later) | Attended a fundraiser at a local billiard club for my best guys friends chapter of Heroes on the Water | Slept and came home. There was no shopping or eating at all the places I missed. I didn't even stop by a Taco Bell.. I think there must be something wrong with me or I'm too stressed for tacos.. Is that possible?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

On My Desk

one // One of the many, many calendars I keep around the house. This one shows all the TV premieres, birth dates and travel plans. I've also got the canvas print I ordered from Easy Canvas Prints. It's still one of my favorites. 

two // School calendar and other important crap. These get pinned to the white board right behind my computer. It's always good to know when you get the day off work or when your house taxes are due. 

three // Fun stuff. My fishbowl holding pens, clips and scissors. A Scentsy warmer and this month's birchbox. I have a hard time throwing away such cute boxes, even if they are empty. There's also a nail kit and new hire papers. 

 four // Coffee, a watch and hand sanitizer. a.k.a. life necessities. 

five // My laptop, clearly. This month's ipsy bag and a printed meal plan. 

There are so many things on this desk that would not be there if it weren't for blogging - The scentsy warmer, birchbox and ipsy containers, the canvas print and that coffee mug. 

Life is funny in the way that a hobby can shape the way one's life follows. Did this happen to you?

Sorry this is such a crappy post. Honestly I'll update you guys on life very soon. It hasn't been so exciting but it has been hectic and something has to give.. it just so happens I'll be posting less for a little while. Let's call it half a hiatus. 

In the meantime, have you written your post for the See My City link up yet? It's open until Friday night. Get on it!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

See My City Link Up: Autumn Edition

It's the first day of fall! As usual, I can't believe that time is flying by so fast.  My objective was to do this link up for every season although life happened, moves occurred and then shit just hit the proverbial fan with switching jobs a couple times. My head has been a whirlwind and I'm just happy to say it seems like most of you have stuck with me through the chaos. 

Without further ado, here is Key West, FL in the fall:

//The seaweed has somewhat retreated so we can take the dog to the beach without the horrid baked rotting ocean smell. 

//The sunsets are still spectacular and we can actually enjoy them without the makeup melting off your face. Thigh and boob sweat is still very real though. 

//The bars start serving fall beer. 

// ... and The tourism has gone way down so the shops are full of lovely things, hanging right out in the open.

 Fall is a funny time down here. KW is so tourist based that most of the restaurants will close for the month of September bc there are not enough people on the island to sustain business. For locals it's quite fantastic but a struggle, no one is making money. The places that do stay open will normally offer local discounts, up to 50%.  Not only does this help keep the locals happy ( the ones that give good/bad recommendations the rest of the year) but it keeps tips in the employee's pockets so they don't quit. 

Temperature wise the fall is only slightly cooler than mid summer, high's are around 88 and lows are still around 80... not much difference between night and day. The humidity is the kicker, 81-75% on any given day. Like I said, inner thigh and bob sweat is very real. 

September : Super slow around here. 
 Annual Phil Peterson's Key West Poker Run: Hundreds of bikers come down to KW for one weekend. 
Half the restaurants are closed. 

October: So much going on it's ridiculous. 
 Zombie Bike Ride: Exactly as it sounds. Dress up as a zombie and join the madness that is a "bike ride" with a coupe thousand people.
Goombay Festival: a Bahamian themed kick of to Fantasy Fest. 
Fantasy Fest, (last year can be seen herehere.)
Parrot Heads Festival: Jimmy Buffet fans convene to party with a purpose. 

November: A little slow but tourism picks up again. 
Speed Boat Races
International Sand Art Competition
Livin' On Sweet Tea

What happens in your city?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Humpday Confessions

Hello party people. Did yall survive taco,err tequila Tuesday? There was no tee-kill-ya party in my mouth last night, I stay the hell away from that stuff.. unless there's a margarita involved.. which happens.. so, nevermind. 

Anyway, I'm back for another edition of Humpday Confessions

// I never thought I would have my pick of jobs down here. Right now I'm full time at the school, still on the payroll to fill in at the hotel, AND I was offered 9 hours a week coaching gymnastics again. The debate is whether or not to take the gym gig. Thoughts?

// I secretly get excited about emptying the Recycle Bin on the desktop. 

//I just bought the first part of my Halloween Costume! In all honesty it really isnt that early...

// Our house is set up to watch movies in every room. Now we spend half the evening debating which room to hang out in much less what to actually watch.

//I always smell milk before I drink it. 

// Writing this post always reminds me of writing an online dating profile. I point out all my flaws up front.

What are YOUR confessions this week?

Have a  day.