So Bad But So Good

Let’s start off with a cute puppy photo shall we?

Because every day should start off with cute puppies.

After the Chevy Fit 4 Life tour I scooted home to shower and change and meet up with Jon and our friend Alex’s house for dinner and cocktails. And hanging out with Lucy up above.

I had another cat encounter as well! We started to hear this meowing and finally realized it was coming from their neighbor’s roof. There was a poor kitty stuck on the roof! Alex thought it belonged to their neighbor across the street so she went to go inform him. At some point they were at a loss so the fire department was called. What is this, the 1960s? They came in no time and wouldn’t you believe it…the silly cat jumped onto a nearby tree as soon as the firemen got up to the roof to try and save him. Once it was on the tree it was easy for us to grab him.

And the kicker? It wasn’t even the neighbors cat! Luckily he had a tag with an ID number on it so Alex kept the cat for the night until animal services opened the next morning. I felt bad that the fire department had to come out and help, but they actually said they get a lot more calls like this than you think. Ha!

On Tuesday my buddy Tamsyn came to visit! She was flying out of Tampa to New Orleans the next day so she stayed the night to hang with us for a while.

The night started with some lovely vino. Seriously, the best wine I’ve had in a while.

And Jon made a lovely dinner of roasted pork tenderloin (cooked to perfection), roasted potatoes and roasted asparagus. I can’t get enough of roasted vegetables…seriously the best way to prepare them!

After our tummies settled we hit the town. Tamsyn and I went to college together and she doesn’t make it up to St. Pete a lot, so it was fun to point out new places to her or things that have changed.

She loves Mandarin Hide (as do we) so we had to stop there first for some Moscow Mules.

Then we hit up The Ale and the Witch. I was so happy to see that they had Angry Orchard on tap! I’m a Woodchuck fan, but I think this is my new fav cider. It’s the perfect amount of sweet and dry.

The third bar we wanted to go to ended up being closed so we were on the way home when we decided to keep the adventure going and went to the beach. We stopped at The Drunken Clam, which was a bit too divey for me. By this time we were in need of some food and a lightbulb went off in Jon’s head.

Let me just say…Willy’s on Corey Ave for the win. This place rocks. It’s small and beachy, but still clean and has a great vibe. Our bartender was awesome and the food…oh the food.

I hate flash, but it was too dark and this was the kind of food you want documented.

Jon has repeatedly raved about their Fried Bologna sandwich, which sounded gross to me, but now I’m a believer. It’s salty, meaty goodness. And I always get nostalgic when I see tater tots.

We also got the blackened wings, which were really good but I think I prefer wings doused in sauce 🙂 My fav was defiantly the Turkey Balls, which were fried turkey dressing (or what I would call stuffing) served with gravy and cranberry sauce on the side. So bad, but so good.

The next day we drove Tamsyn to the airport and immediately went back to bed. Once we got up I got ready for my 4 mile run (which I had to do on the tredmill, ugh!) and Jon got ready to go to work 😦

After my run I went over to my friend Lou’s house for a little 4th of July get together. A lot of people I didn’t know, but a cool bunch of people. Lots of hanging out, dog petting and hula hooping. I had dinner plans so I tried not to munch too much. I did have a bite of my friend Lora’s brownie, marshmallow, fruit skewers, which looked so good! Yay for Pinterest 😉

So my mom and I planned on getting some yummy mexican food for dinner. Little did we realize so many places would be closed! We eventually ended up at Macaroni Grill, which, as I’ve said before, isn’t all that bad. I had the Chicken Parm, which was pretty tasty and I love the rosemary bread they give you. And there’s always enough for leftovers the next day 🙂

Didn’t watch any fireworks this year. We didn’t want to deal with busy downtown, plus my mom’s dogs are scared of fireworks so she wanted to be with them. I still saw some from a distance from our condo, but I was just as happy catching up on my Real Housewives of the OC.

Now shall we end with a cute puppy photo as well?

Jon and I are dogsitting for our neighbor and friend, Ashley while she’s in London for a few weeks. Such cuties!

How was your 4th of July?

The Longest Week of My Life

Wow…I think I can successfully say that I will never sweat as much, never have my feet hurt more and never be more exhausted than I was this past week.

The 4th was uber fun (yes I still like to use the word ‘uber’). Got together with a few friends, had some drinks and snacks and walked to a small park to watch downtown St. Pete’s fireworks. We had the perfect spot that’s nestled behind the Mahaffey and the Dali, where it wasn’t totally congested by people. And wow, what a show! Very impressed…espicially with the encore finale.

I made two snackies for our 4th celebration…one that was a hit and one that was…well…not.

Let’s start with the good. Corn and avocado salsa. SUPER easy. I love recipes where you just through stuff together 🙂

All you do is cut off fresh corn on the cob…

Dice avocado…

Add onions, jalapeno, lime, cilantro, salt, vinegar and sugar…

So pretty!

I got the recipe here at The Pioneer Woman’s blog. I used a whole jalapeno instead of half and half of a red chili. Also, my cook consultant had me had some cumin. Served with blue tortilla chips.

The other snackie I made can be found here. Found it through one of my fav websites foodgawker. It might be good with half the dates, but these babies just did not live up to the hype. Way too sweet. I was too pressed for time while making these to take pics sooo…sorry!

For the next 3 days I pretty much lived at work. I work at a beach resort and we filmed a new TV commercial last week. Sounds fun (which it is) but you also have to imagine the hours of standing/running around in the middle of a Florida summer…yeah.

Outside of my full time job I also have a volunteer position with a non-profit theater company. And on Saturday we attended the Tampa Unified Auditions, where a bunch of local theater companies get together for a joint audition. It was my third 13+ hour day that week…saw 150 (!) people audition, and auditioned myself. Very interesting to be on the other side of the audition table…it made me more nervous to audition myself because there was actually a lot of great talent! One major note of the day to any performers out there: make sure you have a current headshot that looks like YOU. There were so many times where we did a few double takes, because we couldn’t tell if the person in the headshot was really the person on stage.

And THEN I had to go into work for a few hours Sunday…BUT there is nothing better than ending an extremely long week with this…

Roast pork, black beans and rice and maduros. All made by my wonderfully sweet guy. He knows this is one of my top 3 favorite dishes of his that he makes. I could seriously eat this meal for the rest of my life and be completely and utterly happy 🙂

Well I am hoping to do just about nothing this week…so will report when something exciting happens.

Did you ever have a week that just seemed to go on forever?