Happy Birthday to Me

Today is my birthday 🙂 I love birthdays and (so far) this has been one of the best in a while.

We actually celebrated Saturday. Normally the thing to do in our group of friends is to have a party at someone’s house/apartment, but I decided I wanted something different this year. I didn’t want everyone having to worry about bringing food, drinks and then cleaning up afterwards. I just wanted something easy and fun.

The day started with go-kart racing at Tampa Bay Grand Prix. So fun! I wanted to do something I’d never done before and go karts sounded like a blast to me.

Tampa Bay Grand Prix was a lot nicer than I thought it was going to be! For some reason I expected a go-kart place to be a run down hole in the wall kind of place. But it was really nice, clean and the service was great. And easy! First they send you to a computer to register, then you pay and then you wait for your race to come up. Simple as that.

I called a few days before to inquire about a good time to come on a Saturday. Of course they said it’s the busiest day of the week so we decided to come at 11 a.m. right when they opened. No one else was there except a little kid’s birthday party (ha).

I wish I had gotten pics of us in our huge helmets. So funny. They give you a few practice laps and then off you go at 45 mph! It took me a bit to get the hang of it, but once I did I was zipping around all the corners. That didn’t seem to help though since I came in last 😦 (Don’t let this photo fool you. My friends were nice and let me be #1 since I was the birthday girl :))

After racing I wanted to get a new dress for our night out later so it was off to the mall. I didn’t actually end up getting anything. I hate shopping when I’m looking for something specific! And I’m so picky. Oh well.

Boba tea and banh mi on the way home-made me happy 🙂

 

After filling our bellies we rested up for the night.

I was so glad that our friend Nick and Jon’s sister, Alyson, were able to come up from Cape Coral to celebrate with me! Nick spent the weekend with us, but Alyson could only stay for dinner 😦

I originally wanted to go to Red Mesa Cantina, but they wouldn’t let me make a reservation (even though I had over 10 people) because of the weekend and the RNC. So my friend suggested Ceviche, which turned out to be a lot better. We sat downstairs in the Flamenco Bar area, which has an awesome atmosphere.

The food was delicious as always. Our server was not exactly Mr. Personality, but that didn’t stop us from having a nice time.

Jon asked the band that was playing to play “Happy Birthday” to me. So sweet 🙂

And then a huge piece of tres leche cake came out with a birthday candle. Didn’t snap a pic, but it was quite yummy.

Then it was off to hit the bars!

First stop was Mandarin Hide for moscow mules.

Then Tryst, which I’ve been wanting to try for a while. I got the signature Tryst martini, which was delicious, but overpriced at $10. However I probably won’t come back anytime soon. It was a little stuffy in there and the staff kept eyeing us…we didn’t feel very wanted.

Last stop was Ale and the Witch…always a fun and friendly place to be!

So, overall it was a great night with great friends, food and drinks. Couldn’t have asked for a better time!

The next day before Nick hit the road we headed to The Burg Bar and Grill for lunch. I decided to go for the Chicken and Waffles. Oh my goodness.

This was ridiculous. Really yummy, but after a while it got to be too much. I was defeated and could only eat about half. Probably a good thing 😉 Also had a bite of Nick’s pulled pork sliders, which was the best pulled pork I’ve ever had out at a restaurant. Tried a few of the wings he got as well. They were spicy, but really good.

The rest of the day was pretty lazy. Today we’re keeping an eye on the weather to see if Issac will ruin dinner plans or not. Hopefully not, but if it ends up being a pizza and cake kinda night that’s fine with me too 🙂

What has been your best birthday celebration so far?

An Art Full Night

Hello hello! Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend.

This past week has been fairly easy going and I am grateful because this week is going to be crazy busy!

I got my hairs cut with my mom on Wednesday. Shout out to Number 9 salon for always being awesome. My mom always comments on how everyone who works there has tattoos and it makes me laugh. Everyone that works there is awesome! Frank, the owner, knows how to run a great team. You can’t get a bad haircut there…it’s impossible. I’ve been seeing Morgan lately and she rocks. She’s also so fun to chat with.

After our haircuts we grabbed dinner at Tijuana Flats. I try to avoid chains, but this place is fast and cheap and fairly good. But what is truly awesome about this place is it’s service. It’s stellar. You are instantly greeted when you walk in and everyone is SO genuinely nice and pleasant. And they always make sure to say goodbye to you as you leave too. The only thing I don’t like is how it seems to be a requirement for girls to wear booty shorts.

Thursday we had our first volunteer St. Pete Shakes meeting, which was wonderful. A great meeting of the minds. It was awesome to see a group of people who love our group and want to help us succeed.

Friday my friend Lora subbed a yoga class at YogaBlu. I love doing yoga when it’s raining outside…extra peaceful. The power went out for a few minutes, which made me think how cool it would be to do yoga in the dark! On my way home I picked up Taco Bus for dinner and later Jon and I ended up hanging out at Joe and Mandy’s. I was so zonked from the day that I fell asleep on the couch while watching Natural Born Killers.

Saturday we woke up and took our new friend Zach to get dim sum. After a few errands and a nap at home we got ready for a fun night out. Every second Saturday of the month there’s a gallery walk in St. Pete, where galleries stay open late and you can peruse the latest exhibits for free. Cool, right?

First stop was the Morean Arts Center where they were having their opening reception for their street art exhibit, Leave a Message.

So much amazing work…

I loved reading the artist bios for these artists…they seemed the most in tune with art than most artists. They talked about where they grew up, how street art had influenced them and how they see art in everything. They all had great outlooks on art and what it means for them.

They had a tequila bar set up. The co-curator of the show also designed the image on this tequila bottle.

I had a tequila and grapefruit soda drink, which was delicious! Def my new favorite drink.

They had a really cute snack table too full of candies, yogurt covered pretzels, peanut butter filled pretzels, chex mix, etc. I grabbed a Twizzler and was transported to childhood.

Then we were off to an opening party for this new gallery called The Space in the Warehouse Arts District. This new found district has a few art galleries in an area where there’s a lot of run down warehouses (hence the name). I was so pumped about this event. They had promised aerial dancers, sword swallowers and all kinds of crazy stuff. But when we got there nothing was going on except a band playing. We stayed around for a bit, but eventually made our way next door to the Duncan McClellan studio. I’d heard a lot about this place, but hadn’t been yet so was glad we had the chance to check it out.

So many cool pieces!

I fell in love with these little guys hard.

They had a bunch of different animals. If they hadn’t cost $750 each I would have brought them all home.

After Duncan we realized we needed a meal. We stopped at The Burg Bar and Grill, which was close by and another place we’d been meaning to try.

This place used to be the Cider House and we hung out here all the time with friends. Lots of fun times. It was a little weird to be there in a different atmosphere.

We both got the gyro. I was skeptical, but it was actually really good! The meat was excellent and so was the tzatziki. The pita could have been better though. It was served with a side of chips, which they clearly make in house. Love that extra effort, but they would have been perfect with some seasoning.

After filling our bellies we realized it was only 9 p.m. We had done a lot in a few hours! Needless to say we ended up ending our night and went back home.

Sunday I had to go into work…what was supposed to be 4 hours turned into 8 hours, but it was fun. I got to help with a proposal!

How was your weekend? Have you ever helped out with or witnessed a proposal? Any fun art events in your area that you like to go to?