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Homeward Bound….I think.

Happy Superbowl Sunday!! Are you watching the game or are you like me and only paying attention to the commercials? 🙂 Yeah, I do not follow football. I have tried to understand the sport a few times, but I just cannot get into it enough to pay attention for very long. My fiance’ and most of my guy friends love it. I do not mind watching football with him or friends as long as there is good food and booze present as well. Otherwise, count me out. Oh by the way, I am still in Florida. We were supposed to go home on Friday but Illinois got some bad weather and we were told that we weren’t coming home until tomorrow! So, we have just been kicking it and wasting time. I don’t mind though. I am glad that we are (hopefully) going to be home tomorrow because I have things I would like to get accomplished (at work and at home) and I miss my Boo and my cat. Living out of a suitcase is just not my thing. So I met some co-workers down at the hotel bar and it was bumpin’ with football fans (and commercial watchers!!) We ordered some grub and I came back to my room so I do not get sucked into the vortex that IS Superbowl Sunday. I need to pack and relax before we peace out tomorrow morning – EARLY! I have been slacking the past couple days on blogging, so let me catch you up on what’s been happenin’! 🙂

Friday we made a trip to the Wal-Mart – yes, we were that BORED. We also went to Mexican restaurant in Destin and it was yummy! I ordered chips and salsa and a side of white cheese and a chicken fajita with all the fixins’.

I think the rest of Friday I just hungout around the hotel. All my days are beginning to run together! Bah, don’t you just hate when that happens?! This is why blogging everyday is ideal, because if you wait too long it is hard to decipher what you did on what days! Anyway, I made a friend while I was here! Her name is Danielle and she is a bartender at the hotel lounge. She took me out on the town and we had a blast! I had quite a few cocktails and made one too many drunk dials to the Booski – oops! Also, I devoured a few slices of pizza in the early hours of the A.M.. Danielle was a good wing(wo)man though. She kept me at her side and made sure I made it home safely. 🙂 And HOLY HANGOVER yesterday!! Oh goodness! I felt AWFUL. Ugh. I literally laid in bed ALL day besides to get food. Food and I were not getting along yesterday either. Drinking that much was a BAD IDEA. I had been REALLY wanting to go out on the town while I was in Florida and boy did we tear it up. Mission accomplished. Besides laying around all day I went out to eat at MacAllister’s for lunch. I got cheesy broccoli soup, a club sandwich, and an iced tea. For dinner we went to a mom and pop Italian place and I got sketti and meatballs, a bruscetta appetizer (which was NOT good – blah), a TON of iced water, and a glass of chardonnay. I was hoping the chardonnay would help kick the hangover/headache/vom feeling. However, I could not even LOOK at the glass. I had a few small sips and decided that I just need to wait out this hangover and sleep it off. When we got back to the hotel I grabbed a snicker bar and coconut M&M’s (<– I know!! Who knew, right?!) and went back to my room to be horizontal for the rest of the night. Rough hangover.

I woke up today feeling SOOO much better. I did some work on the old blog (check out the About Me!) and then went to lunch. We walked to the Crab Trap on the Boardwalk. I ordered She-Crab soup (kinda like clam chowder, but with crab!) and salad. Plus, lots more H20 and a few dips in to the crab dip that my co-worker ordered. NOM. We did a little shopping on the strip and walked back to the hotel. I NEEDED to go to the gym. My body was still fighting off that nasty hangover and I knew just what to do -RUN! I surprised myself with a PR today of 5 miles in 45:34. I have been keeping up with my workouts, however, I wonder if the treadmill is right? Hm… Do you ever think on some treadmills you are "faster/slower" or your calorie count seems higher/lower? Times like these make me want to run outside with a Garmin watch so I know FOR SURE what I am getting myself into. My girl Paige has one and she LOVES it. I have not been practicing running outside which is something else I need to start doing. Spring is right around the corner (HOORAY!) which means 5K and 10K are sneaking up as well. Okay, moving on to dinner. I went down to the hotel bar intending to eat FREE bar food during Superbowl Half-time (can’t beat FREE FOOD!), but I was SOOO hungry I had to eat NOW! I ordered a cheeseburger and fries with all the fixins’.

I only ate a few fries and half of the burger NOT because I planned to, but because I was full! I am used to eating small meals/snacks about 5-7X per day and this week I have only been eating at lunch and dinner and an occasional breakfast. Which is definitely not the best plan to follow, but it is what has been working into my schedule while I am here. I think it has definitely impacted how much I eat at meals and what I choose to eat. I am on “vacay” so I intend to splurge and I am not about to beat myself up about my choices. Also, I know when I get home it’s time to kick the burgers and desert every night to the curb.

Well, it is time to start packing! 🙂 It has been a fun relaxing trip here in Florida, but I am ready to go home. Here are a few things I plan to read on the flight back. I have already been reading them a little bit here and there, but whatev. Hope you had a great Superbowl. I guess… Go Saints.

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Sunshine and Mai’ Tais!

What’s better than sun and 70 degree weather in the middle of winter??? NOTHING!! 🙂 Ahhh, I am loving it here in the sunshine state. I heard it snowed in IllinoiSSS yesterday – Bahahaha — suckers!!! I am going to make this as short and sweet as possible. It is time for a……RECAPPPP!!! **dun dun dun** 😛

Here is what I have been up to the past 2.5 days in Florida:

I am here for work, but have done VERY LITTLE. I’m not complainin’! Monday was a veg day. We flew over on one of our C-130’s and arrived in Florida at 11ish in the A.M.. We checked in to our hotel (which has 2 heated pools and a hot tub and the beach is the backyard- EEEKK!) So, once we got all settled in at the hotel we decided to go get our grub on. We got a few tips on restaurants from some co-workers that were recently here for work as well. One of the places that was suggested was McGuire’s Irish Pub.


The ENTIRE inside of the pub was SMOTHERED in dollar bills!! And there were a few signed bras strewn throughout the place – random. There were literally ZERO bare spots on the wall, even the ceiling fans had $$$ on them- DANG!

Here was lunch:

Spinach dip – Phenom!!!

Look at the size of that chip!! They were ENORMO!!!

Chicken breast with swiss cheese, sauteed mushrooms, green peppers, and onion and a side of asapargus. Meh, not impressed.

Next stop — BASKIN ROBINS! All of our sweet tooth’s must have been in sync because we were all CRAVING ice cream! NOM!

Of alllllll the flavors, I chose….. a single scoop of COOKIES N’ CREAM! 🙂 I had a hard time making a decision because they all looked so scrumptious, so I decided to stick to a tried and true flavor! I was happy with my executive decision.:) On the way home we stopped at a mini mart so I could grab a few items.


A few healthy treats and a big girl treat. My fave wine is Chardonnay. This wine was no Yellow Tail, but it was drinkable. I had one decent sized glass in a classy foam hotel cup that night and I woke up with a headache — not a good sign.

I hung in for the rest of the afternoon until dinner. Mainly just facebook browsing stalking and watching the boob tube. For dinner, we decided to try another suggested restaurant.

Old Bay Steamer was BOMB!!


King Crab legs and ginormo shrimpies!!

For desert:

BOMBASS TURTLE CHEESECAKE -GAH, SOOO GOOD!!

I was stuffed to the gills and ready to be horizontal for the rest of the night. Good Monday.

On to Tuesday…
Had to work for the majority of the morning. (BBBBOOOOOOO!) After work we went to the O.G. (Olive Garden, for those of you who are unfamiliar with the lingo) for some bottomless SSB (soup, salad, breadsticks, DUH!)! It was DELISH, as usual. We came back to the hotel and took a walk on the beach.

As you can see, the sand is really white and it felt like baking flour when you walked in it. It is so soothing in “my backyard“. 🙂

After the refreshing walk, I decided to scope out the gym scene at the hotel. The gym was small but it had a treadmill so I was content. I ran 3 miles in 27:50!! Go ME!! I came back to my room to finish my workout (which was mostly legs and some abs) and slug some H20.
That workout made me all sweaty GLOW 😉

I worked hard now I want a REWARD, damn it!! 😛 MAI’ TAI! MAI’ TAI!!! CHA CHA CHACHAHCHA!!!

Oh, that hit the spot, FO SHO! Add some happy hour bar food and I was ready for….DINNER! Don’t judge me. 😉

For dinner, we went to Pandora’s Steakhouse. I had a petite filet minon, twice baked potato, and dinner salad with ranch dressing. The steak was cooked to perfection at a warm medium rare.


I am drooling just remembering how awesome it was last night.

No desert last night. Oh, wait! I did have another Mai’ Tai and brought it back to my room. Heh Heh. The rest of the night I vegged. Go figure. Hey, I am on vacay. I can be lazy if I wanna! I did try contacting a girl (loadmaster) that was stationed at the Peoria Air Guard with me for a few years and transferred here to Florida over a year ago. However, she secret facebook messaged me that she is over in Iraq and will not be home until June. Bummer. I’ll have to catch up with her via mail and a possible visit some other time.

Today has been an easy breezy day. Not too much to tell thus far. Went into work for a few hours and out to lunch at a pizza joint. I shared a veggie pizza and a combo deep-fried goody appetizer with my co-workers. It wasn’t the best food, but it eased my growling belly. The rest of my day consists of….NOTHING!:) Well, packing and dinner (possibly another Mai’ Tai). Otherwise, just kicking it! 🙂
Hope you enjoyed the (rather lengthy) recap. Chow!


Sunshine and Mai' Tais!

What’s better than sun and 70 degree weather in the middle of winter??? NOTHING!! 🙂 Ahhh, I am loving it here in the sunshine state. I heard it snowed in IllinoiSSS yesterday – Bahahaha — suckers!!! I am going to make this as short and sweet as possible. It is time for a……RECAPPPP!!! **dun dun dun** 😛

Here is what I have been up to the past 2.5 days in Florida:

I am here for work, but have done VERY LITTLE. I’m not complainin’! Monday was a veg day. We flew over on one of our C-130’s and arrived in Florida at 11ish in the A.M.. We checked in to our hotel (which has 2 heated pools and a hot tub and the beach is the backyard- EEEKK!) So, once we got all settled in at the hotel we decided to go get our grub on. We got a few tips on restaurants from some co-workers that were recently here for work as well. One of the places that was suggested was McGuire’s Irish Pub.


The ENTIRE inside of the pub was SMOTHERED in dollar bills!! And there were a few signed bras strewn throughout the place – random. There were literally ZERO bare spots on the wall, even the ceiling fans had $$$ on them- DANG!

Here was lunch:

Spinach dip – Phenom!!!

Look at the size of that chip!! They were ENORMO!!!

Chicken breast with swiss cheese, sauteed mushrooms, green peppers, and onion and a side of asapargus. Meh, not impressed.

Next stop — BASKIN ROBINS! All of our sweet tooth’s must have been in sync because we were all CRAVING ice cream! NOM!

Of alllllll the flavors, I chose….. a single scoop of COOKIES N’ CREAM! 🙂 I had a hard time making a decision because they all looked so scrumptious, so I decided to stick to a tried and true flavor! I was happy with my executive decision.:) On the way home we stopped at a mini mart so I could grab a few items.


A few healthy treats and a big girl treat. My fave wine is Chardonnay. This wine was no Yellow Tail, but it was drinkable. I had one decent sized glass in a classy foam hotel cup that night and I woke up with a headache — not a good sign.

I hung in for the rest of the afternoon until dinner. Mainly just facebook browsing stalking and watching the boob tube. For dinner, we decided to try another suggested restaurant.

Old Bay Steamer was BOMB!!


King Crab legs and ginormo shrimpies!!

For desert:

BOMBASS TURTLE CHEESECAKE -GAH, SOOO GOOD!!

I was stuffed to the gills and ready to be horizontal for the rest of the night. Good Monday.

On to Tuesday…
Had to work for the majority of the morning. (BBBBOOOOOOO!) After work we went to the O.G. (Olive Garden, for those of you who are unfamiliar with the lingo) for some bottomless SSB (soup, salad, breadsticks, DUH!)! It was DELISH, as usual. We came back to the hotel and took a walk on the beach.

As you can see, the sand is really white and it felt like baking flour when you walked in it. It is so soothing in “my backyard“. 🙂

After the refreshing walk, I decided to scope out the gym scene at the hotel. The gym was small but it had a treadmill so I was content. I ran 3 miles in 27:50!! Go ME!! I came back to my room to finish my workout (which was mostly legs and some abs) and slug some H20.
That workout made me all sweaty GLOW 😉

I worked hard now I want a REWARD, damn it!! 😛 MAI’ TAI! MAI’ TAI!!! CHA CHA CHACHAHCHA!!!

Oh, that hit the spot, FO SHO! Add some happy hour bar food and I was ready for….DINNER! Don’t judge me. 😉

For dinner, we went to Pandora’s Steakhouse. I had a petite filet minon, twice baked potato, and dinner salad with ranch dressing. The steak was cooked to perfection at a warm medium rare.


I am drooling just remembering how awesome it was last night.

No desert last night. Oh, wait! I did have another Mai’ Tai and brought it back to my room. Heh Heh. The rest of the night I vegged. Go figure. Hey, I am on vacay. I can be lazy if I wanna! I did try contacting a girl (loadmaster) that was stationed at the Peoria Air Guard with me for a few years and transferred here to Florida over a year ago. However, she secret facebook messaged me that she is over in Iraq and will not be home until June. Bummer. I’ll have to catch up with her via mail and a possible visit some other time.

Today has been an easy breezy day. Not too much to tell thus far. Went into work for a few hours and out to lunch at a pizza joint. I shared a veggie pizza and a combo deep-fried goody appetizer with my co-workers. It wasn’t the best food, but it eased my growling belly. The rest of my day consists of….NOTHING!:) Well, packing and dinner (possibly another Mai’ Tai). Otherwise, just kicking it! 🙂
Hope you enjoyed the (rather lengthy) recap. Chow!