Wednesday, October 26, 2005

A change of pace...

Or how about seasons! I can't believe that Killington (up in Vermont) already got 19 inches of snow in the past 24 hours! This was on top of the snow they just got on 10/23. Great news for passholders like myself just drooling over the thought of opening weekend (heard a rumor that it's 11/11-but I could be wrong).

Check out the snow at Killington

Monday, October 24, 2005

The Damage in the Keys

It's now almost midnight and I still haven't heard any news about my Dad (let alone from my Dad). Unfortunately, new is slow to come out of South Florida today. My best friend Sarah is in the same boat as I am...her mom lives just north of West Palm and she hasn't heard from her yet either. My grandparents are also waiting to hear about the status of their house in Ft. Myers. Luckily they were up here when the storm hit! My snowbird relatives haven't headed down to Florida yet. Looks like they are going to have quite a mess to clean up when they arrive : (

Here are some pictures of the flooding in Key West. I can't believe that in 3 weeks time I'll be down there. It kind of sucks that the first time I'll be showing my boyfriend around the Keys, they're still recovering from a major hurricane. I'm sure he'll just have to come down again sometime : ) The most remarkable picture I've seen is the one on top. It's a picture of North Roosevelt Blvd. If you've ever been to Key West, it's the main street with a whole bunch of commercial hotels that you first drive down before you reach Duval. That line of palm trees used to represent the line between the ocean and the boulevard... however, from this picture you can't tell that there's even supposed to be land under there!

If anyone has heard anything about the damage in the Keys please let me know! Especially where my dad lives in the Middle Keys (Grassy Key or Duck Key specifically) Thanks! : )

Still going...



No word yet from my dad or really any news from the Keys other than "significant flooding in Keys" and "Most of Key West under water". I hope I hear something soon!!



Flooding on Truman Ave. in Key West



Before the storm in Key West

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Wilma Update



Oh No! Category 3 again!

12:33am It's going to be a looong night in South Florida. I hope my dad fares well down in the Keys. Right now the hurricane force winds are starting to kick up in Key West. I hate watching CNN and hearing about all of those places I love being ravaged by this hurricane. They just mentioned Grassy Key, the island that my dad lives on. I wonder what he's up to... probably playing poker or something.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Cross your fingers!


The tickets are booked for the Keys! Yeah yeah I know... who books a vacation to the Florida Keys right before they're supposed to be hit my a major hurricane? Well I do. I couldn't resist Spirit Air's sale (that ends today I might add) that will get me down to Ft. Lauderdale in 3 hours from Providence at less than $200. I used to fly them all the time and they had a really great price for the PVD-FLL trip. However, they thought it would be a great idea to nearly triple the price of that flight : O!!! Outrageous. Luckily I caught them with a sale this time, the only thing was that I couldn't wait to see what this storm did. Thank God for travel insurance. I think the $12 for each of us is a good investment this time. Ahhhhhhh I can't wait! I haven't seen my dad in forever and I could really use some sun and salt water right now. I just hope the boyfriend can handle the Keys and all those sea creature encounters that my dad just loves to impose upon people ; )

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Hold up!


It looks like I'm going to have to hold off on booking that flight down to the Florida Keys again....

The last time I was going to go down there Rita comes along and just last night I was telling the boyfriend..."Let's make sure we book our tickets tomorrow!" Ayyyyy! It looks like our Thanksgiving trip to visit my dad might have to be delayed until further notice. So what does this mean for Fantasy Fest that's supposed to begin on Friday??? http://www.fantasyfest.net/

When did THIS happen??


A Cat. 5 Overnight??

I swear... I turn my back for a minute and that rinky-dink Tropical Storm Wilma is now a Category 5 and the "most intense on record" with a pressure of 882 mb. How in the world did that happen? Outrageous. Once again, I have to question my dad's judgment in the face of a hurricane.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Detox

The Detox Diet

First off, let me say that Rice Pasta is the most disgusting food item I've ever consumed.

The boyfriend and I decided 2 weeks ago that we were going to follow a detox diet in which you can't eat meat, dairy, wheat, sugar, or basically anything else that tastes good. These detox diets are supposed to cleanse the body and make you feel more alert and less tired. It was one of those health kick "it seemed like a great idea at the time" sort of things where we were all gung-ho about it at first. And really, it did seem like a good idea at the time, but the problem was that four weeks is a really long time to eat things like brown rice and drink soy milk all the time.

Things were going well for the first week. We went to Whole Foods and made use of all the wacky things you can buy there (i.e. rice pasta and all organic squash soup- also disgusting) and then to the normal grocery store so we didn't have to pay $4.99 a pound for some green peppers. During week one we would make interesting dinners involving artichokes, squash and zucchini, green peppers, salmon, and of course rice. Lunch is tough though because you have to prepare everything on this diet. For the first two days of this detox experiment was absolute torture because I was facilitating this training that had lunch catered and it just looked soo delicious. Alas, I had to eat salad the first day instead of an Italian feast and steamed broccoli the second day instead of Chinese food. I think our tragic downfall came when we decided to take a "day-off" from the diet for Oktoberfest in Newport. After that, we just haven't been able to go back. I'll try to stick to the diet as much as possible by eating those vegetables and drinking the Vanilla Soy Chai that I discovered, but even I can't drink cranberry juice all the time. I even gave up my beloved Diet Coke, and let me tell you, those withdrawal headaches were no joke! Damn you caffeine!

Friday, October 07, 2005

Hot or Not?


Hot or Not?

Now I know that this title conjures up visions of that website where you go to rate people on attractiveness and have a little laugh about it at the same time.... but I'm talking about a whole new game. The game where every time I take a bite of food I have guess whether or not my boyfriend got to it first with his hot sauce, chili peppers, or other forms of hotness. Even the most unsuspecting dishes turn my mouth on fire and send me reeling for a glass of milk. Most recently, I even blamed him for making the grapes in the fruit bowl hot. Then I realized that it was my fault for handling a bottle of some hot sauce with a name like Insanely Hot or Mad Dog's Hot Sauce and then going and picking up a grape right after. Hotness is so invasive!! I just have to touch it and it will make my eyes burn and my lips scorch. My boyfriend tells me that hot food is something you learn to love- and then you just can't get enough of it. I belive that it takes a certain kind of masochistic personality to enjoy that pain. However, the bf's penchant for rollercoasters, running marathons, and Indian sunburns (I mean seriously who LIKES that???) give some indication towards that masochisitc personality without a doubt. It must be something that runs in the family too... the first time I had dinner with his parents, his mom made turmeric pasta, which was great- but hot as hell! I've come a long way since that dish and have really tried to open up to the hotness. I still catch the bf trying to add some form of hotness to everything though. Last night, I caught him adding red pepper to the spinach...it's a disease. I swear. Love you baby! In the meantime, I'm sure my "Did you.....!!!" Followed by that smile will continue until I've gotten to the point where I don't either don't seem to notice, or to mind the heat.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

More from the Keys...


After being stranded in a training session in the Auditorium for 2 days, I was slacking on both news perusing and blog writing. This is why I was so surprised to get a phone call from my dad at 11:45 last night with the "Did you hear??" (and also the, when are you coming down here followup). Now, news of that sort from my dad is rare. It takes a lot of shock value to make it news worthy to him.

Apparently, this time a gas tanker blew up on the 7-mile Bridge on Monday and closed it for 15 hours. I would imagine that would leave a lot of people stranded on one side or the other for the night. My dad said that they were really lucky that the fire didn't burn though because not only would it have to be closed for weeks (cutting off all access to Key West by car), but also cutting off water and electricity. Yikes!

Those bridges throughout the Keys scare me enough and now I have to be worried of fiery gas tanker crashes?? Seriously, the number of head-on collisions per year throughout the Keys is tragic. I guess it's a lethal mix of 2 lane roads and bridges with amazingly distracting scenery and amazingly stupid people who feel the need to drive like maniacs.

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