It never ceases to amaze me just how fast my trips home fly by. I feel like I was JUST up here…
Last Tuesday I traveled up to St. Petersburg to stay with my friend Julie. She used to live in Sarasota and worked with me at Outback. I asked her if I could stay at her apt. because my flight to Lexington was at 6:40am!!! I was fully planning on driving myself to the airport and shelling out the $$$ to keep my car in the airport’s parking garage but she is such a nice person and offered to just drive me! I was like… Um you know we have to leave at 5am, right?? She was totally ok with it. Bless her.
We decided to have a girls night out in downtown St. Pete which is absolutely the most gorgeous place I’ve ever been to!
I suggested we have Sushi for dinner (because I always want Sushi) and we went to Sushi, Inc.
They had incredible Sushi and happy hour ($3 house wines!)
Mmmmmm… Sashimi 🙂
Next, we went to Red Mesa Cantina for some Margaritas!
This was some kind of passion fruit flavored marg and it was deeeeelicious.
Red Mesa Cantina is awesome. Right in the middle of downtown and the patio has such a cool vibe.
After a couple margs we went back to her apartment to crash. 5am came WAY too early. We were running late and I was one of the last people on the airplane. Yikes! To be fair though, I would’ve made it through security a whole lot faster if the jerk at ticketing didn’t give me so much grief about my bag being 8 lbs overweight. I have flown Allegiant many, many times and they have NEVER weighed my bag. Now there is a 40 lb limit? WTF. He was just about to charge the card on file a $50 fee before I was like, “Hold up there buddy! Let me move some stuff around!”
Yeah… I was that girl off to the side, suitcase wide open, looking for the heaviest items to remove. I’m sure I could be heard mumbling, “It’s 5am, I’m cranky, and I’ll be damned if I have to pay $50 for a measly 8 lbs!!”
The first items out of my suitcase were my heavy rain boots. Again, WTF. I cursed myself for packing them (especially since I didn’t even end up needing them). I put those on and put the (much lighter) flip-flops I was wearing in my backpack. Ok… what’s next? Coats. I put on a hoodie and then a jacket. Great. Now I’m cranky AND hot. That’s gotta be enough, right?
That jerk behind the counter was staring me down the whole time but I didn’t care. I was getting on that airplane with all my stuff and with my $50.
I went back up to the counter, determined, and my suitcase went on the stupid scale and was still overweight. The guy suggested start throwing stuff away. Are you effing kidding me? I just looked at him in disbelief and said, very calmly, “I’M NOT THROWING MY STUFF AWAY.” GRRRRRR. Off to the side again I go.
I filled my pockets with make-up bags and stuffed my backpack with 2 pairs of jeans and sweaters. Ok, let’s try this again.
42.3 lbs. OMG this is a nightmare. I just shook my head. He FINALLY relented and let me go. BUT, not before he made sure my backpack fit in the one of these sizers…
You could probably guess that it did not. But I had made it this far so I was not going back! So I shoved it half-way in one of the slots, declared “it fits!” and I went off to security without looking back. Going through security is a whole other story. I’m sure you can imagine. BUT I finally made it onto the plane and had 2 seats to myself! Score!!
The flight was largely uneventful. Since I had been running so behind I didn’t get a chance to grab coffee before boarding which kinda annoyed me, but I guess in the end it was ok because I just sprawled out and went to sleep.
After we landed, I rented a car, drove to my dad’s house, and went back to sleep. Or at least tried to sleep. I tossed and turned so I got up, showered, then went downstairs and ate lunch with my dad and Grenda. She made pinto beans & cornbread. Such a great southern meal. To be honest, my mom makes it way better, but Grenda’s was still pretty good.
I chopped up onion and jalapeños and went to town! This is some serious comfort food. So filling, yummy, and delicious.
After lunch I hung around the house for a little bit and then I went to meet up with my friend Ed in Hamburg. We planned on dinner at Malone’s/Harry’s/Aqua (basically a three-in-one type restaurant where we both used to work) then drinks after at Bd’s.
I really wanted Aqua Sushi. What can I say? I’m a creature of habit. The annoying thing is though… for all the years I worked there I never took advantage of my sushi connection. One of the sushi guys (ironically named Harry) always asked me what I wanted to eat.. FOR FREE!! I always got something totally generic and boring like crab rangoon or the California roll (which is just basically rice, avo, and imitation crab meat). So many missed Sashimi opportunities! I digress.
We started out with seaweed salad and edamame…
And I, of course, ordered my usual salmon, tuna, yellowtail sashimi combo. YUMMMM.
The best part is… Ed and I ended up seeing a guy we used to work with named Walt. He is super nice and actually manages there now. It just happened to be his night off and he was eating there with a friend so we all sat together. At the end of the meal, Walt put all of our sushi on his manager card. I ended up owing like $7 for my wine. SCORE! Thanks Walt!
Then, Walt orders this mountain of deliciousness…
Is it sad that I’m famous at Malone’s for my love of this cookie?
When I used to work there I, no lie, averaged about 4 cookies a week. It is seriously the most delicious thing EVER. But, I mustered all the will power in my entire body and didn’t take a single bite.
Everyone was amazed!
I was like, did I really eat a lot of these???
Ed looked at me with, “C’mon now!” eyes which told me… yes. yes I did.
We went to Bd’s after dinner for a couple dollar drafts and then I went to meet my friend Alex at The Village Idiot, where he works. He wasn’t quite off yet so I just chilled at the bar and had a glass of wine. We went to Silks/Rosebuds after but I ended up leaving early because I was so tired.
I woke up Thursday morning around 11 and went to have lunch at Bd’s with Ed. We like to eat a lot together apparently. Bd’s is a Mongolian grill where you pick out what you want from a huge buffet bar and then they sauté it for you on a huge circular grill.
I made a bowl full of shrimp, scallops, veggies, cilantro, and teriyaki sauce. I’m a big fan of lettuce wraps 🙂
I left to go hang out with my dad. We watched TV and made an early light dinner. I really wasn’t hungry because of my big lunch, but I nibbled on some chips. My dad left to go run an errand and Alex texted me and said I should meet him at Drake’s with Brian. OK!
Drake’s wasn’t very busy which was really nice because that place can be a nightmare sometimes. We sat at the bar and talked. I drank white wine (seriously don’t know why I’ve been on such a white wine kick lately) and because I was now hungry again I ordered some Sushi. Yup, sure did. After I ate, we ordered more drinks and went to sit in large leather couches by the fireplace next to the bar and talked about old stories and laughed a lot. I love those kind of moments with my friends 🙂
After Drake’s, we went over to Brian’s house and met up with our friend Chris! We went to Campus Pub and then downtown to a bar called Trust for $1 fireball shots. Such a crazy fun night with everyone back together again! Eventually, Scott, Chris, and I ended up at Tolly-Ho. Chili-cheese fries… my kryptonite! Why do I love them so much?! I always feel like crap after I eat them. Le sigh.
The next day (Friday) I met up with Ed and his sister Becca at Keeneland!
We didn’t make a million dollars, but had a great time! It was Becca’s first time so we showed her the ropes.
Can I just take a second to address my serious double-chin?! I blame the chili cheese fries.
We went to Bonefish after the last race, ate a bunch of yummy food including calamari, crab cakes, and bang bang shrimp tacos, and then I went home to take an EPIC nap and didn’t wake up until 11pm. DOH! It took every ounce of energy I had to get out of bed and get ready to go out. My friends were at McCarthys and once I got there I was immediately glad I rallied. So much fun! We all planned on going to Keeneland early so when I got home I immediately crawled back in bed.
Scott was ADAMANT about leaving at 10am, so I woke up at 8:30am to get ready.
Breakfast of Champions!!!
Organic toasted oat cereal, organic blueberries, and almond milk. FTW.
Scotty texted me at 9:30am and the conversation went as follows….
So, clearly leaving at 10am was out. It’s cool though because it gave me time to pick up some champagne and OJ. Nothing says good morning like a mimosa (or 3!). I went over to Scott’s house, left my car there, and rode with him. We met up with Brian, Lauren, and Vanessa later and went to pick up a guy named Gavin. It took a while, but we finally made it to Keeneland!
We got the last few spots in the Louisville lot. Hooray!!!!! It was almost a disaster though because Brian got the last spot on the corner and the Keeneland guy said Scott and I had to go around to the other end of the lot to park Scott’s truck. Scott was about to do it too! I, of course, piped in and said NO! We’re with them! And pointed to Brian’s car. The guy was super nice and let us park in a small space next to Brian’s car. YES!!
We sat in the back of Scott’s truck soaking up the sun for a while trying to warm up.
Brian and I switched sunglasses for a photo op, which for some reason brought out my “duck face?”
A little later in the afternoon, Chris, Meredith, and Ashley met up with us.
After a few more drinks in the parking lot we made our way inside….
Once inside we established a home base for everyone to meet up if we got lost. Good call because it came in handy after Brian, Lauren, and I went off to find food (hot dogs!) Mmmmmm.
We placed bets and I lost more money 😦 Ahhh well.
We left to go take a nap (or so I thought!) Scott drove us to eat a Josie’s with Chris and Meredith. I was exhausted so I really only remember stealing some of Scott’s fries and drinking multiple glasses of water trying my hardest not to fall asleep.
We finally left and went to Scott’s house to nap. Well, Scott napped and I played with his adorable niece and nephew!
We went to Brian’s house later to watch the game! I wish I had pictures! It was awesome!!! We decided to go downtown to celebrate the win!!!!!
We went to Wildcat Saloon and had a great time 🙂 I went home, still with a huge smile on my face. Love my Cats 🙂
I woke up the next day to this…
My dad knows me so well 🙂 I just noticed how he spelled fridge haha.
Scott and I decided to go to brunch/lunch at Doodles. I opted for my usual Huevos Rancheros. Delish!
Scott went home and I went over to 3rd street stuff for a coffee. My dad wasn’t free until dinner so I walked around Lexington a little before going home. I started packing because my flight was Monday morning.
I went to eat with dad later at the Good Foods Coop. They have a great hot bar and little cafe. I ordered the falafel pita. Nom nom nom… Again no pictures. Blogger fail.
I met up with Alex and Scott at Campus pub later that night which is were I came up with a brilliant idea. I really, really, really wanted to stay to watch the game. I looked on Allegiant.com and found a flight on Wednesday morning for $85! Say what!? I was off work anyway and had school under control. So I called my dad, talked with him about it, and he was just like go for it! Alex and Scott we like go for it! So…. I went for it!
We went to Molly Brooke’s later and I went home around midnight.
(I’ve just realized how lengthy this post is so I’m gonna try to wrap it up. Especially since it does not end well).
The next day I got ready to watch my Cats play in the Championship!!!!
Shameless selfies. I was bored all afternoon so I curled my hair!
I went to visit Alex at work around 6pm and hung out with him until around 8. I talked to Brian and he said everyone was going over to Fielding’s house. I went over there and realized I really just wanted to go out for the game. So I left. But I came back for the second half!
I watched the first half of the game at Malibu pub with my friend’s Alex P, Hannah, Lynsey, and saw Hampie and Joe Malone!
Alex P and her BF ordered blue LIT’s but they looked weird to me so I didn’t try them.
Like I said, I went back over the Fielding’s for the second half, and watched in horror as we lost to UCONN 😦
You could feel the entire city of Lexington just deflate. There was talk of going to Campus Pub, but I honestly just wanted to go home. So I did.
The next day I went to lunch with Alex P, Lynsey, and Hannah at Sidebar grill. I ordered the black bean burger with sweet potato fries which was just simply amazing.
The burger was made in house (not the frozen processed kind) and the fries were actual sweet potatoes cut into long slices and fried (again, not the frozen processed kind). I left feeling full and happy!!
I went back to my dads, but he was at work for most of the day. I finished up some homework then went to meet up with Ed at Bd’s for a couple last beers.
Later, I met up with Alex at his work (that guy is always working!) and we went to Rosebuds (an he always wants to go there!) I was tired from the crazy weekend so I went home early.
I flew out early Wednesday and made it back home around 1pm yesterday. I cleaned my house, did some laundry, and went to work.
What a trip!!!