Tag Archives: Miami Beach

Big Brother 2012 Casting Calls: Cameo, Miami Beach

7 May

Everyone who’s met me knows that I take Big Brother very seriously. For those of you who are less familiar with the show — each summer about 12 to 14 houseguests are picked to compete in a three-month long power struggle for a half million dollars. Contestants are recorded 24/7 and receive no outside contact while in the house.

After following the show through 12 seasons, I applied last year in St. Petersburg but did not make the final cut. This year I got to apply in Miami, with the support of my handsome husband.

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Made with love

27 Feb

After a full month of moving and wresting with AT&T, Addam and I finally got to enjoy a completely stress-free weekend together, and we made sure to make the most of it.

We slept in on Saturday, woke up slow, listened to some music and headed to Oleta State Park around 2 p.m. Before hitting the trails we stopped by The Blue Marlin, a nearby bar/fast food restaurant on the water, for a quick lunch. There wasn’t much day light left, but we got a good hour of biking in before heading toward the beach.

We picked up some food and drinks on the way, and once we got to the water I had the most amazing pad thai I’ve had since leaving Chicago. The sun was down, but the beach was still relatively busy. It was a warm night, so we stayed for a couple of hours before heading back to the mainland.

On our way home Addam and I got sidetracked and decided to stop by Red Lobster to say hello. Lobsterfest just started and was in high gear, so the place was completely packed inside and out — making Addam all the more happy that he wasn’t working. We said hello to Vicki, who invited us to head by her house and hang out with Tati and John until she got off.

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Beach babes

26 Sep

Today was my baby’s first time at Miami Beach!  As I’m sure you are all aware, Addam and I bike over almost every weekend, but as it’s a long ride we were always too scared to bring the puppy.  Fortunately, Addam just got a basket for the back of his bike, making it possible for us to bring her along.  The little cutie had a tendency to jump out of the back every time we would come to a stop, but for the most part we made the 5.5 miles without incident.

The fiance and I woke up late, watched a few episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond and were on our way.  We decided to go to North Beach today, so the ride was a lot shorter than usual.  (Which is good, because Yoga was panting it up by the time we reached the sand).

Before heading to the ocean, Addam had to stop and pick up a bunch of postcards for us to send out to everyone we’ve been missing in Chicago.  He plans to send one to Red Lobster, and I’m sure I’ll send one to PetSmart.  There was a $10 minimum, so if you want to hear from us, for any reason, just let us know and we’ll send you one.  Lord knows we have enough of them…

After getting the postcards we stopped for some McDonald’s  ice cream and headed to the ocean, which is exactly what Yoga had been waiting the entire day for.

She absolutely loved it!  I’ve never seen Yoga happier while at the beach.  Addam and I used to take her all the time when we lived in Chicago, and we’ve taken her to Virginia Beach two or three times, but there must be something about Miami.  I’ve never seen her have more fun running in the sand.  She was so cute, I had to take a video.  It’s a little long, but if you hang in there, I assure you it’s worth it.

After a good run, Addam and I forced Yoga to go out on the raft.  Both to cool off, and because we wanted to swim and couldn’t leave her standing on the beach while we did so.  She’d end up following us in anyway, so we knew that as much as she’d hate it, we just had to bring her in.  Once again, she was way too cute not to shoot video.  This one is a lot shorter, and she showcases her great swimming ability toward the end.

After a couple of hours of swimming, we all biked home, stopping at a Haitian grocery store on the way for some good eats to finish off the weekend.  Addam and I have spent the rest of the evening watching TV and playing Scarface on the Wii.  (Ok…Addam’s playing Scarface on the Wii…I’m uploading videos to YouTube for this post).

I’m really excited though.  Tonight is the premiere of this reality show, Sister Wives, which follows a family of polygamists.  Anyone who knows me well knows how much I love the show Big Love, which is a sitcom of the same subject.  I don’t know why, but it fascinates me.  Anything that makes me relatively uncomfortable does, I guess.   I think that is really why I became a journalist.  I’ve always been interested in different cultures and lifestyles, and I love stepping outside of myself and questioning everything I’ve grown to accept as true.

My next project, whenever I have the finances to actually dedicate myself to it, will be to put myself in a situation each week where I am the outsider.  I had to do this as part of class at James Madison University. Diversity and Muliculturalism.  Probably the most eye-opening class I took in undergraduate school.    As part of the class, each student had to attend two events in which they would be the minority.  Alone.  Rallies, religious ceremonies, strip clubs.  It was up to us.

I ended up going to a Russian church and drag show, both of which taught me a lot.  I won’t deny that I had more fun at the drag show, but I really stepped out of myself by going to the church.  Most of the people there did not speak English, and all had been attending for quite some time.  I did feel out of place being there alone, but, at the same time, very accepted and very welcome.

I want to do more things like this.  I want to challenge myself to go outside of my comfort zone each week and see what I can find out about other people and other lifestyles.  I don’t know when I’ll start this endeavor, but plan to hear about it in future weeks.  It’s something I’m pretty passionate about.

“The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears or the sea.” — Isak Dinesen, composer.