Tag Archives: Vicki

Ben, bikes, boats and Biscayne

9 Apr

I have yet to fully recover, but I figured there was a group of people out there waiting to hear all about the fabulous weekend Addam and I had with his little brother, Ben.

Ben got in Wednesday afternoon, making it ridiculously difficult for me to concentrate on the interviews I had to conduct before calling it a wrap on my work day. I did my best to stay focused, and Ben picked me up as soon as I finished up. At that point we had a few hours to kill before Addam got off work, but we decided to go for a swim in South Beach rather than hurry home.

It was the perfect afternoon for swimming and the first time I’d been in water since the new year. Ben was amazed by how blue the water was and kept saying that it was the only time he’d swam in an ocean so clear, but I couldn’t believe the waves. Addam and I must have been catching the tide at the wrong time, because any other time we’ve been they have been pretty weak. That day, however, they were making me their lap dog. The waves tossed me all over the ocean, and by the end of an hour I was pretty worn out.

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My “Ultra” fun weekend with friends and festies

28 Mar

Bear with me guys. It’s been a long week, and I’m going on a very minimal amount of sleep. That being said, I’m going to do my damnedest to write a full, coherent blog post.

After five or six years of service, Friday was Danae’s last day at Miami Today, so after work a group of us went down to Tobacco Road to celebrate her new opportunity. Addam got off work early, so he came out too. We spent a couple of hours hanging with the news crew before we decided to head down to Ultra, Miami’s very own, mini-Lollapalooza.

We couldn’t get in, but we hung by the fence in the hopes that someone would either drop or give us a ticket. Neither happened, so after an hour or so we headed home.

Once we got home I got a text from Danae, who said that she and her husband, Adrian, her friend Stephanie, who used to intern for Miami Today, and a few others were all heading to Churchill’s for after drink-drinks. Addam and I met up with them but didn’t pay the $8 cover to go in because we planned on crashing relatively earlier. (You know, 3 a.m. or so…)

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Everybody’s having fun out here

2 Jan

After a weekend of wrestling with my internet provider, I’ve finally rid myself of connectivity issues, leaving myself free to post an update on how I spent my New Year.

While I thought I was going to spend the night watching movies and waiting for Addam to get home, the Eve ended up being far better than I expected.

Addam had to work until about 12:30 a.m., so I rang in the New Year with Tati, who came over around 10:00 p.m. or so. We spent the evening drinking FourLocos and watching movie after funny movie. We were honestly not paying much attention to anything but each other and almost missed the countdown entirely. I had the ball drop streaming on my laptop and happened to look down when there was 45 seconds to go.

We were about halfway through Zack and Miri Make a Porno when Vicki showed up. We rewound the flick about a million times, but we were all so distracted that we had given up on following the plot when Addam finally got off work. Once he was home we basically just sat around shooting the breeze and watching movies until we all passed out in the living room. Addam woke everyone up at the end of Avatar, and we all waited together for Vicki and Tati’s bus to come. No one fell out of a tree this go around, so I’d say the night was a great success.

The rest of the weekend was pretty uneventful.  Addam pulled in more than 40 hours this week, so I’ve spent most of my time alone in the apartment, with a sweet little puppy to keep me company. Addam’s actually at work right now, and it’s looking like I’ll be able to fit in a few more movies before he gets home.

In other news —

My Aunt Martha is sounding better each time I talk to her, so thank you to everyone who has been keeping her in your thoughts and prayers. She’s still in the hospital, but she’s starting to walk more and knows what signs to look for in case anything were to happen in the future. I’ll make sure to update everyone as soon as there are any new developments, but I’m really hoping that everything just keeps improving.

I’m still planning a wedding update — I just need to secure all the dress photos before I post. I know that a bunch of my bridesmaids have been waiting to see what I’m considering and I promise, promise, promise — they’re coming soon! Trust that I have not forgotten about you!

And lastly — my little sista, Emily Ann, starts her second quarter at Ohio University tomorrow!  Good luck my love, even though last quarter has shown that you definitely do not need it. I know that you’ll be just as successful this go around and, as always, I am here if you ever need me. I always keep you close.

“Everybody’s having fun out here. They drinking, they fighting, they pissing in the streets. It’s New Year’s Eve. They loving the ladies.” — Disco Cabbie, 200 Cigarettes, 1999.

Where’s the turkey, Chuck?

26 Nov

This holiday I had five things to be particularly thankful for, and their names were Vicki, Tatiana, Charles, Jaeshaun and Addam.

I have to admit, when I woke up yesterday morning I was feeling really down. This is the second Thanksgiving I’ve spent away from family, and it doesn’t get any easier the more you do it. To make matters worse, my landlord never faxed over a copy of the lease, so Addam and I couldn’t get the gas turned back on. We had absolutely no way to cook anything.

Golden Corral was having some sort of Thanksgiving special that we were going to check out, but that would have required a four-mile bike ride and two bus transfers. I wouldn’t have minded the commute in, but I didn’t want to have to worry about making it back to the apartment in the dark.  Not to mention, going to a restaurant just doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving.  I would have rather sat outside and grilled up a dinner.

Luckily, a couple of Addam and my friends were kind of in the same predicament. They had a working stove, but they were spending the holiday away from family as well. We decided to meet at Charles’s apartment for our own make-shift holiday, and I can’t think of anyone I would have rather celebrated with.  What could have been a depressing day turned into a night that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Last year Addam and I were visiting his family in Ohio and spent the entire day cooking. This year all we did was show up with some drinks.  (Honestly, as much as I hate to admit it, I’ve gotten into the baking thing and really wouldn’t have minded bringing a side or two. It was just an impossibility given the circumstances.)  But, wowza, was there a feast waiting for us!

When we got to Charles’s around 5:30 p.m. everything was ready.  Potatoes were mashed, green beans were casseroled, corn was cobbed, stuffing was…stuffed and rolls were warming in the oven. Everyone thought there was going to be a shortage of turkey.  While that obviously wouldn’t have bothered me one bit, it never became an issue.  There were a ton of left overs at the end of the night, and Addam and I brought a big pan of it home.  Vicki and Tatiana seem to have done most of the cooking, and I have to give the ladies credit, because they really outdid themselves.  Everything was absolutely fabulous.

We spent the evening playing cards and shooting the shit while our food digested.  I ate more than I think I’ve eaten in the past week combined.  (Seriously, I have no idea how I fit it all in.  I have not eaten like that since I started my diet a year ago.)  I didn’t have room for dessert, but the others enjoyed some pumpkin pie and warm brownies.  (I told you they went all out.) After everyone was good and stuffed, Jaeshaun caught a bus home and Vicki, Tatiana and Charles headed back to Addam and my apartment to watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

We made a late night of it, so once everyone left Addam and I pretty much crawled into bed.  I had to work bright and early this morning, and when I woke up I was still full.  Being bloated didn’t make my day go by any faster, but it definitely reminded of the great night I had.  It’s nice to finally have a crew.  I’ve been missing my Chicagoans a lot lately, so it’s good to know that I have a group of people behind me again.

Speaking of people who always have my back — starting next week Addam and I will be entertaining different family members each weekend.  Addam’s mom, dad and uncle will be here on Friday, and his little sister and her boyfriend will be here the next two following.  After that is Christmas, and Addam and I are going to try to make a quick trip to Ohio to celebrate with the loved ones.  Any loneliness I had will soon be nonexistent.

Now that I am off work and have an entire weekend ahead of me, I think I may try to get into the Christmas spirit.  I plan to spend the evening decorating the tree and getting the place nice and shiny for the fam.  I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday and took a moment to realize what is truly important about the season — the love and support of family and friends.

Charlie Brown: “I can’t cook a Thanksgiving dinner. All I can make is cold cereal and maybe toast.”
Linus van Pelt: “That’s right. I’ve seen you make toast. You can’t butter it, but maybe we can help you.” — A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, 1973.