To plant oregano, parsley and cilantro in the pots that have dead plants in them#RIP
GOAL MET: I planted parsley and cilantro. I couldn’t find oregano seeds for some reason. BUT, in place of the oregano, I planted a salsa mix which contained, tomatoes, jalepeno peppers and green peppers. Making your own salsa is soooooooo much better than store bought. If you are starting off with a garden, I recommend planting veggies for salsa before anything else.As you can see, the salsa mix have yet to grow but hopefully there will be more progress when I do my October update.
To get more Vitamin D via sun
GOAL NOT MET: It’s just been two fricking hot for me to go out in this humidity. But by the looks of it, the first week in October should be niiiiiiice! Guarantee I’ll be soaking in some sun in October!
Get back to Yoga
GOAL NOT MET: Although I barely did any yoga this month, I did get some cardio in. I have been walking at least 1.5 miles to 3 miles, doing 20 crunches, 20 arm and shoulder exercises and 20 leg squats each day. I’m starting to see a difference in my body already and feel really good.
Publish one post on my blog a week
I am soooo inconsistent with this blog! So my goal is, one post, once a week. It’s not like I don’t have stuff to say because there’s always weird crap going on in my head that I feel comfortable sharing, I’m just lazy. There I said it!
To clean my car!
Guys, the inside of my car is a total mess and it needs help. I just put 4 brand new tires on it and got it serviced. It’s got about 91,000 miles on it and drives like a champ, so it’s time for it to get a nice detailing.
To continue with my exercise routine that I have now and maybe bump up the yoga.
You can follow me at Hurricane_Stacy on Instagram to follow my progress during the month.
I’ve noticed over the years that I’m always a better, more efficient person when I write my goals down. When I see them in black and white, it feels like it’s not just in my head, but something I have to prove to myself that I can do. Sometimes I reach the goals, sometimes I don’t but the important thing is that I write them down and try my very best to achieve them.
Each month I am going to post my goals for that month on this blog starting today! Okay, let’s get to the goals!
To plant oregano, parsley and cilantro in the pots that have dead plants in them#RIP
It’s been sooooo hot in Florida that every time I go outside my face feels like it’s going to melt off so I have had no desire to be outside at all. My sinuses can’t take extreme humidity so I pretty much hibernate during the summer months and come out of hiding in September (ish).
The plants that have been in these pots have seen better days even though they’ve been watered regularly by the loads of rain that we have had this summer plus them being watered by hand. This month I’m tearing whatever is left of the plants and planting oregano, parsley and cilantro. I’ve grown herbs before and they do very well, it’s just hard to keep with them in the summer so this will be a September project.
To get more Vitamin D via sun
So as I mentioned above, me and humidity do not get along, but I do enjoy sun on my face and not being so pale! My goal is to get out in the sun at least 2 times a week for at least a half an hour. Vitamin D supplements are great for people and especially women, but, there’s nothing like straight up Vitamin D from the sun. As September rolls through, it will start to cool down just a little where it’s bearable, not to mention, fresh air! Summers in Florida are constant AC. There’s no break! There’s no let’s open the windows to air out the house. Nope, AC 24/7. I am soooo looking forward to opening the windows soon!
Get back to Yoga
Damnit! I LOVE Yoga! I used to go to classes once a week. Absolutely LOVED it. Then my instructor cut down on her classes and mine was one that got cut. I think that may be 4 years ago? Something like that but since then I’ve probably done 8 downward facing dogs and 10 warrior poses in those 4 years! Pathetic. My goal in September is to put time aside to get back on the Yoga train. I am such a routine person that I KNOW once I get on the routine, it will be something that I do all the time. It’s just getting off my ass and doing it!
And that’s all ! I’m starting small so they will be attainable. If I can’t do this, I might as well hang it up!
Ron and I just got back from a long weekend in Tampa for the Bob Segerconcert and St. Patrick’s Day festivities at theTampa Riverwalk We’ve never stayed in theRiverwalkarea and have never seen the River O’ Green which was an awesome experience! If you have never been to theRiverwalkduring St. Patrick’s Day, it is worth the trip for sure. I’ve posted the map below.
We left our house around 10:30am to trek out to Tampa. The drive there from our house is about 2 ½ – 3 hours depending on traffic on the Interstate 4FROM HELL! Normally when we visit the Tampa area there is bumper to bumpertrafficaround the Disney World area, then it clears upfor a while until you hit the Tampa area aroundInterstate75.
We stopped at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa because I have an obsession with slot machines. Even though I am on a mission to live a frugal life, save money and pay our debt off, I have a weakness for slots and some sports betting on occasion. Some people have shopping weaknesses, I have a slot machine weakness (I think I may be one of the small group of women who honestly HATE shopping!)
SLOT MACHINE SIDENOTE: My advice to people who are on a budget and like to gamble every once and a while, DO NOT go into the casino with a credit or debit card and only play penny slots! I’ve won over $200 a few times on penny slots so it’s not impossible to risk small and hit big once and a while. Now that doesn’t mean that I ONLY play penny slots but if you are on a budget, penny slots allow you to play longer with less money.
Now back to the trip….
The casino gave me $15 of free play which I lostsuper fastand then we lost what we had budgeted for the day too! It was frustrating but at least we were able to see all the new renovations that they’ve made with the money that they have taken from us for the last decade! Ha! It is very easy to get lost in this place now. It went from a small, cozycasino to approximately 4 more casino areas with one being a non-smoking casino. They are also adding more hotel space in addition to the hotel space that was already there and a much needed parking area (maybe they’ll send me a free room one of thesedays..Iwon’t hold my breath). There were also more restaurants and bars too. It was nice to get my gambling fix for a while…well, until Sunday!
We left the casino and were on our way to the Westin hotel to check in. Since I work for local government, we get a discount on hotels as a perk. We were able to score the hotel for HALF OFF! Thank God for that because everything else was so damn expensive! I can’t remember the last time I stayed at a hotel and the breakfast wasn’t free but more on that later. The hotel was absolutely beautiful and it was a requirement to valet park (which was $28 a day). See where I’m going with this? Every where I turned I was either swiping or dishing out cash. I know, we’re on vacation but I was getting tired of having mini strokes every time people asked me for money! I blame this on not preparing ahead of time to find cheaper prices. I’ll never do that again!
We had tickets for Bob Seger and were really excited to see him since both of us have never seen him live. We purchased floor seats (which was my first time on the floor) and had seats on the end of the row which Ron and I prefer. Everything was going great. He sounded amazing! We had comfortable seats and were enjoying some great rock and roll until I started to feel really sick. I hadn’t been feeling too well for the last week or so to begin with but the combination of a few beers, two really tall and bulky guys in front of me and the body heat making it feel like I couldn’t breathe really got to me. I felt like I was going to have a panic attack and all of a sudden my stomach started to churn. I had to get out of there and fast! Ron followed me out to the hallway and I told him I wasn’t sure if I can go back in there. Fortunately I didn’t puke, unfortunately we had to leave early. We were able to see a little over an hour of the show which was good though. I told Ron to stay but he wanted to make sure I got home okay. I’ve got a good egg!
When I woke up in the morning I was feeling sooooo much better and craving a nice, big cup of coffee! Ron and I went downstairs to the breakfast buffet, piled our plates with food and just as we were digesting, along comes a bill to our table. We both looked at each other and thought…hmmm..this is odd, we don’t pay for breakfast when we stay at a hotel, this has to be a mistake. As I looked at the bill, I thought I was going to have a stroke! $43 for a mediocre breakfast buffet?!?!? WTF! As I was catching my breath, I thought, if I would have done my homework on the Westin I would have known that breakfast is not in fact FREE and checked out where we could get a cheap breakfast elsewhere. What a bummer and it could have been totally avoided if I would have been proactive. Take note peeps!
We usually stay at the Hampton Inn and they provide a free and much more appetizing breakfast in their room rate. The closest Hampton Inn to where we were was about 15-20 minutes away and we really wanted to be within walking distance to everything at the Riverwalk and did not want to get into a car to go anywhere so we chose the Westin. Granted, I’m not badmouthing the Westin because their rooms were super clean, we had a nice view and the staff were very helpful and sweet, but, charging people for breakfast and mandatory valet parking is not my style. IM ON A BUDGET!
We met up with Gina and my niece Ava for the day (You may have seen them in some of my previous posts). We walked, talked and had a delicious lunch together. It was great to see them and catch up! After they left we made our way back to the hotel to take a snooze, shower, and decide what we were going to do for the night.
I was browsing on my phone and saw that the Tampa Bay Lightning were playing so we decided to go to the Amalie Arena and see if maybe we could get tickets to see the game. When we got there we found fans sitting in their chairs outside the arena watching the Lightning on a huge screen! We didn’t have to go any further. We grabbed a drink from the outside bar, found a bench to sit on and watched the Lightning win. Go Bolts!
On our way back to the hotel we found a Starbucks that was actually right next to our hotel that we decided would be our breakfast destination in the morning before we checked out.
The Westin provides free coffee (probably the only thing that is free in this hotel) so we grabbed our coffee and walked to Starbucks. Ron had an everything bagel with butter and I had a plain bagel with cream cheese. Total spent: $4.50! Now THAT’S what I’m talking about!
We went back up to the hotel after breakfast and grabbed our things and waited for our car to be valeted to us. Honestly, the whole valet thing was a big downer for me. I don’t like other people driving my car, RON doesn’t even drive my car! And to require me to not only turn my key over to some stranger, pay for it, not be able to get to it if I forgot something, sucked. On the brighter side, we didn’t use our car the whole time we were there so it was safe and sound in an underground parking lot.
Before we left the Tampa area we took a chance at Seminole Hard Rock Casino again. Total spent: ENOUGH!
I have to say that Tampa did it absolutely right with this Riverwalk creation. I believe it is close to 2 miles worth of parks, restaurants, museums and beautiful breezes off the river. We will definitely go back !
And that’s all folks! I’ve posted a video from the River O’ Green below for you to enjoy!
Till next time, I’ll see ya soon!
Armature Works – Cool warehouse kind of vibe with food, bars and shopping.
Here are 5 goals that I want to reach for December.
1. Stick To My Christmas Budget
Okay, I don’t REALLY have an actual “budget” for Christmas gifts but I’m going to think outside the box for some of my gifts this year. For example, gift bags filled with little items such as candy, chapstick, candles and special gifts that that particular person may use.
One of my favorite bags is the Littles Carry All by Thirty One. You can fill it up with all kinds of goodies and the bag can be used for many things such as a tissue holder or an organizer for your remote controls to name a few.
2. Walk 2 Miles A Day
I found this cool app called Pacer. You can keep track of your steps and you can do daily stretches and challenges with your friends. I know that there are a lot of other apps out there that do the same thing but I like this one and I like that it has daily stretch videos. If you want more features I think it’s $3.00 a month and you can have coaching and guidance to reach your goals. My walking has been around a mile a day since I’ve started and KNOW I can do better.
3. Get Back To Yoga
I used to do yoga once a week with an instructor but she is no longer teaching yoga on Saturdays and hasn’t been for over a year. I’ve done beach yoga a few times but honestly it is way too hot in Florida for me to do yoga on the beach. I’m very sensitive to heat (mostly humidity) and sometimes feel like I cannot breathe if I’m accelerating myself too much in the heat. When wintertime comes in Florida the weather is usually perfect for me but still prefer being inside while doing yoga.
So…..I’m going to get back to yoga and do it in the privacy of my own home. We have decluttered our spare bedroom which has given me room to start back up!
4. Continue To Declutter The House
We’ve been doing a good job with going through crap that we do not need or want anymore. It’s been therapeutic to be honest. In December, I want to declutter to the point where our tiny house looks bigger than a mansion! Okay, maybe that’s a little far fetched, but we can sure as hell make it feel like it!
5. Pay Half Of Our Cabinet Bill Off
We spent $3200 (with shipping) for our new Malibu White Shaker Cabinets from Cabinets To Go and they will be delivered this Friday. We still need to purchase the countertops but I would like to pay at least half of what we purchased the cabinets for to pay for our countertops. Hubby and I will be demolishing and installing our new kitchen ourselves, May the force be with us!
So there you have it. My December goals. I’m going to try everything in my power to achieve them all. Follow me on Instagram for updates on our progress.
Ron and I had been looking forward to seeing Sammy Hagar for months and then Hurricane Irma came through our area and the original date of September 20th changed to November 11th. In the long run, it worked out better because we didn’t have to take time off from work since the rescheduled concert landed on a Saturday. We were so happy that they postponed the date and did not cancel it!
Since St. Augustine is about an hour and a half from our house, we decided to get a hotel at the Hampton Inn (We are Hampton Inn freaks) on A1A and make a weekend out of it. We’ve never been to this particular hotel or seen beach side in St. Augustine. Every time we visit, we stay in the Historic District (I’ll be there in a few weeks for their tour of lights..stay tuned for that blog in about a month or so).
We arrived at the hotel around 1pm and I walked in to see if we could check in early. They said they would take our phone number and call us if the room opens up before check in time and gave us a parking pass. We were able to park at our hotel and walk across the street to a place called Sunset Grille. Ron and I both had the mahi tacos that were absolutely delicious. Along with the tacos, they serve beans and rice on the side that were very tasty. We ordered a few beers and sat outside since the weather was not humid or buggy. When we were finished eating we hadn’t gotten a call to check into the hotel so decided to go to the bar area of the restaurant to watch the UCF game and have a few more beers. We made small talk with people at the bar and the staff were professional and kind. I would definitely recommend a trip to Sunset Grille if you are in the area.
After lunch we walked over to the hotel since it was getting close to check in time. When we went up to our room we noticed we had a balcony view (it wasn’t of the ocean, but we had a balcony!). When we checked out on Sunday the woman behind the counter asked how our stay was. I said, “It was great! Didn’t realize that I booked a balcony room”. She said, “You didn’t, we upgraded you.” SCORE!!! Thank you Hampton Inn!
On to the concert…..
This was the first time either one of us had been to the St. Augustine Amphitheater. I knew that it was a smaller venue and that it was outside with an awning that covered most of the seats and I LOVE these kind of places! They are not as crowded. They are big but not TOO big where you can get lost. AND it’s a much more intimate setting. Sometimes arenas can be so overwhelming and annoying.
When I book tickets for concerts I ALWAYS book the premiere parking. ALWAYS! They run between $20-$40 and worth every penny! When we got there we were about 8 cars away from the main entrance. Again, WORTH….EVERY….PENNY!
Collective Soul opened up for Sammy Hagar & The Circle and I really enjoyed them. I remembered some of their songs from back in the day and other songs I forgot they sang like “Better Now”. That was a sweet surprise. I haven’t heard that song in ages! They are a good solid band and they mentioned that they were in the process of recording a new album.
Sammy Hagar & The Circle consists of Sammy Hagar (of course), Michael Anthony (bass player from Van Halen), Jason Bonham (his father was none other than the late John Bonham from a little ole band called LED ZEPPELIN) and Vic Johnson (he played with The BusBoys and Sammy Hagar and the Waboritas). Their set list consisted of Van Halen tunes, Sammy’s solo career songs and Montrose songs. One of my favorite songs is “Poundcake” and whoa….was it AMAZING live! Chills! Some of the other tunes they played were “Right Now”, “Dreams”, “I Can’t Drive 55”, “Best of Both Worlds”, “When Its Love”, “Heavy Metal” and a few Montrose songs that were before my time. Ron knew them though! Ha! They ended the night with a cover of “Rock and Roll” by Led Zeppelin that rocked the place!
It was definitely a great concert and to think that Sammy just turned 70 is CRAZY to me! He has more energy than a 30 year old!