Hey everyone! Just got back from the west coast of Florida to visit Gina, Tony and my nieces. It was a much needed weekend away! My niece Sophia has her permit now and is driving really well (we didn’t die) and Ava is doing great with her YouTube channel. Follow her at Ava Kathryn.
Hey hey HEY! Sorry I’ve been hiding for a while but I’M BACK!
I hope that everyone is having a good new year so far (I know, it’s May already!). I rang in the new year snoring in my bed with dreams of what 2018 will have in store for me. So far, so good!
Ron and I went to our favorite horse track on Martin Luther King weekend and had an awesome time! We arrived on Saturday morning and went straight to the track, grabbed a beer and got to betting! We had some wins here and there and then this happened….
…The same horse that I won on last year on New Year’s Eve WAS AT THE TRACK AGAIN THIS TIME! Yes, Ultra Brat was running again! The only difference was that last year I bet on her at the huge price of 35-1 and won $188.50, this time, she was 6-1 (well, actually 5-1 at the gate) and I won $36. I can’t complain that’s for sure and I was so excited to see the horse again!
We had a fun day of cool weather, picked up Steak and Shake (seems to have become a tradition on our first night, not sure why) and went back to the hotel. We usually stay at the Hampton Inn in Hallandale/Aventura 2 nights but our friends Jim, Karen and Jimmy were kind enough to invite us to their house to stay on Sunday night AND they were going to be meet us at the track the next day! We were so excited as we hadn’t seen them since Amy and John’s wedding last March.
On Sunday, Ron and I arrived at the track early and got a good seat right at the finish line. When Jim, Karen and Jimmy arrived, we started eating, drinking, laughing and betting! We didn’t hit too big but we had a great time enjoying each other’s company and fresh air! When the racing day was over, we stopped to have dinner and then went back to their house and enjoyed the night laughing and drinking 🙂
The next morning we got up early and headed back home.
Looking forward to going back soon!
Till next time…
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Many of you who know me know that I cannot handle the heat. That is one of the reasons why I moved AWAY from Florida back in 1999. When I moved back to Florida in 2005 with my husband who had never lived down here before, I knew what I was getting into. I KNOW that it’s hot in Florida, I KNOW that I hate the heat. I KNOW these things, but moved anyway. I also wanted to be closer to my mom and dad as I had missed them a lot while in NJ for 6 years. They would come and visit me a few times and I would come down to see them, but it was not the same. Also, at the time, housing in NJ was at it’s peak and Ron and I really wanted to own a home. In order to do that we took some extreme chances and moved to Florida. We quit our jobs, said goodbye to our NJ family and friends and left!
As time has gone by (12 years to be exact), things have changed. Ron and I have gotten older, I was diagnosed with Graves Disease in 2007, my mother passed away in 2012 from brain cancer, Ron recently lost his aunt and uncle within a year of each other and we’ve also lost some friends and other family along the way. Although it’s been bumpy, I know many who have it much worse than us and am very grateful for the life I have!
I recently went back to practicing yoga after a 4+ month hiatus as my instructor had a pretty bad fall off her bike and had cancelled classes. Thankfully she is better but is no longer teaching Saturday morning yoga which is a total bummer! I missed yoga a lot and started going to yoga classes on the beach on Saturday mornings with friends. The first week we went it was extremely hot and the sun was blazing. I jumped in the water about 4 times during practice because I felt like I was going to pass out. The second week…same thing. The third week was cancelled and this last week was when the wake up call happened. Ring, ring…Hi, it’s common sense calling…stop pushing yourself, IDIOT!
The scenario was….. I got home from yoga, had something to eat, drank a ton of water (like I always do) and decided to go food shopping. I was feeling fine and then all of a sudden I started to get dizzy, nauseous and tired while I was shopping. I was starting to feel like I did when we were in Vegas 3 years ago for our 10 year wedding anniversary when I almost face planted on the strip in 100 degree weather (or was that from the beer? Just kidding, it was the heat this time! Honest!). I seriously felt like I was going to die that day. Why do I do this to myself? I always tell myself the same shit “Ohhhh, I can handle the heat” OR “everyone else seems to be dealing with the heat just fine”…fuck that..next time we visit Vegas will be wintertime AND I will go back to hibernating for 4-5 months in Florida until the winter comes or when I can move to cooler climate one of these days.
When I got home from my near pass out, I put the groceries away and laid on the couch most of the day. The dizzy spells continued on and off for about a week along with hot flashes and weakness. Granted, it is August in Florida AND I’m on medication that specifically says do not to be out in excessive heat but I thought, why not test myself and see if I die…right? Needless to say, I am done with blazing hot yoga until it gets cooler and in Florida that may not be until October or November. In the meantime, I will do yoga at home in the air conditioning…..maybe….
Yes…it happened! I finally passed my real estate exam on April 1st (and NO this is not a joke…it REALLY happened!). I’ve been trying to pass this exam for, no lie, almost a year to the day! Granted, I wasn’t taking the exam EVERYDAY or even every month since I have a full time job which limited me to only Saturday’s but let me tell you, this test is NO JOKE! I have gone through 4 years of college and graduated with my bachelor’s degree and this test was harder than any test I’ve had to take in college. I’ll admit it, Statistics in Sociology was hard, but, we were able to do extra credit to help our grades. In real estate, your extra credit is that they will ALLOW you to come back after 24 hours to take the exam again if you so choose INSTEAD of having you wait 30 days like the real estate online class makes you do!
During this year, my emotions were definitely put to the test. They ranged from disappointment to screw you exam to nervous breakdown to I want to choke someone with my bare hands to I’m going to cry until I can’t open my eyes anymore. It was pretty rough on me emotionally to say the least! My friends and family I’m SURE are happy that I finally passed this frigging thing too so they can also move on with their lives and not have to hear “I failed, AGAIN”. BUT, whether they know it or not, their faith in me kept me going. Their words of encouragement helped me beyond belief and I thank them all from the bottom of my heart!
See you at the top!
*If you are looking to become a real estate agent and have trouble with test taking and comprehension like me, please try Prep Agent. I watched and listened to his videos on YouTube for two days and understood more than I did doing practice tests, reading material and flashcards COMBINED!*
As you have already noticed from my posts, my husband and I love horse racing! We have been going to Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, FL for about 6 years now. We skipped it last year because we had a lot on our plate and didn’t have the time nor the funds to go. We both agreed that we really missed going last year so we decided to ring in 2017 at one of our favorite places!
Gulfstream Park is about 4 hours away from our house. I say 4 hours but in reality it should only be 3 1/2 hours. There is usually traffic and congestion when you get to the Fort Lauderdale area and when you get off the exit for the track.
We arrived at the track just in time for the first race of the day which we try to make every year we go. The weather was beautiful with a nice breeze off the water and the sun shining most of the day. The weathermen were predicting that as the day went by that it would get cooler, so with that in mind, after the first race we went back to the car so I could get a hoodie and on our way back I found $5 in the parking lot two cars down from me!! I picked it up and thought to myself “Wow, hope this is good luck!” And just like that, my Magic Money Challenge jar is up to $5.92 !
We spent the day at the track and I didn’t cash in ONE ticket the whole day. It was getting a little depressing but I really wasn’t spending too much money. $2 here…$5 there. Ron lost some money too but won it back by the time we left for the day. After the races were over, we were STARVING so we decided to go to the pizza place that we always go to (I have to admit it was my idea, Ron just wanted to go to Steak and Shake then take a nap). So we go to the pizza place, order our pizza and the lady says “That will be $31.35”. I said “Ummmm…WHAT?!?!?!” and whipped my head around so fast I got dizzy. She pointed to the menu on the wall that had the prices of their food (like I can’t read or something 🙄) and said “Yes, $31.35”. I thought I was gonna have a stroke! Who charges $31.35 for a large pie? No one, that’s who! WTF?!?!?!?! So I wound up paying them for the highway robbery pizza and we split. When we brought the pie back to the hotel it was barely cooked but smelled pretty darn good (or maybe we were just starving). We ate a few pieces and then took naps. A few hours later we woke up pretty nauseous and took turns christening the hotel bathroom most of the night. We will NEVER, EVER go for pizza there again!
We woke up Saturday morning feeling a little better and we were starving. The Hampton Inn where we stay has a great breakfast which is included with the price of the room (their coffee is awesome AND FREE 24 HOURS A DAY!). After breakfast we took showers, put on our lucky clothes and ventured out to the track.
For the last few years that we’ve been going to the track they haven’t “allowed” coolers inside the track. We used to be able to pack up our coolers with beer and water and sit in a designated picnic area. Not anymore! Or how shall I say this, you can get into the place WITH a cooler that LOOKS like it’s NOT a cooler…BUT..if they catch you grabbing beers out of it and filling cups I’m assuming that they will tell you that you have to bring it to your car. I’ll let you know what happens, if we ever get caught 😉
Another thing that I noticed was the new awesome portables! Not only were they clean and air conditioned, they had 4 stalls and a separate area to wash your hands (see picture below). New portables = 2 thumbs up! 👍🏼👍🏼
As the rest of the day went by, I couldn’t hit a horse to save my life and it was getting really frustrating! The last few races I started winning some of my money back and then it happened…..I hit a long shot horse at 35-1 on the last race of 2016 !!!! WHAT!!!! I had bet $5 on it and it wound up paying me $188.50 !!! Thank you Ultra Brat and Angel Cruz!!!!!! 💃🏻
After all of the excitement and I cashed in my winnings, I decided to treat Ron to a gourmet dinner of Steak and Shake take out 😂. We got our food and went back to the hotel to eat and take naps. Normally we spend NYE at our house and Ron usually falls asleep way before the ball drops and I usually fall asleep at 12:10am so these naps were much needed if we were gonna last the night. When we woke up a few hours later, we took showers and headed out.
When we arrived, they had a band playing Spanish music along with a cool laser light show in the paddock area. As the band took breaks, they played 80s music in between and everyone seemed to be having a great time! When it got close to midnight there were fireworks going off in the surrounding areas around the race track which was really cool to watch. The last time I was able to watch multiple fireworks at once was when I lived in NJ and could watch each of the towns on the Raritan Bay shoot off their fireworks, including New York’s fireworks across the bay. Fun times! And then things went downhill FAST after midnight….
Happy New Year…or Not!
As we walked to the car there were many cars in line trying to leave the parking lot. We noticed that there was a car trying to park in a spot next to our car by making a second lane and it was clearly not going to happen without hitting my car. When we got to the car we told the guy to back up because he was going to hit it and that we were leaving. He was extremely drunk and did not speak English which made this situation very difficult to manage. He wasn’t moving at all either, he was just babbling with his foreign drunken babble and not making any sense. Obviously he didn’t understand what we were saying because he continued to try and wedge his car into this spot next to us.
Finally after we kept screaming at him, he reverses the car and we get in our car. While we are sitting there I said to Ron “This asshole just put his car in drive again and he’s going to hit us”. Sure enough, CRASH! Ron and I both get out of the car and start screaming at him to back up. He backs up, puts it in drive and almost hits me! Are you fucking kidding me right now??? What the hell is happening? Ron was screaming at him at the top of his lungs through the guys passengers side window and was honestly wasting his time since the guy didn’t understand a word he was saying. And I was just standing there in shock. Meanwhile, people in the other cars are yelling at the guy too. THEN this guy backs his car up again and straightens himself out in the parking spot and drives forward to the spot in front of him. When he does that I was in the process of taking a picture of his license and the guy drives away!!!! Holy shit!!! Luckily Ron remembered the make, model, color, first 3 characters of his license plate and knew what he looked like. There was a truck full of guys who told us what the rest of his license plate number was so if you’re out there reading this…thank you!!
We called the cops and when the officer came we told him what happened. The license plate matched up to his description and make, model and color of car. The damage to my car wasn’t really that bad in the end. The way he hit my car and where he hit it, his damage should be worse than mine.
And THAT was our New Year’s trip to Gulfstream Park! It’s never a dull moment with us.