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Super Bowl Weekend

My parents flew in on Thursday night with our adorable dog! We saw Molly Simms running through the airport being chased by creepy men who had photos of her they wanted her to sign, very weird. The crowd at the airport was large due to the arrival of Super Bowl attendees. We waited and waited while some alarm continued to go off by us until Jules finally got delivered on the “oversize baggage” area. I think she was pretty excited to see Cameron and me.

We came home to give my parents a tour of our place and feed Jules, then it was off to South Miami for sushi at Sushi Maki. They just added to their menu, and I recommend the Tower appetizer that was a martini glass full of tuna, salmon, avocado, and a hint of citrus and soy sauce and the Whole Foods Roll, which was salmon, tuna, hamachi (yellowtail), a little spicy mayo, and masago- YUM. I will definitely return. We ran into Cameron’s teacher and the principal of his school while there even, they were walking outside. Now they met my parents and me, haha.

Friday we drove up to Hollywood, an area my dad visited a few times as a child for vacation. The weather was less than ideal and poured off and on the entire day. It would go from pouring to sunny to pouring in a matter of minutes! Despite this, we got out to see the beach and endure the wind. We drove down A1A along the water all the way to South Beach, another area my parents wanted to see. They thought about going there Saturday, but I figured with the Superbowl crowd it would grow increasingly worse as the weekend progressed. What I didn’t expect was for the crowds to already be very… lively? It was tough to get there and find parking, and then we wandered Ocean Drive, which they blocked off for the crowds. Tide handed out all kinds of free things like stain release and remover and hung clothes lines everywhere, free Pepsi was everywhere too, and people were handing out flyers and hassling you to attend their 2×1 happy hours (at noon, by the way) and lunch and breakfast specials. They all seemed pretty similar, and it was difficult to find Colts fans among the loud and drunk Saints fans everywhere. Also, all the girls handing out flyers were mostly dressed in tiny white outfits to get you inside, and it rained a lot… bad choice of color. We ate dinner in Aventura mall at the Rosalia Trattoria for some Italian fare and met Dad’s friend who lives in Boca Raton.

Saturday we explored Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, UMiami, and Dadeland with them. We finally got a vacuum, which is more necessary than ever since Jules is back. We got a Eureka one that claims persistence with pet hair, so it better be! It came with an attachment especially for furniture. We ate dinner at Monty’s right on the marina in Coconut Grove. Monty’s is a seafood restaurant with great clam chowder, fried anything, and live music. The place is huge, open, and great for drinks too.

Sunday was brunch at Coral Bagels up the street and off to the airport, where their flight got delayed. They timed it so that they would have plenty of time to get home and watch the Superbowl. However, you know what they say about the best laid plans… the flight was delayed for 2 whole hours, and I told them if the flight was oversold and they offered vouchers to call me and get the heck out of there. They remained and flew home anyway, and our family friend Katie went to set up their Tivo for them so they could rewind and see the entire Superbowl. My poor dad was upset about all of it I’m sure, but I think the win made up for it in the end. We went to a party and of course got stuck in completely stopped traffic… I wanted to cry. There was some big accident on the turnpike, and we did not move for a long time and missed at least 30 minutes of the game. Boooo. We probably missed the same amount as my parents. We went to Meagan’s, the girlfriend of Cameron’s classmate, and their family had a huge food spread for the game! Po boys, nachos, meatball subs, potato skins, cookies, cakes, drinks… WOW. What amazing hosts and what a great time! Most everyone there rooted for the Saints, and I did because of Reggie Bush, Sedrick Ellis, and Billy Miller (USC football alums!). I liked the Budweiser ads, E*Trade ads, the Dexter Dodge ad, and the Google ad. Something that spoke to me was the Harry Potter ad for the new theme park at Universal Orlando… Must go there. Why was there such a large amount of ads with men in their underwear? Unnecessary. I hope all the Super Bowl crowd leaves soon because traffic is a lot worse! Go away!!!!

An Aventura

Bad pun intended, but we did some exploring this weekend.

Friday night we enjoyed a night out at the Grove together, with stops at Mr. Moe’s for $2.50 well drinks during happy hour and then continued to Chili’s for dinner. We tried to watch 30 Rock when we got home, but Cameron fell asleep during it for the second week in a row.

Saturday, we wanted to go to the beach. The forecast looked perfect for a trek to Surfside, where Cameron’s classmate Phil lives. As we crossed the bridge to the island, the clouds came over us. My heart sunk a little because I knew what was next- rain. It did not pour, but it did rain off and on the entire day. We explored Surfside, which is a largely Jewish community. We walked around on the beach and through the town. There are high-rises right along the beach, and almost all the condos have an ocean view. They have beach chairs for the condos and most the places have pools too. They are building a St. Regis hotel there too, so all in all not a bad place to live! We ate Greek food for lunch, and a 2nd year student from the watchmaking school was our waitress! We went out to Aventura after lunch to possibly see Avatar and look around the shops. Aventura’s mall is incredible! It has almost all the stores I enjoy. They had Avatar on Imax there, but it wasn’t for about 3 more hours, so we opted to head back and watch a Blu-Ray DVD and see Avatar Sunday instead.

On Sunday, we met my great uncles and great-aunt for lunch in Hollywood, FL. They were in Boca Raton for the weekend to visit some friends of theirs and wanted to see us. It was a delightful lunch and I enjoyed seeing them for the first time since July. Next was some more exploration around Bal Harbor, and we went to a mall with giant diamonds and fancy watch stores. I wandered into stores I could not afford and enjoyed the window shopping while the boys looked at watches.

Then I stumbled upon a place called Books & Books. Books & Books is a privately owned book shop with four locations. Authors visit to speak and sign copies of their books, they have cafes and wine bars inside, and since it is privately owned, the book selection is more impressive. The one in Bal Harbor is not enormous, but it is a book store I could get lost in for hours! In my browsing, I found two signed copies of books I wanted to read. Nick Hornby, one of my favorite authors, came out with a book I wanted to read for a while now, but I did not see it at my old library or purchase it at a store. Then yesterday, there it was,Juilet, Naked, signed and waiting for me!  The other book I picked up was Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love. Since I enjoyed her first novel so much, I knew the second would be a great read and she signed it too. Now I can try to fill out the book shelves in our living room!

We finally saw Avatar on Imax 3D! Even though it is basically the story in Ferngully, I think everyone should see it for the stunning visual effects. The land was so fantastical and the plot kept you intrigued so that 3 hours felt like 30 minutes. If you choose to see it, which you should, make sure to see it in 3D.