Posts Tagged ‘parents’

The Settling Down Period

This past week I started work, and so far it’s going well. I learned a lot and have more to go, but I think I am starting to get the hang of things. My coworkers are friendly and invite me to eat lunch with them… it is seriously the opposite of my old job! The environment is even better than I imagined for my first job in a brand new city. The dogs that are in daily are pretty cute too.

I am still finishing up Doctor Zhivago and am at the very end. It is a classic, but I am finding Russian names hard to follow still. The story is interesting, but it’s definitely not my favorite book. I met with a girl on Wednesday who is joining the book club too, and she is from Toronto originally and thinking of moving to Los Angeles. We met and talked about L.A. and Miami, and she is really cool! I think we are going to get together and go bowling sometime soon.

Cameron’s parents arrived on Friday, and we hid the key in a strategic location so they could get inside while we were both gone at school and work. Jules loves having them here, because they take her on all kinds of walks! On Friday, they walked her all around Coconut Grove before we got home. We hung out for a bit at the house when I got home to enjoy Planet Earth on Blu Ray (they are very impressed with the picture on our TV, haha) and then ate dinner at Jaguar. I had chicken tacos, and they were tiny blue corn crispy tortillas filled with chicken. The chicken was full of flavor and I traded one for Cameron’s fish tacos, which were seasoned similarly but soft. They were tiny and excellent as well. So far, this restaurant lives up to its hype. On Thursdays, they have a set price where you can eat unlimited kabobs and ceviche spoons and also drink two beverages. I want to go back to try that soon!

Saturday we grabbed breakfast at Coral Bagels again, and they even had blueberry bagels- my favorite- for the first time that I’ve been there. I was pretty excited about that. We went to two different Home Depots, and we came home to fix our door and give Jules a bath. We took her on a walk around the marina and got slices of pizza for lunch on the way home. Our cabinets, which we discovered were falling off the wall the other day, also got fixed. I heard a noise coming from them when I was cleaning up, and it turns out they used to stay put because of the old backsplash. The new backsplash does not hold it up anymore, so the cabinets started to fall, especially with the weight of the microwave! I’m so glad it’s fixed now. We had dinner at Moon for Thai and Japanese food, where Cameron and I ate the weekend we moved here. Moderately priced and great to fill both cravings, it did not disappoint. More adventures are in store for today, starting with brunch at Le Bouchon du Grove. Its reviews on Yelp say it has the best brunch around, so it better be good!

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!!!!