Summer Breeze

Summer Breeze
August 17th 2017

 

Summer breeze sure does make me feel fine.
On a scale from one to ten, my satisfaction is usually a nine.
It’s warm and sometimes sticky but I prefer this than the contrast.
Less clothes, icy drinks and romances that often never last.
I still feel like an overjoyed kid that’s just on a break from school.
A feeling of freedom and reckless abandon, a flimsy excuse to break a few rules.
Out late and drinking early. Work is merely a way to keep out of trouble.
Every night it’s cocktails and cute faces, while my social life continues to double.
In the beginning, it feels like the season will last forever. Sandals and tons of extra sun block to lend.
Then in August the sales start on backpacks and books; the realization that the fun is almost at an end.
I visit the beach, to enjoy the last bit of summer breeze; not excited for the cooler days ahead.
Within several months when this season restarts, my satisfaction and summer will once again wed.

 

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Flower Power

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.

Luther Burbank

I’ve been snapping more flower pictures than normal and I must say that I’ve fallen in love with my new muse. While only one photo, the pink hibiscus, is heavily edited (just my personal preference), the rest of the bunch are natural and just as lovely.

Prickly Cuties at the Nursery

(Colorful Cacti)

 

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Professional Arrangements

 

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Lilies

(My personal fav, they always make me smile)

The purpose

July 4th 2016

 

To be seen and don’t heard, needlepoint and sewing, scarf knitting and other crap girls should do,

Bouncy hair with bows, a freshly powdered nose and the most adorable giggle on cue.

Cooking and cleaning are an absolute must! Don’t even bother to meet the parents if you can’t.

He says that you’re perfect, tells his mom you’re totally worth it, meanwhile this heifer doesn’t like you before you even shake hands.

Sex on demand! Don’t even bother to Netflix and chill. Don’t you know that pleasing man is one of your main purposes in life?

Equal rights? Lol, I don’t think so. To the maternity ward you will go. But on your way, make sure you become a wife.

Don’t bother striving for your dream career or waiting for Prince Charming, in the real world, this journey is hard and long.

The old timers want you to settle down, that’s the easy way out.

I’ll keep pushing until I prove them wrong.

No disrespect to young mothers and wives. If you like it, then I love it! Just saying, that it’s not for me.

Don’t try to dictate my purpose, I’ll figure it out! But what I’m not is who you want me to be.

Summer 2016 (Part 1)

My favorite season is finally here….summer! Not that I need an excuse for my beach bum lifestyle. This time of year just always feels particularly different. Yes there’s the obvious change in temperature that makes most people want to hibernate in their air-conditioned fortress. There’s also more outdoor events with much less clothing involved.

However, there’s something else that makes this season different. Something that’s somewhat difficult to explain but clearly understood by those with a particular mindset. Dare I say, some persons feel that this is the season of the young,wild and free. Even if you don’t normally think you fall into one of these categories, by time the summer months hit, you will find it hard to resist the urge to be pulled in.

Summer Drinks

Summer heat can be no joking matter. Persons can develop heat bumps and rashes, endure fainting spells and adopt your shower as your new best friend. Therefore, it’s super important to stay hydrated. I personally, travel with my own bottle of cold water and also stop for additional bottles while on the road running errands. This is the most sensible thing to do.

Once that’s out the way, feel free to grab another beverage that will satisfy your taste buds though it does very little to quench your thirst.

Daiquiris are always an obvious option. Living in the Bahamas, these drinks are not hard to find and are sold at many different establishments for a low as $2.00! While sugary and sweet, this frozen drink at least helps to cool down a warm mouth and provides quick relief for a dry throat.

Strawberry and Miami Vice Daiquiris

 

Cocktails

If you’re like me and not a huge fan of frozen drinks, there’s always other options that are great on any day.

Blue Long Island Ice Tea

 

‘Gussie Mae’ 50 oz Goblet

‘Bahama Mama’ 50 oz Goblet

Ginger Martini and Rum Punch

Of course I personally, sampled all of these beverages for the sole purpose of writing this blog post 🙂 Keep an eye out for my other summer posts.

Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival 2016

In early May 2016, the Bahamas celebrated our second annual Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival. Some of you may already be familiar with our Junkanoo festivals that are held in the winter. You will be happy to know that this new event doesn’t differ too much from what you’re used to.

 

In all honesty, I have never attended Carnival in another country so I can not compare what is typically done elsewhere to what we are currently doing in the Bahamas. However, I can say that quite a bit of locals seem excited to have a new activity in which they can partake and have fun. The Carnival parties (known as fetes) are endless!!!!!! Hosted mostly by private groups or sponsors, these events usually occur in the weeks leading up to Carnival as a way to build the public’s interest and of course, have a great time. Many of the events can go well into the early hours of the morning with some of the functions actually STARTING after midnight and ending at sunrise!

Additionally, there is a music competition which allows local artists to showcase their talents as they compete for the new Carnival song of the season (as well as $10,000 :)). It’s a pretty sweet deal for serious artists looking for some major publicity. As a music connoisseur, this is personally my favorite part of all the festivities. I only really look forward to attending the concerts and getting to see some of my favorite local entertainers. Below, I’ve posted some clips from the official Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Facebook page for anyone who is interested in checking out some of the music which debuted this season.

Although I must admit, my interest in the overall aspect of Carnival is very limited. I’m not a big partier and you certainly won’t find me dancing on anybody’s street in my favourite sparkly bra. While this is certainly a fun idea for some, this particular festival has always been very popular in OTHER Caribbean countries and I’m still trying to figure out how the government is trying to blend this with traditional Bahamian culture. However, that’s a story for another day (sigh). Let’s turn our attention to the main event; the Road Fever Parade!

This is the part of Carnival season that most people are excited for mainly because it allows a high level of public participation. Persons would have signed up to join Carnival groups weeks (and sometimes months) in advance. Each group would have their own theme, music and style of costume. The parade begins around 10:00 a.m. and goes on for several hours as the groups travel a few miles until they arrive at their final destination at the Carnival Village. Of course, in true party fashion, there’s nothing but great music and cold drinks along the way. I can personally say as a bystander, I simply went with my sunscreen and a bottle of water as I patiently waited for the groups to pass my street. However, within minutes I had people offering me free beers and tourists asking me to show them the local dance moves. Although we bystanders may not be registered participants in the actual parade, everyone shared the same level of excitement and the same feel-good spirit.

Will I be registering for next year’s parade? Probably not. However, I truly believe that this colourful festival will eventually find its position within Bahamian culture and I look forward to seeing its transformation in the years to come.

Conch salad

This beautiful sea snail is a local Bahamian delicacy. Though there are a few different species, the Queen Conch is the one that is most commonly found in our waters. It’s safe to eat raw or cooked… once its been de-shelled and cleaned of course.

I had an opportunity to attend a conch salad making demonstration and it was equally informative and yummy 😋.

 

 

 

Food: Luciano’s of Chicago

Totally yummy lunch spent with my family for my Mom’s birthday.

 

From the bottom right moving counter clockwise:

Romaine salad with walnuts, grilled conch and blue cheese;

Grilled boneless chicken breast, Lamb stuffed with Swiss chard and cheese, Grilled tomatoes, carrots and zucchini, Potatoes in Alfredo sauce;

Guava pudding in caramel rum sauce, cherry cobbler and one scoop of vanilla ice-cream

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The best part of going out to eat on a Sunday is not having to cook which makes for a great lazy day. The worst part of going out to eat on a Sunday is when reality sets in that there are no leftovers to take for lunch the next day so you still have to cook at some point lol 😞😞😞  #foodieproblems.

 

 

 

Winter Woes

Blogging 101 Assignment #9

 

This is inspired by a post I read by an awesome blogger I recently began following. There was a particular portion where the writer spoke about ‘January blues’ and being in a bit of an unexplained funk. I will post the link to their post below.

January 17 2016

Winter Woes

The winter months bring gloomy weather that makes you never wanna get out of bed.

Cozy under my blankets is where I want to stay. Can’t Starbucks deliver my coffee instead?

Thank goodness it’s 2016 I’ve never been so excited to put an old year behind me.

However I’m halfway through January and I still feel unsettled, my mind simply won’t let me be.

“Leave all your negativity and worries in the old year!”, so they say. Yeah, easier said than done.

Life doesn’t care about your clocks and calendars, she moves quickly and is fair and bias to none.

It almost feels like somebody hit ‘reset’ and instead of hitting the ground running I’m on a bit of a ‘go slow’.

Another year, another chance to reflect and recalculate. This annual routine can be exhausting I know.

I’m still trying to map out my goals for this year, hell, don’t even ask me my plans for this week.

One day at a time, this season will pass. My energy may be low but my enthusiam is at its peak.

Reference: https://phantasmagoriasite.wordpress.com/2016/01/16/practicing-catharsis/?c=41#comment-41

 

 

 

 

 

Day Dreaming

 

Blogging 101 Assignment #3

As i previously mentioned, my blog is geared more towards the mature young adult crowd so that would be the main group of persons to whom I would like to exhibit my blog. However, I am certainly not prejudice towards any other age groups. Come one, come all 😊 lol.

To those of you who have already been exploring my posts, you will know that poetry is nothing new to my site. However, I’ve never added any visuals to my poems so i think i’ll nake that my ‘new’ element. Please see a VERY brief poem below.

Day Dreaming

I sleep with my eyes open, dreaming of what’s out there.

Hoping for a day I can do what I truly want without a care.

If it were up to me I’d quit my job and focus on being the female Hemmingway of modern times,

Though some of my peers can only commit to makeup tutorials and Instagram modelling online 😒.

I’ll admit that I have a lot of hobbies: cooking, writing, sketching, photography just to name a few.

In my head I’m a master of them all and I’ll keep doing what I love. Dream on, dream until your dreams come true.

(Btw, the pic is not edited, just my real life view 😁).

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Who I am and why I’m here

Blogging 101

Assignment #1

Who I am and why I’m here.

I’m a 20-something year old young professional whose looking for an artist outlet. After receiving a very favorable response for Writing 101 assignments, I’m hoping this course will go just as smoothly.

As to why I’m here…..I’m here because I love to write and I imagine that blogging would be a great way to incorporate my love with a fun new hobby. As I mentioned on my ‘about me’ page, I’m not here to discuss serious social issues or bring awareness to some cause, I’m just writing about the basic life and times of your typical millennial and whatever categories fall within this large scope: food, music, photography, social networking and of course cocktails J.

Feel free to view some of my ‘insight’ pieces or my poetry.