Oct 24, 2011

Alien Abduction!

So I've obviously been missing...  stories of my death have been widely exaggerated... although I am a little sore from the abduction ;-)

No seriously I wasn't actually abducted by aliens... and I didn't die from alcohol poisoning at my 40th vacation away... I've just been busier than a gopher on a golf course! I have been a bad blogging friend.. I haven't even visited with my bestie Anne.. although it looks like she has been O.K without me..

So where have you been?

Well of course 1st there was my 40th birthday....

As I am completely spoilt by my husband I got to go to Miami & Key West for my 40th. My Mom & Dad flew in from England to tag along too.

We hired one of these to travel in style speed!! and zipped down to Miami for the night of my birthday.

Can I make a recommendation... go HERE - Michael's Genuine is the BEST restaurant I have been to in a very long time.
Dressed for the occasion 

The best belly pork... even better than mine

Chocolate Cremoso sea salt, olive oil, sourdough crostini, espresso parfait

Miami = mojito

On to a bar for more mojitos

My Mom & Dad ... I think my Mom had had a few by this point!

After living it up in Miami for the night we then continued the long drive all the way down the Keys to Key West...

I'd like to say that I spent hours looking at the famous houses (Hemingway) but mostly it was sunbathing, drinking and eating!!!

Happy hour in the pool

Hubby after a few too many

My Gyotaku fish that I had framed for my birthday

"Gyotaku" is the ancient Japanese folk art of painting fish. The first Gyotaku were created to preserve the true record and size of species caught by Japanese anglers as far back as 1862.
In order to make a gyotaku print, one places the fish on a wooden bench and paints one side with sumi ink. Then they lay a piece of material, eg. Paper, over the ink covered fish, then rub the material until there is the image of the fish on it.

Margaritaville.. and yes margaritas!

Oh did I mention that Key West has some beautiful buildings?
Anyway you get the general idea, too much alcohol and food but a great birthday.. can I have another 40th next year?

Since then I have been up to my eyes in a new business venture and taking a college course online

It has been all consuming.. I am exhausted.. but I'm already getting over 150 new visitors / day.. so I must be doing something right! I have something huge in the pipeline, but for now that's a super secret :-)

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Anyway I'm off to be a better blogger by visiting you all.. what have you all been up too?

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