Looking Back

As you’ve probably noticed by now, it’s September.  September.  It used to be the 7th month of the year for the Romans (septem = seven in Latin) but for us, it’s the 9th month of the year.  Wow.  For those of you who are following along at home, that means I’ve been in Florida 8+ months, depending on where you start counting.  I’ve been working at a local tea shop for 7+ months.  Wow again.  2014 is flying by!  At least for me.

To recap for any new blog followers (or for those of you who are fuzzy on the deets since it’s been awhile since I posted), my original plan was to drive with my dog from my house in LA to visit my parents in Florida for Christmas.  And then drive us back to LA.  That plan got scrapped on a whim when I got an opportunity to work at a tea shop in South Florida and learn the biz firsthand.  That would give me a leg up when I started my own tea business back in LA.  Now we were onto Plan B: work and learn the tea biz in Florida for 6(ish) months.  So I flew to LA, packed up my house, put everything in storage, and jetted back to South Florida.

Over time, Plan B gradually evolved into Plan C: stay in Florida permanently and open up my own tea shop here.  Close enough to my family, but far enough to not compete with my current boss.  I would do my 6 months at her shop and manage the place while she and her family took a European vacation.  During those 6 months, I would come up with a plan, establish myself in South Florida, and start my own business shortly thereafter.

Well, guess what.  My boss came back from her European adventures over a month ago, and I’m still working at her shop.  The good news is I love my job.  I still love tea!  I love helping customers!  I’m looking forward to doing it in my own place!!  The bad news is I’m not earning enough to provide the capital for starting up my own tea shop.  Let alone to move out of my dad’s house and get an apartment.  I really thought I’d have it all figured out by now.  So much for Plan C.

Le sigh…

So.  I guess we’re caught up now.  The other good news is that I’ve got a Plan D I’m excited about.*  Stay tuned and I’ll share it with you next week.

In the meantime, have a great weekend!!

 

 

 

 

*Sorry I ended a sentence with a preposition.  Bad grammar nerd!

 

 

 

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Artsy Fartsy, or Awesome Things Day 4

For the last day in my series of posts about fun things to do in South Florida (to balance out all the times I make fun of it), I’d like to highlight the really great local arts scene.

Seriously, there are about 5 art festivals every weekend in various places across the state.  Don’t believe me?  Look here.  I’ve been to several festivals already, including one on my first date with my boyfriend.  Plus, I’ve hit up a couple art galleries and a giant art show at a convention center.

There are also numerous theater companies.  This weekend, I’m driving up to Vero Beach to see a friend of mine from college (who now lives in New York) in South Pacific.  I’m so excited!  If I wanted to, I could also go see Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, In the Heights, or other shows this weekend.

The dance culture is pretty great, too.  (And we all know that dance is quite near and dear to my heart!)  In the next few days, I could go watch a bhangra (type of Indian dance) performance by Ranjana Warier, take (free!) salsa lessons, learn to tango (also free!), enjoy a ballet called Doctor Ouch!, see a modern dance performance by Ririe Woodbury Dance Company, and much, much more.

Oh, and speaking of dance, I would just like to let y’all know that yesterday, I took my first ballet class after a 6 year hiatus, and it was wonderful.  I found a really great studio with drop-in classes for adults!  Yay!!  I’m completely useless and rather sore, but it was all worth it.  I’m going to keep it up!

🙂

On that note, I am going to take some time to recover from my ballet adventure.  I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!  See you Monday!!

Awesome Florida Activities #3

Today’s theme of awesome Florida activities is watersports!!!

I am SO looking forward to enjoying all the fun stuff that revolves around the ocean!  The water is warm, and pretty, and clean, and oh-so-inviting.  On the to-do list:

1. Stand up paddleboarding

1a. Stand up paddleboard yoga!

Hey, that's me!!

Hey, that’s me!!  In Orange County, CA, though.  Will have to try in SoFla, too!

 

 

 

2. Kayaking

Ok, technically this is me canoeing.  Shhhh...

Ok, technically this is me canoeing. Shhhh…

 

2a. Kayak or stand-up paddleboard eco-tour

 

 

3. Parasailing (Best if you go up with a buddy!  I think it’s more fun when you share the awesome view.)

 

 

4. Jet skiing

 

 

5. Scuba diving or snorkeling

 

 

Oh boy, I can’t wait!  Now I just need to work on my base tan so I don’t blind everybody at the beach!!  🙂

 

 

 

How You Know It’s Cold in Florida

Keeping on a weather-related theme for another day, I would like to share with you all a few more thoughts on my home state of Florida.  The “polar vortex” torturing a large part of the US has brought some strange weather here in the southern portion of the Sunshine State: High in the 50s, windy, cloudy, and rainy.  Which is pretty dang cold by standards here.  How do you know it’s cold in Florida?  Here are my recent observations, followed by my parenthetical commentary because I like parentheses:

1. People wear sweaters and scarves with their sandals.  And sometimes with shorts.  (Weird.  Looks like cold feet.  And I hate having cold feet.)

2. There are only 3 people in the water at the beach.  (And all 3 are Canadian, eh?  It’s too cold for anyone from further south than Canada.)

3. There’s a mob of old people elbowing each other around the prepared soups section at Whole Foods, jostling over stone crab chowder* and conch bisque.  (And the line at the counter for coffee and other hot beverages is super long, even though I’ve only seen approximately 1 person there ever before.)

4. When you walk into Publix (or other grocery store, or movie theater, or any restaurant), it doesn’t feel like the arctic tundra compared to outside.  (Apparently all the food and retail establishments in the state of Florida feel the need to overcompensate for the heat outside by keeping the thermostat set to the “freeze all the customers” setting.)

5. I have to wear socks to bed.  (So not sexy.  But I loathe cold feet.  As you may have heard.)

And there you have it.  Soon the temperature will be back in the 70s, so apparently the spring thaw is already coming.  Whew!  Dodged that bullet.  Hopefully the rest of the US will be able to dig out soon, too.

Have a good day, folks.  Stay warm out there!!

 

 

*Curse my random bell pepper allergy!  Stone crab chowder would have made my day!!!!  Grrr