Friday, October 30, 2009

The Life and Death of a Pumpkin

If you have an extra 5 minutes to watch this today, I think you will get a kick out of it. I thought it was amazing. Hope you are all having a perfectly ghoulish Halloween Eve!

Monday, October 26, 2009

I thought corn was corn no matter where you live...

Well, this weekend I learned a hard lesson...Florida corn is not the same as Louisiana corn, or Georgia corn, or Illinois corn for that matter.

Let me explain...

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was craving a trip to the corn maze. So you can imagine my delight when I discovered that there was a corn maze less than an hour away. The website sounded fabulous and included an aerial photo of the maze, which looked pretty amazing. Hubby agreed to go with me to the maze on Saturday, so I was beyond excited. I could just imagine the rows of thick plush corn creating an intricate maze that would be tons of fun to navigate with my man.

So you can imagine my dismay when we discovered that Florida corn is actually short and looks more like weeds.

Hubby and I inside the weed maze (no Children of the Corn here!)

As you can see, there is nothing in this maze that even resembles corn.

Once upon a time, I think this was a sunflower.

No chance of getting lost in this maze!

I think the expression on hubby's face explains it all!

The website advertised a huge pumpkin patch...not so much, eh?

Determined to have a good time, I made hubby pose for silly pictures.

At least this little guy didn't have to do worry about keeping any critters away from the "corn".

We were famished after making our way through the weeds, so hubby took me to another little town for lunch. The San Ann Market was just the right spot.

One of the best parts of the day was this Italian sandwich...sooooo yummy!

Even though the maze was a disappointment, I got to spend time with hubby, so it was actually a perfect day. And I'm sure we'll still be laughing about the crappy maze for many years to come!

Friday, October 23, 2009

I Aint Afraid of No Ghosts

It' s times like these that I wish I were computer savvy enough to figure out how to make the Ghostbusters theme song play as you read this post. But since I'm not, please just try to hum it along to yourself, k? So yesterday I {hopefully} left you in suspense as I was recapping my weekend getaway to St. Augustine. Being that St. Augustine is the oldest city in America, it only makes sense that it should be one of the most haunted too, right? So hubby and I decided to brave the spirit world and eagerly headed out on the Ghosts and Graveyards tour.

Hubby and I aboard the trolley, ready to hear some true ghost stories {and maybe even see a few ghosts!}

The tour took us through St. Augustine, with the guide pointing out some of the most haunted sites. She told us the stories associated with the hauntings. Most of the ghost stories were associated with events of despair. For example, when yellow fever hit St. Aug, so many people were killed they had to bury people 12 deep in the graveyards. As a result, ghosts are often spotted at the graveyards.

Throughout the tour, we were encouraged to take pictures because spirits often show up on film even when you can't see them with the naked eye. We were able to capture quite a few orbs, which I've pointed out in this picture taken downtown. Orbs are a way ghosts often show up in pictures.

After touring the city, the trolley dropped us off at the Old Jail. This jail has actually been featured on a number of paranormal investigation shows because it's so haunted! It's even on the national registry of haunted places. Now that you know what an orb is, can you spot the ones in this picture?

Once inside the jail, we were given the history by this incredible actor. He told us the stories of the 8 men that were hung at the jail.

The conditions are the jail were deplorable. The inmates slept on these metal beds with no mattress, no blankets, and no pillows. Often 3 or 4 men had to sleep in one metal bed! There was no running water or sewage at the jail. Once inmates were checked in, they were no longer allowed to shower (can you imagine?!). Since there were no bathrooms, the inmates shared one bucket per cell. It's no wonder the place is haunted, right?

The gallows were built right behind the jail. Each inmate sentence to be hung had to build his own gallows and then stare at them through his window. See the orbs?

And now for the holy grail...a picture of an actual ghost! Hubby and I could not believe our luck! If you look carefully, you can see the ghost of a man staring out of a cell. The part of the jail he is in was maximum security, which is one of the sites of the most paranormal activity. When we zoomed in on him, we were shocked by his creepy smile. It makes me wonder how many ghosts accompanied us on our tour when we were inside the jail.

The ghosts at the jail tried to keep hubby, but I was able to free him just in the nick of time!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Gelato, Truffles, and Ghosts

In order to celebrate our 2 year anniversary, hubby and I took a little weekend trip to St. Augustine. You probably remember learning about St. Augustine in American History was the first European settlement in the United States, making it the oldest city in the country. I fell in love with St. Augustine the minute we drove into the historic district. The cobblestone streets were lined with quaint little shops, pubs, and gorgeous old houses. We had the perfect lovely weekend, so I just have to share some of our photos with you.

One of the first shops we wandered into was a fantastic little chocolate shop. Hubby and I both have a slight addiction to truffles, so we started our day with milk chocolate and white chocolate champagne truffles. We are still kicking ourselves for not bringing a box home.

We spotted this sweet little man playing in one of the streets. He was quite the character!

After a lunch of authentic Italian pizza, we immediately hit up a gelato shop.

Happiness in a cup.

Gelato = Joy

Next, we hit up the Castillo de San Marcos, which was a fortress built by the Spanish to defend themselves from the British. Quite a few flags have flown over the Castillo. It just blows my mind to think that long ago soldiers actually lived and fought here. Can you tell I'm a bit of a history nerd?

View of the Atlantic Ocean from the top of the Castillo.

Beautiful, no?

Crossing into the Castillo

One of the few pictures of us together...don't you sometimes feel like you need a photographer to go on vacations with you and your man just so you can get pictures that include the both you you?

I love this picture that hubby took of one of the cannons. I think we may blow this one up and frame it.

A reenactment of Spanish soldiers firing the cannons. Can you imagine having to wear those outfits in the hot Florida sun?

After exploring the Castillo, we made our way to the Mission of Nombre de Dios.

The Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche

An old cemetery at the Mission

Apparently, the Mission was a safe haven for squirrels. They were literally EVERYWHERE. You could not look around without seeing four or five squirrels playing. I think squirrels are quite possibly one of the cutest things ever, so I happily took pictures of these little Christian squirrels for quite some time. It was such a lovely moment to be in such a serene place, surrounded by God's blessings.

The Mission was full of beautiful statues and monuments.

A little further down from the Mission is Ponce de Leon's fountain of youth...and here it is! I don't think you can even see the water in this picture, but it's just a little spring coming from that heap of rocks. In Leon's day, it was quite a site, but time has not been kind to the fountain of youth. As a result, most of the water is now underground in a well. However, we were served cups of water from the fountain, so I fully expect to never look a day over 26.

After a lovely day of exploration, hubby and I decided to go looking for a different type of history...of the, shall we say, ghostly type. Pictures from that adventure to come later =)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

2 years since we said "I do"

Two years ago today, hubby and I said "I do"! Getting married while in doctor school has definitely been a big challenge. We had to forgo our original plans for a big Louisiana wedding due to school. We didn't get to take a honeymoon due to school. I had to spend our wedding night studying for an exam. Yet hubby has put up with all of this! He often jokes that we will be like newlyweds when I am finally done with school because we will actually get to see each other. Knowing that our marriage can survive doctor school assures me that we can make it through anything. I'm looking forward to many more blissful years with my man!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Where are you Fall??

I must confess, I have been reading many of your post with extreme envy. I am coveting your fall weather. The weather here is still balmy, humid, and gross with temps in the 90's. Even though we are right in the midst of football season, I just can't seem to get into the fall spirit. Surely it's just right around the corner, right?

In the meantime, I am seriously craving...

{A frothy cup of hot chocolate}

{A trip to the pumpkin patch}

{The opening of Florida farmer's markets. How bizarre is it that our farmer's market season is just now starting?}

{Pumpkin scones}

{Fresh autumn apples...which I can dip in caramel.}


{A trip to the corn maze...I especially love going at Halloween because the maze is usually haunted.}

My list could go on and on. Fortunately, I have some fun things coming up, so maybe it will start to feel a bit more like fall...even if it is still 95 degrees outside.

What are you craving this week?

Sunday, October 4, 2009

My life in Florida

I am finally coming to terms with the fact that I am winning the "Worst Blogger of the Year" award this semester. I am finding that doctor school and blogging do not always happily coexist. So again I ask for your forgiveness, and please know that I think of you lovely ladies often!

It is no secret that I am not particularly fond of the state of Florida. I feel that I am just "doing my time" here while in doctor school. About a year ago, I started compiling an "Only in Florida" photo album. I added a couple of great photos to the album this week, so I thought I would share a few with you.

{This is a hairball right outside the door of a very nice restaurant. Yes, someone cleaned out their hair brush and threw the hair on the ground before going inside to have a nice dinner. Only in Florida.}

{Tampa has an alarmingly high number of strip clubs. A stripper lives in my building, and she's always leaving parts of her work outfits in the parking lot . Only in Florida.}

{I've been seeing these signs for 3 years now and they still make me giggle. I actually took this picture at church last Sunday. Only in Florida.}

{While checking my mail box on Friday, this little guy came into the mail room and hung out with me. Actually, this would happen in Louisiana too. Isn't he cute? I think I need a pet raccoon now.}

Hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my life in Florida!