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been a busy working girl gettin’ filthy in ybor, but first a quickie in atlantic city

  

The past month or so has been  extremely therapeutic. I am happier and probably healthier than I have been in a while.  As if my last post wasn’t any indication of how crazy my life was becoming…  But yes things are looking up.  I began daylighting as the multi-media designer for Promo Only.  I like it – it’s good to have a day gig, especially one that keeps me plugged into the music industry.  Since I began working for Promo Only I have no complaints and actually it’s been pretty dope – especially the quick trip to Atlantic City for DJ Expo.  I helped work the convention booth and attended the nightly parties.  Our official party was held at the House Of Blues – MC’d by Clinton Sparks with performances by Sean Paul, Breathe Carolina, Taylor Dayne, Speakers, Shannon, Kat Graham, Nire AllDai, and Julissa Veloz, to name a few.  I had the pleasure of meeting Julissa Veloz and Clinton Sparks and both of them were extremely kind as well as talented.

In other news, I’ve become a regular at Czar in Tampa every Friday night for the Filthy Richard Party.   Picture Friday/Saturday nights at BackBooth + TakeOvr on Tuesdays at Roxy then add music videos and some digital mapping and now you have a Filthy Party.  It also doesn’t hurt that the DJ I’m stalking there is pretty hot, and he doesn’t seem to mind my presence in the booth one bit.  I think secretly he calls me his ‘little party starter’ and I also think he’s in love with me whether or not he knows it yet… but that’s not for here.

If you ever grace the good city of Tampa with your presence over a weekend, I think you should make Filthy Richard part of your “Must do’s”.  Here are the top 5 things you should experience in the Tampa area in order.

FRIDAY

  • Eat a SANDWICH at The Bricks in Ybor (They are all super yum)
  • Dance your ass off in any of the 3 rooms at Czar during Friday night’s Filthy Party

SATURDAY

  • Eat at DATZ – make sure you order at least one pancake (pumpkin if available)
  • Walk around the touristy area near the bay  and share a couple of Alcoholic Slurpees at Wet Willies – no Wet Willies is not unique but you might as well do something touristy and stupid.  Besides it’s a nice view.

SUNDAY

  • “Grow some” and attend Skinny-Dip Sunday at Caliente Resort in Land-O-Lakes (it’s a clothing optional day, so you won’t be required to bare-it-all, but hey if YOLO is still a thing why not embrace it? In any case it’s good music, good food, and awesome people watching.
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hip hip hooray for christmas vacation and a jolly ‘joisey’ new year!

Well friends what a year it has been – I am literally up in the air at 30,000 feet as I type this first post of the New Year.  2011, yikes, not sure if I can wrap my head around that number… but I have a feeling this year will be even better than the last – and I am itching for something incredible to happen.

This Christmas Vacation was one of the best holiday breaks I have had in a long time, complete with holiday parties, chilly weather, tons of food, time spent with loved ones, and play dates with friends.  I have a feeling this blog might seem a little outside my normal tone – but I’m feeling a bit thankful and sentimental – so deal with it.

Before I go into all of the mushy gushy stuff I want to give you the quick and dirty…. In a nice concise, short list of highlights:

1.       SUN: 12/19 – Attended a cookie exchange party with my mom; I made the vegan apricot, cranberry, oatmeal cookies (recipe below).  Then I put on a fancy dress, high heels, and a smile to attend the Full Sail end of the year holiday bash  –  it was massive.  I ran into several friends, including Thomas Thorspecken, Brian Feldman, Chris McCown and even a family friend I hadn’t seen in ten years.  I was invited to the event by a Mr. Krauss – he was my hot date for the evening and he basically snuck me in.

2.       TUE: 12/21 – I dragged (no pun intended) my parents and my close friends Nick and Joey to Bananas – my newest obsession.  It was the first ever “Broadway Night” at Bananas and it was FABULOUS!  Despite a few technical difficulties the show was cute and heartwarming and we laughed A LOT.  It was holiday themed, complete with drag queens and a snow machine outside the front entrance.  After that Nick, Joey and I headed downtown.  We stopped off at my place and spent about an hour on Facebook laughing hysterically about our new venture with Evan Miga, University of College Online.  Evan had just finished creating the site and made the mistake of giving Nick and I admin privileges on the Facebook page… check it out it’s quite amusing.  After we laughed until are tummies ached we headed over to Backbooth to shoot the shit with our mutual friend Aaron.

3.       FRI: 12/24 – Christmas Weekend was spent with my family – we attended Christmas Eve service and had a Christmas Dinner with Terry Olson and family, a very random occurrence but we didn’t have dinner plans that night and it was generous of Terry and Robin to invite us to join in on their family gathering.  That night I upheld my Christmas tradition and made my annual decorated sugar cookies – best batch ever.   The next morning I was spoiled rotten, and my most favorite random gift was an avocado slicer.  My mother requested I make sure to tell EVERYONE that SHE gave me the avocado slicer, just in case there was any confusion.  My other favorite gift is my new SAMSUNG Galaxy Tab, it is pretty freaking sweet and can kick your iPad’s ass.

4.     MON: 12/27 – I had a play date with Nick and Joey, and we built a fort in their living room – and I can honestly say It was the most fun I’ve had in a very long time.

5.       TUES: 12/28 – Tuesday kicked off my five-day retreat to Ocean City New Joisey to be with my family.  Much of the time was spent hanging out at home where it was warm, but we did freeze our asses off in Philly for the Eagles Vs. Vikings game.  Our cousin Thomas is on the Vikings roster, and although he didn’t play, we saw him use his mad clipboard/note taking skills…

6.       FRI: 12/31 – On New Year’s Eve everyone had parties to attend except for my sister Sarah and I so my mom, Art, Sarah and I made plans  of our own and headed to Atlantic City for a lovely dinner at Izakaya, a rather posh Japanese restaurant located in the Borgata Hotel and Casino.   The food was excellent!  Menu items worth mentioning are the Edamame Dumplings, the BBQ Pressed Duck Buns, and the Chilean Sea Bass.  Afterwards we split up, Art and Sarah headed to a late night movie, and my mom and I decided to ring in the New Year Atlantic City style – we enjoyed a couple of cocktails at the swanky Water Club Sunroom – then headed over to Gypsy Bar where we enjoyed a live cover band and lots of sloppy drunks.  We loved every second of it, and laughed until our sides hurt… In fact my abs are still sore.

Now here’s the mushy bit – It’s during the holiday season that we have time to reflect on what truly matters, and in these moments, for me at least, the people I really love come to mind.   I was lucky enough to spend time with my loved ones, well most of them.  I hope you did the same.

Happy New Year.

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