For NYE 2014, Mike and I decided to venture out to Zagreb, Croatia! It was about 3.5 hours away from where we live in Italy. Overall, it was a fun experience, but it definitely wasn’t one of my favorite cities so we probably won’t make that trip back.
The city is the capital of Croatia and it is absolutely beautiful! I didn’t expect it to be as cold as it was with so much snow or ice on the ground, but being that we never see snow or ice in Italy, I was NOT complaining. They even have this museum called the Museum of Broken Relationships which is supposed to be kind of funny/depressing all in one. I was dying to go check it out but the day we had free it was CLOSED!
I can do without the food in Zagreb, to be honest with you. We went to one of the most top rated restaurants and I had overcooked duck and Mike had lamb that seemed to never hit the damn stove lol. But we ate at a place called Rocket Burger and its a hole in the wall burger joint with 3-4 selection but my goodness that shit was ON POINT! That place would be the only reason I went back to ZaGreb lol.
All in all, regardless of what we liked and didn’t like, I am just happy to see another year with the love of my life so I couldn’t ask for much more. Oh and Ohio state Football is headed to the nationals. With a 6 hour time difference we stayed up until after 6am to watch the game and thank goodness we did because it was a good one. Side note: Mike is from Ohio and is the BIGGEST Ohio State fan so no matter where we are, he puts everything on hold for his Buckeyes!!
So as I have probably mentioned in all my other posts I love food! I enjoy cooking food and eating it, even more!!
So I think it’s only fitting to rave about the food I had for lunch today!
Let me preface this post by saying while Italy has tons of amazing restaurants, we live in an area that caters to Americans since there’s a military base right there! So most of the food is touristy and in my opinion not truly authentic!
However today, I was craving a good pasta! So I had plans to meet with my girlfriend for lunch and we agreed to one of the most touristy restaurants in Aviano! I couldn’t decide what I wanted and then she suggested the CRAB GNOCCHI!!!
We are both from Maryland so YOU KNOW we love anything crab! If you still don’t get the crab/MD reference you must be living life under a rock lol.
Well, I was hesitant considering how touristy the restaurant is but god damn that shit was AMAZING!!! I can not rave enough about it! While it may not look appealing, it really is! There was so much jumbo lump crab in it and the sauce was so rich and creamy while not being over heavy! It was almost better than an orgasm…ALMOST and for that it deserved a post:)
If your ever in the Aviano area by all means go to The Spaghetti House and ask for the crab gnocchi! You won’t be disappointed!
Any that my friends was my foodie post of the day! Lol
I am going to take this post as a good time to vent about a little country I call Italy! First let me start by saying this: Italy is a BEAUTIFUL country! We live up north by the mountains and I will never tire of the amazing sites I can see right outside of my house. Oh and the food…lawd Jesus the food is AMAZING!! America could learn a thing or two about how to cook authentic Italian food. It’s not heavy like American-Italian food. Although if I am being honest I would have to say I do crave a piece of Papa John’s with garlic sauce here and there lol. Don’t judge! But my favorite thing here?! I can drink a “spritz” or a glass of wine at 11:00am and not feel like an alcoholic! Apparently, it’s the norm here and I really appreciate that!!!
With that being said, however, there are quite a few things that completely frustrate me about Italy and really make me appreciate the good ole US of A! For starters, NOTHING stays open past 8 or 9pm. Not a gas station, not a grocery story, not even a fucking porter potty!! Nothing…Nada…Zip….Zilch! I am so used to the convenience of if I forgot some tomatoes or milk, I could run to the grocery store, 7-11, that local convenience store on the corner, whatever!! That is just impossible here even on base. Another issue I have (and yes it is a selfish one but SO WHAT!), is I can’t run any of my appliances at the same freaking time! Let me break it down for ya! I can run the washer, but can’t run the dryer at the same time. I can run the oven, but can run the dishwasher at the time. Do you know how long it takes to do a fucking load of laundry??? Well, to be honest I don’t either bc the fiance does all of the laundry but I am sure he can’t be too happy with having to deal with that! I’m just saying!
Work is also a big issue here. In Italy, Americans can not work on the Italian economy. The only jobs available for us are the jobs on base. Well that would be fine if they didn’t give all the jobs on base to the Italians! WTF! I got lucky and was able to find a job within my first few months here but I feel bad for a lot of my friends who like me, are NOT stay at home moms/wives and want to work but can’t.
Of all these things that I have complained about to far can you believe not one of them is my biggest pet peeve with Italy?! My biggest pet peeve here has to be the lack of respect and common courtesy from some Italians! I am sorry, but some Italians are fucking rude! If I accidentally run over someones foot with my shopping cart my natural reaction is to stop and apologize. Oh not here in Italy!!! They just keep on going…like nothing happened. Some Italians walk right in front of you when your in line, it is just so incredible frustrating. And I swear I do NOT think they have seen many black folks in their lives. Especially black folks that are engaged to Caucasian individuals lol. I can only shake my head at that and remember that there is a different type of culture here versus the US!
But even with all of these pet peeves and gripes, I am 100% grateful to have the opportunity to live in Europe. I will get to see things and places that some people never will in a lifetime! And so far I have made some great friends—American AND Italian!
We are here until 2016, so here is to hoping my feet will survive the massive run of shopping carts until then…. ;-/
Holy Shit!!! I can’t believe I haven’t updated this blog in over a year! Actually, I can! I have been so damn busy that this blog didn’t even cross my mind until right now lol. When I originally started this blog in 2013, it was meant as an outlet for me to express some of my thoughts and how I was feeling. Sadly at the exact time when I started this blog I was so busy and overwhelmed with LIFE that I never fully had the chance to adapt and get accustomed to being a “blogger” lol. Well, things haven’t really calmed down much, but now more than ever I need an outlet for my feelings so I am going to try this blogging shit again and see what happens lol.
It’s so funny, because as I sit back and reach some of my first posts, I was in a completely different place at that time almost 2 years ago — so much has changed! For one, I got engaged in June 2013 to my boyfriend of 2.5 years. That was a big shock but a good one none the less. We may fight a lot and we are polar opposites, but I truly love him more than life itself. We also moved to Italy for the US Air Force…yea thats a whole separate blog post/rant in itself. Look for that shit soon!!! Finally, I am 3 months away from getting married. FUCKING CRAZY!!!
Anyway, cheers to trying this blogging thing again and not pulling my hair out at the stress of planning a wedding from another damn country!! Salud!!!
Ok ya’ll, this about about to be a straight up VENT SESH!! So, I am just forewarning you 🙂
So I have this friend. She is actually one of my closest friends but she is so frustrating to be around sometimes. She is the type of person that can NOT function if she doesn’t have a man. Her world just completely stops and she would rather be dead than be single. She will refuse to hang out with me and my boyfriend, let alone doesn’t want to go to group events if she doesn’t have a date. What also makes it worse is her ex boyfriend is mutual friends of EVERYONE and he has moved on and has a new g/f so she hates him even more.
I am the type of friend where I don’t tell you what you want to hear! I tell you what you need to hear because that is what I EXPECT from a friend. So time and time again, I have told her that she doesn’t need someone around to have a good time and to enjoy being single! Trust me, I love Mike so much but he gets on my nerves so much that sometimes I wish I was single lol.
Well, praise the lord, she has finally found someone and they have been dating for a few weeks. Naturally, I thought to myself “ok, PERFECT! She has a new man so she will want to come out and not be a negative nancy the entire time”. So yesterday we went to ShamrockFest in the DC area. We pre-gamed at our mutual friends apartment in the city first and as soon as she walked in the door she was in a salty mood. Why? Bc her boy toy decided not to come because he had run a 5K earlier that morning and could barely walk. Naturally, she cursed him to hell! God forbid he do something with his own friends lol. So she walked in and wouldn’t talk to anyone and bitched every 5 minutes that she is so pissed that he couldn’t come. ALL DAY (and I am not exaggerating), she stayed on her phone and bitched and moaned about how she was having a horrible time because he wasnt there.
So towards the end of the day/early evening, we finally say ENOUGH and rolled out. She was now pissed at Mike and I because we didn’t want to go out with her and her boy toy (I have never met him). First of all, we live 25 minutes away in Bowie, MD and we had drove there. We didn’t want to stay and keep drinking and risk getting a DUI. Secondly we have a dog at home who is a fucking diva and will not hesitate to shit all up in her crate because we left her alone for hours.
Moral of this long story is, learn how to do shit on your own. Be fucking independent, dude! You can have a relationship and still be your own independent person and do things with your friends or by yourself. You don’t have to be such a sour-fucking-puss because your away from your boy-toy for a few hours. I don’t take Mike everywhere and I certainly don’t let him stop me from spending time with my friends and vice versa. If he doesn’t want to do something then fine–PEACE! I will still go and do it.
And on that note, I am annoyed all over again! lol.
Today was just one of those days where I just felt so down and out. A few years ago I was very active and an avid dancer. I used to cheer for a few teams one being the Baltimore Blast. I was so in shape, thin and very confident with myself and my body….
Well, fast forward 4 or 5 years and I have definitely gained some weight. About 40lbs to be exact lol. Now, I am only about 5’0 so my average weight should be about 110. Well I was always around 130 when I was cheering because a lot of it was muscle. Add 45 lbs onto that and you can imagine what I look like now. If you can’t here is a picture so you get an idea.
As you can see, I do not think I am “fat” per say, as I do think I handle my weight somewhat well, but I am out of shape. On top of that, in November Mike (my boyfriend), brought up that I have let myself go and while he still thinks I am beautiful/gorgeous, my weight is making him a tad bit less attracted to me. Now, I was pissed!!! We argued about it because I just felt like I was the same person he met a year later AND the same size. You didn’t have a fucking problem then, right? lol. Well from that day on a made a promise to myself that I will get it together and lose the weight…FOR ME! That was November and its now March and while I was doing good for awhile I just hit a brick wall where I wasn’t losing anything. Recently I ordered some cardio videos and I am working out EVERYDAY, watching what I eat but its still so frustrating because I have gained lbs, but lost inches. WTH?!?! My father told me yesterday that I looked like I lost weight, but I am not seeing it.
I know I have to keep pushing myself, but sometimes, I wish Mike would take the time to motivate me and compliment me here and there. When you feel like no one notices then you become so frustrated and down on yourself. Like I said, it’s been one of THOSE DAYS where I just feel so ugly, unattractive and defeated. I really hope days like these just push me a little harder
We are going to the Outer Banks for Memorial Day Weekend so my goal is to look somewhat bathing suit ready by then so I have less than two months. Wish me luck…