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Emeril’s Coastal Italian

I love Emeril.  Always have.  We loved dinning at Emeril’s Delmonico in Las Vegas.  He now has a restaurant in Miramar Beach – Emeril’s Coastal Italian.

David and I were out in Destin on Saturday, and decided to take a chance and have an early dinner/late lunch.


We had a wonderful time.  Robin and Lindsey were our servers, and they were helpful, and attentive.  David had the smoked fish dip and flatbread meatball pizza, and I had the coastal board with Bluefin Tuna Tartare, Jumbo lump crab salad, and Grouper cerviche.  I also had Emeril’s Chardonnay.

It was wonderful.  We ended with desserts; David had the Chocolate Hazelnut pudding, and I had the Olive Oil cake with salted caramel.

We will have to go only every once and a while, but this will be a go-to place for now on.  Amazing food, service, and prices were very reasonable.

Cheers.

 

 

Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Bucket List · dreams · Goals · Random Stuff · Random Thoughts · Uncategorized · WLS

Revising My Bucket List

I have been wanting to revamp or streamline my bucket list especially since my weight loss.  To keep myself accountable, I am doing it here.  I am not placing order on the items as when I have the opportunity it will happen, right?

Original post in August 2012 – with updates

  • Travel (anywhere)– Just travel
  • Tandem jump
  • Parasail
  • Ride in a Hot Air Balloon
  • Learn to speak German (take a class)
  • Open a store or tea shop
  • Write a cookbook/book
  • Conquer Algebra (still in process)
  • Participate in a Disney 1/2 marathon (walking)
  • Fit into a size 10-12
  • Crochet or knit a blanket
  • Speak in front of a group of people
  • Learn how to can vegetables, or make jam and fruit preserves
  • Learn more than 6 words in sign language
  • Live in Europe
  • Own a Corvette
  • Go to a Dallas Cowboys Football game
  • Attend a gymnastics or ice skating Olympic event

One of my favorite things to do is eat at famous chef’s restaurants.  My list so far is below, and really don’t have a bucket list for them until we travel somewhere.

Emeril’s, Delmonico Steak House, Las Vegas
Chef Art Smith – Art and Soul, Washington DC, and Homecoming, Disney Springs
Morimoto’s, Asia, Disney Springs
Cat Cora’s, Kouzzina, now closed, at the Board Walk, Disney World
Wolfgang Puck’s, the Dining Room, Disney Springs
Gordan Ramsey’s, The Savoy, London
Paula Dean’s, Lady and Sons, Savannah, GA

Updated list for now anyway.   What is on your list?

Blessings.

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Dropping

With all of the change I will be experiencing in the next month, we decided to drop my summer classes.  I wasn’t doing well with the online math class due to losing focus.  I need the structure of a classroom.  I am too new to this back to school thing, and admitting that I can’t do it right now is good.

I am enough.  To say no is okay.  I am very emotional about this. Right now really defeated.  But Fall is just around the corner.  And I will conquer these classes then! 

Prayers appreciated.  Blessings.

 

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Bucket List #18

My bucket list item #18 is conquer math.  I began the journey in January with developmental math due to my placement test.  I have such test anxiety that it wouldn’t have mattered how much I would have prepared for the placement test.  I needed to go to the first developmental class.  I was really okay with this.

The first day, I was freaking out about the end of the book.  Everything looked so foreign to me.  Like an alien language.  But that was day one.

I conquered the first Mat 0018 with an A!!  I took my final on Monday night for the Mat 0028, and received a 96!!  Oh my goodness!!  How scared I was to even begin Math.  All it took was a step.

So, I have gotten over the beginnings of Math.  This summer I will take Intermediate Algebra.  And, hopefully, I will conquer it.  Fall will be College Algebra.  Lord willing.

What have you conquered?  So another goal met, and it’s only May.  Ha. Got a ways to go, but loving this.

I never thought I would be able to do any of this with my Lupus and my old weight.  Only due to the weight loss, am I able to do so much.  I fight fatigue with my lupus.  The fatigue is still here.  But I fight it.  Daily.

Blessings!

Anxiety · Bucket List · Goals · Uncategorized

Math Class

I begin my next Math class tonight.  I am anxious again.  I didn’t think I would be able to get through the first class, but I did.

Looking back to the beginning of my math book, everything seemed foreign.  A very strange language that was familiar but I had no clue what to do.  Now, still not completely sure of myself.  Self doubt reigns.  It is done.  First one done.  I conquered.  Ha.  Not really. Self doubt lingers.

As I look to tonight, I need to remind myself that the end will be here before I realize it.  That everything always looks worse for me at the beginning.  That I will conquer this class as well.  Then to the next one, right?

Anxiety has been worse the past couple of weeks.  Reminding myself of things to be grateful for helps.  I am grateful that I am able to go back to school at 50.  I am grateful for a math class to conquer.  Maybe.

What are you grateful for?

Blessings for the new week.

 

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30. Be a mentor.

My bucket list was updated a week or so ago, and I had a precious friend question #30. Be a mentor.  She reminded me that I was there for her as a new Mom, and as a leader in my church at the time when she desperately needed one.

“Do you seriously not see yourself as a mentor?!  I mean, I know it’s an on going thing, so I’m not sure anyone can really say they’ve “accomplished” being a mentor, because that implies some sort of finality and completion.”

I think I fail at helping people constantly.  That there is always something more I could have done, or should do. Should call more, encourage more.

So….have you mentored someone?  Had a mentor?  Would you do it again?

“Make a conscious effort to surround yourself with positive, nourishing, and uplifting people – – people who believe in you, encourage you to go after your dreams, and applaud your victories.” -Jack Canfield

Blessings!

 

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Bucket List – Updated

Below is a Bucket List that I put together in August of 2012. I have recently purchased a Passion Planner (www.passionplanner.com), and have written goals. I somewhat did this last year with my weight being the highest priority.
So this year I wanted to revisit my Bucket List. I have been thinking a lot of what I want to do, and how to go about getting there.

Original post in August 2012 – update
1. Get a good camera –August 2012
2. Travel to Australia
3. Travel to Japan
4. Travel to Scotland/Ireland (they are nothing alike, but are listed together. I am not sure why.)
5. Spend a week in New York –see a Broadway play a day.
6. Jump out of an air plane (preferably when I want to, not need to.)
7. Ride in a Hot Air Balloon.
8. Dance on Broadway (was an original dream of mine at 17.)
9. Make a quilt (like my grandmothers.)
10. Learn to speak German – really!
11. Learn to speak Japanese
12. Open a restaurant.
13. Open a store (scrap?)
14. Write a cookbook
15. Walk on the Great Wall of China.
16. See Paris again with my love.
17. See London again with my love – September 2012
18. Conquer Algebra – beginning Math classes January 2017
19. Eat at a Gordon Ramsay restaurant in London – (The Savoy) September 2012
20. Eat at Morimotto’s sushi restaurant – Orlando, Disney Springs, August 2016
21. See U2 live in concert (front row preferred.)
22. See Motley Crue in concert (I tried in 1987), and now finally done!
23. See Poison in concert. – done
24. Meet Bret Michaels – done
25. Run a 5k. Walked a 5k December 10, 2016
26. Live at Disney World.
27. Be the Fairy God Mother at Disney World.
28. Grow a vegetable garden.
29. Write a book.
30. Be a mentor.
31. Refurbish a piece of furniture.
32. Color my hair (or parts of it) pink.
33. Be a size 12 again – on my way…size 16 or XL
34. Organize my scrap/craft area – if Stephen moves out – his room will be my craft room.
35. Take a trip around the world.
36. Be a tour guide.
37. Sew a dress – see 34.
38. Crochet a blanket.
39. Learn to knit – still basics but I know how to knit and purl January 2013
40. Meet the Queen of England.
41. Meet Nathan Fillion.
42. Speak in front of a group of people without freaking out.
43. Learn how to can vegetables.
44. Learn how to make jam or fruit preserves.
45. Be a friend to my children.
46. Get a Bachelor’s degree – in process – began my AA in October 2016
47. Learn more than 6 words in sign language.
48. Live in Germany.
49. Own a Corvette.
50. Own a BMW or Mercedes.
51. Go to a Dallas Cowboys Football game.
52. Attend an Olympic event.
53. Zip Line – done – Labedee Haiti – August 2016

So I have a ways to go with a lot of my items. But I find that I want to add things daily. Reminding myself to take things slowly as to not overwhelm myself.

Blessings!
Jerry Ann

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Bucket List

Yes, a bucket list.  Things that I would like to do or accomplish.  Not in any order, and I may change my mind tomorrow.

1.  Get a good camera – done (early birthday)
2.  Travel to Australia
3.  Travel to Japan
4.  Travel to Scotland/Ireland (they are nothing alike, but are listed together. I am not sure why.)
5.  Spend a week in New York –see a Broadway play a day.
6.  Jump out of an air plane (preferably when I want to, not need to.)
7.  Ride in a Hot Air Balloon.
8.  Dance on Broadway (was an original dream of mine at 17.)
9.  Make a quilt (like my grandmothers.)
10.  Learn to speak German – really!
11.  Learn to speak Japanese
12.  Open a restaurant.
13.  Open a store (scrap?)
14.  Write a cookbook
15.  Walk on the Great Wall of China.
16.  See Paris again with my love.
17.  See London again with my love.
18.  Conquer Algebra.
19.  Eat at a Gordon Ramsay restaurant.
20.  Eat at Morimotto’s sushi restaurant (prefer the one in Japan.)
21.  See U2 live in concert (front row preferred.)
22.  See Motley Crue in concert (I tried in 1987), and now finally done!
23.  See Poison in concert. – done
24.  Meet Bret Michaels – done
25.  Run a 5k.
26.  Live at Disney World.
27.  Be the Fairy God Mother at Disney World.
28.  Grow a vegetable garden.
29.  Write a book.
30.  Be a mentor.
31.  Refurbish a piece of furniture.
32.  Color my hair (or parts of it) pink.
33.  Be a size 12 again.
34.  Organize my scrap/craft area.
35.  Take a trip around the world.
36.  Be a tour guide.
37.  Sew a dress.
38.  Crochet a blanket.
39.  Learn to knit.
40.  Meet the Queen of England.
41.  Meet Nathan Fillion.
42.  Speak in front of a group of people without freaking out.
43.  Learn how to can vegetables.
44.  Learn how to make jam or fruit preserves.
45.  Be a friend to my children.
46.  Get a Bachelors degree.
47.  Learn more than 6 words in sign language.
48.  Live in Germany.
49.  Own a Corvette.
50.  Own a BMW or Mercedes.
51.  Go to a Dallas Cowboys Football game.
52.  Attend an Olympic event.

I have had thirty of these for over 20 plus years.  Ugh.  Trying to get some of these marked off this year, but I keep adding to the list.

Do you have a bucket list?  Does it always change (update)?  Do you place things on your list that you know you will accomplish?  Are they obtainable?  Or all fantasy?

Blessings,
Jerry Ann