Nov 2, 2009

Jiggedy Jig

Sunset at the Wreck of the Richard and Charlene - photo by Gia

Back from our vacation in the South last night. Gia's sister and brother-in-law were fantastic hosts, naturally. And we had plenty of time to look around the area for the not-so-faraway future as we are thinking of re-locating. The low country region is right up our alley, lifestyle-wise. It'll just come down to when and how, I guess.  More on that as it becomes available.

But here is a brief list of things I did on my vacation. Because it's all about me.
  • Had grits with just about every meal I ate.  I love me some grits.  I don't know why they aren't as readily available here in the Northeast, but I'm lookin' to change that. 
  • I stayed sober...mostly.  Past vacations have generally been spent in bars until the wee hours.  But since we were exploring a great deal and eating a great deal something had to give.  And that something was alcohol.  Oh sure, I had a few beers while I was watching the Yankees games.  But always in moderation.  The bonus?  No vacation hangovers!  
  • I read the "Shadow" series of books from Orson Scott Card.  Well, I re-read two of them and read the other two for the first time. More on Orson Scott Card later this week.
  • Took a bunch of pictures, and you can see a handful of them here on this Flickr set.  But only if you are really bored, okay?  And try not to make fun of the fat old guy in the hammock.
  • I finished a 5-year business plan for one of my clients. can't all be fun and games.
  • Tried all kinds of funky food like fatback, Hoppin' John and boiled peanuts.  
  • I slept an awful lot.  I'm talking 9-10 hours a night.  I don't know about you, but that's a lot for me.  I usually am at my best after around 6 hours of sleep.  Any more than that and I'm actually more tired during the day.  Weird.
  • I got to spend just about every minute of every day with my best friend in the world.  And what could be better than that?
So what did you do on your last vacation?

Note: Remember to play the Bug-Eyed Trivia Challenge every day. I'm not kidding about grits.  I mean to make it my mission in the next few months.


The Peach Tart said...

Sounds like a great vacation. Being from Atlanta I love me some shrimp and grits (recipe on my site) as well as all the other southern foods you mentioned. And I'm impressed you managed to do a 5 year business plan for your client.

badgerdaddy said...

My last vacation? I caught swine flu and came down with it the day before we were due to leave, so my lovely wife, lovely stepdaughter and lovely dog went on holiday without me! I got to join them for a day and night though, at the end. Gah.

Who am I kidding? Every day's a holiday for me.

badgerdaddy said...

BTW, what are grits?

2abes said...

just got back from cancun, mexico...snorkeling, pool, drinking, eating, cave snorkeling and chicenitza. gotta go check out the mayan ruins....unbelievable

Candy's daily Dandy said...

"I got to spend just about every minute of every day with my best friend in the world. And what could be better than that?"

Dude you absolutely slay me...
that is just about the cutest thing ever.

sybil law said...

My last vacation, I was stuck in Tennessee with my creepy father - in - law with no way to leave. It sucked!
Unless you count when I was just recently sick, and my husband took over caring for our kid. It was better than being stuck in Tennessee with my creepy father - in - law, though, so I'll take it!
Glad you had a good time. I do not like grits, though. :)

white rabbit said...

badgerdaddy said...
BTW, what are grits?

What the Beverley Hillbillies ate with jowls...

I've a nasty suspicion I can suss what jowls are.

Verdant Earl said...

Peach Tart - well, I did most of the work before I left. ;)

badger - you had the Swine? Da-yum!

badger2 - just re-watch "My Cousin Vinny"

2abes - that sounds awesome!

Candy - you know I wasn't talking about Slyde, right? ;)

Sybil - Creepy how? Scratch that...I don't wanna know.

Wabbit - In Italy, cured pig jowls are considered a delicacy. Goes by the name of "guanciale" over there.

Slyde said...

I used to be your best friend. sniff.

Water Logged Canine said...

Just make sure that when you move, your new place is pet-friendly. And you may assume that I'm talking about the cats, but I'm not...I'm talking about wet dogs.

Kaye Waller said...

On my last vacation (4 years ago) I got chased around Vienna by a camera crew and a crazy director yelling, "Ruhe, bitte!". I was kept reasonably buzzed by the producer and had swollen feet from being on my feet all day.

It was wonderful!

Verdant Earl said...

Slyde - in your dreams, pal!

WLC - Begley will always be welcome. ;)

Steph - Wow! Sounds like its time for another go around, eh?

hello haha narf said...

LOVE me some grits. nothing like shrimp and grits for lunch or dinner. who am i kidding, i've eaten them for breakfast and for a drunken snack, too. yum.

i'm so happy that you had such a great time with your gia. those are the best vacations. yay!

hello haha narf said...

now i gotta convince someone to cook me the shrimp and grits recipe from that pretty peach tart's web site.
hmmmmmm...who can i convince to cook for me?

Bruce Johnson said...

What did I do on my vacation? Sat in an air conditioned geodesic dome in the middle of a desert with 40,000 half naked people that partyed for 20 hours strait. Other than that...not much.

(the proof is here: )

Water Logged Canine said...

Take more pictures of dudes.

Verdant Earl said...

Becky - Somehow I think you can find someone to cook shrimp and grits for you. ;)

Bruce - that's a lot of naked people.

WLC - Oh, we took more. Those are the only ones I posted. See?

Barlinnie said...

Good to have you back my friend.

LegalMist said...

In the words of Homer Simpson: "Mmmmmm . . . grits!" I love me some grits, too!

Sounds awesome. Especially the part about your best friend. So sweet!

justsomethoughts... said...

your best friend is a lucky one indeed.

and cant you buy grits in your local shoprite?
i dont know anything about them. never had so much as grit. but i could swear i've seen them in stores.
actually, i could just swear period...

Verdant Earl said...

Jimmy - thank you, sir.

Mist - I'm such a romantic, ain't I? ;)

Duder - I've never seen grits at my local market, but maybe I'm just looking in the wrong place.

marty mankins said...

A fellow grits fan. I love grits. Plain. With butter. With brown sugar. With cheese. I could eat them with most meals, too.

Our local Denny's has grits as a choice of sides.

savannah said...

the wine country and san francisco, sugar...heavenly! glad y'all liked charleston! xoxoxo