I should be celebrating!! Tax season is officially over and I can finally breathe again. Hahaha, just kidding, actually my boss is the one who can breathe again. But I have a feeling I will be uttering these words many many times throughout the course of my life! My favorite part is that another semester is almost over, which means I’m getting closer and closer until the end! I could be sitting for my CPA exam as early as next summer. My how the time has flown by. When I first decided to go back to school I was so nervous about being a 28-year-old college student and fitting a load of classes into my crazy life. But I am so very glad I made the choice to go back. I have learned so much, and a business degree will open new opportunities that I never would have had before! Plus, I perhaps wouldn’t be with my sexy man if we hadn’t reconnected in college… ;) Lucky girl am I!
Anyway, enough rambling… onto weekend highlights!
My babe and I spent the weekend treating ourselves to some fun nightlife. First we played around downtown St. Petersburg, enjoying the beautiful Florida weather, nighttime ambiance, live music and of course yummy eats. My man has a big sweet tooth, and gelato is one of his favs!
We also ventured over to one of my favorite restaurants, Ella’s Folk Art Cafe in Seminole Heights, Tampa. Ella’s is hands down one of my fav stomping grounds for delicious and unique eats. They have an incredibly friendly staff who provide amazing service, and the restaurant often showcases local music talent on the weekends. The whole place has a very funky and retro vibe to it that is positively enchanting.
There are plenty of veggie options for me to choose from, including a mouth-watering black bean veggie burger, topped with crispy fried onions, avocado and curry aioli. (To die for!) They also have a vegan pizza option, and a microbrew selection that makes me drool. Ella’s is so amazing that we will gladly pull a stool up to the bar and wait for a table, even when the hostess quotes us a possible hour to hour and a half wait (although it’s almost always sooner!) We celebrated my birthday and New Year’s Eve at Ella’s this year.
I opted for the spinach salad with baby tomatoes, caramelized onions, cornbread croutons and grilled tofu. My bf went with the veggie black bean burger, which I gladly helped him finish off!
We also spent some time in Sarasota, and ventured downtown for a little dinner and dessert! This is He vs. She Desserts– I opted for the espresso martini and he went for some chocolate and coconut gelato.
After all the yummy eating this weekend I made sure to get my butt into the gym 6 out of 7 days this week! It feels so good to be back into the swing of things, but today my knee is reminding me quite forcefully that I had surgery 3 months ago, so I decided a few days of rest would be wise. Gotta recoup!
We also hit up the local hydroponic farm for some fresh produce, and blueberry pickin’!
Strawberry season is coming to a close but the blueberries are in full swing. They had all the usual suspects (kale, spinach, chard, onions, squash and so much more) but the blubes were my fav!
There were a couple of varieties of blueberry bushes, and all the berries were quite plentiful. I picked about 5 pounds in 20 minutes! Yumm!
Even better to enjoy on some oatmeal in the morning! (With a side of green juice of course)
In case you haven’t noticed, I finally started using Instagram! I held out until my droid completely and utterly died, and used my upgrade at Verizon to get an iphone 4. Yes, I am just entering this century so it seems, because I’m so far behind. But so far I looooove my iphone! One of the first apps i downloaded was Instagram and I’m officially hooked!