Wednesday 26 July 2023
Friday 21 July 2023
Monday 10 July 2023
In conjunction with Monroe County Public Library, The Tropic Cinema continued their popular outdoor screenings series ("Movies Under the Stars") and I was delighted to go to Grease!
Out of all American airlines, Delta is my clear favourite. Efficient and reliable (which is important when you are flying from a little small island in the middle of nowhere) and lovely staff and customer service.
While this was a work trip for Patrick (which, lucky me, got to tag along), we did manage to squeeze in some visiting time with Patrick's parents. This is a pic of Patrick and his Dad, in the garden of their condo building, grilling some lovely lamb. This is his dad's specialty dish and we all joke that while Patrick follows his dad's recipe his dad's lamb always beats Patrick's. Ok, so it is me, I may or may not have started this joke lol.
I started reading this book of theirs and his mam insisted I take it with me. I had brought her a book as it happens (Running with the Bulls by Valerie Hemingway). This memoir by Irish woman, American citizen, and ex US Ambassador to the UN is just INCREDIBLE. I cannot recommend it enough.
Did I mention this was a work trip for Patrick.....aka Amy Vacay :) I spent a lot of time in the hotel Health Club - in the whirlpool and reading the above book.
A brief summary of the weekend since we got back from Canada.
Friday evening: An early start of a 3am wake up call on Friday morning for a 6.15am flight - which by the way, was the right decision to get up so early, the airport was extremely busy even at that time in the morning. Also, I had issues checking in online so we needed to go to a physical desk. Plus, add into the mix that we were flying international after all and needed to go through US immigration prior to getting to our gate.
As you can imagine we were quite tired that evening (also factor in that Patrick was working in the afternoon once we arrived back to Key West), so we decided to take it easy and pop around to Shanna Key for dinner. Shanna Key is nothing fancy as you know but it is reliable as a local (Irish) bar/restaurant for a bite to eat and a drink.
After a great night's sleep for both of us we were up and out on Saturday morning, headed out to 400 feet trolling. Success! After about two hours of some hard trolling we caught one. And with a great story to boot! Pure chance we were both looking backwards at the two rods (normally one person is looking, the other focusing forward on the driving) and we both witnessed the mahi mahi jump twice, at great speed, BEFORE taking the hook. It was incredible to watch.