“The people in Wichita Falls will never believe you…”

 

Ok. So  Mr. Owner believes I am sally maye, straight off the cow farm in nowheresville texas. I know I have a thick accent and am somewhat naive but I don’t even own a horse, I’ve never milked a cow, and I don’t own any overalls. 

But he gets so excited to show me new things, and I hate to burst the poor man’s bubble, so I play along… He has really sweet intentions, just doesn’t know what he is talking about. He always makes the remark “the people in Wichita Falls will never believe you” or “They’ll never see that in Texas.” A good example, one of the first nights he starts yelling for me… I’m in the kitchen hands covered in flour I think he is hurt or something is terribly wrong so I rush over. Oh, there is a jelly fish in the water and he wants to show me “my first jelly fish.” Are you kidding me?!?! I have seen about 100 jellyfish… but what do you say? SO I play along as I dust the flour off my hands and onto my apron… “ohhh wowwww.” ” it looks sooo neat.” 

I have tons of those kind of stories… I’ll save the rest for later. 

Anyways, not only does Mr. Owner like introducing me to things off the farm, he enjoys “pulling my leg” as he refers to it. If you’re in the room it is somewhat cheesy awkward humor. I don’t know him well enough to know if he’s being honest or not, and sometimes the things he trys to get me to believe are so far out there but I don’t want to make fun of him or make him feel stupid- he is my boss afterall. 

Anyways- until today I would of considered the saying “until pigs fly” and “until pigs swim” interchangeable. Mr. Owner tried to tell me otherwise but I just thought it was another one of his silly sayings. Well, let me tell you- with these 2 eyes of mine I have learned different?!?! 

There is an island in the exumas that when you pull in with your tender (small boat on big yacht that zips around) these huge 100 pound pigs come running up… I KID YOU NOT!!!! 

First sight, they start running.Making a B line for the boat

So I am amazed when we pull up… there are  really are pigs on the island?!?! Our tender is situated pretty far out so I just know the pigs aren’t going to swim to us- it’s a long way!!! 

I was wrong. What in the world?!?! 

WilberWilber and friend

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
“They won’t believe me in Wichita Falls” sincerly agreeing with Mr. Owner this time…
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yeah, so pigs swim… who knew?! See ya later piggies…
 

peace out

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Happy Birthday Mr. Owner!!!

So on our first trip I have the pleasure and pressure of making and hosting his Birthday dinner… woo hoo!! 

The Setting: 

 

Dinner: Baked Brie for appetizer, Caesar salad, Prime Rib with twice baked potatoes and green bean mushroom casserole… and of course birthday cake! 

 

Birthday cake

 

 

So what do you give a man who has everything? 

party animals

 

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“In the Box” Thinking

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
– Mark Twain

Oddly enough this is a quote that really impacted me about a year ago, and then was given to me by a precious friend in August of this year. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect.

So I left Texas in search of finding things I’m passionate about, adventure, and new experience… in this chapter of life I am getting to chase after exactly what I sought out to find. Not that your circumstances should excuse you from discovering or that you wake up one day and just find these things… but I think even the continual quest itself grows, strengthens, and challenges us.

I have come to realize some things about myself, they may change along life’s journey but today I have some new insights. I need adventure. I desire travel. I am energized by new experiences. Without these things I get sucked back into the “in the box thinking” of this world. Why don’t we take more risks? Why does a TWENTY FIVE year old college grad throw aside their true desires for a 9 to 5 desk job with a $50,000 check for misery. Maybe that’s a little bleak, but I just can’t believe I wasted so much time trying to follow in the footsteps of an unhappy society. And even though it was a few years- it was way too long after experiencing the other side… the side that makes me truly happy.

I am somewhat reflective because, as I have written, before I started working on the yacht I was back to “in the box” thinking. I went to interviews to jobs I didn’t want but wouldn’t mind the paycheck. I actually had been offered a job at a Cadillac dealership… that I ACCEPTED?!?! For those of you that know me, you know my life when I was at Sewell… and I signed up for that again?!?!?! I look back and think… how did I get to that point. Again, funny how the Lord works… I was scheduled to start with the dealership beginning of November- since the position is all commission it just made sense. I got offered this job the day before I was going to show up to sell cars. ha.

The crazy part is, on paper and in the world’s view taking the sales job was the responsible thing to do. One week later the owner of that dealership along with his other 19 in Florida was scammed out of 94 Million and is now going bankrupt and closing most of his locations.

Oh this game we call life… why is it so easy for us to put our head down, do our job, be miserable, and talk about change but not have the courage to do so. I was there- I’ve signed up for that many times… I pray never ever again for me and you too my friend.

Cheers to adventure, the unknown, finding the true things that make this life worth while, and the courage to chase after them all!

“Life is either a great adventure or nothing.”  -Helen Keller

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PAULA IS MY HOMEGIRL!!

Paula and I just cookin' away... we have such a ball in the kitchen

Just like George W is and will forever be my Homeboy… Paula Deen as been promoted to Homegirl status in my kitchen. I just ADORE her, and can’t get enough of her food… my hips could use a little less but they don’t get much say when I am cookin’.

Honestly, there is not one meal that I cook that I don’t use at least one of her recipies. I almost didn’t make this a post with the juile and julia movie about cooking or whatever… but Paula has literally taught me how to cook, and tricked my boss into thinking I am a master southern chef.

I could go on and on about this amazing woman but I will stop here because my mouth is already starting to water just thinking about her incredible recipies. Don’t know what I’d do without my homegurrrlll Paula!!

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Chubb Cay, Biminey Bay… Been there, Done that.

 On our way to the Exumas we have to make some stops. For two reasons- 1. Captain doesn’t like to drive and night  2. We have THREE dogs on board, yes you heard right 3!

One of my “duties” is to walk Mr. trader, Assie, and Princess as soon as we are secured to the dock. They are quite a bunch Mr. Trader (shelty) and Assie (Australian Shepard) are both 16- and too old to bark, can barely see, have to be carried up stairs, and watched closely or they will fall off docks into the water. To Mr. Owner- the never married, perpetual bachelor- these dogs are his children, his life, and the only thing he loves without boundaries. Seriously.

So at our first few stops walking them was quite never racking… princess (Australian Shepard) a feisty 2-year-old pup wants to run crazy and the other two can barely walk. As I would leave the boat- Mr. owner would watch and yell if we got within 5 feet of anything that I might need to pay more attention to. At first I took it as an insult to my brain but then realized these 3 pups are really the only thing he has consistently loved, cared for, and enjoyed- they are like his soul mate in an alpha form.

Now me on the other hand- if you know me, you know how I feel about dogs. It takes me awhile to warm up to them- even longer if I’m having to pick up their poop- gross. surprisingly I have really grown to like these 3 rascals. Our walks became something I started looking forward to. Away to get off the boat, clear my head, and explore.

They have started gathering in the kitchen at 5 o’clock on the dot. They are smart dogs.

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Captin… come quick!!!

So, Mr. Owner the “meat and potatoes kind of guy” likes his steaks to be set out early mid morning- covered in “Kitchen Boutique” (browning marinade) and BBQ sauce. I know, I know… that’s just not right- but what the boss wants the boss gets.

The only problem is that once you put a steak on with all that sauce the grill eats it like candy and starts to flame. I learned this the hard way. I put the steaks on the grill on the second deck, run down to check on the food in the oven, when I come back upstairs to check on the steaks the grill is smoking uncontrollably. I open the lid- smoke engulfs my face, half my eye lashes singe, and the coughing attack starts. I am able to grab the fire extinguisher and pull the pin. But I stop- If I hose the grill down with this mess I wont have any defrosted meat and I’ll be in a mess, but on the other hand I dont want to burn the boat down.

I yell for captain, he comes as quick as he can and puts out the fire. Whewww… good save. Plus- come to find out boss man likes his steaks charred so it came out perfect- Bonussss!!!

Just another day and close call in the kitchen…

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On Our Way To Paradise Babbbyyy!!

All I can say is WOW! Once I was able to remove my head from the toilet and look around I was AMAZED! The pristine blue water, the exotic birds, the salt air- all of it is blowing me away.

I am overcome with a humble heart and a very grateful spirit. Thankfulness does not even begin to encompass the feelings welling up within me. I am brought to happy tears seeing where God has brought me and knowing that He is doing a great work within me- because we all know my cooking would not of gotten me this job. Can I get an Amen?! Ha.

It is funny how the Lord works. Only a short few months ago had no clue I would be in Florida, and never thought I’d be the chef on a yacht. Oh how a year has flown by- and thankfully I am a very different person. What the Lord has done in my heart in a year is quite incredible.

So I have these feelings standing on the deck of the boat crusin the ocean, wind blowin in my hair, sun shining- life is good!

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