Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Yummy smelly salts.

I'm alive!


This weekend was busy.  Like, super busy.  Like, my entire company was moving and running open houses so I've been doing a lot of schmoozing, entertaining, giving tours, and doing -way- more heavy lifting than I'd like.

Ya think moving a house is hard?  Take that and times it by, oh, a billion.  (Okay, so I'm being a little bit exaggerative.  But it's still way harder.)  Not only that but about 3/4 of our office equipment was non functional today, most notably the credit card machine, fax machine, and 7 out of our 8 phone lines.  AUGH.

So needless to say I've been tired and on the fast track to giving myself a hernia.  Joy!

Anyway.  I've decided, once I get slowed down a spot and get a little extra spending money ( ha ha ha ), I'm going to open me-self a little business.

Making bath salts! I'm really excited. I -adore- a pampering bath and I thought to myself one night, when I was out of bath salts... "Duh, dummy, you can totally do this yourself, you know. And have a cute name, with a cute logo and labels, and cute packaging.  And give them as gifts.  And use them for yourself whenever you want.  But eventually sell them so you can make your money back, and keep making more."  (Yes, that actual conversation took place in my brain.)

So yeah, project!  I think I'm going to experiment with citrus scents first, maybe try a lemon-lime blend and go for a margarita schtick.  I've done enough reading and researching that I know what I need, I just gotta get materials and try it out!

Oh, and get money first.  Yeah, the money............


Thursday, July 14, 2011

What's another word for pirate treasure?


I may have lost my marbles.

In the mail tomorrow, I should have this...

Yup. I totally bought Bollywood Booty.  BAHAHA!  In my journey to stay fit and remove this tummy pooch I've heard lots of great things about this workout, and Hemalayaa is just gorgeous, so how could I not try this?!  Plus, it was on sale for five bucks.  WIN!! :)

Maybe someday I'll star in my own Bollywood film?  Complete with catchy, cheesy music and a desert location!

Anyway, I'll let you all know how it goes.  I'll keep the curtains closed while I do this, until I'm a Bollywood star, of course.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Hot hot hot.

Today the heat index was over 100.  Yowza!

This summer has been the 2nd driest on record for my area of North Carolina.  We've had very little rain!  Luckily, though, it hasn't been too hot.  .... Or maybe I just withstand heat well!  I love it!

image via weheartit.com

Although... I will admit... as much as I love the summer, last night I had a hankering to put on my big fuzzy socks, climb under a blanket on the couch, and sip some hot chocolate!  Isn't that bonkers?!  I'm going bonkers!

Oh well, it's gonna stay toasty, so those socks won't be making an appearance any time soon... ;)  Stay coooooool!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Cajun tastes!

I am working on this little blog, slowly but surely!  It's gonna be awesome, just like it used to be. ;)

This weekend has also been awesome!  A little bit of this:

Sunning myself in the backyard. Aaaaahhh. Don't get me wrong, I adore the beach, but this time of year? Unless I'm up early it's a tourist paradise for parking!  In my opinion, anytime after 8:30 in the morning is gonna be a fight.  I'm more than content to stretch out on my lawn chair, queue up the Pandora beach channel, grab my glass of iced sweet tea...... and relax.  Good stuff indeed!

We watched the US Women vs. Brazil today; I won't go into detail or get up on my soapbox here, but it was an amazing game and I'm so so proud of our US ladies for continuing to fight when the odds kept stacking against them.  Amazing game, and well deserved win! :)

After a few beers I cooked up my lunch for this week.  .... Yup.  I'm really mostly doing it to be healthy.  But the saving money thing helps a TON. ;)  This week?  Grilled chicken with black beans and rice.  Cajun style!  Kinda makes me wanna go here:

( all photos in this post via weheartit.com)

I'd be so front and center on that porch with a mint julep and a frilly parasol, y'all. Don't even ask me twice!! ;)  In fact, there are so many things about this photo that delight me.  The fencing, the adorable wreath on the door, the window detail... oh, and the greenery... I think I was a N'awlins landscaper in a past life!

Okay, okay, I'm done.  No more fantasizing about being a plantation wife.  Time to Tupperware up my sassy food for the real working womens world... (heehee!)

Saturday, July 9, 2011




Hi, I'm Sami, and I'm absolutely, without a doubt, the worst blogger ever.

Nice to meet you!

(Where's my Worst Blogger Ever award??  I'd like it in the form of a watermelon smoothie, please!)

Monday, February 28, 2011

Hello friends! :)

I'm home after one of the best weekends I've had in a long time.  I needed that!  Great friends, a great wedding, and more drinks than I can remember... heehee.

The weather here has been beautiful and I've been able to drive around with the windows down and sandals on.  Is spring finally coming??

I have been taking many photos lately.  I have a Tumblr devoted to them; I am trying to take 365 photos (that I like enough to edit and upload!) this year.  So far it has been a ton of fun!

One of my most 'favorited' photos (by other people) is this:

Finnegan is pretty serious when it comes to birds.

You can check out my Tumblr here:

Follow me if you have one! :)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Hello happy blog friends! Happy Friday!

We have flown down to Florida for the weekend for a wedding. So we have today off! Sitting in a cozy coffee shop with a delicious cup and some music... Oh, and the high 70's weather? Yes please! It is nice. :)

Blogging from my iPod touch is hard. Big thumbs, little keys! ;)

Hope you all have a lovely start to the weekend!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The universe is laughing.

Of course, as soon as I decide I'm going to start blogging again...

My laptop dies. 

Isn't that how the universe works, though?  Sigh.  I have a desktop I use but I just really like my laptop!  Sheesh!  I'm thinking a cute little netbook might be in my future...

Hope everyone's having a great week so far.  I'd like it to be a little warmer, but wouldn't we all? :)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

My intro post!

Well, this sure feels familiar... :)

After a lot of thought I've decided I'm going to start blogging again.  I miss it for various reasons, but I feel that this blog will be a little different than my previous one.  (You may remember me from Sami by the Sea; if not, I won't hold it against you! ;)

So I guess first, I'll tell you a little bit about me, and then a little bit about what to expect to see in this blog!

Hi!  I'm Sami, let's be blogfriends! :)  I'm not really great at writing introductions, so I'll get right to it - I'm 30, living in coastal North Carolina with my wonderful boyfriend and our twin white cats, Kerrigan and Finnegan. I work with animals (more accurate: their crazy owners) for a living and drive an amazing 2000 Acura Integra, the best car ever!

I thoroughly enjoy soccer and my team of teams is Arsenal.  I won't lie, I am a huge fanatic!! ;) I'll also root for AC Milan and any of our US teams, but I don't watch much outside of the Premier League and Serie A. (We don't get streams here for other leagues!)  I also adore photography and shoot with a Nikon D3000; you will likely see photos posted up here in this blog.  I'm also into fitness and eating healthy... I've been pretty active all of my life and have only recently slipped out of it due to work and finances, but I'm getting back on track now and it feels great. :)

I also LOVE the beach.  How can you not, when you live 5 minutes away?  The southern coastal life, is my life. :)

The title of this blog is actually named after a local hot sauce, but I think it works well here for me.  While I may not be a complete Carolina fireball every day, I like to think it epitomizes how I feel about life and happiness!  (And salsa, I like it spicy!)

This will likely be the longest post you see here on this blog; my goal here is to keep posts short and sweet.  I used to do the longer post thing but after a while I found it to be more of a chore than fun anymore, so here you'll get snippets.  Photos, lyrics, maybe a recipe or two, and vignettes from my everyday life.  I think it'll be a little more refreshing and easier to keep up, and hopefully whatever readers I may acquire will enjoy it as well. :)

SO!  Hello, nice to meet you, and hope to see you soon!

( PS, I need to work on this layout!  Any suggestions? )