SoCS: March

For Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday, the theme today is: March. Click the link for the rules and join in. πŸ™‚

“March”. It brings to mind music, like the kind you hear in a marching band. John Phillip Sousa, etc. Also, the marchers, marching.

It reminded me of the parade I always try to see in New Orleans. The Krewe of Kringle puts on a great parade every year for Christmas. I’m usually in New Orleans around that time to attend the Workboat Show if I’m not offshore.

New Orleans is always fun. I love going up there to visit. I always see old friends and meet new ones. I always find something new and interesting to do. Last time, I finally got to ride the Steamboat Natchez and go to the WWII Museum.

I’d love to go up there again. This weekend is the New Orleans Bourbon Festival. I would really love to go to that! It sounds like a blast. Not as crazy as Mardi Gras, but I bet it’s still a lot of fun.

I don’t think I’ll be going anywhere for a while tho. I’m still not working. πŸ™

One Word Photo Challenge: Drink

The word for this weeks One Word Photo Challenge is: drink.

Delicious, icy cold margarita. Yum. πŸ™‚ I enjoy a good margarita anytime, but even better on a beautiful day on a beach in Mexico.

Marina?

Last night I went to watch the dancers again (will upload photos later). I got there 45 minutes early and STILL couldn’t get a seat where I could see to take good pictures. So I stood again for the whole show ( 2 hours +45 mins). My back was killing me by the time it was over, but I did at least manage to get some decent pictures this time.

I met my friends from the TEFL course there and we wandered down the Malecon afterwards. We stopped to have dinner and a couple of margaritas. I had plain and they had strawberry. Instead of salt on the rim, they had spicy pepper! I’m glad I stuck with the regular. They were strong! Dinner (for 1) and 6 margaritas for $15! Our waiter turned out to be from Houston.

Doesn’t it make you wonder about our supposed economic recovery (and “free country” status) when so many Mexicans are leaving the US and finding things much better in Mexico? I’ve certainly found things much better here than at home. I would love to live here permanently and I’m seriously considering it. That’s the whole reason I’m getting certified in TEFL. It will finally allow me a way to get out of the US.

I’ll just have to adjust to a serious pay cut (about 90%!) and so far I’m not really ready to accept that.

Today, I’m going to the marina. I’m hoping I can get in to wander around the docks and talk to people there. I’d like to find out about the possibilities of working on some of those yachts. If I can’t get down on the docks (which is more and more common today and a SERIOUS disadvantage to those of us who work aboard), then I’ll try to find a bar where the sailors hang out.

I’ll try to find Β out through word of mouth if anyone is looking for crew, or if there is someplace with a bulletin board, or if there are any other hang outs. That has worked for me before. When I finished high school on the sailing ships and was supposed to have a job working my way home on a ship from London and it fell through, luckily I found a job helping out on a Thames sailing barge for the summer. I had the best time that summer!

I wouldn’t mind doing something like that again. πŸ™‚

Best of 2015

The best posts on my blog last year (according to you, my readers) were:

  1. Daves Peach Pie Moonshine
  2. This Dumbo Octopus Video Will Melt Your Heart
  3. A Typical Day on a Drillship
  4. Crock-Pot Apple Pie Moonshine
  5. Daily Prompt: Toy Story

I’m not sure I would have chosen those as my best posts, but at least it looks like we’re all on the same page. We all like things to do with the water and drinking! πŸ˜‰

Actually, those two posts about the moonshine are not very useful anymore. The links to the recipes have disappeared into cyberspace. I don’t know how to get the originals back. I did try to make amends recently with these posts:

  1. More Moonshine
  2. Cherry Pie Moonshine

But it looks like ya’ll took those New Years resolutions seriously, no one has even read those posts or clicked on the links for the recipes. I haven’t been out much myself lately. It’s just too dangerous anymore to go out and have a drink with friends and I’m not really into drinking at home by myself. πŸ˜‰

I’ve been having a hard time lately, mostly with the work situation in the oilfield. I don’t want to be too depressing on here. I notice I’ve been pretty down on here lately and my posts don’t seem too interesting to me (hopefully they still are to you). I don’t want to run off my readers. So, in hopes you can help me liven it up around here, what would YOU like to hear about here?

I’m still in the Just Jot It January challenge, to post every day for January.

7 Ways to Drink (and Eat) Eggnog!

Seems I can’t use “Press This” anymore either since I moved my blog over here. Just one more frustrating fuck up! Makes it harder to share good stuff I see online and when I decide it is worth all the extra effort, the post looks like hell. πŸ™

So, I’m not much in the holiday spirit. Things have not been going very well around here lately. I’m home, for one thing. I’m almost always out to sea on the holidays, it’s always the best time to get work. Most people want to be home with their families over the holidays. I need the work more.

So, I’m sitting here tonight, chilling out, having a drink and still HOPING to get a call tomorrow. Some last minute rush to get me there before crew change, nevermind holiday airport madness. I thought of this email I got the other day, thought some of you might like it too…

cashew nut nog, epicurious.com

Here’s the link to a site with some pretty cool looking ways to make eggnog. Surprisingly enough, most of the recipes are for eating your eggnog. I’ve always been a fan of real (spiced) eggnog, even if I do only have it around Christmas time. I have to admit, I never thought about eating it before.

Some of these recipes make me feel like I ought to spread them out over the rest of the year. I especially like the Cranberry Eggnog Tart, which is really a cheesecake with some cranberry jam to change the taste a little.

They also give recipes for Cinnamon Flan (made with rum spiced whipped cream), eggnog sauce for your spiced apple cake, Tiramisu Eggnog Trifle, and even eggnog ice cream (made with heavy cream and dark rum) that sounds like another real winner. πŸ™‚

And if you just want to stick with drinking your eggnog, they have a recipe for Cashew Nut Nog and another for a coconut eggnog they call Coquito.

I don’t know about you, but I think I might need to pick up another carton of eggnog before this is all over. πŸ˜‰

Cherry Pie Moonshine

Cherry Pie Moonshine – Sweet C’s Designs.

OK. Here’s a new moonshine recipe. I double checked the link and it DOES work!

It looks delicious and very easy to make. I agree, it would make a great Christmas (or Valentines) present.

Time to get cookin’

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More Moonshine?

I was looking at my stats and I found it hard to believe SO many people liked those posts I did way back when on ‘moonshine’.Β They were my all time most liked posts! (Don’t bother clicking the recipe links in my earlier posts, for some reason they’ve disappeared off the internet. I didn’t even know that was possible!).

Makes me think I need to post some more on that topic.

What do you think?

Christmas is coming up…