24 Apr

Ok, can I just say that this is my last week of work? Time has flown since I’ve given my notice to my employer, even with me giving away my whole portfolio. I am not going to miss the work one bit but I am really going to miss my coworkers. They are the best crew as a whole that I’ve worked with in a long time and none of them smell like my old co-worker who smelled like bleu cheese and ass.

As for the weekend, well, you guessed it. It went by too fast as usual. We didn’t get to leave early on Good Friday like everyone else I know but I ended up scooting out of there at 4:15pm. I’m sorry but if I have no accounts to work, am falling asleep at my desk in between reading cooking magazines, my time can definitely be spent better elsewhere. Plus, what are they going to do-fire me? I think not. I hope not at least.

I went to the gym right after work and it was a dead zone which was a nice change of pace. Nothing irritates me more than having to wait for a machine. Edit, nothing irritates me more than others who are waiting for machines and hover around you while you work out, as if that’s going to help time pass quicker. Why don’t they just go find something else to do instead of just standing there? They are there for a workout, yes?

Regardless, I don’t even remember what I did besides the Precor AMT but I must have had a rockin workout

I wasn’t in the mood to cook afterwards so I just whipped up a quick meal of asian cole slaw.

Always does the trick.

I also came home to a package from my sister—my Vera Bradley Puccini bag she picked up for me at the Vera Bradley sale in Indiana.

The theme for Saturday’s lunch was let’s-see-how-much-produce-I-can-fit-into-one-meal. It started with Athenos Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Spread on a tortilla to make a quick wrap with red peppers, cucumbers and carrots


Complete with a side of apples and nectarines

Shortly after, I attended the Yelp Charlotte Elite  Cajun Invasion at Cajun Queen. I visited this restaurant only once before and was let down by it since it’s supposed to be the best Cajun restaurant in Charlotte. But feed this girl free food and drink and my vote may be swayed.

Wine was provided by Three Girls Wine

I didn’t try any but my friend said it was wonderful. I am temped to buy a bottle since I am one of three girls. However, I am always skeptical of any company or product that doesn’t have a website. It’s 2011, get with it.

The reason I didn’t try any was all because of Mother Earth Brewing.  This was my first time hearing of this beer but found out there are a North Carolina brewery in the eastern part of the state. Hooray for local brews!

The Weeping Willow Wit was my favorite-very comparable to Blue Moon. By the end of the event, I switched over to Sisters of The Moon, which is an IPA. I’ve never been a huge fan of IPA’s but starting to grow an appreciation for them as of late. Plus, the hippie names make me smile. I couldn’t remember the name of Sisters of the Moon  but kept calling it obscure names like Brothers of Jupiter or Fathers of Saturn. The beer rep seemed amused and that’s what I was aiming for. What can I say, my need to make people laugh is part of my charm.

We started with appetizers of shrimp and fried oysters.

Then they told us that the buffet line of entrée items was being served so we grabbed some more grub. I didn’t even need any more since the fried oysters and shrimp had my heart but I wanted to see if the Cajun Queen could wow me this time around.


Enter in jambalaya, etouffee with crawfidh, grilled chicken and peach bread pudding. All of it was absolutely delectable and I could have gone for seconds but didn’t want to seem like a complete pig.

You win Cajun Queen.

All in all, it was a fun event to attend. They open at 5pm daily so it was pretty baller to have the restaurant to ourselves and the house band that has been performing there for 24 years even came in to play for us.

Thank god, I had all that beer in my system because it helped me out with falling asleep right after. I needed the energy since it was one of my co-workers birthdays and didn’t want to bring the lame sauce by only staying out for a few hours.

Carrying on the cajun theme from that afternoon, we started at Bourdreaux’s in NoDa for hurricanes.


I love their hurricane menu because they are categorized by Category 1-5 Hurricanes-1 being the weakest, 5 being the most hooch filled hurricane you can get. I settled on a category 4 since I had to drive that night and wanted to enjoy the drink instead of wincing every time I took a sip.

Soon after, we headed to Solstice Tavern then to Sin City for karaoke.

Sin City was not what I thought it was going to be. When I think Sin City, I think of bright lights, a huge area and sketchy people. Well, sketchy people it did have. I’m talking more men with neck tattoos than I’ve ever seen in my life, bad hair pieces, worse karaoke singing and vampires.

Yeah, I said vampires. This guy was standing next to us and he had his vampire teeth in. As soon as I saw this, I was on a mission to relocate to another area of the already-small karaoke area.

I heart when randoms get in the background of pictures. And why do I still throw deuces? So three years ago.

Good times had by all. And I even hung until 1am or so with only having a couple of drinks. I am really going to miss these people.

And now it’s Easter afternoon. My Easter hasn’t been the greatest……I woke up early and went to the park with Lincoln where I killed two birds with one stone by listening to a church service that was going on. Then I came home to lay outside before going to a friends for lunch. All was right with the world, the sun was out, it was hot out but not so hot I sweating my balls off and I had Bitter is The New Black in hand since I can read Jen Lancaster over and over again. I made my way inside to freshen up and my door was locked. I started to panic—I never lock my back door if I am hanging out in my yard but for some reason the second lock was locked….not by my doing. I suspect by my landlord when he showed my house a few days ago. I went to the front door and it was locked and thank God I had my phone on me because I had to get in touch with my landlord stat. I called him up and he told me he was three hours away. Of course he was. He told me his wife was in town and could come by and let me in but she would be an hour or so. So I waited…..in the sun which only got hotter and the minutes were going by so slowly. Soon, she showed up and let me in but by that time I was in no mood to be social with anyone (I’m a bit moody for those who do not know me) and just wanted to cool off at home. He called me to make sure I got in and then sprung it on me that he was showing my house. Today. From 4pm to 6pm. On Easter Sunday, in case you didn’t catch that part. Who the hell shows a  house on Easter afternoon, can’t they wait one day? What if I had plans or people coming over? I charged up my computer and went to one coffee house but this random creeper kept following me around. I would get up and move because he smelled like trash and was singing “Amazing Grace” but once I found a new location, there he was. I drove home since it was around 530pm to check the status of if he was done or not and he said he had one more set of people that he was waiting on. So I sit here at Starbucks, blogging my little heart out.

Please tell me your Easter was better??! I just want to go home.

27 Responses to “Waiting…..”

  1. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl April 24, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    I’m so sorry your day has been crappy! I don’t understand why they couldn’t have waited a day either!

    I can’t believe it’s your last week at work! WOW!

    • simplyshaka April 25, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

      I know, it came here really fast but it’s all good!

  2. fitinthemidwest April 24, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    Happy last week of work! What a great feeling! Is it sad that I also look forward to the same feeling at my current employer?

    Sorry your Easter was such a bummer with your landlord showing your place tonight. How crazy! When are you officially moving?

    Hope you don’t have to spend too much more time at Starbucks waiting.

    • simplyshaka April 25, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

      Not at all, I think all of us do (well those who aren’t completely fulfilled by their work which I think is a majority of people) My lease is up at the end of June but I wanted to give him enough time to show it and hopefully get someone in. I just didn’t think he would be showing this soon. I only had to wait another half hour at the Bucks but there was some eye candy there so that didn’t hurt 🙂

  3. Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel April 24, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

    Hoppy Easter !!!

  4. Jenn @ Peas & Crayons April 24, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    Happy last week! eee! You have me reaching for my wine glass again =) haha! ❤ love ya girly!

  5. Winky April 24, 2011 at 9:44 pm #

    Dude, my Easter was crummy too, so I feel your pain 😦 Hope your last week goes well! I’m really glad I found your blog, you crack me up and I realize I’ve missed the Shaka stories!

    • simplyshaka April 25, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

      Awww sorry to hear that, hopefully the kiddos had a good time (well one kid, one baby) I hope to bring you more stories soon–it’s been so boring around these parts lately. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  6. Kelly Olexa April 24, 2011 at 10:53 pm #

    OMG I am literally peeing in my pants laughing at the co-worker that smelled like blue cheese and a** hahahahahahaha

    • simplyshaka April 25, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

      Ironically enough, he was from Chicago!!! He made me hate the city for a second!

  7. Vixter2010 April 25, 2011 at 5:03 am #

    Ooh love the bag, nice gift! Yay for last week at work. Sorry you had a rough day but just think soon you will be outta there woo 🙂

  8. According to Gus April 25, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    I feel your pain about house showings – it’s been brutal for us to be out of the house (with Gus) for hours at a time while people are looking.

    Yay for only one week of work left!!

  9. Monique April 25, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    UGH! total suckage! I had an OK easter. I was witht he parentals and still nursing my gnarly infections. But whatever.
    My roommate gets on my EFFING nerves. I cant wait till he moves out. Also, I am interviewing more potential roommates. so unenthusiastic yay.

    • simplyshaka April 25, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

      You’re sick again? Girl, you need to take some vitamins! Hope you find a good one 🙂

  10. Ashleigh April 25, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    Happy last week of work 🙂 Such an exciting time for you!!

    That sucks about your Easter.. I would have been pissed for all sorts of reasons!

  11. leashieloo April 25, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    It’s the home stretch! Congrats and good luck on the next chapter of your life, it’s exciting!

    • simplyshaka April 25, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

      Thanks! I keep trying to tell myself it’s more exciting than scary 🙂

  12. Jen@jensdaily April 25, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    Why is someone out looking at houses on easter sunday?? Hope your day got better! xoxo

  13. Krista @ Journey to a Healthy Berg April 25, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    I’m sorry you had such a bad day! Getting locked out and then having people look through your house unannounced! I’d be in a horrible mood too! Hopefully the rest of the week goes better for ya :/

    PS, I’m lovin all the veggies on that wrap, and I’m usually not a veggie lover!

    • simplyshaka April 25, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

      It was so delicious, even a non veggie lover like you would have loved it!!

  14. One Healthy Apple April 25, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    I hope you got to enjoy your evening at least. Being locked out sucks and so does waiting for people- people are so unreliable.

    Anyhoo, we spent Sunday driving home from a road trip so it was all good here. Happy last week of work!

  15. Natalie @ will jog for food April 25, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    Hope the rest of your week is better than yesterday! Your landlord sounds like a d-bag!

    It’s your last week of work!! YYYAAAAAYYYY 🙂

    • simplyshaka April 25, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

      Hhahaha, I was just in shock that he set up stuff for Easter without asking me if I had plans. How rude!

      Double YAAAAAYYYYY with cheese, so stoked!

  16. dianacheung April 26, 2011 at 8:17 am #

    did I miss a post? If your landlord is showing your house where and when are you moving to? Are you keeping something from me?! Oh and also, I wanna meet foodie friends through yelp events in denver, thoughts?

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