Whenever it’s time for finals, my mind is always all over the place and I end up stressing out more than I should. I’ve always found fishing to be a relaxing past time, but in Massachusetts we can only fish certain times of the year.
Since moving down the bayou, I’m able to go fish on any nice day…so on this beautiful Sunday afternoon, I put my mind at ease before finals with a trip to the marsh.
With a view like this, I can’t help but quote Billy Currington’s song, “A bad day of fishing beats a good day of anything else.”
A lot of people say that their souls can relate to various genres of music, and I’ve always found that mine relates to country music.
I’m not sure if it’s the words they sing, or the picture that they paint…but I have always felt a deep connection to it. The song above is called Baby Girl by Sugarland, and it is one that is close to my mom’s heart with me being so far away from her.
“And it’s a long way from here,
To the place where the home fires burn,
Well it’s 2,000 miles and one left turn.
Dear Mom and Dad,
Please send money,
I’m so broke that it ain’t funny.
I don’t need much just enough to get me through.
Please don’t worry ’cause I’m alright.
(I’m playin here at the bar tonight)
This time I’m gonna make our dreams come true…
Well I love you more than anything in the world.
Your Baby Girl”
Since I met my boyfriend, he has been telling me about this Cajun restaurant in Boutte that we HAVE to go to…so finally, we did.
Zydeco’s Cajun Restaurant is not just any Cajun restaurant, it is incredible! Besides their full menu of seafood and other Cajun delicacies, they have an all you can eat seafood buffet. In the buffet, they have crawfish, Snow Crabs, Dungeness Crabs, Alaskan King Crab legs, soft shell crabs, fried fish, frog legs, fried shrimp, and so much more.
Although the $34.95 buffet price sounds steep, we definitely got our money’s worth…5 lbs. of crawfish and three plates of crab later…
Since moving to Louisiana, I’ve been more open minded to trying new food. Before, I would never even think about eating seafood….especially not swamp food. After trying and LOVING crawfish and crab, I decided I would give in and try the ultimate swamp delicacy….alligator.
The sound of “alligator on a stick” sounds unappealing from the start, but the first bite into that sausage was one of the best flavors I’ve ever tasted. Besides the overload on garlic, it was the most tender, flavorful sausage that I’ve had before.
So my word of advice is, before being completely repulsed by the thought of eating alligator, give it a try…you might be pleasantly surprised. (Unless you’re a vegetarian, of course 😉 )
Coming from a small family, I normally spend Easter by eating a ham dinner with my family. Since being in Louisiana, I have been invited to friends’ houses for Easter, and this year to my boyfriend’s sister’s house.
We spent the day just like the stereotypical Southern family would: first by going to church for an Easter service, and then to have a BBQ with the whole family.
It really wasn’t any different than any other Sunday in their house, because normally it’s a family gathering every Sunday. That’s one of the things that I love about the South…it seems that everyone is so family oriented, and having a family get-together isn’t out of the ordinary.
After having a stressful week, the thing I love most about living in the bayou is that I can take a boat ride to the marsh and enjoy the beautiful sounds of the wildlife.
I’ve noticed that many people that live in Louisiana own hunting and fishing camps that they can enjoy all year long. This is a privilege that many New Englanders can’t enjoy.
Besides fishing and sunbathing, it’s a beautiful place to relax on the water and take in the beauties of nature. While riding through the marsh, I admire all of the camps and I realize how lucky I am to enjoy this life.
Normally every year on my birthday, I am stuck in the solitude of my house because it is twenty degrees outside…but since moving to Louisiana, I can actually enjoy the outdoors.
Today, on my 24th birthday, I woke up to my boyfriend boiling a 32 lb. sack of crawfish for lunch. Needless to say, that started the day off great. After lunch, we drove the boat to the marsh and had a relaxing afternoon of fishing. After we got back and finished supper, my boyfriend took me to Mommie Jo’s Restaurant in Cut Off to get the best red velvet cake that I have ever eaten in my life.
While it’s not the same not having my family around on my birthday, I think I can get used to the beautiful 80 degree weather in March.