Taking the stress out of finals

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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.” 

Play me a country song

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.
Love,
Your Baby Girl”

“Buffet” takes on a new meaning…

IMG_7237Since 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…

Cajun Cuisine

FullSizeRender-6Since 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 😉 )

Southern Easter

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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.

Lazy Days

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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.

Sunday Adventures

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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.

Oak Alley Plantation

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About nine months ago when my mom came to visit me, we wanted to explore Louisiana. I searched online and I came across Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, and the pictures absolutely took my breath away. We decided to drive there that afternoon to explore this beautiful location. 

It cost $20 a person, and it was worth every penny. This plantation was deeper than its beautiful exterior, I could see pain from the suffrage of the slaves. I felt like I had taken a step back in time to the 1800’s. 

Since that day, whenever I feel like going for a ride, I will get in my car and drive to Oak Alley. Everything about it brings so much emotion to me, and it’s become a place where I can let my mind run wild. 

Louisiana Landscape

IMG_3185-1When I moved to Louisiana, the biggest change I had to get used to was the landscape. New England is so mountainous and full of maple and pine trees, but Louisiana is something completely different. While driving on the overpasses in New Orleans, I see the cypress trees growing out of the water, and everywhere I look, I see Spanish moss.

To me, Spanish moss is the most beautiful thing in the world. It enhances Louisiana’s beauty, and makes everything look so elegant…almost like I stepped into a Nicholas Sparks movie.

A Way With Words

Sometimes you hear a song, and as you listen to the lyrics you instantly think that it was written for you. The other day when I was driving home, “Home Is Where the Heart Is” by Lady Antebellum came on the radio. I’ve heard this song before, but that day was different, I actually listened to the words that they were singing, and I couldn’t help but think, “Wow, was this written for me?”

“I felt I was spinning my wheels
Before too long the road was calling
I packed everything I own
So sure that I was leaving this small town life behind for good
And not a single tear was falling
It took leaving for me to understand
Sometimes your dreams just aren’t what life has planned

Mama said home is where the heart is
When I left that town
I made it all the way to West Virginia
And that’s where my heart found
Exactly where I’m supposed to be
It didn’t take much time
It’s just south of the Mason Dixon line”