Posts tagged ‘easter 2011’

April 26, 2011

An Italian Easter with Cat Babies and Gators, Part 2

by Nicole Lee

As promised, post two of Easter fun. I have to say I still feel like a Florida newbie sometimes, but more and more I’ve begun to realize this is home now. I’ve been here going on two years (end of May), which doesn’t seem like a whole long, but the longer I stay the more content I seem to be. No, I don’t have snow on Halloween. No I don’t have snow on Thanksgiving. No I don’t have snow on Christmas. No I don’t have snow on [insert any holiday ALL YEAR LONG]. I guess I miss the nostalgia of my childhood, but deep down, getting away from that part of my life has been great for me. And Florida offers so much beauty. So spending the second half of Easter in Lettuce Lake Park, with Scott and his father, was probably the best way to celebrate. I’m glad I got to do this with them and am especially happy at how cared about and accepted I felt. That’s what holidays and get togethers are supposed to be about anyway, right? It was perfect.

We followed this little adventure up with Disney’s “African Cats”, this year’s Earth Day special. Obviously, Scott and I being the cat people are we just couldn’t pass it up. It was breathtakingly beautiful. There must be months worth of actual footage and the story was at least 18-24 months worth of timeline. The characters, yes,  I know they were “just cats”, but the characters were engaging. I was scared for Sita, the cheetah, and her cubs.  I was worried for Mara, the lion cub, when her mother was hurt and Kali was taking over the pride. I was moved. The sheer force of nature and it’s driving instinct is intense. And to view this from a squishy human point of view? Without our technology we would never survive. I encourage you to see or rent it when you can. It’s a great documentary and if nothing else, the scenery (and Samuel L. Jackson narrating!) is worth more than words can say.

With that I’m signing off. This became more of a novel than I intended, of course, but it was such a great holiday. Moving on! Tomorrow is Wednesday Cook Night with spicy meatloaf on the menu (or maybe Japanese salmon and rice?). Look forward to the photos and recipe on Thursday!

P.S. Scott’s dad spotted a baby gator just lazing around in the river while we were at Lettuce Lake! It was the first time I had ever seen one in the wild and while it couldn’t have been more than two feet long as I was leaning over the handrail of the boardwalk all I could think of was Lake Placid and how my life was about to end. Fortunately I survived and the photographic evidence of our discovery is below. Enjoy!


the walk     the walk

me     me

Photos 1, 5-7 taken by Scott, photo 9 taken by Garry, all others and processing by me

April 25, 2011

An Italian Easter with Cat Babies and Gators, Part 1

by Nicole Lee

Easter 2011 has officially come and passed my friends. And what a wonderful adventure it was. I’m not usually one that’s that celebrates religious holidays as it’s not something that I feel strongly about. Furthermore, this particular holiday I have nothing invested in the secular celebration either. Too much candy, creepy bunnies and zombie-like religious figureheads. It just doesn’t really work for me. So the less “traditional” I can have it the better. And this year was a great example of just that. We started off with Maggiano’s Easter buffet. I’m kind of little so buffet style eating is somewhat difficult for me to feel like I’ve gotten my money’s worth, but this was an exception. Food was brilliant, service was spot on and the company (Scott and his dad) was superb. We ate and ate and ate until finally we couldn’t eat anymore. With bellies full of delicious Italian nomz we moved on to exploring what the else Easter had to offer.  (Review for the actual restaurant coming soon!)

The rest of the day was planned while mid-bite, to include a walk through Lettuce Lake Park followed by the Disney documentary “African Cats”. Photos of the park, with the follow up blog post to come tomorrow, so watch for it! In the meantime, though, enjoy what made for an absolutely delicious Easter.