The Bariatric Gypsy Vistits A Polynesian Redneck
April 17, 2011 by Teresa Journeys Home
Well I can't tell you where I'm going, I'm not sure of where I've been
Well I can’t tell you where I’m going, I’m not sure of where I’ve been
But I know I must keep travelin’ till my road comes to an end
I’m out here on my journey, trying to make the most of it
I’m a puzzle, I must figure out where all my pieces fitLike a poor wayfaring stranger that they speak about in song
I’m just a weary pilgrim trying to find what feels like home
Where that is no one can tell me, am I doomed to ever roam
I’m just travelin’, travelin’, travelin’, I’m just travelin’ on
Dolly Rebecca Parton
- Crossing the Bridge.. Destination Mermaid Florida Sunsets Amaze Me
Living life as a bariatric gypsy does not leave space for a dull moment. One of the things I have come to realize in this journey I am on is often we survive because of 3 things Faith, Hope, and Love. Sometimes Love translates as Charity. Simply because its something we give to others and our purpose in life is learning to accept love.
One thing for certain, I have been blessed in my life to have met people who open their homes and their hearts to me. When I posted that I needed a place to stop and rest on my way home from visiting my Grandmother in WV, my friends Leilani and Paul wasted no time saying YOU ALWAYS HAVE A PLACE TO STAY.
Leilani and I met on online on the Obesityhelp.com message board about years ago. We are both post ops and have enjoyed each others online friendship for years until we finally met in person a couple of months ago here in Fort Lauderdale.
Driving to her house was fun, my brother Tony has always picked on me and told me not to drive in Jacksonville since it is the largest city in Florida. Guess where Leilani lives haha. Leilani’s husband Paul was great at giving directions, except I speak WV. When he said to get in the right lane right after the bridge, he had no idea I call an overpass a bridge. So, immediately I got in the right lane and was heading for Main Street, oh by the way Tony you were correct this is a HUGE city, but I managed to get back to the path less traveled LOL.
Since it had taken me until almost 8:00 PM to arrive, (yes I get off path on occasion, I deal with it) Leilani opted to whip up some dinner in the kitchen and us just hang out. Oh goodness it was quality time in my opinion. I had no idea a Polynesian Redneck could perfect bruschetta, but by damn that night I had the best bruchetta I had ever eaten. We also nauched on Veggie Burgers and baked beans and cucumbers. Life was looking pretty darn good from my seat.
A gift for Dolly from the Easter Mermaid...
When I got to my room, what an amazing blessing! I had forgotten that Easter was coming up, but I had been gifted an amazing basket for Easter complete with sugar free PEEPS, from the Mermaid. My room was the Mermaid room. Did I mention in my Easter basket there was a jar with home canned Fire and Ice Pickles and Pepper Jelly. These are two of my favorite foods and did I mention how much I appreciate glass canning jars.!?! As far as I could see the Four Seasons could take lessons!
I have been fortunate enough to travel in my lifetime. I have traveled over a lot of the US and even to London, Paris and Mexico. I have stayed in some really nice hotels, but generally they are lonely. Being invited into someones home is rewarding and it opens up your world to a certain level of “intimacy” that is unexplainable. I am not sure yet what my job is, or what it is I have to learn about being a bariatric Gypsy, but I love the job so far.
Bariatric Gypsy Meets Polynesian Redneck After a great nights sleep, I woke up and watched the Sunrise from the balcony. Then later when Lei got up, we chatted. We are both quite, verbal, expressive and talkative. As soon as one of us saw the other take a breath, the other would take off talking. It was so much fun. When Paul got home from work, we took off on an adventure. Heard About it ON the Food Network Thanks GuyHave you ever watched Guy Fieri on the Food Network, you know Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives?Well, Leave it to Lei and Paul to take me to the coolest diner in Jacksonville! Maybe you saw it on the Food Network! Once again, a great restuarant, but the best thing is the company. Sitting over great food with great friends having great conversation. Live Love Laugh but for Love GOD EAT! Yes Please
Metro Diner LOVE
I had the Charleston Shrimp and Grits. I have never liked Grits, but now I am converted. You might think by looking at this photo that I am a pig, this is too much food. I had this for lunch and dinner that day and still had some left over so Beca could try it when I got home.
Shrimp and Grits.... Kiss My Grits...
There was a lot of fun had visiting the Mermaid, and we have already decided another get together is in order on this Eat, Love Pray Bariatric Gypsy term of mine. Next time a ride on Sweet Leilani, NO I AM NOT Going to GET on her back, we are taking a cruise on the boat…. I hear the Eagles Fly along the river and I am ready for that.