Return from Spring Break

Spring Break in Panama City Beach spending time at the beach house was a blast.  Getting back in gear with homework and work/work to start the week off right now.  Spent lots of time at the beach with the sand between my toes and the warm breeze blowing, salt air smell and the crashing waves.  There was even an awesome surf day but with no wetsuit and the temperatures of the water being so frigid I watched with envy as an experienced surfer “dude” rode the waves like a champ.

Here are a few snapshots from the trip, hope you enjoy…..

PCB 2015 Beach View

View from Beach Access 87 – a walk from the house

pcb-2015-gulf-view1

This picture never gets old…….

PCB 2015 Lake Powell

A view of Lake Powell in the Neighborhood!

PCB 2015 Beach House Friends

We had guests who had stayed in our house while we were gone and I have no idea who they are???

PCB 2015 Happens at Beach

I like to have a cocktail or two while on vacation….let’s leave it at that!

PCB 2015 Lighthouse

Lighthouse was actually landlocked in Alabama at one of our pit-stops, just looked like a great photo op.

PCB 2015 Maxwell Smart at the beach

Maxwell Smart was actually quite pleased when playing on the sand, but he does not swim in the gulf or ocean (YET! – mom’s still working on that one)

PCB 2015 Maxwell Smart I have arrived

Maxwell was so glad when we arrived in Panama City Beach, FL, he does like the warm weather!

PCB 2015 Oyster

Oysters!!! Enough said!

 PCB 2015 Seagull

Even the seagulls are missed by me.

PCB 2015 Seashell by Pool

Picked up a few shells to display outside by the pool, thought they added the beach touch.

PCB 2015 Surf dog

Surf dog (not Maxwell Smart – YET!)

Beach Dreams – Retirement – Graduation

NOLA was awesome, had a birds eye view of the Superdome all week as we were in class on the 38th floor overlooking a spectacular view of NOLA.  While trying to obtain some mediation skills:

Frilot LLC hosted Essential Mediation Skills for the New Mediator, a 40-Hour course sponsored by the American Arbitration Association. The course provided a comprehensive immersion in the essential skills and knowledge required of all mediators. The course continued over five consecutive days (December 1-5, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) allowing for extensive discussion and interaction between and among faculty and participants.

Essential Mediation Skills for the New Mediator was held at Frilot’s newly remodeled office space located at 1100 Poydras Street, Suite 3700. A.J. Krouse, partner at Frilot LLC, was an instrumental presenter at the course.

Superdome

All of this studying called for a few nights of fun and relaxation especially after completing finals for University of Memphis courses.

Sitting here awaiting my grades for the semester, just took two surveys as this is required to receive preliminary grades.  One last class still to be provided but the verdict is promising and should be a clear 4.0 for the semester.  Getting bored since I didn’t have homework only work/work to do at home so I enrolled in three classes one more to go but it requires a prerequisite of one of the classes taken this semester so must hold off on registration of that course.  Senior Project has been registered for and I see a potential of a Spring 2015 commencement.  When that occurs there will be a real reason to party.

So you might be asking what in all of this makes you think of the beach. Well the weather was warm, short sleeves in December is a great feeling.  The food was spectacular, oysters, crawfish, fish, more oysters, more crawfish and more oysters.  So that my friend is what is called oysteria would you like to know what that means?  Well we found a new restaurant, Royal Oyster House located at 441 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA and they describe oysteria best….

Royal House Oysteria - All of New Orleans is afflicted with this love of oysters due to the year-round supply of large plump Gulf oysters harvested from the Southern, warm waters and delivered fresh to our tables. But nowhere is more so stricken than our beloved Royal House. Our “oysteria” is most obvious when guests sidle up to the marble oyster bar at Royal House to have a dozen shucked by Antoine, Nirobe or, Jeff, who’ve all accumulated years of shucking experience and story-telling. But our love for oysters doesn’t stop there. Chef Steve has created signature Royal House oyster dishes including his sweet, savory Oyster Beignets and a festival favorite, the Oyster Puff Pastries for those who have already satiated their weakness for raw, chargrilled and baked oysters at the bar. So come try our oysters, on and off the shell!  And much like in the movie Forrest Gump, well at the Royal Oyster House you can have Oysters on the half shell, chargrilled oysters, oyster tacos, oyster puff pastry, oyster beignets, oyster maque choux, oyster rockefeller, oyster po-boy, oyster Royale, oyster duo….. well I guess you get the picture.  So we ate here twice just because we couldn’t get enough.  Now it doesn’t take a genius to figure out, to get fresh oysters you should probably be pretty close to the WHAT??????  The BEACH – that is correct.   Here my friends is where I love to get my oysters from and look it is real close to Panama City Beach (PCB)!

Florida Oyster Reef

Currently lounging with a view of Maxwell Smart who by the way behaved while at the infamous Uncle Johns or Johnny B’s (or so I was informed) since he didn’t make the trip to NOLA.  He is one lazy dog, lounging by the heater, definitely see glimpses of him lounging by the pool in Florida sunning.  What a life, sleep, eat, and give me a treat…..

Thanks Johnny B, he is even more spoiled than ever if that is possible!!!!