Thank you for all of the congrats and well wishes. Derek and I are truly blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives. The last few days truly felt like they were a dream. 🙂
Please excuse my lack of consistent updates since Friday. Derek and I stayed in Key West after the relay and it was so nice to just disconnect and be together. Key West is one our favorite cities, it’s so relaxing and very go with the flow – the perfect spot to spend a couple of days celebrating post-engagement. 🙂
I would also like to give a huge shout out to the best Ragnar Relay team in the world, We Ran With Your Mom Last Night!
If I were to pick a group of 12 people to run from Miami to Key West with, this group would be it. Everyone finished with a smile and were just so easy going. This was one of my favorite races ever and the grand finale at the end was just icing on the cake. Thanks guys! You all rock!
After we all finished on Saturday- and spent a good amount of time enjoying our first showers in 48 hours – we grabbed a quick bite to eat (an unmemorable fish sandwich from the first place we saw with food) and joined the rest of Ragnar teams for celebratory free drinks at Rick’s.
I’m going to have to request that all future friends I go out with wear hot pink shirts at crowded bars, I can’t tell you how easy it was to find all of our team mates when we were separated. 🙂
The party moved to Sloppy Joe’s, where we spent the whole night on the dance floor dancing the night away.
Lots of inappropriateness ensued. It was epic. Have I mentioned how much i love Key West? 😉
At approximately 8:30am I heard a group of rowdy people at the breakfast buffet outside our window. I told Derek that it sounded like one of our team captains, he told me there was no way because, at 2:00am, he was far from his right state of mind. So I got up and peeked out the window. Sure enough, it was him. Happy, loud, and not a bit hung over. I hated him.
I moved a bit slower and eventually pieced together a breakfast from the complimentary breakfast spread. Nothing fancy, but it worked.
Derek’s parents were still in town from their surprise appearance at the finish line, so we spent the day with them. There was a little wedding talk, but mainly I was more interested in hearing stories from their wedding. Derek’s Dad proposed to his Mom in the Cayman Islands and they eventually honeymooned in the same spot. He also didn’t have a ring for her at the time and for their first 10 years of marriage they only wore matching engraved wedding bands. She eventually got a diamond ring, but still wears the original engraved wedding band to this day.
We ate at Foggarty’s on Duval and we all fell in love with their generous salads. If you’re looking for a good seafood salad in Key West – go to Foggarty’s. The food made up for last night’s fish sandwich fail.
And, of course, you can’t got to Key West without getting a slice of Key Lime Pie.
Especially when that piece is dipped in chocolate and comes on a stick. Yum. Yum. Yum.
We really just took it easy on Sunday.
We saw Mallory Square
Took a few photos
Had a few drinks
Ate some oysters
Acted like tourists
And watched the sunset.
Relaxing and perfect. 🙂
The night ended in our hotel room with the Denver Bronco’s football game and a shared bag of chips and carrots with a container of hummus. You really can’t ask for more than that. 🙂
On Monday, we started the day with a few friends at our favorite restaurant in Key West – Blue Heaven.
I took a leap of faith and tried my first bloody mary ever. The verdict? I loved it! I’m not a huge fan of sweet drinks, so this was right up my ally.
For breakfast I ordered the Rooster Special with potatoes, eggs, pecan pancakes, and bacon. After the bloody mary and a glass of champagne with a splash of cranberry juice, i needed real food in my empty stomach.
Then we headed to the Southernmost Beach Cafe for more drinks.
A round of mimosas was enjoyed by all.
This is my I-have-to-stick-my-feet-in-the-water-to-say-I-did-it-even-though-the-water-is-effing-freezing face. 😉
Our Sunday partners-in-crime .:)
Apparently when I start drinking in the morning, I like to sleep in the afternoon. I took a nice two hour nap from 2:00 – 4:00 and woke up wanting ice cream.
Derek and I saw these gigantic cookies in the window and knew exactly what we wanted.
Four of us shared this sucker and it was still too much, but, man, that cooker ice-cream sandwich was GOOD. 🙂
Derek and I decided we’re serving cookie ice-cream sandwiches at our wedding. Thoughts? We also want Jeremiah’s Ice. Heck, let’s just do all desserts. Who needs a real dinner? You’re just there for the cake anyways. 😉
I <3 Key West at night.
Jim and KellyAnn took us to their favorite spot on the island – Amigos.
This was their third time eating there this trip. Apparently it’s THAT good.
Derek and I were pretty full from ice cream, so we split the three squared taco combo.
It was good! Especially the tacos. I love it when places have corn tortillas instead of flour, I think that makes a real difference in the overall flavor of the taco.
‘Let’s head over to Sloppy Joe’s for one song’ turned into a 6 hour ordeal. But isn’t that how it always goes? I left early, but the rest of the group were out dancing all night long. Sloppy Joe’s really does offer the best live entertainment in Key West, plus their ‘craft beer bar’ in the back is quiet and perfect for talking when you need a break from dancing. Oh, and the fact they offer craft beer is pretty amazing. I learned that’s hard to come by in Key West!
Monday was our last day in Key West.
I began the day with a light breakfast
And we grabbed a veggie hummus wrap to share on the plane ride home.
Yes, plane ride. The 52 minute flight from Key West to Tampa was totally worth the $59 we each paid for the ticket. WORTH IT! I don’t know if you’ve ever made that 8 hour drive before, but it sucks. Well, unless you’re running it. 😉
The plane ride was smooth. The drive home was smooth. Picking up Maddie was smooth. And the smoothie I made when we got back was smooth.
Dinner was a lazy, random scramble. My body’s still on lazy Key West time, alright?
So there you have it. That’s how Derek and I spent the first 72 hours of being engaged. And we enjoyed every minute of it. 🙂
I’ll be back to regular posting this afternoon. Pinky swear. 🙂