Happy Margarita Day!

I don’t usually go out for fancy drinks, but tonight’s one of those nights. Yay for Margarita Day! Apparently, it’s actually a real holiday and I’ve been seeing it all over the Internet. No idea who made declared it such, but I’m not complaining. 🙂

My margarita from last time!

I’m the driver tonight so I only get one drink, but I’m still so excited to see my girlfriends. After being out with Paul and all of his friends on Friday, I’m in dire need of lady time. Anyone else having a margarita tonight?


Lunch meal 1

This is one of the most random lunch bowls ever. In the mix are black beans, peas, orzo, spinach and feta. You know what? It was actually really tasty. I need to incorporate more beans in my lunches. They fill me up.

Salad of the day

What would lunch be like without some veggies? Well, it just wouldn’t be my lunch! In the mix, I have tons of spinach, red bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, green olives, zucchini and parmesan cheese. I stick to feta usually, but the parmesan was pretty good too.


On the side, I had some string cheese and apple slices.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the earthquake that occurred yesterday in New Zealand. It was 6.5 and has killed at least 60 people. Earthquakes really freak me out because:

1. You can’t really predict them
2. They can do a ton of damage, kill thousands and cause tsunamis
3. I’ve already experience one, and it was a 6.4.

You can read a story about the earthquake I was in here.

I was with my immediate family on the island of Lefkada in Greece. We were all forced to sleep in one room, with my brother pretty much sleeping on the dresser since there was no room. Now I’m thankful we were all together.


The weird thing was that I woke up a couple minutes before the quake. I remember when it started how scared we all were. I was only 14 at the time, but immediately, I knew what was going on. I think we all did. Rather than still in the room, as we saw the walls starting to crack we took off and ran outside the hotel room and down the stairs. It seemed like forever, but I think the earthquake only lasted 30 seconds.


After it ended, we had a ton of aftershocks, which were just as scary. My dad decided we needed to get off this island as soon as possible, so we packed up all of our stuff, and drove to the nearest port. We ended up seeing huge boulder in the street on the way there, and huge cracks in the streets. A couple hours later, we were off Lefkada, but the memory of that earthquake sticks with me.

Have you ever been in an earthquake or another natural disaster? How do you eat black beans? Any good recipe ideas? Anyone else going to be watching America’s Next Top Model tomorrow?

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28 Responses to Happy Margarita Day!

  1. I have been hearing about Margarita Monday all over too, I guess its official! Unfortunately I wont be partaking, I have to prepare a presentation for one of my classes! Ugh. So cal has had some huge earthquakes and the last big one was when I was about 4 years old..it was so scary but luckily we were all safe. So glad you were safe during the earthquake you were in as well!

    Your random lunch bowl is right up my alley…it sounds so good! Mixing random things together is my favorite 🙂

  2. Holy Moly! I’m glad you are okay. Earthquakes and tornados freak me out. I have been in a couple tornados randomly and never been more scared in my life. Hurricanes don’t scare me too much though.

  3. oh man… that must have been so scary! Luckily you guys were ok!!

    margaritas sound sooooo goood right now! I’ll have to use my imagination and pretend my glass of vino is a little more funky and tropical =)


  4. Olivia says:

    Margarita day!?! How fun!! I love virgin drinks (gotta stay legal!), especially on the beach- I feel all tropical and festive! hah! Your lunches always look right up my alley have you ever tried goat cheese? well I’m sure you have, but I eat goat and feta interchangeably..so good!

  5. Jenny says:

    What a horrible earthquake! All we get here are pretty much hurricanes but they can get kinda nasty. And that Margarita looks insanely delicious and huge! I wanna celebrate margarita day 😦 It’s too late now lol

  6. Kristina says:

    I was in the midst of a typhoon in Fiji-nothing bad tho it was an aftermath of it, but cool to say it!
    Love black beans in all things mexican.
    yay for fancy drinks, I had some too tonight-and I saw on twitter that it was Margo day-glad you celebrated!

  7. I was in the big earthquake in Seattle smoe… 10 years ago? I don’t know?
    Anyways it wasn’t a HUGE deal at the time but it’s defintiely kind of scary :/

    I love black beans plain, I also made a black-bean stuffed red pepper recipe last week! 🙂 It was delish and super simple. It’s on my What-I-Ate Wednesday Post if you want ideas 😉

  8. Oh man! That is awful!!!! How sad!

    I can’t say that I remember being in an earthquake, but my mom told me that I experienced them when I was a little girl — like regularly.

  9. mmmstories says:

    It’s awful what’s going in New Zealand! I wish there were more coverage of it because it’s such a hard situation for the country. I’ve slept through two medium-sized earthquakes – one in Champaign and one in Rome.

    And yay for veggies in the lunch! I love to throw black beans into soups – maybe with corn, peppers, tomato and tortilla strips.

  10. Gina says:

    Black bean & guac go together like peanut butter & jelly 🙂

  11. vixter2010 says:

    Hope u enjoyed your cocktail, I’ve never heard of that day before! Luckily I’ve never experienced an earthquake, we’re not massively at risk here but it’s so sad and shocking to see them. Must be terrfiying!

  12. Katy says:

    One, I am so pissed I missed Margarita Day! I love margaritas soooo much.

    Two, I’ve never been in an earthquake (or they say I have here in Africa, but I didn’t feel anything…) but I have been through a few hurricanes. I was also in Hawaii last year when there was supposed to a tsunami due to the earthquake in Chile. Those didn’t bother me so much, but the thought of a blizzard or a tornado… Scares the crap out of me, haha.

  13. I really feel for those people in New Zealand. It’s awful. And the floods in Australia too. In the UK we don’t really get major earth quakes just baby ones that I tend to always sleep through!

  14. Earthquakes are SO scary! I have been in a couple of hurricanes and while they are scary at least we knew they were coming…
    I like to eat my black beans with veggies and brown rice!
    No margarita for me yesterday 😦

    i was in a very small earthquake once in CA.. it waas spooky!!!!!
    and hummus + black beans is SO SO GOOD! or even make black bean pancakes!

  16. alex says:

    i’ve been in absolutely nothing….not even a tornado….

    wait nvm. We had Hurricane Ike. That sucked.

  17. Oh my gosh! That’s so scary! No, I’ve never experienced an earthquake, thank God. And I didn’t realize it was margarita day! I would have certainly celebrated! 🙂

  18. That margarita looks YUM (but like the size of my face! Whoa!) I’ve never been in an earthquake – never lived somewhere with a fault line!

  19. Lisa says:

    I didn’t even know it was margarita day! I’ll have to wait for next year (or not!).

    Wow—on the earthquake thing. I’ve been in one earthquake at home, but it was tiny. So no natural disasters for me so far.

    I like black beans warmed up with a little lime juiced squeezed on them and some sea salt…then I dump them on a salad.

  20. Kayla says:

    Oh my, that is crazy! I was in a tornado when I was 5. It was the biggest tornado to ever hit Oklahoma. We hid under the stairs with lots of blankets and pillows. The noise from it was so loud and there was lots of crashing and banging as the tornado swirled around knocking down houses and trees. Luckily our house was safe, but my dad’s car was completely totaled and the houses behind us were completely obliterated!

  21. I saw someone post on FB about Margarita day!

    Earthquakes are SO scary! Luckily I was never in one before. A good think about living in PA. I think we have had mild tornadoes, once or twice in my lifetime though. Def have had bad hurricanes but nothing compared to other parts of the world!

    I love black beans and rice or I like to make a black bean puree and put it on my brown rice wraps!

  22. runyogarepeat says:

    I’ve never been in an earthquake before, but they’re scary! My friend lives in NZ and I was able to talk to her yesterday – the earthquake was really close to her apparently. I’m glad she’s okay!

  23. I can’t believe I missed National Margarita Day!! I guess this just means I need to celebrate more this weekend 🙂

    Last summer I was in California for 10 days and experienced an earthquake there. It was really minor but the whole house shook and some glasses broke. I was nervous but at the time didn’t know what was going on. I can’t imagine experiencing a really bad one. I always keep people who suffer from natural disasters in my prayers and pray that I’m fortunate enough to not experience one.

  24. how did i miss the fact that yesterday was margarita day!? i might have to celebrate that tonight….

  25. Oh my gosh! That’s so scary. I’m glad you’re okay. I’ve never been in any sort of natural disaster, and I’m really grateful for it.

    I didn’t have any margaritas, but I’m going out on Monday for drinks, so maybe I’ll have to celebrate a little late.

  26. Allison says:

    Aww man i missed the margarita memo?!?! I was in a super tiny earthquake that was in Illinois but that is my only experience. It literally lasted 10seconds but I was so confused at what happened. Crazy scary and can’t imagine what those people must be going through.

  27. holy man, that would’ve been terrifying!!! i’ve never been in an earthquake, but i am thinking of those people in NZ. actually i know quite a few people from there (duh, i live in Australia) and you’re right, it is horrible.

    on a side note, i haven’t had tequila in years (bad memories…) and i hope to download ANTM. it’s totally my guilty pleasure. 😛

  28. Sam says:

    I was also in the 2003 Lefkas earthquake!

    I was on holiday in Nidri at the time. That was the scariest thing that has ever happened to me – waking up to my bed shaking across the room. My hotel was on the sea-front so everyone slept on the beach for a couple of nights after, as the aftershocks were still pretty strong so didn’t want to risk it. Nobody knew much about tsunami’s back then so on reflection that may not have been the best idea!

    Which town were you staying in?


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