Wednesday, March 28, 2012

specific phobia: mutant moth

Dear friends,
Sometimes I wonder how my life is so..well..bizarre. It seems as though weird or unexpected things happen to me a lot more than the average person. I don't think I bring such events on myself, but I suppose it is possible. Or maybe I can just turn any little event into a great story, and my life is actually super uneventful. Maybe a quirky combination of the two.
You know how some blogs do Awkward and Awesome one day a week? I could do that for my entire life. Minus the awesome on most days.
Anyway, a weird thing happened to me today. And I feel the need to share it with you, dear reader.
First, check this guy out (the weird bug thing, not the cigarette butt):
This fun little fuzzbutt got his picture taken because he had previously made my neck his perch. In case you don't know me (in which case you probably wouldn't be reading this blog because I don't think anyone actually reads this, much less strangers, but alas..), I do not. like. bugs. AT ALL. Not a fan. Butterflies can hang with me, but that's about it. I don't even like moths. And I especially do not like mutant caterpillars that somehow manage to get on my neck.
So I'm sitting outside under a big oak tree, enjoying the weather and a PB&J bagel, and I feel a weird sensation on my neck. Lo and behold, something is there -- I originally thought it might be some jelly because that's kind of how it felt, and I'm a pretty messy eater (the fact that I thought there might be jelly on my neck is kind of awkward in and of itself, no?). I literally FLING it off, suddenly realizing it's probably some kind of creature!!, and it goes flying across the area, landing conveniently next to this cigarette butt, which offers some size comparison (kind of a big guy). Needless to say, I promptly went inside, then continued to feel like there were bugs on me the rest of the day.
I also posted this lil bugger to my Facebook, and I found out it is a Orgyia leucostigma aka the white-marked tussock moth. But in caterpillar form. So someday this strange, awful creature may actually become a moth and then be able to FLY onto me.
And honestly, that would be my luck.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

spotlight on: kona grill happy hour

May I just preface this post with a little note: I am a bargain hunter. No, I couldn't be featured on Extreme  Couponing (although I did save approximately $12 with coupons on my last Target purchase!), but I collect Groupons like they're tchotchkes, I can't resist a good deal, I use Ebates every time I shop online, and I am constantly on the hunt for a good happy hour.

Which brings us today's Spotlight On featuring Kona Grill.

You can easily find your closest Kona Grill right here. Once you type in your zip code and click enter, you'll see a handy map. Click on details next to your chosen location, and you will see the restaurant's hours, including their happy hours! Some will even have reverse happy hour in case you can't just skip off work at 3 pm (in which case, what were you thinking getting a job that makes you miss happy hour?!)

If you're in Baton Rouge like me, you can find a lovely KG at Perkins Rowe (love that place, don't you?). Here's their bar happy hours*:
Mon - Fri 3pm - 7pm
Mon - Thurs 9pm - 11pm (Reverse happy hour, woohoo!)
Fri - Sat 10pm - 12am (Reverse happy hour on Fridays and Saturdays?! Unheard of!)
Sat 1pm - 5pm
*Yes, you must sit in the bar. This includes the lovely outdoor patio at my KG, which is kind of awesome with super nice weather like today's. If you are under 21, I think you can still take advantage of HH -- this is based on witnessing some kiddos getting drunk eating dessert with their parents in the bar area.

So what's the deal? Half price some appetizers, some appetizers discounted for $6, and some pretty inexpensive drink specials. There's a ladies' margarita for $3.50, another margarita for $4.50, and the cosmos, beer, etc. are cheaper than usual.

My favorite? The crab crunch roll (half off makes it around $3). I also love the margherita flatbread (around $5) and pot stickers (around $5). The avocado eggroll (around $5) left me disappointed -- doesn't it sound like it'd be awesome?! They even look awesome (see below). Well, mine weren't flavorful enough, so boo on them. I may try making my own based on this recipe, because I think the idea is pretty solid.

Anyway, if you are looking for something to do in Baton Rouge (or Houston - the Galleria has a great KG!), I would highly recommend checking out KG's HH (check out that double abbrev!). I go there when I'm at Perkins Rowe if I want a bite to eat, but I am planning a separate trip with some friends some weekend soon. It's just that good. When I try a drink, I will report back with my review! Enjoy and let me know if you like it!