Scott loves to surprise me for hot nights out on the town. A few days before my birthday he sent a calendar invite to me, for a hot date. Without a doubt, I quickly accepted. I always love having something fun to look forward to.
We took a quick Uber ride to one of my favorite places on the water, Shooter’s Waterfront. My favorite seat in the house is at the outdoor bar. There’s a fabulous view from there facing the water and the band. Happy hour had already begun so we ordered two glasses of champagne and their shrimp cocktail appetizer to get started. Loving the seafood theme, we decided to split their Crab Louie Salad. I absolutely love crab, so this is always a treat for me. We cleaned our plates and paid our tab.
As the sun began to set for the evening, we made our way to the Water Taxi stand. We all know that Fort Lauderdale is known as the ‘Venice of America’ because of all our beautiful canals. Exploring the city via the Water Taxi is always so much fun. From all the stories the captain shares, to the jokes and all the celebrity chatter, the rides are always so much fun. Add holiday lights to these million-dollar homes and the Water Taxi ride becomes even more of a treat! Lucky for us, the they were serving half priced beverages for happy hour. We each chose a can of Truly Hard Selzer to accompany our evening.
With the sun setting and the moon rising, the temperatures began to drop on the water. Thankfully I had brought my gloves and my newly knitted, birthday touke! It was made specially for me by my friend, Terry. You may wonder, what in the world is a touke? It’s a wool hat that covers the ears and is popular in Canada. I’m featuring my new touke here.
The holiday lights did not disappoint, and the crowd was joyful and eager to visit with each other. We met people on vacation and people that had just moved to the area. It’s still hard to believe that we live in this beautiful piece of paradise. The gentle rock of the boat with the shiny colored lights had me beaming with delight. And now I have something to look forward to, next year.
Two years ago, Scott and I moved to Pompano Beach from Austin, Texas. One of our new favorite things to do is walk the streets, looking at holiday lights in our flip-flops. That’s right. I prefer shoveling leaves out of the pool to shoveling snow. Also, I don’t like wearing coats and snow boots. Okay, let’s just get straight to it, I get cold easily and still watch TV with an electric blanket because our air-conditioning is set to 67 degrees for Buddy, our Golden Retriever.
But seriously, have you checked the national weather news lately? There is some serious snow shoveling going on, north of here. Not to mention ice. Our nephew and niece have had classes canceled at least 3 time this winter, so far. I continue texting my family asking if they are ready to visit us and defrost a bit. I feel bad, but I will have to make another sandman on the beach, resembling Frosty and send it on Christmas day. Watch. You know I will.
Scott and I ventured out to the infamous Macek family house located at 2700 SE 6th Street and put on by them and a combination of family and friends that includes: creators, installers, artists, electronic engineer and a foam fabricator. The entire street makes you whisper, wowzers.
Important facts that make interest you. They use 20,000 staples, over 8,000 cable ties, hundreds of electrical cords of various lengths and it takes 4 weeks to assemble the display to light up on Thanksgiving Day. It takes approximately 10 days to take down and completely store the entire display on site. All lights are single strand 100 light sets and are carefully placed to achieve the symmetrical appearance. This has been done this for the last 16 years.
How much is the electric bill? This is Santa’s little secret.
Downsizing from a house to a condo means also downsizing on Christmas decorations and lights. Our decorating style might be considered simplistic or maybe contemporary. Either way, we have the bling going on each night, but nothing compared to the Macek house.
I’d love to see more lights this holiday season. Let me know if your neighborhood puts on a great display. I’ll bring the hot chocolate.
Thank you making the December launch kick-off party to our Girls’ Night Out a huge success! Our first event was held at 26 Degrees Brewing Co. as a Holiday Sip and Shop evening with a Candy Cane attire theme. There was a line out the door with women anxiously awaiting to be awarded one of the 50 swag bags filled with goodies. 175-200 attendees were there, with eighteen vendors ready to sell their goods. Happy hour was in full swing with special pricing for the beers, ciders and wines. And our toy drive was fulfilled with 200 new toys that were wrapped and distributed by our spotlight non-profit organization, My Safe Harbor.
A big element to our Girls’ Night Out event was having local women artisans and businesses exhibit their work. Be sure to keep these local businesses in mind when purchasing gifts. Shopping local and supporting other women helps make the world go around.
By the way, do you know how 26 Degrees Brewing Co. got their name? The latitude location of the City of Pompano Beach is 26 degrees, hence the name, 26 Degrees Brewing Co.
Our featured December businesses:
Blankets by Smilez by Jeanelle Knecht
Pink Moon Mala by Tabitha Tindale
It's So Jan by Jan Esposito
Atelier Newday byYelis Yenigun
Color Street Nails by Monique Zelman
What's for Dessert? Designs by Kirsten Knowles
Paradise Remembered by Yvette Sands
Chick-fil-A by Erica Baker
Glisten and Glow with Gail
Coast Boutique, In Marjakangas
Speak Your Nature by Angie Bancalari
Nomad Soul Designs by Rebecca Gernert
Artia Designs by Rosie Rios
Patricia Marie Gallery
I love kickboxing
Graciela Valdes Fine Art Photography
Mary Kay by Suzanne Tonietto
LuLaRoe and Accessories by Amanda Flutie
At the end of the night, one lucky winner scored the 2-night stay at the Plunge Beach Resort.
You won't want to miss our next event:
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Pompano Housewives in the City Girls’ Night Out –
Join us at yoga hOMe for cocktails, bites, networking and shopping from local artisans and women business owners. This month’s theme is ‘Winter White’ so wear white outfits for a photographable evening. Our charity spotlight is Mary Ann’s Foster Closet. Let's help make a difference by donating hygiene items to help foster parents and they kids serve. The first 50 women will receive swag bags filled with goodies. It’s free to attend, but you must RSVP and you don’t have to be a housewife to come.
We flew into Springfield, Missouri for Thanksmas on Wednesday afternoon. My old stomping grounds are the home of Bass Pro Shop and yes, Brad Pitt. No, I haven’t met Brad, but I have worked with his brother, Doug with ServiceWorld Computer Services, now apparently Pitt Technology Group, a couple of times. He looks a lot like his brother, but that’s as close to the Pitt family as I’ve gotten.
Family game night was in full force as our nephew and niece taught us a new card game, Crap on Your Neighbor. Oh, my word, we had the best time playing and this went on for hours. Our nephew had texted me days before reminding me to bring my quarters. And now I know why.
Our Thanksgiving Day tradition is greeting each other with big hugs at my cousin’s house, taking loads of pictures, then celebrating with a huge meal with our entire family which is followed by a pinata watching party. We line the kids up, youngest to oldest and they entertain us by taking turns swinging at the pinata with a bat. The older kids are blind-folded and spun in circles, until they are dizzy. The younger ones get to go full force. After everyone retreats home for their afternoon nap, we have a gift exchange at my brother and sister-in-law’s house. Our nephew and niece, respectively 11 and 8 years old, absolutely live for Thanksmas.
On Friday we ventured out with my Dad, brother and family to see Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum Aquarium. What a sight! The aquarium depicted the under-water-world perfectly. There was even a shark feeding opportunity for one lucky person to feed the sharks underwater, while in a cage. Yeah, no thank you. If you get a chance to visit Springfield, Missouri, you should add this to your must-see list. Also, please note that Johnny Morris has the Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo trophy proudly displayed in his museum. Well done, Johnny.
Saturday the sun came out, so we all ventured outside to play. Scott and our nephew put his new football kicking tee to use. Our nephew is a huge Kansas City Chiefs fan, so there was endless chatter about him one day kicking for the Chiefs. Indeed, I hope he does. Our niece, otherwise known as my mini-me, and I spent our afternoon hunting for bugs. A girl after my heart, she loves and wants every animal alive. We added our bug collection to her terrarium for her pet salamander.
No trip is complete until we’ve hit the hibachi grill with the family. This time we choose Fiji Japanese Seafood and Steakhouse and they did not disappoint. The fire and cooking show were both fabulous. Our Aunt Helen wasn’t as impressed with the fire show, but that sure added entertainment for us. With bellies filled we rushed home to catch the country sunset that I love so much. I miss those rolling hills with the cows, but I don’t miss the cold.
Sunday morning my Mom and family left on their road trip back to Mississippi. It was almost time for Scott and I to go back home, too. I started thinking about how much I miss my family and how great it would be to move back home. Just in the nick of time a huge cold front hit with spitting snow. Saying good-bye was hard, but I kept my focus on the palm trees and sand so I wouldn’t cry. It was the perfect home for the holiday time with family and I can’t wait to see them all again.
Hi there! I am Angel and live a happy life in Pompano Beach with my wonderful husband, Scott, and our two dogs, Brady and Buddy.
I love to travel, the color blue, Netflix binges, Tito’s and gluten-free chocolate raspberry cake. I also have a serious obsession with pictures!
In addition to Housewives in the City, I am a real estate and portrait photographer. I basically make people and things look pretty.
Meeting new friends, making a difference for non-profits and helping businesses grow are my passions. And that is what we get to do at our monthly girls’ nights out!
I can’t wait to meet you. All women are welcome, and we are going to have a ton of fun!