Our Annual BBQ

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Me on our hotel balcony

Hard to believe it was already Thursday!  This is usually the day we would get together and have our annual cook out at the hotel for whoever was around and enjoy the beautiful Ambergris Caye night.  We are always a little better prepared but we managed to come up with a game plan that would work. Mark was going to take Mike and Michelle into town to buy stuff and Silvina and I were going walking earlier in the day so she could also check the area out. 

As usual, we got a bit of a late start but made our way down the beach and into town.  We were charged with getting the shrimp, vegetables, and seasonings.  We had horrible luck starting out trying to find shrimp and hit about 5 stores before we finally found any.  WHEW.

Mark and I
  It just happened to be in the vegetable store too which worked - we bought peppers, onions, some seasonall, and Silvina found her banana chips she was now addicted to and we were on our way.  We stopped at a few stores and did some souvenir shopping and headed back to the hotel to get that shrimp defrosting and ready to go. 

As we arrived, Mike and Michelle were hanging at the bar enjoying a beer.  Apparently they got ribs and pork which were both marinading in Barrel One rum and Belikin Stout.  OH YUMMY!!  Silvina and I retreated upstairs were we left the shrimp and corn on the cob ears in the sink to defrost.  I began deveining and skewering the shrimp while Silvina just looked cute (she freaks at the thought of cleaning the little guys but loves to eat them!!) 

She ended up helping me skewer them as I deveined them otherwise we would've been there all night.

Another shot of our food cooking up on the grill.....yummy!
  I accidentally left a little part of the vein on one that she had and she remarked about it and I told her to just toss the poop in the sink and I thought she was going to die.  She had no idea what the vein was on a shrimp when you devein it....hee hee.  Oh yes, that was a fun moment.  From then on, I tried to make poop jokes about what the shrimp might've eaten! :D

Like clockwork, we got the food down and the grill was ready to go.  Poor Mike was back to being grill master this year since my ex and I split up and that was normally his assumed duties for the last 3 years.  It's ok cuz Mike did a fantastic job and everything came out superb!!  We had a fun night hanging out with a new couple who had just checked in the hotel and it was much more of a low key night than bbq's in the past.

Most of the dinner gang all together
  We figured Jan and Kim wouldn't make it as they had done an all day trip to the Lamanai ruins and were likely exhausted.  Normally, more people are staying in the hotel but it was a very quiet week for us.  The officers who had been staying there and since moved hotels next door joined us as well and it was a fun night.  There had been a cold front coming in but it was not that bad out and we all sat out on the beach for quite a long time chatting.  While we were sitting there chatting, I caught something out of the corner of my eye and it was this pretty big crab.  He actually ran across the sand and started climbing the palm tree. I didn't know crabs could climb trees or would want to.  It was pretty dark so I tried to circle the tree with him as he made  his way up, taking quite a few shots in the dark to see what would come out.
Here's looking at you kid!
  Yeah...he did not look like a happy crab, probably not with a big flash of light right in his little face.   Kinda surprised he didn't pinch me...I know I would've if the situation had been reversed! HAHA

Soon, it was already late and everyone was turning in for the night.  We decided to call it an early night and get ready for the big day.....Halloween!!!! :D

PrissyT says:
seems like a good night! i wonder what the crab was going to get up that tree...
Posted on: Nov 06, 2008
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Me on our hotel balcony
Me on our hotel balcony
Mark and I
Mark and I
Another shot of our food cooking u…
Another shot of our food cooking …
Most of the dinner gang all togeth…
Most of the dinner gang all toget…
Heres looking at you kid!
Here's looking at you kid!
Silvina on our balcony
Silvina on our balcony
Beautiful flowers in our room
Beautiful flowers in our room
Another shot from the balcony
Another shot from the balcony
Love this pic of Silvina!
Love this pic of Silvina!
clouds rolling in again
clouds rolling in again
Manual labor! LOL
Manual labor! LOL
I am deadly with bamboo skewers! :D
I am deadly with bamboo skewers! :D
That took me like 30 minutes to do…
That took me like 30 minutes to d…
Michelle and I hard at work
Michelle and I hard at work
I have my trusty assistant Silvina…
I have my trusty assistant Silvin…
Finishing up our shrimp skewers
Finishing up our shrimp skewers
Sherlyn!
Sherlyn!
Silvina trying to get a natural sh…
Silvina trying to get a natural s…
The arrival of Mark and his Barrel…
The arrival of Mark and his Barre…
Hee Hee...we presented Mark with h…
Hee Hee...we presented Mark with …
It was completely dark out there s…
It was completely dark out there …
FOOOOOD!!! :D
FOOOOOD!!! :D
Finished shrimp skewers
Finished shrimp skewers
Sherlyn taking over flashlight dut…
Sherlyn taking over flashlight du…
Close up of the ribs and corn
Close up of the ribs and corn
Sherlyn with her BBQ sauce! LOL
Sherlyn with her BBQ sauce! LOL
My plate of food! STARVING! :D
My plate of food! STARVING! :D
Silvina and I enjoying our evening
Silvina and I enjoying our evening
Grubbin time!
Grubbin time!
Part of the gang including our sec…
Part of the gang including our se…
John and I posing for the camera
John and I posing for the camera
Me, Sherlyn, and Michelle
Me, Sherlyn, and Michelle
Didnt know crabs climbed trees?!?!
Didn't know crabs climbed trees?!?!
Yikes...close up of mr crab!
Yikes...close up of mr crab!
I dont think hes very happy with…
I don't think he's very happy wit…
Look at him up the tree!! LOL
Look at him up the tree!! LOL
Ok, night..I will leave you alone …
Ok, night..I will leave you alone…
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