A New Chapter


Buh-bye, Sunshine state!
Buh-bye, Sunshine state!

Hey, y’all!  I know it’s been forever since I’ve posted but all kinds of exciting things have been happening and I believe I’m now at liberty to share them with you!  Since James has graduated from UNC he’s been working “como un perdido”, a Spanish saying which translates to “working like a lost person”, for Charlie Crist in the Florida gubernatorial campaign.  The hours are longer than I could ever imagine but it’s exhilarating, he loves it and, hey…he’s 23.  Do it now while you’re young!  Now for Jimmy. He has accepted a teaching assignment for this fall in Boston.  Wait, wait, whaaaat?  Yup.  So guess who’s going with him?  Well, for a little while anyway.  I’m so thrilled and fired up!  I’ll be able to see my bestie, Selene, as often as I want, (which is all the time!), and so many of our family members and friends that I only get to see when they come to Florida.  I’ll be able to cook for my Greek-orican brother-in-law  who loves his arroz con habichuelas, pollo en fricasee, mofongo, tostones, pasteles and all the other island delights I cook for him when he comes to my house.  I can go shoe shopping with his wife, Jimmy’s sister Tina, and then we’ll have glasses of wine.  And laugh.  But what I’m really psyched about is that I’m going to take cooking and writing courses.  I can’t wait.  I love our life here in South Florida, but frankly, I’ve GOT to move on.  I don’t want to wake up 83 years old and think “What have I accomplished?  What?  Oh, yeah.  I went to work at the same place for 26 years.  Gosh, I feel better now.” and then drown in regret.  Regret is wasteful, avoidable with a little work, unnecessary  and downright dishonorable.  I’m only going for a short time..maybe a couple of months…we’ll see.  I know.  I know!  Y’all are thinking, “She’ll be back before that first snow flake hits the cold, hard ground!”  Damn straight I will!  Well, maybe I’ll be up there for a flurry or two.  But I WILL be back and I may even post a few pieces here and there.  And you can always find me on instagram and twitter both @theirreverentkitchen.  Just know when you don’t hear from me on this blog that all IS well! So here’s to a new chapter in life.  Wish me luck and a good time.  “Ain’t nothin’ but a party!”

Helloooo Boston!
Helloooo Boston!


  1. Kacy Marshall

    Oh Man! Congrats Alicia! That sounds amazing!!!! Please let us know if we can do anything for your home while you are gone. We would love to help in any way we can! But we will miss you.

  2. Mary Denu Mapes

    Wow..all sounds like a fun opportunity for you! I bet you will flourish in the writing classes and have this story telling/cook book out on the shelves by next year 🙂 Luck and Happiness to you on your new venture in life.

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