Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Weeki Wachee is totally Wack

So here is a photo of my daughter that I love. I promptly made it the home screen photo on my phone (did I tell you? I've finally entered the 21st century with a smart phone). This photo was taken at Weeki Wachee, a strange little tourist attraction in western Florida.

I remember that my parents took me there when I was about 10 years old. When one of our faerie anniversary friends mentioned it, I thought it would be a great way to get in some Florida fun on the last day of our vacation. Besides all that, the little one loves mermaids.

It was a totally bizarre experience, pretty much terrible especially when the performers took their mermaid tails off. And though the bubbles against the glass during the scene changes were fun, I do not recommend unless you go for some wack sentimental reason.

We have this strange photo of her grandfather sitting next to the mermaid taken over 35 years ago. She's never seen this photo (the grandparents don't remember the photo either) but I swear she enacted almost the same exact pose when seated next to the mermaid - sitting a little bit away from the mermaid and thinking "wtf."

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

The KEY thing I learned

When the plane landed in Minnesota the temps were below zero. It was a surreal difference from Florida, the very sort of extreme that I like to experience. As much as I like those sorts of changes, there is one thing I want to keep, the one thing I learned from spending time on Cedar Key and that has to do with time. You see, time slowed down while we were on the key. It was truly magical yet I know it has everything to do with how I choose to spend my day. The thing I learned is how to slow down.

Back in our normal schedules, I can dread or rather, not savor the day. I sleep as long as I can, I crowd the day with activities and wait until the last minute to start dinner. I rush from preschool drop-off to morning meetings. I can change all that by simply getting up a little earlier and oddly enough, by scheduling relaxation. I can make it an intentional part of the day rather than just collapsing into a few moments of the day that happen to be open and free. I see a subtle yet important difference between these two ways of living out the week.

While our days on Cedar Key were about following our hearts to the next view and noses to the next bowl of clams, the day was in fact scheduled for relaxation. It was a "most enjoyable time*" that brought us two closer and taught us something we can carry with us for the rest of our lives.

[*Bud, the Vietnam Vet we met in the Island Hotel said this to me numerous times. It was a curiously old way of expressing pleasure and I loved it! I loved his language and his sentiments. I really hope I get a chance to meet him again.]

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

The KEY to happiness

"We had it all...." We had award-winning clam chowder with our faerie anniversary friends and his brother is the one who made that song famous. So perfect for describing our weekend!

We went to Island Restaurant and bar after Tony's chowder - old Florida hotel, tiny little bar full of locals. Apparently if you stay a couple of days, the bathrooms are across the hall. We sat with on old Vietnam vet/sniper (who spoke Vietnamese) who made us laugh so hard that my cheeks were aching. He got a kick out of hearing that my husband gave me an axe for Christmas.

So many wonderful things happened. I wish I could record it all. I'll have to settle with saying the one phrase that can do it....We had it all.....

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Stairway to heaven.

We made our way to Cedar Key, Fl for our anniversary weekend, to celebrate 21 years, y'all. And we walked up the stairs to our Bloody Mary's and we ended up sitting at the bar next to a couple also celebrating a Valentines anniversary who proceeded to invite us to the best suite on the island. We drank wine, shared stories about our lives, and marveled at the view. We decided to meet later for dinner at the same bar where we all met and experienced together a lively band doing songs that got couples up and dancing after finishing bowls of clams.

Later Dave and I talked and talked about our ongoing luck in meeting nice couples at random bars - all good people. We decided that means we are good people, too. Like recognizes like, I suppose. But we readily admit that the entire bar was full of good people because the smiles were everywhere. We found an island of happy people which is just our kind of people. And the best way to celebrate love.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

From MN to summer!

She said she wanted summer for her birthday and so we did the best we could. Let's not talk about the fact that the temps barely hit 60 degrees today. It was just nice not to be in winter boots and winter coats. We were sitting outside eating fresh seafood and enjoying the damp of the gulf air. Summertime at its best even if a bit chilly.

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