Palm Beach

On Friday, I left straight from work and drove to the airport, where I boarded a plane and arrived, some six hours later, in Florida. Bart was waiting for me in the ugliest car known to mankind (otherwise known as the HHR).

Saturday was one of those perfect, perfect days. The weather was warm (even if it did rain a bit in the afternoon), we got up after 8 hours of sleep, went to the gym, and then out to breakfast/lunch. Sometimes there is nothing better than some diner food. Hello, blueberry pancakes and hash browns.

Afterward, we wandered down to City Place and walked through many of the stores and spent some time browsing at Barnes and Noble (is there anything I love as much as a bookstore?), before hitting a matinee of New Moon (I couldn’t stop giggling over Jacob’s horrendous wig, and Bart nearly died of laughter when Jacob suddenly went out of control and began threatening Mike. Also, Bart confirmed that Mike had aged poorly in the year since the last movie).

We went back to the hotel where Bart did some laundry, and I read for a while (The Actor and the Housewife, which was delightful and for which a review will be coming shortly). Then we walked back to City Place, had a lovely dinner at Cheesecake Factory and came back to the hotel to watch the UT football game.

I fell asleep during the game and only got up for about five minutes to brush my teeth and put on pajamas before going back to sleep, which meant I clocked nearly 12 hours of sleep that night. THAT is my kind of vacation.

Saturday morning, we slept in, went to church, and then I caught a flight back to Boston. Where it had snowed.

I kept saying to Bart, “This is the kind of thing people who have kids talk about not being able to do anymore.” And it was grand.

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  • Reply Heather December 7, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    A perfect day. Glad you could enjoy it together.

  • Reply kristen December 7, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    and you are so right. i can only dream of days like that now! how fun and relaxing!

  • Reply TheMoncurs December 7, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    "This is the kind of thing people who have kids talk about not being able to do anymore"

    Most specifically, the 8 and 12 hours of sleep part of the equation.

  • Reply Melissa December 7, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    I'm glad you had a good time. I have yet to do a weekend jaunt somewhere that required flying, I'm jealous.

    Please tell me you had a huge slice of cheesecake from the Factory? I love that place and go there when I visit Florida.

  • Reply Shelly December 7, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Yep, that's exactly what we mean! Hope you had a great trip!

  • Reply Bart December 7, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Also, Bart confirmed that Mike was way less cute in this one).

    Just for the record, I never thought he was "cute" in the first one. However, I did agree that time hasn't been kind to him over the last couple of years.

  • Reply Jodi December 7, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Thank you!!! I've been saying the HHR is so ugly for a while now. It is as if someone combined a mini van, a Jeep and a PT Cruiser with an extra dash of ugly.

    Also, I don't have any kids but I'm still not able to get even 8 hours of sleep because of my dang roommate and her penchant for letting her alarm go off way too long.

  • Reply Jess December 7, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Oh, this sounds lovely. I want to go to Florida! Or California. Or Mexico.

  • Reply megan December 7, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Well put. I'm glad you are making time to enjoy stuff like that before you can't do it anymore.

  • Reply Miri December 7, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Dear Janssen. Just finished Fire. It was a very different experience from Graceling and I am still processing, but can I just say that I adore both Brigan and Nash? Just wanted to share. 🙂

  • Reply Lisa December 7, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    I just wanna repeat this last bit for ya.

    "This is the kind of thing people who have kids talk about not being able to do anymore."

    That is all. Also that bit Kayla says about the sleep.

  • Reply Becca December 7, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Love that last line. Ty and I try to notice that as often as we can.

  • Reply McCulloch Family December 7, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Not true, you can totally do that after you have kids. It's just more expensive 🙂

  • Reply Yankee Girl December 7, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    It is cold and snowing here right now so I'm a bit mad that you were able to escape to someplace warm.

  • Reply Jenny December 8, 2009 at 12:56 am

    Do you ever stop leaving and coming back?
    Just wondering.
    (and jealous)
    Laughing about the HHR. That was our rental car in TN last month. I kept growling "hhhhhrrrrrr" when I go in and out. WAY UGLY.

    Also laughing about the kids comment… since you're local, you may have heard the jingle "K-A-R-S Kars for Kids" on the radio… we talk about offering a switch. We have SIX gently used KIDS to trade in for some lovely cars. Ultimately, I think cars are less maintenance.

  • Reply heidikins December 8, 2009 at 2:09 am

    Sounds divine!


  • Reply emandtrev December 8, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    That sounds absolutely fantastic!! I could definitely go for that kind of sleep.

  • Reply Rhiannon December 11, 2009 at 12:14 am

    The best sleep for me comes from hotel beds.

  • Reply Casey January 7, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Totally agree about the HHRs. Was your puke orange, because those are the best! 🙂

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