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.
A perfect day. Glad you could enjoy it together.
and you are so right. i can only dream of days like that now! how fun and relaxing!
"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.
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.
Yep, that's exactly what we mean! Hope you had a great trip!
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.
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.
Oh, this sounds lovely. I want to go to Florida! Or California. Or Mexico.
Well put. I'm glad you are making time to enjoy stuff like that before you can't do it anymore.
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. 🙂
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.
Love that last line. Ty and I try to notice that as often as we can.
McCulloch Family says
Not true, you can totally do that after you have kids. It's just more expensive 🙂
Yankee Girl says
It is cold and snowing here right now so I'm a bit mad that you were able to escape to someplace warm.
Do you ever stop leaving and coming back?
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.
That sounds absolutely fantastic!! I could definitely go for that kind of sleep.
The best sleep for me comes from hotel beds.
Totally agree about the HHRs. Was your puke orange, because those are the best! 🙂