I headed to Florida with my daughter Lauren for a few weeks last July and it was so great, that I wanted to do it again this year. My husband has a new job this time. He’s the Director of Public Safety at the Landing in Branson and he really likes it. Summertime is really busy down there so he stayed home. Our son is participating in off season track and he has meets every single weekend. He’s an amazing athlete. More about him, graduation and college later.
My vacation actually started early with a quick and spur of the moment journey to St. Louis last weekend. Someone in my family isn’t feeling too well. He’s been hanging out at Barnes Hospital and hopefully he’ll be going home soon. My mom flew in to St. Louis and I picked her up at the airport. A few other family members showed up as well. It was wonderful to see everyone, circumstances set aside.
We left Springfield on the 22nd. Allegiant Air rocks and offers a straight flight into St. Pete. We picked up our bitchin’ Ford Focus and hit the highway. An hour and 15 minutes later we arrived at my mom’s. My sister and her daughter were there when we arrived so we had some snacks and a couple of Stella Artois poolside. I wasn’t feeling too hot. Some time within the last few weeks, I’d been bitten by something. The site screams spider and it was totally screaming by Thursday. I’d purchased some “drawing out salve” before I left. Have you ever used that stuff? It looks like black tar and smells like it too. But hey, it worked. Sort of. Neosporin is pretty much kicking it now and I am so glad. I really didn’t want to spend time sitting at a walk in clinic while I’m here. But. It’s not healed yet so we’ll see.
My parents invited their friends over for dinner on Thursday evening. She’s from Cuba and came over on a 3-day boat ride. Her husband is from Peru and oddly enough, they met in Oklahoma. They have two adorable little kids. The Cuban lady helps my dad do the whole bee rescue thing. They went over to this lady’s house after dinner to check out her bee invasion. Turns out the bees were actually yellow jackets. No honey bees happening there.
The next day we hit Manasota Beach which is a hop, skip and a jump from mom’s place. Like a 10 minute walk to be exact. We walked down the beach and saw some bearded man, in good shape, working out. After several rounds of push ups and what nots, he broke out into this ecstatic dance. Maybe he didn’t receive the memo that the flash mob was canceled. It was really funny but he seemed to be having a good time. About this time, my niece Ava (she’s 6) swam over to me and said, “Aunt Kirsten, I hope that man doesn’t capture me in his dance!” Who talks like that at the age of 6? She does and she’s damn funny.
After a day at the beach, the pool and a few thrift stores, we loaded the Focus and shoved the kids in the car. We arrived here on Pine Island (at Jeanine’s) Friday evening. The mosquitoes are the worst I’ve ever seen in my life down here this time. The planes have been flying over spraying who knows what for bug control. It’s also much hotter this year. Extreme temperatures so we’ve been staying inside. Last year when I blogged here from Pine Island I mentioned my sister’s workplace by name. I also mentioned the fact that she’d sold me something from her workplace at cost. Bad idea. Don’t ever think that nobody reads your blog, because they do! She was greeted at work with a hard copy of my blog a few days later. It made for a crappy rest of the vacation as we walked on egg shells wondering if she was going to lose her job. To make a long story short, she didn’t lose it, but did quit later. The merchandise she sold me was stuff she had purchased for herself that she actually had duplicates of. It’s not like I walked through the store and picked out a bunch of stuff. So know that pina coladas, corporate names and blogging are not a good combination.
We headed to town yesterday and hit Target and A.C. Moore. We don’t have one of those at home and Jeanine always has great coupons. The kids scored some indoor art activities and I got some things for jewelry. I haven’t made any in a long time so I shipped all of my beads and things ahead of time. We attend a large family reuinion the end of July and we raise money for the next reunion with an auction. My necklaces with the sharks’ teeth always go the fastest and I have nothing to offer this time so I’d better get busy.
I think I got through this without the mention of any corporate names. I’m drinking chamomille tea and taking Day Quil. Better combination? I guess so.