MIA

I’ve had a bit of a rough week. Nothing major, just one of those times when several things come to a head at once. I’m taking two classes right now for my teaching certification, and that has added the equivalent of two college class loads to my plate. Homework is an adjustment. Not to mention school is winding down and so my students seem to be on crack. I can’t get them to settle down, and so my work days are long, exhausting days right now. Add in a few…

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One Day Weekend Getaway

This past weekend, Bean and I flew to Virginia to spend the weekend with my sister. I haven’t seen her in forever and since my birthday is coming up in December, she sent me and Bean a plane ticket for a one-day weekend getaway! What a great sister! Bean and I flew up Friday after work. Flying alone with a toddler while big and pregnant was…well…not ideal. But Bean was actually a pretty good little trooper. He played and sang songs (did I tell you that he’s singing now?) and…

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Mini-Vacation, Mega-Fun: Part One

I had last Friday off for a school holiday and so we took advantage of the three-day weekend by getting out of town.  As much fun as we have and as many things as we try to get out and do, it has been years since Chris and I took a voluntary vacation.  Sure, we go and we do, but most of our travel is tied to a holiday and we usually find ourselves heading to wherever family is.  I really think that we haven’t chosen a destination and planned…

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Sand Where No Sand Should Ever Be

On Saturday, Chris, Bean, and I decided to pack up the car, throw Bean in a bathing suit, and get the heck outta dodge!  And where do newly relocated Floridians go when they need to get away?  The beach, of course! Cocoa Beach, to be exact. I grew up on the beach, but since moving to Connecticut my beach bummin’ days have been few and far between.  Now that we are back in Florida though, I hope to make up for that.  I love the beach.  It’s such a relaxing,…

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Bean’s Birthday at Disney: Part Two

Our visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom for Bean’s first birthday was as perfect as a fun day can be.  We had friends who told us that we should head right to the safari ride as soon as we got to the park to beat to lines.  For this ride, you climbed into a big safari vehicle and headed out through the jungle and into the open wildlife of the African plains. The animals were free roaming through this park of the park and there was nothing between you and them. …

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Disney’s Greatest Tourist Attraction Yet

When I told my Mom that I wanted to take Bean to Disney’s Animal Kingdom for his birthday, she didn’t squeal with delight at Bean’s first visit to Disney.  She didn’t get all excited about rides and parades and fireworks.  She didn’t gush about the Magic of the Kingdom.  Mom’s only words were, “Wait until you see the baby care centers.”  And then her eyes glazed over and she started muttering about diaper changing tables and dimly lit nursing rooms. I thought she was insane. Until I walked into the…

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Where in the World?

My aunt has one of the greatest jobs in the world.   She is an accountant for Delta, and while I understand that accounting can be less than exhilerating, her job comes with the perk of flying anywhere in the world Delta flies for free.   Consequently, she and her family have pretty much been anywhere in the world that Delta flies for free.   I love visiting their house because it is full of treasures from their travels.   Little pieces of street art from Rome, carved wooden figures…

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Stressed Like a Pair of 80s Jeans

Now I realize that the things I am about to complain about are trivial compared to, say, world hunger and issues in the Middle East, but this is what stress in my life looks like right now: 1. I am three weeks late on submitting homework assignments for one of my classes this semester because my professor’s computer is not compatible with the formats I originally submitted. I got an email from him this morning that he was getting ready to “substandardize” my grade if my assignments are not submitted…

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Mexican Princess

Today I discovered my inner Mexican Princess. Chris had to be at the conference all day doing boring theater work things so I took the opportunity to reach out to the Southwestern culture in a way that is universally recognized as unifying: shopping at Macy’s. I didn’t intentionally set out to find my inner Mexican Princess. She just showered upon me like the contents of a busted pinata. In Connecticut, Ralph Lauren and Anne Klein dominate. Plaids, paisleys, and pastels come in more varieties than you can count, which leads…

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Jet-Settin’ in the Wild, Wild West

Today I write from a beautiful hotel room at The Magnolia Hotel in downtown, sunny Houston, Texas. I am tagging along on a business trip with Chris to the USITT conference (United States Institute of Technical Theater). Chris won their top award this year, The Golden Hammer, and I am here technically to be his cheerleader. In actuality, I’m here because I needed to be anywhere other than my office for a while. And the parties at this conference are not all that dull… The trip to Houston yesterday was…

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