A Few Random Thoughts

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It is just after 4:00 am and I am up early to get some things done for a few clients.  I do a lot of the creative ads for any campaigns I run digitally and my mind sometimes wakes me up with ideas.  So here I am; wide awake and typing when I might be better off sleeping.  Nonetheless here are a few of the things going on in my mind…

  1. I am currently working my way through all the season of The Big Bang Theory.  Currently I am in season 5 and so far it is hilarious.  I highly recommend it to anyone.
  2. Vacation for Evelina and I begins in 6 days!  I need this trip to recharge a little and Naples, Florida is just what the doctor ordered!
  3. I had a huge client sign with my company yesterday.  My coworker and I have worked on this for nearly a month and we got the word yesterday that they signed with us for all of their digital advertising.  When I close deals like this it is so completely satisfying.
  4. I haven’t been as active lately in my reading of other blogs, but that is going to change.  I need to refocus my energies and come up with a better plan.  Last time I looked there are approximately 6,700 blogger who follow my page, which makes it nearly impossible to get to every single follower.  I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do if I’m being honest.
  5. I went to the hospital yesterday evening and had an MRI on my shoulder.  In October 2015 I had a little stumble on the staircase and the pain in my shoulder has gotten progressively worse ever since.  The specialist thinks I either have a torn bicep muscle or a torn rotator cuff.  Either way surgery appears imminent which doesn’t please me, but I’ll be happy to have a functioning shoulder again.
  6. In preparation for Naples I have been lying out in the sun for 20 minutes each day.  It seems that I have developed an allergy to the sun!  Each day my back, chest and legs develop hives from the exposure so I think it best I get a UV shirt for my trip.

That’s all for now.  Hope everyone has a wonderful Friday!!

 

I Love the Anticipation of Vacation!

One of my favorite things in the world is the excitement that comes along with anticipating a vacation.  I have spent the last week watching videos on YouTube about Naples, Florida.  I have found several unique restaurants we will visit and many shopping areas Evelina will enjoy.   Our condo is right on the beach with a courtyard which is only feet from the sand.  We haven’t been to the condo in a couple of years and it will be nice to see the renovations completed.

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I am currently building a territory at my job which requires a lot of hours and a lot more effort than managing an existing territory.  It will be a nice break to recharge the batteries for a week.

Needless to say I am as excited as a kid at Christmas!

Miami In, Miami Out

Ann Cavitt Fisher!!

Ann Cavitt Fisher

Picasso line drawing, The Camel.

I like airports. This is a good thing, since I seem to be spending more and more time in them.

Forrest Gump in transit.

I arrive early, often very early. I have a meal, I watch people, and I write. Often I chat with one group and then another, kind of like Forrest Gump on his bus bench.

Why? I like a quiet transition time as I move from one place to another. I hate rushing. I aim for serenity.

I’ve been in an out of the Miami airport a number of times in the last fourteen months or so because there are no direct flights from Houston down to the parts of the Caribbean I’ve visited.

I would have to say that the airport code MIA is, well, interesting. But I’ve found it a pleasant airport — plenty of shopping and restaurants, good way-finding…

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5 Things I learned from my trip to Florida, as a person with a chronic illness

Tripping Through Treacle!

Tripping Through Treacle

Some of my regular readers will know that I have recently been on a two week holiday to Florida with my family – my two kids, my husband and my parents.  It was a long awaited trip (the kids have been asking every week, ‘how many days is it until Disney?’, for the past year), with the plan being that we would stay two hours from Orlando on the beach and take a few days out for the Parks.  I had been looking forward to the trip with a mixture of excitement (my first long haul trip since my wedding 11 years ago!) and trepidation (how will it be for me, as a relatively newly-disabled person?).

Well, the holiday was fab; I am now one shade darker than milk-bottle white and had a lovely, relaxing time (for the most part).  Watching our kids have fun, spending most of their time…

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Getting away is good for my soul.

Lucky Otter’s Haven!

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pine_islandI couldn’t have asked for better weather since I’ve been here in Florida.    Everything about this trip has been perfect.  I have so many pictures, but I won’t upload them all here right now because it takes so long.   Most of them have been posted on my Facebook, but when I return home I might share the rest here.   Today is my last day.  I’ll be leaving very early tomorrow and spending most of the day driving.

The pictures posted here were taken yesterday evening in Pine Island — I can’t get over the beauty of the sunsets I’ve been seeing.

There’s an additional benefit to going on vacation.  I haven’t followed the news AT ALL!   In fact, I’m oblivious to what’s been going on in politics this week — and I’m fine with that.    This is not only a vacation from the daily grind…

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Back to the Gulf Coast!

Welcome to Lucky Otter’s Haven!

Lucky Otters Haven

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Sunset off Clearwater Beach.

In just a month (April 7th), I’ll be driving back to the Tampa Bay area again to visit my son. I’ll be there for 5 days, until the 12th.   This time, my daughter is coming along with me, since she hasn’t seen where he lives before.

When I went in August last year, it was the first time I’d ever been in Florida, and since my son was working most of the week I was there, I had time to spend alone exploring the area.  One of my favorite discoveries was the bath-warm waters of the Gulf near his home, with its ever-shifting tides that expose the silt-like sand at low tide.   There aren’t a lot of tourists there in August (too hot), so that trip actually turned out to  be not only a peaceful, but also a spiritual experience — not to mention…

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Today’s Reblog Winner… The Tiniest Achievements!!!

Today’s Reblog contest winner is…The Tiniest Achievements!!

The Tiniest Achievements

Alongside my ‘Resolutions’ updates, I will be starting a Travel Diary. For the most part, this is so I can have a record of the places I’ve been too, but should you happen to be visiting any of the places I recall, I’ll be sure to spare some handy tips.

‘It’s the happiest place on Earth!’ my boyfriend said, expertly trying to convince me that this was the trip of choice for a twenty-something-actually-he’s-thirty couple. In actual fact it was the price that was most persuasive; in mid-January Disneyland tickets are most affordable and upon arrival you’ll be met with short queues all round, which is definitely a bonus. What Sebby failed to mention is that he booked the trip the day after the ‘Season of the Force’ opened, so we were also met with swarms of stormtroopers. Whilst that might not be quite the happily ever after I’d imagined…

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A fun day in Clearwater Beach.

Lucky Otter is on a Florida adventure!!

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Every day of this week in Florida has been amazing, but I think today was definitely the most fun (and also the most expensive!)

My son was finally off work for a day (as a shift manager, he practically lives at the store) and the weather was looking good, so we drove south about 20 miles to Clearwater Beach.  There’s a reason (actually a lot of reasons) why Clearwater is one of the most famous and popular beaches in America.    It’s probably the prettiest beach I’ve ever been on, and there are tons of things to do there.   I definitely got that “I’m on vacation and enjoying every second of it” feeling today.

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Clearwater is touristy, but in a good way.   The snowbirds haven’t arrived yet and it’s past the peak of the summer season so it wasn’t that crowded.   The beach and surrounding area are…

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How To Crawl Your Way Back Up On the Wagon!

It has been quite some time since posted a healthy living update so i thought ‘why not!?’  So if you recall I started my healthy lifestyle in December 2014 weighing in at a nice and solid 192 pounds.  As of July 4 I weighed in at my lowest weight (in a very long time) of 167 pounds.

But, as most of you are aware Evelina and I left for Florida around the middle of July and decided to extend our holiday a little longer by visiting Cherry Grove, SC for a couple of trips.  And while on vaca I added a few pounds.  Sad news.  Mostly I attribute the weight gain to too many sodas (I love Dr. Pepper, especially ice-cold on hot days!) and an addiction to Boulineau’s fried chicken, mashed potatoes, corn and mac n cheese!  I swear they have the best fried chicken you will ever, and i mean, ever eat in your life!  Usually I would have the fried okra (my fave) but for some strange reason they did not have it all week.  Therefore, i substituted mac n cheese.

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Anywho, I located a few of the el bees I lost over the last few months!! . Last week I weighed in at 176 and with a return to glory I dropped 1.2 pounds.  It is nice to be back on track but I will admit unhealthy food tastes much better in general.  Just sayin…

However, the food does not taste good enough for me to continue eating in that fashion, as I appreciate my health much more than crap food.

I have set a brand new challenge for myself.  I want to eat healthy and weigh in at 165 lbs. by September 30.  When i hit this goal i will officially weigh what I weighed in high school, which was a very, very long time ago…in a galaxy far, far away…

You can review my past Healthy Eating Plan and maybe start eating a little healthier yourself.  Combine that with walking 5 minutes per day and you might be making this same type post in 8 months!!

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