Forgive the mini-blog hiatus. But as I mentioned in my last post, I was enjoying having my mother in town for the past 12 days. So, instead of blogging, we were …
— Discovering that there are starfish on Daytona Beach! I can’t believe we’ve never seen them there before. My husband grew up across the street from the beach, and he’s never seen one either. We found two!
Best part of this picture? Dee Dee’s pose. Last time he was here, I taught him the Paris Hilton pose — never look head-on into a camera. Turn your head slightly to the side and then turn your eyes toward the camera. It instantly thins your face. Go ahead, go look through nearly every picture of me on the site and you’ll discover the same pose. Now you know all my secrets.
— Stopping by Destination Daytona to get an in-person look at Gigi and Dee Dee’s new toys back in Pennsylvania — his and hers Harleys! The one below is just like the one my mom bought. Hot momma, huh? Don’t worry, E. isn’t allowed on one until at least 21.
— Hitting Hollywood Studios on the first day our Disney season passes blackout period ended. It was a rainy night but we were able to hit Star Tours three times and sneak in a quick pic with Lightning McQueen.
— Losing my computer for an entire day thanks to DadJovi’s annual daylong fantasy football draft. Notice he’s rocking two computers and his iPhone? He totally hijacked our computer and my mom’s, too, for the day for this annual event with his friends back in North Carolina. It’s brutal. I love fantasy as much as anyone (in fact, I’m his poker league’s reigning champ! Woot!) but I hate how this one draft takes all damn day (yes, he’s in two leagues). Two years ago, I somehow got him to do it from the beach, but last year, I was his on-call technical support. This year, was progress at least. He handled it all on his own with his command center at home. Next year, I’m going to plan an amazing Mommy-Daughter day for E. and me. Baby’s first spa day?
— Filling our bellies at the Daily City Food Bazaar at Fashion Square Mall. Phew, it was hot out there! In fact, we saw not one, but two vendors succumb to the heat and require medical attention. Hope they’re recovering OK!
I was so excited to bump into Andrea from Run, Eat, Date, Sleep there (and we were wearing the same skirt! Hi Andrea!). She had ordered something from the Wicked Wiches truck. I stood there waiting for a long time to place my order (all the trucks had long lines) but after a really long wait, she still hadn’t gotten her food. Since we had a group, I decided to bail and head over to one of my standbys — The Crooked Spoon. I adore everything they make. And a big win for me — they had the Caribbean Chicken Quesadilla on the menu that I ordered at the Trinity food pod. Score! And DadJovi had a little piece of heaven — Treehouse Truck’s GTL! You got to love a sandwich that pays homage to Jersey Shore. It was on amazing bread and had Italian sausage, marinara, and a lemon-spinach ricotta. Oh my awesome. It was like a deconstructed lasagna, and even though I loved mine, I had serious food envy after I stole a bite (or three).
My parents went with savory crepes from a crepe stand we’ve never tried before and couldn’t stop raving about them. In fact they loved them so much, my mom has ALREADY ordered a crepe maker for home! And they got E. a special treat — a crepe filled with bananas, strawberries and Nutella. Think she liked it?
Sadly, it’s back to reality for everyone on Monday. E. heads back to school for her first day of the new year. My mom and Dee Dee have an early flight back to Pa. And we head back to work, and I have a major project launching at work tomorrow.
And to make matters worse, I have to start cooking again, emptying the dishwasher and going to the grocery store. Cue the trombones — the party’s over!
But we’re just so incredibly lucky to have them in our life and even 12 days isn’t enough for all the fun things we want to do. Seriously, even DadJovi said the week before they got here, “They could stay for six weeks and it wouldn’t be that big of a deal.”
Their next trip will probably be at Christmastime. Bring on the holidays!
What’s your favorite thing to do when out-of-town guests visit?