How are you doing today?
I'm just wonderful thank you!
I am currently in the middle of organizing my clothes/kitchen appliances/toiletries, cleaning out my car, packing my car with the aforementioned belongings, and mentally preparing myself for tomorrows seventeen hour journey to Ohio. Yep this is my very last full day living in good ol Florida.
I will miss Florida and all of the people here, but I would be lying if I said I wasn't extremely excited to embark on new endeavors and adventures that await me! I do not believe in coincidence. Everything happens for a reason. It is no coincidence that I ran out of money and have to move back in with my parents (which sounds very funny in retrospect lol) This is all happening for a reason, and I can't help but think it's a great one. The result of this move will be nothing shy of wonderful! I just know it :)
I don't have a lot time for small talk or chit chat due to the amount of work I have between now and tomorrows drive home, but I'll do my best to give you a stellar post! After all - I haven't done it in about a week!
MacBook FAIL vs MacBook WIN.......
This is what my Macbook looked like directly after the mother board failed and prior to spending five hundred or so dollars (SIGH) to fix it........
I'm so happy my laptop is back in my possession in tip top condition!
I'm even happier that all of my information is still in tact :) I was half expecting everything to be gone! I gave out a HUGE sigh of relief when I turned my laptop back on for the first time to find that my background is still last years Easter cupcakes picture! When I saw this familiar fav I knew everything was going to be AOK, and that all my information was still there.
Once again I'd like to thank everyone for your patience and understanding during this unfortunate situation I've found myself in. No one likes when their most expensive possessions abruptly break, especially when it plays such a major part in their life and their job. Thank goodness everything is back to normal, and I can begin to blog as usual!
So what exactly have I been up to since last weeks MacBook Fail? I've been here, there, and everywhere! I've been eating, and running, and jumping, and sleeping, and swimming, and burning, and applying aloe, and running around some more! I didn't have time to take pictures of EVERYTHING I did, because let's face it, that's just exhausting! I took pictures whenever it was convenient, and whenever I actually remembered to do so lol. Here is just a small glimpse into the fun filled week I've had running around Florida with my father. I can't believe I'm actually moving back to Ohio tomorrow!
Daytona Beach goodness.....
This was the best and worst day I've had at Daytona beach since moving to Florida. The best because it was beautiful, and the weather was fantastic, and the sun felt great, and the water was warm, and I packed an awesome lunch, and I got to take my dad with me! The worst because we walked away with some of the worst sunburns I've ever seen. Thank goodness mine has tanned out a bit, but my poor father still looks like a lobster. We've been in so much pain since our trip to Daytona. Any small movement and I feel like crying. You must be thinking "Jen - you should've applied sun screen! You should've worn a hat! You should've covered up!" Check. Check. And check. It just wasn't our day lol. The sun was definitely out to get us. There is a positive to being burned though. I look a little less like a pale shut in and a little more like a lively person now that I have color on my skin lol ;)
I took my father to Disney World Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday this week........
I didn't take pictures of every single park, but I did get a few snap shots whenever I got a chance!
If you've ever ridden the ride "It's a small world" then you know that this ride is 1. Extremely long and 2. The song "small world" repeats over and over and over and over again to the point where the song is stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Don't get me wrong - this is probably my favorite ride at WDW, but I never wanted to be stuck in it. Every time I ride this ride I always say "imagine being stuck on this ride, it must be like torture!" It appears as if I spoke to soon. My father and I were stuck on this ride for about ten minutes while the engineers fixed "technical difficulties". It was indeed a nightmare. All of the creepy dolls were staring at me, dancing, and singing "it's a small world" over and over again. ::SIGH:: I don't think this is my favorite ride any longer lol. Ten minutes is just way too much for one curly head to handle. What a shame.
My favorite park is most definitely 'Animal Kingdom'. Why? Because I LOVE animals! Whilst parading around the Animal Kingdom, my father and I made two of the best decisions ever. We decided to partake in the Kilimanjaro Safari ride and also a behind the scenes walk through the safari as well!! We saw so many animals including my absolute favorite animal in the entire world- the Okapi!!!
(Please excuse some of the blurry/poor photos below.
I was on a bumpy truck ride, so I did the best with what I had!)
I'll do my best to list the names of the Animals I remember in the pictures below. I have a terrible memory, so let's see how I do lol......
Some cool horned creature thing..... lol
And last but not least.....
Drum roll please for my favorite animal of all time......
YAAAAAAAAAY for the OKAPI!!!! :D
My father and I watched this Okapi for about twenty minutes. It was just so beautiful I couldn't tear my eyes away! I wish I had a better picture to show for it :(
After our African Safari adventures - I took my father to the hotel I've been working at for the past five months......
I made sure to give my dad a tour of Boma - Flavors of Africa which is the restaurant I've been working at from the get go!
I took one last look at the hotel and then....
I turned in my Disney I.D. and my maingate pass (which allows me to get friends and family into the park for free). What does this mean? I am no longer a Disney employee.....and I am officially unemployed.
The day I quit/broke/opted out of my three week, going on four week, month long Vegan Challenge......
I took my dad to 'Sonny's Real Pit BAR-B-Q' a few days ago for a delicious BBQ meal. This meal was just supposed to be a small "cheat" in my vegan challenge, it wasn't supposed to be the beginning of the end! Little did I know.....that's exactly what it was......
(My dads Raspberry lemonade is on the left, and my mango lemonade on the right.)
I usually order water with my meal, and opt not to order a drink so I can save money, but I decided to splurge in the name of cravings on this particular outing. I was craving mangoes so badly! Although the lemonade wasn't as strong of a mango flavor as I had hoped, it was still very good. I'm not going to lie.....I liked my dads raspberry one better lol.
We tried every single combination of these bbq sauces......
and decided that we liked the smokin' and sweet bbq sauce mixed together the best.
Holy yum this was freaking good!
How did it feel to break my challenge and consume animal byproducts? Mentally, I wasn't ashamed in the least bit. Physically, I felt like absolute crap. I ate WAAAAAAY too much and should've stopped when I felt full, but I just kept going and going and going. Bad idea. I felt terrible for over-consuming, not for eating the food itself.
Like I said - this was just supposed to be a one time "cheat" so my father and I could enjoy a wonderful meal together without silly restrictions due to a self made challenge, but it ended up being the beginning of the end of my Vegan challenge. Yes ladies and gentlemen, I cut my challenge a week early lol. After eating this I decided I would eat ice cream with honey, fish, cheese, a hot fudge sundae, milk, yogurt, etc (not in that particular order lol)
I'm proud of myself for being able to carry the challenge out for as long as I did, and am 100% positive that I could've finished the challenge without a hitch, but that's just not what I wanted. My father is here on vacation, and I wanted to treat him to wonderful foods, and enjoy them myself. Which is exactly what we've been doing!
I've decided to keep my diet about 90% vegan with a touch of dairy, chicken, and fish every once in a while. My body is A LOT happier and healthier when I am not consuming animal by products, so I'm going to do my best to keep my body as happy as possible! So I will no longer look at this diet as "a challenge" but more as a way of life. It's my 90/10 rule. 90% vegan 10% whatever else I want.
I may begin another challenge of some sort such as a raw food diet or a no sugar diet, but if I do it won't be until this fall!
My father and I took a two day trip ALL around southern Florida visiting friends and family!
- First stop -
Don and Evelyn's house in Fort Myer!
After dinner Evalyn and Don took my father and I to Fort Myers beach for an evening stroll on the board walk!
Once it got dark we decided to go to 'Love Boat' for some delicious ice cream!
My father ordered a cup of raspberry supreme ice cream.
We stayed the night at Don and Evelyns beautiful home, woke up the next morning and had a delicious breakfast consisting of fruit and blueberry muffins, then took a trip to the most beautiful beach I've ever been to in my entire life....
Sanibel is just COVERED in sugar like sand and beautiful sea shells! In a mere twenty minutes we found a ton of gorgeous sea shells! I wish we had more time to spend at Sanibel, but my dad and I were on a pretty tight schedule, so we had to cut our sea shell findings short.
These two people have the most amazing energies.
Have you ever met someone and their positive nature is just BAM in your face and you can't help but feel super happy and super excited about everything when you're around them? This is the effect that Don and Evelyn had on me. They exude such positive vibes, and are such wonderful people! I'm so happy I had the chance to meet such an amazing couple. I hope I give off the same sort of energy that they do!
- Second stop -
My dads stepfathers house in Punta Gorda
We chatted about new times, and reminisced on old times.
We were so busy chatting that the only thing I even thought to photograph was this delicious pomegranate martini Belinda made me! It was freaking delicious! And.....a wee bit strong lol.
Before we said our goodbyes Belinda gave us some treats for the road, and Harmon insisted I take a handful of his cheesecake recipes home! I will definitely be giving these a go in the near future ;)
-Third Stop -
We visited one of my fathers oldest and best friends, Randy and his wife Michelle in Sunrise!
Chelle and Randy are similar to Don and Evelyn due to the fact that they exude such positive vibes! Their energies absolutely light up a room. I sat for hours listening to my father and Randy share jazz stores, talk about instruments, music, and reminisce on their crazy adventures when they were in jazz ensembles together in the 60s and 70s. Chelle took me to her craft/sewing/awesome room where she showed me her vintage fans, hats, blazers, etc. Chelle is apart of the The Red Hat Society and without even meaning too, talked me into wanting to become a member! I tired on her many hats, played with the vintage fans, and tried on the many blazers/cover ups she made by hand! We talked about old fashion, old movies, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Grace Kelly, Jimmy Stewart, jazz music, fashions from the 40s and 50s, and how that was one of the best eras in history. It was so refreshing to talk to someone who understands my love for old Hollywood and everything it encompasses. Chelle said "I can't let you go home empty handed" and proceeded to go through her drawers of treasures until she found two wonderful pieces she insisted I take home with me:
A beautiful purple parasol and purple purse to go along with it!
What exactly is this a photograph of? My father standing next to one of Randy's three custom made instruments from a very talented fellow in Germany. This is an almost six foot tall contra bass saxophone. Holy bajeezus is this sax HUGE or what?!
Due to the fact that we were having such a late night (we got there at 9:00 p.m. and stayed til almost 3 am!) good ol' fashioned happening time, I didn't have enough time/didn't even think to take more than a couple of photos! I wish I would've gotten a few of all of us standing together, but alas I didn't. Oh well! I will always have my memories. We left Randy's house at about three a.m. and didn't get home til almost six thirty in the morning today!
From our little trip around Florida, and these three particular visits, I've gathered a couple of things.
1. I only enjoy being around people with positive energy at this point in my life. I have absolutely no desire to associate myself with any sort of negative nancy, negative ned, or negative vibe type person. I just don't. If someone is giving off poor vibes, I just won't be around them. Good thing all of my friends back home are happy and positive people! :D
2. I always find myself getting along, and carrying much better conversations with people who are twenty to fifty years older than I am, on oppose to people my own age. This is most likely due to the fact that people my own age do not share similar interests as I do. I am an old soul who was born in the wrong era, plain and simple.
....which brings us to today!
HAPPY PANCAKE SATURDAY!!!!!
Today I had two Oh so delicious pancakes topped with peanut butter, banana.....
Mike's Hot Honey.....
and chia seeds! Holy freaking yum this was good!
Well that's all from me today!
I hope each and every one of you have an amazing Pancake Saturday filled with happiness, love, and delicious pancake goodness :) Be sure to treat each other kindly, and as always, treat your body with respect. It's the only one you have!