- Who out there is on Facebook that I don’t know about yet?
- Anyone else Twitter?
- I forgot to mention that after that horrible dinner with the cheapskate in Florida we went back to the hotel and called the restaurant. They said they would credit my card the difference. So I waited and waited and finally a credit showed up of $24.01. Odd amount. No where close to what they should have credited me, which was at least $48.
- The other day I was going through the mail with CSP next to me on the sofa. I handed him a post card and he said “Great Clips?? Do they miss me?? If you hold out long enough between haircuts they send you a coupon!” He once went 9 months without a haircut. It was the 9 months before our wedding. I could have killed him. He swears he’s saving us money by getting his hair cut at the chop shops but his hair product costs more than mine!
- Zoe’s getting so big! I’ll post photos tomorrow. I wish she’d stay little forever!
To celebrate Papa’s birthday, we all got together for lunch at their house, then we headed out to his chosen family activity- spending the afternoon at the National Whitewater Center. They were having a charity duck race to raise money for Kindermourn. There were a ton of people there. We had a great time- it’s such a neat place!
**Edited to let y’all know this trip was purely a spectator trip. None of us got in a raft. I’d like to do that one day, and as soon as I’m over the fear that I’ll fall out and drown then maybe I’ll go!
Today was Morgan’s Senior Prom. Prom might really happen at night, but for us it’s an all day affair. I arrived at my mom’s house around 2:30 with my make up. We spent the next 2.5 hours getting Momo all gussied up. I did her make up while Mom did her hair and Sara took pictures. I managed to get a few pics in myself. We went with a navy smoky eye. Once Morgan was ready we all went to her friend Casey’s house where the rest of the group met up, and where the limo picked them up for the night. Her parents had a nice backyard where we took a lot of pictures. The girls all looked just beautiful and the boys were so cute! Most importantly they all had a great time!
More pics here.
Where did you grow up: Lakeland, FL 0-3, Suburbs of Columbia, SC 3-17 (summers in Lakeland), then Charlotte, NC
WHAT DO YOU CALL:
1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks.
creek. pronounced creek, not crick.
2. Whats the thing you push around the grocery store is called.
3. A metal container to carry a meal in.
4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in.
5. The piece of furniture that seats three people.
6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof.
7. The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening.
gazebo, unless it’s the attached, covered area then it’s the porch
8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages.
9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup.
10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself.
11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach.
12. Shoes worn for sports.
13. Putting a room in order.
cleaning or straighten up
14. A flying insect that glows in the dark.
15.The children’s playground equipment where one kid sits on one side and goes up while the other sits on the other side and goes down.
16. How do you eat your pizza?
with my hands but no folding!
17. What’s it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff?
18. What’s the evening meal?
19. What do you call the thing that you can get water out of to drink in public places?
20. What do you call the clothing covering for legs worn on the outside?
Anyone else have different answers?
Now that my Fun Florida recaps are over, I have a bizarre story to tell you. One of the nights we were in Orlando Gigi & I met up with one of her oldest and dearest friends who for the purposes of this story will be referred to Becky. Becky moved to the Orlando area a few years ago so we don’t get to see her often. But Gigi & Becky have been friends for over 20 years. We called Becky and arranged to meet up at Fulton’s Crab House. We suggested Fulton’s only because we didn’t know of any other restaurants around there except the ones in Downtown Disney. So we booked it over to Downtown Disney from the hotel, on foot, me with a gimp leg, trying to get there on time. Then we entered the throngs of humanity who were swarming all over the sidewalks of Downtown Disney and who insisted on slamming into us at every step, criss crossing like weavers in front of us as we made our way around what turned out to be a much bigger lake than we remembered. I was huffing and sweating and limping. A visual delight I’m sure.
We made it to the restaurant and up the stairs where we ran into Becky. She told us that her boyfriend, who we’ll call Dwayne, was at the table and she was going to the ladies’ room. We stopped at a couple of tables and chatted with people we knew on our way to the table. Dwayne remained seated at we sat down, didn’t offer his hand or anything. Weird. Especially because this is the first time we’d ever met him. The waiter came over and the first thing out of Dwayne’s mouth was “I hope this won’t take long cause I’m starving.” or something to that effect. Then he spent about 80% of the meal rolling his head around on his shoulders looking everywhere but at us. He really seemed like he would have rather been anywhere else but there. He joined in on the conversation a little bit, mainly to talk about how successful he is.
He ordered a $60 lobster and a $7 salad. Complained the entire time about how it tasted and in our choice of restaurants. We reminded him that we offered for them to choose the restaurant but they didn’t. While eating Becky remarked that the restaurant was much further from our hotel than she thought, so they would be happy to drive us home. He didn’t say a word. Becky threw back 2 glasses of wine at $12 each. Meanwhile Gigi & I both ordered the cheapest things on the menu (still $40! each) and iced teas just in case they decided to treat.
Then the bill came. Gigi grabbed my visa from me and put it down on the bill. Dwayne sat back in his chair, holding his card with his fingers against his belly and said “I don’t feel comfortable with this.” Gigi: “You don’t feel comfortable with what?” Dwayne: “I don’t feel comfortable with you paying for our meals.” Well, neither do we, Sport. Gigi: “No, we will pay for our own meals.” Dwayne: “Oh, ok.”
So the waiter came to take the bill and Gigi pointed to me and told the waiter to put both our meals on my card. Dwayne piped up and said “Just split it down the middle.” ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? Gigi said “Noooo, put our meals on this card.” The waiter left and we listened to them talk about how they smoke and use plastic bags cause they don’t care about the planet since they don’t have kids. Nice. The waiter came back and handed me my card and Dwayne his. He signed his and split as fast as he could to race downstairs so he could smoke a cigarette. I opened up the little folder and the waiter had split it down the middle!!! I didn’t know what to do! Gigi & Becky were getting up to go to the restroom and Dwayne was gone so I just signed it and left too.
We all met back downstairs after the restroom and Dwayne’s smoke break. Becky told him to go get the truck since they were giving us a ride back. He said “There’s not enough room in the truck. Nice to meet you. Bye!” Now on the way down the stairs I twisted my knee. So by the time I got to where he was standing I was dragging my knee like a dead log behind me. He saw me. We all talked about my recent knee surgery at dinner. But he was perfectly ok with leaving me to walk the couple of MILES back to the hotel AT 10:30 AT NIGHT alone with my mom. Two women. Alone. At night. One of them injured. What a gentleman right? So they hugged us and left us, stunned, standing there facing a loooong walk back.
Here are some things that occurred to us while we stood there shocked and appalled:
2. CSP & Papa would have NEVER let that happen.
3. Didn’t Becky ride in the truck to dinner? If it were so full wouldn’t she have noticed that there was no room for us before making the offer? Or did little truck filling elves pack it full while we ate?
4. Why didn’t he or Becky offer to make 2 trips if the truck was indeed full?
Maybe the Florida heat has burned the manners portion of their brains. Who knows but I tell you what, we won’t be dining with the Charmings again any time soon!
Day 6- Saturday
Saturday we woke up and went into town. On the way there we drove through the back roads of Longboat Key Club and saw some of the private homes there. Amazing that people live in them and that they aren’t like hotels. We went to St. Armand’s Circle and had breakfast at the Blue Dolphin Cafe. This is quite possibly one of the top 5 most delicious things I have ever eaten in my entire life. Papa & Gigi both felt the same way. We all shared it. It’s a ginormous Belgian waffle with mango, pineapple, coconut, whipped cream, and syrup. I swear, I would make the drive again just for that waffle. After breakfast we walked around St. Armand’s Circle and looked in the cute little shops. We picked up a few souvenirs for CSP & Momo then went back to the hotel. After a nap we went swimming in the ocean some more then got cleaned up for dinner. We had dinner that night at The Grille at Longboat Key Club and Resort. Quite fancy. I’m fairly sure I was the youngest person there by far. Papa & Gigi were next in line. Let’s just say most of the folks dining there probably thought they were out really late at 8 pm! Papa & Gigi wouldn’t let me take any photos of our dinner that night since it was so swank. But let me just tell you, OMG, I swear my dinner was just ridiculous it was so good. Hands down one of the best meals ever. I had pork chops with a mango chutney and spaghetti squash that was just out of this world. And I even had a glass of wine. My first ever in a restaurant. I’m such a big girl now! It was a riesling that Papa & Gigi tried and hated because it was so sweet. I’m so not a wine drinker but I loved this stuff. I tried to google it but I must not have the spelling correct of the winery. Oh well, it seems I left my society life back in Florida! Ha!
We went back to the hotel to go to bed and saw all the cars leaving the big event! The Sarasota Film Festival had been going on all week and there was a ball Saturday night. Charlize Theron was even at our hotel Saturday! The Festival wrapped up Saturday with a huge gala. I didn’t spot her, but we sure did see all the limos. Here’s a link to a picture of Charlize & Stuart on the red carpet at the gala. If you look reeeeealllly closely you won’t see me because it was $300 a plate and well, I’m apparently not as famous as I think I am. Apparently Stanly Tucci & Steve Buscemi were both also there. I wish I could have spoken with Steve. CSP & I have always disagreed on how to pronounce Buscemi.
We didn’t stay up too late because the next morning we had to get up early to head home. It was so beautiful there it was really hard to leave. Seriously. Plus the ocean water works wonders on my excema. If only I didn’t have to worry about sunburn at the same time. I’d swim at night but there are sharks and whatnot. I really hope to get back to Longboat Key someday! More photos here!
Thursday night my friend Kimberly & I attended my first Sit & Knit (that I organized thankyouverymuch). We had dinner first, where I took this pic of my ice: then we met up with a few other ladies for chatting and knitting. It was a lot of fun. One lady, Heather, man is she amazing with the knitting! I can hardly even talk about it. She makes things you would totally think came from a store. I can knit rectangles. Oy. I’ll get there though. I’m currently knitting a blanket for the Linus Project. Once I’m finished with that I hope to move on to a different shaped thing!