Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sneaky Vacay

All I'm saying is, you know you're desperate for a vacation when you fly all the way to Florida only to fly back two and a half days later. It was lightening fast. It was extra perfect.

These yahoos came with us. Andy provided the entertainment. Timi joined me as an additional voice of reason amid the din of.....two guys who have been friends since they had baby teeth and full heads of hair.

The nice thing about vacationing with friends is that you actually end up with a few photos of yourself. Thanks, Andy!

Here's what we did on our vacation: We slept in, lounged around watching videos on CMT, hit the pool, drank pina coladas, ate fried fish for lunch, hit the beach, watched a little reality TV, read some books, ate grilled fish for dinner, watched movies, ate dessert.

Rinse. Repeat.

It was brilliant in every way.

 We did a little shell-hunting.

We got raccoon eyes.

At some point, inspiration struck and we did, well, this.

I have no earthly idea why we did it. It just seemed like the right thing to do. (Still a little bitter that Cory missed my imperfectly-executed herkey.)

Some home-front excitement/drama erupted while we were gone. I didn't get all caught up on my sleep. I'm allergic to shellfish. The starfish amputees scared me a little.

But for two little days, I was fancy-free to my core. I didn't worry about cabinet hardware or doctor's offices. I was inspired and reminded of some of the things I'm most thankful for.

The big bonus: We still have all of July ahead of us!

So, here's to the shortest vacation! {clink} I liked you, Shorty.

PS - I have key-ring winners!! 

1) Ann: My favorite artist is a local named Eileen. She creates folky/vintage collages with paper and paints over them. Best thing hanging in my house (besides my kids' work) is one of hers. Oh, and as far as famous, I love the painting Thanksgiving by Doris Lee, not because of how it looks but because of how it makes me feel.

2) Tami: My mother is a talented artist, and I must say my personal favorite! I also have always had an affinity towards the black and white images of Ansel Adams. (His Yosemite photos speak to my childhood memories.)

Email me your address, Ladies!