Yesterday, I had a few hours to sit and hang out BY MYSELF for what felt like the first time in a year, and it was GLORIOUS!
I’m sure it wasn’t the only time I’ve had a few hours to myself this year, but then again, I can’t remember the last time I did that.
I guess I’m what “they” call an extroverted introvert. I’m not shy, and I can talk your ear off if I’m in the right mood, but I definitely recharge from being alone. And I haven’t had much alone time this past year. #thanksCovid
R asked me if I would drop her and a group of her friends off at the mall yesterday. That was a first.
Yes, I know, this is my third child, but neither of the other two have ever asked to go to the mall with a group of friends.
I wasn’t comfortable doing a drop and run, but I understood that she didn’t want me following them around. (They’re 15, by the way — so not babies, but still… And this is a very large mall on a busy Saturday.) I told her I would take them, but I was hanging around. And I might check in every 15 minutes and make sure she hadn’t been snatched by human traffickers. Yes, my mind goes there…
So, what does a fashion blogger do when she has three hours to kill at the mall?
Not what you might think. I just could NOT bring myself to shop, I don’t know why. I mean, I did just wrap up this big spring outfit series, so I’m kind of shopped out. But we are leaving for Florida later this week, and I always need new blog content. I could have done try-ons at new stores, or picked up a couple summery outfits to shoot in Florida, or even indulged in some personal shopping… but I just wasn’t feeling it.
Instead, I ended up getting a table for one at Bonefish Grill. (I tried to find a place for outdoor dining, but they were all full. It was such a pretty day, evidently everyone wanted to eat outside!)
Fortunately, I had enough forethought to bring my laptop, so I was able to get some work done. I ordered the cosmopolitan special along with Bang Bang Shrimp and a salad (they cancel each other out, right?) and sat there and worked for a couple hours.
When I was done there, I thought I’d do some shopping while I waited for the kids to finish up. But the next thing I knew, I was sitting in the Nordstrom Cafe with one of their ah-mazing Royale Cookies and a coffee.
So yeah. Major fashion blogger fail. But I just needed that time, I guess!
While I was at Bonefish, I pulled together my March Favorites. I’ve had a few requests for this post, and I think I might have forgotten to do one for February, and maybe even January… #ooops
In other news, yes, we finally leave for Florida this week. I’m sure some of you are ready for me to stop yammering about it already. I realize not everyone is able to take a vacation right now, and I’m so thankful we can do this.
Yes, we did decide to fly. We’re going to Cape Coral, which is about 18 hours worth of driving from here, plus stops. We’re old and tired, and we didn’t think we could do that without stopping somewhere overnight, which means 4 days of travel for a week’s vacation.
So, then we were like: Wait. Why were we not considering flying?
I guess because of Covid, but honestly, I’ve seen no data to suggest that Covid is transmits more easily in planes and airports than it does at the grocery store. And we have a lot of American Airlines points banked up, so I was able to get most of our tickets covered. All that to say, when we decided on Cape Coral as our destination, we also decided to fly.
It will just be Paul, me, and the girls. D didn’t want to go from the beginning, and now that he’s just started a new job, that is probably for the best. I hate that he won’t be with us, but I guess he figures he’s seen enough of us over the past year. Plus, I’m sure he’s happy to have the house to himself…. I just hope it’s still standing when I return.
Oh, I jest. He’s a good kid, and it’s nice that we don’t need to pay a dog/house sitter while we’re gone.
As for the rest of us, the girls are super excited about the trip, and my niece is joining us, which will be fun. She goes to college in Florida, so she’s excited to be with family over her Easter break.
I’ve been waiting to get excited, since we don’t have the best luck with travel plans, and I know anything can happen these days with the Covid situation. But I’m starting to think this trip might actually work out. I certainly hope so!
Last night, I got online and did some internet research and found a church to attend next Sunday. I also made reservations for Easter brunch, and dinner reservations for one other night. I don’t want to plan the trip out too much, but I do want to have an idea of some places around and things to do.
Some of you gave me advice a while back, and I did save it, but if you have anything else to share, let me know! We like to eat out, especially at places that do local and artisan foods well. And we want to spend some time at the beach, but otherwise, we’re not looking to do any major excursions. I’m mainly hoping to relax and recharge and soak up some sun.
That’s about it for me! I hope you all have a blessed Sunday.