Oh my goodness so it’s been a month since I have spoken to you guys and let me tell you as much as I have been enjoying myself, every time something exciting happens I feel like I have to pick up the phone and call you guys like I would my best friend. I hate having so much to catch up on and it’s time I really get back to keeping you filled in. Okay so let’s get started. I returned on election day so there was a lot of excitement going on when I landed, and lines and lines of people, that I initially assumed had heard about my Euro tour and subsequent return so were anxiously waiting for autographs. Turns out they were in line to vote in our presidential elections, hmmm I mean yeah that’s pretty important too (slowly puts ball point pen back in purse).
I came back in time to spend thanksgiving and Christmas with friends and family which was wonderful. During my travels I sent postcards from every country I visited to three of my friends and it was so cute to see them all on display at their homes, on the road it was one of the ways of keeping in touch I enjoyed the most. Okay so that’s all the cushy stuff, what else have I been up to? Honestly, EVERYTHING!! Partying, Beach, Dinners, Lunches, Beach, Rock Climbing, Beach, Camping (on the beach), line dancing err, hey gotta put my cowboy boots to use, my little cousin’s football games, art exhibitions, bike ride pub crawls (this was fun even though we cheated by eventually ditching the bikes for a car), beach and partying. More or less! I have found myself enjoying Florida in a way I have never ever done before probably because most of it was consumed with the 9-5 gig and bills and all that real life stuff, it’s amazing how much stress is taken out of the equation when you get rid of your place your car and almost everything else. Also I am fortunate to have loving supportive mom and family so having a place to stay or car to drive while home is not really an issue.
Oh and I don’t think I told you guys about my new year, so last year after being in Thailand I knew I wanted to ring it in on the beach and was lucky that some friends invited me to a beach bonfire where people brought their Christmas trees and everyone packed their bottles of alcohol and merriment. We arrived with two dogs in tow, snacks and lots of cheap bubbly and plastic champagne flutes and gathered around the bonfire with about 60 or so other people. It was a really lovely night with great conversations and laughs taking place while sparklers held by flailing hands adorned the night sky and toes dug deeper in the sand with each wave that crashed against the shore hugging our ankles. I also learned a great life lesson, do not put Baileys in a glass that previously held champagne…it curdles. All in all in was a wonderful night that ended with few of us in our swimsuits flirting with the cold ocean water and then in line at a fast food drive through at 4 in the morning, signs of a good time. What did you guys do for new years?
By the way Happy Valentine’s Day when it comes everyone! Hope you all surround yourselves with love, whether that be the love of family, friends, a partner or most importantly love for yourselves.