I grew up in paradise â€“ and I didnâ€™t appreciate it one bit until I left. So I sure do love to come back!
Iâ€™m in town for a series of Operation Beautiful events at FIU and University of Miami. I flew out of Charlotte early yesterday morning (up at 4 AM, flight at 5:45, delayed on runaway for two hours â€“ grrr!) and did two events at different branches of FIU. The FIU events went really well â€“ the students were really engaged.
I was so exhausted from my day of travel that I found myself napping on the floor of my rental minivan before one of the events. It was a solid sleep, considering that my face was mashed up against a seatbelt.
After the second event, I drove back to my old neighborhood (Kendall, for the locals) and arrived at my oldest-bestest friend Lisetteâ€™s house. It was so nice to see Lisette and Danny again. They recently went on vacation to Las Vegas, and we stayed up way too late looking at their vacation pictures. I always like looking at their vacation pictures because they are huge foodies and take pictures of everything they eat. The weirdest/coolest thing they ate was a chocolate stout cake with bacon crispies on top. They said it was really good â€“ Iâ€™ll have to take their word for it. 😉
After an absolutely epic sleep (ELEVEN HOURS), I woke up to a quiet, empty house. Lisette and Danny both have to work today, but it works out because I have a ton of article-writing to catch up on. I donâ€™t mind in the slightest because their backyard looks like this:
The only problem was my computer cord wasnâ€™t long enough to reach the table. Easily solved by bringing out a few TV tables â€“ there is NO WAY that Iâ€™m going to sit inside and work when their backyard looks like that.
Further proof they live in paradise â€“ they have a Keurig.
And a fridge filled with delicious food!
Youâ€™ve got to check out this blog post and Facebook page. Two parents, in an effort to instill creativity and wonder in their children, pose their girlsâ€™ toy dinosaurs in crazy situations each night â€“ and wait for their daughters to discover the dinosaurs in the morning. Theyâ€™ve told the girls that the dinosaurs come to life every night throughout November. And the results are hysterical.
Isnâ€™t that great? I totally want to do something like this with Henry when heâ€™s older. Heâ€™d love it. Kind of reminds me of the Elf on the Shelf tradition.
Off to work / take writing breaks to jump in the pool. Stay tuned because thereâ€™s a really awesome giveaway going up this afternoon.