I haven’t been writing much for the last few weeks because I went to visit my friend, Joanna, in Florida. Between the two of us, we have ten kids! We’re both done having kids. Done being pregnant and nursing. Don’t get me wrong, I loved being pregnant and nursing. But I certainly did it enough to get it out of my system and I’m ready to move on to the next phase of my life.
I really wanted to go and visit my best friend, who I hadn’t seen in four years, so we could get a break from all of our responsibilities. And we could do it our way. We’re not the Las Vegas/night club kind of girls. The first thing we did when we got to the house we were staying at for two nights was to go for a recovery run.
I did not do well in the Florida weather. I grew up in Hawaii and ran track and cross country in high school, so I’m no stranger to running in heat and humidity. But the wind doesn’t seem to blow in Florida. The air felt thick and sticky. We did three runs while I was there and I was feeling much better by the third one. I’m glad I got to experience that though. I’m spoiled with my weather here in Monterey and I’ll certainly be more sympathetic when people talk about running in hot weather.
After our run that first night, we went and had dinner at Panera and then to Target to pick up a few things. I have no words for how incredibly fun it was to eat broccoli cheddar soup outside at 9pm with no kids and then to walk around Target with no kids. But I couldn’t help but be thankful for all the stressful trips out with my kids because without them, I wouldn’t have been able to so fully appreciate how lucky I am.
Then we went back to the house, drank beer and wine, and stayed up until 1 a.m. talking about all kinds of stuff I can’t tell you about. I also hand sewed some felt food for the kids.
The next day we started off with Joanna straightening my hair for the first time in my life! I can’t believe I’ve gone my whole life without a straightener! This is what best friends are for.
Then we went to Dunkin’ Donuts and got a box of donut holes and coffees. Then off to, Fit 2 Run, a running store that had the most awesome selection of running shoes I have ever seen in my life. If you’re ever in the Tampa area, definitely go check them out.
Then we went to the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg! What fun! Dali has never been one of my favorites. But I’m a big fan now. We took the docent tour and he’s quite an interesting guy. Luckily they had this painting, Santiago el Grande, on loan from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Canada.
I love this. We were standing in the back of the group and I was looking at it thinking it is an interesting angle. Like he was lying down but propped up a little. But that’s strange, maybe I’m looking at it wrong. Then towards the end of the docent’s presentation, he pointed out that Dali had actually painted himself at the bottom of the painting. He was resting on a rock, in the exact same position I had imagined.
And here we are in front of this gorgeous view. The design of these windows was based off of Santiago el Grande.
Then we went and ate fancy sushi.
And laughed at the Korean soju advertisements.
Then we went to Total Wine and bought beer and wine. Except I didn’t buy the jug. I swear.
Then we went back to the house. We made a master recipe list for Joanna, sewed and chatted about more stuff I can’t tell you about until 2 a.m. We were going to wake up for a run at 7 a.m. but we thought better of it and woke up at 8 a.m. instead. Easy two mile run.
In case you don’t hear it, I ask Joanna “What are you doing? Are you on Twitter?” Because I really did think she was tweeting in the middle of our run. She’s a little addicted.
Now I’m home and I miss her. It stinks being so far away from my best friend. I even miss her dog. I’m not a dog person but he is an awesome dog. Isn’t it cute how he sits on the stairs?