i’m not someone who suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder but i have a few friends who do and what better way to combat the winter blues than high-tailing it to florida for a few days?
we were also trying to be budget-friendly, so we made a few decisions to support that goal:
• stayed at my parent’s condo
• brought board games and movies
• limited the trip to monday morning to thursday night
(redeye on thursday – NOT a decision we will be repeating)
Monday – we arrived and found (via the GPS in amanda’s phone) a beautiful italian restaurant named Arturo’s… and our excitement to be out of the frigid embrace of Chicago was kicked up a notch when we were greeted at Auturo’s by giant bear friends and warm garlic bread.
one of the things i really wanted to do nostaligically was hit one of the beach shops for tchotchkes and trinkets and while we grabbed little keychains with our names on them, my illustrious roomie tried on a variety of hats.
after sunning, shopping, eating and drinking (and a popsicle run) we played a game called quelf. i find that name awkward. but the game is hilarious, it’s like the ultimate exercise in the absurd and irrational.
from their web site:
and spent the rest of the day poolside and eating popsicles, and our new year’s eve was spent watching Friends and drinking Perseco. this is exactly what we came here for… a really simple escape. i was worried initially about the three of us together – only because roomie and amanda had never met before. but then i thought about transitive property, that it only makes sense that if i love amanda and i love roomie, that roomie and amanda had at least pretty good odds of getting along. and eureka! things were perfect. we had a great mix of personal space and together time, we all were moving at the same tumbleweed vacation pace. and four days were just long enough to let go.
we decided to pack, have a fancy dinner, and then just come back for the bags and leave like ripping off a band-aid. dinner was at a family favorite called DaVinci’s, located in of the strip malls where they put some effort into making it a plaza with fountains and al fresco dining.
we cheered ourselves up on the way home by laying some ground rules for next year…
– packing list: bathing suit, flimsy cover-up, flip flops, toothbrush.
– closing ceremonies at DaVincis
– rampant marathon quelf
– total relentless photo documentation
– total relentless DOMINATION of THE ISLAND