Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tuesday 5: The Urgency of Fruit Snacks

1. The International man of Intrigue and I have been watching X-Files in the evenings. Last night, we watched one where Jack Black had a minor part. I love watching old programs and seeing people who are now famous in bit parts. 

2. My commitment to cheering others up with good mail is working well. I’ve sent out several fun cards and packages, both to people who requested to be on my “Happy Mail” list and those who haven’t. There are still lots of Fellow Adventurers with your names on the list who I haven’t gotten to yet. Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten! If any other Fellow Adventurers want on the “Happy Mail” list, hit me up on Facebook.

3. I’ve been reading a lot lately, since it’s summer.  I have a lot of thoughts about “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee, but that should probably be for another time. Other than that, I haven’t read anything outstanding in the past couple of weeks. Have you?

4. The other day, I was in the bathroom and Arthur Dent started pounding on the door. I told him to give me privacy and I’d be out in a minute. He shoved his package of fruit snacks under the bathroom door and said, “I just need you to open my gummies, mama.”

5. The summer seems to be flying by. The Little Explorers have gotten to have lots of adventures, and plenty of time with Legos and library books as well. When they’re fighting, I can’t wait for school to start in a month, but when they’re getting along or we’re having fun doing activities, I wish summer could last forever. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Tuesday 5: Life in the Sunshine State

1. The Intrigue Family currently resides in Florida. Some people really, really love it here. While we understand the appeal, it is not on our list of places to make our forever home. For one thing, it is approximately the temperature of the sun plus or minus 11 degrees all summer long. That temperature coupled with the kind of humidity an actual humidifier expels makes for mind numbingly miserable weather from about April to October. Here are a few other Florida summer novelties:

2. We all know that Floridians live in flip flops. Florida also has a very unique summer dress code. Again, summer is from about April to October here. Summer in Florida means bathing suits under clothes at all times. Going to the grocery store? Put on a swimsuit and clothes over the top. The mall? Swimsuit with clothes over them? Any amusement park? Clothes and swimsuits. Church? Swimsuit straps poking out from under modest clothes. The assumption is that everyone has either just stepped out of the pool or could decide to go swimming at any minute.

3. Our neighborhood is home to lots of Sandhill Cranes. They’re a protected species. I’m pretty sure they’re also the reason the phrase “bird brain” was coined. They’re big birds with tiny heads and blank stares. I’m pretty sure they landed on the protected list because they’re so dumb they need protection just to survive. They crane their necks in and out while they stroll through the neighborhood. They also have recently taken a liking to our driveway. Lately, whenever I come home from the store and have the garage door open while I unload the groceries from the back of the mini van, so as not to crush the lift gate with the garage door. (See, I don’t always smash the mini van with the garage door!) those cranes come out of nowhere and try to invite themselves in the garage. No amount of shooing and screaming seems to bother them. Yesterday, we had friends over to visit and when they left to go to their car, there were the Sandhill Cranes, wandering over from the driveway and blocking them in the sidewalk. I had to let our friends back in the house so they could exit the garage and get in their car, and while they were getting in, here came the cranes, trying to invite themselves in! It’s really exasperating, and with the dead stares, frankly, a little creepy.

4. Today, the Little Explorers and I, along with our neighbors, headed to the Clearwater Aquarium, home of Hope and Winter, the dolphins from the movie Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale two. Since military and their guests get free admission, both moms and all seven kids got in gratis. It was awesome. We splurged and spent under ten bucks in the McDonald’s drive thru on the way home to get everyone ice cream. A cripplingly hot outing but lots of fun.

5. On the way home, driving over a causeway, surrounded on both sides by the Bay, “Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffett came on the radio. A perfectly appropriate end to a Florida summer day.