- Last week I wrote about how my empty calendar was oddly unsettling. This week is anything but empty. Spent the weekend getting the family ready for my absence, and then on Wednesday I left for an actual vacation with a friend. Just the two of us. For a week. We are a couple days in, and I still can’t believe we are here. Hello, Key West!
- Just to add to the vacation-prep excitement, last weekend my daughter started having hypoglycemic episodes. Like, 5 over the weekend. We took her to the doctor, and she’s totally fine. But there was a moment I thought I was going to have to cancel my trip that had been planned for over six months, and I was kinda freaking out. I wrote about the whole thing here.
- On Tuesday, also known as the-day-before-I-leave-on-vacation, a friend of mine and I got some Catholic girls from different AHG troops in our area together to work on the AHG NCC 100th Anniversary Patch. They had a good time, and I’m really glad we did it. I even learned a few things about Fatima that I did not know. Our AHG Troop is multi-denominational (there is currently only one other Catholic family in our troop), and 99% of the time it is totally not an issue. But I like the idea of bringing my daughter together with other families who share our faith as well as our interests in scouting. We are talking about getting together again to work on the AHG Religious Recognition pin. If you have any experiences with this, I would love to hear them.
- On Wednesday, we flew to Miami. I used to live here over 25 years ago, and nothing at the airport or driving south towards the Keys was how I remembered it. Our flight was a little delayed, and it took way more time to get luggage and pick up the rental car than we expected, so by the time we left the airport it was quite dark. But still, not a single thing looked familiar. Am I that old, or has it changed that much?
- After spending the night in Key Largo, we went to John Pennekamp State Park for some snorkeling. And it was amazing. Being raised as a military brat, I have been snorkeling all my life all over the world. And it was still some of the best snorkeling I have ever seen. I love to snorkel. I love being in the water, the peaceful quiet, and floating and communing with nature. And I’m kinda good at it, or at least very confident about my own skills in the water. But it occurred to me that it had been almost 12 years since I have been snorkeling. Which is not OK. So I am resolved to make an effort to do more things that I really love, and make that a priority.
- After spending the morning at Pennecamp Park, we drove to Key West. In a convertible. With the top down. (Again, nothing looked familiar, but I’m getting over that.) I spent the entire day in the sun, and managed not to get sunburned. With my fair, freckled, Irish complexion, that is really an accomplishment, and it took a lot of vigilance. But I’m taking it as a sign of personal growth. My dermatologist will be thrilled.
- As we were checking into our hotel (super cute and quirky boutique hotel just off Duval Street), I was delighted to discover we are only three blocks from The Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea. You can be sure I will be checking in there on Sunday.
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