Well, hello there, lovely blog friends. Silly vacation, tearing us apart for so long. I’ve missed you. Truly.
It would be odd and unfortunate if I didn’t share some of the ocean, the islands, and the theme parks with you guys, right? Right. I think so, too.
I made some observations over the past week. Here they are, in no particular order:
- Contrary to popular belief, it is possible for me to go an entire week without Starbucks.
- Right in line with popular belief, however, is the cold hard truth that an entire week without coffee or lattes? HA. I rather quickly made friends with Vanya, the barista onboard the Disney Wonder cruise ship. She makes excellent lattes.
- The flight from Houston to Dallas lasts exactly as long as it takes for me to do 16.5 easy sudoku puzzles.
- There does, indeed, exist a sunblock that works for my skin. After a week in the sun, I came out looking shrimp-pink rather than my usual lobster-red. (It was a Neutrogena something or other, FYI. Perhaps I should memorize it so I don’t go right back to lobster land? Yeeeah.)
If butterbeer—the frozen kind—was a Starbucks drink, it would taste like a butterscotch créme frappuccino. Hear that, Howard Schultz? I expect to see these in the spring. You’d make bazillions off of them. Not everyone can travel to Harry Potter World just for a delicious beverage, but most people (except for my beloved family in the Texas Hill Country) can easily get to a Starbucks. And who doesn’t want to try butterbeer?
- Glamour magazine should come with a warning label that reads: DO NOT READ WHILE SITTING IN A BEACH CHAIR IN THE OCEAN. BETTER YET, DO NOT READ, PERIOD, UNLESS YOU WANT EVERY PAGE TO FALL OUT (AND FOR YOUR FINGERS, LEGS, AND STOMACH TO GET SMEARED WITH BLACK INK THAT HAS RUBBED OFF THE PAGE). Ahem. Then again, if they printed that warning label—especially so shoutily—they might not sell magazines. But then, at least, people wouldn’t be left in beach chairs in the ocean wondering where to put all the pages that have fallen out while simultaneously trying to figure out if the ink will wash off.
- September? Is totally the time to go to theme parks. We did Harry Potter World (at Universal Orlando), the Magic Kingdom, and Epcot, all in two days. We rode everything we wanted to, and even on rides like Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (you’d think Disney World was in the Rockies or something) we only had to wait for, like, five minutes. The ride inside Hogwarts Castle was the longest line we had, and even that was only about 30 minutes.
- And PS: uh, the ride inside Hogwarts? Very cool. We even kinda wanted to stay in line longer because there were so many amazing things to look at.
- Nothing beats 7AM mornings on the upper deck of a cruise ship, surrounded by ocean, with a latte made by Vanya and a fresh blue Moleskine in hand. I sat out there for an hour or so every morning and brainstormed ideas for Book #2, and I’m overwhelmed with excitement about the things that poured onto those pages.
- Contrary to what I’d hoped, the construction and crammed street outside the window of my favorite Starbucks? Did not suddenly morph into an ocean while I was away. Bah. I miss the ocean.
- Massages on the beach are expensive. And so, so, so worth it.
Also notable: for the first time ever, I came back itching to work on stuff. Perhaps it’s due to the wealth of ideas I got while brainstorming, or perhaps it’s because Linda and Melissa have been über-amazing, quick readers who have already given me some brilliant feedback on the draft I just finished, like, a week ago. Whatever the reason, I’m inspired and encouraged and ready to set back to work. Hope all is well with all of you! I feel like I missed a ton from the blogosphere while I was gone. What are you guys working on this week?