Things I’ve Learned on Vacation…Mid-Vacay Edition

Hey Bloggy Friends! I’m still in sunny Florida. Don’t miss me too much. I wanted to pop in really quick to give a sneak peek into our trip. Here are just a few things I’ve learned this week.


1. It’s much better to appreciate and enjoy your vacation than document every second of it. So when I’m short several hundred photos, please don’t be sad.

2. There will ALWAYS be something you forget at home which results in a $75 trip to Walgreens, but thank God for Walgreens, right?

3. I should never eat pizza outside of Chicago, because no matter how ok it is, it’s not Chicago pizza.

4. When sunscreen says 80 minutes, they sort of mean business…when you spend 3 hours walking away from the sun you’re going to get your ass (well everything underneath it) burned.

5. Live sand dollars are fucking awesome. They’re purple and furry…except the furry part is all wiggly and awesome.

6. It’s really nice to blow dry my hair without blowing a fuse.

7. Beers to acquire: Big Rod Coconut Ale and Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen.

8. Yelp rocks my Yelp Elite socks off. I’m 2 for 2 in restaurant selection. 

9. Eleanor and Park is my new favorite book.

10. I want to live in Florida.

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  1. Everyone wants to live in Florida…until they LIVE in Florida. The best is to have two places. One in Chicagoland and one in Florida. That would be the ideal life. Just ask Ed and Coco. They both work from home most days,so it doesn’t matter where it happens. And…if one has to travel,even better!
    enjoy,you only have 3 full days left…so sorry to burst your bubble.
    Love u

    • One day. One day. I’ll do all my writing in my winter Florida home and travel the world through spring and summer and come home in the Fall/early winter for football and Halloween and holidays. I’ve got a plan, Ma.

  2. Diana Griffith says

    Where in Florida are you at? I’ve lived in Florida my entire life, and I have a hard time imagining living somewhere else. However, come talk to me in August when it’s cooling down everywhere else and we are still experiencing a hot stifling heat.

  3. I’m SO SO SO glad you read Eleanor & Park!!! It’s amazing!

  4. I regret leaving Florida, love Yelp and need to read Eleanor & Park. Enjoy the rest of your vacation!!


    Sorry, I had to freak out there for a second.

  6. Well, a nice nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there. Hemingway seemed to like it, but he eventually moved to Idaho. I have no desire to go to Orlando for anything especially Disney World. Give me Palm Springs or Big Sur any day.

    • I would totally live there. But not in Orlando. And probably not in Key West (Hemmingway’s home). We visit Marco Island every year and it’s quiet. Peaceful. Relaxing. I just adore being down there.


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