Sand, Sun, my Girls, and a Whole Lot of Key Lime

Those who know me know that I love the beach. My boss even bought me a “my heart is at the beach” sign for my desk at work two years ago for Christmas. It’s my happy place, where I can blissfully check out for a few days and truly relax in every sense of the word. I grab a chair, a cooler, sunblock, and a good book and park it literally from after breakfast til dinner.

I was supposed to head to Key West in September with my girls for our annual “mom’s break” trip, but Hurricane Irma had other ideas. So, we postponed and rebooked for Clearwater area – Madeira Beach (although only three of us out of the seven could make it this time). I grew up going to Madeira Beach/ Indian Rocks Beach area with my family. It’s a stretch of gorgeous sand, clear water, and great restaurants, and super family friendly. As it turns out, it’s also a great place for a bunch of 30-something-year-old moms to decompress without their kids nagging them for a pb&j or God knows whatever else.

(Photo credit to G)

We arrived on Thursday and stayed til Monday, which was the perfect vacation. I started a new book, The Secrets of Rome, and drank a whole lot of piña coladas, pineapple and rum, and wine. Oh, and mimosas/ bellini’s every morning. There were lots of cheese puffs consumed (don’t ask; it’s a girls trip tradition). And of course the time spent with the girls was top notch. Oh, and did I mention key lime pie? Cause there was plenty of it, including in my key lime piña colada at dinner the first night! 😋🍍😍Such a much needed break and I’m excited to plan another beach trip with the girls soon. I also decided to bring the kids to Madeira Beach next summer, so they can enjoy my childhood haunt.

So I Started a Blog…

I finally did it. I started a blog. I’ve been thinking about it for a while now, but couldn’t bring myself to pull the trigger. Who really wants to read about your travels? A question I asked myself a lot (and am asking myself currently). The answer turned out to be “who cares?” Who cares, indeed. If nothing else, I’ll have an online travel journal when I’m older. And since I’ve got a few big trips planned for 2018 – hello Florida, Ireland, Spain, and Italy – and my best friend J isn’t on Facebook, here is as good a place as any to share my adventures and photos. 🙃

My girl Cathy over at Panagea’s Box was the ultimate kick in the ass to get bloggin’ when she took her beyond epic trip to South Africa last fall. I anxiously awaited her posts so I could have a small glimpse into an amazingly vivacious culture and live vicariously through her. She’s in Costa Rica now and again, I adore that she shares her travels and life on the blog and Instagram so I can be exposed to more, and dream bigger.

Stay tuned… this won’t be a post-every-day blog, but I’ll be sharing my travel planning and trips as I take them.

First up: Tampa/Clearwater in March. This was supposed to be a girl’s trip to Key West last September, but Hurricane Irma laughed at those plans so we postponed.

On deck: Ireland (June 27-July 5), and my month-long solo adventure in August to Menorca & Barcelona in Spain, and Rome & Pompeii in Italy when I participate in a field school on an archaeological dig. Yes, you read that right – a dig. In Spain. At a 1st century BCE Roman settlement. 🙌🏼 So beyond excited for this trip!