Monday, February 9, 2015

Florida is Where I Live

Yes, I moved to Florida for the winter. I've been here since the beginning of December and won't be back in Ohio until sometime in April. I work at an Amish style restaurant, sorta like the one I work at up north, just like triple the size. 
 My journey to Florida had a rough start. The truck taking me to the airport broke down about 2 miles from our destination. What was there to do but walk as briskly as possible to make it for my flight?! I was in heeled boots and so was my friend Sherri. (((blisters))) We DID make it, just in time.
I knew a total of 3 people when I arrived. Thankfully I work with 2 of them. They helped me get used to things. I decided not take a vehicle down, so my mode of transportation was a bike.
About a week after I arrived, some amazing friends came down for a week and I got to spend several days with them. Good times.
We spent quite a few hours on the beach. I mean, this IS Florida.
My Grandparents come down for about 2 months every winter, 2 of my siblings came for a weekend and one of my best pals came for a week with her family. It was a wonderful reunion with all of them.
Sweet Berries with a bestie. I miss this girl immensely.
And then all the Ohio people returned to the land of the frozen and I was left to fend for myself. Ok, it wasn't that bad. But it forced me (thankfully) to make new friends. Which turned out lovely. 
This is my adopted Florida Mom Charlene. Some weeks I'm at her house more then my own. She feeds me and gives me advice and hugs and is a lovely person inside and out. And then there is Diane. The first morning we worked together I said, "I decided we should be friends." She said, "ok." And then we were. We laugh a lot. Which is important in a friendship.
I got tired of biking everywhere. So I got myself a scooter. One of my coworkers also drives one. We are scooter buddies. Anna and I have lots of fun scootering to various places together.
Sometimes I take a passenger. That would be Diane behind me.
Then my married sister Aud and her husband Marvin came and surprised me. We only had like 2 days together, but we loved reconnecting as friends and sisters again.

I've got an awesome group of friends/coworkers here. We go bowling, or watch a movie or go to beach and watch people with food get attacked by sea gulls. Then we go get ice cream. It's seriously kind of like a party all the time here. I mean we all work a lot, but even then, we are with friends, so it's fun then too.
 One Sunday afternoon, riding an elephant. Because when do you ever get the chance to do that?!
 Yes, I am glad I came.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Various Things That I Love

I know, I post pictures of these friends quite often. Seriously though, if they were your friends, you would too. I am so thankful for them. And I'm trying to enjoy as many moments as I can with them before I leave for Florida. Yes, folks. I am moving to Florida. Not forever. Just for the winter. To work.  
While I am not crossing the ocean, I feel like this applies to me. This moving to Florida for 4 months makes me nervous, but I also look forward to the new adventures, new friends, new job. On the other hand, it is difficult to leave my friends and things familiar to me. Just like everyone else, change is not my favorite thing. But it is good for me. 
These are my parents. They are good people you should know. 
 My big brother Blake and I from way back in September, but I like the fact that we are both in the same picture.
 This is Marvin and Janice. I am privileged to attend the same church as them. You won't meet better folks then these. They invited my friend Jess and I to a banquet with them and we both felt so honored.
 Being a little strange, Sherri and I took this freaky picture and set it as someone's background picture on their phone to remind them that WE ARE WATCHING.
 This is my brother Logan. He looks quite decent. He IS quite nice. And he is single. ;-)
 Though not a fan of Pooh, I like this quote.
 My good friend Kaylee from Vermont came for a visit. She has a way of making people feel happier, just by being around her. And it made me so pleased that she and my other amazing friend (Sherri) hit it off so well.
 I laugh when I see this. My pretty sister, beautiful friend and my strange brother.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Two Weeks Down Under (An Overload of Pictures)

Have I mentioned that I love to travel? Seeing new places and people and food and everything else is exciting to me. So, when I got the chance to spend two weeks in New Zealand, I jumped at the chance. Miraculously, my brother-just-younger-then-me agreed to be my traveling companion...which was brave of him. Especially considering the fact that he had never flown before or been outside of the country at all. 

This is just before our departure, Sherri was able to come along to drop us off at the airport. 
 Logan and I
About to go through security. I can admit to feeling nervous here. I have flown a decent amount of times, but trying to navigate various different airports outside of the country and finding the right flights is always a little nerve wracking to me. 
Almost there! 
New Zealand!!!
It is springtime over there. So lovely and blossoming.
The is Grace, the boat. We were able to take this out on the ocean. (I drove!!!)
New Zealand is drop dead beautiful. Pictures don't even start to do it justice. It was like living in a post card.
Putting a puzzle together with Natasha during some of our down time. 
You SHOULD have been there!!!
 We did a tremendous amount of hiking. But the views at the top were always worth it. On the right, btw, is Natasha, Daniel and Janel. Yes, they are the family I went to Europe with. They lived in NZ for 3 whole months and were so kind as to let Logan and I stay with them and show us around. 
Soaking up the view.
 This was at the beach of Split Apple Rock. 
 One of the coolest experiences, driving on the left side of the road, on the right side of the car. Ah...such fun!!!
It was brilliant!!!
 How many kilometers to New York?
 The lovely Janel...who is also a totally awesome cook!!!
 Daniel and Logan
 The middle of New Zealand!
 We love these people!
 All of us together in an 'us-ie' (plural of selfie).
 Our last full day in Nelson, New Zealand.
 On our flight home. We made it, safe and sound. Logan didn't seem to suffer from jet lag, but my days seemed messed up for a little while.
Unfortunately, Logan and I didn't get a picture together when we returned. The picture below is the day we got back. Reunited with my best friends, once again. L-R: Sherri, me (a little bleary eyed), Jess, Kaylee and Shan.