Friday, November 23, 2012


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Wednesday Zachary and I had a rare day today together without work sprinkled in, so we explored 2 new state parks to the west of us near Rosemary Beach. Deer Lake State Park features a large area of protected natural dunes with a coastal dune lake. They have a long boardwalk crossing it so you can get to the beach. It was very peaceful. It is still is so strange to be late November in shorts and mildly sweating.

Fall leaves do exist in Florida!

We also visited Camp Helen State Park. I found one sign of traditional fall, leaves changing. I was excited. Camp Helen features an old resort dating back to the 1930s with other historical buildings.

The potatoes were the best.
On Thanksgiving day, Zachary had to work during the day, so I brought him and his coworker carryout turkey dinners and we had dinner at the store. After work we debated about trying one of those door buster black Friday sales that night. We aren't shoppers for one, and secondly, not black Friday shoppers. But the promise of discounts on a few games were mighty tempting this year. So we decided to hit the Toys R Us at 8 and/or the Target if it looked bad. We got there a little after 8, thinking the line outside would have vanished or be short by then. (We thought we were being savvy...) Uh, no. The line still wrapped the front of 3 stores and down the backside. Target looked no better. "Oh forget about it!", and we went home. We like discounts and all, but neither of us have the stamina for that kind of angry shopping. After we got home, we did a little online shopping, got a few discounts and went to bed. Thank you Internet. I should have never doubted you.

Sunday, November 18, 2012


Experiencing deja vu, I find myself working a lot again lately. My part-time job in the past 2 weeks shifted into overdrive. My previous job in Wisconsin had me working a lot of extra hours in the last several months before we moved. At least in this situation there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel, after January 10th. The company I am working for is putting together a proposal bid for the US Coast Guard and we all are putting long hours contributing to the project, in hopes to have a polished bid ready early January to submit. It is an exciting and stressful project at the same time. I am even using the word davits in conversation with Zachary now, thanks to the crash course in ships the last 2 months. Hoping this week to get a reprieve day or 2 this week for the holiday then back at it.

Bag lunch by the bay yesterday

Monday, November 5, 2012

Happy Birthday Zachary

Zachary turned 30 today. Our dinner plans after work was thwarted, finding the chosen restaurant closed on Mondays. D'oh! So we plan on going there later this week.

One of Zachary's gifts arrived today, Minecraft block magnets. So when the Minecraft urge strikes in the kitchen, we are covered.

Sunday, November 4, 2012


Hello There
 Fall is my favorite season and I knew I would miss Wisconsin fall, but I am really enjoying the Florida fall too. The weather has been warm, 70s-80s with cooler evenings and lower humidity. There is a state park north of us, Torreya, that is supposed to have nice fall colors to view in November, hopefully we can find a day to check it out.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Oh, that is what they were doing.

I remember seeing this a lot when we were on the farm...