I feel pretty! Oh, so pretty!

Matthew (I always thought that was a sexy, solid name) and I spent like every second of every day together for the last week while I was in Miami. He even drove with me to Fort Myers Beach for 2 days so I could spend some time with Julie. I actually hadn’t even realized my luck – the family that Julie was nannying for had gone away for the week (to Amelia Island which is near my grandmother’s Jacksonville home, so I’ve been there a bunch of times, but that’s unrelated) leaving Julie (and us and like 4 other really cool people) their awesome beach front house and a kitchen stocked with food. (I wouldn’t ever ever ever want to be a nanny, but putting the day job aside, Julie’s got in made.) So Fort Myers was fun, needless to say—I felt like it was spring break all over again.

So don’t laugh at me, but I’ve been walking around in a blissful daze all week. I introduced Matthew to my grandmother immediately which is not something I EVER do. I think the last time my family knew one of my boyfriends (!) I was in like 7th grade.

The best part about this is that when I sit down to write about this, it all comes gushing out like a babbling brook, but in reality, I’ve been pretty breezy about this.

The remaining days were spent shopping at Sawgrass Mills Outlet Mall (a monster of a mall that’s shaped like a crocodile) and hanging out on Hollywood Beach. I have such a gorgeous tan and I am so ready to head back up north (I leave tomorrow morning) and move to NYC. It’s really soon! Just one more month to kill…

Matthew and I already said goodbye so I can spend the evening with Granny, and he’s still down here for one more week. Apparently he had two conferences (in physical therapy) in Miami two weeks apart from each other so decided to make a vacation of it. But then he’ll be back in NYC and we’ve already made plans to go to the Guggenheim Museum (he was shocked that I’d never been there and said we had to fix that right away).


Related Travel Guide Topics:

Back on the road (or air, this time)!

OK, so I like New Jersey, but not THAT much. There’s only so much sitting around and watching TV and only so much Monmouth Mall I can take. Moving to NYC soonish so don’t really feel the need to hang out there now. So, I spoke to Granny a few days ago and she said I should come back down to Florida to hang out with her, but this time to her Miami condo (Granny did very well for herself as a young woman, as she likes to remind her grandchildren often). I found an amazing ticket on JetBlue and I’m off tomorrow! Knowing Granny, I’m sure it’ll be more malls and aquariums, but I’d say hands down that Palm Beach or South Beach beat the Great Egg Harbor River any day, sentiment included (ha, I won’t go into that…).

Meanwhile I have a friend nannying for a month at Fort Myers Beach, so I’ve already gotten permission to take Granny’s car and road trip across the peninsula to stay with her for a few days.

OK, just have to head to Monmouth Mall one more time for a new pair of flip-flops. Will update you on my travel whereabouts in a few days!

Trying to stay sane

I am in the worst mood ever, and sometimes the only thing that makes me feel better is to drive to Short Pump Mall. Besides the fact that it reminds me that Richmond doesn’t suck as bad as it used to, there also happens to be a Barnes & Noble right next door where I can go and mope over a cup of coffee and a self-help book.

I’m at home in Richmond visiting my parents (I’m in boarding school in North Carolina for my last year of highschool…b/c I WANT to, not b/c I’m a bad kid…) and every time I come home my parents get on my case about this guy who I’m seeing that they don’t really like so much. It just really stresses me out because I respect my parents’ opinion so much and they usually respect my decisions, so then I just start to doubt how I feel about Ricky and then I get all anxious and insecure and ARGH!!!

Anyways, that’s not why I’m writing here. I just found this site and like the idea of sharing nice travel experiences, so I thought it would be a good idea for me to focus on something fun my family did and then I got carried away with my rant so now I’m going to try and back up a bit.

Out of all my 17 years on Earth (all of which were spent in Richmond), my family has never once gone to Virginia Beach. I’d gone only once or twice with friends, but never as a family (i.e. never staying overnight in a nice hotel). So we went earlier this week, stayed in a Holiday Inn (that’s nice compared to the dumps I’ve crashed at) and actually had a good time. We spent a lot of time on the beach and on the shops that line the coast. Got some chotchkas and some food that’s probably really bad for you (and yet so good). When we needed a break from the sun we hid out in Lynnhaven Mall for a few hours. There’s a Barnes & Noble there, so we were all happy (we’re all big readers). I even begged my parents (who gave in!) to take me to the Build-A-Bear Workshop which was SO MUCH fun! (Yes, you read that right, I’m 17 and begged my parents for a stuffed animal…and got it, hee hee.) We actually went back the next day for a movie. Saw Shine a Light which was pretty good, but apparently I’m “too young” to get all the references. The Rolling Stones are pretty retro these days and since retro means kinda cool, I kinda know a thing or two about them (or at least that’s how I had to spell it out to my parents who for some reason thought my interest in 70s music meant I was snorting cocaine). Sometimes I feel like my parents are immigrants, though my family’s been in this country pretty much since it started.

At some point in there we also went to the Virginia Aquarium Marine Science Center for my fish-enthusiast dad.

Ok, I actually do feel a little better. See, self-help books do help! (I had read in one of the books in my stack to write about sometime good to take the focus off the bad.)

There’s more than just Starbucks and grunge…

I only have a few more months until I start my job (paralegal in NYC—eek!) so you might be seeing a number of posts for me. I’m seriously about to spend all my money traveling all over this beautiful country of ours! Anyways, a little over a month ago I roadtripped with some friends down the east coast, 2 weeks ago I visited my grandmother, and now I just got back from Seattle.

I got off the plane and was greeted by my cousin and her boyfriend whom I had never met. I hadn’t seen Jenny is over a year and was eager to meet the guy that she had met, fallen in love with really quickly, and was planning to marry way too soon (in my opinion). I had never been to Washington so wanted to see as much as possible in the 4 days that I’d be there. From the airport we were going straight to Spencer Spit State Park Beach which is on Lopez Sound, a bit of a ways out. Like halfway there though I realized that I had forgotten to pack a bathing suit, so we stopped at Alderwood Mall for a quick bikini hunt (why do I always forget SOMETHING when I travel?) and then we were back on our way. Just the drive itself got me excited for my trip. First of all, the scenery was stunning. Mountains and flowers and the sky was perfectly blue and sun was bright. Our windows were down and I got to breathe in luscious mountain air—what a high! Also, Jeremy (the guy) and I were hitting it off. You should see how he looks at Jenny—maybe people can really fall in love that quickly… Spencer Spit was beautiful. We were camping out that night, so set up camp and then spent the rest of the day lounging and hiking around the area. I’m not the world’s most interested birdwatcher, but couldn’t help but be awed by some of the birds nesting around us. The next morning, we woke up with the sun, ate leftover hotdogs for breakfast, and then headed back to Seattle. We dropped our stuff off at their apartment and then went straight to the Woodland Park Zoo, which was a lot of fun. Jenny and I used to go on family trips together when we were younger and our favorite stops were always the zoos—so this was no exception! We went out to eat later and then crashed at home in front of a movie at like 9pm.

The next day we went to the Seattle Aquarium for a few hours which was fun—I’m really not so into aquariums, but Jeremy is a fourth grade teacher and happens to know all about the aquarium, so it was actually rather cute seeing him getting so excited about every single fish we passed. We spent the rest of the day at Northgate Mall eating and shopping—2 of my favorite pastimes.

I was leaving the next afternoon, so in the morning we went to Alki Beach which is pretty close to downtown Seattle, and then we left for the airport. I was so sad! Well, at least I know I’ll be going out there again soon…for a wedding!