Wednesday, December 27, 2006


Hi gang.....

After driving 95 mph (isn't that what that blue sign means?) on I-95S, I was actually an hour ahead of schedule - woo hoo.  We left around 12:30am.  I tossed a pill in Tom so he would sleep and be ready to take over when I became tired.  HA!

I stopped a couple of times to stretch and let the cool wind wake me up.  Sundrop and 4 cups of coffee and good to go.  Finally at 7:30am I had had it.  We were in our favorite stopping place - Kingsland GA, when I pulled into a hotel parking lot (I figured it was "safe") and took a 30 minute nap. 

Grabbed some breakfast and was off again.  It wasn't until we gassed up at the I-10 / I-75 area that Tom and I switched seats.  I was 10 hours and tired but wired! 

Allison, I blew the horn at you when I got to the Ocala exit - about 11:30am...hope you heard me LOL!

My FIL lives off of Hwy 52 near Hwy 19 which runs parallel to the Gulf and right at the crossroads of 52 and I-75 was where the tornado was of Monday.  Messy!

The "guests" - Tom's dad, Tom's baby brother, his girlfriend and her daughter, Tom's sister, her daughter & hubby and 18 month old son. .....all in a 2 bedroom house.   Let me tell ya, it's quite loud when they're all together!  We all hugged and kissed and opened presents.  Then before dinner we headed to Hudson Beach to Sam's Beach Bar for a before dinner toddy.  It was COLD.  I'm serious!  I left NC it was 70 ---- I hit FLA and BAM! 58!  Something seriously wrong with this picture.  It was still a bit cloudy but not bad.  I picked up a new T-shirt at the bar and took pics of the great-nephew.

Lasagne was the dinner specialty thanks to my BIL --- (he DOES love me!)  I had sent subliminal messages about making it...he makes the best, and YES it's better than my Tom's.


And the desserts - homemade Tiramisu, we brought cookies (yes, John, yours should be there on Friday) and fudge, a Juniors cheesecake that my Mom ordered for Tom (we froze it and brought it here for the Yanks to enjoy).  Yummmz!

Yes, I came prepared - 2 cases of Sundrop!

Poor Tom....he stuffed himself sick!  Had to have a shotof Pepto!

Here's a kicker - Dad says "you've got to be tired, why don't you go ahead to bed?"  We're sleeping on an air mattress in the middle of the den floor.  It's 11pm, they're watching KONG (the new, bloody gorey one).  Then Dad starts emptying the dishwasher...............


Did I miss something?  Didn't they say "I know you're tired you should get to sleep" ??????

.....................12pm I was ready to take my tired ass to the local hotel or over to Andrea's.


Today (Wednesday) we hit some stores in the area - great sales at Bealls (a FL store that I LOVE).  Tom found 2 jackets 60% off, several Guy Harvey T's for $12, Miss T got a couple of Tinkerbell shirts and I got a cool pocket book.  I do LOVE that store and I love going in the Outlets too.  Now tomorrow I'm going ALONE cause today I didn't even get to go to the Ladies dept or housewares....can't shop with men and kids around.

I've gotta check the weather and see which day would be best to hit Busch Gardens for the day.

Right now I just wanna chill and relax. 

Then it's off to Nokomis to meet up with some Sista's on Saturday - sooooooo looking forward to that!

Well 10-4 good buddies, I'm off to veg!!!!

Love, hugs n kisses!


chat2missie said...

Glad you made it safely.

madcobug said...

Glad you made it safely. Hope you get some shut eye tonight. Helen

deshelestraci said...

Wow!  Sounds like a whirlwind trip!  Glad you are safe.

ukgal36 said...

You should have waved at me too!! I am in Jacksonville....
Have fun! I love Bealls too!

lifes2odd said...

Welcome to freezing Florida! Crazy isn't it? Have a great time but don't wear yourself out too much before Saturday! I can't wait!!! Whoo hoo! Martha :-)

eml625 said...

Have a great time !

hugsdoodlewacky said...

((((((((((((((((((((((((((((HUGSTOYOU))))))))))))))))))))))Glad you are having a great time and hope you still having a good time.Be safe.Have a good nigh.

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jckfrstross said...

enjoy yourself and hope it warms up LOL


am4039 said...

sounds like a good time. Have fun shopping by yourself. You'll get more done for sure. LOL. Hope FL. warms up.

garnett109 said...

have a great vacation!

springangel235 said...

Have a great time...hugs and love,

nammajulie said...

Hi Sharon!
Glad to hear you are having such a good time...enjoy yourself and relax! I wish you and your family all the luck and happiness possible in 2007...HAPPY NEW YEAR!

fasttrack58 said...

Be Safe! Have Fun!!
Happy New Year!!
Linda :)

ksgal3133 said...

I'm glad you made it there safely :)
Wishing you a very blessed 2007!!


bookncoffee said...

wow...hope you are getting some rest after the drive.  I love to shop Bealls when we go to FL.  

xxroxymamaxx said...

I'm glad you had a good Christmas.  Sorry we missed you at the beach.  Maybe next time your here!  Happy new year!  Love and hugs and GBU, Shelly

imgr8phil said...

Hope you are having a good time and that your New Year will be all that you hope it will be!


mtrib2 said...

It is difficult to sleep with a TV going and dishes clanging, lol .      The rest of the trip must have been enjoyable and I am glad you had the best Lasagne.     I hope the temp was better to visit the Busch Gardens.      Wishing you and your family a very good 2007 and I hope your deck work is finished.    I hope to get a little work done on my addition construction today ( 53F in S. Illinois ) by myself doing light work.      mark