Thursday, October 24, 2013

Long Time No Talk and My Mom is the Best

Aloha from the South. It's been awhile. I swear I'm not terrible at blogging. I've wanted to write so many times, but I just felt like I shouldn't. Pardon my French, but there is a lot of shit going down. I'm the kind of person that NEEDS to write when shit is going down. Unfortunately, whatever you put on the interwebz stays on the interwebz, and therefore I have once again isolated myself into oblivion like I always do when shit is going down.

One day I shall spill the beans. But for now, here is the best surprise package ever. Here is what was inside...
"Dear Lauren, Here is your very own Haunted House for you to start your own Witchey Town!"

My mom sent me autumn dishtowels, my own Haunted House with flickering tea lights to make my own Halloween village like she makes at home, a black cat, a bobble turkey, and CANDY! Salt water taffy, chocolate covered pretzels from Jagielky's!, cream mints, Twizzlers, candy corn m&ms, and KitKats.

It was like Christmas opening that box. You don't understand. Halloween is the best holiday. IT'S MAGIC.

I hope one day my mom will come down here to spend Halloween with me again and make me chili and see my Halloween village.

That is all for now. I am happy and loving it here despite the current stress, which says a lot. Eric is happy, I'm happy. The only thing that would make it better is if I could teleport everyone from up north to Florida :)

We move in to our new place next weekend, so there will be a BIG update shortly following!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Florida Life

So. I have written a lot about work and apartment searching and getting settled down here, but I haven't written much about what I've been doing in my free time. Which I don't have much of. But still, I haven't been doing grown-up responsible things ALL the time...

It's pretty crazy being less than 10 minutes from the beach and being able to go there whenever we want. For example, Eric and I went to the beach on Saturday for the entire day with a cooler full of drinks. We also went for a walk on the beach at sunset with Kristin and Ben one night. Most beautiful thing ever. Kristin said it's a good time to find shark teeth. And right now, they have a ton of sea turtle nests marked off all along the beach. Ben said you can see them hatch and make their way to the ocean if you go to the beach at night!

We've played a lot of games, which makes me feel right at home of course :) I learned a card game called Shanghai, and we introduced people here to Cards Against Humanity. Love seeing people's reactions to those cards hahahahha. AND CLUE!

We have gone out to eat... kind of a lot. I've been doing a good job expanding my eating horizons. I had grouper in a bag one time. FISH! Can you believe it? Picky Lauren who only ate chicken fingers, grilled cheese, and buttered noodles until she was 20 years old is now eating all sorts of seafood! We went to the Melting Pot with Kristin and Ben one night, which I was skeptical about, but it was the best. food. ever. Especially the dessert. We've also been to breakfast places, which satisfies my longing for diner french toast and pancakes.

AND there is a bar here that shows EVERY football game, so we can watch the Eagles every weekend! I can only hope they show hockey, because Flyers games have been hard to find on TV...

Basically, living in this environment has been everything I've ever wanted. Even when it rains, I'm happy. I'm never cold. This morning on the radio, they were saying how it's ONLY going up to the mid-80s today and getting ALL THE WAY DOWN to the low 70s at night... hahahahahah.

The only thing that sucks is that it feels like fall is nonexistant. I know we only get about 4 weeks of good fall weather before it changes over to freezing cold in NJ, but I do miss that transitional period of crisp air. You know when the air smells like leaves, and it just feels electric? I don't know. Maybe I'm weird. I feel like fall is fun and magical. You can't tell me you don't feel the magic in the air when you go outside on Halloween. You're lying if you say you don't feel it.

Anyway, I'm having a hard time getting that feeling here. I have seen some Halloween decorations, but there are no haystacks or cornstalks or real pumpkins sitting outside all day. The pumpkins will rot if you leave them out in the heat! I haven't had an apple cider donut or even seen apple cider in the supermarket yet. But if this is the one sacrifice I need to make in exchange for the rest of the goodness, I'm pretty sure I'll be able to cope. I've been eating a lot of candy corn, so I think I'm good ;)

Now that I am adjusting more to life here, I am going to get back on the wedding-planning wagon again!

Before I go, here is a surprise Bath & Body Works package that I got tonight from Eric's mom! Fall scents, to help our new home really feel like home :D