Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Memory recall...

My memory is a tricky thing. I store certain events and articles without thought or intent. Other happenings, I can't hold onto hard enough. The Good Doctor tells me that the brain stores things largely based on self preservation, in with the good and out with the bad. 

Strangely, I barely remember my best friend's phone number. But I do recall the birthday of a man I met once. In a bar. While intoxicated. Several years ago. I remember the first words he spoke, what he was wearing, how he smelled and even tasted. 

I remember the color of the cup I used at the last thanksgiving I spent with my ex husband's family over ten years ago. 

I'm not sure that either of those examples are still so vivid because of any type of self preservation. Those are the types of things that should be fleeting. I should recall a thanksgiving dinner, sure. And maybe I should even recall a random handsome stranger. But not with such detail that I feel like it just happened. 

Lately, I'm not certain I'm storing much of anything. I can't recall without much deliberation some of the events that happened within only the past few months. Maybe someday in the future they'll come washing over me. Or maybe my brain said "out with the bad!".  I can't say for sure, but I want more memories like the random handsome stranger...

Saturday, November 23, 2013

My overnight with Walt Disney...

Last night I made the jaunt over to Hilton Head Island to spend an evening (then night and part of today) with my friend Kim and her family. We had the pleasure of staying in a villa at the Disney Resort, thanks to a dear friend with vacation points and a last minute change of plans. 

Now, as you may or may not know, I'm not a "Disney person". Don't get me wrong, I enjoy some of the movies and I'm always game for a park with roller coasters. But I find the fact that employees are called "cast members" and that the little bastards are everywhere a bit unsettling. I get that they're creating an experience and it's part of the brand, I'm just not a into the stage 5 clinger types. 

They greet you everywhere you go by saying "Welcome Home". I suppose since it's a time share, membership's kinda the member's home. They do pay for the privelage of the club and it's benefits. 

Everyone takes their job very seriously and appear to have a seamless system. Nothing is ever dirty and there is always a person within ten feet to ask questions. We made jokes all day that we'd stumbled into the Truman Show!

The Disney Beach House is less than 2 miles from the Resort proper...and they serve booze there! It's past mid-November and I'm poolside (it's a heated pool) with a daquarri, travel magazine and the ocean steps away. Winning!

Living back on the coast has made me remember why I hold onto the summer for so long! Rum of the gods (as Dan says), salty breezes and the laughter of your close friends. 

Magical. Thanks, Walt. 

Kim, Dan & I with our 1st visit pins!

Kim and I with sippy cups, it's a family establishment!

He's one of those stage 5 clingers mentioned earlier!

I love when it's difficult to tell when the sky ends and the ocean begins!

All those little personal touches...

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Photo re-cap! I've been busy!!

Over the past few weeks, I've had the unique pleasure of seeing so many of my wonderful friends, (and making some new ones). I haven't slowed down, and I couldn't be more excited about it!

Jamie, my mix tape, and I had some (spiked) butter beer in the Harry Potter world at Universal Studios. We also had a blast going through haunted houses and reconnecting with our inner children. Jamie, my adventuress. 

My beautiful best friend, my Hippo, Tracy, came for an extended weekend. We had sweet tea vodka, and laughed until we cried. We lazily watched an entire season of Orange is the New Black and basked in the glory that only a hippo-lobster can create. No one could possibly understand the courage that this tiny force of a woman gives me!

    (Seriously, we can't help ourselves)

Carolyn, my ninja, my fancy friend. She's my partner of understanding. I love that she was here and had the ability to let her hair down and embrace her silliness. I know she has to be WAY too adult 98% of the time and I'm honored to be a safe place for her to relax. 

Oh Pookie, Rob, my original partner in crime in Savannah. While he lives here, I'm glad that he's been a participant in the last few week's visits and that he so easily transitions into all the compartments of my life. 

                 (He judges us all...)

The other Rob. We're bonded by several cities and it always a hoot to have a drink (or few) with him. 

This guy, Ryan, he's new on the scene. But he's been my incredibly handsome host throughout the city over the past couple weeks. He's been a doll to my friends, and has introduced me to so many new and fun people! (To say I feel like a lucky girl is an understatement!)

I'm happy. Come visit soon!!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

'Tis the season...almost!

Holy shit! Xmas is right around the corner. Just yesterday, Jonathan and I heard holiday tunes coming from a nearby church's bell tower.

Personally, it all feels a little too soon. Don't get me wrong, Xmas is pretty and festive and people give you stuff. It's not necessary anything you wanted or needed, but they thought of you and it's sweet. (And stressful)

I don't actually buy gifts for many people. Really it's probably less than a handful. My nieces and nephews don't need anything, nor do my siblings. So it generally comes down to a select number or friends and any obligatory "dirty Santa" or "white elephant" type parties. 

I've started collecting a few samples of potential gifts for this holiday season:

Who doesn't love fake meat smells?! This candle is necessity dammit. 

FREE?! What's better than that?! (Pet not included)

Inappropriate AND useful! (Why does he look so angry? He's getting a blowjob)

Everybody Poos! Totes handy!! And travel sized. 

Admit it, everyone wants a voodoo doll kit!

I'm sorry, what?! "New Baby" voodoo kit?! kinda makes sense. 

I'm always looking for great ideas, let me know if you see any "must haves"!!