I’m back from vacation, y’all! =D I’m sure you didn’t notice a difference, lol. A lot of radio silence around here anyway. BUT, I just wanted you to know how fantastic it was! ^^ ❤
Basically we were tired of all the rain/snow/winter/cold here in Ohio, so my mom, sister and I all flew out to Orlando for a couple of days. Universal’s new resort, Cabana Bay, was offering cheap rooms/packages because it isn’t totally finished yet. I really wanted to stay there because of the cute 50s theme. My mom agreed, but I think she was a little apprehensive of what ‘half-finished’ meant. Luckily, it couldn’t have been more perfect!! (And we could never have afforded to stay there at full-price, lol.)
It was my mom and sister’s first time flying since we went down there to Disneyworld 14 years ago. (Gasp!) That was kind of fun for me, since lord knows I’ve been in planes a billion times since then. They were real troopers though. 🙂 So proud. And we timed it pretty well–the second day we were there, our town back home had all kinds of tornadoes and water–Macy’s was even flooded on the basement level, and it totaled like 20 cars in their parking lot. (Not sad that I missed that!) Luckily Dad stayed behind, so he was home to stave off water damage here.
IN THE MEANTIME, we were enjoying 80+ degree weather and sunshine. Even the overcast days were gorgeous, and when it rained, it poured–but only for like 10 minutes. Nothing like the rain I’m used to. (And definitely not like Irish rain, that’s for sure!) Since I have lily-white Northerner skin, I did get a bit of sun poisoning–but honestly? Totally worth it. No regrets.
At Discovery Cove, we got to swim with dolphins, as well as snorkel in a huge area full of fish and manta rays and stuff. ❤ Plus there was one of those walk-in-and-feed-the-birds aviaries, and a little swim-around with monkeys and otters. PLUS FREE BOOZE ALL DAY. 8) Then the next 2 days were spent trying to get through every ride/attraction in Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios, which we ACTUALLY ACCOMPLISHED! My feet were killing me, but again, so worth it.
And I got to fulfill a lifetime achievement by going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I’m one of the generation that grew up right alongside Harry & Co. Always pre-ordered the books, went to the release events, etc. I have HP merchandise piled around my room from before the movies, when it was just the art from the books. I remember going on vacation when the last book came out, and having to cover my ears in line for rides @ Kennywood because EVERYONE AND THEIR MOTHER was talking about it. I guess my point is, when I found out there was going to be a Harry Potter Theme Park, I knew I would go there someday, and it was kind of a dream come true. 🙂
I’ve mostly been working since then, but it was very much a needed break, and I feel like I have renewed energy! 🙂 Plus the weather has finally cleared up a bit here at home, so. Good news all around!
What about everyone else? Any big vacations, or even small trips, planned for the summer?