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2014 BLOG – DAY 71 :: discovering a new road

12 Mar

I took a wrong turn today.

It led me through a new town and a new road.

After my biopsy today I took the wrong road out of town. Partly because I haven’t driven much around “these parts” but also because three strangers (who I just met) had just taken a tiny chunk out of my left breast.

And it hurt. It throbbed a little. It really wasn’t that bad but it was distracting enough that I missed my turn.

Which led me down a new road.
Through a place called Jacksonville. It was so cute!

Then I accidentally found something I have heard so much about….all of the vineyards around here.

Starting with one called Fiasco.

I thought it was fitting for my day, which started out as somewhat of a fiasco (to which I have an ice pack and steri strip as a souvenir strapped to my sore breast) …but turned into a little discovery of something beautiful.

A road less traveled.

More tomorrow.

{tried a new road lately?}

Day 331: on. the. road. again. tomorrow. you’re only a day away!

28 Nov

We are back on the road!

Radiator is replaced. Car is running….
And we are almost out of Florida…..


Before we say goodbye to this sunshiny state we have one more night in Jacksonville.

It feels as if we were just here.
Oh, wait! We were.

Tomorrow we wake up road warriors and will finally get out of Florida (almost a week later).  And that makes me sing…..

I love ya! Tomorrow.
You’re always a….



Day 328: the right stuff or too much stuff!

25 Nov

If ever there was something to test my lovemore attitude, it’s packing.
And moving.

We awoke in Jacksonville after the most amazing birthday celebration for Justin (6 months late!) at the Eddie Vedder concert.  Eddie played solo for 2 and 1/2 hours last night with a little duet or two with Glen Hansard. AMAZING.

As one headline wrote: Eddie Vedder proves to Jacksonville crowd that a ukulele can rock

It was pretty incredible — and that’s coming from a girl who usually passes on concerts just to avoid getting beer spilled on her clothes. Sad but true.

We then drove six hours to Naples, only to spend the day in our storage unit….. PACKING.


For a girl who gave up shopping for one entire year, I have a lot of stuff. And stuff. And stuff. The question is: is it the right stuff?

Signing off for the night……

Trying to keep my lovemore attitude. 







Day 327: who knew? eddie vedder and a jacksonville spectactular

24 Nov

It’s November. It’s Small Business Saturday.
It’s Justin’s birthday — six months late!

Which means we’re here in Jacksonville, Florida celebrating Justin’s birthday, getting ready for the Eddie Vedder concert at the Moran Theater tonight.

Why are we here, six months after Justin’s birthday you ask?

The concert was supposed to be in May. I was so excited to surprise Justin with tickets to his hands-down-favorite-band-ever-he-even-has-a-pearl-jam-tattoo-on-his-leg, but….

It was postponed.

Alas so was Justin’s birthday gift from me.

So yesterday we travelled from Massachusetts to Florida just to make it to the tropics in time for this concert.

Our plan was to pack up  our car that we left in Naples last spring with all of our belongings in the storage unit and then drive north for the concert today.

But last night when we got to car it was d.e.a.d. dead and we spent hours getting it fixed (or, Justin did!). So we finally decided just to head north to Jacksonville to make the concert in our rental car instead.

We will drive back to Naples in the morning and pack up our storage unit (egads!!!) and then head north later this week with all of stuff in tow in our hopefully (fingers crossed) working car. Which basically means we will drive between Jax and Naples three times this week.


It is all an exercise in patience.

And flexibility.

And a function of staying sane, knowing that we are always right where we are supposed to be when we are supposed to be there.

Like, tonight for instance….
To our surprise, as we checked into our hotel room — with this awesome parking lot view (not!)

— we discovered that this very night, tonight, is the annual Jacksonville Light Parade and Fireworks Spectacular.

See…. right where we are supposed to be when we’re supposed to be there.

Who knew??
Well….Maybe Eddie did.

Happy Birthday Justin!

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