There are some of you that know what this Ohio winter, or Midwest in general, has been like (you have never heard me complain about the cold...not even once.) For those of you who don't know, please do me a favor and stay exactly where you are. Do not move a muscle. Do not travel north. Don't even think about it! Soak up as much sunshine and warmth that you have because there sure as heck isn't any here (OK, that's a lie-it has been sunny but it doesn't count because we can't do anything outside anyways.) Generally speaking, we've been pretty spoiled with our winters the past few years as I remember two years ago I didn't even see any snow, but this year...this year...it has come back with vengeance for us.
For the past few weeks, I'm pretty sure I've been cold 16 hours per day. When I'm not sleeping, I'm cold. When I'm working, my heater is on full blast. When I'm showering, the water is cranked as hot as it can go and I dream about staying in there for as long as possible (who's with me on this?). Try and imagine temperatures in the single and negative digits with high wind chills.....IT IS JUST NOT FUN, PEOPLE! You know it's bad when 15 degrees feels like a heat wave.
Poor Rocky can't even get a walk in without us having to pick him up on the way home because his paws are so cold. Lately it's been a struggle to even get out of the house after work to go to the gym, or do anything for that matter. That's just how cold it is and also why my life is pretty dull in the winter. I like to think I make up for this during our warmer months...you really learn to appreciate the weather so much more.
This is exactly why I would do crazy things to be able to sit on the beach, a drink in my hand, with no plans other than just soaking up the sunshine and spending the whole day outside. Crazy things.
Luckily I don't have to this time because from our good news that I shared Wednesday and the reasons listed above, that is EXACTLY what we're doing...
Going on a last minute vacation to Florida for a full week (Sarasota and possibly Naples for a day or two)
with Rocky in tow.
....and we leave tonight.
Dear Bucket List, I'm checking "Take a spontaneous trip" off of you! I have always wanted to pick up and go somewhere with hardly any planning. I imagine it'll look a little something like this...
and happiness (minus the sunburns from this old picture...)
My husband made me the happiest girl in America by suggesting and putting this amazing plan together within like three days. Just looking at the forecast and seeing the temps in the low 80's while we will be there (and not just 8...) makes me too happy for words. Even 70 degrees will probably feel like 110 to us at this point.
If any of you Florida gals have any recommendations for good restaurants/bars on the beach (because let's be honest-I don't plan to move much from the sand or the pool) in and around the Siesta Key area, I would love it if you sent them my way!
*I have a fun Etsy shop giveaway that I will post next week, but I really want to focus on enjoying our trip as much as possible without being attached to a computer so I won't be blogging much until we get back. If you're interested, you can keep up with our trip via instagram but please don't hate me for the excessive pictures...I finally get to thaw out, friends! This is one heck of a big deal (or we like to think so) Also, don't forget to enter for a chance to win a Target $1,000 gift card!
**Billy's new job does give us the opportunity to relocate down the road (if we are interested) to say, somewhere farther south... ;) We will see! Happy friday, everyone!