Sunday, November 05, 2006
  key west...

good times., originally uploaded by estacey.

was a blast!

pics are up, but i don't really feel much like writing, so that will have to wait.

we came back today fairly early since chris had a flight to catch. but, um, he missed it. so now he's flying out in the morning instead.

anyway, very nice. chris picked a really cute place to stay last night. adorable! they had a baby and a dog and lots of birds and plants everywhere.. a nice little pool.. it was just gorgeous. we were in the audubon room. great bathroom. great place to lay in the bathtub this morning and hate life; i think we overdid it a bit last night, but hey, a good time is worth a headache, right? it was just so pretty today, though - the b&b had cute little birds everywhere, the sun was out.. it just felt WRONG to feel so bad when it was so gorgeous outside. i felt better on the drive home, luckily, because that was far too gorgeous to feel sick for, too.

lucky for me, chris let me drive.. you know, taking the seasick routine - if someone is seasick, let them take the helm. so i drove home. gotta love convertibles. nice ones. seriously, coming from a stripped-down civic, a mercedes is awe-inspiring.. it has heated seats (handy friday night).. the volume on the radio lowers when you slow down (and the engine is making less noise). it has one of those gps navigator things so you don't get lost. and it's fast! i got up to 95! as in mph!

it's a testament to what a good guy chris is that he trusted me to drive at all, after friday night's events... to save my reputation, i think i'll leave that story out. for now, at least. although, ha, after i lamented to chris tonight that i wished i had gotten it up to 100, ya know, since i was only 5 miles away anyway, he didn't seem to share my enthusiasm and said that'd be the last time i drove that car. but we won't talk about how fast he was going over the seven-mile bridge on friday night..

chris's friend lally got a screen capture of us outside of sloppy joe's, and it's on his website, but i don't know what his website is!

anyway, great weekend. first time i got to actually go out in key west, and it was certainly the right company for it. chris is a blast and adorable to boot. he was playing the rocky theme song on his phone in the mexican restaurant we ate at, drowning out the carefully chosen mood music the restaurant had chosen (at least for the couple of tables by us). i was simultaneously mortified - we were getting funny looks from another table - and filled with goddamn adoration for the boy. :) such a good-natured, cute, sweet boy. :) so i guess it didn't really matter what the folks at the other table thought. or the waiter, who it turned out just seemed amused anyway.

so yeah, good times. :)

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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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