Friday, May 25, 2007
  Three-day weekend ahead!
Ahh! A long weekend! And we have no plans! Well, hardly any! Yay! :)

So far, we have plans to:

- Turn the Mercedes to the dealership. Two months early. It started being funny in the last couple of miles on the drive home from Orlando, which sealed the car's fate. It's a lovely car and a blast to drive, but a complete lemon. The last time it was driven, when Chris's sister and her fiance drove it to Orlando a few weeks ago, the convertible top got stuck in the "up" position and they had to take it to the dealership, get a loaner, etc. This time, the RPMs started going nuts. What-evah.

- Sunday is the Hoes' babies' baptism. I have to find something red to wear! After that, we're going to swing down to the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables. After Epcot, I'm dying to see more pretty plants. :)

- Go to the Asian market so I can get some jackfruit. It'll be canned jackfruit, but that is certainly better than no jackfruit. I also hope they have mangosteen! Or maybe durian. Also, go to Whole Foods Market as they have lychee fruit now! I think I officially have to accept that I am what is known as a foodie. :D

- Do some homework. But let's not concentrate on that... (Lord knows I haven't been!)

- We were going to do some shore diving this weekend, but the seas are not all cooperating with that plan, so instead maybe we'll just play in the pool with the puppies.

I'm very excited. :) I love time off!

You know what else I'm excited about? THE CAYMAN ISLANDS. Very, very excited. Yes, it's over two months away, but that doesn't mean I can't be all happy about it now, doing Flickr searches and stuff. :) The funny thing is, I never really thought about going there, but when Chris brought it up, I absolutely loved the idea. Especially now that I've researched it a little - it's absolutely gorgeous. Can't wait!


I was thinking about it the other day and, ya know what? I'm pretty damn happy. To quote Michael Bolton, love is a wonderful, wonderful thing. :) It's really quite amazing to find something that's exactly like it's supposed to be, if that makes any sense. :)
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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!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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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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