#146 Reunion

I spent this week with Jesse. Got to see him for the first time in almost ten years. He drove all the way down from West Virginia just to see me. We spent the week at locations I love going to like Dames Caves, Rogers Park, Linda Pederson Park, Pine Island Beach, Bayport, and Tom Varn Park. Went to a few restaurants. Mostly chilled at the apartment and had a few dinners while watching TV because I couldn’t take off from work. We also went to dinner at Christina and Corey’s where we had Sonny’s BBQ and watched the movie “Gerald’s Game” on Netflix. He also went on a few adventures of his own while he was alone. I got to go into my pool for the first time too, even though it was way too cold to swim in.  It was nice spending time with him again.

I also spent the weekend with my family at the Haunted Highway. This year I was a scarecrow. I scared the crap out of a little girl and it was very sad for me. Not sure if I can bring myself to do it again next year.

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#145 Wildlife Survival Sanctuary

We discovered, that right here in Spring Hill, there is a Wildlife Survival Sanctuary. We got to take a private tour of the sanctuary where we got to see many animals, learn about their lives, eating habits, and why they were rescued. Also got to see how much better their lives are after being brought to the sanctuary. We got to see tigers, cougars, leopards, servals, feral cats, lemurs, emus, pigs, lizards, turtles, and even a big ancient looking tortoise. It was amazing how up close and personal you could get with the animals.

On a side note after the sanctuary we went to IKEA where I bought shelves for the apartment and we went to Snobachi afterwards. Also, I got my very own washing machine and drier delivered from Lowe’s to my apartment yesterday!

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#144 Packing NYC

Last Friday after work, I left via plane to go to NYC to pack up my belongings. I knew I would absolutely hate it if someone else went through my stuff. So I flew out there and spent the entire weekend cooped up in the apartment destroying my room and putting it into boxes. Sorted through what needed to be thrown out, what I wanted to give away, and what I wanted to keep. It was long hard work. Mostly everything was covered in dust and mice poop and pee. My allergies went crazy. I got it all done and its ready to be shipped via movers (which I have yet to hire). The final move will take place in November. I can’t wait for it to be over. Its taking a toll on me. So much so that I missed work today. Yesterday after only having slept an hour I forced myself to go to work. I worked all day. Slept an hour at lunch. Then this morning I just could not function. I needed the rest. So I stayed home.

#143 Medieval Times

My cousins started off the day by gifting me a sword, shield,  battle axe,  and helmet. They said it was a clue to where we were going. All I could say is “We are going to battle?”

Turns out after lunch at Coney Island Drive Inn and a long drive out to Orlando, we headed for a quick walk through Disney Springs and the Coca Cola store, where I was punched in the face by the polar bear. While I surely did need a shield to keep that from happening I still did not see the correlation between Coca Cola and the battle gear.

It was not until our final stop that it all made sense. We had finally arrived at Medieval Times Orlando! My first time at one. I had always wanted to go to the one in Jersey but never had a car to make it there.

It was awesome. They had a full medieval Village that was pretty much a small museum with examples of life back in the days. We then went inside where we got our tickets, were given the black and white team to cheer on, and given some pretty kick ass team cheering swag.

We sat at our seats where we were served tomato bisque soup with garlic bread, a  roasted half chicken, sweet buttered corn, herb-basted potatoes, and pastry of the Castle, with drink (lemonade, coke, water). We also got wine. We watched the tournament unfold before us while a wicked plot unfolded before our eyes. It was brutal, there was death, there was royalty, nobles, peasants, etc. It was really awesome. I had a great time and would enjoy doing it again sometime.

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#142 Get My Own Place

Over the past few days I have managed to get a few more things together in the apartment. Built books shelves, put a bench on my porch, bought bedding, put up curtains got a sofa, fixed up both bathrooms, and put together my dining table, computer desk, coffee table, side tables, and TV stand for the living room.

I am extremely exhausted doing all of this on my own. I have help from my cousins and uncle bringing up the furniture but I have been putting it all together on my own. It’s more hard work than I thought it would be. Cannot wait for it to all be over and I can just sit back and enjoy the apartment.

Between always being at work and the rest of the time being home getting things together I haven’t had much time to unwind and have fun. I am looking forward to my birthday tomorrow for the first time in a long time. Mainly because Corey and Christina have some sort of surprise planned for me.