“Never waste any amount of time doing anything important
when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under!” C. JoyBell C.
This weekend I posted a few pictures on Facebook from places and things we were doing over the weekend. A friend of mine posted “Are you and Rich on permanent vacation? You two travel all over the place…” To which my response was “We start vacation every Friday at 5:00 until Monday mornings at 8, with a few weekdays thrown in for good measure throughout the year.” and his response was “Well played my friend! You should write a book…” So here you go.. Hopefully a blog post will work! This is actually a rewrite as I realized I was getting way to detailed and no one really cares for that much detail about a weekend of nothing!
But I do have to set the stage.
Last week was a hellacious week for my husband at work; he was on call and worked almost 50 additional hours to his regular workweek. Typically, this isn’t so bad, but every call was at 1, 2, and 3 in the morning, repeated calls in which he had to drive hours away to take care of. I even admit I got a bit annoyed, he didn’t sleep and either did I. It was probably the roughest weeks I can remember and he’s been doing on-call for about 18 years or so. So when Friday at 5:00 PM hit is was like we were going on vacation. Our weekend vacation.
Out the door we went, first stop Matilda’s on Park Avenue in Winter Park. Quick stop, limited on tap beer selection, no Aussie beer and sadly warm beer. Off day I’d say. My stoli & club soda was just fine & the music, classic rock, was great.
Moved across the street to the Orchid Thai Cuisine. Had a nice dinner outside. Then went for a walk along the avenue. We even stopped in a magical place Le Macron French Pastries for a delightful treat. It was a beautiful evening.
Decided we wanted to go somewhere in walking distance from our house, we drove home, parked the car and walked to The Hangar Bar & Grille in College Park. Enjoyed a drink each and realized we were exhausted! I won’t tell you how early it really was, let’s just say we were not rock stars that night, but did spend an enjoyable time out without any phones ringing.
Saturday, August 10th – up early to head to the to the Rennigers Flea Market. My husband typically goes on Saturday morning and meets up with his brother and father. It is a good way for the guys to spend time with their Dad. I decided to tag along on Saturday. We hopped on the Harley and off we went. Boy was it a hot day! After fleaing it was lunch time. Met up with our sister-in law and we all rode the Harleys to Ruby Grille in Tavares for lunch. Our nephew also joined us, it was a nice time.
Then home again briefly to get ready again to go to Universal Studios Hard Rock Cafe to see Adam Ant in concert with friends. Next stop, Bob Marley’s for dinner and drinks and to meet up with our concert going friends. It was Jamaica’s Independence celebration so the place was jammin.
Now on the concert, Prima Donna from LA opened and Adam Ant killed it! Awesome show.
Sunday, August 11th – up a little later than Saturday, out the door for breakfast to our favorite cafe. Linda’s Winter Park Diner. Coffee please!
We then tried to run errands, but everywhere we went wasn’t open yet. So I guess we were up earlier than I thought. Even googled a couple places and their websites were wrong on the times. I don’t think we were meant to do “chores” or errands this weekend. We were not very successful at it.
Came home, chilled for a bit. It was nice. Then can you believe it, my husband lost the “healing cap” on his tooth after he had surgery on it. Not good! He messaged our friend who is the hygienist and she (and her family) met him at the office to fix it. Quick fix and he was back home.
Then off to the movies and to lunch. Finally find a parking spot downtown Orlando and realized we forgot the movie passes. My husband was not about to pay for the movie at the downtown theatre when he had passes at home. So we went home to get them.
Now we are behind, do we skip lunch or do we go to a later show? We decide to go to a later show and take our time. We get the tickets, go back downtown, find another parking spot and started to walk.
Lunch at PourHouse Orlando. Great place, really liked it. Good food choices too. For a while we were the oldest (by far) in the place, but soon after, a mix of folks came pouring in. Now we had about 3 hours for lunch! We took our time.
Next stop; Frank & Steins downtown. I drank my iced tea & my husband had a beer and we played two games of battleship. Score is in question; we will let this one go.
Time for the movie! Our daughter met us at the movie that was a nice treat. We saw “We’re The Millers” hysterical! Time to go home. Sunday night, weekend vacation is about over. Relax in our favorite positions on the sofa and watch the season opening of Breaking Bad.
Perfect end to a wonderful weekend vacation.
Weekend vacation starts again this Friday August 16th. Which coincidentally is my 45th birthday! There, I said it… 45 years old! Whew!
I discovered drum circles about 3 years ago with my friend Christine. First, Christine and I hadn’t seen each other since we were in school, probably Junior High School even, a few years ago ya know. We reconnected on Facebook and after some exchange discovered we were both interested in checking out a local drum circle. The first one we went to was at the Dandelion Communitea Cafe . I remember bringing bongos, which I purposely left in the car because I had no idea how to play them and feeling a bit unsure as to what I was getting myself into. Rich came along as well, I’m so thankful he is supportive of my (what I’m sure he thought at the time) crazy ideas! Rich and I met up with Christine and Doris (Christine’s mom) and sat on the ground or a rock or something (we didn’t bring chairs) and watched and listen to the beautiful drum circle. In this circle there were smaller hand drums, flutes, singing bowls and shakers. We found out later that because the cafe is surrounded by a neighborhood, they do a quieter drum circle. It didn’t take long when a kind soul by the name of Henry approached us and asked if we wanted to play something. He had flutes and a type of kettle sounding drum made from an LP gas tank. I’m sure there is a name for this drum, just can’t recall right now. Henry was so kind and it was our first introduction to the drum circle community. I then had the opportunity to play the singing bowls that made a huge impression on me. The vibrations of the bowls and the energy they released was amazing, I had never experienced anything like that before. I went home from my first drum circle feeling energized, feeling alive, joyful, peaceful and excited! I couldn’t wait to go to my next one and learn more. I am so very happy to have met up with Christine and Doris, life long friends with a passion for new experiences and a love for learning.
Since that time, I’ve been too many drum circles, both community and facilitated ones. I’ve met an incredible artist who made me a beautiful djembe drum with tie dyed skin, taken a few classes and spent about five weekends camping at Paralounge, drumming and dancing. I’ve bought shakers, a gong, percussion frogs, various percussion instruments, a frame drum and tambourine. I try to pick up a new instrument with every paralounge I attend. Above all, I’ve met the most warm, judgment-free and welcoming community.
What I love most is the drum circle community where people gather in a circle that offers equality, as there is no beginning and no end. It includes everyone, all ages and all ranges of talent, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, when you are in the circle it all about the rhythm. In the circle we share the rhythm, tune into each other and also within oneself. Even if you aren’t interested in playing an instrument, there are dancers in the circle, hula hooping, fire dancing and poi, it’s a beautiful experience.
If you are interested in finding a drum circle in your area, the Meet Up sites often have times and dates of circles.
Let your hands dance, let you hearts sing! I stumbled upon this website – Rick’s Gallery Drum Circles and I think he says it best. Another website to check out is Jana Broder of Drum Magic, she travels the state of Florida and holds amazing facilitated drum circles. I’ve participated in a few of her workshops and the joy is unmistakable. I can’t stop smiling during the workshop or after!
From Rick’s Gallery Drum Circles, “The most common question I get asked about Drum Circles is “Why?”
“It’s also the most difficult question to answer. After having observed drum circles from within for many years, I’m still fascinated that people are drawn to them for so many different reasons. Therein lies the magic. Ask individual people why they drum in drum circles and you’ll hear that drum circles are relaxing, invigorating, musical, spiritual, creative, social and introspective. They will tell you they come away with feelings of inner peace, connectedness, groundedness, joy, confidence and energy. For me, the beauty has always been that, as diverse as our goals may be, we travel there together.”
The pictures in this post are from the Orlando Brewing Drum Circle last night. Great circle!
In the windy city! Heading to Chicago tomorrow for BlogHer ’13 Conference and we are super excited.
Check out the conference guide HERE.
Ree Drummond is the kick-off key-note speaker! The Pioneer Woman!
I think I need a little more exclamation points. I can’t tell you how excited I am to hear her speak.
Then Guy Kawasaki, wow.
Voices of the Year Keynote, Queen Latifah. Can’t wait!
Interview with Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and the best-selling author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.
The closing keynote conversation with the Walking Dead’s Gale Anne Hurd.
With lots of breakout sessions, tools & technology, monetization, marketing, photography, video, writing labs and roundtables.
Looking forward to the inspiration, motivation and jolt of creativity and having a great time with my Bliss Chick, Lisa!