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I Miss the Sun

With Daylight Savings Time ended I now leave work in the dark.  I miss the sun.  I know it is all a perception thing but with the sun setting so early I feel like it is much later.  Unfortunately, this feeling makes me less motivated.


Last year I was working a 6am to 2:30pm shift so didn’t notice the lack of sun. I actually kind of liked it because it was lighter when I drove to work and it was darker when I started heading to bed.  I felt like a normal person (not possible).  See it is all perception. 


I kind of miss that shift.  I don’t mind waking up early and I had about an hour all to myself before my coworkers arrived.  It is amazing how much you can get done when no one else is around.  It was also really nice to get out of work and still have the whole afternoon and evening to do things.  The 3rd perk was little traffic.  Since I worked an off shift the normal rush hour traffic didn’t affect me.  I guess the hospitality industry really is for me crazy hours and all.


On the bright side (haha, totally unintentional pun), my vacation to the Keys is in 19 days!!  I will get all of the sun I crave Hot smile


What I am currently reading: Vision in White by Nora Roberts

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Sarasota Day Trip

I am going to start off by saying this will not be my only post about Sarasota.  Spending less than 24 hours in the area is nowhere near enough time to discover everything.  So this is just what I got to do.  Also, I did a bad job of taking pictures and noting the names of locations.  Don’t worry I will be going back and will do a much better job.

breakwall with filter

My original reason for visiting Sarasota was to go to the beach.  Over the last few weeks I have heard how beautiful and relaxing Sarasota is from about 3 different people.  Unfortunately the day was fairly overcast and there was a rain and wind storm in the morning and at sunset.  It’s ok, even with the weather my uncle and I had a good day.

Perspective monkey

I met my uncle at his house around 10 am and we headed out on a tour of Sarasota.  The first stop was the Farmers Market in downtown Sarasota.  It is held every Saturday morning until 1 pm.  We got there just as the downpour occurred so at first we explored the parts of downtown with awnings over the sidewalk.  Once the rain stopped we walked around the market.  There was some beautiful produce there.  After we went down by Marina Jack to see the statue of the Sailor and the Nurse.  I hope you can tell from the picture the sheer size of this statue.  It is huge!!  I was also very impressed with the detail on the statue.  You are able to walk right up to it and all around. 

Kayak monkey

Since the weather was clearing up and the temperature was warming up we decided to visit a few of the beaches and then go kayaking.  Did you know that the Sarasota area has like 5 different beaches?  Each one has a slightly different feel.  More on the beaches in a minute. First, the kayaking!  I love kayaking but have not done it much here in Florida.  Since my uncle has 2 kayaks we loaded them up in the morning and went kayaking in the mangroves.  Next time I visit I promise to bring my waterproof camera that has its own life jacket.  The tunnels are beautiful.  It is like you are exploring another world.  If I lived there I think I would kayak every day. 

mini doughnuts

When I was planning this trip I asked my friend, Juli, who used to live near there which beach to visit (I mentioned that there are like 5 different ones right?).  She recommended Siesta Key Beach.  It is located just south of Sarasota in Siesta Key Village which is a cute little beach town with tons of live music (that is my uncle’s favorite part).  After kayaking we headed to Siesta Key to see the beach.  It turns out that my uncle used to live in that area so he knew right were to go.  It was still overcast so we didn’t stay at the beach but it was nice to hear the water.  I noticed that all of the beaches there are very wide.  I would say about 200 yards or more between the water line and the dunes.  We also learned that the sand in this area is so fine because it is made of quartz (don’t you love historical markers?  They have so much information.). We ended up having dinner in Siesta Key and got some mini doughnuts for dessert before the sunset.  Of course, like my beach day the sunset got rained out but that’s ok.  Now I have to go back and visit.


What I am currently reading: Shadow Game by Christine Feehan

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Running Away to the Beach

Sometimes I just want to run away.  Not from any person or situation (usually) but just to do something different.  Don’t get me wrong, I like routines and schedules.  In fact part of me needs them.  But at the same time sometimes I need to have no plans somewhere I don’t live.  At home I always have a list of things I should do or have put off.


Last week at work a lot of little things went wrong.  Nothing huge but all of the little things added up.  I don’t like failing or even feeling like I failed (which is usually the case).  I tend to be harder on myself than other people are.  Anyway, by Thursday I needed a break and was ready for the week to be over.  I decided to runaway to the beach (does it count as running away if you tell your mom?).  I love the sound of water, it makes everything better.

beach fixes everything

Over the past few weeks the town of Sarasota kept coming to my attention.  When this happens I usually take it as a sign that I should explore; so I did (I will tell you about it tomorrow).  I was debating how long to stay at the beach so looked up one of my job perks.  I was able to find a hotel room for a reasonable price so decided to leave after work on Friday.  This way I would have all day Saturday at the beach (and I got to stay the night at a hotel).  I usually sleep great at hotels.  There is just something about the beds, pillows and duvets that make me feel like I am wrapped in a cloud.

find ourselves

I did some Googling to find a picture about running away and also found the quote above and I think it is perfect for me.  Most of the quotes I found are along the lines of you can’t run away form your problems (I agree but there are sometimes you just need a break).  For me I think 99% of my urges to runaway have to do with finding myself.  While I am content with my career and love my friends and family I sometimes feel that I don’t quite belong.  So, until that feeling fades I will continue to temporarily run away (planned or unplanned).


What I am currently reading: The Mistress by Susan Wiggs

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