Let’s talk vacation. Because mine was the bomb!
My job makes me take five consecutive business days off once a year. It’s a requirement. They remove your access to the network, the buildings, everything. It’s quite freeing. So, for my vacation, I did a whole lot of nothing.
I worked at the studio Saturday through Monday and then Thursday through Sunday again but I did manage to get out of town Tuesday through Thursday afternoon.
Matt and I went to the beach to his aunts condo and we had a blast. It was laid back, chilled out and full of sharks, turtles and happy.
When we arrived on Tuesday we got settled in at the condo and went to Broadway at the Beach to just look around. We got lunch at Hard Rock Cafe – I’d never been to one before! I stared at Joan Jett’s leather pants the whole time. We did some shopping. We bought fun food things at the Pepper Palace. We fed fishes. It was nice.
Then I ran over to the other side of the beach and got to do a House Party Fitness class with my buddy Patty! She even let me teach a few songs. It felt amazing. Totally recharged my batteries to get to play with a new group of students, a teacher I totally admire, and just being a student a little bit. I stole some choreography from her too. Good times.
After a quick dinner from McAlisters deli, Matt and I hit the jacuzzi at the complex. Ahhhhhhh. It was a balmy night and the delicious warm, bubbly water felt fantastic. I slept like a baby.
Wednesday morning we got up and went to Ripley’s Aquarium. I wanted to see the fishes. It’s a thing we do. It was fantastic. The sharks! The mermaid! The rays! The fish! It was glorious. I was so happy.
We moseyed back to the condo and made lunch to go eat on the beach. Chicken in an orange chipotle rub Matt got at the Pepper Palace, we made sandwiches out of it. Brought along some drinks and chips and just enjoyed eating on the beach. We played in the water. We walked on the pier and I got to see a shark steal someone’s fishing pole. The city girl in me was squealing. We had the best ice cream at this little local joint.
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Showers and clean up happened before heading back to the Broadway because I wanted Margaritaville and to go to Crocodile Rock – the dueling piano bar. Dinner was amazing, the walk around the water at night was lovely, Crocodile Rocks was fun. It was just great to get to hang out and just go where the night took us.
Thursday we cleaned the condo, got packed up, harassed the turtles in the pond outside the building and headed out. We went back to the pier and for a last walk on the beach before we had to head out. Not before we had one final, totally unhealthy, meal. This little greasy spoon right on the water had the best burgers. Oh my god. Big, juicy, and topped with the best pimento cheese I’ve ever eaten. And amazing sweet potato fries. And the seagulls kept trying to come inside to steal peanuts off the floor. It was awwwwwwesome.
When I got back home I had enough time to get settled and changed before heading off to Power Hour and to teach Zumba. It was a great day. A great vacation. Just, awesome.
I felt so recharged and relaxed when I got back that the first class I taught felt like the first class I’d ever taught.