Category - Travel

Musings on our past and future wanderings.

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Travel: Austin, Texas!
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Friday 5: Aroma
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Currently, FL edition

Travel: Austin, Texas!

Remember the Big!Work!Project! that consumed an entire year-and-a-half of my life?

(You: YES KIM YOU WON’T STOP TALKING ABOUT IT.)

It was a large-scale software implementation at our organization – it’s a brand new system that lets us take better control of much of our association’s data. It replaced a system we had for over 10 years. Last month some of my TNP coworkers and I were given the opportunity to travel to Austin, TX to attend a user conference for the software, called Personify. The conference is called … wait for it … PersoniFEST.

We flew out from Philadelphia to Austin via Chicago, and a layover just long enough for me to pee out the first coffee of the day and refuel with the second. (this is life after 40, I’m realizing.) We stayed at the EFFING AMAZING JW Marriott. The networking event was a duck boat tour of Austin!

Coworker D and I on the Austin Duck Boat.

There are a lot of photos so I’m going to pop them behind this tag.

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Friday 5: Aroma

It was a bumpy readjustment coming back from Florida.

On Monday, Dad and I ventured to Camp Holly for an airboat ride, which was JUST as amazing as it sounds!

Camp Holly is pretty nice, with beer that flows, an outdoor bandstand, an observation tower, a gift shop, and cornhole. We went on a Monday afternoon (as Retireds do) so the happening parts weren’t as happening.

St. Johns River


There were 11 of us on the boat. The captain sounded like Larry the Cable Guy, which was PERFECT.

We didn’t get a shot of the 2 of us but this is a good approximation.


Ready to find some gators.


We saw many gators. For every one or two the captain pointed out, I found 4 or 5 more on my own.

They were freaking EVERYWHERE!


We were out on the river for 40 minutes. It was a good way to celebrate my half-birthday, which I don’t usually celebrate anymore. We had a steak dinner that night, and I slept through the SpaceX launch at 12:25am.

On Tuesdays I flew home to these guys:

Lords of the Snugs.


And this shiteousness that fell Tuesday night into Wednesday.

Oh for the love of…


That tree is, thankfully, not mine. But it’s down the street. The storm pulled our Verizon line (no big, we don’t have Verizon) down low across the street. We called Verizon to have it removed. They said they’d be there within 24 hours. Overnight we believe a plow clipped the line. WM coiled it up near the utility pole and we called it good. We’re on the lookout for ANOTHER storm on Sunday night. I really, REALLY want some springtime weather.

I know it’s not spring yet. I know.

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Time for the Friday 5. This week’s theme is Aroma. Let’s get to it

1. What’s something you enjoy that contains garlic?
Mmmmm. I love garlic. I love it in spaghetti sauce, in roasted garlic mashed potatoes, in chicken with GARLIC sauce, sauteed with shrimp, and in garlic rolls. I think it’s Papa Johns that offers a garlic butter dipping sauce with its pizza.

Unfortunately, WM hates the smell of it and claims the scent lingers for days so I don’t cook with it. Sad face. WM > garlic though.

2. What’s something you enjoy that contains ginger?
I like the pickled ginger that comes with sushi. And of course gingerbread cookies. But really strong ginger is offputting. I was at my fancy coffee place today and the woman next to me had ginger tea which stunk up a good 5 foot radius of the shop.

3. What’s something you enjoy that contains cloves?
You know…I don’t really cook with cloves. I enjoy the scent of clove cigarettes though. Makes me feel all 90s.

4. What’s something you enjoy that contains cinnamon?
Cinnamon sticky buns. Cinnamon raisin bagels. Snickerdoodles.

5. What’s something you enjoy that contains celery?
OH GOD NOTHING. Celery is green veg Satan. The tiniest celery seed in a dish ruins it for me. I swear if something on my plate is in proximity to a stalk of it I can taste the celery on it. Plus, celery has all of those strings that stick to the back of your throat and kill you.

No, not even on buffalo wings.

Another aroma I enjoy very much is fresh brewed coffee. I’m about to go enjoy it now on my sofa with some dog snugs.

Currently, FL edition

Burning: Because I forgot to put sunscreen on before we went to the Grant Seafood Festival today. I was …

Kind of my motto.

Eating: I had amazing shrimp and a great piece of roasted corn on the cob and … yeah.. drool. But I forgot the sunscreen. There was a bandstand and I was …

Listening: to a countryfied cover of AC/DC’s “All Night Long.” Now we’re back at the house and…

Watching: A recorded version of Law and Order: SVU.

Hoping: Whatever storm is headed for the northeast holds off until my flight home gets in on Tuesday.

Grant, FL


Reading: 10% Happier by Dan Harris. He’s not really a likable narrator, but I’ve hit up the self-help aisle in the book story more often than I care to recall. His journey is interesting.

Debating: Going to bed early. Would it be decadent or lame to go to bed at 9? It’s been a long day.

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