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Friday 5: Aroma
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Currently, FL edition
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Floridian Friday 5 on Saturday: Games People Play

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.

Floridian Friday 5 on Saturday: Games People Play

Hello from RetiredLand, Florida! I’m here visiting with Dad for a bit, pretending that I’m retired, too. So far the weather’s been amazing by my standards, but chilly by Floridian standards. It snowed at home yesterday. I am SO SICK OF WINTER.

Bitey McBiteface update: The vet signed Murphy’s release verifying he’s not rabid, and then diagnosed him with a double ear infection. Spaniels, people. Fluffy and adorable with giant stink-ears. My scar is healing. I think my lips are always going to be slightly asymmetrical, but in a way only I can see. Both perp and victim are ready to move on.

Yesterday we went to the beach, where I read an entire book in one sitting! I picked up a little color, which is good. Except it’s all on my nose, which isn’t as good. Don’t be me. I posted this photo on Facebook yesterday and deleted it because I felt as if I was bragging.

Indialanic, FL


It’s time for the Friday 5! This week’s theme is Games People Play. Let’s get to it!

1. How good are you at word games, and what’s a word game you really enjoy?
I’m pretty good at word games. I love crossword puzzles the best. On the NYT Crossword Puzzle difficulty scale, I’m about a Wednesday level. The gimmicky Thursday ones always stump me. In competitive word games, I’m better with Boggles than Scrabble. I can create amazing words in Scrabble but I’ve never been good at maximizing the points per word. And then I lose.

2. How good are you at trivia games, and what’s your strongest category?
I’m pretty good. My strongest categories are the pop culture ones. And probably NJ history, if that ever was a category. My worst categories are sports and art.

Melbourne, FL


3. How good are you at spot-the-difference or what’s-wrong-with-this-picture games?
I am excellent at those. But I’m that person who notices subtle logo changes at the grocery store. “Look! Vlasic’s softened their As!”

4. How good are you at memory games, and have you ever played Simon?
VERY GOOD. We didn’t have Simon as a kid. Instead we had the Sears catalog version called “Follow Me.”

5. What’s your favorite party game of all time?
Nothing beats the vindictiveness and violence of Musical Chairs. As a lifelong fan of pro wrestling, chairs make the best party prop. Second place is Codenames, which I played for the first time in Seattle last year. It’s easy to learn and a crapton of fun.

Next time I come here, I’ll be able to bring a Shorti to the beach!


It might be “chilly” here but the sun is shining brightly. I think darts are on the schedule for today. Enjoy your day, whatever the weather!

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