Perspective

Destination: Key West, FL

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Destination: Key West, Florida
Purpose: Connect time with husband, relax, and as a business owner- a smidge of working/ board meeting remotely

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While we were there, we checked out Hemingway’s house and his 6-toed prophylactic cats. Pictured are both his pool and the “last red cent” he threw down when he returned home from cavorting with his future wife in Europe. His current (at the time) wife was none too pleased about his travel and put in a pool while he was gone. He accused her of spending his “last red cent” installing this beautiful in-ground pool. It wasn’t a smooth marriage…

The Arts and Culture Museum and Mel Fisher’s Treasure Museum were both excellent stops. The Shipwreck Museum left a lot to be desired. The viewing tower was damaged by Hurricane Irma and closed. I’ll consider our entrance fee to that one a donation towards rebuilding after the hurricane.

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Truly, there are fantastic fruity both non-alcoholic and spirited drinks all over Key West. Did you know they don’t put pickles in their Bloody Mary’s down there? Maybe that’s just a Midwest USA thing….

Food was expensive. The Inn we stayed at on Duval had a continental breakfast, so we appreciated the simple breakfast most mornings. We ate well while we were on the island. It was March Madness basketball and our team was in the Elite 8, so we ate and watched at Jack Flatts two nights.

One morning, we took in a French bakery. Another afternoon, the French restaurant “La Petit Paris” had delectable sandwiches. We visited the Hog’s Breath for appetizers. After a warm day on the water, we enjoyed dinner at the “Old Town Mexican CafĂ©.” Our final evening meal was at the Blue Macaw with live music.

Traveling the island. Bring comfortable walking shoes or sandals! We walked EVERYWHERE with two exceptions: 1) the airport to Duval Street, and 2) Uber to the harbor and airport. The taxi drivers were absolutely crazy drivers. Uber drivers seem to be a bit more careful with their vehicles… and the pedestrians walking along the roads.

I found a good book, “The Pink Suit,” on a shelf at our Inn. There was also a nice hammock by the pool. Fantastic combination! The iguana wasn’t by our place. He was down by the docks on a bush. Silly creature wasn’t the least bit concerned about us. That speaks to the full-to-the-brim population on the Key.

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This is Ryan. He was on our fishing expedition. I was just getting ready to stick my finger in the mouth of a fish to take out the hook and throw him back. That’s what we do with fish in the Midwest. Apparently, reef fish have hidden teeth… and I would have had a new finger ornament until we got back to shore. It would have looked lovely with my curly, wind blown boat hair, and sun-encouraged freckles.

Ryan was excellent. I highly recommend our outfitter “Gulfstream Fishing.” It was $65/ person plus the license for 6 hours. The boat held multiple parties. Food and drink were available on the boat. Everyone was friendly and helpful!

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We only had 5 days for the entire trip including the travel portion, but we made it worthwhile. Neither of us are big partiers, so there wasn’t any table dancing. (haha) Naps, drinks, food, sightseeing, a day on the water with fishing, and reading. We had the conversations that connect us as a married couple, not just business partners. We hit the topics that needed to be covered outside the walls of our office. Flirting with each other and laughing is so refreshing!

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Morning Glimpse

If you took a peek into life at my house this morning, you’d see a woman who got a good, long, hot shower. It was almost completely uninterrupted minus a few moments of being a dripping judge and jury from behind the shower curtain to settle a battle over custody of the remote.

Mentally, I was planning my next blog post. Maybe some pictures and stories from our trip to Key West? Or perhaps the wisdom I picked up finishing our Sacred Marriage Bible Study? Spoilers for both of those- 1) Key West is a grandiose time of naps, drinking, sight seeing and water; and 2) Everyone is fighting some sort of battle within their marriage whether it’s subconsciously or up front- apathy, keeping it fresh, temptations, respect…

After my life-renewing shower and application of sweatshirt and yoga pants, I was trying to drain the water off those water absorbing orbs my kids received in their stockings for Christmas. Supposedly, these orbs can absorb 1000# their weight in water and should never be eaten or put down the drain. About a dozen slipped over my fingers and down the drain of the bathroom sink.

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Add to my resume: plumber. I’ve had to be a plumber way too much lately. I’m fairly handy with tools and a plunger.. and I don’t say that with pride, but rather out of necessity. Our lift pump in the basement has had issues. My son clogged the toilet at the office. My daughter clogged one at the house. The drain trap dried out and was wafting sewer gas… you get the picture.

My plan for the morning involved prepping backpacks, making my to-do list for the last day of Easter break, and attacking the dishes from yesterday’s meals. It didn’t involve plumbing. However, making lemonade from lemons, I now have an exceptionally clean bathroom sink drain pipe.

Now, back to that to-do list…

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Parenting · Perspective

Seat 21A Key West to Atlanta

Delta Seat 21A Key West to Atlanta- you. Yes you. This morning we all boarded a flight from Key West to Atlanta at approximately 11:30am.

I know leaving somewhere that the air is warm and soft, drinks and merriment flow freely, and the potpourri of languages is like music- it’s difficult.

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But not so difficult you had to be passive aggressively rude to the young mom traveling with her 3 & 2 yr old girls. I heard you two rows back when the obviously tired 2yr old fussed.

“I can’t believe we have to listen to this shit on our way home.” That’s exactly what you said to the woman on your right, never looking back at your intended target. That woman must be used to your selfish choices. She calmly put a pink and white earbud in your ear.

I saw the young mom glance up at you as she tried to calm her little. She stayed calm and remained full of grace.

That young mom worked her tail off all the way to Atlanta keeping those girls quiet and happy. My husband and I peeked and smiled at them. I handed her phone back up when it hit the floor. Another passenger talked calmly and reassuringly to the 3yr old when the mom had to take the toddler to the bathroom.

It seems that everyone in the two rows around the young mom was happy to help. Everyone but you.

As we landed in Atlanta, we talked with her and the 3yr old. My daughter likes Barbies just like she does. She’s always losing the shoes too.

My husband offered to carry her carry-on bag. The tired 2 year old had finally cashed it in as we taxied to our gate. She now had to maneuver a sleeping toddler, her three year old, bag and a double stroller to make her connection to Michigan- which was currently boarding in another terminal.

Seat 21A. Would it have been so difficult to be supportive? Or at the very least ignore the noise?

I believe most people are good and kind. I hope that the patience and smiles of the rest of us outweighed you, Seat 21A. I pity you for your sour outlook. I pray for you that you are so smothered in other people’s graciousness that your selfish heart is cracked. Hopefully, the next time you have a chance to show grace and patience, you will.

This one is for you Delta Seat 21A.