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Hogwarts or Bust

…and we survived Florida!

the adventure begins

I probably should have written this post immediately after our return, but exhaustion took over and I desperately needed a vacation from my vacation. Plus, a lot has been happening in our lives, so I really haven’t had time or energy to write much. Hell, my newsletter hasn’t had anything go out since March. Yes, I am *that* behind.

I’d also like to preface this by saying that this is the first vacation I’ve taken that didn’t involve any kind of work whatsoever in ages. I mean, it’s been so fucking long that I can’t even recall how many years have passed. That shit is just unacceptable.

I think I’ll just mostly show you in pictures what our trip was like. BTW, Florida was absolutely gorgeous while we were there. An all-day thunderstorm hit the day after we arrived and it was glorious. Also, I am not allergic to the state….for the most part.

The main reason we were even heading to Florida was because one of my oldest and dearest friends, MrsLoki, was getting married to the love of her life. Finally. Let me emphasize that….FINALLY. Anyway, it was a beautiful wedding and I was happy to be there for her. Our friend D was gracious enough to share her suite with us, and we had a blast the entire weekend.

And we’re off…

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First, let me show you the amazing suite we had at Mystic Dunes resort. It was a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom suite with a full kitchen. That second image was my bathroom and it was glorious. We had an amazing view of one of the golf courses from the patio in back, and a view of one of several pools from the front door.

(Click on the thumbnails to view larger images)

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Next, the wedding. And yes, the groom arrived in a helicopter, walking off like he was Tony Stark. Perfect. First image is from the Bachelorette party, of course. After that, we went to see Captain America: Civil War because duh. Of course, the day before this blessed event, we spent the day crossing Hogwarts off of Umi’s Bucket List.

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Now, on to Hogwarts and Umi’s incredible 70th birthday!

Hogwarts Castle
Hogwarts, OMG!!!

There’s a lot going on here, but basically this was our walk through the park, starting with the sign Umi put on the front of her cart. We’d gotten her a cart at the park and she rode around on that thing wearing her hat and her birthday pin so every employee who saw her would say, “Happy Birthday!” To which she would respond by whipping her head around, plastering a big smile on her face, and say, “Thank you!” BTW, yes, she did try to run people over a few times.

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Had to get this shot. It *was* her 70th bday after all
Had to get this shot. It *was* her 70th bday after all

IMG_20160506_221011For Umi’s birthday dinner, I made stuffed tilapia and roasted asparagus. We had Red Velvet cake and wine for dessert, and Umi had a wonderful birthday.

Saturday night, D and I were up until 4 a.m. talking on the patio, which gave us about four hours to sleep as checkout was at 10 a.m.

I’m not even going to talk about Orlando’s airport because I’ll just get pissed off all over again and I don’t need that kind of negativity right now.

But fuck that airport.