The best part of waking up early is getting to see a gorgeous sunrise.
The best part of a nutritious breakfast is how it fuels you well for the day.
The best part of a bowl of ice cream is how delicious it is! Though science would say the first eight bites.
The best part of visiting friends is creating new memories and reminiscing on old ones…well, unless the food is amazing, in which case that’s pretty great too.
The best part of working hard is the financial freedom you can create for yourself and how you can spend the money.
The best part of living in Florida is the sun and the Disney time.
Hope you’re enjoying the best parts of your week, even if there’s a lot you’d like to change.
Last weekend, Ross and I, for the first time, met up with a couple that we only met because I started the Facebook group Disney World For RVers. Lily and Anthony are, as it turns out, absolute gems of human beings, full-time RVers, fellow geeks and nerds and just truly lovely, kind human beings.
We spent four hours hanging out, and if Disney Springs hadn’t closed an hour prior, we may well have stayed even longer than that! We enjoyed dinner at Cooke’s of Dublin (amazing gluten-free food for me!), wandered World of Disney a bit and then had delicious goodies at Amorette’s – two out of three were gluten-free! In fact, I took home a mini-cake that I indulged on during the week too. Yum. Coffee cream…
We wish them the happiest of weddings this week and a beautiful life together, and we look forward to spending more time together soon.
Here are a few pictures from our fun!
If you haven’t figured it out yet, Ross and I spend a lot of time at Disney World when we are in Florida. In fact, it’s our favorite thing to do in our free time, in part because we want to get as much value from our passes as possible. But every now and then, we get an itch to check out a non-Disney spot, and that’s just what we did on Friday for Valentine’s Day.
After spending the morning working (me) and waking up (Ross), we made our way toward Sanford, a town the bloggers Technomadia had fallen in love with. It’s got a great downtown, with friendly people and excellent food, and we also found a wonderful used bookstore/record store etc. with great deals. Parking wasn’t too stressful and we loved our visit to Wondermade for local marshmallows and delicious ice cream.
They also have a great coffee shop where all the proceeds go to fight sex trafficking, and another ice cream shop across the street serves ice cream and waffles for the same cause. The coffee shop also had a board where you can pay a cup of coffee forward for the next person who needs it. So sweet!
After enjoying our Sanford visit, we hoped back in the car to drive another 40 minutes or so to DeLand, and we were not disappointed! We came for a museum event that was kind of a bust, so we skipped that, but we got a primo spot downtown for their Friday farmer’s market (tons of arts stuff, food trucks, health supplements…it was awesome!) and we had an amazing time meeting people and exploring it all. After that, we made two more stops for ice cream (ever important for the ice cream blog!) before making the drive back through Orlando to our RV park.
It was our kind of Valentine’s Day, with treats and adventures and quality time. It also confirmed that we’d be excited to spend more time in both locations, especially DeLand, so if we ever decide we want to live in Florida in the future, we’ve got more options.
Hope you had a nice holiday too, and even if not, know we are sending our love from Florida to you!
Thanks for reading, and have a great week!
This last weekend, I had the delightful privilege of surprising a friend for her birthday!
We haven’t finished exchanging our photos yet, so I don’t have photos of the two of us, but I’ve got photos of the views and the amazing gluten-free food I enjoyed. (Don’t worry, I gave the waffle pieces away.)
Atlanta and Peachtree City are lovely, and I had some amazing food and incredible quality time. So blessed! The airfare was only $133 total round trip – thank you, Southwest!
A few photos from the fun. Have a wonderful week!
Let’s be honest – the main reason Ross and I are spending the winter and spring in Florida is that we want to go to Disney World. So it shouldn’t surprise you that attending the Festival of the Arts has been a priority for us.
If you’ve never been, we highly recommend visiting at least once. Here are five compelling reasons to try it!
1. Broadway Performers
I almost called the festival performers free, but then I remembered you paid a lot to get into the park. But however you think of it, you can see some outstandingly talented performers at Disney World, and during the festival, talented Broadway performers abound. If you have the chance, I highly recommend catching Heidi Blickenstaff like I did!
2. Tasty Food and Drink
There are some delicious treats during the festival. It’s harder to find gluten-free options than I’d like, but since I’m not celiac, I have more options than a lot of folks. One of my absolute favorite treats is trio of drinking chocolate! You’ll find this in the American pavilion. Adding alcohol is an option, but I’m a purist when it comes to drinking chocolate. 🙂
Ross recently got one of Joffrey’s specialty coffees with a donut – he went for a white chocolate something or other and a red velvet donut that looked and tasted decadent, according to him. Super fun!
3. Amazing Artwork
Throughout Epcot, you’ll find incredible originals and prints, much of it on a Disney theme and much of it just really beautiful and unique. This is the only time of year to see most of this work in person.
4. Meet the Artists, Be an Artist
You’ll also be able to experience art in a whole new way – meet and greet, grab signatures, watch artists at work and try your hand at creating, whether in a free workshop or one you pay for. Be sure to book ahead of time if you’re interested in a workshop!
5. Experience Epcot With New Eyes
One of the best parts of festivals at Epcot is that everything just feels different. There are new things to see and do, and wandering through it all can take up a day or a half day of its own. The other benefit of this is that you may find the crowds are less busy than usual when you check out a ride. And if you hit big crowds somewhere, it’s fun to wander elsewhere instead.
Have you been to Epcot’s Festival of the Arts? I’ve been to three of the four they’ve had so far, and I’ve really enjoyed them. What did you think? And if you haven’t been, what would you be most excited to check out?
The bad news? We are still sick! I’ve managed to fight it off pretty well, but Ross has been really hit hard by this thing. He saw a doctor today and was told the sore throat is caused by a sinus infection…so he’s on meds for that. Super annoying.
The good news? We felt healthy over the weekend, so we got out to the Magic Kingdom on Saturday, and on Sunday, we had a delicious meal and visit with my dad and his wife at Bird of Paradise in our favorite part of Orlando. Amazing fresh food, great desserts in the same shopping area and of course excellent company.
I’ve been well enough to work and mostly walk outside daily, so that’s been great, and we are thankful to have what we need to get through illness, frustrating as it is.
This weekend I’m leading a musical theater performance and history workshop for adults – it should be a blast!
We are seeing great growth in our virtual businesses, and we are gaining clarity on our next steps. We have so much to be thankful for.
Also, a special shoutout to my brother Scott and his partner Kailey – our Christmas gift is amazing and we will share it as soon as we have a place to hang it.
Hope you all have an illness-free week!
It’s been a good week. This, despite both Ross and I battling illness (again). We’ve been plugging away at our respective jobs and projects, and while nothing is complete, we’ve seen some progress along the way.
Today we had one especially fun thing happen. A national news station reached out to us about Ross’ ukulele work with older adults!
Now, this wasn’t technically out of the blue, because I’d sent about twenty five unsolicited pitches in the fall. But this was the first positive response we got!
We don’t currently have a class, so no news yet, but if they covered the program, it could greatly increase the rate we can book the program at.
It was also a nice pat on the back to say yes, you’re doing good work and yes, people can recognize that.
So between that and my work on a musical theater workshop, there’s lots to be excited about this week.
I will leave you with a few photos from the campground. Have a great week, and thanks for reading!
Life is great here in Florida – unfortunately we just spent $1,100 on needed maintenance on our car (time for a timing belt, and the water pump was leaking), but besides that we’ve had cooler, sunny days, plenty of work and great times at Disney World.
We are back as annual passholders at Disney thanks to our Florida residency, so I wanted to share some photos from our holiday visits to the parks. We enjoyed holiday flavors (like the gluten-free cookie butter sundae!), beautiful decorations, special puppets in Animal Kingdom and of course I had to ride the Jingle Cruise.
Hope you’re all having a great January so far!
Thanks for reading!