Oh, Florida…

On the way home from work yesterday, the weather was beautiful with a high of the high 70s…

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This afternoon on the way home the weather was nothing but wind, rain, and chill with a low in the high 40s…

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Got to love Florida weather. And I really was hoping against all odds that we could see some snow… wishful thinking…

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Ramblings and Books… Simple enough

So, I made my first blog post this past weekend and tonight I starting thinking that I really should write another post… but what the heck do I even write about?! I’m not a mommy. I’m not a fashionista. I’m not a business owner/inventor. I don’t have special skills or talents that are wholly unique to the world. I’m just a regular almost-thirty gal who wakes up every day, goes to work, comes home, tries to keep my mind occupied, and enjoy the company of my love, my dogbaby, and a handful of close friends and family. Simple enough.

What is the most challenging about this whole blog post thing is that I’m not even sure why I’m doing it. I certainly don’t have the mindset that I’m going to change the world, one blog post at a time. I don’t have a need to be seen and heard the world over. Nor do I think that my humble state of mind or daily life is something that needs to be tooted to the high heavens. I think I really see this site as an online diary… a place to ramble to myself and reflect upon the things in my life that I enjoy and appreciate. Simple enough.

With all that being said, I struggle with what to write. What to write. What. To. Write. And then it dawns on me… write about BOOKS! I love books. I love to read. Reading is something I do on a daily basis and I usually always carry a book with me wherever I go. Hell, I even have a book tattooed on my left wrist. Why NOT write about books? This would perhaps be a good segue into writing about other things by first writing about the things I know. Simple enough.

So, without further adieu, here is my current stack of library books:

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The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston: I’ve recently begun reading this novel and, though I am only on page 87, I love how the story is developing! The world the author has created between the characters and the storyline is hypnotic; magic, history, and loss are well woven with one another. I will definitely need to write more on this book once I finish it!

Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen: I was excited to read this book and devoured the pages hoping for something more than what was offered. It was interesting to read a historical yet fictional story regarding the “relationship” between Frances S. Osgood and Edgar Allen Poe… I certainly wasn’t familiar with Frances and her work prior to this novel. While it was interesting to read about Poe and his fictional actions, I felt that the storyline and the characters were monotonous and redundant with the same repeating situations, lots of repetitive inner dialogue on the part of Frances, and not enough Poe. I suppose I wanted a troubled, brooding Poe instead of an boyish, anti-climatic Poe. I appreciate the writing style of the author but felt this novel fell a little short in terms of excitement.

Cemetery Girl: The Pretenders by Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden: To be honest, when I requested this title from the library I thought it was a regular book, not a graphic novel (I wasn’t paying attention). The artwork is good and while the plot wasn’t wholly enthralling, it seemed like a different concept from the mind of Charlaine Harris. I don’t want to give too much away since it is such a short read, but I may check-out the next release…

To Read: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel and Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey

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Return to Jekyll Island

I’m back! First post in a long time and not sure how to kick this thing off… so I decided to write about our most recent vacation to Jekyll Island…

So, we had our 5 year datin-versary on January 19th and to celebrate we returned to Jekyll Island for a weekend getaway. We stayed at the lovely Jekyll Island Club Hotel, in a suite in the Sans Souci complex (America’s first condominium). Cool thing to note: it was once originally owned by JP Morgan; guests have reported smelling his cigar smoke early in the morning on the balcony.

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This was our second trip to Jekyll Island and our second stay in the Club Hotel… and I really couldn’t recommend it anymore – I absolutely love this place!! What we love most about visiting is that the atmosphere is so relaxed – it is quiet, people are very friendly, and the hotel and grounds are beautiful… it’s an isolated little world all unto itself. When we visit we do a lot of walking and meandering as well as history tours, biking, shopping (well, I do!), eating, drinking, and relaxing… but the best part about staying in the Club Hotel is that it is literally right next to beautifully restored millionaire/billionaire mansions aka “cottages” dated back from the late 1800’s to the mid-1900s, most of which have been beautifully restored and available for tours.

Drinks on the balcony (trying out the Jekyll Island Reserve wine – it was tasty) and enjoying happy hour at Vincent’s Pub

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Now here come the pictures of our King suite on the 3rd floor of Sans Souci. We took advantage of the hotel’s Cyber Tuesday sale and booked this pricy, lux room for half the regular price (usually $320+ per night). Note the fireplace… $18 to have the hotel come and build a fire. We did that both nights we stayed there and it was totally worth it.

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Our balcony and view… the door was pretty neat, the top and bottom half could be opened separately from one another…

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We like to go walking around at night… it’s quiet and the paths are lovely. Surprisingly enough, there’s no security there so you can walk right up to all of the historic houses and peak inside. Here’s the view of the sunset through the trees and over the marsh…

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And of course, a lovely little shot of the Jekyll Island Club and its distinguished turret…

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2013 mini glass float I purchased from the museum shop… and what helped to spark my obsession with these things…

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Ok, so now I think I should address my obsession with these beautiful, handcrafted glass floats that are hidden all over the island every January and February. You can read more about the Island Treasures here. These glass floats are randomly hidden all over the island for people to find and keep! If you find one, you can bring it to the Jekyll Island Welcome Center to register it and receive information on the artist who made it (they may also take your pictures). While we weren’t lucky enough to find any floats during our stay, I did manage to stimulate the Jekyll Island economy by purchasing two small glass orbs and one large glass 2014 float…

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Top to Bottom: Black and silver glass orb made by Loretta Eby and purchased at Just By Hand; Large Jekyll Island 2014 float crafted by Mark Ellinger purchased at the Jekyll Island Welcome Center; glass orb purchased from Gypsea Glass (unsure of artist’s name).

I follow the Jekyll Island Facebook page religiously just to tease myself with all of the people who have been able to find a float… maybe we will just have to back to stay during this time next year… just one more good reason to go back…

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