Monday, May 24, 2010

A Week In Paradise

As many of you probably know if you have read my overly-annoying tweets or looked at my borderline over-the-goob-top photo album on the facebook, C and I just got back from an amazing week in Watercolor, FL.

I am familiar with this place. I spent the summer of 2006 with some hilarious and amazing Ole Miss chicas – Madeline (Mad Dog), Trisha (T$), and Leisel (Mama Le)-working at the Watersound Beach Club outside of Watercolor. We like nicknames, can you tell? Anyway, we had an amazing summer working on the beach, making friends with the foreigners we worked with, cleaning tennis court bathrooms, riding bikes all over Watercolor and Seaside, getting in trouble at work for eating all of the ice cream that was supposed to be for club members, lying on the floor of our boss's office begging for a break when we knew we didn't do much already (don't worry, he liked us), wearing blue L.L. Bean fishing shirts and khacki shorts with tennis shoes and asking for permission to “girly” up our uniforms with pink J. Crew belts and headbands . . . you get the drift.

I haven’t been back to Florida since the summer of 2006, and I was thrilled to see little had changed. We stayed at a three-story, five-bedroom house/mansion/dream house in Watercolor with C’s family. We rode our bikes to the beach, to lunch, to Seaside to buy t shirts and get snow cones, to go fishing, and to go to the grocery. We lounged under beach umbrellas, played with the boogie board, and almost lost sunglasses in the enormous beach waves. We read Hemingway (Christian), Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang (me) and Jen Lancaster’s Bright Lights, Big Ass (me) in the glowing sunshine (the weather couldn’t have been better) while we reapplied sunscreen (for C, this is a long process).

We had lots of things to celebrate – a new job (me), the end of M1 (C), the beginning of summer, the beginning of C’s research in pediatric surgery, etc. And I definitely appreciated all of the generosity from C’s parents to include me on such a fabulous vacation. Words cannot express how perfect this week was. I’m not trying to brag here, but I have had the opportunity to visit beaches all over the world – Greece, Turks & Caicos, The Virgin Islands, The Bahamas, Mexico, Puerto Rico, California, Costa Rica . . . and you really cannot beat the good ‘ol Florida beach. It’s beautiful, always. I grew up visiting every summer, a lot of times twice a year, and maybe that’s why I love it so much, because of the sentiment of it all, I don’t know. But I do know that I love it, and each time I visit I look forward to the next time I’ll be back (and when I do go back I'll be sure to get a coconut donut from The Donut Hole since I missed that opportunity this round).

I thought I would share a few pictures from the week. Aaaahhh . . . and now back to reality!!