Monday, February 22, 2010

Behind The Eight Ball

Going away for an extended period is always a great thing. It's when you return from an extended vacation that usually leaves one with that behind the eight ball feeling . Kind of like when the astronauts re-enter the earth's atmosphere after space flight, there are a few days of re-adjustment.
Of course, while this cat was away, the little mice certainly did play and Mr. Murphy's Law decided to throw his two cents in too, but nothing I can't ultimately handle. Thank God.
As we tackle the enormous pile of mail that has stacked up while away, and try to fix all the snafu's that occurred, we do so with a renewed energy and a desire to return to the normal pace of everyday life. Vacation was wonderful, but real life waits for no one.
A quick re-cap:
  • Florida was COLD. Plain and simple. Good thing that I brought two pairs of jeans and a scarf, because I ended up wearing them the whole time. I never EVER once, wore shorts.
  • Disney, while still the most magical place on earth, somehow seems to have lost it's edge. It's not as clean or amazing as it always has been to me. I also feel like it hasn't changed one little bit since I was there two years ago. The parks were crowded, but the staff seemed overwhelmed and not able to handle the crowds. A sure sign that even The Mouse has fallen victim of bad economic times.
  • Something exciting happened while at Disney, which I will share with you tomorrow.
  • I thought about Cora's daughter Gwen a lot. Not that I'm creepy, but Disney owns "The Nightmare Before Christmas", and there was paraphernalia from the movie all over the place. Hat's, vests, dolls, pencils, books, etc, and people had their faces painted to look like Jack. Every time I saw someone, I couldn't help think that Gwen would be in hog heaven! Note to Cora and Scope: you need to take her there, if you already haven't.
  • Of course, while I was gone, my computer at The Candy Bar pulled a hissy. It was one of those problems that only I can fix and had to be shut down for TWO DAYS. I am STILL working on it as we speak. Technological reinforcements come today.
  • My Guy, (bless his little soul) had the carpets cleaned while we were gone as a surprise to me, but Mr. Murphy's Law jumped in and said, "not so fast". Let's just say that new carpets are in my very near future.
  • The dogs hardly cared that we were home. It was almost like they hardly noticed we were gone.

All in all, it was a great trip, but being home puts the term "home sweet home" into a new perspective for me.

Do I get a "do over"?


Scott Oglesby said...

I’m glad you enjoyed your vaca, but you were missed! I was thinking about you when all my friends from Florida were complaining about the weather. It was a horrible winter for them. You should go back in the spring or summer….I’ll give you some great hidden paradises away from the white shoed/black socked tourists.

I don’t know that you have to ever go back to real life. I certainly never did. My life is a permanent, blessed vaca…. When you’re doing what you love, it’s not really work!

Cora said...

I've never taken Gwen to Disney World, but it is definitely on the to-do-eventually list.


We've been to Dosneyland though and, yes, Jack Skellington was EVERYWHERE and she LOVED it!

Jim said...

Glad you had fun, and even more glad that you're back. We went at Thanksgiving time one year, and it was so cold we had to buy beach towels from the gift shop to use as blankets to watch the evening fireworks.

How many smoked turkey legs did you have to eat? Once I showed my kids how Henry VIII used to eat them, it became a major activity for us :-)


Heff said...

Glad you had fun.

"Going away for an extended period is always a great thing."

Heff's Bar And Grill returns 02/24/2010.

Joker_SATX said...

Welcome back!

Yeah, I hear ya. Whenever they let me out of Arkham for some R&R, I usually come back to a pile of paperwork (basically forms I have to fill out verifying that I had not committed any crimes while I was away) and notices of botched jobs my associates would perform...and then its up to me to put things straight. I can related to this.

Sorry to hear that Disney didn't measure up. That's a shame. And this was the slow season. Can't wait to hear about how overwhelmed the staff will be come peak season!

Glad you are, what exactly happened to your carpets?

SkylersDad said...

Welcome back, glad you had a good trip.

Chris@Knucklehead! said...

But did you go on the Aerosmith coaster?!?!

Candy's daily Dandy said...


I'm sooooooo excited!!!

Whoo Hooo!!!
*Doing the happy dance*

I missed you....

Scope said...

Glad you made it back. And hopefully the crisis at the Candy Bar was easy enough for you to solve that it was like you swooped in and saved the day.

And trust me, I will be zooming the new family down to Florida theme park zone. They Harry Potter one that is opening is an additionaly draw.

The Dental Maven said...

I'm glad you're back Candy! Sorry to hear about the Candy Bar IT issues. I completely understand - wish I didn't. Was in Boston again while you were at the Mouse House. One of these times I'll make it work.

Again, glad you're back, Girl.

the walking man said...

Candace, you were gone? To Florida? hmph I musta been tripping too. Buy American carpets. welcome back.