Florida, Part…..3?

I think this is the third time I’ve posted from Florida.  

But it’s almost over. I go home tomorrow. Yay!  It’s been so much fun as it always is and I can’t wait for Montreal next year. 

I still miss Devon but not as terribly as I did Wednesday. 

This is the first ime he and I have spent this much time apart since we moved in and there’s an adjustment to being around each other all the time and suddenly the other person is just gone.  So I asked him a question last night with yesterday being the sort of midpoint of my time away and I told him to be honest with me as he always is. I asked him, “ignoring how crass this may sound, how much are you enjoying/not enjoying the fact that I’m not home?”  

I can’t synopsize his response so I’m just going to c&p his response: 

“I’m naturally a solitary guy, so on that level, it’s nice to have a little bit of alone time.  But there’s very obviously something very prominent missing, and it’s very apparent in my mood the last few days.  Haven’t been the most tolerant or zen lately.  So mentally, it’s nice.  Emotionally and spiritually, notsomuch.  Which is as it should be.  I mean, it’s nice to spend some time apart.  And we should both enjoy it.  But there’s nothing like being together.” 

That made me happy. 

As much as I missed him on Wednesday, it got easier as time went on.  There’s part of me that is fine being here on my own and there’s part that misses him like crazy.  I love being here but I can’t wait to come home.  Which is how it should be.  We both always admit that we always feel at our best when we are together and even though we might both be slightly distracted or off our game apart, we can still exist individually.   For me that is so important. Because I go to thee conferences every year and I’m not going to stop just because I live with him. These conferences as amazing for me every year, they’re rejuvenating and informative and fun. Counseling is hard so it’s nice to have a few days to chill out. And I love the people I see and come here with. They’re a different branch of my family and I adore this time I get with them because I love them so much. 

But I’m a nurturer, I like and needed to know that Devon is okay when I’m gone. Last year he wasn’t at all. The first night he was almost begging for me to come home. And it really set a tone for the rest of my vacation because part of my heart felt broken because he was so out of it at home and it affected me. I don’t want him to have that every year. And it’s nice to know that he’s fine at home (with maya).  He misses me, but he’s okay. Just like I miss him, but I’m okay. That’s perfect to me.  

Now I’m going to my last parties of the year and I fly home tomorrow morning, back to my Devon as we have much catching up to do.  I can’t wait to do it all over again next year in Montreal! 

Florida, woohoo!!

So, it is so gorgeous here.  Yes, I still miss Devon and am a little homesick, but I’m making the most of my time away and my vacation and enjoying being here instead of moping a little like I was last night 

Plus, all of my friends are here now so I have tons of distractions. So yay! 

So I went around the property and hung out by the pool and got a little sun before my meetings today. This place is GINORMOUS!  I overheard someone say that it’s 3 million square feet kind of big. That’s ridiculous.  I mean it’s gorgeous here but holy hell it’s huge. 

My two really good friends, Jess and Shana arrived around noon while I was in my meeting so I was super excited.    This conference never “officially” opens until 4:00pm on Thursdays even though stuff happens before that.  This year they had a cool marching band before the opening and the ribbon cutting and everything. It’s just a fun spectacle.  I met up with Jess and Shana (and If course Shana’s mom, aka my other mentor, aka one of the best grad school teachers ever, aka my other mother). 

Best part of expo opening, they had free flowing champagne!  They’ve never done that before but I was super excited!  What could be better than walking around with an awesome friend (Shana and her mom were pulled away by others), getting some free counseling swag and sipping some champagne? 


Yeah so we downed the bubbly, bid adieu for the moment and Jess and I hit up Red Lobster because you can’t be in Florida and not eat seafood. I think it’s against Florida law or something.  It was delicious. I ate too much. I’m pretty sure that’s going to be an overarching theme for this weekend is me eating too much. 

Oh and I almost forgot. I got Devon the best souvenir, ever. I mean, there is no better gift you could get for the boyfriend/spouse/SO of a counselor. 

Is that not the best present ever?  Jess got one for her husband, too. We’re trying to see if we can get the boys to wear them together like out to dinner with us one night.  We doubt it, but we can try. 

I’m so excited to give it to him.  He’s scared because he knows I have something for him but I won’t tell him what. Yay! 

But anyway, tomorrow is a long day, always is. But it’s a fun day too.  So I need sleep.  


I’m going to Disney World!!

No, seriously though.  One month from today (our second Friday the 13th in a row) I will be here:


The gorgeous Hyatt Regency in Orlanda Florida.  Which is so very literally directly across the street from:


Guys…..guys…..so excited.

I mean…I am there to WORK and all, but if you think in the four days I’m there I’m NOT going to Disney World, you have issues.  I go to the American Counseling Association Conference every year.  And the past couple years, they have picked some pretty awesome locations.

Last year, this was my view:

Hawaii 2014

Hawaii 20142That, my friends, is Hawaii.  HAWAII!!  I’VE BEEN TO HAWAII!! I went for 8 days (because Hawaii) and it was GORGEOUS. I will go back one day because I didn’t see nearly enough of it.

But this year is Florida, which is also beautiful.  Next year is Montreal, Canada.  Now, I know I can’t do hot and sunny locales for this every year, but I’ve heard that Montreal is beautiful, too.  Apparenlty, we also have Nashville (which I’m kinda meh about), Atlanta, and New Orleans following up for the next few years.  We’ll be at the Montreal Convention Center next year which is pretty amazing in it’s own right:

Montreal Convention Center

Now, yes I’m at a conference.  Something that usually sounds really boring.  But ACA Conferences are actually, usually, a lot of fun especially now that I know a good amount of people there.  I have two really good friends that go every year, too, and even though the three of us hang out with our menfolk and do dinner and such; this gives us a reason for us girls to have some time without the gents.  And we get to go to Disney World together.  YAY!  Devon’s mad.  I did invite him to join, Mr. I-Don’t-Like-To-Miss-Work.  Which, while commendable, is annoying.

So yeah, while most are freaking over “OMG FRIDAY THE 13TH”  I’m counting down to Florida.  Only 28 days (since I leave on the 11th) until I get to be in the sun!  Woot!!