My Last Days in Florida…

This trip has been so much more than I ever could have imagined it would be. It has been a great break from my mother. I didn’t realize just how much I needed that time away from her. I love my mom, I really do, but being her daughter isn’t without its challenges. If only those challenges were as comical as Wifey’s with her mom. Seriously though, I laugh my ass off every time I get a text with screen captures about this. Hilarious.

That’s not to say that this trip wasn’t without its challenges, because it absolutely was. I have never been a caregiver to a child with ADHD before and it isn’t until recently that it has really been much of a factor, but in the last few weeks it has become obvious that Sassy isn’t like the average 7 year old. Based on everything I heard prior to meeting Scribe’s sister, I was expecting the oldest child (her nickname is seriously Beaners, shortened from Gillybean) to be a complete nightmare but she was actually extremely helpful to me. I didn’t realize how busy she kept Sassy until she was gone. Beaners had to go home at the start of July for a gymnastics competition. Since then, Sassy has tried to put me in Beaners’ place as her playmate but I can’t always take on that role for her. It’s obvious she’s bored and as of lately, she’s been dealing with anxiety about her new school. The ADHD definitely isn’t helping with that at all, so the last few weeks have been a challenge for all of us.

I can’t believe seven weeks have gone by so quickly, but they have. This has been a wonderful experience and I have absolutely enjoyed my time here in Florida. Word is I’m getting in one more beach trip tomorrow.


So I plan on taking some video of the ocean. Hopefully it will motivate me to follow through on some plans that I’m starting to make. As much as I love my mom, this trip has shown me that I’m definitely better off (and much happier) when I’m not living with her. I’ve missed her, but I’m also sad to be going home. I truly love it here.

So because music is essentially my time machine, I put together a playlist on Youtube that will definitely bring me back to this summer. It’s primarily country music with a little Jimmy Buffett thrown in because yeah… you can’t go anywhere in this state without hearing Jimmy Buffett at least once. At least that’s been my experience.

I look forward to getting back to posting chapters of Free for you. I’m sorry you’ve had to wait so long for it. I promise it will be worth your while when I get back.

Smooches to all!


My Last Beach Trip

Today I went to Miramar Beach with the monsters. I fly home Monday so it was my last chance to get my beach bum on. There were little fish swimming close to the shore. I’m pretty sure I stepped on more than one. Blame the big ass waves that kept knocking my big ass over. All in all, it was a beautiful day.



The waves were pretty awesome today, not gonna lie.


Monsters are play.


A sailboat that floated by us shortly before we left.


The view from the car on the drive home.


Footprints in the sand. I didn’t even realize there were footprints there when I took the picture, but I can’t see shit on my phone’s screen when I’m out in the sunlight so it was purely by chance.


My first glimpse of Miramar Beach. It was beautiful.

And just because it’s fitting for the occasion, I leave you with a little Zac Brown Band, which has been playing steadily on my iPod this summer. It just fits.


I Made it to Florida!







The last picture is my favorite. That’s the view from the back deck overlooking the bayou behind the house. At some point today we’re going down to the beach. The internet isn’t hooked up yet so I’m posting from my phone. We drove from southern Indiana through Kentucky and then Tennessee and Alabama to get here. Not easy with three kids and a dog, but we arrived in one piece. I also started an Instagram account so if you want to see more photos from my trip you can look for makesmyheadspin and send a follow request.

I’ll get you a new chapter when the internet is working. Until then,  enjoy the pictures.


Happy Trails, Y’all!

Buenos dias, lovers! So I got an interesting offer from Scribe’s older sister this week that involves me going down to Florida for six weeks to take care of the Precious Babies, Sassy and Mr. Conductor (accurate nicknames, yes, Scribe?). After a little anxiety attack (because I haven’t left the midwest since I was 14 and on my 8th grade trip to D.C.) and an argument with my mother (who is… a hot mess), I decided to go for it. So, as of Thursday I will be out of Chicago for the first time in years. It’s going to be a long couple of days getting from here to Florida. Lots of driving going down since I have only spoken to Sassy via Skype and Mr. Conductor is only 2 so he has no idea who I am. Sassy, btw, is the little monster that was doing that geography project some of you were amazeballs enough to contribute to. Anyway, I’ll be in Florida. I’m taking my tablet with me but not a laptop. I’ll have access to one but it’ll be somewhat limited, so I’m not sure how frequently I’ll be updating this blog. I’ll try to remember to do it once a week. We’ll see how busy I am chasing the Precious Babies.

In the meantime, I do come bearing a new chapter of Free. I have some banked up so it’s just a matter of remembering to post.

Chapter 5: Could You Be Loved