Photos Up

I finally put up a few photos from vacation. See them here. It occurs to me that they are all of buildings and scenery. Russ and I don’t appear in any of them. If pressed, I suppose we have no real photo evidence that we were there at all. Too bad, I got a cute hair cut before leaving, which feels fabulous now that I’m back to a 30 degree climate.

I should put in a good word for Bob and Bonnie of Noble Manor. We had such a relaxing time and lovely breakfasts while we were there. I highly recommend this B&B!

In other news, a few of you have probably heard me complaining of exhaustion and low appetite over the last fews days. The appetite is back- although I’m beginning to wonder if my stomach shrank or something- and I didn’t feel as tired this morning as I did the previous two mornings. The sinus pressure and headaches, however, have not gone away but this, at least, resembles life for me (I’m a chronic sufferer). I’ve been eating decently and drinking a lot of water today and I plan on getting to bed at a respectable hour tonight. Hopefully, I’ll be alert and sharp tomorrow. I still fear that there’s a plague of mini-zombies inside of my skull, gnawing away at my cerbral cortex. Maybe that’s just aging.

Pensacola

A drawback of seeking out warmer weather: allergies. When I left Indiana, frosts had pretty much eliminated that problem. Here, not so much. I have a lot of sinus pressure and was glad Russell wanted to spend the day in. It must be a little amusing watching me move around. The room tends to do this spinning thing. I probably look a little drunk. Le sigh.

The bright side: I’ve been reading a lot. I liked Stephenie Meyer’s The Host. It’s way better than the Twilight series. I also read Maureen Johnson’s first two books, The Keys to the Golden Firebird and The Bermudez Triangle. I love Johnson’s snark. Her characters are very real and well developed. I have more of her books with me and will probably keep reading when I have some down time.

Seville Quarter, downtown Pensacola, Florida
Seville Quarter, downtown Pensacola, Florida

I ventured out on my own Monday morning and played with the camera with mixed success. I won’t post them to Flickr until I get back but here is a shot from the Seville Quarter in downtown Pensacola. I also visited Saint Michael’s Cemetery. The cemetery wasn’t as old as I’d hoped it be. I had a relaxing stroll, if nothing else. Later Monday night, we saw Quantum of Solace, which Russ and I both really liked.

I think the congestion just clogged my brain. I’m out.

Safe travels to all who are journeying out for Turkey Day!

Sea and Sky

Here’s what I did today (courtesy of the camera phone).

View of the Gulf of Mexico from Pensacola Beach.
View of the Gulf of Mexico from Pensacola Beach.

We’ve arrived safely in Pensacola, Florida. Our rooms at the B&B are beautiful and the proprietors are very friendly (both originally from northwest Jersey). In fact, everyone we’ve met here is extremely friendly. And laid back. The town has a lot of history and has a pretty unique blend of cultural influences apparent in the architecture of the town. I definitely have plenty of material with which to test out the camera (and any crappy photography I produce is purely the result of my lack of knowledge and skill and not the fault of the camera!).

Upon arrival, we headed immediately for the beach. The weather was cold and windy today, so it wasn’t quite ideal for a stroll on the beach (nor a nap on the beach but we did it anyway and have the sand in unmentionable places to prove it). On the other hand, we had the beach almost completely to ourselves. In fact, the town is pretty dead. We are hitting very little traffic and parking has been very easy thus far.

There are a lot of cultural things to do (museums, the zoo, etc.) and we plan to make it out to Fort Pickens. I want to take pictures, sit on the beach and read (it is supposed to get warmer), explore and visit the public library branches.

Random good things that happened today:

  • I saw cotton fields! I don’t know why this makes me so happy. I guess it’s part of that Southern landscape that I’ve always read about but never experienced. Damn Yankee. Russ keeps teasing me that I’m going to pull over, rip up a plant and smuggle it back to Bloomington across multiple state borders. If only he knew how right he is.
  • Russell was very indecisive about where he wanted to eat, which resulted in a us wandering around for a good thirty minutes by car and foot BUT in the end we found a great place called Rag Tyme Grille. Yummy food, friendly staff and great atmosphere. I imagine it’s even more fun with the live music acts that appear occasionally. Thanks, Russ, for being an utter food/atmo snob.
  • By some miracle, Russ and I are not completely bitchy after being up for 36 hours on little sleep (we left Bloomington at 11pm and took turns driving throughout the night). Early bedtime for us tonight.

Hope to have more photos up soon!