Tuesday, March 15, 2016

New Smyrna + Kennedy Space Center

G and I took full advantage of leap day this time around. Early Monday morning, we packed an overnight bag and headed across the state. We hadn't even decide where we were going to go until the night before. With a free day in our grasp + a wee bit of spontaneity, we each picked a few destinations that sounded cool. These destinations were then written on tiny scraps of paper, folded up and placed in a baseball cap. New Smyrna Beach was our pick. I quickly found + booked a beachfront hotel and tried to come up with an overall game plan. We'd only planned to stay for one night (hello, travel budget), but I knew I wanted to do something special while we were on the east coast of Florida as well. After some thought, visiting the John F. Kennedy Space Center seemed like the best option since it was less than an hours drive from where we would be staying.

I tried my best to keep the whole space center idea to myself, but I ended up letting the cat out of the bag only 15 minutes into our drive. I swear I can't keep anything from my husband, lol. He was excited since he'd wanted to go for quite some time. It took us less than four hours to reach New Smyrna, after a quick stop for lunch at The Coop in Winter Park. Our hotel was right on the beach and I was blown away at how nice our suite was (snagged it on Hotels.com). After relaxing for a little bit, we were out the door and on our way to the New Smyrna Marina to have dinner at Outriggers Tiki Bar & Grille. The restaurant was kinda tucked away, like a hidden gem, so I'm surprised we were able to find it. But, boy, am I glad we did! It was well worth the hunt.

I went out on a ledge and ordered a mai tai + the "Eleanor Rigby" — their version of a Cuban sandwich made with ham, bacon, pickles, cream cheese and tomatillo jam. Yeah, it was just as delicious as it sounds. I was not disappointed whatsoever! G stuck with tacos, which you can't ever go wrong with. We spent the rest of the evening watching television and eating donuts, haha (#marriedlife). The next morning, we checked out of the hotel and made our 50 minute trek down to Cape Canaveral.

Most of our afternoon was consumed by exploring the visitor center. I really learned a lot and very much enjoyed our time there. We were able to take a bus tour as well, which gave us the opportunity to view various launch pads (like where Apollo 8 was launched), Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building, and the SpaceX facility. The tour bus dropped us off at the Apollo/Saturn V Center. It was such an awe-inspiring experience. SpaceX had a launch planned for that night and we had hoped to stay in the area for dinner just so we'd be able to witness it, but it was sadly canceled due to high winds so we headed back home.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Currently // March

READING · I have been reading The Martian by Andy Weir on and off for a few months now, but I took a break from that to begin a book called Rescuing Hope: A Story of Sex Trafficking in America yesterday. I actually ended up finishing that entire book in about 4 hours, which was a first for me. I couldn't seem to put it down once the story started. It's heart-wrenching to think that similar, if not nearly identical, scenarios happen all of the time in our country. At the mention of sex trafficking, my mind automatically goes to third world countries. However, this is happening in our communities every single day. Since finishing that, I began a memoir called Coming Clean by Kimberly Rae Miller. Seems interesting so we'll see if I stick with it.

WATCHING · Still plucking away at The X-Files on Netflix. We've refused to watch the new season until we're all caught up. G and I also began watching Battlestar Galactica on Hulu+ sometime last month. It's sci-fi, so you know I'm already a huge fan. It took G a couple episodes to get sucked in as well. Besides that, we've been keeping up with The Walking Dead every week.

LISTENING TO · Trying to find new praise + worship music. Lately, I have been listening to I Am They, Gungor and All Sons & Daughters. Heard the song below on the radio last week and instantly fell in love with it.
DISCOVERING · To count it all as joy. We were unexpectedly hit with a rather large car repair last Monday. I took our car down to have an alignment because I noticed it was pulling to the left quite a bit. Lo and behold, our control arm was completely broken and needed to be replaced. Don't worry, I had no idea what a control arm was either. The mechanic let me know how "lucky" we were because he said our tires could have caved in while we were driving, no big deal. Glad God kept us safe while we were road trippin' to the other side of the state! I couldn't help but laugh when I heard how much it would cost us. I'm just learning to go with the flow + not stress about things that are out of my control. We paid it, it's fixed. That's all that matters.

PLANNING · Another trip to New Smyrna Beach with the mister. We visited the week before last (still have to share the details). We were only able to stay one night, but definitely enjoyed our time there. It's a great little area.

CRAVING · Freaking sushi, yo. I haven't been to my favorite sushi joint in months. My friend and I tried a new place in one of the malls near us, one that serves pre-made rolls on a conveyor belt system. Each color plate represented a different price point. You just take whatever you want as it passes your table. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't what I'm used to. Cool experience though.

WISHING · That I had more time to spend with my friends. Everyone is always so busy these days. #adultlife.

FEELING · A little unproductive. This has been one of the most uneventful weekends that I've had in awhile. I'm just not used to relaxing this much. I did manage to purge + organize our pantry yesterday, as well as finish that book I mentioned earlier. I did a load of laundry today, but most of my afternoon was spent revamping my blog (probably why I felt the need to actually post something) and reading more. Guess I should just be thankful for the free time, because I have much to do tomorrow.

PRAYING FOR · For God to give me wisdom as to who I should vote for. I'm really at a loss and I've even been contemplating not voting at all. The candidates aren't showing me anything. I'm certain it'll boil down to picking the lesser of two evils.