December 24-30, 2014
Hope everyone had a great holiday! It’s odd being in the sun for the holidays, but who’s complaining?! This week we took advantage of being settled in Orlando and took in some of the local activities, and as well did a quick trip to Miami to visit friends.
Big baptist church Christmas eve service (we wanted a carol sing and this was the place)
For Christmas Eve we called lots of family and friends, and as well had a competition to see who could put a puzzle together the fastest (clearly we are stellar at rainy day activities). Okay, Jackson won by 4 minutes.
Our “Christmas tree”
We learned our friends Steve and Nadine (from Toronto) were in Miami (only a 3.5 hr drive from Orlando) so we drove down for a little visit.
We did a date night just the two of us as well
This great group called Penguin Knife Fight does a Monday night show each week at Natura Cafe. Best $3 we spent this whole trip! Erin got involved at one point as a volunteer. This is definitely something we want to get into (doing improv and not just watching).
We did afternoon tea at Infusion Cafe (which also has a craft co-op retail space in it). We ate dainty things and did a little new year’s resolution work/play. We used Susannah Conway’s awesome (free) workbook – Unravelling 2015 which you can download yourself. It helps you wind down the past year while dreaming about and gearing up to the new year. Awesome exercise!
We also had an evening on our own where Jackson relaxed in a quiet cafe and Erin went to a bustling cafe for an open mic night/spoken word event (Dandelion Communitea Cafe). “Diverse Word” was hosted by Shawn Welcome so check out one of his poems in this video:
-Tried another Unitarian Universalist Church (UU Society) in Orlando that is lay led by members of the congregation. This week the theme was the war on Christmas.
1 US state this week (FL), 16 in total during the trip
1232 kms this week (766 mi), 5879 total on the trip (3653 mi)
Spent $765.12 this week, $6136.83 total