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All You Can Eat Shrimp but No Wendy’s Salad

Don’t hate me but I just got back from my Florida vacation.  We spent half our time in Orlando and half in Marathon, FL Keys. My husband is an avid deep sea fisherman.  So we try to go to the Keys annually for his fishing trips and my beach lounging.  I especially look forward to the “All you can eat shrimp.” Of course anyone can order grilled shrimp outside of the State of Florida but you know how it is never enough?  When we go to the FL Keys, my husband will grill so much shrimp that I get to eat as much as I want. A truly great gift that I always look forward to. As my daughter would say, I ate so much shrimp that I had a shrimp baby.

There was one MAJOR problem with our FL Keys trip.  Remember that hurricane that sped through the Keys and wrecked havoc?  Well, evidently part of that havoc was blowing away the local Wendy’s in Marathon.  (It also blew away Burger King, but they don’t carry my salad).  In preparation of the trip, I do realize that the last Starbucks I am going to see is in Islamorada.  And I have made peace with that.  What I didn’t know was how Hurricane Irma took my Wendy’s away.  I am on vacation.  I want a Wendy’s salad.  I also want fish and shrimp but one can’t live on that alone.  I was devastated.  The ONLY fast food they had was McDonald’s, you know the cockroach of the fast food industry.  Okay, they had Taco Bell and KFC too but again – SALAD!  I am debating whether I should call Wendy’s corporate office and complain. You can be sure that I will check before our next visit to make sure their insurance or whatever came through and it is back.

We drove the FL Turnpike.  I don’t want to complain (I know many of you are laughing at that statement) but I lived in FL for many, many years and if I remember correctly, the FL Turnpike was only supposed to be a toll road until the road was paid for.  Guess they decided against that.  It was just our luck to stop at the Service Center in Pompano Beach right after 3 tour buses full of teenagers were dropped off.  Which means we immediately left.  But not before I grabbed a bunch of these:

OMG! Monkey Jungle!  Butterfly Rain Forest! Giraffes! Riverboat! But you know all I really wanted was a good book and a package of sunflower seeds. And of course a beach and an ocean.

Sadly, my tan is already fading.  I would sunbathe in our back yard but without the beach it just seems so futile. Until next year!


Yes it was totally my fault but that isn’t going to stop me from bitching about it.

We were booked on the last flight of the day.  We had a stop over in Atlanta with our connecting flight not leaving until after 10:00 pm. So by the time we landed, got our luggage and found our car in the parking lot (this time I actually remembered where I parked) it was almost 1:00 am when we got home.

But that didn’t mean I could sleep in the next day because I only took four days of vacation, not five. Making sure my usual three alarms were set, I played games on my phone until I was so sleepy it slipped from my hands and hit my face.  Which was my signal that it was time to go to sleep.

The alarm went off the next morning at 5:45 am.  I immediately turned that sucker completely off and turned over going right back to sleep.  At the 6:00 am notification of time to get up, I hit snooze. Okay four times and finally got up right before 6:20 am. Since I was running late, I hurried and got out the door in 20 minutes.

As I backed my car out of the garage (a story I also need to share soon – I’m in the garage!) and headed down the road, I noticed that the car clock said 5:48 am. WTF? I thought it must be wrong but then it was kinda dark out — maybe it was the cloud cover.  As I drove to work, I turned on the car radio.  When Pat and Jill in the morning said it was almost 6 am I was dumbfounded. What the hell happened?

Well, I learned something new. If you are in the Eastern Time Zone and do not remove your “Airplane Mode” from your phone, while you may live in the Central Time Zone, your phone will not. So I was still on Florida time.  And yes, the thought to turn my ass around and go home to sleep for an hour did cross my mind.  But by that point, I was on the highway and committed. Pissed but very committed to the commute.

Good news is that traffic was super light so made good time to work.  And when I parked on the street where there were plenty of spaces so early in the morning.

In the office, Shirley was the first person to mention that I was in early. When I told her what happened, she thought it was pretty funny.  I still did not think it was funny.  I had to have an energy drink to stay awake and as soon as my boss came in, I told her I was leaving at 3:00 pm since I got to work so early. Except I had a scheduled Skype meeting at 3:00 pm so it was actually after 4 pm before I left.  So go ahead and laugh. But I learned my lesson and will never use airplane mode again. Next time I am just going to turn the damn phone off.