Introvert Vacation

Tampa beachToday I found a municipal beach about a 15 minute walk from my hotel. It provided more of the “beach experience” I was hoping for. No waves, but it did have the sound of moving water and a swimming area, so I was able to get in. I was surprised by how warm the water was. I spent a lovely afternoon out there today and enjoyed watching families and beach food vendors and just soaking it all in. And seriously too, as I did forget to pack my sunscreen and the gift shop was closed, so I managed to get myself burned today.

And I also managed to stuff some emotions in because I simply slept and swam and watched way too much HGTV. And then a storm checked in for the rest of the evening. This was totally okay with me. I had nothing else I needed to do.

It was nice.

Vacation, all I ever wanted…

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…vacation, had to get away.

I was kind of the brink of losing it last week. It’s a long story that is probably better suited to a live conversation and not so much an online one, but suffice it to say that Craig thought I could use a weekend away. By myself. He cashed in some frequent flyer miles and sent me to Tampa.

The beach isn’t really ocean-front in the way I was hoping for. There are no rolling, crashing waves, and there’s really not much of a beach front here at all, but I did manage to find some sand tonight and I’ll take it. The point of the weekend is that I rest and regroup and return better than I left.

As I got news this morning while in Chicago that DHS decided to pick up the boys TODAY, with no notice and while I’m out of town and Maddie and Chloe are away for the weekend too, I’m not sure how restful this weekend is going to be. Because I’m sad and hopping mad.

And there’s not a single thing I can do about it. I’m in Florida.