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The Road Trip Is Over, Yay!

We left Florida on Monday around 530PM and drove all through the night. We finally made it back home to New Jersey around noon. I was so exhausted that I went straight to bed. I didn’t dare to sleep in the car while we were driving. Since we took my car, I wanted to be aware of what was going on. So, I stayed up. I think I did nap for 20 minutes though, somewhere in VA, but I woke up due to jerky driving thanks to traffic. I took over after that. We took the bridge across the Atlantic Ocean from Virginia into Delaware because we wanted to avoid the morning traffic on the beltway around Washington, DC. Anyway, we made it home safely.

Marty and Kels fell asleep really easy any time I was driving. Marty was the most adorable, sleeping. Kels took a picture while he was sprawled out on the back seat, wrapped up in Kels’ soft plushy blanket. He was so cute all cuddled up. Kels Snapchatted it to me. How cute! Just his nose is poking out, haha!

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Well, I’m finally sitting at home and taking some time to unwind from my 2000 mile journey from NJ to FL and from FL back to NJ. It was such a long trip! But…it was only 3 days. XD It just felt so long!

Oh! I went to the Disney audition. It was a lot of fun. Kels was really nervous but I thought the whole thing was pretty interesting. We were in the first 20 to show up, but about 300 people showed up in total to audition. While I didn’t get the part, I still had a lot of fun! It was a new experience and I found it really cool. Kels didn’t get a part either and she was real upset. But, she does a lot of acting and stagework and her Dad is an actor with an Equity Card, so she takes rejections a bit more seriously than me, haha!

I woke up at 630AM due to a loud and flashy thunderstorm. It knocked out our power for about an hour. So…I just went back to sleep. I was still really exhausted from all of that driving! …So much driving!anigif_enhanced-buzz-26064-1393519867-16

So, I’m going to keep unwinding and watch “Nana” on Netflix. I’m about halfway through the series. If Jae wants to watch Netflix with me soon, maybe I’ll switch to “Naruto” since we’ve been watching it together. Although, I’m pretty sure he’s ahead of me since I left.

Have a great night everyone and look for my words again soon!

-Soleil

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Wild Kabuto Appeared!

Oh, I’ve just remembered, too! (And I’m too lazy to go back and edit my first post, so here’s a new one!)

On our way to St. Pete’s Beach this morning, we passed a sign:

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But, I thought that it said Kabuto, so I instantly thought of the Pokemon! Haha!

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That kind of made my morning on the hour and a half drive to the Gulf Coast. Also, I don’t usually sunburn, and I did put on sunscreen (SPF 50!) and I still managed to turn red today. Apparently, I didn’t reapply when I should have.

Now, I’m going to sit and relax on Jaren’s balcony with Kels as we type our stories for Camp NaNoWriMo. I really want to log some impressive wordcount progress in the next few days since I slacked off for two days and didn’t do any writing then. I fell behind my schedule doing that. Blah.

Oh, and even though it’s like 90+ degrees outside (Farenheit) we’re being silly Northern girls and drinking hot chocolate, haha!

Look for my words again soon!

-Soleil

Destination: Florida!

Florida is so wonderful. While, yes, it is hot here and they have humidity, it’s not the same sticky humidity that we get back home. Needless to say, I find it delightful. I really have missed this place and I’m glad to be back.

My road trip with Kels and Marty went by with little issues. I think the longest duration of the trip was South Carolina. It just felt like it took forever to get through that state. We stopped three times for gas and 5 times for food. Honestly, I thought we were never going to get to Florida because of all the stops we took. But, we made it, yay! To be honest, it wasn’t as nerve-wracking as I thought it would be, the drive down I mean. So, yay!

Jaren’s apartment is AMAZING! I would share pictures, but I want to ask before I do. I don’t want him to be weirded out or anything, haha! The decor is very snazzy. It was all done by one of his room mates. This guy has a taste for interior design. It’s like “magazine-ready” good.

Yesterday, after our long trip ended and we finally ended up at Jaren’s, we ended up going to the pool at his apartment community, then to DownTown Disney for dinner. We ate at the Earl of Sandwich, yum! I missed that place! AND, all of DownTown Disney is being remodeled! Especially the West Side and Pleasure Island! They’ll be renaming DownTown Disney to Disney Springs once all of the construction is done, although there are already a bunch of new shops and a parking garage. More shops are planned and a second parking garage!

Here is some of the concept art!

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., March 12, 2013 – Along with an eclectic and contemporary mix from Disney and other noteworthy brands, Disney Springs (as shown in this conceptual rendering) will feature a new gateway with a signature water tower and grand entry.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., March 12, 2013 – Along with an eclectic and contemporary mix from Disney and other noteworthy brands, Disney Springs (as shown in this conceptual rendering) will feature a new gateway with a signature water tower and grand entry.

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I do have some pictures I took for you guys, though.

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This is Tampa. I drove by it today on my way to St. Pete’s Beach. I’ve never seen Tampa before when I used to live in Florida, so it was cool to see. Although, I’ve seen bigger cities that are more congested and knit-together.

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Wawa’s in Florida apparently all have walk-in beer coolers. Since this nifty feature isn’t included in the layout of our Wawa’s back home, I can see how some people might be jealous. But, since I don’t drink alcohol (I don’t like the taste, and it usually smells weird), I think it’s just an interesting addition.

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I found this really cool conch shell today at St. Pete’s Beach! I sort of stepped on a part of it, so I went underwater and dug it up and I was like “Oh, a pretty conch shell! I’m gonna keep it!”

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But, it had a sea slug living inside of it, so…I put it back in the ocean. I walked through the waist-deep, low tide water, up onto the sandbar, then past the sandbar to waist-level again and gave him a light toss back into the ocean. Hopefully he was able to bury back into the sand and no one else took him out of the water to keep his shell.

Finally, I’d like to conclude with a picture of me and my friend, Kels, at the beach today. The pose was her idea. I’m the blonde one on the right and she’s the shorter blonde on the left. Have a great day everyone!

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Look for my words again soon!

Soleil

Recapping Before The Road Trip!

So, I’ve been very distracted with “DuckTales” as of late. Really, I’m watching it right now when I should be writing for my practice month of NaNoWriMo. I’m a bad writer, sometimes. Not in the sense that my writing is bad (of course, that’s just my own personal opinion. I like to hope it’s not bad), but that I slack off when I really shouldn’t be. It’s just…sometimes my brain needs a break from the imaginary world I have created and I need to do other things.

Tomorrow, I leave for Florida. It will be a 14 hour drive. I leave with Kels and her brother, Marty. Really, I’m a bit nervous about the long ride because it will be my first long road trip without my parents or a family member (but if you look at our family tree, Kels and Marty are actually related to me and my family by marriage and we’re like 4th cousins, once removed, or something like that). It’s a far stretch, though.

I am very excited, though, that I get to see Jaren! My very best friend! He’s even letting us stay at his apartment, yay! (If you remember, Jaren is the first boy I fell in love with and was mentioned in this post: Love: A Seemingly Impossible Quest). I cannot wait to spend the next four days with him! We’re going to the beach, Downtown Disney, having a BBQ, ah it all sounds so wonderful!

Oh, then my audition at Disney World is Monday. I practiced the 16 bars of “Cockeyed Optimist” that I will be singing singing today with a piano accompaniment. Really, I don’t care if I don’t get the part of Dory for the Finding Nemo: The Musical, but I just really, really want a part! I don’t care if I’m one of the coral actors. Just let me be in this show, please!

Also, I have a new favorite song: Uma Thurman by Fall Out Boy.

Look for my words again soon!

-Soleil