Life is but a Beach: airbrushing and all

Friends, I’m back from the beach. I didn’t want to come back, and I gave serious thought on how to: (1) quit my job, (2) find a new job at the beach, (3) retrieve my cat from Georgia. Turns out that I’m slightly more responsible (lame?) than I once was, and so I came shuffling back home. This was not before I rocked that beach as hard as an almost-32-year-old can, going to bed at 11 pm notwithstanding. Welcome to the recap.

I miss you already, beach.

I miss you already, beach.

Remember how stressed I was at the mere idea of a family vacation? I have no doubt I am not alone in fearing it, but I fear it no longer. There was no drama, no real stress, no major issues. Have we grown up? Is this maturing? Or were we simply enjoying this wonderful vacation? I will say, the time apart made it all worthwhile. The days when the guys golfed meant the girls (and nephews) went to the beach and/or pool or went shopping. Speaking of shopping, has anyone else found that the BEST antique stores are in Florida? Check out my goods:

Swag!

Swag!

That would be a James Beam decanter (on sale for $5. WHAT.), a hand painted ceramic owl from Mexico, and an old wooden box. I have a severe “trinket” addiction. I also got 5 movies and all told it came to $40. I win! The crappy picture doesn’t do the goods justice. More importantly, let’s talk about food:

Grub.

Grub.

The one redeeming part of Margaritaville.

The one redeeming part of Margaritaville.

Food, as a vegan in Florida, wasn’t actually an issue whatsoever. The biggest problem I had was at the overpriced Margaritaville, where they brought out a turkey burger instead of my veggie one. By the time I got my burger, everyone was basically finished with theirs. Life goes on. In most places, I got a side salad, a baked potato, and some veggies. At one restaurant, the waitresses’ daughter was a vegan, so she helped me navigate what I could order. Score!

The vegetarian lover sandwich (w/o mayo or cheese).

The vegetarian lover sandwich (w/o mayo or cheese) at Trigo.

At another restaurant, Trigo, I was delighted by one of the most delicious sandwiches and homemade hummus ever. I basically licked the plate clean. If you’re going for lunch, be forewarned: they will run out of items the closer it gets to 3:00 pm. Get there early and eat until your heart’s content. Check them out: http://www.trigosfdeli.com/.

Seed cheese. Yum!

Seed cheese. Yum!

Zen garden.

Zen garden.

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The greatest place I found was the Lotus Cafe (http://zengardenmarket.com/). This place was a slice of heaven. I could have easily spent hours on their patio, listening to the waterfalls, and watching lizards. I enjoyed an “Alkalize Now” juice and the “Seed Cheese” appetizer. The seed cheese was really amazing, made simply from sunflower seeds and yummy garlic and whatnot. Go raw cheese! I wish I could have gone back a second time, but I will be back in the future.

#airbrush4eva

#airbrush4eva

Possibly the greatest thing that happened at the beach was getting an amazing airbrush shirt, complete with a unicorn and rainbow. What else do I need in life? Exactly. Only this will do as clothing from here on out.

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As this post clearly shows, I already miss the beach. Maybe I will make it a goal to get to the beach, any beach, once a year. It is worth your mental health to relax and dip your toes in the sand. I feel recharged, and suddenly ready to turn another year older on Saturday. If you need me, I’ll be wearing my airbrushed shirt under my work clothes for a while.

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