Catching Up with Old Friends

Dr. Cindita (on the left) was in town briefly on Friday.  I met up with her and our friend, D, for some Charlie and Jake’s carryout at the hospital.  D recently returned to work as a physical therapy manager at our local hospital.  She had her second son in May and just started back to work after her maternity leave.  D could not take a super long lunch break so we brought lunch to her.

A brief note about Charlie and Jake’s…  Barbecue is definitely a regional thing.  People are loyal to their barbecue.  This was never more apparent than when I was stuck Texas barbecue for five years.

“This is not barbecue!”  I would declare.

Where were the fried okra, garlic toast and sweet potato chips?  Where were the brown sugar baked beans?  Where was the sweet sauce?  What the heck was brisket?!

Charlie and Jake’s is a Brevard County institution.  It’s wonderful!  Their pulled pork is to die for!  Seriously.  When you don’t have it on a regular basis you crave it like crazy.  This was the case for Dr. Cindita, who lives in San Francisco where they might not even have such a thing as barbecue…

All Dr. C wanted on Friday was the barbecue she grew up with.  That and a spin around Publix.  I was happy to oblige.

After we returned D back to her office and took care of Dr. Cindita’s Publix fix, we it our pool.  I sliced some fresh oranges to go in our Syfo on the rocks while Dr. C and I relaxed in the warm water.  We caught up on the gossip of our lives for an hour or so before she had to hit the road again.

It was such a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.  I’m so glad I got to spend time with my friends for a while.

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Fort Wilderness

Last week I received a text from my best buddy from back in the day, Dr. Cindita.  It said that she would be making a brief layover in Central Florida on her way to St. Kitts.  Would we be willing to meet up with her and her extended family for a cookout at their cabin at Ft. Wilderness?  If so, could we bring some paper plates, chips, salsa, lawn chairs, bug spray and an iPod docking station?

It’s been almost exactly a year since I’ve seen Dr. Cindita.  Too long!  I have missed her.  So, I immediately texted back with an emphatic YES!  We would be there with all of the supplies.

We were also excited to meet Dr. Cindita’s newest addition, Biscuit.  Biscuit is sweet little puppy that she and her husband found at a farmer’s market.  He’s what they are calling a CHUGAPOO…  Which would be part chihuahua, part pug and part poodle.  Whatever he his, he is precious!

Here’s their awkward family photo:

The cabin, as it turns out, was a glorified single-wide.  A darn nice, Disney-fied single-wide.  It accommodated our little party perfectly.  The boys especially loved climbing up on the bunk beds.  It would have been all over if I showed them how the Murphy bed worked in the living room though.  They would not have left it alone.  🙂

It was so great catching up with old friends if only for a few hours over grilled meats, s’mores and red wine in mason jars.  Life gets busy and money gets so tight lately that a year or more can go by before you see your out-of-state friends.  You have to grab these brief moments to see one another when you can.  I’m so glad we were able to do just that!

Happy early birthday, Dr. C!  Love you!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

My friend and former co-worker, Pam, contacted me last week about their upcoming trip to Orlando.  Her daughter turns the big 5 on October 21st so they headed down here from West Virginia to celebrate.  Luckily, we had a clear schedule on Sunday and were able to drive over to meet them at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The weather finally cooled off here which made the day very enjoyable.  The kids and I were completely comfortable in jeans all day long.  Hooray for fall weather!  J opted for shorts because he’s crazy like that.

It was so nice to see old friends and hang out at the park.  Wildman’s favorite ride was Star Tours.  Cutie Pie enjoyed Honey I Shrunk the Kids and Toy Story Mania.  I must admit that Toy Story Mania was my favorite as well.  J thoroughly enjoyed the live action stunt show.

We stayed to watch the Fantasmic light and firework show then headed home.  Both boys were out like a light on the way home.  Now I’m facing a week without J.  He’ll be in DC all week for work.

I hope this week goes by fast!