I may not be sailing the ocean blues but I’m still travelling.
After our many issues with the boat we had no option but to have it placed in a marina until we could have it fixed. Until further notice we are living in hotels for the next few months. I don’t mind, I really enjoy staying at hotels. But what child/teen doesn’t?
Speaking of being a teen, I just realized something that is insane. I’m starting 8th grade this August, that means I’m one year away from high school! Highschool! My mind is blown.
Even though I technically start school in August that doesn’t mean I haven’t done any schoolwork this summer. Using FLVS (Florida Virtual School) I have been given the opportunity to take Geometry over the summer so that I can take Algebra 2 during 8th grade. It’s bittersweet. On one hand I’m getting ahead in school, on the other… I’m doing school over summer.
But I’ve been doing a lot besides school this summer. I’ve travelled to Mississippi, where I used to live and got to visit with old friends. While I was there, I also got to eat amazing food. I’m a foodie so I must mention it. There’s a restaurant in Mississippi called Cotton Blues that probably had some of the best fried chicken I have ever had. The restaurant had skillet cookies (the best kind of cookies) and homemade pickles. Yum.
We have a friend in Mississippi named Hampton that owns a restaurant named Sully’s that specializes in delicious steaks. We wet to his house while we were there, and he grilled us some prime ribeye. Anyone who does that for me, is a friend for life. We did go to his restaurant as well, though someone in our group of 15 paid for that meal too. People in Mississippi are so generous.
The day after my mom and I started heading to Missouri so we could visit my grandparents. While we were there I baked, hugged, helped, read, etc. Besides hanging out with my grandma the number one thing I did was write in my Whatever Journal. Which is basically a journal where I write or do whatever I want to do with it. Sooner or later it just turned into a quote book. I would ask people their favorite quotes and dedicate a page to each. I would write MY favorite quotes like-
“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon,” or
“An eye for an eye makes the world go blind,” or
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
One of the peaks of the trip was when I got to meet up with one of my friends from a camp, I went to for two years during the summer. She and I were setting up this trip for long before my parents knew. When they did find out my mom took it over and planned it out more smoothly and with less waste of my and my friend’s money.
My friend was from out of state, so my mom and I drove almost two hours from St. Louis to meet her and her parents halfway in Indiana. But it was so worth it. She and I got to sleepover at my aunt’s house and we would do activities during the day. My favorite out of all the things we did was going to Elephant rocks, which is basically what it sounds like. It’s a park with huge rocks that are so fun to climb on. She and I are both very outdoorsy, so it was the perfect thing to do.
And then we met back up with her mom to drop her off. Right now, I’m stuck in traffic on the way back to my grandma’s after dropping my friend off. The street is backed up because water is overflowing from the fields it’s not supposed to be in anyway and the water is a foot above the street. Sometimes I have a large distaste for Missouri.