Saturday 3rd August 2013
I’M TURNING INTO MRS BORING AND I AM NOT LIKING IT ONE BIT. Staying at home and living on a non-budget limits my options and reduces me to potato-couch status.
We spent want seemed like half the day in the car touring universities for Triplet1. The first one, Florida International University was beautiful. The second was in a sketchy area and the third was a satellite site of a main campus that was located a further 90mins drive away. By that point I refused to drive any further. I’d already driven for 90 mins. That’s a lot of driving. In the UK, that’s practically from one side of London to, well, the other side I guess. Either way, it was enough for me.
We went to Sawgrass Mill. Depending on who you believe, it is either sw Florida’s biggest shopping mall or the entire world’s largest shop mall. My own view; it was a monster of a mall – bigger than any that I’d driven round. And that’s because driving around it was the nearest we got to it. There were no parking spaces. We made a few minor errors of judgement. First – it was back to school crazy shopping time. Second – it was the middle of a Saturday. Third (and this one’s the killer error) – it was tax-free week. After 30 minutes of effort, we admitted defeat and drove home. Note to self’: sturdy hiking shoes are recommended for anyone brave enough to tackle that beast. I’m not mad keen on huge shopping centres so I’ll probably not attempt the journey again.
I’m starting to visualise a future me, here in the US. It involves running a coffee shop with good music, wi-fi, comfy seats and decent coffee….. and lots of hand sanitisers. Plus, an entire selection of vegetarian options. Egg-free cakes, decent veggie sandwiches and salads as a matter of course and a range of healthy eating options. Anything fizzy, other than sparkling water would be banned. ‘Juice drinks’ also banned. Only pure 100% juice allowed.
On that note, I’m signing off for tonight.