This morning I asked Clayton what the temperature was and after reading our digital heating system (because we’re fancy), he quoted one of my favorite lines from Ron White’s You Can’t Fix Stupid album:

“There isn’t one. We are minus a temperature.”

Well, folks, we had a good run. If you need me, I’ll be buried under every blanket, scarf, and sweatshirt I own. I’ll see ya in the spring!

Clayton tried to take Joey for a walk last night, but they barely made it three houses down the street before he had to pick up our beagle and carry him back to the house. I didn’t think it was possible, but Joey’s more of a wimp about the cold than I am.

It’s a good thing I’m peacin’ out of here next week and heading for warmer weather!

Next week I’ll be traveling to San Diego for work and the last time I checked, it’s going to be in the mid-60s during my visit. That’s not hot by any means, but when it’s 0 degrees in Indiana, any else will feel like a trip to the desert. It's the first time I'm traveling by myself, and I'm kind of nervous about getting taken. I told Clayton to start looking for Liam Neeson's phone number now.

Then the week after next? I’m going to Disney World!

And I totally don’t mean, “Courtney, you just won the Super Bowl, what are you going to do next!?” kind of Disney World trip. I’m actually going to Disney World.

Because if there's one thing in my life I'm never going to do, it's win a Super Bowl.

So yes, I'll be going to Disney World for the very first time as a 30 year-old childless woman. I have it on good authority that this is actually the best way to experience Disney for the first time, so I'm pretty excited. One of my bestest girlfriends found an incredible deal on airfare (so incredible I had to ask, "So this airplane has like, wings and an engine, right?), and I couldn't resist. It's going to be a spontaneous, whirlwind of a trip and I love that I get to experience it with someone that inspires me so much. Brittany recently traveled to Iceland solo for no reason other than she found a great deal and wanted to go (I was worried about her getting taken the whole time, but she was totally fine).

I may or may not have subscribed to an online thread that posts recent Robin Hood character sightings at Magic Kingdom. The way I feel about potentially getting my picture taken with a giant, sweaty puppet of Robin Hood is how normal people probably feel about meeting Britney Spears or the Pope.

And do I even need to mention that we're going to NYC in March with my siblings-in-law? That's right, I'll be spending spring break scouting out every delicious bakery in Manhattan.  

Over this past weekend, Clay and I got together for a small dinner party with Dan and Emily. Us gals tried to make breakfast calzones, but the recipe was bogus and we ended up adding a box of frozen spinach and made a quiche instead. While eating, we revisited a conversation we had on New Year's Eve 2014 and started to iron out plans for going to France in the spring of 2017. Narrowing down dates made it all so real, I was too excited to fall asleep that night. 

I studied French from my sophomore year in high school all the way through college, and I feel like I owe it to Rick Steves to finally visit one of the castles or wineries he was always yammering about in his videos. 

Having so many great things on the horizon is really helping to keep my Winter Blues at bay. I'm definitely one of those people whose mood is greatly affected by the weather (and not being able to run right now has only amplified those feelings), so making plans for the immediate, near, and not-so-faraway future is a welcome distraction. 

I have a good feeling about 2016.


  1. San Diego is gorgeous! I was there this past August for work. The weather was beautiful. Next time I go, I want to try and get to the zoo. I hear it's pretty incredible.

    Disney World. is. amazing. I am also childless, and have been four times. Twice I went with school trips (once in high school, then once as a band staff member/chaperone), once with a friend from college, and the first time was with my parents when we went over Thanksgiving break when I was 12. It's equally as awesome as an adult as it is as a child. I love the roller coaster in Animal Kingdom, and also the Rockin' Roller Coaster in MGM....or whatever it's called now. Seriously, though. So much fun. I know you'll have a blast.

    And this thread you may or may not have subscribed to? They do that?? Robin Hood is one of my all-time favs! I wish I knew about that the last time I went!!


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