Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, 2016

Our annual trip to Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.

I was maxed out on vacation time at work (couldn’t accrue any more until I used some), so taking the week off worked out perfectly for me. Jill and Eve had walked the Space Coast Half Marathon together on Sunday morning, so they were definitely ready for plenty of relaxation too.

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Near the end of January, Jill and Lily Pup walked the Pet Rescue By Judy 5K. (Well, Jill walked it, and Lily rode in her fancy puppy stroller.)

At the very end of January, Jill walked the Lady Track Shack 5K and the Celebration Half Marathon. It was a crazy weekend because, in addition to a special guest appearance from Valerie, we had lots of visitors spending the weekend here:

  • Indiana Eve
  • Heidi
  • Tami
  • Miami Eve
  • Jen Litwin

We had one person in the small guest bedroom, three people in the large guest bedroom, and poor Jen got a sofa and had to put up with the cats bothering her.

Indiana Eve then stayed an extra few days with us, and I had some time off work so we got to spend some time catching up on a list of things I wanted to show her:

  • Windows 10 (she was unimpressed)
  • The “Kaiju Fury” virtual-reality video in Google Cardboard (she was impressed)
  • The Stanley Parable (after having played Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald, she enjoyed this)
  • 1Password (in an attempt to keep her sanity)
  • Elegy For A Dead World, a video game that’s really a creative writing story prompt (she enjoyed it more than I did)
  • How to set a custom Minecraft skin (so she no longer looks like Steve)
  • Both soundtracks to Minecraft (they’re really quite good)
  • The second season of the TV series “Galavant” (we caught up on the whole thing)

And I also took her on a trip to Let Us Frame It to pick up some posters we’d had framed, to Track Shack to get her fitted for a new pair of running shoes, and to Skycraft Surplus because they just have all kinds of neat electronic and mechanical junk.

The only thing we had to save ’til next time is that we’re going to teach her how to play Settlers of Catan.


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This weekend, Jill and I are spending a little time away. We’re in a cabin at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campgrounds. It’s a great room, cozy yet comfortable.

My family came here in ’85: Mom, Dad, me, and little brother John. We rented a canoe and paddled around the lake for a while, and eventually crashed (gently) into the center support structure of the nearby pedestrian bridge. Above is a photo that I took yesterday. Thankfully, the bridge is still standing.

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