Wednesday, December 21, 2016
This has been our recent weather in Jacksonville -- gray and foggy. We got a front yesterday that brought the temperature down and left me shivering in my shorts and sweatshirt. I may have to break out my London jacket!
But then, we're driving south today, so maybe things won't be quite so chilly down there.
Our original plan was to leave Jacksonville and go straight to Bradenton to see Dave's parents. But they're still on their way down from Michigan, so we're going to take an extra day for a slow drive through Central Florida and maybe some sightseeing. We'll get to Bradenton tomorrow, after his parents have arrived. Our cruise, for which we will drive back to Tampa, begins on Friday.
Yesterday Dave, my mom, my brother and I all went to see "Rogue One," the new Star Wars movie. It was good, with spectacular visual effects, but why do mass-market movies have to be so relentlessly go-go-go these days? Are viewer attention spans that short? God forbid we should pause, amid all the laser fire, for character development. I don't think I've ever seen a movie where so many people die onscreen.
And of course, we ate. Restaurant portions seem ridiculously HUGE. Yesterday I got an omelette that must have contained five eggs, and Dave's hamburger was the size of a tea saucer. When I ordered conch fritters at a seafood restaurant on Monday night they arrived as big as lemons. I'm feeling overfed and our cruise hasn't even started!