I did not die or fall off where the sidewalk ends. I did have an excess of busy and tired, and I went on vacation and then I returned to busyness, though less.

Mottern One held down the fort, Central Command.

I’m happy to tell you that I wasn’t near as sick on this trip as I usta be. My anxiety and my vertigo did not win. I was a little wobbly when we stopped one time, but I was generally okay. I drove through traffics, alongside semis and barrels and barriers and I was okay. Not once did I have to pray for solace or remind myself to breathe. Not once did I consider squinting my eyes shut and driving off a mountainside to make it stop.


I don’t hate the drive like The Mister does. He hates it. He is destination oriented and I am journey oriented. On my own, road trips with my kids were adventures, and took twice as long, but were more fun, cause stop and smell the kudzu or whatever.

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Sergeant Mottern makes travel serious and shit. I am happy to say, he showed great restraint on this trip.

Vacation was HOT. It just be’d hot all the time. Just hot. People ask, “How was vacation?”

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Moo never complained of hot, and Sassy even commented one morning it was chilly outside (71F/21C). The Mister handles it better than I do physiologically, but he hates the hot, too. Hot. All the time, hot.

The best spot in my mother’s house is the standing-room-only one over the air vent.

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Yes, Vent. Do it to me. Mmm.

My parents have this sorta oasis of shade. They live out there like the zerds. It’s a screen-y, blind-y, artsy, porch-type thing, with beautiful landscaping. Papa had me sittin in his spot there, where the fan blew on me constantly, but I still dripped with sweat all the whole time I was outdoors.

SO my mother made me margaritas.

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My mommy loves me. And that’s why I went to south Florida on vacation.

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75 Responses to Hi

  1. eschudel says:

    Sounds like you had a very nice time, in spite of the heat. Nice to see you back!

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  2. Survived to tell the tale.

    Sorry you didn’t acclimate.

    I spent most of my vacations growing up in Acapulco. It was hot and a bit sweaty (possibly NOT as bad as Florida) when we arrived, but we were okay (as kids) pretty soon.

    Mother got the margaritas.

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  3. JT Twissel says:

    I’ve been MIA as well – computer problems, step-mother’s death, mother going into AL, just plain who cares mood! Glad at least you got a vacation out of your MIA time!

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  4. Susan says:

    Yep, it’s hot here.

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  5. orbthefirst says:

    WOOHOO vacation! Glad you enjoyed it, youve been missed.

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  6. Benson says:

    So glad you had fun and some relaxation. Even though it was HOT. That is a good looking rita; welcome home.

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  7. Welcome back, Joey. You were missed. πŸ™‚ That humid heat in Florida is killer, I must agree, but least you had margaritas. That makes life much better. I’m heading out soon for vacation, but as I’m going to about 7,000′ altitude in Wyoming (where it just snowed yesterday, no kidding!!), I’m ot at all worried about getting overheated. In fact, I’ll take a bit of that heat so that things dry out and the horses can be brought up the mountain and we can ride!!

    I admit that I love driving and look forward to the two-day drive on my own. (Rest of family to follow.) I hope that your upcoming week back will be absolutely wonderful and just the right temperature.


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  8. Bill says:

    South FL? Glad you got all vacationed and are well recovered.

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  9. LindaGHill says:

    I’d totally go for the love an’ the margarita. Even with the hot.
    Happy to have you back, though. ❀

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  10. bikerchick57 says:

    Your mom and dad are the best, taking care of their sweaty daughter. And I’m glad that the drive didn’t make anyone crazy or dizzy. You should do these trips in February, when hot would feel good.

    Welcome back, busy lady. I hope you have a breathe-easy week at work.

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    • joey says:

      I agree – cept – No time in February. No time til summer. School and sports and music. 3 more years πŸ˜‰
      I’m so glad we went!


  11. ghostmmnc says:

    haha! The air vent I’m sure was so refreshing! Glad you had a wonderful visit and vacation! πŸ˜‰

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  12. loisajay says:

    Yay! You are back. Oh, yes–journey oriented always. Hot? I always have to laugh at Robin Williams in ‘Good Morning Vietnam’: ” How hot is it? Hot. Damn hot!” Welcome back, Joey.

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  13. scr4pl80 says:

    Noticed you were gone. Glad you had a good time, even if hot. Welcome back.

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  14. Tara says:

    Vacation: YAY!
    Hot: BOO!
    Less anxiety: WINNING!

    I had a similar experience (less anxiety) lately. It’s most awesome. Ya know, I think I’ll have to keep driving myself to the beach, though, just to make sure anxiety doesn’t get stronger again.


  15. darsword says:

    So glad you’re back and managed to survive it better than in the past. Here in the desert, it hasn’t been hot. Mostly still dripping water at night! I can’t believe it is June! I feel the same about road trips. LOVE ‘EM for the adventure and journey. I hate having to travel with a time element for the destination. I love stopping and enjoying the new places,

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  16. Dan Antion says:

    I’m glad this worked as well as it did. Traffic and hot are hard to overcome. Sounds like you did good. A mother’s love, a cool breeze and a strong drink should fix anything.

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  17. marianallen says:

    Missed you SO HARD!!!!! Even the Instagrams didn’t make up for no Joey reads. What are zerds?

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  18. John Holton says:

    I was wondering where you were! I figured you were okay because you posted to Instagram.

    Mary and I are both types of traveler. It’s all about the trip until we get about an hour from the destination.

    Glad you’re back!

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  19. Welcome home – we missed you. πŸ™‚
    You mommy loves you and I love your mom – mmmmargaritas!
    Speaking of sweating – I’m already in anxiety mode anticipating a long road trip first of September. I’d rather take the scenic route and maybe an overnight stop – but he, the driver, wants to save costs and time.

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  20. Joanne Sisco says:

    Yay! For a holiday,
    Yay! For visiting Mom & Dad.
    Yay! For a happy, uneventful drive getting there.
    Yay! For cold air vents.
    Yay! For margaritas.

    Boo. For hot. All the time. Hot.

    The Yays! have it 5-1 πŸ™‚

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  21. Welcome back! I’m so glad your drive wasn’t so awful, and there were perks (read margaritas!)

    I love your Mom’s glasses and her margarita looks very cold and refreshing.

    I don’t know how my Mom does it with all the humidity, and hot in FL. I don’t do well in humid, hot, and sticky all the time. Gimme just Hot, and warm and I’m happy. Gotta be a “dry heat” though. 😊

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  22. Norm 2.0 says:

    Welcome back πŸ™‚
    I’d travel if someone else was makin’/supplyin’ the margaritas.

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  23. Rivergirl says:

    My other half is just like yours… point A to point B as fast as you can, no stopping. Where’s the fun in that?
    As for Florida in June? Glad you enjoyed your visit but for me? Hells no. There aren’t enough margaritas in the state to make me endure that kind of heat.

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  24. Hi! And cheers to mothers! They know and love us and we love them and mine celebrates today. ❀ Glad to hear of good, albeit hot holidays!

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  25. Prior... says:

    Ok – so the margarita glass with trees and then trees in the back – artsy and wonderful photo
    Glad your vacay was refreshing and the post was fun to read – like the opening shot of your Mr πŸ˜Šβ˜€οΈ

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  26. markbialczak says:

    Welcome back, Joey. Home. Here. Missed you!

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  27. Sounds hot, and humid. My two least favorite things. Margaritas, nice landscaping, and shade sound nice though.

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  28. Jewels says:

    Hi Joey! So happy to see a post from you – and see that you ‘didn’t die or fall off where the sidewalk ends’ πŸ˜‰

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  29. Glad you are back, Joey!! Thank goodness you are still breathing! I can not tolerate hot anymore. Good thing you love your Mom to brave Florida. I give you the Bravado Award. 🌟🌟🌟

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  30. larva225 says:

    I’m so glad y’all had a good trip!!!🌴🌴🌴

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  31. Amy says:

    I’m glad you weren’t near as sick this vacation! I hate the driving past semis!! I did let Miss Sunshine do some driving on the backroads through central Florida, but not on the roads big enough to be filled with semis. I like to find the shady, breezy spots. Those margaritas look delish!! I’m glad you had a good visit. πŸ™‚

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  32. Welcome home. Maybe. Do you miss the HOT yet? And that journey vs the destination thing? Normal female/male behaviour. The Husband always drives if he is in the car and no matter how urgently I exclaim “Oh look! There’s a winery/brewery/cidery/distillery/cheese factory!” he will not stop until we reach our destination. So the boys and I frequently made day trips without him. πŸ˜›

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    • joey says:

      Word. Do you know how many times I’ve driven back to a location he wouldn’t stop for on the way to or fro? LOL πŸ˜€
      I do know some women that are the destination oriented sort, but I’d say it’s more male than not!

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  33. JoAnna says:

    I’m glad you’re okay and home safe. Sounds like you had a good time seeing your bigger family. When we go the mountains, I’ve started going a slightly longer way that is more relaxing than the interstate. Husband has even decided he likes it since it’s only takes like 20 minutes longer. Instead of being on I-40 for 4 hours, we’re on it for 5 minutes during which my whole body is tense, but then I take a deep breath when the 5 minutes is over. I hope you get to go to Florida when it’s cooler.

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    • joey says:

      Thank you!
      I think cooler months are ideal to steal away to somewhere warm, but we can’t go then, cause kids. Give us a few years πŸ˜‰
      That’s smart about your trip! I’m more of a secondary road person, but due to time restraints… well, it’s already 18 hours’ drive.


  34. Anxious Mom says:

    Thank god for the icy boozy concoctions. It’s funny, when we went on our cruise, it was cooler and less humid there than in SC. Fuck humidity.


  35. Laura says:

    Your mommy *really* loves you!

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