I’m officially 25 as of August 6th…… Which has been a really weird age for me to turn…. I’m half way done with my 20s…. I swear I’m starting to notice wrinkles on my forehead! HaHa! This birthday was a bit different this year…. I had an unfortunate event happen prior to my birthday which almost ruined my birthday plans. On August 1st a coworker had to rush me to instacare from work. A few days prior to going to instacare I was having severe pain in my back/kidney area… but me being me just suffered through it and said I was fine just a bit uncomfotable… I have a hard time telling when I need to go to the ER because I have a pretty high tolerance for physical pain. Then Thursday came around and I had to clock out of work and lay down on the floor in my office… after about an hour of laying on the ground I realized it was time to see what was going on….. Turns out I had a very severe kidney infection in both my kidneys. I totally have sympathy now when you see kidney shots in movies. The doctor was pretty shocked I was able to last as long as I did without coming in to seek medical help. When I got in I had a temperature over 101, was nauseous, headache, and I wanted to rip the sides off of my body. The doctor gave me some antibiotics and more or less put me on bed rest for 5 days to avoid me having to have my kidney ultrasounds and a needle stuck into me to help drain out the bacteria. On Monday I was still in just as much pain (keep in mind my birthday was the following day). Then I got a call from the nurse who said that said the culture they did of my kidney showed that the bacteria was immune to the antibiotics I was on and so they switched my antibiotics. I then went to my own primary care physician to get more tests ran. Unfortunately on my birthday I was still in pain and wasn’t allowed to drink alcohol (Happy birthday to me). Thankfully though I was feeling pretty good by the weekend which is when I had a trip to Florida planned from the 8th to the 11th. I was really glad I was recovered by then and that the doctor gave me the OK to be on a plane and go.
My maternal grandmother won the price for best birthday card:
I had booked my flight rather early in the morning so we could be in Florida for as long as possible. Probably wasn’t the best idea to stay up late the day before. Only running on a couple hours of sleep having to go through airport security is not a good combination. The first flight was rather uneventful. I switched plans in Texas and the lady that sat next to me on the plane was borderline having a mid-life-crisis. After tossing back a few beers, all before 10am, she offered me vicodin and other pills prescribed to her in addition to divulged her whole life story of how she was going to Florida to decide if she wanted to divorce her husband of +10 years. It made for a pretty entertaining flight. She also mention that Mormons are weird when she heard I was flying out of Utah which I thought was hysterical. “I knew a Mormon in high school…. REALLY WEIRD and awkward girl… Nice, I guess… They believe in some crazy shit!”
Once I got to Florida I picked up my rental car (super nice) and made my way on Tamiami Trail to the hotel in Punta Gorda. I was on the top floor and it was crazy how many dragonflies were out my window just flying around up there. I have never seen anything like that before as far as dragonflies go. There seriously were probably 100 of them.
One evening I went and had dinner and a few drinks at their bar/restaurant. It was pretty good. I got some sort of shrimp dish. Their beer on draft was amazing and I really liked their long island iced teas. They also have this little Tiki Bar out by the harbor with music. The sunset was amazing to watch on the harbor. I absolutely loved where I stayed.
If you want to do a budget conscience trip when it comes to food, is a great supermarket in Florida. It has a lot of healthy food options which was really nice. I’m not sure if it is because publix is an employee-owned company or if it is just Florida, but the employees there are super nice and friendly. I look forward to when they expand more in the west.
The beaches in Florida are amazing. Walking into the ocean there was like walking into bath water. Absolutely amazing! I went to a remote little beach one day and a big crowded beach the day I left. Both were really nice but I only took pictures at the remote beach. The weather the day I went to the remote beach was crazy. It went from pouring rain to sunny multiple time. Even when it was stormy it was warm and beautiful.
One of the primary reasons I went to Florida was to take a tour of The Venus Project located on a 21.5-acre Research Center located in Venus, Florida started by Jacque Fresco and his partner Roxanne Meadows.
What is The Venus Project? (Taken from The Venus Project About page)
The Venus Project is an organization that proposes a feasible plan of action for social change, one that works towards a peaceful and sustainable global civilization. It is a straightforward redesign of our culture in which the age-old inadequacies of war, poverty, hunger, debt and unnecessary human suffering are viewed not only as avoidable, but as totally unacceptable. The Venus Project advocates the transition from a monetary-based society to the eventual realization of a resource-based global economy. The Venus project realizes to make the transition from our present culture, which is politically incompetent, scarcity-oriented and obsolete, to this new, more humane society will require a quantum leap in both thought and action.
It was really amazing to meet both Jacque and Roxanne and have the opportunity to hear them talk about The Venus Project, see their architectural designs, and to ask questions.