Time for a rant that’s going to be entirely too long.
Well, we stayed at a place that I now blatantly refer to as a “roach” motel. Tate and I actually saw a roach one morning while Christopher was on a breakfast run.
Also, the Wi-Fi at the Red Roof Inn SUCKED. I could access the internet here and there, but for the most part, I only got low signal that went out in a minute or two, and sometimes, even when I connected, I couldn’t do anything on the network.
Do not advertise “Free Wi-Fi” when your “Wi-Fi” is the equivalent of having “free running water” when what you mean is that you have a leak in the attic. Yes, the water is free and running, but it’s effectively worth nothing.
The motel room smelled like a combination of mildew and cigarettes; Chris even bought Febreeze to try to get rid of the smell. I’ve stayed in a lot of motel rooms, but none that smelled as awful as this one.
The clerk also told Chris that the pool was “heated.” Of course, not having been born yesterday, I knew that was complete and utter horse manure. I ventured to the pool while we were out and about, and yup, the water was ICY.
Oh, and the motel room bathroom? It was easily the size of an Easy Bake Oven. I’ve been in a lot of motels and hotels, but again, I don’t recall the bathrooms ever being THAT small.
So, on to the food.
I ate at Denny’s for the first time in my life, twice in one day, for Breakfast and Lunch. The food is pretty much okay, but the lunch tortilla was supposed to come with sour cream and pico de gallo; they served it with ranch dressing instead.
The breakfast skillet consisting of egg whites and various vegetables was okay and would’ve been better had it not been so bland.
The best place from which we got food was a place called “Boston’s,” a pizza and sports bar. I had some kind of mac and cheese from there, and yup, they knew what they were doing.
Monday, we arrived, and Chris’s family came by the motel room to visit us. By his family, I mean Granny, Mom, and Sister.
Tuesday, the family came by again, and we ventured to the beach for about an hour. Afterward, we went to Boston’s to get the delicious food. I think Chris’s brother and nephew came by that day, too.
Wednesday, we had the whole Denny adventure. I don’t think we ate anywhere that night, though, just leftovers from Burger King breakfast runs.
Thursday, we went to the river walk in downtown Jacksonville and went shopping. We stopped at the food court, and I also had “Zoltar” the mechanical fortune teller tell me a fortune for a dollar.
Oh, well, the fortune was pretty ridiculous.
I had a slice of New York-style pizza at the Food Court served up by some of the friendliest and most efficient people we met in Jacksonville- that was definitely some of the best food I had all week.
Friday, we went to Mom’s house and went walking around noon, and then we came back to eat a lunch of fruit, cheese, and olives and to watch the Disney movie “Frozen.” That night, when Chris’s stepdad returned home from work, we all went out to eat at Golden Corral. I haven’t been there in probably ten years, and I gravitated toward the fish and the macaroni and cheese, of course.
Today, there had been talk about going to the zoo with Chris’s cousins, but it was supposed to rain (and I prayed that it would), so we skipped all that in exchange for just returning home.
AND in the middle of all that, we acquired his sister’s blue merle chihuahua whom we’ve dubbed “Angelo.” He’s currently adjusting to his new home.
So, that was my week- I didn’t cook once.
Oh, yeah, and the kids (Tate and Dakota) were really loud and screaming all week. Yeesh.
I guess I didn’t rant as much as I thought I would. Hmm. Good for me! And now, back to real life so I can start cooking.