this thursday we've got some friends coming down from jersey for a little visit. and so will begin an 11 day vacation for the papa. and then next week I've got spring break (one of the main reasons returning to work for me meant back to working with kids.... spring break, summer break, winter break... they all still happen even though I'm a grown up! not about to let go of that) and we'll head down to (hopefully, maybe) sunny warm florida for a few days to visit with my beloved grandmother, uncles and aunts, and my grandpa joe. I'm planning on eating, visiting, and making a visit to a gulf coast beach for the first time in many many years. it's been a long while, so if anyone out there has recommendations for a laid back gulf coast beach (greater tampa bay area) experience, I'm all ears.