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10 totally random thoughts I’ve had since arriving in Florida last week

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vacation outfit: seersucker skirt and white t-shirt

01. Even although it’s been a few years now since I last visited this part of the world – and, even although I’m not actually from here – coming back still feels a bit like coming home. The Ponderosa is still next to the Bargain World, opposite the iHOP with the coldest aircon in all the land. You can still see the remains of Splendid China crumbling away by the side of the road. It’s tacky and garish, and all kinds of wonderful, and I still love everything about it. The way the heat wraps around you like a blanket as soon as you step off the plane. The smell of the air at night, and in the early morning. Those chocolate covered cherries you can get at Target, but which have never been quite as good as they were the first time. Everything.

02. I should probably stop eating the chocolate covered cherries for breakfast, though, tbh.

03.  Why does Max refer to Mickey Mouse as ‘Michael’? I mean, none of us told him Mickey was a diminutive of Michael, so how did he know? IS Michael his real name? MIND. BLOWN.

04. It’s a bit weird that American houses have power outlets in the bathroom (Not allowed in the UK…) but I’m not going to argue with the convenience of being able to dry my hair in the same room I wash it. (Also, props to me for bringing a European adaptor for my GHDs, rather than a US one: yay me!) (It’s OK, Terry remembered to bring the correct ones. He didn’t remember his wallet or driving licence, mind you, but at least we’re all set for plug adaptors.) (Still not over the wallet/driving licence thing, obvs.) (Or the fact that Terry somehow thought a photo of his driving licence would suffice with the car rental company. Like, if that was the case, I’d just take a photo of a $100 bill everywhere and be all, ‘Yeah, I don’t have the actual cash, but this’ll do, right?) (Why can’t I stop writing in parentheses, now? Will the rest of the post be like this? Someone help me!)

05. (On the subject of car rental companies, it turns out that Budget is budget for a reason, and the reason involves spending an hour and a half waiting for them to bring your car round, even although there’s no one else waiting at the time. I’ve written to them suggesting they adopt the tagline, “Budget: you get what you pay for!) (I haven’t. REALLY going to stop with the parentheses now.)

06. (YES, the rest of the post IS going to be like this, apparently. As Max would say, “Ohhhh NOOOOO!”

Bargain World on 192, Kissimmee
07. I’m old enough, and have been here often enough now, to remember tons of the lost and abandoned attractions that used to litter the 192: most of which were, quite frankly, NUTS. Like, if we bring Max here when he’s older, it won’t be so much as case of, “I remember when this was all fields,” as “I remember when this was all giant gators, sunken pirate ships and jousting tournaments.” Kissimmee, U drunk.

08. At least 50% of my child’s clothes, and almost all of his pyjamas have a Mickey Mouse theme of some kind. We’re probably not going to Disney. (Long story, but basically Max won’t nap in the pushchair, and we just can’t justify the cost of park tickets for the few hours we’d be able to spend there before we had to head back for naptime. We wouldn’t see much in a day if we had to keep leaving and then going back, so we reckon the best way to do it would be with park hopper tickets, which are a bit too pricey for us, especially given that I’m the only one who really wants to go…)

Max in his Mickey Mouse pjs
09. Is it even a holiday if the fake tan on your feet doesn’t go patchy on day 1?







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  • Jennifer
    May 20, 2019

    I think vacation locations that feel like home are interesting because they don’t all feel that way. Some are just a nice vacation. My husband and I feel that way about London (I’m saying London but I actually mean anywhere close to London that you can easily reach by train. That is just long and awkward to say though.) But why London? It is about as far from our small-town America life as you can get. I don’t know. It just feels right.
    My daughter and I are visiting Scotland in August. Your blog bears some responsibility for my desire to go. All the castles! The beautiful scenery! I can’t wait and am currently researching day trips by train from Glasgow.

  • Mary Katherine
    May 20, 2019


    I know lots of people do it, but I think you’d be insane to take a toddler that small to Disney for the day. They don’t have either the stamina or know enough about what’s going on to possibly make it worth it. Enjoy that heat and let it seep into your bones – to carry you through another chilly Scottish summer.
    I always assumed GOT was on the UK during normal time – how great that you got to watch the finale during civilized hours! I know a lot of people didn’t, but I LOVED the ending.
    I’ll be chuckling about Michael Mouse the rest of the afternoon!

  • Lori
    May 21, 2019

    Amber, glad you and your family are enjoying Florida. My husband and I go to the Destin area often and to my personal favorite Palm Beach. I have a dear friend who lives on Anna Maria Island. Florida is just an entirely different lifestyle. If I lived there, I’d never want to go to work!!

  • Dominika
    May 21, 2019

    On the subject of power outlets, it’s also very common in Poland (where I’m from) and Germany to have them in the bathroom (because of that it’s common to have your washing machine in the bathroom and not kitchen, which makes sense because why would you want your dirty laundry next to your food). It surprises me though because I thought it being the EU the rules would be the same everywhere.

AD | We’re spending a few days at @highlandheatherlodges in beautiful Perthshire, for what Terry is optimistically referring to as his ‘birthday week’. (I say ‘optimistically’ - we’re only here for three days, and his birthday was yesterday, but don’t stop believing, Terry!)⁣
There’s a hot tub for us and a playpark for Max, so needless to say, we’re having a fantastic time, and I’m already dreading having to leave. Today’s big question: can I pass as an under-12, so I qualify for a pony ride at the nearby wildlife centre? 🤔 (On second thoughts, don’t answer that one...)⁣
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AD | Time for a quick game of “Where’s Amber?”⁣
It’s another rainy Monday, so I’m throwing it back to our trip to @universalorlando ‘s amazing Volcano Bay water park last month. I’m a bit of a scaredy when it comes to water flumes, but this park had tons of stuff for pretty much everyone: plenty of rides for me, and an amazing splash pad for Max 👶In fact, I’d still be on The Fearless River right now if I possibly could be. Still, doing the laundry and turning the heating on will be just as good, right? Right?! 🌋 🏊‍♀️ .
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AD | Time for a...

Good news! We took Max to hospital this morning, and saw two different surgeons, who agreed there was no need to go ahead with the surgery as his lip is healing really well on its own 😅  He’ll definitely have a scar, unfortunately, but that would’ve been the case whether he’d had the surgery or not, and if it turns out to be worse than anticipated, we’ll have the option to have it corrected under local anaesthetic when he’s older. ⁣
I’m still really upset that this happened in the first place, obviously, but so relieved that we don’t have to put him through a general anaesthetic, and just incredibly grateful that it wasn’t anything worse. I know some parents have to deal with much more serious stuff than this, and my heart goes out to you all: it’s been a rough couple of days, and I’m really grateful to everyone who took the time to comment on yesterday’s post - your stories were so comforting when I was panicking yesterday ❤️ ⁣
(Old photo, obviously: every time Max sees the selfie camera, he thinks it’s going to be one of those filters where you open your mouth and something happens 😂)⁣
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Good news! We took Max...

Totally unrelated photo, but we’ve just spent the morning in Accident & Emergency with Max, who fell on the path outside the house and split his lip open 😥 ⁣
They tried to stitch it up at A&E, but it was totally impossible with him awake, so they’ve booked him in to have it done under general anaesthetic tomorrow ... Max is absolutely fine: the bleeding stopped quickly, he doesn’t seem to be in pain, and is just his normal, happy little self. I, on the other hand, am a complete wreck: the plastic surgeon he saw today reckons if we don’t have it fixed, his lip will be crooked when it heals, but I’m absolutely *terrified* of the thought of my baby having to have a GA. ⁣
If you’re a long-time follower, you might know that I have a full-blown phobia of general anaesthetic (I literally had an elective c-section in order to eliminate the possibility of an emergency one, which might have had to be done under GA), so I just can’t get my head to accept that it’s safe and he’ll be fine 😥 ⁣
Positive stories and advice very welcome: I’m just so terrified, I can’t even imagine how to get through the next 24 hours 😥😥😥

Totally unrelated photo, but we’ve...

#throwbackthursday to last week, when I needed a sunhat and SPF 50 to leave the house, rather than the current raincoat and wellies situation. Can you tell the post-holiday blues are still in full swing over here? 🌧 .
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#throwbackthursday to last week, when...

I posted this on Stories over the weekend, but he looked so cute in it I figured it deserved a spot on the grid, too! This is Max all ready for his friend Eleah’s 1st birthday party on Saturday: despite the jetlag and his continuing obsession with doors of all kinds (He had an entire soft play at his disposal, but he mostly just wanted to open and close the gate into it...) he had an absolute ball, and spent the whole drive home shouting, “HAPPY! HAPPY!” Thanks to @thestirlingstyle for a great party 🥳 🎈 🎉 . (Oh, and that’s his hairbrush in his hand - boy likes to look his best 😉)
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10 totally random thoughts I’ve had since arriving in Florida last week