In the Wild


I had absolutely no voice yesterday, so I was whispering and using (made-up) sign language all day. I did feel better physically though! Thank you all for your well wishes and prayers. Y’all are sweeter than cream cheese frosting on red velvet cake (when in the South…).

I accomplished close to nothing yesterday, but that’s what vacation is all about, right? Actually, I always feel slightly guilty whenever my days pass and I haven’t done something work-like-productive. That feeling is bogus though, because a) life is too short to always be doing work, b) it’s winter break, c) I did a lot yesterday anyway!

Breakfast was a delicious green smoothie consisting of:

  • ½ c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ⅓ c. 2% Greek yogurt
  • ½ c. oats
  • cinnamon and nutmeg
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1 heaping tbsp. peanut butter
  • half a frozen banana
  • a crapton of spinach

All blended up and eaten out of a huge mug with a spoon and Honey Nut Cheerios on top for crunch!


I made a run to Publix for a few food items that we don’t really need, but that we would like to have for some recipe experimentation. Ahem, crepes.

Although my body wasn’t feeling 100% yesterday, I still managed to get in some moves, which felt awesome after two days off due to feeling crappy. I did Jen’s “cookie crusher” workout, using light weights for some of the exercises. I took it slow and listened to my body extra carefully.

I also did some shoulder strength exercises later in the evening. Ooof the soreness in my shoulders is REAL, especially after this external rotation exercise. 5 lb. dumbbells never burned so much.

Lunch was composed of three of my favorite things— toast, avocado, and runny eggs. It’s an extremely close second to the peanut butter + banana combination, I must admit.

Carrots and hummus on the side!


I did some relaxing blog reading and Food Network watching as I ate lunch, and then Ben came downstairs from his slumber (he’s completely, literally nocturnal) to eat. He asked me if I wanted to join him for a hike at the Disney Wildlife Preserve, which would essentially involve a 2 mile trail walk on flat land.

Count me in!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with b5 preset

He’s so sick of my picture-taking.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

I feel like I wear this EVERY time I go hiking.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

You can see the Disney influence on bench design.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

We didn’t see any wildlife that wasn’t a plant, except for a couple tiny frogs and a lizard that wasn’t even on the reserve land itself. Other people logged in animal sightings of creatures such as a young gator and a bobcat. What?!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

We figured that we didn’t get to see many animals because we went in the late afternoon when the sun was bright and hot. We saw this little fella only barely because he camouflaged so well.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

And then this lizard on the sidewalk. Remember when one of these got into our house?

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

I found three sandhill cranes in their natural habitat though.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

It was a beautiful, warm walk with brother Ben!

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Back at home, I ate snacks, did some Instagram stalking, helped mom clean, and then ate dinner. I had Laotian sausage with sticky rice and a side salad. Plus bites and nibbles of other foods.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Then the ol’ classic— dried figs and Greek yogurt for dessert.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Our guests were at a water park all day, so they came home in the evening and we played some board games before going to sleep. Or at least, before they went to sleep. I’m typing this at 2 AM because I procrastinate when there’s nothing to procrastinate.

Also, I think my sickness has traveled to my nose, so I’ve lost my sense of taste. I just had a chunk of frozen banana and some almonds, and I could not taste the flavor of either at all. Sadness.

Today, I work! Work=studying my manual for BU tour guiding, reading, and just not watching youtube videos all night.

Happy New Years Eve Eve 🙂

So tell me:

Do you feel like you have to be doing something productive more often than not?

What is the wildest animal you’ve seen in nature?

For me, maybe a deer. I don’t get out into the wilderness that often.

What did you eat for lunch yesterday?


14 thoughts on “In the Wild

  1. so glad you’re feeling a little better Alison! Disney looks amazing and your food, per usual, looks delicious. 🙂 i’m looking forward to your sort of “daily” posts now! i think you win most dedicated blogger 😉 Hope the rest of your trip is a blast!

  2. Glad you’re feeling better, darling! Agh, reading about your adventures in Florida is making my heart ache for Disney, yet again. If you think about it, you’re closer to me now than when you’re in Boston! (promise I’m not a stalker!) You should drop by Georgia on your way home. 😉

    Have a happy happy New Year. 🙂 (Also, I hope you pick up some Peppermint Stick Ice Cream from Publix sooooonnn!!!!) Love ya!

  3. What A great big bro/lil sis outing:) big brothers are the best …once you get old(er) and past the whole “I can’t stand this person” phase 😉
    I think the only wild life I’ve seen is at the zoo or road kill!! Lol I never see deer! People are like “look Katie and deer!” And by the time I look it’s gone🙈I think they must be messing with me lol
    And last night was up way to late watching you tube videos too! It’s like a time sucker! Ha!
    Have another great one Alison!

  4. Lost your sense of taste?! Say it ain’t so! That’s the worst. Hate not being able to taste all my delicious food, especially when dessert is involved. And I’d have to say the ‘wildest’ animal I saw out in nature was a bear, but thankfully it was from the safety of my car. I don’t think I’d ever want to come across one of those suckers while hiking. I know they say you’re supposed to drop and play dead, but… yeah right.

  5. Glad you’re having a good time in Florida! We vacation there every summer and it never gets old. Enjoy the warmth and Happy New Year!

Your comments are groovy!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s