Don't expect us to come back with a tan........

Trip Start Jul 17, 2010
Trip End Aug 07, 2010

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

......because all we've done today is SHOP! Well, we did manage a few hours by the pool this morning, after breakfast (I had my favourite cereal I can only get out here;Bran Buds, yes, I know it sound disgusting, but trust me it’s lovely! Oh, andAlmond Milk, yummy non dairy milk made from guess what?) Lyn and I had been upat 7am, and had the pool to ourselves for a while, until one by one the kidsgot up and joined us. The weather was in the 90’s at that time, so it was very moistand sticky. (Word of the Year there for the Melin girlies!!)

We pottered aroundfor most of the morning, and then had lunch and headed out to Prime OutletsMall, which is a mere 20 miles away! Easy, or so we thought…forgetting aboutthat Orlando traffic! We got there just as the heavens opened with a FloridaSpecial rain burst. We got soaked running to Reebok, but had dried out inminutes.

It was justafter 1pm, and Reebok was the first, followed quickly by Nike, Converse and Adidas.Two hours later it was time for the next shops, after a break for food in thefood court. Lyn discovered 5 Guys, Burger & Fries , and promptly fell inlove! I think he felt it even surpassed the Inn & Out Burger of Utah! Thekids had a foot long Subway each, and I had a slice of Sbarro Pizza. Refreshed,it was time to head on. A quick stop in Yankee Candles, then Harley Davidson,(bypassing the Bose shop & the Kipling shop!), around to a disappointingTommy Hilfiger, then to New Balance where we bought 6 pairs of trainers! OntoNorth Face and out again empty handed, a visit to Jockey where Io bought someboxers he is raving about, then a pit stop for Haagan Daaz icecream, then thebunfight that is Gap. Our final stop was Columbia, where (this is for youJulie!) I picked up some black sandals for $15!)

It was now9pm. The mall is open until 11pm, but we couldn’t face any more. We staggered back to the car, laden down with goodies. The Evans’ doing what they do best! Thetraffic was still horrendous; the I4 was chock a block for 6 miles, causing Lynto utter the immortal line "it’s like the M25 mun!". We had a brief moment ofexcitement from Ioan as we passed Hooters, and we eventually got back to thehouse at about 10pm.

There wasonly 1 thing to do; switch on the fairy lights outside and mix up thosecocktails! Tonight was Screaming O night! (We had to have a surrealconversation with Tegz when she wanted to know what the “orgasm” bit of thecocktail name meant. I told her I didn’t know, and to ask her father!!)

Out came theVodka, Bailey’s, and Kahlua and the blender and crushed ice.


2 glasseslater I was put to bed, when Cian got in beside me, and started talking methrough what not to do in the case of a Nuclear Attack. “Don’t look at thebright light Mum, and sit crossed legged on the floor so the blast can’t blowyou away!". That was my last memory till I was woken by Lyn at 7am thenext morning. He had had to search the house for me, only to find me tucked upin bed the opposite side of the house, with no memory of how I got there. I vaguelyremembered going to the loo in the middle of the night, but am unsure as to howI got lost from the en suite to the bedroom. I was totally disorientated, anddidn’t know what country I was in, let alone what bedroom! Lyn had had a realfright when he couldn’t find me!

Bloody goodcocktails…..only half a bottle of vodka left!

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Julie on

Sounds like a good day. Well done on the sandals, but can't believe you went past a Kipling outlet without going in!!!!

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