Florida Photos and I Almost Killed RJC!

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I thought my first day back after my trip to Florida would be the most hectic. Well, it was hectic alright (over 260 emails – I wanted to run and hide!) but it was nothing compared to my adventure today!

site under constructionI woke to a notice in my email stating that my domain was set to be closed. I frequently get both ground mail and email from companies that supposedly want to renew my domain. Anyone who has received these alerts knows that 99.9% of time it’s a bunch of garbage and most are trying to rip you off because they are not your actual registrar. So, being the cautious person I am, I went to check on the site (RJC). I thought the worst case scenario I’d need to update my registration before anything terrible happened. Too late! The site was already down! I almost had a heart attack. How did I miss my renewal and why was the company letting me know after the fact?! It turns out that the payment method I used several years ago when I first purchased the domain was no longer valid. Okay – fair enough. But it would have been nice if they told me BEFORE they took my website offline.

I’d already been debating about completely changing over to the new domain (remakingjunecleaver.com) so I thought, “Hey! Let’s bite the bullet and do it now.” Oh boy. Let me give you the cliff notes version of several hours of panic:

It broke my domain, then it brought my domain back, then it completely broke my WordPress, then it broke my images….

At one point I was [– this close –] to just letting the site die. Seriously. But, after over 6 hours I finally fixed everything. (thanks to great customer service from Host Gator – and a fantastic plugin called Velvet Blues Update URL) So, if you stopped by for a visit earlier today you probably saw a huge mess. Sorry! I think we’re back to normal and we’re riding on our official address now – yay!

I’m still working on the photos from my brother’s wedding – but until those are done, here are a few random pictures from the trip!

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Do I look Travel-y enough for the Travel Club?

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I got to the airport 5 hours early - so I found a little secret spot behind a Dunkin Donuts where only staff hung out. It was my sanctuary while I waited.

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Providence Airport Restroom - You never know where you'll find interesting photos

remaking june cleaver florida tripMy mother and I went out for a Girl’s Lunch at a little Japanese restaurant called Orange Buffet in Orange Park, FL. Oddly enough, I’m the one who got my mother hooked on sushi and now SHE eats it more often than I do!

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The restaurant seems to have mixed reviews, but that’s typical when you mix buffet style with international cuisine. Like most Americanized restaurants – it was great in some areas (the sushi and hibachi bar were excellent) and lacking in other areas (main dishes were limited and desserts were even less available). Though, there was one dessert that was simply adorable – even if the flavor could be improved. These little cakes tasted just like Tang! LOL

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Unfortunately there were also very sad moments during my trip. My home town, once an award winning city for it’s trees and plentiful lakes, is becoming a dry, barren area. Due to the unusually low amount of rainfall for several years our beautiful lakes — where I swam as a child — are becoming nothing more than puddles. The ‘Beware of Alligators” sign serves as an ironic reminder of how much wildlife use to inhabit our city’s biggest park and public swim area.

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We must have stood in this spot for over an hour; talking about how much fun the park and lake use to be. I just kept reminding myself: Even if the water is gone – the memories are not.

 

Kenda

I write stuff, drink too much coffee, and laugh at my own jokes. You can read more here or catch up with me on Twitter @RemakingJune

13 Comments to Florida Photos and I Almost Killed RJC!

  1. I hate that rain so I’m happy it hasn’t rained lately but I have come to realize that yes, Florida needs the rain. It’s so sad to see that our lack of rain has affected your lakes :(

  2. I would have had a giant panic attack if that website stuff happened to me so I’m glad you decided not to just shut down the site! &That stinks about your hometown but you’re right, the memories can never be taken from you!

  3. The older I get the more I have to say good-bye to things I loved. Places, people, pets….thanks for sharing your trip home and bummer about the domain – been there :)

  4. Wow, and I thought I had a lot to deal with having a BBQ and a birthday dinner within 48 hours of returning home! I love the new site name, btw! It’s very memorable!

  5. That sucks having to deal with blog domain issues right after returning from a trip but I’m glad everything turned out okay. I love the pics too. Too bad about the lakes drying up, I’ve been to Florida a few times and always enjoyed the trips.