This Novel Life

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Month: April, 2012

16. A Girl and Her Dog

“To a little girl, a dog can be all you need.” 

We went to explore the nature trails at Spruce Creek Park in Port Orange, Florida this afternoon. We’ve driven it tons of times and I’ve never had the time to stop until today. What a treat! It’s a beautiful park. A roughly three-mile nature trail wraps around the park, complete with a fishing pier, boardwalk and big observation tower. While we didn’t get to see the entire park, we did get a chance to head up to the observation tower, bringing our trip to just over a mile from where we parked and started on the walk. There’s also a very nice playground and covered picnic area, along with picnic spots scattered throughout the park by the fishing pier. I had big plans to take pictures of everything around us, but I got a bit distracted. We just finished obedience classes with the puppy, so Madison got to hold the leash the entire time. I couldn’t help but keep the camera mostly focused on the two best friends today.

View of the marsh from the top of the observation tower.

A fiddler crab party! These guys were all around the little path in the above picture.

Spruce Creek Park was a great little spot tucked away on South Ridgewood Ave. We’ll definitely be back to check out the fishing pier and rest of the trail.


15. Facebook Detox

I jumped on the Facebook bandwagon way back in 2007. Before that I had MySpace. I’ve been a part of a social network since high school. First it was checking on my laptop after school, then every couple hours… and eventually throughout the day on my cell phone. Now I’m checking my Facebook as soon as I wake up, before I even get out of bed. It’s really bad. Facebook is everywhere. Almost every advertisement asks you to like their product or business on Facebook, I get at least ten game requests a day. I honestly think I know only one person who doesn’t have a Facebook.

Lately, it’s been more bad than good. Not like I’ve ever been completely mentally stable, and Facebook doesn’t help. It has gotten to the point where I feel like if I post anything, someone is going to be upset with me or take it the wrong way. Facebook is supposed to be a communication tool, used to keep up with friends and family. I haven’t used it as that in I don’t know how long!

And so, I’ve been thinking about it. I love staying connected with my friends, especially since now we’re over 1,000 miles away from Maine. But I also know that more often than not, I’m in a perpetual bad mood and the cause could easily be placed on my news feed. I’ve decided to take on a Facebook detox. I deactivated my Facebook on Easter. Why deactivate & not just log off? I don’t know, a personal decision. I also took the application off my iPhone. Yesterday I was in a great mood – I didn’t even want to see what everyone else was doing. Today I took the dog for a mile walk, and observed nature instead of staring at my phone the entire time. I’m excited to see where the rest of the week takes me.

Sunday I’m hoping of going back to Facebook with a different outlook. I’m going to purge my friends list and make sure it’s just friends. And I think the app will stay off my phone. But I’m getting ahead of myself here. I’ve googled “Facebook detox” and as it turns out I’m not the only one feeling the Facebook effect.

Have you ever Facebook detoxed, or given up Facebook completely?

14. Return To Blue Springs State Park

A couple nights ago, to celebrate our seven year anniversary, we headed to Blue Springs State Park for the Firefly Season. We got there at about six thirty, with enough time to roam around before it got dark. Unfortunately, the manatees have moved on until the colder months so we didn’t get to see any, but we did get to see some alligators (my first time seeing them in the wild) and put our feet in the water. It was beautiful to watch the sunset there.

Alligator and turtle.


Baby alligator.