A Week In Venice Florida 2023

Happy Monday from Nu Kitchen in Worcester! Is this my third day in a row here? Maybe, it might be, but it’s so worth it! I need to get my Nu fill in before I go back to school this weekend. 

I spent the last week in Venice Florida visiting my Grandma. We had a great weather week. Lots of sun and high 70s! One day was a little bit windy and another a bit chilly, but anything is better than winter in New England- ice and all. Which is sadly what we are seeing in the future forecast for the upcoming weekend. 

For the first time in a long time, I woke up on Monday morning around 7:45 without an alarm! Not only did I get up so early- but I felt refreshed and ready to attack the day!! (Another thing I’m trying to carry into this year- less naps and a more normal sleep schedule, waking up and taking on the day, all day.) I took a 3 mile walk around the area where my Grandma lives and got to see lots of cute little dogs and many individuals out and about. Then, we did some thrifting and a TJ Maxx trip, of course. I went to Plato’s Closet for the first time. It’s a more “high end” thrift store that only accepts certain items from certain brands or pieces that are currently in style. The prices are a little higher than the usual run of the mill thrift, but it’s because they know that they can make that money and they are more familiar with the brands and items they’re selling. Other thrifts like Goodwill or Savers just mark items based on what type of item they are (sleeveless tops, athletic bottoms, shirt sleeves, etc) at the same price instead of marking each individual item at a different price. That adds to the fun because sometimes you discover a LuluLemon Tank hidden in a rack and only end up paying $3 for it whereas a place like Plato’s Closet would upcharge that for $18 and LuluLemon itself would retail it for around $58. However, the best part about Plato’s Closet is that you know you will be able to find better quality items. Which is exactly what we did!! I thrifted a wicked cute Johnny Cash tee, some Lilly Pulitzer for my mom, and some other fun Greek tees! After thrifting, I made some avocado toast and sat by the pool reading People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry. It was definitely a bit chilly, but it was so much better than reading inside! For dinner, we went to a cute restaurant downtown called Made In Italy. If you know me or have read the blog for a while, you know I LOVE Italian. I had an unreal mozzarella and basil gnocchi and my grandma had fettuccine alfredo with chicken. Then we watched the season premiere of The Bachelor!

Tuesday was a gorgeous and sunny day that I spent lounging and reading by the pool. In the winter,I miss laying in the sun and just tanning, reading, and listening to country music feeling the sun on my skin. Around 4pm we went to Culver’s which is a frozen custard and fast food restaurant. So much easier on my stomach and just as good as ice cream! Then we checked out a few Goodwills in the area! The stores downtown all close around 5-5:30 pm, but since it was such a beautiful and warm night we walked the streets and did some window shopping and planned to return on a less beach/pool day to hit all the stores. 

The weather was immaculate beach weather on Wednesday. Sunny and high 70s with some wind, but enough so that it was a nice breeze and not unbearable. So we hit Nokomis Beach for the day! We saw some tortoises and lots of seagulls. I finished People We Meet On Vacation and started another addicting read Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid. We got hot dogs with peppers and onions from the snack shack and I tried a vanilla cold brew. Drinking iced coffee by the beach does it get better than that? For dinner, we went to Sharky’s On The Pier where there was a man doing some live music covers. Hotel California was performed! I decided to go a little out of my comfort zone and try something new so I had the lobster stuffed flounder with mashed potatoes and my grandma had the shrimp scampi. For dessert, I had white chocolate cheesecake. So good!! 

Sadly, Thursday was my last full day. I started my morning off with a three mile walk, this time more around the golf course which was serene and relaxing. Then I read more of Malibu Rising by the pool before changing and going to shop downtown! It was a cooler day- more sweatshirt weather which was ideal for shopping. We had a late lunch at The Daiquiri Deck- a recommendation from a friend at school! The steak tacos with guacamole were delicious. My grandma had scallops and shrimp that had a bit of a kick to them. I tried an iced peppermint mocha from The Venice Wine and Coffee Company. Since it was chilly, we went back showered and changed into warmer clothes before returning to Goodwill and Culver’s! 

Overall, it was the perfect weekend of sun and thrift! Sometimes changing location and scenery is all you need for a mental reset. The sun cures! It was also very relaxing not being held to any kind of schedule. Tanning, reading, and thrifting are three of my favorite things and favorite ways to just take a step back from all the craziness of daily life. Spending one on one time with my grandma was also really nice because we don’t often have a lot of time alone. 

Although it was difficult leaving the warm weather and sun- it’s time to set a new routine and start packing and preparing for the second semester. So far, I feel excited about the classes I’m taking and I love the way my schedule looks on paper.  I’ve also lined up a job on campus,  just a few times a week which will be ideal so I’m not just losing money, but maintaining a balance. 

If you’re back to school already- I’m jealous but I hope you’re having a fabulous start to your semester and that you’re scheduling time for yourself! If you’re still at home, working, or just trying to start your week off on a good note, I’m manifesting that for you!  Enjoy this day for what it is for you!!

Xoxo,

Hannahlane

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