Been a few days since I posted.
The girls and I went to Coquina Beach last weekend. It's a little south of Bradenton. Different from Clearwater - different sea, different sand, different people. The ocean was several beautiful shades of green. F made a little sand sculpture of a sleeping cat, and suddenly was surrounded by three or four tiny girls "helping" her with it.
I'd like to go to either Clearwater or maybe Cocoa this weekend, but we've entered the rainy season (as in it rains EVERY DAY) so we'll have to see.
... And F is weighing ... a job offer. Yes. She got a call from a headhunter before she even graduated, and had an interview just about as quick as we could get back here. They were really looking for someone with experience, so the fact that she got an offer must mean she blew their socks off. The hours aren't ideal and the pay, while not abysmal, isn't astronomical either. But it's in her field, it's NOT A MOM-AND-POP, and she'd get some specific experience (GMP, HACCP) that would be really good for her resume. Whether she accepts or not is her decision. I'll support her either way. It's still cool that now, with the job market as it is, she got this offer.