I have 26 days before I go, and I plan to spend that time doing as many Fort Smith things as possible. Things that I know are only local, things that hold sentimental value for me, things I know I’ll miss while I’m in Florida.
Here, in the summertime, we have this great stand that sells snow cones and other various drinks. I grew up on these snow cones. The ice is perfect -- exactly like snow, and there are about 50 different flavors. They have the craziest flavors too. My personal favorites are strawberry shortcake (that tastes EXACTLY like real strawberry shortcake) and chocolate crème (that honestly tastes like a chocolate bar). Sure, there’s always the kaki gori stand in the World Showcase if it’s something I’m craving, but it’s really not the same. I can remember visiting this place in the hot summer months ever since I was really young. It’s somewhere that everyone around here loves. I need to visit this place, preferably multiple times, before I leave.
Another thing is restaurants. If you know me, you know I go out to eat…a lot. It’s just something I’m used to. I’ve been doing it my whole life. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a really good cook and I especially love baking, but it’s just a norm in my life to go out to eat. So, I have a lot of favorite restaurants, and most of them are local. One of my current faves is Goodson’s that serves legit southern food. You might think Arkansas is southern and therefore has a lot of southern food, but it really isn’t. Everything at this restaurants is homemade and it has such a…local, hometown feel. It’s family run and pretty much everyone who eats here seems to know the other patrons and the staff. Their desserts are especially amazing. It’s such a novel thing here for a restaurant to be so close knit. I’m really going to miss the food and atmosphere of this place.
Another favorite of mine is Joe’s. They serve like tex-mex kind of food. Honestly, they have the most delicious fresh salsa I’ve ever tasted and I’ve never been disappointed by anything I’ve ordered. I wonder if there’s any good kind of…latino-ish restaurants near the complexes? I want to try Paradiso 37 at DTD. Maybe it will be yummy?
There’s lots of other places I want to visit/things I want to do before I leave. 26 days might seem like a lot to you, but it’s really hitting me how soon I’ll be leaving. Especially because people are actually IN Florida now, the summer alumni are checked in, and the first fall advantage group checks in the day after tomorrow. I have so much I want to do before I leave, but at the same time I’m a little bored and ready to go. It’s kind of a mix of emotions. I’m so ridiculously excited to get there and start working and hanging out with everyone, but then…what if it’s not what I expect? But, you know me, and I try to keep it positive. So I’m almost sure everything will be amazing.
Uhm, in other CP news…I guess I’ve been getting a lot of emails from recruiting? They like to email me pretty much everyday now making sure I have all the last minute information about travel, educational oppurtunities, packing, the Disney Look, and more. I actually love getting them because I feel like a legit CM. For awhile there recruiting wasn’t contacting me at all. The emails even come with these cute little videos hosted by two pretty hilarious guys. It puts everything into a more relatable, real life perspective.
I’ll try to post a little more often before I leave. I have some ideas, like I want to make a post (or a couple, like a countdown perhaps) of some of my favorite Disney memories.
Until next time. :)
(PS: I know this wasn't the organizing/packing blog you were expecting, that's next time.)