Monday, October 1, 2012

the end of vacation weekend that was


Did you miss me while I was cavorting around the Caribbean? 
Stay tuned for some vacation blogs in the upcoming weeks, but first...
the end of vacation weekend that was.
Go.
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Friday morning: an awesome sunrise, coffee on our veranda, 
and a big breakfast with our travelling companions Jill, Frank, Kate and Eric.


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We got off the ship at 9:30 at Disney's private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.
We headed right for Serenity Bay, an adults only beach.
I spent most of the day reading in the hammock, in a chair in the water, or floating on a raft while everyone else snorkeled. 


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After a lunch of ribeye steaks and soft ice cream, 
we reconvened in the water for some ice cold Coors Light. 
We had a grand old time until the storm rolled in, and even when it did, we still had a good time.
It was our last day, after all, and the storm was nice enough to hold out until late in the day.


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After some reading on the deck for me and a hot tub for MFD, we packed the last of our stuff and headed up to share some champagne at the cigar bar, followed by a farewell dinner where we said goodbye to our awesome waiter Ulhas and drink server Maureen. 
We caught a few songs from Andy Johnson, an awesome pianist from England, 
who we hung out with that afternoon on Castaway Cay. 
As MFD was the mayor of the ship, he had of course met him earlier in the week.


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I finished my fourth book of vacation, Iron Horse by John Hart. 
It's the second book of his that I've read and I enjoyed it. 
My other reads: 
In the Woods and The Likeness by Tana French. Easy and good reads.
Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures by Emma Straub. Based on reviews I was expecting more.

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Up and off the ship early on Saturday morning, only to wait for an eternity for the shuttle, which was over an hour late. I had an epic shit fit on the curb at the driver and wrote a scathing email to the company demanding my money back. I will take this to the interwebs if need be, Royal Shuttle. 
Gimme my money.

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No food or coffee probably contributed to my (h)anger. 
I know I scared the other people on the shuttle.
Sorry nice family from Kansas.

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HUGE shoutout to the woman who works for the airline who didn't charge me 
an additional $90 for my bag that was 59 pounds, nine pounds over the max. 
Rum is heavy, y'all.  

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Home sweet home. God I missed my dogs. 
I'm very grateful to Effing Warren for staying with them, and to my Mom, Michelle and my neighbor Tony for letting them out during the day.
We also missed hoagies, so we ordered from Lee's. 
We meant to catch up on DVR shows and I settled in with my trashy mags.
But we were both asleep on the couches by 9 p.m.


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I woke up at 4:50 a.m., put some laundry in, and went back to bed. 
I was up for good at 9, having coffee out back and plotting my day.
It's mum season, for those of you not in the know. 
All things mum increase in frequency, volume and decibel; 
and significant others of mummers find their Sundays free. 

MFD was obsessed with maps of the Caribbean on this trip. This mug is a map, and our magnets from St. Thomas and St. Martin are also maps. 
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I uploaded trip photos, unpacked most of my stuff, and did all trip laundry.
Then I did sheets and towels from before vacation, 
as well as the blankets we use to protect the couches from los perros.
I also vacuumed the entire house and cleaned the kitchen floor.

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I rarely find anything at Ross aside from summer dresses. I didn't even find any of those this year. 
I guess I was due. 
I returned a set of sheets, and got a bunch of sweaters, two pairs of flats, and a dress for the Sannelli/DiCostanzo wedding this weekend all for the low low price of $22. 


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I risked life and limb and went to Produce Junction on a Sunday. 
I also went to Redner's, which was not nearly as harrowing.

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Fall Implementation, step one.

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Reorganization projects made my orderly side sing:
I used shower curtain hooks to hang scarves in the closet (thank you Pinterest!)
I used a bead box to organize earrings and pendants.
And I put my most used makeup in a utensil holder. 

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I watched one million hours of weird shows on HLN, I don't even know what that channel is.
I only changed it when I saw the same Dominick Dunne's Justice for the third time.

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I battled it out with Comcast, ordered fall and Christmas candles from Yankee since they were B1G1 free on the large jars, and hugged my dogs one hundred trillion times. 

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Tuna salad with celery, green onions and capers for this week's lunches, 
and raw veggie prep for the week.

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Sunday dinner: roast chicken, steamed brussels sprouts, and Kalyn's Kitchen green chile cheese rice


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The return of The Good Wife.
I've missed you, friend.

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the weekend that was

Nine days is a long time away, especially when six of them are totally off the grid. It is so wonderful and so rare to be out of touch - no phone, no email, no facebook, no twitter, no google reader, no pinterest, no instagram. It was a nice break from reality.

By Friday night I was ready to come home, love up on my dogs, get my shit in order, and get back to work. Looking forward to the Sannelli/DiCostanzo wedding next weekend made it easier too. 

I hope the plunge back into work is easy. To take a line from Rudy...our lady of victory, pray for us!


2 comments:

  1. Love it! I told Sean to change Nova's game cheer to Our Lady of Victory, Pray for us.
    He says it to himself! LOL. Missed you but so happy you had a wonderful time.
    And so proud of how darn organized and efficient you are. JMJ- it is very nice.
    Love your MOMMA

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