Monday, May 11, 2015

One Love Lessons

I've been back from vacation for over a week and I’d be lying if I said they weren't some of the happiest days I've ever experienced.

Now that I’m back, and I've had time to get back into my routine I thought I’d share. How do I even begin to show and tell you how fabulous vacation was when I know you don’t really want to hear about it? I mean, no one really wants to read vacation recaps because we’re all envious that we weren't on vacay. I imagine it should be like ripping off a Band-Aid – a quick and dirty version of a vacation recap.



1) The best sentence ever at 7:30 a.m. is: “Good Morning! Would you like a mimosa?”


2) Day drinking is even more fun when you have no idea what’s in your drink. I indulged in several Drink of the Day options and would make a healthy guess that rum was involved in several of them. Other than that… who knows. My favorite drink, the Bob Marley and Purple Rain.

Foreground: Bob Marley
Background: Purple Rain
Both: Amazeballs

3) I was made to live on an island. I'm surrounded by everything nature-related that makes me calm, peaceful, and happy. What do I need to do to make this my new apartment?




4) Sun block is my new friend. I say this with a heavy heart because I never burn but I definitely flew too close to the sun this time. Really though, it wasn't me. It was that beautiful Caribbean sun. I regret nothing.

This was Wednesday night. I was in bed and passed out by 8pm.

Peeling is sexy, eh?

5) I’m good at bocce ball. K and I played with some other vacationers during the week and I have to say, I’m pretty damn good. I told K that we need to buy a set and start playing in the backyard. He says no but we all know what that means.

6) Shoes are the worst thing ever invented and I hate them. I posted a status while we were in the midst of traveling home about just how uncomfortable they were.



7) Ackee is amazeballs. I have no idea what it is {Google, and Mom, say it’s a fruit} but it’s freaking good. Rasta Pasta is my jam. Funny thing, the first time I had this it was from Whole Foods. Apparently ackee is a highly dangerous fruit to eat according to a TIME article.
"If improperly eaten, though, ackee can cause what has been dubbed the Jamaican Vomiting Sickness — which, other than the self-explanatory symptoms, can lead to coma or death. Unripe ackee fruit contains a poison called hypoglycin, so preparers must be careful to wait until the fruit's protective pods turn red and open naturally. Once open, the only edible portion is the yellow arilli, which surround always-toxic black seeds."
8) Jamaica is a cash poor country. This saddens me because the people are so beautiful. Everyone I encountered at the resort and airport {and yes, I realize this is their job} was incredibly friendly and high-spirited. The average weekly pay is $5,994 J. Sounds pretty good right? Unfortunately that equates to $52.00 USD. My Red Stripe beer? $570.61 J… or $4.95 USD. I suppose the upside is that you could go over with $5k US and be living quite well for a few months.


9) Fish like me. I went by myself, and ended up having the entire boat to myself as well, but snorkeling was a lot of fun.

Chub fish




10) My mother is a "hop mess"
True story, my mother is allergic to everything. Pollen, mold, pet dander... you name it and she's allergic. Apparently she's also allergic to hops. You know, the main ingredient in that delicious nectar known as beer. Ergo.... "hop mess".

11) Retro is the way to go
I'm going to just toot my own horn for a minute so bear with me. Remember when I said I bought a retro styled bathing suit for this trip? Well, it was worn multiple times and I loved it to Negril and back. I'm ordering another one.

And because I feel I need to, here's some photo dump pictures.















This is Diana




I'm already mentally planning my next island vacation. I'm thinking 2017 {we're both in a March wedding next year so that's going to eat up a lot of our budgets}. Any suggestions???



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