Tuesday, May 25, 2010


One of my biggest flaws is that I over analyze/think things to the point where I don't actually finish things. I completely over complicate things. Current victim...Beaches & Bananas. I have been tinkering with this thing for months. It's almost done and I'm giving myself a deadline for the format and first set of posts. It will be a launched on June 1 (yes, 2010). That gives me the three day weekend to finish it up and I hope it's a good time to send it to friends so they can read it the first day back from Memorial Day to start off the summer right.


U2's entire North American tour has been postponed until sometime in 2011. Dang, that's a long time away. I'm hoping they give refunds on tickets and then I'll just try to buy tickets again should the timing work out to try to go whenever it is rescheduled.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Goodbye Lost!

The series finale last night of Lost gave me goose bumps many times throughout the 2.5 hour show and left me weepy at the end. Rarely does a show come through with a good finale, but this was excellent! It was the send off that they deserved and I've been thinking about it since last night. Now that's a good show that keeps someone thinking about it almost 24 hours later. Somehow I feel content and almost happy for how they left since they all seemed so happy. Not what I expected at all!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Get Well Bono

Bono had emergency back surgery today. My upcoming trip to California was based on seeing U2 on June 6th. Looks like that's not going to happen now. I'm disappointed, but hope he gets better soon. He apparently hurt his back preparing for the tour. It's set to kick off on June 3 and that date has also been officially postponed. My show on June 6 has not been discussed yet, but I can't imagine he would be ready for it. It's unlikely I will be able to make it back to CA if it were to get rescheduled. I just hope I can sell the 2 sets of tickets I have because there is a lot of money tied up in them.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Do you believe in fate? I didn't, but I think I do now.

The resort we stayed at in St. John is not like many others. It is located on 170 acres of national park land and has 7 beaches. It's so naturally beautiful and peaceful. There are donkeys, deer and mongooses roaming the property. The rooms are in small clusters scattered over the property and are all pretty much the same in size and quality, but the locations differ and that determines the price. There are rooms with no view, ocean view, right on the beach or on a cliff over looking the water. The first time we were there two years ago we stayed in room 57 which is on a cliff over looking the water. This time we decided to save some money and go with ocean view, which is set back a little from the water. We loved room 57, but decided it wasn't worth the extra money since we don't spend a lot of time in the room. I knew which set of rooms I wanted to be in, which was 50 to 53. When I checked in I was told we would be in room 52, exactly where I requested. As I was signing the forms a woman came to the desk saying her father really wanted room 52 because it was the room he honeymooned in and the room he has been getting for 29 years. I looked up and said I'd give up room 52 if I was given something better. Turns out her dad was assigned room 57!!! Room 57 is in a much better location, but he didn't want it because he has always had 52. The dad and 3 adult children were all traveling together...no mom/wife though so it seemed to be very sentimental to him to get room 52. We asked if we could just switch! The desk people acted like this was a big deal, made some phone calls and then said we could do it! The man and his daughter were so happy and kept thanking me, which really wasn't necessary since we got the exact room we really wanted (and for the lower price). I don't tend to have this kind of luck. My husband and I talked about it as we were sitting on the balony enjoying the view and decided it had to be fate.

As an aside...one day walking back to our room two donkeys decided to fight over a towel. Rough life these guys have!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Finally a Good Tan!

I have finally found a good way to get a fake tan! Before I went on vacation I really needed to get some color since I was so pasty white. People probably don't believe this, but my skin does tan and I used to be tan as a kid. Now that I live in a cubicle farm under fluorescent lights all day I rarely get outside so I burn easily. I am aware of the harm of the sun as I don't want skin cancer or (more) wrinkles (JennK...we are only 3 years from our Botox agreement after all). Years ago I tried the spray tan booths so I would be tan in my wedding pictures. I felt awkward though since my hands and feet looked so weird after it since they get darker. Anyway, I found a place called Fairy Tale Tans that does the airbrush spray tan by hand instead of in the booth. I have to say I really liked it! My hands and feet didn't look funny at all and she didn't make me look unnaturally dark. The picture in the post below shows my fake tan. It's too expensive to do all the time, but I'll definitely do it for vacations.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

P in Bikini

I'm back from vacation and reality has already set in. I'll be writing more about the vacation in the coming days, but I just wanted to quickly tell you all that I decided to get over my issues with my body and wear a bikini! I actually felt less self conscious wearing it than my skirted tankinis. I felt like I fit in more, not that it matters. There were people who looked better than me, and some that looked worse, but I realized it just didn't matter. The best part is that my husband liked it! Here's even a picture...I do have shorts on here though since it was a beach bar/restaurant that our boat stopped at.

Friday, May 7, 2010


Thank you to everyone who has reached out to see how I'm doing and I apologize that I haven't gotten back to all of you. The last two weeks have been crazy. It's the busy time of the week at work and I'm also getting ready to leave on vacation. I don't understand why I make it so difficult on myself getting ready for a vacation. I have a to do list that takes up two pages. My husband just packs some clothes and toiletries and he's good to go. I'll probably be up really late getting ready.

My new Caribbean blog is in the final stages of being ready. I like the header, but something is holding me back from liking the rest. I think it might be too much of the green/blue text or something. I'm going to try to change the background of the big black box. The posts there are just test posts. Will you take a look at it and give me feedback? It is Beaches & Bananas or click on the button on the left of this page in the side bar. Thanks!

Monday, May 3, 2010

All About P

I saw this on Straight, No Chaser and decided to fill it out as well.

What is your salad dressing of choice?
My favorite is thousand island, but I usually choose light italian

What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?
I can't think of one lately

What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of?
Mexican, I may have already done this

What are your pizza toppings of choice?
I’m not a huge fan of pizza, but when I do it has Canadian bacon, mushroom and bell peppers

What do you like to put on your toast?
Peanut butter and honey

How many televisions are in your house?
3…but the 58 incher in the family room is the only one I watch

What color is your cell phone?

Are you right-handed or left-handed?

Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
Only a couple wisdom teeth

What is the last heavy item you lifted?
Don’t remember…I avoid heavy lifting lately

Have you ever been knocked unconscious?

If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?
No way

If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
I used to hate my name because it was different, but now I like it.

Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000?
No, thank you

How many pairs of flip flops do you own?
I think only 1 right now

Last time you had a run-in with the cops?
I can’t even remember

Last person you talked to?

Last person you hugged?
Either Chris or my dad


Christmas…and the Ides of March

Favorite day of the week?

May, it’s usually when I go on vacation

Missing someone?
Yes, I could really use my mom right now


What are you listening to?
Music blaring from the basement (Stayin Alive) where Chris is working out and my cat howling to be let outside


First place you went this morning?
Physical therapy

What's the last movie you saw?
Perfect Getaway

Do you smile often?
I don’t think so

Sleeping Alone Tonight?
Not planning on it

Do you always answer your phone?
Nope, if I don’t know who it is, I don’t answer

If you could change your eye color what would it be?

What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic?
Never been there

Do you own a digital camera?

Have you ever had a pet fish?
Yes, but I’m an awful fish owner, they never live long

Favorite Christmas song(s):
Big Red Sleigh by The Killers

What's on your wish list for your birthday?
I just used my birthday money and got a blue topaz ring and a mini netbook

Does the future make you more nervous or excited?

Do you have any saved texts?
No, I just cleared them all out a couple hours ago

Ever been in a car wreck?
Yes, but I’d rather not think about them

Do you have an accent?
No, but some people think I’m from Texas

What is the last song to make you cry?
I can’t remember

Plans tonight?

Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?

Name 3 things you bought yesterday.
I had quite the shopping spree, Dooney & Bourke bag, a white bag for summer, 2 pairs sunglasses and a bunch of vacation clothes

Have you ever been given roses?

Current hate right now?
Hate is a strong word that I avoid. I don’t “hate” anyone

Met someone who changed your life?
My husband

How did you bring in the New Year?
I don’t remember

What song represents you?
I can’t think of anything, so how about Copacabana

Would you go back in time if you were given the chance?
Only if I could know then what I know now

Have you ever dated someone longer than a year

Do you have any tattoos/piercings?
Piercing yes, tattoo no

Will you be in a relationship 4 months from now?
I sure hope so

Does anyone love you?

Ever had someone sing to you?
Yes, an ex-boyfriend. It was awful but I couldn’t tell him

When did you last cry?
Today has been a tear free day, but I’ve cried every day for the last nine days

Do you like to cuddle?
Yes, very much

Have you held hands with anyone today?

Are most of the friends in your life new or old?
Some of both, mostly new

Do you like pulpy orange juice?
No, I only drink orange juice with champagne so no pulp

What is something your friends make fun of you for?
Hmm…I’m not sure….maybe you all can answer this one for me