Day Three

Well after spending all day yesterday poolside I’ve come up with quite the sunburn. I guess SPF 30 doesn’t cut it around here. I really should have went tanning a few times before heading down here. My virginal skin is totally freaking out on me. Yikes. Spent today rockin’ a long sleeved hoodie since my forearms are fried. I don’t know how one burns the inside of their elbows…..

Anywho, drove down to La Pamilla today to do some snorkeling. All beaches are public down here so we drove right to the resort and walked down to the beach. We saw a ton of pelicans hangin’ around waiting for the fishermen to come back in. I made an attempt to snorkel, but the waves were pretty big and the visibility sucked. Liz and Dad went out for a bit, but I guess there wasn’t much to see. The ‘rents are going on a time share presentation tomorrow morning so we can go on a deluxe snorkeling/kayak tour and zip lining excursion later in the week. The sacrifices our parents make……

Photo: Liz and I getting ready to snorkel. No, I did not snorkel in the hoodie.

Photo: Pelican chillin’ on the beach.

Photo: Our pool with swim up bar. Unfortunately, the bar isn’t getting much of a workout with $7 well drinks!

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Spring Break 2010!!!

Oh man, so kidding on that one! Though I’d say half of our flight was full of college spring breakers ready to party and drink the nights away…ah, to be 18 again! Luckily, my gal pals and I took a trip to Cancun our senior year so I’d already gotten ‘that’ Mexico out of my system.

But now I’m back with the fam in tow. We’re just finishing up day two here in Cabo del Sol, which included me sitting by the pool the ENTIRE day. One book down, four to go. The resort is very nice, right on the beach of course, and is pretty empty. I figured we’d have a few spring breakers, but I haven’t spotted any yet. The pool is maybe 30% full at its peak and the beach has the occasionally passerby. Not bad for ultimate relaxation. We walked down the beach this afternoon to watch the surfers; there are some big waves out there.

I plan to spend the next few days poolside until I get really bored then I’m sure we’ll try out a few activities. Liz wants to ride horses on the beach and I want to try some zip lining. I think we’re also going to go deep sea fishing too. Ahhh…Mexico!

Photo: View from our balcony. Could be worse….I guess the resort at the very end is La Palmilla, which is where all the celebs stay. I’ll have my eyes peeled…..
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Countdown to Cabo

It’s been a busy few days getting ready to leave for Cabo. In lieu of my departure (Sunday at 10:30am – but whose counting really?) I am leaving you with this recipe for homemade tortilla chips, which I hope to be eating poolside with margaritas, of course!

Homemade Tortilla Chips

Ingredients:
Corn tortillas
Vegetable oil
Salt
Chili Powder
Garlic Salt
Pepper
Pretty much any other spices you like
Parchment paper or foil

Directions:
Pre-heat over to 375 degrees. Using a pastry brush, lightly coat each side of a corn tortilla with oil. Stack and cut into 8 pieces. Place chips on a cookie sheet lined with foil or parchment paper (whatever you’ve got handy). Season chips with chosen spices. Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven, turn ’em all over then bake for an additional 7 minutes. Remove from oven and serve!

Photos and stories of our family vacation will be posted on my blog along the way, so be sure to check back!

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‘Bout Time


Oh man, I just attended my first flat track roller derby over the weekend and I’m totally hooked! We saw the infamous Rat City Roller Girls on Saturday night at Key Arena, where we helped set the record for the National Roller Derby Attendance (go us!). We got there a bit late, but quickly found some seats and some $9 beers. Ridiculous, right?

We finally figured out how things worked after the first ’bout and really got into the game. Being the gambler than I am, I couldn’t resist a little betting action with my gal pal Megan and took the Sockit Wenches for the win of the second ’bout. And yes, I pick my roller teams just like I do my ponies, by their names, and their names only.

Those ladies took some serious hip and shoulder checks and a few could barely peel themselves off the track. This was serious stuff. My team started to fall apart during the second half and were soon behind more than 40 points. My endless profanities and cheering could not help the bruised and battered team, and sadly, they lost and my dear friend Megan gained a new pair of Cole Haan sunglasses.
Photo: Megan and I taking in the action.

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Diggin’

Phew, what a weekend! With my Mexico family vacation looming in the distance (t-minus 2 weeks!) I’ve been trying to knock off a few things on my condo rehab list. The BF and I (ok, so I had to talk him into it) decided that this would be a good weekend to tackle the rest of the yard since the weather was going to be unusually nice. We spent all Saturday digging around trying to remove the old, rotten sod and leveling it out a bit so we’ll have better drainage. I think a french drain will have to be installed too. It’s like a swamp out there! I’ve been talking to anyone I know about gardening and have collected many helpful tips about shade tolerant plants. I can’t wait for my first trip to Flower World! (whoa – garden nerd alert.)


Photo: ‘Before’ pics of the yard.
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