Friday, March 13, 2015

The 2015 Trip with My Men

It's Morning and The Boys Aren't Home Yet..... it must be Wednesday
March 11, 2015

Jay and I had planned to wake up early Wednesday morning (like 6am) and  head to the Salt Flats to capture some sunrise images.  Can you tell that I am absolutely intrigued by them?  I am! 
We woke up,  got ready, came out of our room and found that the boys weren't home yet.  First issue, we couldn't leave the girls alone in the condo.  Then it hits me, and HITS me!  To get into the condo you need a key.  That's a good thing right?  Yes..... keep in mind there are 5 adults, two tweens and two vehicles.  There is one key to the condo.  If that isn't inconvenient,  let's throw in there that you also need the key to get out of the condo.  Once you are inside, the only way to lock the door is with the key.  
Guess where the keys were....with the boys.   Nice safe condo huh?  Here we are locked in the condo....  what if there was a fire inside, we stuck on the top floor, were stuck.  What if one of us fell down the steps (the broken step) and broke a limb.... couldn't get out to get to the hospital.  Good design.... to say I was upset would be an understatement.    The boys strolled in around 7am.... they spent the night with some locals at Steps Beach.  Sounds like fun for Tracy and Sean.... Kosti not so much!   Headmaster Hendershott cancelled school for the day and headed to bed. 
A little after 7  Jay and I headed out to the Salt Flats to explore.   We were too late to catch the sunrise but did get some really fun images.    It's hard to upload images here on the hotspot.  When I uploaded the images this am to the blog, it used all the available data, so to avoid that, I'm not going to upload any until we get home.
After the Salt Flats, we drove around exploring.  Let me tell you, I love my husband!   Every time I saw a "shot" and asked him to stop or back up so I could jump out and take a picture, he did!  We saw another fun Puerto Rico sign,  (Krazy Fish) and decided to explore and find the Krazy Fish.  Took us down the road to the pescadaria.   On our way back to the condo, we stopped at a local "bakery" to pick up milk and ended up having breakfast there.    We got home and it turned out to be another lazy day. 
Seems like a basic boring day, right?  Always something.  While moving the shower head during hi shower, the whole pipe broke off the wall.   The pipe actually broke in the wall.  GIven the fact there is no one around at this complex, Jay and Kosti decided they would fix it themselves.  Off to the hardware store to buy tools.    Jay and Kosti worked on it for a while, that is until Sean went in to help and within minutes (just short of the boys knocking down the wall) he had it fixed!   Yeah!!!

On to our evening adventure......It just so happens 2 of the 3 bioluminescent bays in the world are in Puerto Rico  (the 3rd is in Austrailia).  One is in Vieques.   Been there done that numerous times, the 2nd ~ here in the Boqueron area!  Before I get to the actual bio bay tour, I realize now that  Mark Martin and his bio bay tours on Vieques have really spoiled us.  We know  that the Vieques Bio Bay is the brightest in the world, but this one is suppose to be great!
Digression ~   We always start the Vieques   Bio Bay tours  with an exciting yellow school bus ride down a dirt road in pitch black.   You arrive at the destination,   get off the bus and walk a wooden plank onto a little party barge boat.  Our guides are always very entertaining.  If you're lucky and get Mark Martin on the tour, he not only explains all the facts of the bio bay, he also knows all the stars and constellations.  To help with sky night sky tour, he has these really cool  laser pointers.   I always thought it was better than a trip to a planetarium!    All that entertainment and the part of the bio bay tour we go for hadn't even begun.  That part of the tour is always a phenomenal.    So with these past bio bay experiences in mind, I had high hopes.  I should have been clued in when I realized that the ticket price in Vieques is like $30 and the ticket price here is $8 ~   You can imagine the difference in the experience.

Jay had called and made our reservations.  He had gotten general directions to our location.  He was told the tour starts at 8pm.  After checking the map, we decided we have to leave by 7 the latest to get there.  We left at 7:15.... (it takes a while to get everyone moving in the same direction).  About 7:40 when we realized we didn't have exact directions and were kind of going in circles around the general area that the boat was to be in, we decided to call for exact directions.  Not bad, we were actually very close!   Got there in 5 minutes.   Time to spare, bought our tickets and got on line all by 7:55. ...and we waited... and waited and waited.   Not sure for what.  Oh yeah the actual tickets say the tour starts at 8:30pm.....  8:40 they let us on the boat.  No crew, no captain, only the guy taking the tickets.... 8:55 the captain and crew show up.   The captain just made his way out of the bar next door.  No biggie....
It was a pretty big party barge.   About 5 times the size of the ones in Vieques.  It is also a "glass bottom boat".   Something different.  The captain turns on the music and off we go.  WAIT, MUSIC..... BLARING loud Latin music.  That wouldn't be so bad except for the fact it was a radio station with not great reception (think crackling)..... LOUD BLARING crackling MUSIC....  Please keep in mind, it was a beautiful star filled warm night.... we are heading out to a bio bay tour  and the music....
We get out to the bay, the deck hands jump in and start splashing around for so you can experience the glow.    It looked pretty neat.  Every once in a while, the captain would come on the loud speaker to share some information.... in Spanish.  That's alright, we are in Puerto Rico, that wasn't the unbelievable part, the unbelievable part was that he didn't turn the radio station down, or off when he spoke.  When the guys boarded the boat from the water, they tossed what they called a "jelly fish" up on deck.   They just happened to throw it where I was standing.  I don't think it was a "jelly fish" but more like a sponge that they use to show folks the dynoflagilates.    That was the tour.  Over.    Back to the dock.  
The stars out there on the dark dark bay were spectacular.  Headmaster Hendershott taught us in class the day before that there are 200,000,000 stars in the Milky Way.  I think we saw them all.  The girls enjoyed it.  I guess if you've never been on the Vieques tour, it would have been ~ maybe  impressive? ~  I don't know.  So like I said earlier, I should have expected it for an $8   ~   45 minute boat ride.  If you ever get the opportunity to come to Puerto Rico, I recommend making the trip to Vieques and taking Mark Martin's Bio Bay tour!
Jay and I decided we would try to make the sunrise on Thursday.  We needed to be up by 5:30 to get to the Salt Flats. 

Thursday  ~  March 12, 2015
Didn't happen.  We woke up at 6:30am.   Sun was already in the sky.  Too late, we'd try again tomorrow.  Today was Sean and the girls last day.  They needed to leave tonight by 6 or 7 to drive around the other side of the Island (through Ponce) to San Juan to catch their red eye flight home.
We were all up and ready early enough to hit the beach.  We made our way to the beach at the state park.   Jay, Tracy and I tumbled upon it last year and really loved it, so we thought we'd try it again.     It was just as beautiful today as it was last year. 
I am very impressed with what we saw.   On our walk down the beach we found an area that was built for wheelchair accessibility.  We talked to the lifeguard about it, because it was "closed".     He explained that it was full of some type of "slime", I thought algae, but Jay said it was something else.  They had to close it down to fix.  They also rent beach wheelchairs.  How stinkin' cool is that?  10 Points Puerto Rico for accessibility!!   We had a great day at the beach. 
Kosti wanted oysters today,  off to Gallaways where there's an oyster shack across the street.  He was in his glory, 4 dozen oysters later.   After our meal we headed home for Sean and the girls to get ready to begin their journey home.
Whew.... up to date!  Two more days here, then the boys leave.  Jay and I are here with Mom until Wednesday.  Let's hope Spring follows us!

                            I am missing my little red Rose, but know she is in great hands.... and loving the time she    
                            is spending with Charles Barkley!

Friday the 13th On the Beautiful Island of Puerto Rico!

 Sean and the girls pulled out last night about 7.  They headed towards Ponce and then to San Juan.  They had a 12:30am flight to JFK, then a 4 hour layover.   Long journey home....

Jay and I did get up this morning at 5am to go chase the sunrise.  I love this man.  No, I mean it, I really really love him.  Everything he does, he does it to make me happy.  In turn I want to make him happy and we end up with one big love fest!  Up and off we were to the salt flats.  We made it there before the sun.  I have so much respect for landscape photographers and might I add, I loved playing with the light and chasing the sun, bending, twisting, moving to get just the right angle.   I is amazing how just one slight move right or left the whole image changes.    I will do a whole post of images when we get home, until then, believe me there are some beautiful ones in there.  
On our way home we stopped to pick up some breakfast, and headed home to the boys.
Everyone had to much sun yesterday, so it was a good day to explore.  We took the boys out to see the Krazy Fish place and then North and a day of turning down roads we have never seen.    We had simple goals for our trip of the day.... find jewelry for Kosti, lunch and explore some new roads.  We stopped in Rincon for lunch at the Harbor View.  It was a cute little surfer hang out.  At laaaaassssssttttttt......  a great salad!  Reader/traveler to PR take note, Rincon Harbor View Restaurant makes a good Cesar salad with chicken.  Lunch was good, off to find jewelry..... Found a little, I mean little jewelry shop in the village.  Kosti did find a bracelet he liked.  I on the other hand found nothing.  I am a jewelry snob, it's hard to please me when it comes to jewelry......
In our exploration with  Kosti navigating we ended up at Tres Brother's Beach.  Unbelievable!   Unbelievable.  Miles and miles of un disturbed, beautiful beach.... Mile and miles......  On our trip home, it started to rain, made it back to the condo and now, in the home stretch. 

This will be my last post until we get home to Rochester.  Tracy and Kosti are heading back tomorrow and Jay and I will be with Mom for a few more days.  Tracy is taking his hot spot, (imagine that) and at Mom's we are off the grid....  Jay has promised we would do some landscape exploring while we're at Mom's. 
It has been a good, but fast time together.  Another yr down.... I'm sure there will be getting home stories for me to add next week, there always is.  For now  ~ we're all going to be together.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

....Monday Continues....

I spent a good part of the day thinking would I really, really enjoy a life like this?  Mondays in the sun.  Searching for a beach.  Spending all my time with my husband and my friends.... would I get bored?  Well I decided I would be willing to research it, given I would have an opportunity to go see the Kids and Babies whenever I want.....
Monday evening, after dropping Sean and the girls off home, we ~my men and I (~ Popi Cruz ((the love of my life)) Tracy ((my replacement "brother" ~ family is SOOOO so important to me)) and Kosti ((my best girlfriend))~) headed out in search of a view (for pictures) of the sunset, drinks and dinner ~ in that order.  

Digression ~ Over our years traveling around our world, Puerto Rico for the most part we find ourselves looking for a place to eat that has good salads.  The boys humor me, they could care less about salads, but my system needs them.  It is always an adventure searching for a good salad here.  Whenever I order a salad, whether side or otherwise, I get a chunk of iceberg lettuce, an unripe tomato sometimes topped with a ketchup and mayonnaise mix, sometimes not.
Back to the end of Monday story.....The place we stopped at for drinks and dinner, "Annie's" showed promise.    It was the local/tourist place at the end of the strip of beach we were at on Sunday.  You walked in and there was one of my favorite signs of Puerto Rico..... "no wifi, talk to each other, get drunk... it's 1993".  We chose a table with a great view of the sunset, ordered up some drinks and waited for it to happen!  This is said to be the best local (area) on the Island for sunsets.  If you are there at the right time, it is said you will see the elusive "green flash" before the sun disappears.  Two sangria's, a watermelon and a mango daiquiri later,  I didn't see it....
Dinner was good.   I did order a side salad for $5.95 expecting for that price I might even get a salad.... but no ~  chunk of iceberg lettuce on my plate, with a not yet ripe tomato, no dressing.....  Have not found that all elusive good salad yet on this trip.   Dinner and drinks were pretty good for the most part, although the boys said the drinks were light on alcohol.  I couldn't tell.    And then when we got home, I realized it was 44 steps up to our condo....

Tuesday  ~  March 10, 2015....
Tuesday morning, bright and early.... well perhaps not so early, 9-10am (I guess that's early on an Island in the sun).  Kosti greeted us with Karribean or should I say Kaz Ma Kosti, Kosti's for breakfast..... Delicious!    We had the day all planned out.   Get up, school for an hour and a half, off to the beach.
Professor Hendershott did hold class for an hour and a half, hmmm... perhaps he missed his calling.   Since breakfast was liquid for the adults, we ate the sandwiches from the day before to wash breakfast down.     And then the Kaz M Kosti Kosti's hit us all (well except for the girls) time for a nap.  When we all came to around 3pm it was time to head to the beach.    We decided to head to Rincon and find "Steps Beach".  As we all piled in to the car, with Kosti up front navigating, turns out it was actually Sean who best knew the way around these parts of the Island. (you'd think it was Rush how well he knew it!)  I think it was the police escort from his first night here.
It was 4 pm by the time we got to the beach.  Good time to start a "day" at the beach.  Some good snorkeling on Steps Beach.  Tracy says it is some of the best Elkhorn Coral he has ever seen.      Hmmm, who knew we had our big fish, Kosti and  Kenzie... the little fish.   She got right out there and tried to keep up.  Impossible.  Kosti was off exploring and  as usual.... he touched a sea urchin and need to do some surgery to remove the quills, (or whatever they are called that they have to  discourage others for touching them!)
When it was time to leave, back into the van we piled and headed out.  Tracy spotted a small side road he wanted to explore and off we went.  Of course the road went straight up, I mean straight up the mountain.  At one point, Jay ~ who was driving, couldn't even see the pavement.  Oh my.  I was thankfully in the third row with Kosti.  Poor guy's leg was turning blue from my hanging on.  The exploration took us up one of the one lane twisty turny mountain roads that I love so much.  This time, I was stuck in the third seat and couldn't even get out to walk if I wanted to. 
Once we hit the summit, Kosti spotted a little gift shop, who knew? he wanted to stop at to see if they had his needed sarong.....  They did and then some.
It was getting pretty late and time to start thinking of dinner.  Sean to the rescue!   He really knew his way around Rincon!   Right from the summit, took us to The Lazy Parrot Hotel and Bar.   They had stayed there when they first arrived.  Knew all the staff, were right at home.  Dinner was good.  The chef apparently had made a trip to Italy to learn how to make brick oven pizza.   The guys and little girls loved their pizza!   I decided to try to salad there.  No bad.  So far this trip, The Lazy Parrot has the best salad.   We did have to laugh as I was asking the waitress, (who grew up in Jersey) if it was a real salad, or.... and she finished the sentence, "a wedge of iceberg, with a tomato and catsup and mayo"... no, it's a real salad".     We dropped Tracy and Kosti at a local bar and headed home.  Sean dropped us off and headed back to pick up the boys.    Fast forward to Wednesday!

Given the limited internet access, I am going to take the opportunity to upload some images.   Fair warning, they are random, Not adding captions or locations until I get home.  I have not editing capabilities and they have all been taken with my Canon Elph point and shoot. 

At the salt flats


The Boys!  <3

Check back tomorrow!  Time to head to the beach.... it's Sean and the girls last day with us, they need beach time!   


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Healthy Eating!

Phase II
So we left you (or I stopped writing) after our first night here....or when we arrived and entered the condo.   It's really not bad,  We have the penthouse, but  now a couple of days in and no people to be seen.  We did find the pool.... it is a very pretty pool.  All to ourselves.  We found one of the benefits of being some of the only residents is that we can stand on our balacony and call to those of us in the pool that it's time to come home.... (the pool is about a 5 minute walk from the condo!)
Sunday started with our traditional mamosia's, and writing of the vacation house rules!  Rules are important.   They include stuff like, singing, dancing and being kind.   We didn't have any tape to hang the rules, but The Russian McGiver used toothpaste to hang them.   Getting ready for the beach will be fun on this trip as we have to motivate 5 adults and 2 tweens to get moving and get out of here.  While waiting for the other half of our our group,  the music was playing the Cupid Shuffle....  You need to see the video.  I can not do it justice to try to use words to describe myself, Kosti and Popi doing the Cupid Shuffle in the kitchen while waiting to head to the beach.   Belly laugh fun!!!!
Off to the beach!  Knowing it's winter here we headed to  what is suppose to be the most beautiful  beach.... (winter usually means beaches are empty).  We wanted to find Bahia Sucia.  (translation ~ Dirty Beach).  The name I think is to discourage folks to from going to it!     When we arrived in the general vacinity, we were instructed  (by the local police) to park about a 20 minute walk from the beach.    Hmmmmm, 20 minutes in the sun and 85 degrees, not happening.    Jay had a little conversation with the officer directing us, he explained that it was Sunday and all the locals were out.  He suggested we come back "tomorrow"  it would be empty and we'd be able to park in the parking lot.
U turn and in search of another beach..... We made it to Playa Combate ...... Pretty,  lots of people... good music.  A bar down the beach a ways for libations.  Nice day in the sun.  On our way back to our car we found a very fruitful (full) tamarind tree.  We love tamarind...... had to stop and pick some. 
We did do some grocery shopping the night before,  one of our little traveling buddies wanted steak real badly.    ~ digression ~  When met up with her, her sister and her dad on saturday, the girls stayed with us as Sean when to pick up Tracy and Kosti at the airport.  They hadn't eaten and wanted breakfast.  We had met them in a McDonald's parking lot.  Great, both Jay and I thought, we'd get McD's.  Nope, she announced she is on a health eating program, and had to eat good healthy foods, not junk food..... okay.
We headed off to find somewhere where we could get a "healthy breakfast".  Found IHop.  The girls had steak and eggs.  Jay and I split and omlette and pancake breakfast.  $50.00 later, the girls were happy with their "healthy breakfasts" of steak and eggs.   (they didn't eat the fruit however that came with it!).  They did eat the whole steak and eggs.....
That night we had steaks for dinner.  (healthy eating at it's finest!)  We thought it would be fun to eat on our top deck, under the stars.  Tracy got eaten alive by mosquitos..... never again is he eating outside! EVER!  We were all tired.... early night for everyone.

Monday morning mamosias!   I love Mondays, Mamosias, 80 degrees, sunshine.....  Sean is a cooking machine, he made breakfast for everyone.    Kosti and I headed off to the pool.  I did some laps (yeah right) and Kosti practiced his diving moves.  Lovely.  Since we have two young students here with lots of school work to do,  Sensei Hendershott called school into session.  An hour and a half of school work under his tutalage, 
Once school was out, it was time start to corral the crew to head off to the beach...... a few hours later we were out the door heading to Bahia Sucia.  I can't wait until you can see the pictures.  On our way to Bahia Sucia we passed through the oldest salt flats in the western hemisphere.  It was neat, kind of surreal.  Kind of funny as well given Tracy's need, affection and obsession with salt.  Around the same local was a very out of the worldly mud area.  We needed to stop and explore.  Walking across this was like walking in mucky quick sand.  Coulda lost a leg.....  I did get some beautiful pictures. 
Down the road there were some pretty pink, yes pink salt corrals.  And then out of now where, Bahia Sucia!  It is just a beautiful little bay area, with warm aqua blue waters..... ahhhh....  Mondays..........

There is a lot more fun to come, but I need to take a nap, so I'll continue later!  


As always Planes trains and automobiles.......

The 2015 Trip With My Boys   * disclaimer.... we have no internet, so will be using a "hotspot" off Tracy's phone.  We do not have  spell check.  Giiven these two things, there will be spelling errors and there will be no pictures.  I may fix these things when I make it home, I may not.
Planes, trains and automobiles.....  Okay no trains, but everything else.....  We all got here, not without issues, or a story to tell. 
Jay and I were scheduled to leave Rochester at 6am on Wednesday, February 4, 2015.  I thought we were safe, no  snow for days.... just really cold.  Or so we thought.  Little did we realize the rest of the country was experinecing a terrible storm.  Flights were being delayed and cancelled all over the place.  When I went to "Check in" at home, we found  that our flights had been delayed.  At first glance, it was only delayed by a few minutes.  Not bad.  No, at closer look it was delayed  12 hours and 15 minutes.  We would arrive in San Juan at 2am.  An even closer look  we found it left us with 20 minutes to change planes at JFK.  Given the fact that we would be changing from one terminal to another, I thought it wasn't going to happen.  When we looked a the new seat assignments, Jay was in row 5 and I was in row 25..... Saddness, but hey we would both arrive in Puerto Rico at the same time.
We got to the Rochester airport and inquired as to if we could get on a different flight.  The guy at the counter told us that perhaps through a different airport we could get to PR sooner.  He said that we could drive to Buffalo and get an ealier flight, not happening!    He did say that once we got to JFK, there may be more optSions, or we could wait until tomorrow, Thursday.
Given the weather and the forcast of of bad weather, we didn't want to chance it.  Off we go.  We made it to JFK.   The scheduled arrival by the time we took off had us landing gave us 10 minutes  to make our connecgting flight.   I have this wonderful husband who says, so no big deal, if we miss the flight we take the next one.    No stress.   I didn't stress.  We landed, got off the plane and headed to the terminal.   Ripley's belive it or not, where we got off the plane in Terminal 4B, there were no monitors with flight information.   We knew  based on an app I have that we had to get to Terminal 4C.   Jay spotted a "bus stop" for getting to terminal 4C, and asked if it would get us to the Puerto Rico flight.   To our pleasure the woman "manning" the bus stop was New Yorican"!  Yes she said in Spanglish.  She assured us we would make the flight.   We boarded the bus with the other Puerto Rican bound travelers.  As we got to terminal 4C, Jay over heard a conversation between this lovely woman and the terminal saying the terminal for the Puerto Rico flight changed from terminal 4C to terminal 4B.  Back to where we started!   She told us just stay on the bus, he'd take us there.  Apparently no one else on the bus heard the conversation. 
We got back to terminal 4B and were first to the gate for our plane.  ....and I was worried.   Everyone else at the gate in terminal 4C had to change to terminal 4B, in addition to the people who got off the plane with us, got on the bus, got off the bus and didn't get back on the bus.  (follow that?)

Fast forward... we land  1:30am in San Juan.  Jay had called to change our rental car the night before when we heard our trip had been delayed.  We get to the rental car desk and they have us arriving at 2pm on Thursday.  My sweet husband  being who he is, was able to turn it around and get us al car.  We made it home to Moms at 3am.  We went right to the house thinking she may be up.   Hey never know!   She wasn't.  At this hour, our only option was to  make our way the local Walmart parking lot and sleep until morning. 
We had a really nice visit with Mom in Arecibo.   I do need to point out that I have noticed since watching modern family, that Mom sounds a lot like Sofia Vegaria's  character when she says "Jaaayyyy".   Close your eyes, hear her say it and that's what Mom sounds like!   Love her to peices!!!!

Sean and his girls arrived as expected on wednesday evening.  (The twist to our trip ~ traveling with  9 and 11 year old girls).  They arrived in Puerto Rico on Wednesday evening at 9 pm.   Got their rental car.  Drove 2 hours west to Rincon and couldn't find their hotel.   They did find the local Police station,  at which point Sean realized he couldn't speak Spanish and the officers (3 of them) didn't speak English. After much going back and forth, with McKenzie in tears the police escorted them to the hotel only to find out it wasn't open at that hour.   The police had already left them.  Sean and the girls drove around for a while until they found "2 beautiful girls from New Jersey", who knew of the security guard at a bar, who knew some people at a hotel who then went over to open the office for them.   (following this?),  After the cost of two hotel rooms later they made it to a room.  The price of driving around an Island where you don't know the language.   The joys of Carribean travel.
Tracy and Kosti made it to the Island on Saturday.   We spend some time visiting Mom and then headed west.  Prior to leaving Mom's the girls made fast friends with Sally the salamander.  Jay and I thought there was no way they were catching it, but no they did.

We spent the day driving.  Please now if you ever travel to a Carribean Island that 90 miles takes 4+ hours.    You think it has been fun and an adventure til now. ... No, the fun is just starting!  Thanks to Kosti's navigation skills we manage to find our condo complex.  Looks lovely at first blush.  We punch int he code at the security gate.  Our directions tell us our unit is in the first building on the right.  We pull in.   It just didn't look right.   I can't wait to load pics of this place.  First waring, there is not another soul or car or sign of life to be seen..... looks likea modern version of a an old west ghost town.  The build foundation was cracking.  There were wires hanging out where light fixtures should be.  There were weeds growing in the stairwells.  No numbers on the condo doors.   Not looking good.  We parked, Kosti and I explored.  Not a soul anywhere.  

After some walking Kosti and I did find a building in a bit of better shape, with numbers on the parking spots and unit doors.  We found it.  The first key box we tried did not work the second did.  The until isn't bad.  It is modern.  Pretty stark.  but hey.... there are no weeds growing in the stairwell.

This is where I leave you for today.  It is 12 noon and I have too many Karribean Kositi's to continue writing.  Never fear though,  the stories continue... you are going to have to check back for more.   

 I miss my little Red Rose but I know she is having fun with Mikey, Sammy and Charles Barkley.   I have my husband, Popi Cruz and Tracy, Kosti and Sean and the girls for adventure!  We are so enjoying the sun and warm!   Check back soon as it all  continues! 

Hugs to you all, enjoy the day!   Be grateful for today!


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

...and so the adventure begins.....

It all started with an ice storm last night, well late yesterday afternoon.  Then flights got cancelled in the middle of the country.  I thought we were good to go.....

No, I thought wrong...  Once I went on line to "check in", I noticed that there was an email saying they had been trying to contact us that our flight had been canceled.  They did put us on another flight.  Quickly reading I thought it was another flight this morning..... Nooooo, I thought wrong.   It was a flight for 6pm tonight arriving in San Juan at 1:30 Thursday morning....

My biggest fear is that we have a connecting flight in JFK.  The itinerary shows our flight comes into one terminal and the next flight leaves from a different terminal.  Oh Joy....  with 10 minutes in-between when we land and when boarding starts.   Not gonna happen.

My dear sweet husband Jay is on vacation already...... let it go, he tells me.  If we miss the flight they'll get us on the next one and have to put us up over night..... okay dokey.....   I love this man.
Already I can tell he is on vacation, will come back to a new, they are promising to be less stressful job and he is ready to have fun!   I just love him.

He just checked in with me, of course I didn't finish packing when I saw our flights were cancelled and we weren't leaving until tonight, so that's what I've been up to....

Jay Cruz is so much fun when he is not stressed and right now, he is not stressed!

The worst part of going away for me is always leaving my girl.... I hate  going away from her.  She knows we are leaving.   She hasn't been more than 3 inches from me all day.....  I know she is in good hands,  my Mikey and his girlfriend Sammy are moving in to take care of the girl.... and extra treat for the Rose, they are bringing Charles Barkley.  Rosie Girl loves Charles Barkley!

...And so, I was hoping to have my toes in the sand real soon.....

This is just not quite the same.....little cold....

So stay tuned.  We are off the grid until Saturday when Tracy and Kosti hit the Island and we head out West!  

Share a smile, make someone's day!  Gotta go get some more snuggles in with The Rose.