Monday, September 29, 2008
As we all know Lisbon goes off on her own if she's bored and wants a walk and by all accounts the weather has been bad since I left San Pedro. My dogs being fair weather animals don't go out so much in the rain when they should pop out even for five minutes. However Lisbon goes when she wants to and Saturday morning was found by Cindy at Crazy Canucks whilst having breakfast and stayed and played with Cindy's Molly. She was dropped off at home and then later on in the day JD found her hanging out at the Playa Lounge and would you believe put her in a taxi and sent home to Beth! Only my dog would roam around the place at will looking for some buddies to play with. Poor Beth was probably worried about the four legged little monkey but we all know by now that she turns up in the end. Ambergris Caye is so small that there really is very little chance of getting away with anything and you are spotted pretty quickly wherever you are.
We said that there were going to be some stories to tell on my return and that is just one of them no doubt.
Um some of the leftovers from dad's birthday yesterday which tasted as good the second time around! Please tell me there isn't anything to celebrate tomorrow and we will have a day without cake! This cousin of mine is so full of family love, I gave her two special hand signals back to her one as I have missed her so much. She threatens to come and see me in Belize with Shannon and if that is ever the case we would have a blast together as we are quite a bit alike at times.
Um let there be cake!
Would you believe that one cake wasn't enough for Alicia and she goes and gets another one for Dave so that we can celebrate his again as it is actually today the same day as his daughter.
One happy Dave proving that you can have your cake and eat it!
One happy dad surrounded by friends and family on his and Gianna's special day. He is 40 and she is 4 and everyone is happy.
Here she is again all relaxed now that everything is out in the open she can chill and enjoy the night that she worked so hard to put on.
The in-laws, my aunt and uncle, Pat and John Caturano always ready to party and be the life and soul and on sight child care when the time comes.
They really are a friendly bunch in Long Island and this crazy guy is no exception. Anthony and auntie Pat used to work together on the boats and were telling a few stories about those good old days! Ah the long lost cousins! They now all know where Belize is and may even make a trip to come and visit one day as I am 2/0 as in 2 trips to see them recently and none to see me!Dave doing the rounds and trying his luck at some cards with all the money Alicia gave him. There were some serous winners as in one lady who took home 31k of funny money!
You all knew it was coming, that time of night when the cake came out which was so fine n creamy. Well you had a have a piece to be sociable no? The cookies were good too all the various colours tasted different!
How cute these guys are, still in love after 15 years together. Not sure who deserves the medal, probably both of them!
Cards over and time to really party and show some moves that should be saved for the home only but hey it's a party and there has been free flowing beer all night long!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
However, even though people are giving me reports of cake eating and wine drinking, I have a paranoid little voice in the back of my mind saying "it's not true, Sharon is just pretending to eat all this stuff". So I stepped up the aerobics just in case.
I arrived at JFK at 5pm yesterday afternoon and had to be ready to leave the house by 6.30pm for my cousin's husband surprise 40th party. So I was whizzed from the airport to my aunt's house to have the quickest shower ever and be ready to go. This being accomplished we were at the firehouse on time and just before the guest of honour. It was a great evening and I have plenty of photos to follow once I suss out yet another computer.
I am off to the same cousin's daughter's 4th birthday party today so non-stop food and drink all over again, but the really fantastic thing is that there for sure will be CAKE!!!!
Hello, this is Cindy....just a little encouragement from San Pedro: eat that cake!!! and don't forget to have a second slice...lol
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Here we go again with getting on and off things but this time a non-stop plane ride so fingers crossed no hold ups or screaming babies!
I finally gave in yesterday with regards to needing a mobile phone to get a hold of people en-route therefore the number is 630-453-2799 for anyone wanting to say hi I can be got on this number and give poor Racquel some peace.
Ok I have to pack and sort out some of the stuff I have bought on my travels ttfn.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Bus is late which was to be expected by all accounts only about half an hour which another passenger said was good.
It was a nice enough bus with a toilet and very active air conditioning, there go my feet again freezing! We also had a screaming child on board to give it a nice family atmosphere-lovely! So the bus gets us to Battle Creek with no dramas which is where we were told we had to wait for a charter bus as the original one wasn't going to the train station in Chicago. So we wait about half an hour, screaming baby sleeps at this point, bless her!
The second bus comes at about 3pm and we get on this. I am thinking no biggie we are just half an hour or so behind so poor Racquel will be ok waiting for me at the stop. Unbeknown to me we were to stop at every wee town we seemed to go through and pick up people on route. The screaming child that had found her lungs earlier really found them about 2 hours into the trip and to be honest I wanted to join in! It was now way gone 5pm the time I am supposed to be at the train station near Raquel's work and still I am on a frigging bus!
We finally get to union station in Chicago to find that there had been an accident at one of the stops and all trains were on hold. I get a hold of Racquel who is frantic by now and thinks I have been abducted to tell her my where abouts.
We are told which platform to be at and wait for the forthcoming train.
By now it is about 7.30pm and as can be seen people are stressed about getting home (they haven't even been on a bus all day!)
The trains start coming and the crazy full station starts to clear.
Needless to say it was great to see a smiling Racquel once I got off at the station, I guess the couple of red wines that she had to drink whilst waiting for me helped.
If ever there was a time I would have loved to of had some cake it would have been now and I recall that one I saw earlier in the supermarket this morning whilst killing time. It was a long day and a couple of times I was missing transport by golf cart but hey they are all worth it!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
After the most horrendous trip back to Chicago which I will blog about tomorrow or later maybe we decided to stop for dinner. I knew I wanted chicken and Racquel wanted food that stuck to your sides whatever that is so we stopped at this place that she knew. In two minds of what to have I think we covered all the bases and between us we polished alot of this off. Needless to say the work out dvd's are coming out asap. It was yummy though and hit the right spots, I have been corrected by Racquel as she said "food that sticks to your ribs" not sides, sorry.
This was our waiter who was the best and looking after our healthy eating campaign, check out the to-go box it's black!
Another quick walk as we haven't burnt off that dessert yet so the dogs are paying for that one and poor Jen as I wanted to do some extra steps.
WE got back to the house and I kept seeing this frog in the garden and was chasing it around to try and kiss it! I am sure my prince lies in one of these somewhere in the world so am not taking the chance of missing him. Unfortunately the dogs saw him to and it was all over as he hopped into the pond.
We popped out to East Lansing's version of a pub called the Tap Room which was very nice. The waitress said she loved my voice and Rach told her I was a fake which cracked us all up and the poor girl was lost then.
My date for the night the lovely Scott who has some fantastic stories involving why he has 6 engagement rings in his possession. It made me feel good about only having one so far!
It was to be an early one so back to the ranch for soon after 8pm to hang with the dogs and the kids, this reminded me of my house at night and how entertaining the dogs can be.
Alot of friendly fighting between everyone, then time to calm down and wind it up for the evening. The size of that telly is crazy stuff, plus with the surround sound it was just like the movies. We caught the end of one of the Austin Powers films of which I have never seen but found very funny.Unbeknown to me the dogs are not allowed on the sofa until I came to stay anyhow then Rachel and Tommy kinda forgot that rule and went with it. The poor little buggers were all worn out from the extra walking they had been made to do today, which was all my fault.