Monday, November 17, 2014

All good things must come to an end.......

Today was our last full day here.  It is hard to believe it has come to a close. The week flew by.  It was suppose to rain the past three days but we dodged that bullet.  We had perfect weather. We did have some lightening tonight but nothing serious.  Today I went with Art to get a spot on the beach. We got a great spot.   We played in the ocean.  Wave hopped and body surfed. Man those waves are strong.  A couple of the waves had a rock in them. We decided maybe the pool would be better so went to the pool and played. While we were lounging on the beach, a vendor walked up to Art and called him Mr. Whiskers and then called me Mrs. Whiskers.  Ha ha that would be Mr & Mrs Berger from Iowa near Seattle he had us confused for the Whiskers. It's a common misconception.   It was funny.  

I left the beach early to go for a mani/pedi.  It was nice.  Art stayed at the beach.  A sad note, I lost my swimsuit cover......super bummed.  Oh well. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Spa Day

Oh what a wonderfully awesome relaxing day!!!  After breakfast Art and I headed to the beach.  Art got up early and got us a spot right at the ocean's edge.  It was pretty cloudy and we thought we might get rained on but fortunately we didn't.  It ended up being a nice day.  After about an hour I left to go to the spa. Art had a peaceful day on the beach.

My spa day was incredible. I was there for 4 hours and 15 minutes.  First I had an 80 minute hot stone massage.  It was soooo good.  Then I had a body scrub.  They scrub your body to exfoliate it.  Then I took a quick shower to rinse it all off. Then I had warm chocolate rubbed all over my body. After that I was wrapped in plastic wrap, then in a sheet, followed by a warm blanket then something else I am not sure what but I was wrapped up like a burrito.  I was wrapped up for about 45 minutes and the best part about it was, I had my head, neck, and face rubbed the whole time.  GLORIOUS!!!  Oh my heck it was good.  Then another shower to wash all the chocolate off.  Followed by a moisturizer lotion all over my body.  After that I had an 80 minute facial. I hope sometime before I die, I get to do it again.  It was the best. 

At dinner Art and I were chatting and I looked up to see a man pull down his underwear and moon us. Whoa! Wasn't expecting that. 

Hard to believe tomorrow is the last full day here. 

Mr & Mrs Burger from Iowa

SArt was up early and scored us a great spot on the beach.  While he did that I got up and moving.  Before we went to breakfast we went the gym. I rode the bike, did crunches, and used weights. Art did the treadmill, elliptical, weights, and I am not sure what all.  Kudos to us.  Then we went and ate a nice breakfast.

Spent most of the day on the beach.  It was pretty cloudy all day and a little chilly to be wet so no swimming today.  We decided to have dinner tonight at one of the other hotels.  Art has had a hankering for lamb chops and they no longer serve them here. So we thought we would see if one of the other hotels served it.  Art suggested we take a taxi instead of the bus.  I am always a little leery of taxis'. The are usually a wild ride but it wasn't too bad going.  Coming back had a couple of scary moments but it was all good. Art was right in suggesting the taxi.  It was much faster then the bus. They didn't have lamb chops but they did have baked lamb. 

We took the elevator at the other hotel. Holy smokes I about had a stoke....or heart attack...or both.   We stepped onto the elevator and so did about 12 other people.  I was squished in the back. I watch as people kept getting in.  As they did, my claustrophobia kicked in.  My heart started pounding wildly and I began to sweat.  My head started spinning.  I said to Art, who was by the door, let's get out and take the stairs.  Some of the folks were part of a wedding party so I suggested they all ride together.  Art and another lady said oh it's ok.  No, no, no it isn't ok.  It was definitely not ok. I was in panic mode and stuck in this small space with no way out.  I began to tremble.  I prayed Oh dear Lord,  please help me not to scream or pass out and please please please get me out of here.  I was giving Art the look of  "get me out of here" but we rode. I cannot even begin to express how utterly grateful I was when that door opened. 
Our waiter at dinner was an absolute hoot!  He read our name and this is the conversation 

Waiter: Mr &Mrs Bur..... Bur....
Us: Berg
Waiter: Burger
Us: Berg
Waiter: Ah, Burger
Us: Berg like iceberg 
Waiter: Burrrrrger
Us: Berg like iceberg.....Berg (emphasis on the G)
Waiter: ah.....BerGA
Us: (realizing he would never get it) um sure
Then he asked where we were from
Us: Idaho
Waiter: Iowa, nice
Us: yep
Art: it's by Seattle
Me: what?!
Ha hahahaha 
We are Mr & Mrs Burger from Iowa, you know, by Seattle.  I am still laughing. 
Now back to watch the BSU game. Go Broncos! 

Friday, November 14, 2014

New Shoes

No surprise I got new footwear....the surprise is I failed to mention it.  About a dozen years ago I bought some water sandals here in Cancun.  I love them and wear them all the time. They are showing signs of age though.  For the past 6 or so years, I have been looking for more but have been unsuccessful in finding them.  I even looked on line.  Nothing.  Well I popped into the gift shop here at the hotel just to see if by chance they had them again and to my complete surprise; they did.  I was thrilled beyond words.  They also has a pair that was a flip flop but made out of the same material.  I told Art I was tempted to get them instead.  He said get them both so when the sale clerk asked me which one I was going to get, I told him BOTH.  The look on his face was priceless and all he could say was OH.  He told me since I got both he would give me discount.  They ended up being cheaper then they were 12 years ago.  I just love a good bargain.

Today We Were Slugs

Talking about lazy.......oh? Were we? 
Today we were slugs.  We sat on the beach and ate.........all day.  Actually, we did going swimming so we got a little exercise.  While in the pool, we met a nice couple from Canada.  We offered to give them one of our certificates as a referral and I think they will.  Sweet!! That gives us free days. After the pool we played bingo but sadly we came close to winning but didn't. 

Berfore dinner we played 21 and a couple hands of Texas hold 'em. Last hand Art had three of a kind and bet big but.......... I had a straight so I won. Woohoo!! Sorry Art. It was just funny money anyway. 

The weather was good today but got a little cloudy and windy late afternoon. Nothing like back home.  We have seen several pictures of all the snow. We picked a good time to be here instead of home. 

Tonight they had a fire show after the fire show they released baby turtles.  We forgot they were going to do that so we sat on our deck to watch the show.  The show was boring so we went in. Later Art looked out and saw a bunch of people at the edge of the ocean and remembered. Dang!!  Oh we'll maybe next time.

We ate all day.......a lot.......we are miserably full.........we ate.....a lot.  Hope we don't dream of the devil tonight because we are going to bed with such full tummies.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Bluetiful Day At The Beach

Today was a bluetiful day!  The sky was blue the weather was warm and it was just bluetiful. After breakfast we snagged us a lounger on then beach. We were just a few feet from the gorgeous ocean.  About 9:00 we went for a couples back massage.  It was pretty good. Art is willing to do that but forget the pedicure.  I think he actually enjoyed the massage. No feet were involved.  When it was over, I said to him that was a pretty fast half hour and agreed.  Then back to our lounger on the beach and that is where we stayed the rest if the day.  Even took a nap.  It was so great!  Got word it snowed at home so we enjoyed the sun even more. The food is so good I will probably gain 10 pounds.  We did go check the gym out tonight.  Maybe we will take advantage of it before the week is over.....or maybe not. 

Tonight at dinner, the cute waiter made a flower out of a napkin for me.  Pretty sweet.  I will try and post a picture later. Sat on the patio lounger tonight and enjoyed the stars listening to the ocean.  Doesn't get any better than this. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Did you say upgrade

This morning we got up to the awesome sound of the ocean. Knowing back home it snowed makes it even better.  We had a great breakfast. The fruit is so fresh and yummy, I just love it.  I am not even worrying about my diet while I am here so I had a delicious omelette with my fruit.

We decided to do the presentation today.  We were pretty set to tell them no thanks, we are done as we have so many times but........... Yep that's right we upgraded our membership to Presidential.  The Presidential suit is pretty awesome.  It is like a condo.  Our sincere desire and hope is to bring our kids and grandkids here for a family vacation.  Upgrading, puts us that much closer to that goal. It took most of the day taking care of it all.  We did have some lunch at our favorite rooftop grill though.  As part of the upgrade, we got a new room here.  A free upgrade.  We were going to upgrade anyway today but now we did it free.  I asked the guy if we upgraded our membership could we upgrade our room now and not wait until our next trip (knowing full well I would have to wait). He said we had to wait and then came back a few minutes later and said he would pay for the upgrade now......sweet.  Art talked to him about auctions. The guy said he wanted to start an auction here.  Art said give me an airline ticket and I will tell you how it is set up and works.  The next thing we know, we have two free airline tickets.  Too funny.

After we got back to our hotel, we switched rooms and then I dashed off to the spa for a manicure and pedicure.  I got to the spa and it was actually full of men.  It made me think of Art. Some of you will remember the pedicure last time we were here.  Art screamed when they filed his feet.  Well... he refused to do it again. While I was thinking about how funny it was,  no kidding, the guy across from me let out a scream.  I was a goner.  Embarrassed, he said in a very southern drawl, everyone said he would love it but he begged to differ.  It was so funny.  

A lovely dinner and walk then back to the room. We sat on the deck for a little while and now we are ready to turn in.   Tomorrow we have hopes of beach time.  Can you believe we have been in paradise for more than 24 hours and have yet to put our swimming suits on?  Goodness......Tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

All in a day

I knew morning would come early but oh my....... We got up at 4:15.  I actually woke up this morning at 4:00.  My bladder was full and when I looked to see what time it was I decided to stay in bed for the extra fifteen minutes. My bladder could wait.

After a prior discussion of our options, we decided that we would drive ourselves to the airport and just park in long term parking.  I still think it was a wise decision.  It was super chilly this morning.  Some might even say it was cold.  Art had to deice the car. Brrrrrrrrr.  Traffic was light and we got to the airport in about 15 minutes.  We had a fun treat while at the checkin counter, our sweet MKs parents were there.  They are headed to Texas. We had a quick visit. 

Art booked the trip with his credit card so he had priority boarding.  I however .....didn't.  He was with the first to board and I was was with the last.  I was stunned and amazed how many strangers had an opinion on that.

The flights were flawless.  We arrived safe and sound.  As we stepped into the building to enter customs, I was a tad bit nervous anticipating the line.  I thought it would be light but you never know. Fortunately, my nervous feeling soon vanished.  The room was pretty empty.  We made it through customs in about five minutes.  Sweet!  We had to wait a little bit for our luggage but that really is to be expected. As we stepped out of the airport, the smell of the warm Caribbean air and the sun on my face was awesome.  Just like greeting an old friend.  We had to wait for about 40 minutes for our ride to the hotel.  Glad the sun was warm.

We didn't get the room we requested but thought oh well until we got to the room they gave us. Not thrilled with it so Art went and requested a different one.  They don't have another room til tomorrow so we will take care of that in the morning.

We had a great dinner.  I just love the squash and tomato soup here.  It is the kind that when you put it in your mouth, your taste buds shiver with joy and say thank you very much.  I had been anticipating it for a while so Art said lets have it tonight and let me say it didn't disappoint.  A funny..... My mouth is really tiny and waiters always  bring me a giant serving spoon.  I can't fit one in my mouth, so when he brought it, before I could say anything, Art requested a small spoon.  The waiter had a funny look but agreed.  Once he realized it was for me and not Art he was fine.  Art told him he would stick with the big spoon.  Don't know how folks use such a big spoon.

Traveling always wears me out with excitement of going and anxiety of wondering if everything will work out.  That mixed with the early morning, this kid is ready for bed.  Art is already "resting his eyes". We are going to relax a little bit and will head to bed early......... I hope.  As I am writing this, I am listening to crash of the ocean waves.  Love it!!   So excited for tomorrow.