Monday, January 26, 2015

Last Full Day was the last full day.  I have to say the week flew by for me.  It has been fun.  Today we did the norm.  After breakfast we did our walk and then up to the deck.  I am really going to miss the deck.  It has been so nice.   We did go on a couple of walks.  It is crazy how much of the beach has eroded over the week.  The tide comes in and washes a good part of it away.

While we were on the deck this afternoon, Art pointed to a boat out in the ocean and said see that boat?  It is following a whale.  And sure enough there were two whales.  A really big one and a small one.  I figured it was a mother and baby.  They would jump high in the air and splash back down.  It was fun to watch.

The food has steadily gone down hill.  We were surprised when we first got here how it had improved but as the week has gone by the food quality seems to have gone by the way as well.   But tonight  after we ate, we went to one of the better restaurants and had "sexy coffee" and tiramisu. Art had the coffee and I had the tiramisu.  The maitre'd there is awesome and he actually took good care of us this week. The coffee is made with liqueur and is set on fire.  It is really fun to watch them make it. We had to go one last time.  We should have had dinner there but we went to the restaurant just below it since we hadn't eaten there all week, tonight was our last chance.

I bought a dolphin made out of  ironwood.  It is beautiful.  It spoke to me so I had to buy it.   I was in the pool and a vendor came by.  I told him no but then the dolphin spoke to me and we all know when something speaks to me I have to get it.  It will look so good with the rest on the entertainment center. Now I have to figure out how to get it home.  

Art and I had a great time playing in the pool this afternoon.  I am going to miss our pool time.

Art was feeling a little under the weather, so he took a nap this afternoon.  Hope he feels better especially for the long day tomorrow.

We found out our nephew and his wife had a new baby yesterday.  Congratulations to them.  Now they have two really really cute boys.

Today started out overcast.  Tried to sprinkle and then the sun came out and was beautiful.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cloudy Day-

We spent most of today on the deck.   We went on a couple of walks and went to eat but other than that we were on the deck. Late afternoon, I went to get a massage.  I was prepared for the contorting this time so it was more relaxing.  I still don't think my body should move that way but it seems to do it.  Art stayed and read a book.  I am jealous he read a book that took me a week to read and he read it in a day.  He started yesterday and finished it today.  I wish I read that fast. 

We were talking to a couple of folks we met at the returning guests dinner and they said last night there was a small crowd down at the water and so they walked over to see what was going on.  It was a crocodile.  Whoa!!!  

At dinner a crazy lady came up to us and started asking a questions.  She said she had been coming since the place opened.  She had a little too much to drink.  She had to tell us all about her. She is meeting tomorrow with the manager to tell her everything she thinks is wrong. Don't know if she really is or not but if she is, I feel bad for the manager.   When she finally left Art smirked and told me I was a magnet. 

After dinner we got in the hot tub on our deck.  It is a pretty shallow tub but it was fun all the same.

A note for those who know my Myrna..... Her sister Gladys is here and she has a bad back.

The food today hasn't been that great.  Today was really cloudy all day and not as warm. It tried to sprinkle a little.  

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Today Was A Crazy Day

We slept in this morning.  It felt good but it made us late going to breakfast.  By the time we got there it was full.  Fortunately, we could eat just inside the restaurant instead of outside where all the tables are.  Service was really slow in there but that is OK.  The regular cook was off today so it wasn't as good as it has been all week. More people arrived today.  The hotel is busier than I have ever see it.  We didn't even try to get a lounger.  After breakfast we came back to our fabulous deck.

About noon we headed to the Malecon.  We ate lunch at the Blue Shrimp restaurant.  It was really good.  It is right at the waters edge.  We had shrimp, asparagus soup and fresh guacamole.  We were told by a couple people at the hotel to check out the wall by the bathroom.  There are pictures of everyone famous who ate there.  Soooo I checked out the wall.  I was paying attention to the pictures and not where I was going. I walked right in the men's room.  Oops!!!!  I walked in and immediately saw urinals and realized what I had done.  I had hoped I could sneak out and no one would be the wiser but as I walked out the manager came running.......laughing he said Oh Señorita you are in the wrong bano.  Ya think????  We both started to laugh.  He thought I was just going in, he didn't know I was walking out.  It was a good laugh.

We walked all around the Malecon.  There were lots of fun shops and the mother of all flea markets. It was good to walk around.  The taxi ride back was a little scary.  Not as scary as the ride to Walmart but it was a close second.  Art and I both thought we were going to side swipe a car while passing it.  It was good to get back to the hotel.

We went to the pool.  We managed to score a couple of loungers.  It was a little cool out so we got in the hot tub.  It is part of the pool.  After a bit, Art decided to rest on a lounger and I stayed in.  Several folks came and got in.  It was fun to visit.  At one point a new guy came and he had a little too much to drink.  Someone asked one of the ladies where her husband was and she said he was in the room hungover so he was resting.  She said he was up until 3:00 am and he had kept mooning people last night.  The new guy said that was no big deal, he did it all the time.  The lady looked funny at him and said oh yeah.. I dare you to do it now,  Soooooooo he did........yes he stood up and mooned her......twice.   Yes he did.  Holy smokes!!!!

While we were on the deck this evening watching the sunset we could hear a chirping sound.  It was loud and annoying.  I thought it must be a bird.  Then all of a sudden hundreds ( I am not even kidding) of bats flew across the deck.  It was crazy.  They just kept coming.  They were the noise we heard.  I have never seen anything like it.

We ate a very late super.  We had 9:00 reservations for the French restaurant.  When we arrived there were quite a few people there but it was not full.  We were promptly seated.  After we were seated Art leaned across the table and asked if the table was a little too close to me.  I said no it is perfect.  He spreads his arms and said look at all the room I have.  He could cross his legs and never touch the table. He had a ton of room.  The table was bolted to wall so we couldn't move it closer to him.  It was unreal how far the seat was from the table.  Art said it was like sitting in the back seat of a car and trying to reach the steering wheel to drive.   He said even if he scooted forward he couldn't sit like that all night to eat.  I tried, I couldn't either so we switched tables.

It was pretty cloudy today.  Talk of rain tomorrow.  Hope not.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Dear Diary

Dear Diary....what did we do today?  Today was a relaxing day.  This morning there were no loungers on the beach or by the pool.  They had all been reserved so after a delicious breakfast we went for a walk along the beach and then headed up to our fabulous deck.  It was nice and relaxing.  Then after lunch, we swam in the ocean and the pool.  It is just amazing the power of the ocean.  The waves can totally knock you over and carry you back with the tide.  It was fun playing in the ocean. We did manage to score a lounger on the beach after playing in the pool.

The sun was pretty hot so we decided to retire back to our deck. Art took a snooze while I went for  walk.  I stopped to get an ice cream cone but didn't eat it.  There was a couple at table with a bunch of food.  A bunch of hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, salads........a bunch of food.  The man had his head down  on the table.  I sat  down at the next table and before I had a chance to eat my cone the man raised his head up and projectile vomited.  Lovely!  I threw my cone in the trash and walk away.....yes I gagged. Oh well I shouldn't be eating ice cream anyway.

We got cleaned up then went and watched the beautiful sunset.  The sunsets here are so beautiful.  We have watched it every night.  Then off to dinner and back to the room.  They are having a pool party tonight so we are enjoying the music from our deck.   Did I mention what a great deck we have?  It is fabulous.

We Facetimed with family today....that was really nice. Technology is just amazing and I am so grateful we have it.

The weather today was clear and sunny.  It was a bluetiful day.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Today Started Out Normal

Yes today started out normal......Art got up early to reserve us a place on the beach but all the good spots had been taken.  We figured folks put towels out the night before. More people arrived so there wasn't any places left by 8:00.  We got the last table at breakfast.  Breakfast was really good.  We then spent a couple hours on the beach.  Poor Art was really hot from the sun beating down on us so we hopped into the pool to cool off.  It was pretty cold when we first got in.  It didn't take but a second to cool off but we endured and stayed in a while. Then we hung out on our fabulous deck.

While we were at lunch a couple of charming ladies that we met last year arrived.  It was so fun to see them.  We visited with them a little while. There are alot of folks here that we recognize from last year. After lunch,  we walked across the street and Art made arrangements for me to have two massages. Such a great guy.  I had one of them today.

First let me say I did enjoy the massage but it was the strangest massage I have ever received. I am not even sure how to describe it.  There was a lot of contorting. It was really different, nothing I expected.  When I go back for the other one I will know what to expect.  The hotel has a dinner for returning guests.  The dinner was tonight.  It is a nice perk and we really enjoy it.  There wasn't as many people there as there has in the past.  It was very enjoyable.  We sat with two other couples and it was a delightful evening.

I wanted to got Walmart.  Last year I bought a swim shirt there and I wanted to get the shorts that matched and another shirt.  We decided to go tonight.   We thought if we went at night, it wouldn't take away from our day in the sun.  Since it is only a half mile away, we normally walk but since it was dark, we decided to take a taxi.  Holy Smokes Myrna!!!!   The ride scared 5 years off our lives. We have had some scary rides but holy smokes......Our driver an older gentleman took off  and immediately ran a stop sign.  Then instead of stopping at a stop light, he weaved around cars and kept going.  Art just finished commenting that he would hate to drive here and we noticed the traffic ahead of us was stopped.  Our driver wasn't slowing fact he started to speed up.  There was a bus stopped ahead of us. It was obvious he was not going to stop and when he stepped on the gas, Art held the ceiling and we both stomped our feet like we were trying to step on the breaks and I screamed.  I think my scream startled him awake and he slammed on his breaks and we slid right up to the bus but we didn't hit it.  Oh..My..Word.  It scared me so bad I started to laugh.  We got to Walmart and jumped out of the cab as fast as we could.  Wow, we made it in one piece.  I didn't find the shorts in my size...dang it but I did get a shirt that will work.  The ride back to the hotel was much much better.    

We got in the elevator tonight and couple got in with us.  The man was extremely drunk.  I am not sure how could still stand let alone walk.  When the elevator arrived on his floor, his wife got out and he turned to us and said they had been married for 57 years and she had a mental problem....she drank too much.  We busted out laughing.  Yeah she had a problem alright.......but he was her problem.

The weather was great.  Partly cloudy but very beautiful.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sunny Day

This morning we had a great breakfast.  The food has really improved. After breakfast we wandered around to find a lounger but they were all taken.  So we decided to go back to our fabulous deck.  Art turned the speaker on and we listened to music and sat on our chairs and loungers and enjoyed the ocean.  It was wonderful.  There is a lot of people here and all day there was a bunch of people running around but once 4:oo hit people seemed to just disappear.  It is strange.

Anyway we grabbed a hamburger for lunch then walked over to the barter market.  Art got a new hat.  I didn't get anything.  I know, it is surprising even to me.  But I did buy a new swimsuit cover from one of the beach vendors.  After we got back from the market, we got in the pool.  It was refreshing.  Then down to the beach for a couple hours.   Some folks got a fish and when they started to skin and gut it 50 - 60  birds showed up out of nowhere It was the craziest.  Art and I were worried we would pooped on but whew... we didn't.  As soon as they were done with the fish, the birds disappeared as fast as they showed up. 

We got cleaned up and went to dinner.  Dinner was scrumptious.  We had steak and shrimp.   The steak was cooked to perfection.  It was sooooo tender and flavorful.  The shrimp....oh my goodness.... the shrimp was not ordinary shrimp.  It was bacon wrapped shrimp.  AWWWWW.  We all know how much Art loves bacon.  He loved it.....I did too.  he got a bottle of wine and couldn't drink it all so he gave it the matre'd.   His name is Pauly and he is just a great guy and he was so thrilled.  When he realized I don't drink alcohol, he made me a a special drink that was really good but I bet it was loaded with sugar......why else would it be so good.  I am not sure how but I almost dumped the table at dinner.  We no more recovered from that when the lady at the table next to us fell off her chair.  She was OK but scary.  We ended up talking later in the evening and she found out I was from Idaho and said she has relatives in Boise.  Then I asked her where she is from and she was from Joplin Missouri and has cousins in Sedalia.  Small world.  

The best news......our luggage showed up about 4:30.  Whew!!!!  We were thrilled.  It didn't take long to unpack.  What a relief to have our things.

The weather today was just perfect.   We got our name plague put on our door today.  When I figure how to load it on to the blog I will post it.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Today was no blah blah blah day.......

.....and I thought I wouldn't have anything to blog.  I thought it would be we got up early, had a good flight...blah blah blah.

WELL....we got up early made it through security and it was all blah blah blah until we got on the plane.  Then it started.  We  sat on the plane at the gate for 1 hour and 45 minutes.  They told us there was a mechanical problem and they had to put hydraulic oil in and it would be about 10 minutes.  But it wasn't 10 minutes.  And no one believed it was just adding oil.  Then we had to wait while they deiced the plane.  We  would have not cared except we only had 35 minutes to catch our flight out of Phoenix.  Art kept checking his watch and saying, we aren't going to make it.  I knew he was right but I kept hoping.  Needless to say......we missed our connecting flight.   About half way through the flight, they announced the gate crew was busy rerouting everyone.  Art and I both figured it would be difficult at best to get another direct flight.  We were worried we would get rerouted to several other cities first and arrive in PV late tonight or tomorrow.  We were able to get online and see we had been scheduled for the next flight but no seat assignments.  We figured we wouldn't be sitting together but as long as we were on the plane it would be ok. We got off the plane and went right to the gate.  We watched one of the employees interact with passengers ahead of us and commented what a hag she was.  When it was our turn she told us she couldn't help us and we had to go to customer service.  We waited our turn in line at customer service and wouldn't you know it, when it was our turn she showed up and we had to go to her.  She  gave us seats NOT together and told us she would make sure our bags got on the flight.  Ass soon as she said that Art and I knew our bags wouldn't arrive.  We we got to the departing gate, Art asked the very sweet lady if the flight was full and she said not at all. We were surprised!  Art asked if we could get seats together and she said certainly and reassigned our seats.  It was comical, there were a ton of empty seats, so everyone on the plane started moving around to the empty seats.  Art and I sat in the exit row by ourselves.  It was nice.  When we arrived we got through customs in 5 minutes.  It was great.  Then we went and waited for our bags...........we waited ...........and waited.........and waited.  No bags!!! The bags are still in Phoenix thanks to the hag. Hope they will arrive tomorrow.  

Our room is spectacular.  It is on a top floor with two count them two sliding glass doors.  It is the top corner room. It has a humungous wrap around balcony. The balcony has two chairs, two loungers, a table and chairs, and a hot tub.  And it doesn't feel the least bit crowded.   The view is incredible.  It is just the best.  We love it.

Now a funny..... on the flight to Phoenix my seat mate was this sweet older guy.  He was headed back home to Georgia.  He had been in Boise to attend a funeral (not the funny part) and he told me his wife of 53 years passed away 2 months ago (not the funny part).  I asked him to tell me about his wife. He was so grateful I ask and thanked me several times for asking. She had a stroke seven years ago that left her blind and paralyzed.  He had been caring for her since then.    I could write a whole blog about this guy.  He was a pilot in the marines and after retiring he went to work for Lockhead.  He flys new planes to be put in service.  He was so interesting. He said the whole hydraulic oil thing was crap.....well he used different language but means the same.  Anyway here is the funny.

He said his wife had the most incredible sense of humor and she could always put him in his place when needed,  When he and his wife had been married for about 6 months, he went home and she was busy ironing her bra.  He asked her what on earth she was doing to which she said she was ironing her bra.  He asked her why she was ironing her bra especially since she had so little to put in it.  She smiled sweetly and said well I iron your shorts don't I?  I about split a gut.  That was so funny.     I have chuckled all day just thinking about it.  I really enjoyed listening to his stories.

Another crazy thing.......there was a lady on that same flight that sat across and up one from us.  She looked and talked just like my Grandma.  They say everyone has a twin, well I saw hers today.

Looking forward to a great day tomorrow.  Art is already in bed and I am going to join him.  We have a busy day tomorrow holding down some lounge chairs.

Hope our luggage arrives.