Saturday, November 14, 2015


In the words of Dude "Adios Amerigos". It is time for us to go. Our bags are packed and ready to go. We leavin on a jet plane....don't know when we'll be back again.  Oh babe we hate to go. We're leavin on a jet plane.  Ok now that song will be stuck in your head too.......sorry.  

We are leaving rainy Cancun. It is over cast and rainy. Makes it much easier to leave.  Art and I sat out by the pool for about 15 minutes. We went in just in time.  The skies opened up and cried.  It was sad to see us go.

Homeward bound.........should be home around midnight. 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Dining Experience I Won't Soon Forget

The rain finally made it. It started to rain about 2:00 am.  It was accompanied  by thunder and lightening.  It lasted most of the rest of the night. It had stopped by the time we got up but everything was wet.  Art got up early and scored us some loungers by the pool.fter breakfast we went to the loungers.  It was a little cooler than it has been and it was pretty cloudy.  We had been there for about 30 minutes and it started to rain.  It rained hard for about 20 minutes.  Then it cleared up and was a beautiful day.  We played in the pool and on the slide all day.

We all were excited for tonight's dinner.  We signed up for a surf and turf dinner.  We were told the surf would be lobster.  Only 5 couples are allowed to attend.  It is a private dinner with the chef.  We learned after we got there that one of the couples dropped out so there were only 4 couples.  The other couples were from California.  They were super nice.  It was one of the ladies birthdays.  The room was set up really nice and we had a lot of fun with the other couples.  The dinner however was.......... well.......... the dinner was....well let's say it was a dining experience.  That is what I kept telling myself it is a dining experience.  I will tell you what we had by course.

First - It was a a salad.  It wasn't the green salad with lots of yummy vegetables and it wasn't even a Caesar salad,  It was a piece of watermelon (with the seeds) with hot sauce drizzled on the side. OK I can eat that.

Next - Cold Soup - It was two pieces of sausage  at the bottom of the glass with some sort of avocado  puree and then it tasted like watery catsup but I think it was a can of tomato sauce. The sausage had a really strange flavor so it was basically inedible.

Next - Beef Soup -  We got  a bowl that had two rocks yes I said rocks,  a piece of tomato some chive onions, cilantro and a piece of beef tongue.  Then the staff came a pour beef broth over it.  The rocks were suppose to keep the soup hot.  Gives new meaning to stone soup.

To cleanse our pallet we were given Mango pudding.  It was ok.

Then the main course...the turf and surf.  I kept thinking to myself it is going to be OK.......the surf and turf  will be steak and lobster.....I can do this.  We all had that same thought.   When the plates arrived the lady across from me gasped and said that is octopus.  I thought no way I looked up and could see a lobster tail on a plate. Whew!!  Then they set my plate in front of me.  Yes there was a lobster tail siting on what appeared to be spaghetti and to my utter horror an octopus tentacle.  I started to giggle. It was so disgusting all I could do was giggle.  I thought ok I will eat the spaghetti and lobster.  It was really wasn't spaghetti is was some kind of funion painted red.  The lobster was so stuck to the shell I couldn't get it out.  And what I could get out was undercooked and mushy.  I thought suck it up buttercup maybe the octopus would be good.  I cut off a piece off and tried to ignore the suction  cup looking part and popped it in my mouth.  Oh I wanted to spit it out so bad.  It wasn't any good.   We all felt the same way. I looked at Miss Cricket's plate and she had a huge tentacle.  I thought she was going to pass out.  It was so bad I started to giggle again.  Oh dear Lord don't let me throw up please please please. Art looked at his plate and said what part of this crawled on the ground. That made me laugh right out loud.   I thought maybe we would get the steak next.

No turf......we had dessert next.  We  were told we had to guess the ingredients.  I think they did that as an attempt to get us to keep eating it.  It was marshmallows, parmesan cheese and chocolate ice cream.  The marshmallows were wrapped in the cheese and then there were big chunks of the cheese. Wow!!! These items should never be put together. There was something else but I don't know what it really was.  It was so bad I just giggled all the way through it.   The lady across from me was trying not to gag.

Needless to say no one liked the dinner.  Afterwards we went to the grill for real surf and turf.  It really was a dining experience I won't forget.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Just Relaxed....and I Won

Today was a just relaxing day.  I laid in the pool lounger most of the morning.  It was so relaxing.  Everyday a member of sports and entertainment staff ask a random trivia question.  I got the answer right today.  The staff member came by while I was in the pool.  He asked me the question and I said oh you would ask me a hard one.  He laughed and said it was easy.  I started to try and figure it out and then thought I really don't know so I will just guess so I did.  He looked at me really funny and said ok.   Then I heard someone say they looked it up and what the answer was. It was different from the one I gave.  I told Art the answer they said but Art picked a different answer. Well, they said only one person got it right and called my name.  Woohoo..... Good for me.  I got a dumb prize but it was fun.

We have had a lot of trouble with the key and door locks.  The Bootlick and Miss Cricket had to have the lock on their door repaired last night. This afternoon I had to have the maid let me in to our room.  When Art and I came in for the day our key wouldn't work. Art had to get it rekeyed.  Hope the keys all work now without any more problems.

This afternoon I went for a hot stone message.  It was very relaxing.  The Booklick and Miss Cricket had a back massage.  Art held down the loungers for us.  Tonight we watched the football game and relaxed.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

It Was Just a Fabulous Day!!

This morning Art went out early to score us some loungers by the pool. After breakfast we headed to the pool.  It was a little cooler this morning and a little cloudy.  It didn't last long warmed right up.  Miss Cricket and I played on the slide.  We had a grand time.  Then we played in the pool.

After lunch we decided to play in the ocean.  The sand in the beach was pretty rocky and had broken shells so I went to  the gift shop and bought some aqua socks.  Art and I went first.  Art had his boogie board and had hopes of using it to ride the waves. We walked out in the warm ocean water and let the waves crash into our legs.  The waves carried a lot of sand with them.  We didn't seem too far in when the waves got harder and stronger and it had a really strong undertow. It didn't take long to fill my aqua socks with sand. We decided not to stay.  The pool was more my speed. The Bootlick and Miss Cricket came out about the time we left.  They decided to stay and play.  The waves hit Miss Cricket and knocked her over and as the Bootlick bent over to help her up, a wave hit him and down his shorts went. They decided the pool would be better as well. Too funny!!!!

Tonight we went to the Chef's dinner,  It was really fun, entertaining and delicious.  They even had a live band play while we were eating.  The chef explained each course.  I enjoyed all the food except the tuna.  I am just not a fish fan.  I tried to eat it but I really don't enjoy sucker meat.

At lunch today the staff sang happy birthday to a gentleman at the table next to us.  They gave him the cake that the Bootlick and I love.  They don't serve it anywhere so I asked the waitress where she got it and she said we could get it from room service.  So after dinner we came back to the room and ordered cake from  room service.  Darn was the cake they serve everywhere and not the yummy cake we wanted.  Oh well you can't have it all.

We ended the evening by playing a game.  Over all it was just a fabulous day.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Shopping Day

Today was the cloudiest day since we arrived.  It made it a little cooler but it is still hot.  We spent the morning on the beach.  Someone had reserved all the loungers by the pool so we decided to just go to the beach.  The morning flew by.

About 11:00 we got cleaned up and headed to town.    We went to one of the barter markets.  I won't say what it is but I am getting on awesome Christmas present.   After the market we went to one of  the other resorts for lunch and dinner.  It is the resort that we usually stay at when we come here. We hungout at the pool there.  Poor Bootlick had a few too many beverages and we lost him.  Miss Cricket was quite concerned so I helped her look for him.  We did find him and he was fine just a little lost.  We have had a good laugh about it since.

We took a taxi to the market and our driver waited for us.  Then he waited at the hotel for us as we gathered our things to go to the other resort.  He told us to call him when we were ready to leave but we just got an other taxi.  We decided not to ride the bus.  I think it was a good choice.

Now we are just sitting on our deck enjoying the evening.  There is a fire show going on at the pool area. We can watch it from our deck.

Monday, November 9, 2015

It as a Bluetiful Day

It really was a bluetiful day.  There were a few clouds off the shore but where we were the sky was bright blue.  Art and I went to breakfast this morning and we had to ask to be seated at a different table because the sun was so bright in our eyes.

I think it was warmer today.  We got in the pool before 8:oo this morning.  After breakfast we went to the loungers by the pool.  We no more got settled and decided it was too hot to sit around so we got in the pool.  It was so refreshing.  I think we spent most of the day in the pool.   Everyone took a turn at the water slide.  In fact, we all did it multiple times.  It was really fun.

Later this afternoon we all had spa appointments.  Miss Cricket and I had mani and pedis. Art and I had a massage and the Bootlick soaked his feet in a fish bowl.  The fish bowl is full of fish and they eat the calluses off your feet.  I had my mani first and then straight for the massage.  My polish didn't have time to dry and when I changed clothes for the massage it messed up the polish.  I was really bummed. When I went back for the pedi, I had it fixed. I am sure it won't last long but for today my hands look good.

We went to the Japanese restaurant for dinner and then after dinner we went to casino night.  First we played Bingo then 21 and finished with Texas Hold Em. The Bootlick and Miss Cricket didn't stay for the games but we did visit back at the hotel room before retiring for the evening.  

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Day One in the Books

Well this was a fabulous day.  The weathermen had predicted it to be rainy with thunderstorms.  But it wasn't.   I arose early.  It was about 6:15, Art was still slumbering so I slipped out to the desk.  It was really peaceful.  I was quite surprised at how many people were up and walking the beach that early.  I watched how the employees artful drove the tractor in the sand making creative designs. I was up for about two hours before Art got up.  I was a little concerned about the weather and the clouds did nothing to ease my mind.  There were several ominous dark clouds. But as good fortune would have it, the more the day wore on the bluer the sky got.

We spent the day down by the pool.  Miss Cricket and I got in the pool this morning.   It was quite hot and the pool offered a refreshing reprieve.   We had a great time playing in the pool.  Art got some blow up floating loungers at the auction a while back and he brought them.  I used one of them in the pool.  I felt like a Queen floating around.  I even had my very own motor for it.  The motor was really Miss Cricket but she did make the noise as she was pushing and pulling me around the pool.  Ahhhh what a friend.  I offered to let her ride and I would be the motor but she wasn't convinced it would be fun.  Maybe tomorrow she will be the Queen.  We all got in the pool this afternoon.  It was really fun.

They have a fun water slide here.  I kept my good eye on it most of the day.  It seemed to beacon me.  I really wanted to do it but didn't want to go alone.  I am funny like that. I hate to do things alone.  No one wanted to go so I put my big girl panties on and ventured up to the slide. It was fun.  I love that kind of stuff.  I am going to do it again tomorrow.  It was funny when I got to the top, I asked the life guard if it was OK for an old lady to do it and he laughed and said yes....... when you get tot he bottom, tell her to come on up.  I laughed and said I would tell her.  Sweet kid.....made this old lady feel better.  The only hard part was going up the stairs.  My stupid knees are just giving me fits.  I  really hope they behave better tomorrow and stop bothering me.

We made our spa appointments today.  Tomorrow I get a massage, mani and pedi.  Art is going to do the massage with me. I am so looking forward to it.

The weather held up great all day. Tonight we ate outside.  It was delicious.  The interesting thing about dinner was I kept seeing a flash of light.  I finally paid attention and it was lightening.  No thunder but a lot of lightening.

After dinner, we came back to the room and the boys beat us in a game of Pinochle. It was fun and we had a lot of laughs.  Now to bed.  Day one is now over and in the books.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Let the Adventure Begin

It hardly seems like a real time but 3:45 is real.  That is the time I got up. Art got up at 4:00.  Being retired I forgot how hard it is to get up so freak show early....but so worth it.  When Art made the reservations back in February he worked and finagled to get us first class tickets.  Let me say first class is everything it is cracked up to be.  We decided not tell the Bootlick and Miss Cricket but instead surprise them,  It was so fun anticipating their reaction.  It  was almost as good as waiting for Christmas.  Oh, it was so hard not to spill the beans but we were so careful not to say anything. 

As the time for the tirip drew near, it was harder and harder to keep it secret.  At one point they asked it we had seat assigments.  I about croaked.  We easily distracted them and kept the secret. Whew!

We met them at the airport this morning,  Yes they were surprised.  We walked up to the first class line and Miss Cricket thought we were in the wrong line.  But .........we didn't get the first class expedited treatment.  Recently American Airlines and US Airways merged.  They still need to work up out the bugs.  The ticket agent started to enter our info and then stopped turned to the lady next him and said we have another one. Ugh Oh!! The lady was on the phone and was helping some other passengers with the same problem. Apparently the new system didn't allow us to check in any bags.  He asked us to step aside so he could help other passengers.  After waiting about 40 minutes, the lady was able to get the system to accept our bags.  Hallelujah!!!!  We then proceeded to the security check point. We had precheck so we didn't have  to remove our shoes and it should have been easy.  Well for three of us it was.  I walked through and BEEP.  I sounded the alarm. I had some rivets on my pants and thought that is what it was.  The security agent assured me that couldn't be it.  We tried to figure out what it could be.  Then it dawned on me.  I am such an idiot...........I left my darling grandkid bracelet on.  I love it and wear it all the time and didn't even think twice about it.  I hurriedly took it off and shazame..... it worked. 

Because we were first class, we could board early.  As soon as we got to the gate, Art needed to use the restroom.  No sooner did he walk away it was time to board.  I sent the Bootlick and Miss Cricket on their way so they could get a drink and snack while everyone boarded. (a perk of being in first class).  As soon as Art got back we  went to board.  The agent scanned my ticket and instead of the happy beep, I got the dejected beep.  Art asked if his was good so the agent scanned his and sure enough he got the happy beep.   I had to once again step aside.  When the original ticket agent realized there was a problem, he just stopped and didn't check me in so they gave my seat to someone else.  That person was really mad when they told him he couldn't have the upgrade.  I thought for sure I would end up sitting in coach but nope the lady who helped us earlier took care of it and it wasn't long before I was sitting in my seat in first class.  She told me I was good to go and wouldn't have to check in at the gate in Phoenix.  Sorry but I was leery.  When we got to Phoenix, I asked the agent at the gate if I needed to check in.  She smiled and said not unless you are Art.  The original agent didn't enter Art's info in.  It all worked out and we made it to Cancun just fine. It is hot and humid......just like we like it.  We love the room and and are super excited for a fun week ahead of us.  The time is two hours ahead of the time at home so we can retire early and not even feel  bad about it being good night all. I need to get to bed soon so I can be rested for the fun week ahead.