Saturday, September 22, 2012

Back in Our Pod

Big B and I are finally back in our little pod!  I say finally because we had a horrible time getting back.  Our day went as follows:

11:00am - leave resort for the hour and a half drive to the airport
12:30pm - as we check-in they tell us that our flight is about an hour delayed and that we will more than likely miss our connecting flight to Seattle
7:45pm - land and unload plane
7:50pm - RUN through terminal to get to "Passport Control"
7:58pm - get in line at "Passport Control"
8:04pm - RUN to baggage claim
8:14pm - get to baggage re-check area and are told that we will not make it to our 8:45pm flight and that we must re-book for a flight the next day.  get in line to do so.
9:09pm - reach the re-book desk, find out our flight ended up not leaving until 9pm and that we need to be back at the airport the next morning at 4:30am for our 6:20am flight to Dallas
3:30am - wake up!! (people back home were posting about the Mariner's game still going on)
4:00am - catch shuttle back to airport (10 minute ride)
4:25am - customer service rep tells me to have some patience after no one helps four of us standing in line and I ask a question
4:40am - finally get checked in
6:25am - pilot comes on to tell us that we have to wait for maintenance because they unhooked the tow bar wrong
7:00am - finally cleared for take-off
9:15am - land in Dallas
10:40am - first time all trip that we haven't had a delay on a flight and we take off close to our scheduled time
12:45pm - HOME!!!!!!!

Now I know that when we first got to the airport that they told us that we probably wouldn't make it but there was no effort by the staff in Miami to get us on the plane.  Even when the plane was delayed by 15 minutes no one asked if there was anyone in line who was supposed to be on the plane!  When we got to the re-booking desk the agent never apologized, in fact no one except for the pilot who had to tell us that the tow bar unhooking was done wrong ever said sorry for the delays.  The airline did pay for us to stay overnight in a hotel and gave us dinner and breakfast vouchers but they could have saved themselves some money by just putting us on the dang plane!

The good news is that we did get home and we're finally settling back into daily life.  Big B went back to work on Thursday and I start classes on Monday!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Honeymoon - Day 5

The past three days Big B and I have been hanging out at the beach and then coming into the pool for a late afternoon swim.  It's been amazing!  The views are straight out of a picture book and we are soaking them in!

On our first whole day here we did an "orientation" so that we could get the feel of the resort and not feel like we were going to get lost every time we left our room.  They told us that if we could only do one excursion that the Simon Says Tour was the best one to do.  We took their advice and booked and LOVED it!  We left the hotel at 9am.

Went by Castries, their current capital.

Puttered around Marigot Bay.

Stopped to get some pictures in front of the Pitons.

After pictures we went to Anse Chastanat and I went snorkeling for my first time!  I was really nervous but ended up having a blast!

Our next stop was Soufriere where we got off the boat and into "buses".  The buses took us up to the drive in volcano and from there we walked to the mud bath.  We had the option to take a dip or have the 100 degree water splashed on us.  Big B and I stuck our toes in and then went for the splashing.

After our mud bath we proceeded to Simon's "restaurant".  It's really just a building that he uses for his tour and his wife makes the meal.  We had salad, rice and peas (I'm pretty sure they were beans), noodles, macaroni and cheese and chicken.  Hands down, it was the best meal that we've had so far.  I am a super picky eater but everything was so delicious!  I'd do the tour all over again just to have the food!

Our last stop on the tour was a waterfall in another part of Soufriere.  It was so refreshing to get in and feel rejuvenated after a steamy mud bath and delicious food.  I've never stood under a real waterfall so I was ecstatic!

They're local beer here is called Piton so it was only fitting to have a Piton beer as we sailed away from the Pitons.

We leave here in three days and we're dreading it, BUT at least it looks like we'll be coming home to warm weather!  Yay for not too much of a weather shock!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Honeymoon - Day 1

We are officially on our honeymoon!!  WAHOOOOO!!!

When Big B and I started talking about planning our honeymoon we had quite the disagreement on where we should go.  He was thinking Hawaii while I was thinking out of the country bigger.  I figured that we had both been to Hawaii, albeit seperately, but we'd both been there and done that.  I have imagined my honeymoon as hot, exotic and somewhere that my husband and I can make new memories.  Hawaii had two of the three aspects while pretty much anywhere else had all three.  Anyways, Big B is very logical when it comes to decision making so I knew that to win this "battle" I was going to have to do my homework.  I crunched some numbers and was able to figure out how to get us to the Carribbean for about the same amount of money as going to Hawaii.  He couldn't argue with that and so we find ourselves in St. Lucia for the next week or so!

Let me just tell you, the memories have already begun!  Here are a few highlights from the last 24 hours:

- We're driving down I-5 about half way to the airport and all of a sudden my dad realizes that he has a flat tire.  It becomes very apparent, very quickly that we are not going to make it to the airport with his car.  We call a cab, inch off the freeway, pull over, pull our bags out and run about 3 blocks to meet up with our cab.  We made it to the airport with more than enough time but that could have been disastrous!

- Big B is a constant fidgeter and isn't too keen on flying.  This means that the entire 5 1/2 hour red-eye flight to Miami that he was constantly moving and could not sleep.  That of course translated in me only getting about 2 hours of sleep.  By the time we landed in St. Lucia we had been up for about 28 hours with what might be called a short nap.  You can imagine how pleasant I was feeling/being.

- We realized that all inclusive is freaking amazing.  We ordered what we wanted for dinner, had a few drinks AND had two desserts, and didn't have to worry about the tab.  How are we going to survive when we get back?!?!

- We crashed at about 7pm local time while setting an alarm for about 11pm so that we could hit the chocolate buffet.  We wake up, I sit up and realize that there is a GECKO crawling around on our wall.  I don't know if I screamed or not but I definitely did a little dance on the bed.  I'm sure that the front desk and housekeeping had a good laugh when we called them and told them that we needed someone to come take care of it.  I'm shivering just thinking about it now.

When we booked this trip we got a pretty good deal on our room so we had champagne waiting for us when we got here and we get breakfast in bed every morning.  As of now our agenda includes, breakfast, mimosas, beach and pool time!  Still trying to decide if we're actually going to come back ;)

Sunday, September 2, 2012

USC vs Hawaii

Big B loves his football, college or NFL, it doesn't matter, he loves watching football. So before the season started I made him a deal. He buys me craft stuff, I don't make him leave home until after the game, we both win!  He's We are huge USC fans so our deal came into fruition this weekend. 

A couple of weeks before we got married Big B got a letter from the HOA of the condos that he lives in.  They cited a code that says that you can't have broken furniture, sports equipment, garbage, blah, blah, blah and said that we had a broken white shelving unit that was violating said code.  I laughed because it wasn't broken, merely dirty and unused AND they had failed to say that his golf clubs were violating the code as well.  ANYWAYS, I had Brian bring it in and told him that we would put it to good use once we were married and I had time to fix it up a bit.

Flashforward to this weekend!

I've been tired of the shelving unit sitting next to my cute dining room table and it was nice enough to be outside working on the patio so I set my mind to it and started in!  I wiped down the top and inside bottom before I thought to take pictures, so just imagine those two sections as completely black.  It was GROSS!!

As it turns out, the unit was a little broken. Two of the wooden pegs that hold the top on were broken so we went to Hobby Lobby and got some replacements. They weren't the same size so I had to drill the holes to make them bigger. Big B's idea was that we could use hooks to place the dowel on so I drilled holes for them too! I was really excited to use his power tools!

My idea was that I would put a little "curtain" on it so that it would keep out some of the dirt, hide what was in it and keep the shedding cat who isn't ours from making itself comfortable on our chair cushions.  Jo-Ann Fabrics has all of their home decor fabrics on sale for 50% off so I found a print that Big B and I could both live with and bought 1 1/2 yards.  I sewed around three of the edges and made a pocket big enough for a dowel.

As I was cleaning the patio earlier in the day I was trying to decide whether or not to get rid of a bench that has cubbies in it.  It is dirty and right now I don't have anything to put in it but at the end of the day I had enough fabric left over to make "curtains" for it too, so it stays!

It's nearing the end of the summer so we won't be able to enjoy the patio for too much longer but I just keep thinking that next spring/summer we'll get some really good use out of it since I won't have as much work to do!

I love how my project turned out and Big B was happy that USC won 49 - 10!

Lil' B & Big B