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January 15, 2020

You can ring my bell anytime.

On our last night in Mexico, they held a beautiful dinner and awards presentation in the Zen area of the resort; jungle-ish as opposed to beach-ish. The Coach and I were so impressed by the event planners' set-up. Yesterday, this had been an open grassy area where we took a picture of the entire group of attendees via drone.
Then on this night, it was a gorgeous setting with a huge tent, lights, fabulously decorated tables; we were both thinking "wedding for Lolo". 

Although, it's more 'over the top' than she wants; we loved the ethereal feel with all the greenery, white stemmed flowers and floating lights and candles everywhere.





Shadow much? 


They had these 'ring bell for champagne' signs in the cocktail area before you entered the dining area. I was all 'ring for what? I don't even like champagne, but I do enjoy an activity'!



HOW flipping clever is that? There were champagne angels behind the wall that handed out glasses after you rang the bell.
I need this, but for wine
and in my family room.
Of course, I'd have to replace the bell too often because of wear and tear.

It was a great end of our long weekend. Until next time Mexico!



January 13, 2020

Casa again, Casa again, Jiggity Jig.


We not only survived our convention/getaway to Riviera Maya, Mexico, but we had a fantastic time. 
Our business was invited to this event which was hosted by Cosentino (Quartz stone tops) for the top 100 dealers in the USA.  It was held at a five-star all-inclusive resort. We've never been to an 'all-inclusive' anything before, aside from a cruise we took as a family about 14 years ago (never again) so we didn't know what to expect. 

Our room was quite awesome, as was the entire resort. There's a little splash pool on the patio next to the perfect chaise lounge-for-a-nap-spot. 

Each night they hosted a dinner/event for the whole group. We ran into these guys; not sure what they really were. Mythical Aztec dragons? 
It was really windy for most of our stay, and Suz's thin, fine hair doesn't do wind well. That was my only complaint really and I had to whip out a clip or bobby pins quite often.
You could pop into any of the wonderful restaurants whenever you felt hungry. (most had dress codes for dinner though; no beachwear, shorts or flip flops at night)

When I think of Mexico, I think of chips & salsa, tacos, and margaritas. While you could find some of those things, the restaurants were quite gourmet; somewhat fancy.
Also, you could ask for room service 24 hours a day.
Want a glass of wine and some snacks at 1:32 am? Just give them a ring and it'll be there within 10 minutes. Ya know, that could be dangerous for me. Well, I was most likely asleep dreaming about mythical dragons at that time, but you know what I mean.

I opted to have breakfast in the room each day because, mornings.

I ordered my regular fare; eggs, a bit of toast, coffee and fresh OJ. It always tastes better while wearing PJ's. 
I was pleasantly surprised to see that they also added some dessert for me. Dessert after breakfast? Thank.you.very.much. 

Turns out, that was not the chocolate mousse cup that I suspected it was.
Refried beans in a tortilla.
Well played Mexico, well played. 


*no one got sick; it wasn't even a thought at this resort. (unlike our last trip to Cabo)
* I was not kidnapped; not even an attempt was made.
* I didn't do any shopping because we didn't have an inch to spare in our suitcases. *sigh*

I'll share a bit more from our fantastic trip later.
Adios!

XOXO


January 08, 2020

Hasta La Bye Bye

The Coach and I are heading out on a little adventure for the first time this year. I only add the 'adventure' part because you never know what could happen. Life is unpredictable and we're going to a place that we've never been to, but other people have been there, so I'm sure it will be just fine.

It's a challenge for me to actually leave the house for a minute trip because I'm a bit of a slave to this place and its inhabitants. Aside from the dogs, I have many, many cats.

Caterpillars.
My Monarch cats have just about eaten me out of house milkweed and home milkweed. It's actually a good thing I'm leaving because it'll take some time for my weed to grow back; I said NO to more caterpillars. Sorry, Mother Nature. 

My milkweed production needs to amp it up; my eleventythousand plants are mostly nubs.
Ok, maybe just ONE more little caterpillar?

I took this video a few days ago; I'll never get over how cute these guys are and it takes ALL of my willpower to refrain from hugging them because, well, then they'd be dead.

I become giddy when I see them sharing AND especially when they're being so resourceful by eating the actual stems and not just the leaves.

I gave them each high fives.
Just kidding. They have way too many hands feet for that and I don't have all day; I've got to annoy my husband by overpacking my suitcase because I never know what I might want to wear and because I really loathe all of my clothes.
Ok. I really just loathe the way my clothes are fitting lately....but still, I'd overpack either way.

I can't believe I said Giddy up there. Is it 1952? 

We have a great housesitter {so, don't even think about trying to steal my dogs or Christmas storage!} who not only gets to tend to our sweet pups, but she gets to release butterflies almost daily while we're gone. Plus, I give her actual money too.
I am a giver.
And a complainer.
Shocking information.  

Enjoy the rest of your week; I'm thinking we're going to have a lot of downtime on this trip and I plan on getting in some good reading; books, blogs, minds, as long as we have good wifi.

Will I blog about our trip? Most likely.
That is after we're able to get back into the US of A and crossing my fingers that I've not been kidnapped, held for ransom, then given back again when they realize I have to eat every 2 hours or else I'm hell on wheels.

*Feverishly packing snacks*

XOXO



January 06, 2020

I can still hear the squeak of the squeegee

It took me over 2 hours to clean the glass in the family room/foyer/sitting area the Saturday after Christmas.
If I cleaned windows for a living, we'd be living in squalor because I didn't even clean the top rectangular ones and I was exhausted AND it felt like it took me forever.
I told you we had 5 dogs here over Christmas, correct? Three of them really don't understand how glass works. Who's wild idea was it to live in a glass house? 


The house was vacuumed Christmas eve morning and exactly 24 hours later, it needed to be vacuumed again. 
And then 24 more hours, vacuumed again. 
Who invented long-haired dogs anyway? Not.this.girl.

I removed Christmas from the front of the living areas and then I started working on the backside with that big ole tree in there.

I've meant to blog a few years ago about my Christmas storage that I'm slightly obsessed with.
I told the girls that when I'm gone, they're to split my jewelry and purses, and when we're both gone, they can split my Christmas storage because it's that valuable. I've been adding pieces each year. {Sounds like wedding china} I think I'm done now as I've added in a tree storage thingy and light storage this year, and I have three ornament boxes and a wrapping container.

Aside from my family, friends, butterflies, bees, and dogs, storage and organization is my favorite thing. Ever.

I hope everyone is off to a good start for 2020. We had a very quiet NYE; the Coach and I had a nice dinner out at our favorite pizza place, then back to the comforts of our home.
Two of my girlfriends from down the street came over to share some wine and conversation with us.
Any night/holiday that is without complicated plans and includes wine is my kind of night.
Nice and easy. Like me. :)

Happy Monday.
XOXO