Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Twilight

I was never a Harry Potter person...I just didn't get the hype, nor could I get into it. I also didn't want to be one of those band wagon people who read the books just because everyone else was. Then came Twilight. Before our Mexico trip, I needed some good books to read and bought "Twilight" and the sequel "New Moon".

Oh. My. Gosh.

I didn't put the books down the entire trip. I finished the first in 3 days and was almost done with the second book by the end of the trip. For those of you who don't know, the series is about a love story between a teenage girl and vampire, but it's so much more. The books are incredibly well written and include enough adventure to keep guys reading. In Mexico, I knew I had read too much when I looked around and thought to myself, "that person looks like they could be a vampire." Reality check, please.

I got the 3rd and and 4th books in the mail yesterday...yay!! Jon had to remind me not to stay up too late reading it, because it's so incredibly addictive! On Valentine's Day, Jon and I went to see the Twilight movie...truly a sacrifice on his part. The movie, although good, does not do the book justice. It's nice to put a face to names though...not to mention that Robert Pattison (he plays Edward, the main Vampire character) is incredibly hot. I've done some research and found out the 2nd movie, "New Moon", starts filming in March and will release November 2009. The third movie, "Eclipse", will start filming soon after and will be released in June 2010.

I know, I know, TMI for most of you.

On another note, Happy Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent to all you Catholics. I'm giving up ice cream and Diet Coke. Jon is giving up eating of the taco truck at work. I know this sounds goofy, but the guys in our office are obsessed with the taco truck. Once again, truly a sacrifice on his part!

Not much else is going on. This weekend, we're having a party at our house to "officially" celebrate being back in Houston with all of our H-town friends, plus relatives. My mom even invited Fr. Albert (the family priest). Should be a lot of fun...details next week.

UPDATE: I had dinner with my cousin Alaina last night and found out she is going to FORKS for the Twilight DVD release on March 20th!! I am soooooo jealous. She's taking a Twilight tour and other things with a group of 200 people. I'll have her do an honorary post on my blog when she gets back!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Puerto Vallarta, part II

After a day of adventure, it was time to get to the relaxing part of the vacation. On Sunday morning, we ate breakfast and walked 15 min down the road to the small town of Bucerias. It was filled with flea markets, locals and authentic Mexican restaurants. The town is right on the beach, and lots of people have condos and homes there. We ate lunch at a neat restaurant and had authentic margaritas! They were fab-u-lous, made with fresh fruit and some good tequila.
We ordered the small size.
While we were there, a waiter walked by with a tray full of fresh seafood.

He said this was a baby shrimp.
We walked back to the resort, to what I like to call "grown up summer camp".

The girls painted pottery...
while the boys played tequilla volleyball.

Monday was our last full day, and was all about the beach. Jon got up early to reserve prime spots right next to the water.
THIS is what I call vacation! It's so funny how similar us girls are, same for the boys. Cindy, Sheila and I were pefectly content laying out, napping, and reading all day long. The boys could not sit still for more than 15 min. They ended up riding the waves for awhile and came out with a few battle scars. Graham joined in a game of beach volleyball while Jon and Dan made friends with the bar tenders. They also scim boarded, and Jon and Graham crashed into each other...I wish I had a video of that, it was hilarious. For our last night, we ate dinner at the Italian restaurant. Good stuff! Who knew you could have decent pasta in Mexico. We were sad to leave on Tuesday morning. The way back was a little more eventful.
Jon was too tall for the puddle jumper from PV to Mexico City.
Once in Mexico City, Graham had an authentic experience when he lost his immigration paperwork. Thank God they held the plane for him, I would not wish that airport on anyone! We all needed the liquor that was given out on the plane from Mexico City to Chicago. By the way, flying over Mexico City was an experience in itself. It's the world's 2nd largest city (behind Tokyo), and was quite a sight.
All in all, it was a great trip. We're already talking about where to go next year, and hope all of the Chi town peeps will be able to join! I can only fit a limited amount of pics on the blog, so if you want to see them all, check out my Snapfish album:

Puerto Vallarta, part 1

I know I'm way overdue, but the past few weeks have flown by! We had a blast in Mexico with our friends Cindy, Dan, Sheila and Graham.

We flew in Thursday night and had dinner with our favorite Chicago peeps....15 people strong! It was nice to see everyone and catch up, but 2 hours was not nearly long enough! We're looking forward to spending more time with them in April when we're back in town for Sheila and Graham's wedding.
We woke up at 3:30 am Friday morning for a 5:45 am flight. We flew from Chicago to Atlanta, then Atlanta to Puerto Vallarta. We were at our resort by 3 pm. This place was huge! 620 rooms, 7 pools, numerous restaurants, and I lost track of the number of bars. Once we checked in, we dropped our bags in the room and gave ourselves a tour of the place. We ended up at a bar next to drunk Canadians...very entertaining. Speaking of Canadians...I think the whole country must have left and migrated to our resort! We were never able to figure out why, but there were very few Americans, eh? (had to throw that in) Late afternoon, the guys decided they wanted to go on a Zip Line through the jungle. Sheila and Cindy are both afraid of heights, so somehow I got roped in to joining the boys on Saturday.

Friday night we ate at the Thai restaurant
Saturday morning, myself and the 3 musketeers were up early to head to the zip line place. Our resort was north of the city and the jungle was south, so we got to have a nice tour of the city as the bus stopped at various hotels to pick people up. It took us 1 1/2 hrs to get there, but we got to see how beautiful PV is! Not gonna lie, I was getting very nervous as the bus climbed up the mountain and further into the jungle.

When we got there we went through safety training and they outfitted us with sexy little harnesses....Once we got going, I was scared out of my mind and exhilarated at the same time. The highest line was 590 feet tall and 1/4 mi. long! My pics don't do it justice, so check out the website to get an idea of how tall these things are... www.canopytours-vallarta.com/gallery/index.htm

Here is Jon and I racing on the last run. He won.
Our group with the instructors...notice the smile on Graham's face...
The guys could have zip lined all day, but at the end I was glad to be done and rewarded myself with a Corona. We didn't get back to the resort until late, so we sat by the pool and ate dinner at the Brazilian Steakhouse.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Work hard, play harder

Working in the same office as Jon full time has been fun, but it's also given me a better since of appreciation for how hard he works. I don't know if I could run 90 miles an hour like he does 14 hours a day, 5-6 days a week. In the industry, they call it a "storm environment", but it's seems more like chaos most days! Even I had a taste of it today. The computer system went down this morning and didn't pop up again until early afternoon. I also got yelled at over the phone by a customer, who then came into the office and was all nice to me because he said I looked like his daughter. Jerk. Needless to say, we're both ready for a vacation. Good thing, because....

It's almost Mexico time!!! When we were still living in Chicago, we planned a February Mexico trip with our friends since it's usually the most miserable month up there. After we moved, it was cheaper to fly to Chicago and take our original flights than re-book out of Houston. It actually works out better, because we'll get to spend some time with friends who won't be joining us. Thursday afternoon, Jon and I fly to Chicago and will go to dinner with all the peeps that night. On Friday morning (5:45 am!!) we fly out with Cindy, Dan, Sheila and Graham to Puerto Vallarta. We're actually staying at a resort north of there, near the town of Bucerias. We spend 4 nights there and will fly back to Chicago on Tuesday. Jon and I fly back down to Houston Wed. morning.

What makes this trip unique is we have NO itinerary!!! Jon makes one for every trip and this time we have nada. I don't think I've ever travelled with him where we didn't have at least some rough outline of activities. Not gonna lie, I think it's actually going to be more relaxing this way. It's funny though, our friends keep asking when they're going to get their itineraries from the "unofficial" travel agent. I also bought the Twilight books to read on the beach...can't wait!!

Until we return, hasta luego!