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christmas came early…

My life will never be the same.

Brilliantly, I decided to do my Christmas shopping earlier than Christmas Eve this year.  I’m currently working on trying to reduce the amount of stress in my life.  Baby steps.

I asked each family member for a list, so while perusing the internets for waders for the fly fisherman in my life (lesson learned, don’t ask people what they want) I found a 20% off coupon for a Keurig.

IMG_0406So happy early Christmas to me.  Except for the fact I’m pretty sure my general contractor threw my old one away (I need to keep closer eye on him).

Now back to looking at waders online.

After which I’m headed over to my contractor’s house to throw away his coffee maker.

 

remodel…staircase final

Here is a link to the blog post describing the hell that is sanding and staining a staircase.

remodel…stairs from the 70’s

me and stainAnd here is me covered in stain.  Real pain to get off.

So two befores of our lovely 70’s stairs…

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Pink champagne walls and carpet.

And that bizarre chandelier which has since shattered into at least 7 million pieces.

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Also note the lovely laminate accenting pale oak wood.

Oh and the valences.

kitty stairsBut my helper and I trudged through.

We sanded, stained, cried, drank and meowed our way to the final product.

new stairs 2Dark hardwoods have replaced our pink carpet with beige Berber running up the stairs.

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Now I need to find someone who cleans mirrors and floors.  By the looks of these pictures, apparently I’m not terribly good at it.  Unfortunately for me that means I’ll have to stick with staining.

But on a positive note, after six weeks I think it’s almost out of my hair.

homeward bound…

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Home.

As much as I love traveling, I really like sleeping in my own bed.  And it’s finally time to stop adding a mimosa to my breakfast order everyday.

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And I brought back the obligatory souvenirs (t-shirts, coffee and the obvious cutting board shaped like a pineapple) but wanted something unique.

Like potato chip chocobars and a hand carved wooden tiki god bottle opener.

What more could someone need?

American Airlines vs Mai Tais…

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The best way to put a damper on your vacation is to battle royale with American Airlines at 7am.

But I am stronger than I look, I will not be defeated by American.

So as much as I love sitting in the middle seat for 8 hours, as we all would, I finally haggled my way into an aisle seat.  It only cost me my first born but I guess the lucky (or unlucky) person who gets my old seat gets to keep all their kids.

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So what does one do after a stressful morning of arguing and coffee?

I don’t know about other people but I’m going to the pool.

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I’m not quite sure how, but after 8 days of being here, on a beach, I still have no tan.  I’ll try and remedy that at the pool this afternoon.  With a Mai Tai.

With two Mai Tais.

sunset cocktails…

I’m sure the best place to watch a sunset is on the beach.  But to me, the best place to watch the sunset was the Four Seasons with a cocktail(s).

So we trekked next door via the beach to their outdoor patio/lounge.pink

Ordered booberrie mojitos (which I need to learn how to make at home); they were amazing.  For some reason, proper mojito making skills have always eluded me.

Mine always taste like a glass of rum (good thing?).

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And got there just in time for the sunset.

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Thank goodness.  With all my booberrie mojitos, I was pretty sure I was going to miss it.

a beach is a beach…

To me, palm trees are like mountains.  You see one, you’ve seen them all.

I have a similar mindset about beaches.  Granted  I can differentiate between Padre and St Tropez, but one tropical locale from the next gets a little trickier.image

I’m sure this is all very small beach minded to an island connoisseur.   But I’m no beach connoisseur, just a cocktail and swim suit expert.imageSand is sand.  Mai Tais are Mai Tais.

But a retro bikini?  Now that, I get.

lean & green (side of chocolate)…

It seems green juice is universal.

Normally I start my day with green juice.  But that’s Louisiana and this is Hawaii.  So I’ll normally start my day with a mimosa (“no orange juice please”) and if I ‘accidentally’ had a glass (or two) too much of wine the night before (a common mistake around here), a chocochip waffle.

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“Do you want that gluten-free?”

“It’s a chocolate chip waffle.  Honestly, at this point just leave the gluten in there.”

Green juice and gluten free chocochip waffles.  What is the world coming to.

Where is my mimosa (no orange juice please)?