Vacation’s Over, Now Back to Work

Vacations end all too soon, don’t they? We thoroughly enjoyed enough Puerto Vallarta sunshine (I used nearly a whole tube of sunscreen) and sleep (9 to 10 hours a night) to finally feel ready to face whatever this year brings.

Like pretty much everything in my life, I viewed this trip from a writer’s perspective. After all, most of us who love putting words on the page or screen, never stop thinking about writing even if at a subconscious level. We’re always coming up with new ideas and settings, mentally recording bits of dialogue or incidents, and I had plenty of time to do just that.

pool view, villa del mar, jan. 2019As you can imagine from this photo (the view’s from our balcony) I spent a fair bit of time observing people, sometimes from this patio or down by the poolside. Vacationers’ reading habits came as a bit of a surprise. Over half of the people reading by the poolside were holding paperback books. The majority of readers were 50 years and over. But many in the same age group, along with the younger generation, were also reading and/or scrolling through their phones. What surprised me most was the lack of Kindles and iPads there. I brought one paperback which I’d started reading before we left and then turned to my iPad for the rest of the trip.

patio view, villa del mar, jan. 2019This is the view of the other patio along the side of our corner suite. It was my quiet place to think and reflect and, yes do a little light editing for one hour a day. I also pondered writing goals and opportunities for the year. It might look idyllic but what you can’t see is the construction site just to the left, where workers were jackhammering and bulldozing to build a new hotel. Luckily, we weren’t in our room most of the day, and they didn’t work evenings or Sundays.

Lastly, and most importantly, this vacation was about family, creating new memories, jotting notes in my journal, and looking forward to the future. The shot below is of my husband and daughter, sharing a quiet moment. Actually, it’s quite momentous because my husband used to loathe the idea of putting his bare feet in the ocean, until this trip. He’s come a long way. Next time, he says he might actually try swimming in it. Baby steps, right?

elida and bark, playa de los muertos, jan. 2019So now I’m back to major edits, the day job, writing workshop facilitating, and more family stuff. Given that I’ve been on a leave of absence from the day job, it’s been a while since I’ve had a normal routine. But normal is okay. In fact, it’s just fine.

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A Mini-Break To Start 2019 Off Right!

To wind up this three-month break from the day job, tending to family needs and other obligations, I’m excited to be heading off to sunny, warm Puerto Vallarta tomorrow. We’ll be joining my daughter and future son-in-law for fun, relaxation, and site-seeing.

This is my second trip to this wonderful city, but the first time we get to share the experience with family. It could be our last Mexico trip for a while, but who knows?

mexico, 2018The photo is a glimpse of the resort where I’ll be staying. I’m bringing lots of sunscreen and books on my iPad, and yes, a little light editing for those early mornings with coffee in hand, when the days feel fresh, creative, and promising.

I’ll also bring my laptop, but don’t guarantee that I’ll actually look at it too often. Those two-for-one happy hours and all that sun tend to sap my energy as the day goes on.

I won’t be blogging until the last week of January, when I’ll catch up with all of the great bloggers I follow. Until then, adiós!

Back From a Whirlwind Vacation

Deb on Tour Bus-1Well, it’s back to the grind, but at least I feel more rested. No major sunburn on this trip, and tons of great memories. Even as we boarded the plane, my husband and I weren’t sure what kind of vacation we were going to experience. We just went with whatever we felt like doing, which turned into tours, walking, shopping, meeting up with my husband’s former coworker who’s now living down there, and of course lounging by the pool.

 

 

As you’ll see from the photo, we took a tour of the city, exploring both poorer and wealthier sections of Puerto Vallarta, plus a restaurant meal in the jungle, shopping at an amazing jewelry store, and a tour of a tequila distillery. I’ve never been a fan of tequila until now.

Mexico-2We spent time just exploring the touristy, but fun Malecón area, with plenty of souvenir shops, restaurants and a beautiful ocean view.

The only mishaps were hubby’s two falls. One took place during his early morning run, when he tripped over a brick on the sidewalk. (There are a more of them then you’d think). Those who’ve been to this area are well aware of the uneven surfaces, ongoing patchwork jobs, and some very steep curbs. Happily, he only wound up with some scrapes.

The second mishap was on a hike with his buddy, following the up-and-down trail along the coastline. Somehow, he managed to fall again, this time landing on his back, which remained sore for the remaining two days of our trip. He saw his doctor this week, and he’s fine. Healing nicely, in fact, and will be back to running soon.

Mexico-1The last mishap turned into a bonus. We were about to board the Air Transat flight home when they abruptly cancelled the flight. Long story short, we wound up with a free night at the Sheraton, three free buffet meals, and decent credit toward our next trip. Given that we didn’t have to return to work for four days, an extra day in warm and sunny Puerto Vallarta was worth the inconvenience.

Would I go again? You bet. I felt safe, the people were friendly, and the weather unbelievably good. I’m already anticipating next year’s trip!

#am blogging By the Time You Read This

My husband doesn’t like traveling. Other than taking our kids on short summer vacations, the occasional long weekend for ourselves, and writers’ conferences for me, we’ve only been in an airplane together twice in thirty-five years. Finally, trip number three has arrived.

This is our 30th wedding anniversary year, and as a gift to me, we’re going someplace warm. Just in time too. As you’ll see from the photo, this is what I’m leaving.

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 This is what we’re going to!

Porta Vallarta

Yes. Puerto Vallarta! It still seems surreal. It won’t be a long trip. Both of us have day jobs and other responsibilities, yet even he is thinking that this could be the beginning of a new era for us, if all goes well.

So, with new passports, pesos in our pockets, and shots up to date, we’ll be on the plane by the time you read this. I’ll be completely off line for a little over a week and won’t be blogging for a couple of weeks, so if I don’t respond to comments, etc., please forgive me. I’ll catch up with you when I return.