The Life of Bon: This is what a vacation looks like

Thursday, October 25, 2012

This is what a vacation looks like

Once again, I sit in utter shock and amazement to see the amount of effort it takes to summarize a vacation.  This post has more pictures, and all the witty Bonnie-isms you could hope for.  Scratch that.  No witty Bonnie-isms.  That whole phrase is just too weird.

Due to: the absolutely exhausting week (worst part about being a teacher, no one does your work when you leave.  This week has been busy busy busy playing catch up), the crank in my neck, and the fact that my eyelids are literally drooping as I write this I will tell you now there will be no editing or proofreading of this post.  Take as is.  There may be many a typo. 
Knock yourself out.

Tuesday, October 16 Oh, where to start with Tuesday. Tuesday was like hell on earth. Or hell on water? Monday night the ship captain came on and told us we would be changing our route because Hurricane Paul was on the loose. I tell you what, that Paul's a bully. I woke up Tuesday morning to rocking and lurching and thrusting of the non sexy variety. We were on the outskirts of a hurricane- powering by it in order to reach Puerto Vallarta by the next day. I tried to get up, consequently puked in the toilet, somehow managed to go up on deck where I found lots of other weary sea travelers. Plates were crashing down, kids were puking their guts out, and the captain came on to announce he had been driving for 30 hours and was very tired. Not exactly music to my ears. By the late afternoon the storm had passed and by the evening I could eat dinner. But it was a rough day at sea, and I tell you, I never had so much respect for Captain Sparrow as I did after Tuesday!

Highlights: Vomiting in the cabin toilet? No. Vomiting in the restaurant toilet? No. Vomiting in the innocent face of a ten year old stranger? Yes. (Gotcha! The third one didn't happen) Watching our waiter, Patrick, do a dance for us at dinner, and Hubs was up for round two at karaoke. This time a solo act!

Lowlights: Check highlights. It involves vomit.

Wednesday, October 17 We finally arrived in Mexico and we were off that puke invested ship faster than you can say "vomito!" Hubs and I were sent ahead to find excursions for the rest of the fam. I busted out my Spanish, but still got us practically nowhere. It wasn't until my bro, Dennis, arrived and bullied those Mexican thieves down to a reasonable price that we were off to ziplining, jumping in lakes, and wading in the warm, warm beach water. Thanks Hurricane Paul! (My eight year old nephew, Sam, informed me the water was so warm because of the hurricane. The kid's a genius and if you are interested I will hire him out to tutor.)

Highlights: Seeing a man in a bright blue speedo, watching my niece play in her half tutu/half swimsuit, authentic quesadillas, and feeling ground beneath my feet. PLUS: A trip to Mexican Wal-mart with a funky looking shopping cart and two desserts at dinner, Oh my!

Lowlights:  They were out of queso at the Mexican beach restaurant.  Come on, people, it's queso! Por favor!
The effects of Paul

 Me and my sis.  Can you tell we're related?


Thursday October 18  We were up early and hitting the beach once again.  We got beat up by a bunch of waves, ripped off by some tenacious Mexican salesmen, and  worked over by the sun.  I think it was after this day that we realized the fierce cruelty of the Mexican sun.  He isn't kind.  No, he isn't.

Highlights:  The most interesting thing washed up on shore.  Why, it was a normal fish trying to eat a puffer fish!  A local swimmer came over and took it into his own hands to rescue both fish by trying to get Mr. Puffer out with sticks.  When that didn't work he started shaking big fish to try to get Mr. Puffer out.  They both died.  And we were all eyewitnesses to the most fantastic fish journey of our lives.

Lowlights:  My nephew, Davy, totally beat me in the "How much can I eat on a cruise" contest.  He inhaled that food.  Everytime I saw him he had food in his hands.  Most often pizza, second only to the soft serve ice cream cones.  He put me to shame with his food consumption.

Friday October 19 Cabo!  We were off the boat bright and early.  8 am!  On vacation!  Our time in Cabo was limited to hours- we were supposed to be back on boat by 1:30.  Curse you, Paul!  Larry ruined my first cruise and now you ruined my second!  We hit as much Cabo as we could in a few hours, taking a "glass bottomed" tour around to the best sites.  We pretty much got ripped off, but hey, it's all part of the experience, right?!?
Highlights:  Snorkeling, watching my brother, Reed, walk around the beach with his flippers on, jumping off the rocks into the water, the biggest waves I've ever played in, the warm warm warm sun, not a cloud in the sky, and breathtaking views.  For dinner, Patrick started messing around with the napkin on Reed's head and boy did I get a kick out of that.  Later it was time for a shimmy dance by Patrick and this time Hubs even joined in.  Spicy!
Lowlights: Not enough time in Cabo.  It was the part of the cruise I was looking forward to the most and felt a little like I got highjacked by only having a few hours there.  I want to complain to Carnival, but then I remember a hurricane doesn't necessarily fall under the realm of what they can control.

My sister is always sporting sweet hair like this.  Please check out this post for her best hair ever. (Hint:  It's the last picture in the post.) 

Kathryn lived in India for a year so she can pull off sexy Indian outfits like this.  The rest of us cannot.
Saturday October 20  A full day on the boat, with a cruise ship hauling butt back up to Long Beach.  We swam, we ate, we laid around and wondered if we could return to real life. I did my best to put the stacks of essays that awaited me out of my mind.
Highlights:  The best food I had the whole cruise- a steak salad at lunch.  Absolutely to die for.  Lots of time playing with nieces and nephews, and one gigantic family photo (Will show later.)  A goodbye to Patrick, an unsightly sight at dinner, and one last trip to the hot tub late at night.
Lowlights:  Packing.  I always put off packing as long as I can because I figure if I don't pack them I'm not really going home, right?
Can you tell we're looking a little sunburned? 

 After lots of hard work, Hubs has officially stolen this girl's heart.



  1. Now I want to go on a cruise!
    Seems like you guys had a great time!

  2. That butt shot made me laugh out loud! HA!

    OH..and everything else looks fabulous--totally jealous of you mexican adventure... :)

  3. Yikes! You ended up puking too! Sea sickness is seriously the worst, I don't know if I will ever cruise again because of it! Looks like you still had loads of fun! I loved cabo beaches, so pretty!

  4. I am so jealous! Looks like you guys had tons of fun. :)

  5. What a fun trip!!! :)

  6. I've been on the same exact cruise with Carnival! It was a blast, and I think I enjoyed Cabo the best because of the snorkeling and trip to Lover's Beach!

  7. Thanks for posting all these pics, they're great, except for the jab on my hair!!! Sorry we can't all be born with perfect hair Bonnie. Um, will you please remove that link with that horrible pic? You'll be sorry if you don't.