Monday, April 23, 2012

Go Away Pollen!

Wow, I am loving the short winter we had and the extremely long spring we seem to be experiencing now.  Everything is green and beautiful and the weather is just perfect.  Cool in the morning and evenings but a wonderful 70 something during the day.  I mean it just couldn't get any better...well except for the evil pollen that is flying around everywhere.

 I am not usually this miserable but since we hardly had a winter, I think the pollen is in over production right now. I planted my garden Saturday and was stuffy the rest of the day and night. Sunday it was so windy, evil pollen was flying around everywhere trying to invade my sinuses. Thank god for Benadryl, it's the only thing that helps me through this time of year. Sadly, I can only take it at night or I would sleep at work!

 Speaking of my garden, I am so excited. I planted 4 tomato plants and I still have strawberry plants from last year. I also planted mint. I took it easy this year because last year my 6 tomato plants took over the garden and really produced nothing...so this year, I am going for quality not quantity. Photos on this adventure soon!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Book Review: Altar of Bones

Wow, David brought this book to Mexico to read and while I was enthralled with Hunger Games, he was telling me how great his book was as well.  So, after a day we switched and boy was he right.  Altar of Bones is a page turner! In one book you will read about the fountain of youth, Marilyn Monroe, President Kennedy, Paris,
Russian Mafia, political power and so much more.  If that doesn't entice you then I don't know what will! Here's what it says on the back of the book:

They didn’t have to kill him…He never drank from the altar of bones.”  
Cryptic dying words from a murdered homeless woman in present day San Francisco unlock a decades-buried secret that changed history.  Now a pair of ruthless assassins are sent to cut the few living "loose ends."  And a young, resourceful woman on the run encounters a determined man with his own connected past and vengeful agenda.  Forced to partner for survival and answers, a fast-paced and deadly game of cat and mouse ensues, taking them across the globe from the winding streets of Paris to the faded palaces of Budapest to the frozen lakes of Mongolia...where destiny, passion, and further betrayal await them.  
The Altar of Bones has it all: The Russian mob.  KGB spies.  Presidential assassination.  A doomed Hollywood legend.  Deathbed confessions.  Corrosive power.  Shattered families.  Guardians of an ancient religious icon housing a secret others will kill to possess.  The dark promise of immortality. And it delivers on its ambitious premise to leave you stunned and breathless at the end.

Go out and get this book today! It's very entertaining.  

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Vacation Re-Cap

Hi there! It's actually been more than a week now since I returned from vacation but as you know, the returning back to reality is the tough part.  There was work, practices, basketball tournament in Tulsa, more work and a mountain of laundry.

We went to the Riveria Maya region of Cancun, this is our 3rd year in a row to go to this area.  We really love it.  We never go to Cancun but we love Playa Del Carmen.  Our resort was the Azul Sensatori and it was really nice.  It was a much smaller resort than last year which I liked.  We David didn't have to even fight over lounge chairs in the mornings. Plus we had a nice patio off of our room, on the first floor that had it's own chairs and private pool area. The pools were beautiful and all connected through waterways, you could start at our private pool and walk all around the resort in water to the other 3 large pools...it was pretty cool.

 The beach and ocean were just 50 paces from our room and as always beautiful and breathtaking. I'm always completely enamored with the ocean and its vastness. The beach wasn't the best we've experienced...it was white and clean but there was a lot of seaweed plants near the beach area which meant a lot of seaweed washed up on shore every few minutes. The resort workers "mowed" the beach every hour to control the seaweed. Spencer and I ventured just a little ways into the ocean...the ocean bottom was rocky in places and in others very seaweedy! I do not like seaweed wrapped around my ankles.

The food was better than most we've tried at Mexican resorts but still not great. I'm convinced that all inclusive means "just good enough to get by." While its nice to drink all the alcoholic drinks you want all day, and dine at any time of the day, I still long for really great food. Thank goodness for Playa for good food. One night we went to the Blue Lobster and it was really good. We all had surf and turf, ceviche and guacamole. It was all so very good. Our last night we went to our favorite place in Playa, Ajua. We ate here last year and fell in love with it. Your table is right on the street off the main drag in Playa, 5th Avenue. The menu is several pages thick and the food is always incredible. The waiters also carry your drinks to your table on their heads...no matter what or how many you order! It's fun to watch. Spencer and I had lobster (again!) and David had a steak. We also had ceviche and guacamole again. I highly recommend either place if you find yourself in Playa del Carmen or anywhere near, it's worth the taxi ride.

For the most part we all read, relaxed and spent quality time together. I finally joined in the frenzy and read Hunger Games...it was awesome! Spencer read it 2 years ago when it first came out.  When we got home it was out at the  theaters and we stood in line for an hour to see it.  As always the book was best but the movie was really good. 

I took several pictures on vacation, in my next post I will upload the photos.  Have a great week!