Monday, June 05, 2006

75 random thoughts ...post-vacation

1. so thankful for the opportunity of a great vacation at the plantation resort on amelia island
2. it is fun to go on vacation with lots of fun friends
3. the book i am reading is good..the dive from clausen's pier...
4. airplane seats are ridiculously small
5. i think i have serious back/neck problems from said airplane seats
6. never cut it too close and try to arrive a mere 45 minutes before your flight takes off (country t and country s missed their flight out of louisville and had to drive to cincy to even be able to make it to amelia
7. frozen lynchburg lemonades are as good as they look
8. ordering a pizza from room service at midnight is as expensive as the cute little menu says it will be
9. dragging freshly manicured toes on the bottom of a pool can ruin the look quickly
10. i still love beachside bar and grilles as much as i always have





11. as much as i love florida...my hair does not. the humidity gives me a "bad perm" look
12. tommy and i very much love a piano bar
13. music in the above mentioned piano bar reminds me of my dad and brother who both love music even more than i do
14. a full-body relaxation massage is unreal...even though "relax....let it go...clear your mind" aren't things that come easy for this worrier
15. the locker room in the spa was nicer than my house
16. i found a new breakfast drink that i love...orangina...the name makes me giggle
17. palm trees that bend out over the pool are so cool
18. we overpack
19. peeling sucks
20. i wanted to buy a ice cream bath scoop--but forgot




21. i forgot gym shoes--but never felt the urge to exercise anywhoo
22. the staff people at the resort were amazingly nice and always went above and beyond
23. we had a beautiful condo but never even sat on the couch once
24. the writer in me was hoping that our condo would have a guest book/journal thing..i love those
25. tommy looks so cute in his green plaid shirt..it one of my faves
26. gouchos are so comfortable
27. i fell in love with the shampoo and conditioner at the resort...it was called wake-up rosemary and it had that herbal/aveda/spa/refreshing smell
28. i got my hair cut by someone other than carla...yikes...i'm so brave
29. i love the feeling of sleeping with the balcony door open all night
30. i love waking up so early because the first rays of the sun are shining in
31. i love rolling over to find that tommy is silently watching them too



32. i miss my dogs no matter how great of a time we are having
33. i love ultra-chic pet boutiques..even though i would never spend that much on anything like that
34. i only semi-enjoyed my first facial. turns out having a cloth over my face brings on a panic attack...besides that, couldn't tell a difference at the end....thought i was going to come out looking like the noxema girl....and certainly didn't
35. love southern hospitality...and people you meet whom it feels like you've always known
36. i am not a nap taker--but naps on beach chairs under umbrellas are truly good
37. love to smell "home" on my clothes when i am somewhere different
38. saw a new bag at the pool that i love...designer cath kidston...LOVE the stand-up shopper style in the classic rose print...but alas...too much $$ for me to justify. check out her website--she has great products
39. love my friend brook...glad to know her...glad to have time to just hang out and be girls with her while our husbands played golf on the gorgeous ocean links
40. love that brook calls anyone who she thinks is acting less than intelligent a "crackhead." makes me laugh out loud



41. proud that we didn't lose a room key the whole time we were there
42. wish we had been there for longer
43. love hanging out with a group but also being able to enjoy time with just the two of us
44. had our favorite dinner at a restaurant on the island caled PLAE...which stands for people laughing and eating...which i think is a brilliant name
45. enjoyed looking at houses that must be worth $3 to $10 million in some cases...and letting my mind wander as to what the people that live there did to make so much money, if the poeple that live there are happily married, if they have children and if those children are ruined by the ease of being so wealthy, if the poeple that live there believe in God, and how much of their success they attribute to Him, what they do for fun, etc.
46. apart from the fact that my hair hates florida...kind of wishing we lived there because of all of beautiful pictures i could take of families on the beach
47. amazed by the fact that no matter how old i get...i still get in a bad mood on the day i have to leave vacation
48. missed my diet mountain dews
49. loved hearing a friend of ours say that every single night their little son says a prayer of thanks for his teachers
50. i came very close to meditating in a meditation garden...but my rolodex of a mind stopped just short of the real thing
51. laughed until my side hurt when tommy popped the top on my champagne and then (to be funny) tilted it up to pretend he was drinking it..and it exploded all over him....then to make matters worse, he decided it would help if he put his thumb over the top--which only made the spray that much more intense
52. decided that i LOVE little shopping bags...you know, the paper kind with handles...the kind that department stores give out only at Christmas time...on the island even your groceries come in a fancy shopping bag....even if you need like 10 of them
53. paid $4 for a package of goldfish and realized that maybe the outrageous prices are the reason they give out those cute little shopping bags
54. love a vacation where you never have to leave the resort





55. saw lots of babies taking naps in the shade...so cute
56. ate some wonderful creme brulee...i like the top, tommy likes the bottom
57. omlette bars...aren't they grand
58. like the picture below where you can see me in the lens of tommy's sunglasses
59. crazy beautiful weather all but one day
60. floating on noodles in the pool is the next best thing if you can't have a raft
61. love seeing tommy "fight the waves" with his pals like he is back in grade school...so cute
62. love tommy...period.....so, so much....so blessed
63. wondering why i hate applying sunscreen to anyone else so much
64. wanting to get some of that new (or at least new to me) continuous spray sunscreen
65. still freak out when i see the message light blinking on the condo phone...always thinking something bad has happened...never considering that it might be a sweet reminder of a spa appointment the next day






66. love looking...really looking at the ocean...especially at sunrise and sunset
67. got choked up when i saw a wife pushing her husband in a wheelchair down by the water....love to see people practicing full-blown love
68. wondering why i always have the urge to grab an extra towel from an unattended maid cart even when we don't need an extra towel
69. love the look of stucco condos with a terra cotta roof
70. love that i smile in the shower on vacation because i'm always either reflecting on a fun day or getting excited about the upcoming evening




71. i get lots of use out of my cover-ups (thanks mom) since i won't get up out of my lounge chair without wearing one
72. love fancy lobbies and nice people that work at front desks
73. really love that our dogs were so happy to see us last night that their tails almost wagged off of their bodies
74. love that my mom just called from spain and sounded so happy and full of life
75. hate that vacation is over...but giving thanks to God for a wonderful time and for safe travels for all 17 of us!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

love the feet pics you always do. great post!
~country j~

Anonymous said...

Howdy,
Just returned from vacation ourselves in Hilton Head! The perfect week for traveling; not crowded, no traffic, spectacular weather, just simply fabulous. Glad you truly enjoyed yourself too! I went to Amelia Island with the folks a few years ago and it was grand; first time I ever stayed at a Ritz Carlton. See, I do read your blog and as always pure joy!
Amanda

Anonymous said...

Sara,
Sounds like you and Tommy had a wonderful vacation. We are glad you are home safe. You may get your love of the beach and the ocean from me. There is no place better. Great pictures! Did you get pregnant while you were gone? I was thinking I am ready to be a grandfather. I figure we are getting close. What say you?
Love,
Dad

whitney said...

is that ryan pressley?

and why the word verification? is that a new feature?

Mike & Casey Wallace said...

I laughed out loud imagining that champagne exploding on Tommy's face! Hilarious. The vacation looks fabulous. I know what you mean about Florida's hatred with thick, wavy hair. I tie mine in a messy bun just about every day down here.

Thanks for sharing your 'vacation thoughts.' I enjoyed reading every one.

Oh, and I agree with your dad. Baby time!

Tell Tommy hello for us.

Anonymous said...

Actually Florida is very hard on gray hair. I usually just let mine fly. I just hope it does not turn blue.
Dad

Anonymous said...

You are so creative!! Your photographer is phenomenal!!
Ellen

Janae said...

Sara,
I love that where ever you are or what ever you are doing you take it all in and capture it on film. Thanks for sharing. Love you both, Janae