Sun Kissed Beaches And Bikinis

May 6, 2009 by Michelle

I took last week off work. It was my week to recharge and relax. My plan was to meet friends for lunch on Monday (which I did — yay!), get a mani/pedi (which I did), get massages, read books, relax, get caught up on cleaning out things we no longer use, spend time weeding and prepping the garden, all those things that I don’t have time to do on a regular basis.


Except for Monday, I spent essentially all my time either at the wee ones’ preschool getting ready for our Cinco de Mayo fundraiser or at the local elementary school prepping for and working their rummage sale. While I did read the Twilight books, that was late late at night.

My week off? A major FAIL. And yes, I know it’s my fault.

My new theory? I need to go away for a vacation. And I think I need to do it by myself, maybe with a few friends. For five days or so. I wouldn’t want to be away from the wee ones for longer than that.

Unfortunately, that’s so not happening for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that a guy who works for me is traveling the first week of June and then July 6 to August 3, which pretty much kills the entire summer.

But I can dream, right?

In my dreams, I’m headed to Mexico. I figure it has to be cheap at this point, right? And it’s warm. And friendly. The plane trip isn’t too long. The food is great, as are the drinks.

I think I’m at an all inclusive resort, and the best part is that the food has no calories, nor do the drinks. And the all inclusive includes all the fun things like SCUBA that I haven’t done since before Mister Man was born and the trapeze school that I would so love to do. They even have horseback riding on the beach.

It doesn’t rain there, which is nice, and I’m at one of the places where the vendors aren’t allowed to congregate on the beaches and drive you nuts. I’m usually pretty good about keeping them away from me (there’s something about living IN Chicago that tends to give people the vibe not to bother you), but it’s nice to not have to worry about it.

Oh, I’m so ready to go. What else am I missing?

Do you think the chaise lounge on the deck with my toes in the wee ones’ sandbox with a margarita will cut it? Maybe if I add some homemade guac and chips.


  • Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short)

    Thanks for the small, virtual vacation you just took me on. ALMOST felt like I was there. Wait a minute, let me go get a margarita…

    Much better!

  • Melisa with one S

    Awesome visual. I could use a vacay away as well. πŸ™‚

    At least we had our lunch! πŸ™‚

  • Karen

    I’m thinking even a weekend away at a resort in Mexico would be nice. And you’re right – I’ll bet you can do an entire weekend in there with all the bells and whistles for a mere few hundred, including air fare. Maybe we should all go.

  • sherri

    Sounds lovely. Just be sure to sanitize the scuba gear. And the margarita glass.

  • MaBunny

    anything with a margarita sounds good to me!

  • April

    Sounds wonderful.

  • septembermom

    Warm sands, gentle breezes, beautiful sunsets…Thanks for taking me there for just a minute. Now I’m back to reality. My three year old is screaming at the top of her lungs at her brother. A vacation alone would be “selfishly” delightful πŸ™‚

  • Life with Kaishon

    I agree! Mexico would be a perfect vacation destination! I hope you can go soon! Whenever I stay around here it is hard to relax. Staycations don’t float my boat : ).

  • Heatherlyn

    Hi! I’m visiting from the writers workshop.

    I think … if your margarita is good enough and if you have more than one it might just cut it, for a little while. πŸ™‚ There is nothing like the therapy of white soft sand!

  • Christy

    I hadn’t thought of a margarita in ages! Yummy. Enjoyed your post.

  • Amy McMean a.k.a McSunshine

    you might be able to trick yourself into thinking your in Mexico. Grab a little umbrella to put in your drink and close your eyes….REALLY tight.

  • Jen

    I’d love a vacation too right about now. Thanks so much for visiting my site and leaving great comments. Do stop by again.

  • Michelle

    JAM – Hey, glad I could help. I’m still waiting for my margarita πŸ˜‰

    Melisa – Yep, at least we had that. I could have used a few more of those though. Tonight out was fun though!

    Karen – I’m in. You find the details, and I’ll show up πŸ™‚

    sherri – I bring my own mask and snorkel and fins. The margarita glass I hadn’t thought of before.

    MaBunny – Hey, way to set the bar high πŸ˜‰

    April – Doesn’t it, though?

    septembermom – Yeah the screaming amongst kids kinda kills that fantasy, doesn’t it?

    Life with Kaishon – I’m not counting on it, but it would be lovely. We did that for our honeymoon and it was so much fun.

    Heatherlyn – The therapy of the white sand or the therapy of the margarita?

    Christy – Thanks! I’m impressed that you’ve kept margaritas out of your mind.

    Amy – Oooo, maybe the umbrella will be the key. I’ll have to try it!

    Jen – Thanks, that was so kind of you. It sounds like a vacation is pretty needed by a lot of people right now!

  • Cookie

    I want to come too!

  • Michelle

    Cookie – You’re more than welcome to… so what are you bringing with you to the party? πŸ™‚

  • Heather

    I hear what your saying sister! I would opt for something more foresty than the beach, but I hear you.

    You know they say that mid-westerners are not as friendly as say, Southerners. It may have to do with all the snow and slush we have to put up with though.

  • Michelle

    Heather – If you’re looking for forest, you can come hang out in my backyard πŸ˜‰

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