Back to Reality
What happens when you return from a few days out of town? Does the suitcase stay in the car for a week? Or does your luggage make its way to a corner of your home and get ignored for a few more days? My routine is fairly consistent unless the drive is a lot longer than anticipated. Generally I like to knock all the tedious work out of the way beforehand. It probability is high that I will need to return to work the day after I arrive home from any type of trip out of town. This little routine has kept me from letting home turn into a mess.
I have never been wine tasting anywhere. I live in California, where one can head up to Napa, Ventura, Paso Robles or Temecula and that is just to name a few. I confess I am not an avid wine drinker. There I have said it and it feels great to finally get that off my chest. I was married to a professional, honest to goodness man educated in the field of Culinary Arts and no matter how many times it was brought home or paired with the meal, I can honestly say I only drank it because there was no other form of alcohol in the house. Flash forward several years and I am now on the cusp of a weekend in Temecula wine tasting and I have no clue what to expect. Comedy at its finest to say the least.
Vegas, Family Style
When you work in education, there is a small window between summer school and the start of the regular school year that I get to run a muck with my boys. Both boys were born in September so it makes it all the better to take advantage of my time off and theirs to celebrate their birthdays early with a mini vacation.
Three Days in Palm Springs
I have only visited Palm Springs a handful of times. As I have mentioned in previous writings, the first few were married and new to motherhood. It was not easy to sit back and soak in discovery this new place while chasing after two active kids, while juggling a spouse and a family of in-laws. My experience was pleasant enough but nothing I would call memorable.
Lovers and Friends vs. Just Like Heaven
I spent the entire pandemic chomping at the bit in anticipation of enjoying live music once again. While I have gone to as many shows as I can handle since the world began reopening, I have also been doing my fair share of road trips and travel.
LOVERS AND FRIENDS FESTIVAL
The Lovers and Friends music festival is one that has been several years in the making. Due to our period in quarentine the festival has been moved from its original location of Los Angeles back in 2020 to Las Vegas now in 2022. It went thru a cancellation as a result of Covid only to comback stronger than ever with two sold out days. Some of the headliners include; Ms. Lauren Hill, Usher, Ludacris, TLC, Nelly, Monica, Brandy, Too Short, Foxy Brown, SWV, Fat Joe and so many more. The lineup so jam packed that rumors of another Fyre Fest situation quickly began to circulate.
Low Carb & Chop Suey
Navigating our way through life in the middle of a world wide pandemic has brought up several challenges and obstacles. From curfews to cancellations, any semblance of the life we used to live now seems like a far off and distant memory.
New Years Eve Celebration
As far as New Years celebrations go I would have to say that it is so much more enjoyable now as and adult than it ever was as a kid. That being said, I do not wasnt to take away from the bonding childhood memories with my cousins crammed into one house running a joyous muck while our parents socialized and drank with one another while taking tuurns singing Karaoke to Chente and Juanga's all time greatest hits. whether it be with my mothers side of the family or my fathers side that day was for letting go of all the the moments go and bad that the year had brought us and welcoming the wonders the new year would bring us. Those were good times and make for great memories but it pales in comparison to the New Years Eve adventures in my adulthood my wild at heart nature leans toward the New Years Eve debauchery that only Vegas can bring me.
My journey with food has been my longest and most tumultuous of relationships. When it was good , I was embracing in all hedonistic fantasies that happily clouded my vision for decades. I failed to accurately see what it was really doing to me, I ate with out regard, remorse or regret. Coming from a culture where to refuse an offering is a huge insult i grew up just going with the flow and doing as told. During those teenage/hormonal years were i was combating a changing body from the inside and out along with shock of having a period and coming to terms with the fact that this was to be my life sentence without the possibility of parole for the next twenty to thiry years, I foun solice and comfort in pan dulce or Hostess lemon pies. I showed equal love from flour and corn tortillas as well as a massive variety of breads. Life was good...or so I thought.
Cabo San Lucas Part 1
The first time I went to Cabo San Lucas was back in May of 2019. I went with three other friends. We went through the process of buying our plane tickets, secured ourselves and Airbnb and rented a vehicle to get around in. Everything was smooth sailing for our flight to Cabo. We saved money flying out of Tijuana which was about a two hour drive from Los Angeles, Ca. To enhance the experience a bit more we chose to stay in Tijuana the night before our flight. I found a hotel casino which I thought was a great way to jumpstart the vacation. Hotel Pueblo Amigo Plaza and Casino was perfect for all our needs. It accommodated our late night arrival, as we were traveling from L.A. and we elected to wait till the major traffic died down a bit. Check in was a breeze, front desk was very helpful and though we all speak English and Spanish the person checking us in spoke both languages. Our stay came with free breakfast in the morning which would be a big help getting something in our stomachs before our flights. Since we checked in late at night most of the restaurants were already closed but as luck would have it a taco stand right across the street from the hotel was still open, therefore the four of us practically ran out there. The food at the stand was excellent, between us we had tacos, burritos and tortas. there are plenty more items on the menu. The staff is very friendly and the atmosphere is welcoming. Once done with our meal we went back to our hotel and did some gambling at the slot machines inside the hotel. The next day we all got up and discovered the hotel provided a ride to the airport which was not too far away. Going through the Tijuana Airport was quick and easy with no issues. The flight itself was on time and very quick, just under two hours. When you arrive in Cabo and do not need to go to baggage claim, you are immediately ushered outside. Since we had rented a car we looked around a bit till we found our rental. Once we found the spot we headed over there and began the process. I had rented through Princeline and had done it all online. Little did I know it was filled with hidden fees that far surpassed what I had paid on the site already. It took a while but we got through the process of getting a car. After the car was finally in our procession we drove out to our Airbnb. The drive from the airport to town was about forty minutes and our rental was close to the downtown area without begging right on top of it, The entire process of getting into the house and interacting with the owner was completely simple and easy without drama or hidden fees like the car rental. The home was wonderful and spacious and best of all we were practically alone. The home was a expanding development with several houses both built and finished and the rest were in the process of being finished. At the gate of the housing community there was a gate you need to go past to security guards and show proper identification. Needless to say I for one felt extremely safe. There was both a Walmart and a Costco and we shopped for all our food and drinks and went home to pack our frig and explore. Our group visited a few beaches and went into town often and experienced the freedom to go anywhere we wanted. The experience the group and myself had was fantastic and the memories we took home with us will last our lifetime. Having those fond memories in place from our time there made it all the easier to say yes to going back when the opportunity presented itself nearly a year later, I eagerly agreed. The dates were chosen, the hotel deposit was put down as well and we were well on our way. For the second time out there my partner and I elected to try something different from the first time. We agreed to stay at an all inclusive location and find a spot in the center of town. Learning from the first time, an all inclusive hotel would remove the extra trips to the store to pick up and then have to cook food. Choosing a spot in the middle of town was to not have to deal with the whole car rental fiasco from the time before. We also learned from the first time that we had spent much more time downtown, it would be a waste of money renting and dealing with a car company if in getting the hotel in the center of town would eliminate even needing the car to begin with. The added bonus was also not having to select a designated driver each time we went out, this way we could be in the center of all the action. It took searching but we found out which resorts offer transportation and which do not. Settling in on the Marina Fiesta Resort Hotel and Spa. All the items on our list were being quickly checked off. The group was mentally pace ready to go, then COVID happened and the world shut down.