|Block Island 2010|
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Friday- I spent the day before our trip packing, planning, cooking, etc. I channeled my inner Myong and Mary Pat and tried to think of everything we used to take with us on vacations. And I think I got it all!
I was able to change our ferry reservation to Monday morning and we cautiously started the drive home. And we made it! Relieved that we weren't on the side of the road, but still bummed that we weren't on an island quite yet.
Monday- We woke up super early, packed my car, drove to Rhode Island, and made it to the ferry in plenty of time. There was even time for a Dunkin Donuts stop.
From that point on, our luck turned around and we had a perfect vacation. (Except for the very first night when we spent a good 20 minutes looking for the car keys and I was sure they were somewhere in the ocean...but that's another story!) Tons of fun in the sun, relaxing in the sand, card playing on the beach, and good food...lots if it.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
To date, we've ripped up about a dozen planks, cut new ones to size, routed the edges for a better fit, and added a coat of paint. We've used a solution of TSP, Clorox Bleach, and water to remove all the mildew and grime from the railings. Chris has also pulled out and replaced a ton of old screws (the former owners used drywall screws...drywall screws...outside...on the deck?!) from the planks that were still in good condition.
We still need to scrub the deck once more, wait for everything to get good and dry, and then paint. Oh, the painting! We know that will be a big job but we can't wait to see the final result.
And at least I can help with the painting. So far my job has mostly involved carrying boards and scrubbing. Chris says I'm the "clumsiest person he's ever met" and, because of this, won't let me use the miter saw, no matter how many times I ask. Oh well. I guess I can't hurt myself with a paintbrush! :)
Sunday, June 6, 2010
I got him a Stihl Loop Trimmer (it's really just a weed whacker) for his birthday. I knew he wanted it, and I knew he'd never buy it for himself, so I snagged the opportunity to purchase it for him. It was much too big to wrap but I still wanted him to be surprised, so I made a scavenger hunt that sent him all over the house. All the clues were little rhyming couplets, which is what happens when I have too much time on my hands (he had class Wednesday night and for the first time in a LONG time I didn't have any paperwork to do for work). The final clue, taped around Bailey's collar, read like this:
Time for birthday panna cotta! When I asked Chris what kind of birthday cake he wanted the answer was "rum cake". Rum cake is delicious and all, but we make it all the time...and birthdays should be special. So, I decided to make panna cotta. We loved the blackberry panna cotta we had on our anniversary. I'd never made panna cotta before but it turned out great! And I got to use a vanilla bean. I scraped and scraped until I got every last fleck of vanilla out of the pod...I wasn't letting ANY go to waste!
This doesn't really have anything to do with Chris' birthday (except that it happened yesterday). Chris spotted this guy from the kitchen window...can you BELIEVE it? In the middle of the day! He's turning to leave in the picture. And what was he turning away from, you ask?
But back to birthday fun! Saturday afternoon we drove into Brooklyn to continue the birthday celebration. First stop: Bozu for dinner. I found it on yelp and had my fingers crossed it would be as good as the reviews said...and it was. Even better, really. Best sushi we'd ever had. The tuna was so fresh it practically melted in your mouth! These were the "bombs", little mounds of rice with the fish and sauce on top. They were out of this world.
I love you, Christopher! Happy Birthday! You don't look a day over 29. :)
We stayed at the beautiful Windjammer Resort in a 3 bedroom villa complete with our own wading pool. The resort's beach and swimming area were just a short walk away. Neither Chris or I are very good at just lying on the beach (although this was the perfect beach for that: soft sand, gorgeous views, lots of cabanas). Luckily there were a TON of water activities to keep us occupied. I tried water skiing for the first time ever! (There is a video of this. I will NOT be posting it! ) We went snorkeling (a first for us) and absolutely loved it. We went sea kayaking, took a hobiecat out for a spin, and spent LOTS of time cooling off in the ocean.
It was a wonderful trip. Thank you to my wonderful in-laws for planning it and inviting us to spend the long weekend celebrating with them and Caroline. We loved it there and are ready to go back...who's with us? :)
Day 1: lunch on the beach Yum...don't you want one, too?
We ate almost every meal at the resort, but one night we went off to have dinner at a local restaurant called The Coal Pot. It was, hands down, my favorite meal of the trip! Everything was delicious.
Our last full day of the trip, Sunday, was the clearest day we had. Look at the water! Look at the sky! It was gorgeous.
It was also perfect weather for a boat ride. A few locals, Levi and his friend Blackberry, took us on a boat ride around part of the island. We were able to see the Pitons, view several different bays, and go snorkeling in three different spots. It was a great way to spend the morning!
First view of the Pitons...
" I'm on a BOAT! "
Hee, hee, hee...one of my favorite sketches from SNL. But then again, it doesn't take much to make me laugh. :) Don't watch it Mom...you won't approve of the language.
The guest of honor!!
Yup, that's my husband. Drinking a fruity drink called a "Lover Boy". :) In his defense, he drank Piton (the St. Lucian beer that reminded me of Corona) at every other meal, but we all insisted he try a tropical drink for our last lunch on the island.
Caroline modeling one of the shirts Chris and I made just for the trip.
Sailing on a hobiecat
Relaxed, sunburnt and happy...