To Entertain You While I’m Gone

Dorothy: [in Rose’s dream, about the wedding] You can’t disappoint your guests.
Rose: The guests? But I have to think about what’s best for me!
Dorothy: That’s only in real life, Rose. In a dream, you do what’s best for the guests. –The Golden Girls

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Road Trip and a Much Needed Getaway

[Ted’s prepared to embark on the road trip to Gazola’s with Marshall]
Ted: I am ready to hit the road. I got baby wipes, I got a ridie of jerky, and I’ve got [puts bag on chair] six cans of Tantrum. Well, four – the one burned through the can and the other one I drank already. RAAAH [rips throw pillow apart and tosses it away]…TANTRUM!    –How I Met Your Mother

Match and I are hitting the road tonight! We’re driving 6.5 hours to Oregon to see one of my cousins graduate from high school. It also happens to be our 2 year anniversary on Saturday so I sprung for a cottage for us to stay in tomorrow and Saturday night. We’ll squeeze in a romantic getaway in between the family visiting. We’re packing a nice bottle of bubbly, some wine, and I think I may pack some lingerie to wear.  Match and I haven’t been able to spend very much time together these past few months, and I’m so excited we’re able to get away together this weekend.

Check out this photo of the cottage I found us. I hope the real deal lives up to the picture!

Tonight we’re going to drive up halfway and stay somewhere cheap. That way we can get the most out of our short weekend getaway. My OCDness is having a rough time with the whole “winging it” thing and not having every leg of the trip planned out. I am attempting to unwind and not be all, well, ME about the trip. I may even turn off my phone and not go online. I may.

Carmel and the Beach House

Mia: The fancy beach house works with a lot of women, doesn’t it?
Charlie: Honestly, it’s like a G-spot with two mortgages. –Two and a Half Men

Carmel was incredible. We had sun almost every day, which is unheard of for that area. We played on the beach, we took long walks at night, we lounged around doing nothing. We put together an insanely hard puzzle. We shagged on the floor of the guest room because the twin beds were way too squeaky. In short, it was a great vacation.

When we first got there, I was preparing myself for a sort of beach shack, because most vacation rentals aren’t typically all that luxurious. Match already warned me that we’d have to sleep in twin beds, but we’d push them together (ha!). When we got there I was floored by how nice it was. It’s an older house, but it’s beautiful, see?

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Here’s the view from the living room. See, the ocean is right there. How cool is that?

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oceanfrontWe were also literally two minutes from the beach. We had a trail across the street that lead to a lookout of the ocean and you could see Pebble Beach, that famous golf course. pebblebeachAll of the houses along the beachfront were amazing too. I loved that the houses weren’t cookie cutter, they all looked unique. Match and I took Monkey for long walks, and we’d point out the houses we liked the most. We both have similar taste and would point at the same houses.

Even though we were relaxing, we ended up doing a ton of walking. I even managed to lose a little bit of weight on our trip! Which was a relief since we were drinking gin and tonics every day, and eating tons of really great food. Did I mention that Match’s dad is a very good cook? His parents are also big time wine drinkers, so they kept refilling my glass when we’d have dinner. One of those things where you have no idea how much you drank because they just kept refilling the glass! 😉

The only bad part of the trip happened when Match’s mom announced that I had to go shopping with her. I think she thought that because I’m a girl, I would automatically love shopping as much as well, a normal girl. I’m missing that girlie gene, as I’ve mentioned before. Don’t get me wrong, I love new things. I love home decor, kitchenware, things like that. I even love new clothes. But I absolutely, positively, HATE clothes shopping. Now this is my boyfriend’s mom, my potential mother in law. So I couldn’t say no. Instead I said, “Sure! Sounds like fun!” Match knew better, and I love him so much for this, he bailed me out about mid day. As Match’s mom was dragging me into yet another boutique, he called her cell and made up some excuse about taking me shopping with him. Wasn’t that sweet?

Still, it was nice to get that bonding time in with Match’s mom, and I can’t tell you how thankful I was for their generosity in sharing their vacation with me. It was also such a great feeling, knowing I was a part of their family tradition, a tradition they’ve been doing for the past 20 years.

Match and I spent a lot of time together, just walking around, or playing on the beach with Monkey and Match’s parents’ puppy, who we nicknamed Poodiddle (he’s a poodle that piddles on everything!). He was quite a pain, but so cute you couldn’t stay mad at him for long.

It was so nice falling asleep to the sound of the ocean, something I grew up with and have missed ever since I moved out. Both Match and I want to move to Carmel or Monterey someday. He even started looking for jobs there! We’ll see, it might just be something we aspire to later on in life. For now, I’m just looking forward to us getting to go back next summer. Here are a few more pictures from the trip that I wanted to share with you guys.

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The 1000 piece puzzle we spent all vacation working on. Turns out Poodiddle ate one of the pieces. GRRR!

7325_552041886803_33200666_32822752_1455120_nThis puzzle took us forever! Look at all that water, whew. I didn’t even know I liked puzzles till I started working on this.

monkeyandpoodiddleThe dogs had a great time on the beach. Match and I really bonded with Monkey, he was such a good boy. We both appreciated how well behaved he is after spending all weekend with a puppy!!

Catching Up After Vacation

Pacey: This is just one assignment. Its not like your flunking out of school.
Andie: Yeah, I know that. But you get behind by one day, and then you’re always struggling to catch up. And you become more and more confused, and then the next thing you know, you’re out on the streets drunk and pulling around a shopping cart. –Dawson’s Creek

Whew, vacation has got me so behind in everything back in the real world. I’m sorry for the lack of blogging. I’m still trying to catch up on my commenting too. If people ever tell you keeping up a blog is not work, they’re lying. With school, and this pesky thing called work, I haven’t had time to relax since I got home on Monday.

I came home to a full inbox since I didn’t open either my work or my personal laptops while I was away. Go me! I truly relaxed, and now I’m paying for it. I realized that the guys over at The Guy’s Perspective featured a little paragraph I wrote them about my thoughts on kissing.  Here’s a link to the post,  go check it out and tell me what you think!

Ok, I’m still working on my blog post for Carmel. All I can tell you right now is that it was AMAZING. I wish I lived there.

Ok, I’m off to comment and catch up with all my blog friends and your fabulous lives. Then it’s off to night class where I’m supposed to stay wide awake for four hours, after working a nine hour day. Yeah…that’s gonna happen.

Dreaming of a Beachside Vacation

[Kitty is giving Rob a massage.]
Kitty: Picture yourself on a beautiful beach with a dolphin and a margarita…
Rob: What are you wearing?
Kitty: This is not that kind of massage.
Rob: Well, that’s disappointing.
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Yesterday Match and I had Old Married Couple over for dinner and to hang at our new apartment. They were telling us about their upcoming trip to Cancun that they’re taking, to an all inclusive couples only resort. I’m pretty sure Match and I just starred at them drooling. How great would that be?? Continue reading Dreaming of a Beachside Vacation