Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Third Thursday Thoughts (on a Wednesday): Vacation and More.

I cannot believe that tomorrow will be the third Thursday of August. WOW, how did time fly?! How, is our annual Summer vacation over already?! I normally do these brain dumps the third Thursday of each month but I am doing it a day early - on hump day - this month. I actually don't have a lot of scattered thoughts on my brain today but here they are, regardless:

- I registered Vivian for pre-school today and she starts in a month. To say she is excited, would be a huge understatement. We were there for a little over an hour today and she was beyond happy, excited and ready to start (from today) pretty much. She actually cried when we left and cried almost all the way home. My poor baby. How did she get so big so fast though?! Like I said she will start pre K in a month but we have orientation before that so we will get a better feel of the school, its programs, her teachers, meet some of the other parents and children, etc. When did my baby get this big?! I am so excited, happy, nervous, anxious and every other feeling imaginable for her to start school. Fingers crossed she will love it. It sure sounds like it, so far.

- That 'train wreck' show "Bachelor in Paradise" - one of my Summer guilty pleasures - started off this Monday. Judge me all you want but I love watching even-though most of these people aren't there for true love or love in general, but to pump up and promote their Instagram, blogs and other social media accounts. How some of these 20 and 30-somethings have been on these shows 3 times now is beyond me. Don't they work?! How much time off do their jobs give them so often?! How can they afford all of the clothes and expenses they have to spend each time they do one of these shows?! I am sure I will never find the answers to any of these questions, but still. This season already started off with lots of scandals. I am sure more fights, more tears, more love triangles and more disappointments will come along the way. But I did enjoy Carly and Evan's wedding last night. It was so laid-back, whimsical and Bohemian. A little quirky and weird which matches their personalities. Definitely not the super elegant, fancy, lavish affair that the Bachelor shows are known to do for these televised weddings. But it was a nice wedding nevertheless and I loved Carly's dress. It was almost a nude color but suited her.

- Speaking of another Summer guilty pleasure, one show I have been watching for a decade and a half now is Big Brother. This is another great season full of twists and turns, such hard games and temptations with money prizes thrown along the way. For the 5th or so year in a row now, Big Brother has been bringing back a fan favorite from a past season. This year they brought back Paul who was the runner up finalist last year. Paul is so likable, with a fun and quirky personality, very smart too and a tough competitor both mentally and physically. Well Big Brother is already half-way through and Paul has been pretty much ruling the house since day one. The thing is all these other house-guests are stupid enough to let him do so. Even when several other house-guests have been in power , what Paul says - goes. Before we know it , he is going to win this all thing and the other competitors only have their own self to blame.

- Our 9-day vacation came to an end this Monday. But we had so much fun. And for the most part, the weather was really nice. Sure, I would have preferred it to be 80 degrees or more but I will take 75-78 degrees and sunny, no rain. The hotel we stayed in was real nice. We don't like to splurge for expensive hotels during family vacations because 1] we don't have a lot of money to spend 2] we don't see it necessary 3] we rather spend money on other fun things like trying out new restaurants, traveling and experiencing new things and of course a little shopping. But the hotel we stayed in was very nice and had everything we needed. Our room had comfortable queen beds, a good size refrigerator, cable TV including HBO, a desk, an iron and ironing table, a hair dryer and a micro-wave. We did a little shopping and minimal simple cooking when necessary. The staff was nice and friendly and the breakfast bar was awesome and had everything. But the best part of this all was the beach. I loved laying for several days at a time on the sand, cozying up to a book. Below, I am sharing a few pictures from our vacation journey, this year. Enjoy!

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