Thursday, January 21, 2010


We’re just laying around, and it feels good. Scheduled for kayaking this afternoon, but I’m not sure we’ll go. We might end up sitting around, having a few cocktails, and reading. Tia’s gotten hooked on e-reading, and so she’s happy to sit around with both of us getting lost in stories.

Yesterday was a nothing day for me. Other than waking up and running on the treadmill first thing, I pretty much sat around and had cocktails, a few every hour near the pool. Tia was up early, for an employee meeting and teambuilding. They created sand castles on the beach, or sane sculptures, which came out pretty well. I wish I’d taken the Flip down for pictures, but we did get some on her camera.

Then it was lunch and laying by the pool, where we both fell asleep. Relaxed, just reading and sleeping all day. After getting our gift of new sunglasses, we hit the room for more of the same. Reading and falling alseep. A very quiet afternoon.

Dinner was a bit of an ordeal, waiting in line to be bussed to the other side of the island, the French side, to some restaurant. That wasn’t great, as were separated out from people we knew, the service was lousy, and the family style portions surprisingly small. Not a great event, but we caught a bus back early. The plan was to hit the casino, so we came to the room for a cup of coffee, and lay down to read for a few minutes. The next thing I knew Tia was asleep, so I didn’t bother to wake her. Between the long travel day, time change, and early day for her yesterday, I knew she was tired and let her sleep.

I did check email, and forwarded off one thing for someone to handle, but otherwise, didn’t do anything. Other than delete a bunch of SPAM rolling through. I was proud of myself. I could have fixed the thing in about 10 minutes, but I didn’t, forwarding it on to the rest of the team.

It’s nice here, a little cool at times, and rain rolls through regularly, but not for long. It’s relaxing to just let go and not try to get anything to happen, and it is nice to just lay around and read. This is probably what retirement is like, and it feels good, though I think we both need some projects to keep us going. Just something to work on. A couple days in and I’m relaxed, but I feel that slight itch to do something productive. Make something with wood, fix something, write, just doing something that keeps my mind active.

Last night we talked with another couple here from CA. The husband was talking about how much he enjoys skiing and said it would be nice if this club trip was in a winter destination sometime. Tia and he both agreed that it wouldn’t work. Too many people don’t want to “work” on vacation, and most of the winter activities involve work, effort, some physical-ness. I think that’s one of the things that separates us out. We’d be happy to do some physical work, and we would like skiing instead of laying by the pool.

I think I agree. Mexico was great, just laying around reading, having a drink, swimming with Kendall, but it was 2 years ago, and I don’t miss it enough. I’d have been happy to spend this week in the mountains, working hard, and enjoying the slopes.

It’s a good time to relax, and I miss the kids a little, but only a little. I’m glad they didn’t come, and that it’s just Tia and I laying around together.

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