In three more weeks I’ll be sitting in a hotel hot tub with my family, laughing and joking while we wait for our morning flight. Our bags will be packed and whatever’s forgotten… well it’ll be too late to pack it now.
Today I went to Value Village with friends of mine to look for resort clothes. I didn’t have much luck. Most of the shorts were gym shorts, which are fine for the gym but hardly useful to wear to lunch. Thankfully I found a pair of shorts, two short skirts, and one sundress.
Lara kept trying to eat the sequins
So much is uncertain in my life right now. The people at CMHA keep alternating between talking about the apartment like it’s certain to be mine then telling me it’s tentative. Getting a subsidy here is tentative too. Blackie eats well usually then goes for a day without eating. The one certainty I’ve got right now is this trip.
I am so looking forward to getting away on this trip. Swimming in the ocean, lying on a beach chair, enjoying a simple but yummy meal. Singing karaoke with my sisters. It’s coming. Slowly but surely it’s coming.
And, speaking of karaoke, this is one of the songs I’m practising for the vacation. As you can tell, there’s one line that needs a bit more practise.
I had a relatively quiet day today. A trip to the gynecologist, a walk home netting me my 10 thousand steps, a long chat with my daughter, plus we voted in the municipal election this evening. Now it’s time to relax with a mug of hot chocolate and let my mind drift. And, as usual lately, it drifted towards our trip this spring.
The resort we’re staying at has a variety of excursions and activities. I’ve fallen in love with one excursion. This is how they describe it:
Discover the Damajagua Falls carved out by Mother Nature deep in the heart of the Northern Mountain Range, Cordillera Septentrional. We’ll spend more than two hours exploring the 27 natural pools and fascinating waterfalls carved into limestone by the crystal mountain waters, sliding down natural slides, and simply enjoying the beautiful landscapes. After a delicious, local buffet style lunch we’ll visit a traditional market to explore before our adventure comes to an end.
They had me at waterfalls and waterslides! That sounds absolutely incredible. I can hardly believe I’m going. It’s my Mom’s favourite excursion too. It’s going to be one week of bliss with the excursion, swimming in the ocean, relaxing by the pool, watching all the little lizards, singing at the karaoke bar, and enjoying the food.
One thing I talked about with my gynecologist was how to avoid my period while I’m on the trip. She agreed with me that tampons would not work but sadly that meant the diva cup wouldn’t work as well. And she was really hesitant about prescribing birth control pills considering how much medication I’m already on. So that left the IUD, which could potentially stop my periods for five years. I’m okay with that.
And now it’s time to put aside the trip and join Colin in watching the latest episode of Doctor Who. I’m low key in love with the 13th Doctor. I think she’s doing an amazing job.
One of the waterfalls I’ll be visiting on the excursion
“You’re coming. You’re not being left behind this year.”
I’d been sitting at my parents’ dining room table, listening to the discussion about the next tropical vacation and where it should be held. Mexico? Cuba? Dominican Republic? The discussion was quite lively. I listened with one ear, knowing this was yet another trip I couldn’t afford. In the past two years my family’s been to Sri Lanka, Cuba, a Caribbean cruise, and the Dominican Republic so I’ve gotten used to listening. And then my Mom made her comment to me. It was going to be my Christmas present. Wow! What a present!
It’s a hot October day here, like shorts weather hot, so it feels weird to be discussing Christmas, let alone a holiday that won’t take place until March. But I’ve never been to the Caribbean before so I’m pretty excited. I can’t believe I’m going to be here in five short months…
Of course I’ve got worries, I wouldn’t have anxiety if I didn’t. The two realistic ones are, will I get my period on the vacation and will they have vegan food. The period one will have to wait until I see my gynecologist at the end of the month. I want to see if I can take the birth control pill for a couple of months to stop my period. Because there’s not much more that could wreck the vacation except for a “you can’t go into the water” period. And I’ll have to contact the resort closer to March about the vegan foods. Their site says they accommodate “special diets” so that looks promising.
And meanwhile I look at the pictures and can’t wait to swim in the ocean. There’s got to be so many fish by those reefs! And I have to find this waterfall…
And now to wait. Hopefully five months won’t go by too slowly!