Eleuthera Vacation in (Mostly) Pictures

This recap is going to be pretty loosey-goosey. The days sort of ran together as they tend to do on vacation, so rather than trying to construct a narrative of the week, I’ll just share some of my favorite pictures, facts, and memories.

Fact: In the Bahamas, open containers are totally legal, even in a motor vehicle. After arriving at North Eleuthera airport on Monday, we got beers at the bar across the road from the airport, and drank them in the back of the truck on our way back to Amy and Harry’s house.

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Amy and Harry live on the very northern edge of the island, with a small beach literally in their backyard, and the “big beach” a whopping five minute walk away.

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Big beach

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Little beach (and Ben)

 There’s LOTS of wildlife on the island, including but not limited to, birds, snakes, scorpions, and all kinds of lizards. I can’t lie, I became somewhat obsessed with lizard-spotting, and I would say a good 25% of my photos from this trip are of lizards.

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This little lizard lives behind a painting in the kitchen and comes out at night to say hi

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Giant hermit crab

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Stripey lizard

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Blue-tailed lizard

We spent a lot of time outdoors, walking, snorkeling, and helping Harry with yard work.

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We had a dinner party, and visited Preacher’s Cave and Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve.

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And we took the mini ferry across to Harbor Island for lunch at a beach bar.

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We also drank a LOT of Kalik (delicious Bahamian beer) and rum punch. We cooked most of our meals at home. I read 7 books. I didn’t get a sunburn. We went out to a real Bahamian bar and met a lot of locals. Oh, and the no-see-ums were OUT OF CONTROL and I got so many bugbites I look like I have Chicken Pox. But other than that, it was a perfect vacation.

What’s the best vacation you’ve ever taken?

Friday Free-For-All – 02/24/17

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As of 4:30 pm today, I’m officially on vacation until March 8. Woooooohooooo! I have been waiting for this trip for forever, and I can’t believe it’s finally here. We don’t fly out until early Monday morning, so I still have all weekend to do laundry and pack and get myself together. I only ever take carry-on luggage, so packing for 10 days might be challenging, but I’m fairly confident in my abilities. I also think we will have access to laundry facilities, which will make it that much simpler.

I have to go bathing suit shopping this weekend. Blerg. I’ve been wearing the same one piece bathing suit (which was also a hand-me-down from a friend), for close to four years now, and it’s less than inspiring. And the two-piece that I’ve had for 6+ years no longer contains my chest. Being a busty girl makes bathing suit shopping REALLY hard, but thankfully, Athleta has some good bra-sized swim that I think I can make work. I just wish I’d gotten a new bathing suit when I still had that sweet employee discount…

Audition tomorrow. Eep! I know I said that I was mostly thinking of this as a practice audition since I don’t anticipate getting the role I want, but after listening to the music and thinking about it a lot, I’m definitely fully emotionally invested in the outcome of this audition. Crap. I feel like I’m as prepared as I can possibly be, and I’m just trying to remember that NOT getting cast will mean a relaxing summer where I actually get to have a life and do fun things. It’s basically a win-win, right? Right.

Because I will be in the Bahamas for 8 days and likely not have any wi-fi or internet access, I probably will not be posting while I’m gone. Apparently some of the bars and restaurants have wi-fi, so if I can, I’ll be posting to Instagram, but otherwise, it will be radio silence until I get back. Have a great week, everyone! ❤

 

Friday Free-For-All – 01/27/17

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Tomorrow is going to be a jam-packed day! First up, cookie baking with Jaska, Penelope, Sabrina Joy, and Linzy. Jaska, Sabrina Joy and I used to have an annual cookie-baking date, but it’s been THREE YEARS since we last did it. Far, far too long! This will most likely be an all day thing, and will yield lots of tasty results. Then, it’s my friend Maria’s LulaRoe launch party, and then my friend Ian’s birthday celebration. It will likely be a long day, but a good one, too.

Ben’s hand seems to be healing fine. Thank you all for your concern this week. As far as hitting one’s finger with an axe goes, Ben’s situation was ideal. No nerve damage, no tendon damage, and thankfully so far, no infection. It was a deep cut, but because we got nearly immediate attention, he’ll right as rain very soon.

My in-laws are home from the Bahamas. They’d been gone for over a week, and while it was fun for Ben and me to have the house to ourselves, we also had to take care of all the animals by ourselves, which was kind of a pain. Now, we’re back to our normal morning and evening routine. Speaking of the Bahamas…

One month from today, we will be in Eleuthera. I honestly could not possibly be more excited. With everything that’s been going on lately, I need a nice long break. I need sun, sand, and ocean. I need staying up late and sleeping late, sunsets over the water, reading all day, and eating and drinking whatever I want, whenever I want. I have a countdown on my phone, and I look at it every day. Cannot. Wait.

Do you have any fun vacations or trips coming up? Tell me all about it!

Friday Free-For-All – 11/18/16

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My in-laws ordered a recumbent stationary bike. This is HUGE! It means that I can actually exercise in the comfort and relative privacy of my own home! It’s no secret that I haven’t been digging running as much lately, so having an in-home option for cardio will be great, and will hopefully help to keep me active this winter. Being able to pull up my Netflix queue while pedaling away will certainly make the time go by faster.

I quit Athleta and I’m dropping out of my jazz dance class, both as of the first week of December. I’ve been feeling WAY too busy lately, and with the holiday season looming, I knew I needed to take a big step back and just chill out for a bit. This fall ended up being a lot busier and more stressful than I anticipated, and I’m looking forward to just having more time to be at home with Ben or hanging out with friends, especially because IF I get cast in 9 to 5 (fingers and toes crossed!), I will be in rehearsals four nights a week from January through early April. I will miss my class, and I will definitely miss my colleagues from Athleta, but I need to do this for the sake of my mental health.

WE BOOKED TICKETS TO THE BAHAMAS! Finally! Ben’s aunt and uncle own a house on the island of Eleuthera, and we have been trying to get our shit together to get down there for years. YEARS! So we finally bit the bullet and bought tickets for February break. I am positively giddy with excitement. Eleuthera is a smaller, less-touristy island, and because we’re staying at his aunt and uncle’s place, our only expenses will be airfare, food, and drink. I’m planning to spend most of my time just sitting on my butt, reading, drinking, and relaxing.

I can’t freaking believe Thanksgiving is next week. How did this happen? I feel like just yesterday it was spring and now it’s Thanksgiving?! This year we’ll be with my parents down in Quechee, and I have a full four days off from work, which will be heavenly. Also, because of the holiday, I don’t work at Athleta at all and I don’t have any dance classes, so my evenings are all my own, hooray! Also, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life will be released on Friday, and you KNOW I’ll be binge-watching that while hopefully scoring some black Friday deals online. I’m gonna finally bite the bullet and buy myself a Chromebook so I can stop stealing Ben’s.

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? I’m ready for the break if nothing else…