Thursday, July 12, 2012

Relaxation in Miami

My husband and his sister are no strangers to impromptu trips (remember our quick trip to New York?).  Well, their latest workings landed us in Miami for a few days. My sister-in-law scored us an insanely inexpensive rate at one of the swankiest hotels in Miami, so it was a deal we couldn't refuse.

It worked out perfectly since summer school was out for the week.  We spent three days just relaxing by the pool and on the beach.  It's rare that I can truly relax and do nothing.  Even if I'm childless for a day or weekend, I still have tons of stuff to do (home, school, work -- you know how it is).  But this little trip gave me the opportunity to do NOTHING, and boy did it feel good. We obviously went without a baby this time, but we thought about her a lot. :-)  {See last year's Miami trip with baby.}

With my beautiful SIL -- my husband's twin (not really, but they look alike) and partner in crime when it comes to these impromptu trips.  She actually had to leave Miami a day early for another obligation -- a vacation in the Dominican Republic that she and a friend had planned.  I admire her willingness to just get away when her work schedule allows. She works hard and deserves it!

My friend, J, lives in Miami (we went to the same grade schools and college).  She took time out of her day to pick us up from the airport.  We had dinner at one of her favorite spots on South Beach.  Isn't she gorgeous?  (And you should see her figure...let's just say that J-Lo and Bey have NOTHING on her.  She makes me want to RUN to the gym.) 

I absolutely adore the hotel we stayed in.  DK and I have already agreed that it will be hard to stay anywhere else in Miami in the future.

Kinda random, but I saw this humongous grasshopper one morning while we were running. I Googled this sucker to find out exactly what he was because he was freakishly big.  Glad he didn't spray me when I naively got close enough to take this pic on my phone.  *shudders*

I knew that celebrities often stayed at the spot where we were, but I never expected to see any.  But we did. We ran into Ceelo on an elavator and saw Tank (hot, hot, hot!) hanging out at the pool one day. I didn't hesitate asking Ceelo for a pic (he just seems like cool people), but I left Tank alone since he was with a female companion.   (Not that it stopped a swarm of groupies from going right up to them.  But both Tank and his girl seemed nice, so he gets cool points in my book.)

I have no problem asking a celeb for a quick pic -- particularly if they're alone.  I'm not celeb-obsessed (they're just...people), but I do think it'll be fun to look back on these pics years later when I'm old and they're old, too.  :-)  Plus anyone who can go up to Boris Kodjoe having the worst hair day EVER and sporting a big, frumpy sweatshirt CLEARLY has no shame in her game.

No shame in April 2011. Ha! :-)
Anyhoo, we also met Levi Forte. If you know who he is, then you're good -- because I didn't.  But after he told us everything he did in his career in the five minutes he talked to us in the hallway, I did my own little research (what did we ever do without the Internet at our fingertips?).  He's kind of a rock star himself.  Consider me informed.

We had a great time in Miami.  It was a vacation I didn't even realize I needed. I came back so refreshed (and with a pretty, browner complexion to sport for the rest of the summer).

So this weekend will make six years of marriage for my husband and me.  (We started dating almost 11 years ago -- crazy.) We'll find a way to celebrate.  I'm thinking dinner and a movie (still my favorite kind of date).  Other than that, we'll be having a laid back weekend.  Probably take the little one somewhere fun.  Something inside since we're expecting rain all weekend.

Anyway, hope you guys have a great weekend.  I'll be back next week.

~ G

1 comment:

  1. Fun, fun,fun! I want to go to Miami soo bad. I don't know why, but it seems like a city I would love. Your sil sounds like my younger sister. She's a free spirit and travels anywhere whenever. Happy Anniversary!


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