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It’s an island tradition that I have not been taking part in for a while. In an effort to scale back my alcohol intake I’ve been sticking close to home. Sadly, this island breeds alcoholic tendencies because…well, it’s just so easy! My cohabitant is leaving Tuesday for the states to visit his family, so I decided to give being a good girlfriend a whirl and partake in his final Sunday Funday before his departure. He will be gone for 10 days (WAHOO!… I mean that in a nice way, of course). At this point, I may be one of the whitest people on the island…aside from the albino kid is see on occasion. On a positive note, at least my skin still looks good. No sense in advancing the signs of aging, right? I tan pretty easily, so I see no need to be a religious sun worshipper. I do, however, try to get a bit of sun before I return to the states. Returning as white as I was before I left to live on an island, I feel, let’s down the expectations from my coworkers! Besides, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t provoke a little hostility from some of my favorite colleagues. Fluorescent lighting from the office doesn’t produce the same kind of glow!
It’s been so long since I’ve been to the beach, I had to repack my beach bag. Towel, koozy, sunscreen. Check, check and check. Off
we go. And that’s another thing. Am I supposed to wear sunscreen to save my life, or is wearing it quietly killing me? Seriously, I can’t keep up. Today I learned, even if it’s not killing me, it is killing our reef! For now, I’m taking my chances and sticking to (at minimum) applying it to my face, chest, ears and hands as those are the areas that seem to age the fastest when subjected to overexposure. Or, so they say. I also wear a hat…. really as more of a disguise than a sunblock. There are so many really great people here, locals and expats, but sometimes I like to savor my solitude while I bob in the water and watch the fish swim around me. I was born with flotation devices, so I couldn’t sink if I tried, especially in saltwater. I can tread water without treading. When I float on my back, I’m practically on top of the water. I don’t like to say I have “built in” flotation as that implies they were purchased, and that’s not the case! Believe me when I say, being a curvy girl is both a blessing and a curse. In the water, it just makes things easy! And I am a pretty curvy girl. I am a pretty, curvy girl. Look at that! Chunk in a comma and suddenly I’m vain!
Meanwhile, back at the beach. It’s off season which I really enjoy. We still have tourists and a sensible number of cruise ships passing through but nothing like the cooler months when all of the snowbirds are flying south for the winter. The crowds are thin and things just feel calm. It also happened to be a beautiful day, with very little wind, so the water was perfectly calm. Hot sun, cool, calm water and an ice-cold beer. Life is good! I feel like I’ve been locked up inside working for weeks, so I’m SURE today’s dose of vitamin D will result in a new and improved me…it’s just taking some time to kick in!
I’m going to pause here for a public service announcement. When you are going to the beach to put all of yourself on display, let’s take some time to double check the hygiene in a FULL length mirror. Just a suggestion. Ladies, shave your armpits and do NOT, I repeat, do NOT share your vagina sideburns with the world. It will take 30 seconds to trim that mess up, or 3 minutes to nair it. I can assure you, that is not the kind of attention you want to draw to your nether regions. The problem is real folks, so I’m doing my part to educate. You’re welcome. That concludes our public service announcement.
We ended the day with sunset at our community pier with a bottle of Rose’. There usually aren’t many people out there, so it’s quiet. In a lot of cases it’s just us and whichever dogs we decide to allow to join. The wine glass in the picture isn’t frosted, it’s actually silicone. That is one of the items I bought specifically for moving to the island, and we probably use them more than anything else. Before buying I read several reviews as there are different brands, and I settled on the ones with the best ratings and most comments. The one complaint was that they have a bit of a rubbery smell. True, it’s not quite the same as drinking from a normal wine glass, but I followed some tips that a few other purchasers offered (washing them with Dawn dish soap, soaking them in white vinegar and then letting them dry in the sun for a few hours), and it helped. I don’t think they smell much at all. They’re great to use around our pool, but we also fold them up and put them in our wine carrier when we head across the street to the dock. Let’s just call them versatile “to-go” cups! The Amazon link is below if you want to check them out! I will get a lot of use out of mine this coming week. Four more days and my sister arrives! Yay!
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