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Home from the Dominican

Thursday, February 19, 2015

It's brutal... leaving a tropical climate and coming home to temps in the negatives! We got home Tuesday night at 10 - I walked in the house and my hair immediately got all static-y! 3 of my nails broke by the next morning and my face turned dry again :) Last night I slept for 9 and a half hours and if I hadn't set my alarm I would have slept even longer!

It is good to be back with my family and back to work, but oh, I miss those walks on the beach. I miss being warm!

Morning walks are the best but I never got a great sunrise... there was heavy cloud cover every morning that I got up to see the sun rise! Ah well. It was still beautiful.

The best part of my trip, honestly, was meeting my Spark friend, Nora. It almost didn't happen too. She & her husband tried to take a taxi to the house I was staying in... it's a 40 minute ride. The guy drove them to Cabarete and then said he didn't know where the house was - needed the house name (even though the number was on the gates outside) and tried to drop them off on the beach... yep, he wanted them to walk the beach and look for the house they had never seen before! Well, after that fail, my boss's nanny called someone she knew who was a taxi driver and the next day Domingo picked me up and carted me off to Nora's resort. The problem was that he only wanted to wait an hour for me... so, it was a short visit, but it was a visit at least! And believe me, it was well worth it! Time flew by way too quickly of course, but I met up with this woman and felt like we had been friends forever!!! To top it off, she brought me a goodie bag with owl gifts for me :) Now I have things throughout my home to remind me of her! Wish I could do trips every month and meet all of my Spark friends - that would be fantastic :)

The other good news is that I managed to lose 2 pounds while we were there. Part of that is b/c food is an after thought to the people I was with & sometimes we went out and other times we didn't! My daughter hated that, but I actually didn't mind. It was so hot there that food wasn't top priority for once.

But, all good things must come to an end. It's back to the real world & back to real workouts every day .... and watching what goes in my mouth. Now everything is at my finger tips again & I'm back to reminding myself that food is fuel!!!

I'll end with a quote that I got from Nora - it came with an owl pin:

Be true to yourself, for there are others that trust in you.
Be honourable, for there are those that learn by what you do.
Forgive, for perhaps you'll one day need your share.
Love, and have faith in all those for whom you care.

Have a beautiful day, spark friends! I love you guys :)

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    Sounds like a wonderful place to thaw out! Welcome home.
    2105 days ago
    Hi doll,
    welcome baaaack. ha ha!! It suck, doesn't it? I bet Leah is appreciating the Dominican at this point. Glad you had a good time and got some sun on your skin. and met Nora. I just added her as a friend. You look great.!
    2105 days ago
  • _BABE_
    emoticon Glad you had a good time.
    2105 days ago
  • no profile photo AMBERBREEZE
    emoticon I am glad you got to meet Nora and had nice warm weather there. Oh, I did use epsom salts to get that splinter out. Thanks for the advice.

    That is such a lovely quote Nora gave you. Thanks for sharing. Now stay warm and keep taking care of yourself.

    2105 days ago
    Glad you and Nora were finally able to meet up, even if it was only for a short time.
    You will have to start planning your next meet up.

    Stay warm!
    2106 days ago
    Thanks so much for sharing the story of your trip. What a gorgeous place! i can certainly see why it was so hard to go home. And thanks so much for telling us about your trip as it was in progress. I really enjoyed looking at the photos and imagining you over there in the Dominican.

    I'm also so glad you and Nora had a chance to meet! I can't wait until it's MY turn to meet a bunch of all you wonderful people I've met here!

    What a great (and unusual) gift it is that you lost weight on vacation! Wow! Now, THAT's something I've never done! Way to go, Diane!
    2106 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/19/2015 8:17:16 PM
    Awe glad I checked WELCOME HOME Beautiful Friend! Glad you were able to catch up on your ZZZZZ's. It is so flipping cold and snowy here too, want to hop on a plane and meet up in
    CONGRATS on losing 2 pounds while you were away. I gained 1 pound but considering I was at an all exclusive and I am a food addict I was mighty proud! Your pictures are amazing. I can't believe I only took a couple. I didn't bring my really good camera, it is too bulky and with the way flights are these days they would probably charge me. I don't enjoy using the small digital one I have. On top of all of that, you know I lost the oomph I had for photography, I will SNAP back into it one

    Diane you are way to sweet but I am so glad we met and it was as if we had known one another forever. Not one peck of discomfort whatsoever. It has to happen again and it has to be WAAAAAAAY longer! I am glad you enjoyed the gifties. That quote is beautiful isn't it. That was a lovely thing for you to it and share it with all. But that's the kind of girl you are! Love you to bits!

    GLAD you are home safe and sound and back with us! Muwahhhhhh!
    2106 days ago
    Sounds like you had a great trip! You didn't bring the warmth back to share? It was -6 when I headed out to work this morning & high of +6 today! Come on spring!
    2106 days ago
    That is so wonderful that you got to meet a spark friend AND have a fantastic trip AND lose weight - way to go
    2106 days ago
    Awww that's just so so awesome. Even if it was only an hour am so glad the two of you got to meet up! Hopefully the winter breaks soon and spring will arrive with a bit of warmth. Glad your home safe and sound!
    2106 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10895053
    Awww Diane, it's so good that you could go, and so good to have you back! What a trip to bask on for a real long time. I'm so glad that you could have that little get-away! Oh, how I'd love to meet you in real life too, one day! Wouldn't that be a blast and 1/2?! Loving you girl, and I love your photos too!

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    2106 days ago
  • SARIC3
    sounds fabulous. We were in the Dominican in January. First time that and we plan to go back.
    2106 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14521116
    The trip sounded so wonderful. I'm happy you were able to get a chance to spend time with Nora. Maybe you will have a chance to visit there again someday.
    2106 days ago
    Thanks for writing your wonderful blog !
    I enjoyed reading it, and looking at your nice photos !
    2106 days ago
  • LOSINGIT26104
    Glad you had a safe and wonderful trip. Welcome home.

    2106 days ago
    So glad you had a great trip and got to meet Nora! Stay warm (we're trying to too)!
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