Posts Tagged ‘spring break’

A bit of an interesting situation has cropped up, and I’d love to get your opinions about what you think I should do or what you’d do in my situation.

A friend of mine is house sitting in Hawaii (Oahu’s North Shore) and I’d made tentative plans to visit her there during my Spring Break (April 4-10). Because she’d be working during the day, I knew I’d be spending that time alone, and I was fine with that. I saw days stretched out before me of sunbathing, reading, running along the ocean, exploring the city, shopping, snorkeling, and maybe even trying to surf. And then in the late afternoons and at night, we’d spend the time together going out to restaurants/bars, cooking at home, and just catching up. It was the perfect plan because I’d have time to myself to do what I wanted, but then we’d also have time together to hang out.

Yesterday when I was checking flights and confirming that it was still a good time for me to visit, she told me that she and her boyfriend are actually planning to go on a vacation that same week and she won’t be there. (He’s a doctor in the armed forces and is getting deployed shortly afterward). I was completely disappointed when she told me. I was really looking forward to the trip, especially because I would be able to stay at a place like this:

Isn’t that beautiful? I love the private dock that goes out to the water. Amazing!

But back to the dilemma. My friend said I can still stay at the house she’s house sitting at, but since she’s not going to be there at all, I’m not sure if I want to go on vacation like that by myself. I know I’d be fine with occupying my time during the day – I was planning to do that anyway – but it’s the nighttime by myself that I’m unsure of. I don’t want to feel lonely while I’m on vacation. I know Hawaiians are friendly people, and I think it’s a safe place, and as outgoing as I am, do I really want to go out and about by myself at night the entire time?

I’m also not sure if I want to spend the money to fly to Hawaii ($600 or so right now), rent a car ($150?) and then pay for food/meals only to be by myself the entire time. Not to mention navigating around an unfamiliar city (although with all the tourists, this is probably one of the best places to be). I’ve budgeted for the trip, but that was when I was thinking I’d be spending at least the late afternoons and evenings with my friend. Do I really want to shell out this much money to be by myself? Oh, and I know some of you are going to think this is nuts, and maybe it is, but I also just found out yesterday that there’s a cat at the house that I’d have to care for. I’m not worried about scooping litter or leaving food out, but I am actually really afraid/freaked out by cats. They unnerve me. I know that sounds ridiculous to some of you, but then I’d just remind you that people are scared of spiders, and those are a lot smaller than cats. I would definitely have to find out how “friendly” this cat is – my hope would be that it would be aloof and not want to be around a stranger at all. Another reason this trip might not be for me.

Then again, it would be really fun to be in such a gorgeous setting, getting a nice tan, and just relaxing. And truth be told, I’d be by myself a majority of the time if I stayed home. It is a great deal not having to spend any money on a hotel and have the option of cooking lots of my meals at home because I’d have the comfort of a house at my disposal. I’ve never gone on vacation completely alone like this before, so it might be a good adventure.

What do you think? Should I do it? I went on Pinterest and found several photos of Oahu’s North Shore, just to make the decision even tougher.





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I’ve been enjoying this week off to the fullest! It’s been a nice combination of getting in workouts, seeing friends, getting just a bit of grading done, and going here and there. Fun stuff!

20130412-093449.jpg1. Yesterday Ani, my sis, and I took our pups to the beach and had the most amazing day. If you’d like to see more gorgeous pics, and read a bit more about it, you can check out the post I wrote on Sofi’s blog.

2. TinkerBell made a good point the other day, when she said that she bought a cotton maxi dress to come home from the hospital in after WLS. Because we’ll be feeling sore and bloated, and the 5 laproscopic incisions will be sensitive, a lightweight and easy-to-wear maxi is ideal. Only I don’t have one. After checking on LaneBryant.com and being appalled that they were charging $59.99-$89.99, I went on Target.com and found these dresses for $21.99 each:

20130412-094409.jpgWhy spend a lot of money on something that won’t fit me for long anyway?

3.Have you seen the great giveaway Kenlie has going on over at AlltheWeigh? I entered, and if you workout at a gym and need a small solution for your essentials, you should, too.

Kenlie's photo

Kenlie’s photo

images4.  I’m excited for a much-need pedi that I have scheduled for later today.  I think I’m going with a fun turquoise, like For Audrey by China Glaze.

5. And finally, I’ll close with a great quote that I saw on FitApproach’s FB page:


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Goal Style. Each week I use Polyvore to put together looks that I hope to wear when I get to goal. They serve as inspiration and motivation, and they help me develop my own sense of style along the way. I enjoying working with thematic groupings, so if you have ideas of style themes for future fashion Friday posts, please put them in the comments.

I have one more week before Spring Break, and while I’m not going anywhere this year, a girl can dream, can’t she?  If I could go anywhere, I’d hit a beach somewhere tropical.  Let’s say Hawaii.  Or maybe the Bahamas.  I wouldn’t say no to Turks and Caicos either.  As long as I can see miles and miles of ocean and sand, and work is the last thing on my mind, the WHERE doesn’t matter.

The WHAT inspired my Goal Style this week.  This set is absolutely an inspiration outfit, yet it’s so me right now.  I have this same exact fabric on my current, plus-size swimdress that I wear to aqua aerobics and to swim in, so you know I love the pattern.  And I see no reason not to keep my retro esthetic when I’m at my goal weight.  I love the red beach cruiser, and plan to buy one for myself once I get to goal.  (I currently have a great beach cruiser that I bought a few years ago, but the peach color is so not me).  And that fun wicker and pink retro convertible?  To.Die.For.  Want!!  If for nothing else but to just drive to and from the beach.  I always like cat’s eye sunglasses, so that was a no-brainer for me.  And I went fairly simple with the tote and the flip flops.

So, when does the vacay flight leave?

Spring Break Beach Style
Spring Break Beach Style by bellaonthebeach featuring flower hair accessories

Retro swimwear
$90 – modcloth.com

Crystal shoes
$40 – jildorshoes.com

Sensi Studio straw handbag
£165 – matchesfashion.com

Tom Ford cat eye sunglasses
390 CAD – dealuxe.ca

ASOS flower hair accessory
$11 – asos.com

Cartwheel Galaxy

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