Vacation Recap

Hey, everybody! Yes, I’m still here. No, I didn’t fall off the face of the earth. I just went on vacation. And although I was only gone about a week, the beginning and end of the break just happened to land on my regular posting day: Monday. Hence, the long hiatus.

Oh sure, I could have posted something last Tuesday, but that would have required turning on a computer and I simply didn’t have that much energy. I then thought about posting something Thursday, but I got sidetracked by eighty-two new spam comments.

And as much as I’m sure the world has been waiting with baited breath to find out how much I weigh this week, I’ll forgo the usual report and just give the vacation recap.

First up, this is what I look like on vacation:

I’m on a boat. I’m wearing a life preserver. And I’m really happy. Can’t you tell?

As much fun as the boat ride was, getting in the water is even more fun. Why? Because if you don’t get in the water, you don’t get the opportunity to take oddball pictures like this:

I’ve looked at that picture about a dozen times now and it still cracks me up.

When not in the water, most of our time is spent eating. I’ll spare you the images of my face buried in a bag of Chex Mix and move on to some of the other outdoor activities.

I shot a gun for the first time in about three decades. I’ll probably wait another thirty years before trying it again.

Ditto for the bow and arrow, which I enjoyed much more.

I didn’t actually hit the target much, but then again I was also standing about ninety yards away. Just hitting the hay bales was my only goal.

This is my niece Hannah, of Biggest Diabetic Loser fame. I think we’ve found our Christmas Card 2009 photo.

I did play some badminton for a while. That’s probably the only thing that even remotely offset the Chex Mix problem:

We brought a ball to play with:

Some of the natural wildlife:

And, of course, this photo diary wouldn’t be complete without at least one food picture. Here’s the quintuple stuff Oreo cookie I made. I’ll post the recipe later.

And lastly, this was a very nice view from the plane on the way home:

I might upload the other 839 photos at some point. But first I have one last bag of Chex Mix to finish. Next week we’ll see how things are in Onederland.

Ugh. Vacation and diets do not mix.

13 Responses to “Vacation Recap”

Helen said
July 20, 2009 at 9:03 am

Looks like you had an excellent time. I am in total agreement that vacations and diets do not mix. I never have tracked or cared while on vacation and I never will. Somehow it all comes back together when you get home and back into your “routine.”

Shelley B said
July 20, 2009 at 9:11 am

So you’re a pirate on vacation…I dig it!!!

Nice picture of the bubblegum moth (butterfly?), but I bet Hannah will kill you for posting that crazy pic of her!

Glad you had a great time…and hey, aren’t vacations all about doing enough eating so we can have something to focus on (losing weight, again) when we come back to our normal lives?!?

loki said
July 20, 2009 at 11:47 am

Heheh I’m with Helen and Shelley: everything in moderation, including moderation!

Welcome back though, it’s good to see/read you. 🙂

And you look damn good too.

Biz said
July 20, 2009 at 12:38 pm

I’ll have to tell Hannah about this pic! 😀

Glad you had a great time – wish I could have floated with you! 😀

Jess said
July 20, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Yeah…I’m going to need that Oreo recipe.

Quix said
July 20, 2009 at 5:12 pm

Yay, good to see ya! Your vacation looked like a blast, and that water picture? Priceless!

I agree, vacation is for enjoying, not dieting. It all comes back off (for me) real quick anyways so I don’t worry about it. A few days of indulging usually actually does me good.

Tuscanystone said
July 20, 2009 at 6:52 pm

hey Charlie, you look great!

Thanks for sharing your pics. Looks like fun.

‘Vacation’ and ‘diet’ should never be used in the same sentence!

Tusc 😉

JohnGL said
July 21, 2009 at 7:07 am

Looks like a great vacation to me. Anything that involves boats, goofing off in the water, and swatting birdies can’t be bad.

It also looked a lot cooler out than here in Austin (I noticed the grass was still green).

Sagan said
July 21, 2009 at 10:36 am

Nope, vacation and diets don’t always mix, but looks like it was still a fun time! You did lots of stuff.

Jenn@slim-shoppin said
July 21, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Yeah Charlie, you’re back!!

Love the pics, and I laughed too when I saw that picture of you in the water…next year I will be there with you guys!! I’m glad you had a great time!

Helen B said
July 23, 2009 at 9:52 am

Looks like a FUN time!!!

And, oh boy, that Oreo….


Jessica said
July 24, 2009 at 2:20 am

That is the most beautiful moth I have ever seen – wow!

Kyddryn said
July 24, 2009 at 6:31 pm

Looks fun. You look thrilled to be photographed at extreme close range while wearing a do-rag and life-vest.

I adore being in the water. Water negates some of gravity’s unkind pull. Also, it’s cool.

This year I’ve seen several of those pink and saffron moths – I’d never seen them before, and now they’re everywhere. I think they’re aliens…pretty, pretty aliens…plotting to take over the world.

Ever eat a sextuple stuff Oreo? Don’t try it without a spotter and four or five gallons of insulin on hand to counter the extreme Oreo-stuff buzz.

I did an octuple-stuff once…the scars are finally fading…

Welcome back, Charlie.

Shade and Sweetwater,