Yeah, I'm still alive. But I haven't been blogging. There are all sorts of creative reasons like NanoWriMo (50,000 word novel goal in 30 days), illness, Thanksgiving and mostly recently a week-long trip to Puerto Rico with my boyfriend.
Personally, I hate reading blogs that are two sentences long promising to update more later. I'd rather read a blog of substance - or not read it at all. So I've followed my personal preferences and resisted posting one-line blogs and just waited until I could update properly. With pictures. And excuses regarding my absence.
Unfortunately, more absence is on the way for December. And although these are excuses once again, I have very little choice in the matter. I'm not planning to turn travel and family time for the sake of writing a blog. Selfish of me, I know.
But I am willing to share. I've posted a full sample chapter from my novel on my Warrior Writ blog (it's a rough draft but the potential is there) and I snapped a whole slew of pictures from the Puerto Rico trip.
Unfortunately, I don't have many pictures to share from Thanksgiving. But I do have wonderful news - my mother has met a charming gentleman who has proposed and they have set a June wedding date. Her gentleman spent Thanksgiving with us and generously supplied the wine while us siblings and my mom prepared the rest of dinner. It was a wonderful trip and I'm so happy my mother has met someone to share her life with.
Oh. And my sister and husband moved to Singapore. Did I mention that was happening? Well, it was kind of like a send-off dinner since I doubt we'll see each other until my mother's wedding in June. Although all of us siblings are spread across the United States and don't see each other too frequently, somehow Singapore feels (and is) like an eternity of separation.
Next up - pictures from Puerto Rico. I got burned red as a lobster one day in the sun (still red in a couple places), but after that my boyfriend and I wised up and bought sunscreen. It was an amazing trip.
|View from hotel room in Old San Juan|
|Evening stroll along Old San Juan piers|
|Mofongo - my first dinner in Puerto Rico :)|
|Decided to walk around El Morro, the old Spanish fort|
|I bet you can see the iguana. But what about the ferral kitty?|
|It's not just a fort. It's a work of art.|
|Built in 1500s - 1700s, the scale is staggering|
|Iguanas are EVERYWHERE on the island|
|Look at the BLUE of that sky|
|No railings. Seriously. You could climb right up into the cannon spaces|
|These lookout turrets were my favorite|
|The view from one of these turrets|
|Clearly, I took far too many pictures|
|Oh yeah, apparently sometimes they fired these|
|And they had a lot of cannons I guess. Look at all those ports|
|Graveyard between El Morro and La Perle|
|Walls of San Cristobal, a post along the city walls|
|Sometimes the HDR on my iPhone doesn't cooperate :)|
|Some places we couldn't get to. And of course those were the places I wanted to see|
|So the US Military added these concrete lookout posts with slits|
Who'd ever notice the difference in architecture?
Nazis will suspect nothing! ::lame::
|View from US Military concrete lookout. Made me feel paranoid|
|Capital building. As viewed from San Cristobal|
|Capital building up close. Stairs anyone?|
|Inside of Capital building. Gorgeous. And more stairs ;)|
|The murals seem to have a resounding theme. Bad Spaniards.|
|Those were some big pillars. And mammoth Xmas tree|
|We never did figure out what this was. My Spanish isn't so good.|
|Casa Rosa. There was a placard with this, but I'm forgetful|
|View from railing next to Governor's "house"|
|I believe this was the Church of San Juan.|
But it may have been the church of another saint.
We visited a lot of churches
|Everything in Old San Juan was within walking distance|
|Along with pigeons|
|This garden was gated. Sadly, because like all things restricted,|
I wanted to get closer
|Just strolling about was addictive|
|Randomly treated to blasting Handel's Messiah from the Governor's house|
|There's a party in the streets almost every night in December|
|People eating. Right in the street.|
|We also went to the rain forest, beach and bioluminescent bay|
I have pics from rainforest and beach
None from the bio bay b/c iPhones are NOT waterproof!
|Pictures don't do this justice|
|Sometimes, you need a person in the pic to add perspective|
|We came upon this waterfall and pool|
|And promptly took a nice long (cold) swim under the waterfall|
Everyone should do this at least once
|There was also this tower. In the middle of the rainforest|
|88 stairs later, there were these gorgeous vistas|
|And there was food. Lots of it. Like free breakfast buffet every morning|
No mean buffet either
|Delicious seafood paella|
|Incredible food from Turkish place in Old San Juan|
|Pizza was fantastic - beer not to much|
|Best. Dessert. Ever. Corn fritters topped with ice cream,,|
cinnamon and honey syrup
|Ginormous mojito. Pretty sure it was made with Bacardi.|
Although Don Q would have been fine with me
|Then we decided to walk to here, Isla De Cabras|
|Except it was a 90 minute walk, in one direction|
|Under blazing hot sun|
|Worth it? Yes. So beautiful and no tourists. Not one|
|On our walk back from Isla De Cabras, we stopped for the Bacardi tour|
|You'd be shocked what the bat represents|
|Bottles and bottle of Bacardi|
|Look VERY closely in front of the bow of this ship|
|Waves crashing around El Morro. I want to go back. Now.|
After all those pictures, I hope you'll be tempted to consider Puerto Rico for your next trip. A couple years ago I made a trip to Hawaii and I can honestly say I prefer Puerto Rico over Hawaii - SOOOOO much closer, food and lodging and tours are SOOOO much cheaper, and the beaches are incredibly beautiful and quiet (at least in December). The temperature remained above 80 degrees Fahrenheit - and that's in December. Just saying - I'd go back again. Like right now.
Ok, time for me to restock the apartment with edible fresh food. And start Christmas shopping. And write another chapter in my novel. And start work on Friday's Food Fetish blog (no, I haven't abandoned any part of my blog).