desoto_hia873: (Spike - Freckle - vampkiss)
Cuba picspam - rated PG-13 for lizard sex.

Not for the faint of modem. )

I wrote half of this in the dark - we had a big thunderstorm here tonight.

¡Hola!

May. 22nd, 2006 06:13 pm
desoto_hia873: (Default)
They have internet in Cuba! But it costs a dollar per minute, so I won't be using it much.

Jim and I had a two degrees from Richard Gere celebrity encounter this morning - we met his brother John. He looked familiar and yet not - I thought maybe he was one of my long ago university professors or something. He kept giving us clues until we figured it out. Hee.

It's toasty warm here - though raining at the moment - and I am slowly turning a vivid shade of pink. And drinking many rum drinks. :-)

We had scuba lessons this morning and are off for our first dive tomorrow - whee!!

Time for a strawberry dacquiri.

Ow

May. 16th, 2006 04:14 pm
desoto_hia873: (Mal - Still Flying - iconicalchaos)
Went and got my tetanus/diptheria/polio and hepatitis A vaccinations this afternoon in preparation for the Great Cuban Foofy Drink Vacation and now my arm hurts. Tetanus vaccinations always sting like a sumbitch. I'll have a sore arm for days, which may make this year's first dragon boat practice on Thursday interesting.

Does being immunised against diptheria mean that I won't turn into a dip?

Somehow, I have managed to fall weeks behind on TV shows again. The only one I seem to be able to watch in 'real time' is House. I have several episodes of 24 and ER waiting for me on tape and at least one episode each of Lost and Desperate Housewives. I managed to catch up on Prison Break over the weekend, so I just have last night's finale to watch now.

Because of my behindness, I couldn't watch last night's 24 when I got home late after choir practice, so I hauled out my Firefly DVDs and rewatched Objects In Space. I think that's the first time I've seen it since Serenity came out - it's very foreshadowy, what with the crew discussing River's possible psychic abilities and her eerie weapons skills for the first time.

The physics of the 'Verse doesn't stand up to close scrutiny very well, but it's so nice to see a sci-fi show where space is actually *silent*. Thanks for that, Joss.

Cuba Redux

May. 11th, 2006 02:27 pm
desoto_hia873: (Spike - Freckle - vampkiss)
So, it's back to Cuba again. Well, not literally, as I've never been there before, but theoretically after not going to Havana with my father last month.

After checking out hotel prices in New York - recovering from the resulting mutual heart attacks - Jim and I went in search of somewhere less expensive to spend a week together. May isn't exactly high season for the Caribbean, which means rates are lower, so we're off to Paradisus Varadero on May 20. Five stars! Woot! I expect it'll be stinkin' hot, but that's OK - they have a swim-up bar in the pool. :-) Also, I'll consider it training for Atlanta in July.

I've been seeing Jim for nearly two years now, but he lives three hours to the southwest of me - we've never actually spent an entire week together. I hope we still like each other by the time we get back.

I toast you all with fruity rum drinks!

New York

Apr. 30th, 2006 03:24 pm
desoto_hia873: (Xander - eyesthatslay)
Some time ago, I mentioned that I might be going to Cuba with my father. Well, that didn't happen - which was a good thing, as it turned out, because then I would have been away when Linus collapsed and had to 'cross the Rainbow Bridge', as dog people seem to call it. ::is a bit mystified by that terminology:: And as hard as that was, Linus needed me here and I needed to be here for him.

If I squint, I can see a silver lining in there somewhere, I just know it.

Anyway, I'm still trying to come to terms with all of that - Linus, I mean, not Cuba - and sometimes I think it's OK and other times it seems like an unending struggle, and man I feel things way too much and wish to heavens that I could dial it down at least a little because I'm stuck at Spinal Tap's 11 and I'm also starting to talk like Xander.

Anyway #2, Jim and I have decided to take a week's no-kids-allowed holiday near the end of May. My first choice would be to go to Europe, but a week's not really long enough for that. I'd just have gotten over the jet lag by the time we'd have to leave to come home. So I was thinking of a destination along the U.S. eastern seabord and I've never been to New York. (See? The subject line is relevant to this post! Like Xander, I do get to my point eventually.)

I know shockingly little about New York - where to stay, what to do. Can someone give me a few pointers?

Cuba

Mar. 6th, 2006 03:05 pm
desoto_hia873: (Effulgent Spike - red_sunflower)
So, there is a slight possibility that I might be going to Cuba for a week next month. Which would be not-Ottawa-in-April and that would be good.

Anyone know what one does for recreation in Havana?

(I'd be going with my father, so only polite suggestions please! ;-)

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