Took a little beach break.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I had a very short window of opportunity between when my older daughter finished summer school and my younger daughter had to start high school so we packed up and went to South Padre Island last week. We left the alcoholic at home because one of his flaws is that he hates going anywhere. He likes to stay locked in his 65 degree "tomb". We all needed a break from him anyway. We had a ton of fun. I made sure the girls got to do everything they wanted so they rode the gocarts, we all went on a pirate cruise/dolphin watch and we all rode the banana boat that gets pulled by a jetski. The banana boat was exciting and fun. The driver purposely dumped us over and the water was so calm that it was fun and peaceful just to bob around way out there past the third sandbar. I highly recommend going to SPI in late August or September as long as there's not a hurricane coming. The water is definitiely the clearest and calmest then. There was also no seaweed or jellyfish to be found! We saw plenty of fish since the visibilty was so good. That freaked out the girls. They've never actually seen what's been swimming right next to them all those years. I am a fierce Warrior Woman so fish don't scare me! On the pirate boat excursion a pod of dolphins swam really close to the boat and I could see their happy little faces. Lauren had the camera and didn't manage to capture anything but their fins, really. We watched the sun set a couple of times on the bayside while we had dinner and Lauren didn't even complain that it was "too romantic". She's been having boyfriend problems lately. We swam and frolicked in the calm gulf as much as we could after sleeping till noon so it was probably the most relaxed vacation I've ever had. The alcoholic is still dry and seeing the benefits of not drinking. He's lost 25 lbs which brings him to about 275 and he starting to show signs of ankles. The congestive heart failure makes you retain water in your legs. Before we left he also shaved off that scraggly nast beard that made him look homeless. It's now trimmed to a less offensive goatee. He's still way overdoing the sodium though. He ordered Chinese takeout for the day we left so we could eat before we left. This is his idea of being "helpful" and is one of the reasons we're all overweight. I pointed out to him that it's loaded with sodium that is bad for both of us. He said he never even thought about it.
How does it not even dawn on someone that Chinese food has way too much sodium?? If I get upset, he'll say that he was "only trying to help" which is his passive agressive way of avoiding responsibility. Of course the money is already spent and the damage done, right? Well we ended up throwing away the General Tso's chicken and the beef and brocolli he ordered. It wasn't appealing to me or the girls. We are getting better even though we headed into a giant tourist trap with only burgers fries pizza and fried shrimp on every menu. We did find a pizza place and after searching the menu and finding no salads listed I just asked them if they had salad available. The waitress said "Sure!". I didn't even ask what it cost ($3.25). Lauren and I just gobbled that thing! Luckily I packed grapes, fiber bars, bananas, cereal, chips
and sandwich stuff for our breakfast, lunch and snacks. Dinner was our main splurge time.
I definitely want to go back at the same time next year.