As you know, I’ve been on a mission to embrace all four seasons – as opposed to complaining my way through Fall and Winter, like I normally do. When the temperatures really plummeted in December, it was a challenge! The biting cold definitely sidelined my plans for snowshoeing and other outdoor winter fun. Mostly we got cozy by the fire under a blanket. With snacks. There may or may not have been one day, after the snowblower broke and I got stuck trying to power my way out of the driveway in four wheel drive, that I beat a metal post at the end of our driveway with a shovel, screaming “I hate this f*%$ing snow” before flinging my shovel into the woods.
But all in all, I’ve been pretty good at living in the snowy moment and appreciating just how beautiful winter can be. I’ve barely complained, I swear.
It helped that I discovered the trick to enjoying winter when you live somewhere really, really cold: book a trip somewhere really, really warm. There are actually direct flights from my one-horse town to Punta Cana! That says a lot about how people here handle the winter. Hubby and I have never been anywhere warm in the winter – we’ve only been on one beach vacation (Portugal, seven years ago this May). So when, on a particularly blustery day in December, friends invited us to Punta Cana with them, we said yes! Ironically, there goes my new snowblower money…
Of course, since then the weather warmed up considerably and temperatures have actually been above freezing – the snow even melted in places. The bay opened up and one particularly glowy sunset even had me thinking that spring was on its way.
I could really get on board with winter if it was this mild all of the time. It hardly feels like winter at all! Still, I’m counting down the days until I’m sprawled on a beach.
We’ve never stayed at an all-inclusive resort. The adults only (yes!) one we booked has something like 700 rooms, which is so nutty to me! We usually vacation very differently: coming home from vacations more exhausted than when we left because we tried to cram in as much sightseeing as possible. This will be different, that’s for sure. Packing has been a real challenge because after my weight loss, I never really dealt with my too-big wardrobe and so I’m doing this unintentional extreme capsule wardrobe thing, meaning only a handful of things fit and I wear them over and over again. I recently bought some new swim suits, a floppy brim straw hat, and I’m on the hunt for cute summer dresses.
In my bathing suit shopping haul, I bought mostly two piece tankinis (my favorite) in different turquoise designs (literally nothing but turquoise) and paired them with high waisted bottoms. I also got a cute turquoise bottom that’s a little skirt plus I bought an adorable one piece with the cutest vintage styling. The funniest thing is that I was so wowed with the selection at a local shop, I brought my Mom there the next day because she’s had her bathing suit since I was in the second grade. She ended up finding only ONE that fit her, and it fit her perfectly. Want to guess which one? The one piece I had bought the day before! She was reluctant to buy it, but I am cracking up picturing us swimming in them this summer and the neighbors spying across the bay with binoculars like, “what the…?”
Although we have a house/Szuka-sitter all lined up, I’m not sharing the dates we leave. Any would-be robbers would know from the blog that I’ve spent all my money on Pyrex anyway, lol, but I always cringe when bloggers blast their trip dates all over the internet. It just seems unsafe! But I’ll be sure to share some photos – and what I ended up packing – when we get back, all sunburned and blissed out.
Does anyone have any tips for packing for a beach vacation? I’m all ears!