Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The “other” Sunshine State

  G’day! (as the hubs would say). Right now I am flying high in the air, makin’ the trip back to good ‘ol Austin, TX. I can’t seem to explain exactly how I feel right now. Kinda torn I guess. Happy to go home, but sad to leave the beach and sunshine. This was the first time EVER that we have had real vacation, not a trip, but a relaxing vacation. It was ohhhh soooo nice!

Florida in a Nutshell…..a rather LARGE nutshell…….

The first few days of sponsor obligations and of course the 70.3 World Championship Race itself.
DSCF0391Hanging out at the Expo and catching up with sponsors. :)

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Supporting fellow athletes and pros. This last picture is the 1st and 2nd place winner going at it, neck and neck!

Then the last 4 days were all about US!!!!

You know you’re on vacation when…………..
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The smallest things make you smile, like walking on the beach and finding large sea shells.
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You know you’re on vacation when…………..
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Your morning is spent making a good breakfast (poached eggs in balsamic vinegar and sweet chili pepper) then reading and relaxing on the beach.
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You know you’re on vacation when……………
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You spend way too much $$ trying to be touristy at the “world’s most spectacular aquarium.” haha! (Dorry, the bird pictures are for YOU!!).
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Okay I did like the cool star fish, but I was not all that impressed. I guess we should have stayed for the mermaid show, haha!
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You know you’re on vacation when…………..
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You spend your last night eating copious amounts of seafood and sushi yet still manage to squeeze in some ice cream!
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And finally,  you know your on vacation when………………
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you take time to watch the sunrise and sunset.
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you spend time with one another and see old friends.
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you gaze out the ocean, contemplating whether or not to go for a swim (he did by the way).
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and you go 4 days without washing, drying, or even rinsing your hair! Sandy and wind blown is the new look now, right?

Alright, about to touch down in Austin.

You can officially say it now…“Welcome Back COTTER.”  Like I haven’t heard it before. hehe!

Cheers,
LC

31 comments:

Kristina @ spabettie said...

WELCOME BACK COTTER !! *I love this... ;)

so happy you had a great vacation together... you two look beautiful and happy!!!

and I *LOVE* the DORRY - BIRDS !! <3

Welcome Home.

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

I am so so glad you got a VACATION! I love all the pics, you look absolutely gorgeous!! Sushi is absolutely amazing and of course you have to finish it with ice cream:) I love the pictures of the sunsets and the beach. That is paradise to me. Enjoy getting back into real life.

purplebirdblog said...

What an awesome trip... and yaaaaaaaaaaay for sushi! :)

Kelly said...

Welcome back!! Glad you had a fun vacation!!!

Holley said...

I am new to your blog and so inspired to try all your new recipes! I am curious how strick you are about you caloric intake. Do you monitor everything really closely and count everything each day? Calories, protein grams, carbs etc?
What is your strategy for that?

She Rocks fitness said...

There is nothing better than beach hair! I think it is pretty darn sexy! Loved your post and glad you had a fun time. The pictures prove it! :)

april said...

Welcome home!! Ice cream?? What flavor??

Lindsay and James Cotter said...

rum raisin with coconut!! it was so good, but I forgot the lactaid, haha!

Heather (Where's the Beach) said...

So glad you had an awesome vacation. Sounds like you both needed and deserved it. Sometimes getting back to reality can be soooo hard.

SSB said...

I love the sandy and windswept look. My hair looks best after a couple of days not washed in anything but salt water.

Mo said...

I'm so glad you had a wonderful vacation. I love Florida and the beaches there, and there's something about the ocean breeze. Hope you feel relaxed and refreshed!

From Here to There. In Purple. said...

i wish i was on that beach. in that chair!!

glad you enjoyed :)

squigglefloey said...

Aww what a lovely vacation! Beautiful pics, so glad it looks like you guys had an amazing time !! :)

Bre said...

oh this post just made me so happy for you two---much needed and very much deserved! :)I can't wait to watch the race one day live! I share your feeling about fish- thumbs down for sure! Loved the beach pics :)

Dorry said...

Yay!! I am so, so glad that y'all got to have a true vacation! I know your travels almost always involve work...a race - and I can imagine the smiles and fun easy-going time y'all got to have a the beach was much needed. Thanks for the BIRD photos. Made my day. Hope you have sweet dreams in your own bed tonight. <3

missfitbliss said...

What a wonderful vacation! It looks like you guys had a great time:)

AM-GoalsfortheWeek said...

looks like a fabu vacation!!;-) yeah!

and also...I can't believe YOU don't have a VITAMIX. it's a must for you...swear!

maybe xmas this yr for ya??;-0

Jessica said...

SO glad you had what looks like it was an AWESOME vacation!!! I'm so happy to hear it! The pics were awesome too - I especially like that you didn't have to do your hair or makeup for days on end, that's the best isn't it??

Lindsay and James Cotter said...

jess,

I think that was one of the best parts, no hair brush needed. haha!

Emz said...

Love all the photos.

You guys are one hot lookin' couple!!

Mindy@FindingSilverLinings said...

YAY! Glad you're back! I made your muffin recipe & just gobbled up the last one of the batch! I hope you don't mind, I spread the love & posted the muffin making bonanza in my blog http://fisilis.wordpress.com/2010/11/17/protein-muffins/

Thanks!
xo
Mindy

Lisa (bakebikeblog) said...

Welcome back!! IT looks like you guys had teh perfect holiday :)

Viviane said...

Glad to see you had such a fun vacation time! I'm so jealous of the beach, sun and heat!

Welcome back!

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

Just saying...your confessions made my day!

Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun said...

Looks like a FABULOUS time! Glad you got to really enjoy yourselves and relax.

Morgan @ Life After Bagels said...

ahhhhhh vacation picture jealousy over here :)

Nichole said...

You know I drooled over this. Y'all are SO cute!

Shannon said...

what a fabulous vacation!! it's always good to take time to smell the roses :)

Morgan @ Life After Bagels said...

ahhhhhh vacation picture jealousy over here :)

Viviane said...

Glad to see you had such a fun vacation time! I'm so jealous of the beach, sun and heat!

Welcome back!

Mo said...

I'm so glad you had a wonderful vacation. I love Florida and the beaches there, and there's something about the ocean breeze. Hope you feel relaxed and refreshed!