|Sunrise departure from Jolly Harbor Antigua|
After a short stay in St. Barths to swim and clean up the boat, we moved on to the not very swimmy waters of the lagoon in St. Martin again. We both have traveling to do and it's just easier and more affordable to travel to and from St. Martin than from farther down the island chain. So.... here we are in St. Martin again. We've made friends here so it's nice to be back, but it's also a a bit of a ghost town.
I've already been to the states and back - my trip was to Florida to celebrate my Aunt B's birthday with (almost) the whole family. Aunt B made an appearance in the blog back in December of 2010... and though I've seen her a few times since.... it's good to have her back in the blog. Happy birthday Aunt Barbara!!
|FYI - the cake was GOOD!!|
I'm missing a lot of people in these photos (sorry guys, these are mostly from the 'ladies luncheon'!) but I wanted to include at least a few shots from the weekend. *Note to my cousins: I'll email photos soon.
In the top two photos, from L to R: Ashley, Sarah, Carly..... then Andy, Lisa, Mitch, Peter.
|L to R: Lisa, Annie, Sarah, Ashley, Amy|
|L to R: Carly, Ruth, Rebecca, me, Leslie, Sarah and Ashely|
|Ashley, Carly and Maya|
|Maya takes a solo turn.|
|Parting shot: me with my three sisters, two nieces, dad and stepmom.|
|Goodbye West Palm Beach...|
Not long after we arrived in St. Martin we stopped in to say hello to Mike and Sally at Shrimpy's by the French bridge; Mike knows where to go for just about anything on the island and we were looking for info on where to pick up a new hard drive for my Mac. Remember their new little puppy Floppy? Well, being a puppy, Floppy is a bit of a handful, nipping hands and running into traffic...
|Flipflop (Floppy) looking sheepish and sad and still adorable, as only a big puppy can.|
.... and getting HIT BY A CAR. Poor Floppy. He was due to have his cast removed the next day and at the same time he was having some other, ahem... 'elective' surgery. Mike said Floppy's been constantly nipping at his hands and he finally scolded him, "If you don't stop biting me I'm going to have your ****s cut off!" And he did. Let that be a warning... don't get on Mike's bad side.
As for the demise of my hard drive.... I can't say I wasn't warned. When I had it replaced in St. John back in July 2011, boy genius Evan, who did the job for me, shook his head and said, "Just keep your computer off the boat and it'll be fine." Sorry Evan. Lucky for me I found another boy genius (they're just everywhere!) on St. Martin who replaced this one for me. If I wasn't already a devoted data backer-upper - I would be now. I didn't lose any original data, just some photos I had prepped for the blog.
In between running around for computer fixes and doing boat chores, we fit in an afternoon at the Best of St. Martin this past weekend. It's a food festival only in it's third year, but there were plenty of restaurants offering tastes and we tried just about everything.
|At the food festival - chef/owner from Lagoonies doing double duty... making paella and being a dad.|