Hello all! MaryBeth and I have just returned from a trip to paradise. Last year, I was supposed to attend a conference in Budapest and, well, I got cancer which shot that trip all to hell. MaryBeth and I had been planning that trip for TWO (count ‘em 2) years. Well, it turns out that this year, my annual conference for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality conference was going to be held in Puerto Vallart, Mexico. Well, Mexico is not Budapest, but apparently it’ll do in a pinch.
The conference ran from Thursday (11/5) to today (Sunday — 11/8). My friend Pete had turned me onto a deal at an all-inclusive for earlier in the week, so MB and I flew out to Mexico last Monday and we stayed at the all-inclusive from Monday to Thursday and then we stayed at the conference hotel Thursday to today. You know, when we landed in Puerto Vallarta last Monday, the pilot of our flight said “Welcome to Paradise!” He was right.
I cannot begin to describe how wonderful this vacation was for MB and me. We’ve had a very challenging summer and this was a PERFECT opportunity for MB and I to get away (without kids — thanks grandma) and recconnect with each other. MB spent much of the week sleeping as much as she wanted. In between naps, we ate and drank and relaxed and enjoyed each others company. The all-inclusive (Canto del Sol) was perfectly reasonable — a good, solid 3-star resort. My friend Pete (who told me about a deal at the resort) and his partner were at the same all-inclusive and each evening we sat on the deck and watched the sun set (while enjoying adult beverages). The Westin Resort was fabulous! Did I mention we had a great week? Here is a quick slideshow of some of the pictures I took while in PV:
I cannot begin to describe how much I enjoyed having the last week with MB. Great big, HUGE, thank yous to my mother-in-law, Elaine, for watching the kids while we were away.
In other news, I have officially set the date for TumorPalooza II — Saturday, August 14, 2010. Set your calendars now. Several of my new friends from PV have already said they are going to be there. You see, August 14 is the 2-year anniversary of my Whipple surgery. For those of you who don’t know, the majority of relapses of post-surgical pancreatic cancer occurs 18-24 months after surgery. Thus, on August 14th, we’re gonna celebrate my making that milestone. There’s going to be food…there’s going to be adult beverages…there’s going to be music by men in skirts (well, kilts — the Lost Boys will be in the house). It’s going to be a blast…be there or not, but if not, you’ll be sorry!