Friday, September 28, 2012

A Dog On a Motor Bike?

As many of you know Tina and I get around St Thomas solely on our scooters.  We are known for our scooters and of course, Dozer.  Purchasing these motor bikes was one of the best things we have done for living on this island.  On a daily bases we get asked how Dozer gets around.  We always smile and tell them he rides the scooter, which gets a funny reactions, as you probably already guessed.  Early on my dad introduced Dozer to riding a scooter, helping us to take him to places like the vet and anywhere he needs to go.  Here is a short video we shot to help you envision our scooter riding dog.

We get told daily how great our little Dozer is, and those of you that know him are always saying how much you miss him.  We decided to start making short videos as a hobby, showcasing his talents. Hope these will help your Dozer fix. This is the first of many that we will be creating and sharing to keep you all up to date on him and his shenanigans.   

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Latest and Greatest

When I say “SUP”, what do you think of? If you are thinking I’m asking you “WHAT’S UP?”, or inviting you over for SUPPER, I am referring to something totally different. Stand Up Paddle Boarding is actually what I am talking about. Have you heard of it? It is the latest and greatest water sport craze.

Working on the beach I get to watch as people experiment and try out all of the water sports. It is similar to how it was working at a ski resort, watching people try to keep their balance and learn the new technique. It is quite humorous to watch as people flail their arms and fall continuously until they finally pick up the knack for it. I was that person at one point, and to be honest I still am. I am not a pro but I have got to say I love the sport, so to all of those who are flailing and falling in front of me all day, I am not judging. 

 Picture someone standing, kneeling, or sitting on a surfboard and paddling along with a long paddle; that is exactly what this sport is. You can paddle board with the ocean surf or on lakes and rivers. 
REI  has a great description of the sport, informing you what equipment is needed and even some techniques.

 Co-Workers of mine have paddle boarding races where they race from island to island. I work with a 65 year old woman who is absolutely amazing at the sport and finds it relaxing. Magen’s Bay is a popular place for cruise-shippers to visit and have some beach time, but it is also the location for a Stand Up Paddle Boarding Pilate’s class. 

 Jake and I have been paddle board shopping recently because we lost our board off shore while sailing. Paddle boarding is something that we both enjoy, well, me more so than him, but it is FUN. Dozer even SUPs with us. Anyway if you have never heard of it or haven't tried it, check it out. Hopefully you will have as much fun as we do, and a HIGH FIVE to all the flailers and fallers for giving this rad sport a try!

Jake giving Dozer a turn

Our friend Matt giving it a try

Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Quiet Day At The Beach

Today, no work for me. Jake did have to work, so I decided to head to the beach and hang out for a bit. 
This is what I saw. 
A quiet beach. No cruise ships in.

Local kids fishing

Iguana's enjoying the sunshine

Paddle boaters

My handsome husband hard at work

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Raising Our Sails and Facing My Fears

"Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.  The fearful are caught as often as the bold." -Helen Keller
Lighting striking our boat
Money running out
             Losing someone I love

Some are silly and irrational but they haunt me constantly.  Sometimes I feel my mind is damaged because of the fact that I always assume the WORST!  

I have tried and tried to shape my mind not to jump to such absurd conclusions in the eye of adventure; always reminding myself of possibility and probability. These things that I fear are possible, yes, but how probable are they?  The only reason I am afraid is because of the possibility.  It is human nature to have fear of the unknown, due to the negative possibilities.  These fears and thoughts cloud my judgment when deciding on taking part in something that doesn't have a certain outcome.

         We are planning to leave the Virgin Islands .  Taking a few months off and sailing our boat to a new location.  This scares me for many reasons.  I don’t know how to sail (I will be learning soon).  I don’t know what it is like to be off shore in the open water.  To me the sea is frightening because you never know what can happen.  You are away from your comfort zone, and away from medical assistance or help.  
         I need to remember that we always have someone looking over us. This life is about loving, exploring, giving, learning, and growing.  I am excited for our new chapter.  I just wish the time would hurry up and get here so we can raise our sails and be on our way.
       What fears do you have that you want to face? Is the possibility of them holding you back?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Banana Oatmeal Smoothie. YUM!


Banana, Oatmeal, Peanut Butter.

     I was contemplating what I was going to have for lunch today, the husband is off at work, and I’m not working today. 
      Wanting something simple yet delicious I remembered a recipe that I found recently online.

Banana and oatmeal smoothie

I did not have all of the ingredients so I improvised and used what I had. 

      2 small bananas
      ½ cup of cooked oatmeal
      1 Tablespoon Peanut Butter
      ½ cup skim milk

I cooked the oatmeal which took only minutes because it is such a small amount, cut up the bananas and scooped up the peanut butter, put them all in a glass and used my hand blender to mix it all up as I added skim milk.  I didn’t have ice (I wish I had) so afterwards I stuck it in the fridge for a bit then ENJOYED! YUM!

Leaving on a Jet Plane in 15 Days

15 days until Jake and I leave on vacation.  We are counting down because we are so excited for a break from island life.

You may think we are crazy but here are some of the things we are anticipating about being stateside!

  •  Visiting Family and Friends
We have family and close friends in Maryland, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania …hoping to get to all those places in our short time on the east coast.

Eating delicious food that we don’t have here
“Fresh Mex”ican food, BBQ, Cold Stone, and Sushi

   The Boat Show
Finding and purchasing new products for our boating life, and viewing beautiful boats

     Sailing Lessons
You may or may not know that I don’t truly know how to sail (Jake does, so don't panic).  I have lived aboard a sailboat and been sailing a bunch… but I personally need to learn before we embark on our new adventure of cruising.  I am EXTREMELY NERVOUS and EXCITED about the sailing courses in Annapolis.  Should be fun!

    Getting Massages
I know this may sound outrageous but I have been craving a professional massage for months.

    Taking a Bath
Again… I am not crazy.  Water is very precious here, and we don’t exactly have a bathtub… so a nice LONG ,WARM shower, or bath sounds absolutely divine!

(Costco, Target, West Marine, etc.)
We are slowly running out of certain products we bring down from the states.  We will be doing a lot of shopping for shampoo, conditioner, dog food, toothpaste, and a variety of other random things that cost a fortune here.

Are there simple things that  you miss doing or seeing because of where you live?  I know these are absurd things to miss and be excited about, but we live a very simple life here and feel thrilled to take part in these things occasionally!