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Shake Your Tailfeather

We leave for Puerto Vallarta in a little over a month (March 29th!), and as our trip approaches, I'm fluctuating between being excited and exasperated at having to WAIT.

The temperatures have plummeted back to the "below zeroes" and I think we Minnesotans are losing hope it'll EVER warm up. Well, maybe just THIS Minnesotan. My skin is dry, I can't shake my cold/flu, and I have to give myself a pep talk just to take the dog for her walk.

But, there's light at the end of the tunnel - sunny Mexico!

I've gotten to thinking, though...the last time I went this late in the season, it was in college and I was there on spring break. The entire country was basically at the whim of thousands of 20-somethings hyped up on rum drinks and "shaking their tailfeathers" at nightclubs until the wee hours (before stumbling back to their hotel rooms or the beach to sleep it off and begin again at dusk).

Hopefully that's not the case when we're there - I'm too old for all that now. I want to relax, soak up the sun and hike around taking pictures. (PS: Hiking is really just walking...but us runners are loath to say we WALK; hence the covert term.)

In preparation of this vacation, I'm forced once again to start my oh-shoot-I-only-have-one-month-to-go-before-I-have-to-wear-a-
bikini-again diet and exercise regime. (Please see previous post about my new buddy, Ana.) Having the flu for a week helped out greatly with the "trimming down" process - I must've lost about 7 pounds on my chicken noodle soup and fruit diet in that time period alone :) And, there was a lot of shaking going on then, too...but only because I had the chills.

So, as I listen to Nelly's "Shake Ya Tailfeathers" on my iPod right now - hey, it's on shuffle - I'm thinking maybe the cold is my incentive to get in shape. Because, see, you've gotta jig and dance just to keep warm in this blasted arctic air. I guess for the next month and change I have to keep in mind that at least I get to leave MN and head to my lovely Viejo Vallarta - if only for a week!