People that know me may be surprised that I have decided to give Mexico a second chance (it's a big country after all and my misfortune was my own doing). I went down there 2 years ago and literally got so sick I thought I was going to die. Plus my hotel didn't end up being as nice as advertised and there were regular power outages (try sitting in a dark hotel room outside of town for hours, alone,  and being too sick to drink).  To add insult to injury, one of the power outages was at the end of the USC/Cal game when it was in triple overtime and I could not find out the outcome (for me, that is a separate ring in hell). I high-tailed it back home and spent the rest of my vacation in my own bed. I clearly could have made some better food choices when was down there...guess I was living dangerously.

Anyway, I vowed not to go back to Mexico without medical supervision. So now I am going on a cruise with some family members (one of whom is a nurse practitioner). I haven't taken a *real* vacation since the last time I went to Mexico so this is a big deal for me. On the way down to get on the boat, I stop off in LA for Homecoming (and get to see one of my best college buddies that I haven't seen in almost 15 years), then I go to San Diego and get to visit my friend Denise and her cute family (can't wait to see you Denise!). Then I get on the boat and head south! Ole'!

Right now I am researching day excursions (let's just say the tequila factory tour is a no brainer because I loves me some tequila). If you have any recommendations on things to do in Cabo (besides barfing in the dark), Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo and/or Manzanillo, lay 'em on me! The other part of my preparation is to try to lose another 5 pounds before the cruise so I can enjoy myself and indulge a little. Let's just say that if someone were to wave a potato in front of my face right now, I would bite their hand. ; )