After our jaunt into PV for lunch at Joe Jack's Fish Shack, the women
and men parted ways for several hours. Dads and boys headed back to the hotel,
moms and daughters walked the streets of old town looking for adventure,
cheap take-homes and ice cream. (Did that sound dirty?)
One of us (with cute red braids) was lucky enough to get a
private lesson in quesadilla making from a sweet man who took to her good
looks. She was so excited for the
With a short list of things to buy (shark tooth necklace,
bobble-head turtles, Mexican dresses, etc.) we headed north, crossed a small
bridge and turned left into the PV’s outdoor market.
It's spring break and for the second year in a row, we are in Puerto Vallarta with friends. (When you have a recipe for success, why deviate?) With a third family in the mix this year, we are having so much fun sharing with them our favorite spots and activities. Eight kids all line-up in age and we couldn't ask for a more perfect set-up. Yesterday we took time out from our all-inclusive, piled into two large taxi vans (there are fourteen of us total!) and headed into PV's Old Town where we took lunch at Joe Jack's Fish Shack. (To get a little back story on JJ's and me, or why this post is called Part III, click here.)
Oh Joe, we love you so. My personal, absolute favorite dish at Joe Jack's is the Fish Tacos 'Baha'. If you are feeling *good* you can take yours grilled. I was feeling *naughty* so I ordered mine battered and fried. No regrets!
The chips and guac are some of the best we've ever had! P. had the octopus because he's just that kinda guy. His wife, B., is one of the best friends I'll ever have. Here is what she looks like in a wide-brimmed black hat, on a Mexican roof top, with the sun behind her back. Hay que bonita!
P. and I are both photography hobbyists and enthusiasts. He's big on the technical stuff which I envy. My brain is not wired to receive such information. ;)
Shrimp tacos for him, fish tacos for Miss Frijoles. We ordered way too much food not realizing that each plate promised to overflow with three giant tacos each!
Get on track to the shack if you are ever in PV. Make sure to make reservations as the tables are limited. The shopping in the surrounding blocks is phenomenal with boutique stores selling interesting jewelry, clothing and homewares (although mostly at Amercan prices). I'll post about our jaunt to the colorful outdoor market next. Stay turned.
Last week I was out in Denver working on various projects for several apartment complexes. The most exciting project is one that may or may not get off the ground, depending on the pricing we get back, but I am hopeful that I will be able to oversee the installation of a large community garden and orchard in this complex that is home to many young families. Dreamy!!! I was also in The Mile High City to install a new model apartment in another complex that had been recently acquired by new owners eager to freshen up the units and clubhouse. Now, model apartments are not the world's most exciting sounding projects, but I do love the budget and time limitations that they pose, making each one a different kind of challenge. And since everyone loves before + after pictures, I thought I would go ahead and share a little bit of my crazy week.
Let's start with a pretty picture first, shall we:
Just a couple weeks before I snapped the picture above, the room looked like this:
Above is CB2's Saga credenza - love it! - topped with a Candice Olson light (found at 50% off), faux air plants and a prop flat screen TV. The couch was on clearance at Room & Board and the club chair was from overstock.com. The flooring is -- brace yourself -- rolled vinyl! Looks just like hardwood, no?! A great solution for apartment living.
Before all the new flooring went down...before the cabinets got a facelift...before the faux stainless steel appliances arrived, the kitchen and dining room looked like this:
Then they were this:
All the units will be getting these updates as they turnover and all future tenants will have the option to upgrade to the accent wall colors shown in these images.
Master bedroom and bath BEFORE:
Master bedroom and bath AFTER:
Second bedroom and bath BEFORE:
Second bedroom and bath AFTER:
It took my Boulder-based girlfriend and me a total of 28 hours to install this two-bedroom apartment - and that was JUST the furniture and accessories. It never seizes to amaze me how long it takes to get a small apartment photo-ready. :)
Easter has always been one of my top two favorite celebrations - next to Halloween. That is, of course, until the "The Holidays" roll around and then those takes pole position... OK, I guess I just like any excuse to celebrate with family.
Whenever possible, I try to host an Easter brunch. The front lawn at our old house just begged for small kids and stuffed plastic eggs. It was usually an event for family and neighbors, two years ago I got very brave and it got even bigger - an egg-ceptional afternoon I will never forget! Last year we were on a road-trip for Easter, so I was excited to get back to tradition this year at the new house. Knowing I would be traveling for work all of last week, I kept it to just family this time, and gave a shout out for help. Everyone brought a dish (or two!) which made the whole thing managable with little time for me to prepare.
All the cousins (on my side) are growing up so fast and this year I had
to threaten retribution to get some of the big kids to participate in
the hunt (so as not to make the other kids feel tinier than they already
It takes some planning to find egg stuffers that meet the satisfaction
of kids aged 3 - 13. I always do
some candy, but I also stuffed eggs with things like 18" bendy pencils,
mini tape dispensers, unusual hair bands, moustache stickers, etc. I
love the challenge and am on the lookout for good fillers all year long.