I’m Gonna Soak Up the Sun (and maybe a little Dristan™ for good measure).

Well, I’ve gone and come down with the dadgum Swine Flu.  Actually, that’s a lie.  I don’t have the Swine Flu—of the list of Swine Flu symptoms, I’m only experiencing one, but it’s a lousy one: snot.

I do not know where all the snot came from.  I just randomly woke up Sunday morning with a snot head, and I’ve been battling it (and losing, mind you) ever since.  I haven’t been this snotty since I was six years old and didn’t understand the concept of blowing my nose {it seemed so worthless back then—“What’s the point?” I used to think.  I hated blowing my nose as a kid}.

Dristan™ Nasal Spray

Finally, Poor Kyle convinced me to buy a nasal spray (Dristan™) from the nearby grocery store, and then he convinced me to actually use it.  Hello, scariest day I’ve experienced since the time I thought I was getting raped on a university campus.  I do not like shoving stuff up my nose, and I really don’t like spraying stuff up my nose.  It was pretty bad.

Dristan™ Nasal Spray Directions for Use

The good news is that Dristan™ actually works.  The bad news is that the “12-hr nasal spray” only works for about two hours; according to the Directions, I’m not supposed to re-squirt more than once every 10-12 hours.  Which, of course, is a rule I completely disregard {can’t be walking down the beach with snot running down my face, now can I?}.  Instead, I shoot up the Dristan™ every time I feel a slight sniffle coming on, which may or may not be every hour on the hour like clockwork {but you didn’t hear that from me}.  Dristan™ has become like crack to me—today, during a brief lapse of mental clarity (a side effect of my newfound drug problem, no doubt), I accidentally left my Dristan™ in the car on a venture out for pizza, and within an hour, I felt the shakes coming on.  So now I’m walking around high on the dadgum nasal spray.  What a way to spend a tropical vacation, eh?

Ignore the WorldAnyway, it doesn’t matter because I’m ignoring my snotty nose and I’m ignoring the Dristan™ rules/regulations, and I might even be ignoring YOU (just kidding, I would never ignore my readers—not in a million years).

Inasmuch as I’m only here in/on Grand Cayman for one more full day, I’ve decided to juice my last few hours for all they’re worth.

Starting now, the only things I’ll be paying attention to are the sun on my face…

Sun on My Face in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

…the greasy sunscreen on my feet…

Sand on My Feet in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

…and the sand on Poor Kyle’s bottom {which seems to be sending me a message—can you see it?}:

Heart of Sand on BottomPlease tell me I’m not the only one who sees the impression of a heart in sand on Poor Kyle’s poor bottom…

But then, that’s how things are here on Grand Cayman.  Sure, it hasn’t been a 100% smooth-sailing holiday—bad things happen here just like anywhere else.  But through the balmy lens of island perspective, our lost wallet and my snot clots just…don’t seem so bad.  Here on Grand Cayman, there will always be sandy beach bums sending messages of peace and love for all the world to see.

I’m really going to miss this place—this cheerful, wonderful, Cayman Island place. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to thank Shalynna and David enough for their unbelievable hospitality.

Joyful Grand CaymanThis picture can’t begin to signify how much we have enjoyed ourselves.

Thanks, you guys.

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21 Responses to I’m Gonna Soak Up the Sun (and maybe a little Dristan™ for good measure).

  1. Chloe says:

    First to comment!!!! :D
    I’m so glad you had a great time!! And you are right: I can see the impression of a heart in sand on PK’s bottom!

  2. Granmama says:

    I think that it was a wonderful plan to go to the islands. Now you understand why I love Costa Rica so much. (Some of the same H2O.) Thank you for the enchanting blog for my birthday. It was a lovely gift as were the scrapbook pages. They were my second favorite gift—Preston’s hand mde card complete with hand/foot prints and his “signature” coloring rated #1. (It doesn’t take much to make me happy :). I can’t wait for my pretty shell to put in the bathroom shell collection jar. MAKE it a wonderful tropical day and snort away. (Keep June 8th open—details to come.)
    (Only 12 more school days—Look out May 22nd!!!!)

  3. Me says:

    I am a strong advocate of nasal spray…my husband says I am addicted to it when my nose is clogged and he has refused to try it. I have some that you can use every 4-5 hours though- and a couple of squirts at once. It also says that I shouldn’t throw my head back after squirting, but I do. Looks like fun.

  4. Looks like such a FUN trip! I use nasal spray when I have a bad cold, too – it’s the only thing that keeps me sane…there’s just something about being able to BREATHE… ;)

  5. ann marie says:

    Yay for Nasal Spray! The only thing… If you use it too much the Doctor told me to only use it for like 3-4 days ( if it’s medicated )or it gets WORSE! Can’t remember the why.. but it does…

    Only one more day there? Live it up!!
    I can’t belive I was looking at your Kyle’s Bum… Yes.. I see the heart.
    Have a happy snot-free day!

  6. HeatherPride says:

    Afrin. Afrin will be a much better friend than Dristan. Trust me.

    Your pics are fabulous!! I’m so glad you’re vacationing for me since it will probably be a loooooooooong time until we get to travel again!!

  7. Cristin says:

    I see the heart.

    If everyone in Canada comes down with Swine Flu, we’ll know the source now.

  8. Jessica Abbott says:

    No, don’t do it! Down with the nasal spray! My sister has bad allergies and used Afrin a lot for a while. Now her sense of smell is no longer existent. Really, she can’t smell anything anymore. So use with caution. That’s all.

  9. Sarah says:

    Snot stinks but all I have to say from the pics is… LUCKY!

  10. Shalynna says:

    I didn’t even notice you were sniffling!

    Kyle’s “bottom” picture is so funny. It just popped up right out of the blue as I scrolled down to read!

    Can you tell I’m breaking the rules today? Posted on my own blog, reading and commenting on yours. I’m terrible.

  11. raygon says:

    Looks like so much fun! I am so envious of that swim suit you have on. As I type this my heater is running and it is a whopping 40 degrees outside.

  12. Maureen says:

    Is your blog playing music? I was trying to read it stealthily during class and suddenly this tropical-sounding music started playing and I got really confused. I put my computer on mute now, so I can’t hear anything anymore.

  13. Looking at Poor Kyle’s bottom makes me a tad uncomforatable.
    Sorry about your snotness.

  14. jethro says:

    Your nose runs in the tropics?
    It’s the humidity.
    That is your brain on dirstan.

  15. I’m sorry you’re snotty, but glad you’re having fun. And also a wee bit jealous… it looks so pretty there.

  16. Carmen says:

    Oh I am sorry it is coming to an end. But it looks like you have savored the moments to make it last. Unfortunately I am still jealous and can’t wait until we can make a trip like that again.

  17. Anonymous says:

    What are the details about your stolen wallet? Oh, and is PK alright with you posting his bum on the Internet? Just wondering…

  18. Hannah says:

    I’ve got the snots also… No fun! But at least your in a beautiful place where they can semi be forgotten about, I however and home with two sick babies… I’m so jealous your there and soaking up the sun! I’m bummed that I will be out of town when you come here to mesa on Saturday! I hope you guys have fun!

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  21. babeintown says:

    Does it look like a heart in sand on that bottom… it surely does

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