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This weekend in pictures:

The La Diva yacht (sale price in 2005, $3.75 million) up in flames on Sunday, at the Rybovich Marina in Riviera Beach.

Took my friend, Bones, to Havana Hideout in downtown Lake Worth this weekend.  We love this place … casual, dive bar-esque, outdoors, good food and pitchers of sangria (red, white, strawberry mint)!  The place really got notoriety after being featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

I am going to SCUBA!!  Went out for my first lesson on Sunday, and it was awesome 🙂  We did some pool stuff and then hit up a shallow dive behind the Breakers hotel in Palm Beach.  Wow!  Under the sea!  The owner, Jason, was awesome and so enthusiastic … you can’t help but want to get in the ocean after meeting him!

Hello Summer!!

It’s official, summer is here.  Tank tops, flip flops, tan lines and enough humidity to make you crazy!!  Ahhhh, my kind of Florida.  My brother has made the switch from West Coast to East Coast now, and I can’t help but worry about his sun-deprived skin baking in a heat index of 100.  I, on the other hand, relish in this gross, sticky, humid, hot mess.

I love the cute tank tops, the summer dresses, the flirty sandals.  I love the new bathing suits, the smell of coconut and drinks with fruit in them – the mojitos, the caipirinhas, the mango lemonades!

I love that every other day the weather people get their panties in a bunch thinking some kind of ‘system’ is developing off the coast of Africa.  I love how people stress out over hurricane season.  Sure, it’s not an awesome situation.  Justin is already stressing about the “what ifs” and how we’ll manage.  I’ll tell you how we’ll manage … drinks, flashlights, Monopoly, a gas grill and candles.

I just read that it costs $222,360 to raise a kid born in 2009.  Now, I’m not shocked.  In fact, I thought it would be higher.  But, it made me think … what else could I do with over $200k? Well, I could …

… buy a Lambo Gallardo Spyder.

… I could eat dinner at the infamous El Bulli in Spain everyday, for almost 2.5 years.

… I could buy this BlackBerry.

… I could stay in the Bahamas at the Bridge Suite in Atlantis for 8 nights.

I finally made it over to Riverbend Park in Jupiter last weekend.  We set out on a full day of canoeing down the Loxahatchee that would drag our butts 8 miles or so (I think) and end us at Jonathan Dickinson State Park.  My shoulders started burning a little bit just typing that.  It was a full day.  (They quoted us that it’d be 6 to 7 hours of paddling, but we managed in about 4 to 4 1/2.)  But an awesome one, of course 🙂

It’s always great for me to get out, canoe/kayak/whatev, in South Florida because it reminds me that it’s not all strip malls, chain restaurants and highrise condo buildings.  Florida is also wildlife – we saw turtles, our friend Jodie almost hit a gator with her paddle, ospreys – and great scenery.

And, a river adventure is great for working on those relationship-building skills.  To kill or not to kill, that is the question!  Our mode of transportation (read: bad canoe that we shouldn’t have used, but did anyway) was challenging and we thought we were going to tip over every 60 seconds.  It didn’t help that the river was bending left and right like Chubby Checker, plus the fact that we had a cooler full of beverages in tow.  But we made it!

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