Vacation with just your spouse or significant other is lovely, but vacation with your friends is even better.  Seriously.

We just got back from five-days-four-nights in Mexico, where we celebrated with two of our friends as they got married and blended a family, and it was fantastic.  We also watched as two more friends got engaged, and we’re all so happy for them.  We spent hours at the pool, in the ocean, at dinner — all with drinks, of course.  We stayed up until the wee hours the night of the wedding, DJing our own dance party on a pier in the Caribbean (with the aid of a portable iPod dock which has to be the best invention ever). We snorkeled with schools of hundreds of fish and swam through the most amazing reef. We made new friends. We enjoyed old friends. We are tan, rested, relaxed, and ready to go back to work.

Of course, the first thing I did this morning was move my arm in such a way as to (mysteriously) cause me copious amounts of pain. Welcome back.