Friday, February 27, 2009
What you are seeing is the result of my failed attempt to get a custom background.
I am going to keep trying. Check back later for progress. (I hope.)
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Don't get me wrong. I am not complaining that I have to work. I am very blessed to have a job that I love. Heck, to have a job at all. I am just amazed that I have not fallen out due to the strain of having to work for 5 whole days in a row. I am just not used to this.
I am holding up quite well.
So, you can all relax a bit.
Just stand by.
Cuz you never know.
There are two days left.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Today was a scheduled Holiday for our school system. The school board decided to use this as a make-up day for the Snow Day we had earlier this year. Well, we woke up to this:
Not enough to stop school. Not enough to do anything really.
Except make me laugh.
The girls didn't complain. So I think they must be A-OKAY.
Here's what Danny got for me. Along with a very personal sentimental card. Ahhhh. I didn't realize until I saw the picture that the hearts on the wall go perfectly with the Valentine's Day theme.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
In real life the layout is squared off. I don't know why my camera took it to look like the page is warped. Couldn't possibly be the operator. Could it!??!?!?!?!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Danny took off with her yesterday, but today is my day. She woke up with a 103.6 fever and barfing. So I am doing laundry. You all know I don't do laundry. Danny does. But this couldn't wait. Plus he made dinner yesterday. And it was really tasty. He made Tequilla Lime Steaks, oven baked potatoes and fresh steamed green beans. I am having leftover steak and green beans on a salad for lunch today.
I am SO grateful that my boss is as understanding as he is. I just was out of the office for a week and now I am out in the middle of the week. He has 3 boys around the same ages as my girls. So he knows how these things happens.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
We were scheduled to stop at Coco Cay, Royal Caribbean's island, for a leisurely day on the beach. The weather was not so cooperative and the seas were too rough for the small boats to take us ashore. So we were "stuck" on the ship. I wasn't too dissapointed. I really don't like myself in a bathing suit these past few years. But now we were on the ship. It was way too windy to walk around the decks. Too early to really drink. So Steph and I went exploring on the insides of the ship. We were just wandering when we stumbled upon the SPA. Can't you hear the music! It was heaven. We each got facials and massages. How decadent is that?!
I managed to make it to my stateroom afterwards. And proceeded to hold my bunk down. I mean we were at sea and you never know when a rough wave will come along and toss your pillows about the stateroom. I was having none of that. Plus there was a TV in the room. AND I had the remote. Steph was off somewhere. At that point I really didn't care. I HAD THE REMOTE. I watched some chick movie. Don't know the name. It had Meg Ryan, the lady from Will and Grace, Bette Midler, Cloris Leachman and lots of other folks whose names I have no clue. Oh yeah, and Eva Mendez. She has one hot bod. Then Mama Mia came on and I started watching that too. I know you are thinking "You were on a cruise and you watched TV". BUT I HAD THE REMOTE. I had to take advantage of the REMOTE. I never get the REMOTE at home. Plus it was my vacation and my plan from the get-go was to relax and do what I wanted when I wanted to do IT. Whatever IT happened to be at the moment. And then IT was TV. Now back to the story. Steph came back to the room and questioned me. Much like you just did.
We ended up watching the movie and then it was dinner time. Sit down dinner time. The dinner where we were waited upon. No, no wine. Yes, a sourdough roll and some of those yummy little sundried tomato and poppyseed bites. I'll have the shrimp cocktail and cesaer salad to start. Oh, the beef medallions with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus spears sound good too. And to end it all was the most amazing dessert Banana Nut Crunch. It was some sort of fluffy banana pudding with little chuncks of banana and macadamia nuts in a flakey graham crust. HEAVEN. I am not such a big dessert person but this one was eaten entirely. Not a crumb left on my plate.
After dinner we went to the nightly show. WOW. There was dancing and singing. It was really nice. Then some shopping. I ordered bracelets for my girls from the chain-by-the-inch place.
Then we went up to the CROWN VIKING LOUNGE for a night cap. A 360 degree lounge. We had pulled into Nassau early to try to accomodate for missing out on Coco Cay. Steph and I agreed to stay on the ship that night and go into town the next day. We had a wonderful view of Nassau from the lounge. We talked with another couple. It was very relaxing. It was an early night. We wanted to be ready for what ever the next day would hold for us.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Anyone who knows me is scratching their heads and saying, at least in their heads, HUH????
Here's what I am talking about. I recently, Friday, had a "tiff" with DH. He hurt my feelings, as sometimes happens in ANY relationship. I automatically had us in divorce court fighting over the silverware and the pillows. I was preparing for the worse. I wasn't mad at him. Just hurt. Imagine if I had been mad... Yikes. Shutter, shutter.
We have since worked it out. We always have. And always will. But for those few hours I was gloom and doom. Why is that?
Sunday, February 8, 2009
We dropped the car off and were driven to the ship. We checked in and found our way onboard.
WOW. I was most certainly a first time cruiser by the expression on my face. I didn't know what to expect. I WAS very happy to accept a drink about 20 feet onto the ship. Then I promptly signed up for the soft drink package. We headed to our stateroom. Which was about as low and aft as you could get on the ship and NOT be part of the crew. It wasn't large. But it was big enough. We dropped off our carry on's and headed out to explore. We found the shops and the buffet. Then we found the sit down dining room. Ours was the early seating. Which turns out to be the most popular seating. It was lunch time so we ate. The food was good and plentyful. The bread was really good. Small sourdough rolls. A pat of butter and..... have you got a light.
We attended a shopping seminar. Steph is a big shopper. She loves a good deal. So I tagged along. Then we had the mandatory boat drill. Turns out that it was raining out side. The staff on our boat happened to be the shopping lady and a lady from the shows. One of the singers. Turned out to be the best singer on the ship. WOW what a voice. She was marvelous.
We met our table mates at 6pm. A couple from San Antonio, TX (Sally and Jules) and a couple from Hungary (Christina and Zortan) who happened to be living in Ireland. Both couples were in their early 50's. I thought that was kind of odd. Considering the average age of the folks it onboard. We found out that we could order from a pretty large selection. There were chicken, pork, beef and vegetarian dishes. The appetizers were amazing. As were the desserts. AND WE COULD ORDER AS MANY AS WE WANTED. All included in the cost of the cruise. Talk about spoiled. All we had to do was show up and sit down. AHHHHHH.
After dinner we went to one of the lounges. Ended up talking to a couple on their 20th cruise. They were so cute. The lady reminded me of my darling middle child. Or rather I could picture my middle child looking like this lady when she gets older. We chatted with them for a bit and then hit the sack. The beds were quite comfy and the covers were heavy but not too hot. Perfect.
The flight was not packed and I was able to sit about 5 rows back in an aisle seat. I sat next to a very nice recently widowed man who was rooting for the other team. No, not THAT team. I mean the Superbowl. He is a Cardinals fan. But I talked to him anyway. We had a very pleasant conversation, which made the flight fly by. Hardy-har-har.
I called Stephanie when we landed. She was staying at her son, Marc's, house. She got there in about 15 minutes with Suzanne, Marc's wife. She is a doll. I love her accent. She is from Ireland and it is mesmerizing just listening to her speak. I could have all day too. But, Steph and I HAD to go to WalMart to pick up a few forgotten items. Then we headed off to Downtown Disney. We would have gone to one of the parks had Suzanne felt better. But she was under the weather, so we left her home to rest and headed out for a Mickey Ice Cream Bar and a sample chocolate from Ghiradelli. YUM. I bought a grab bag from the 10 Dollar Store. I love those little surprise bags. There is usually $20 worth of things for $7. What a deal.
We got back to Marc's in time for the superbowl. It was heaven. The men did ALL the cooking and cleaning. They would come into the living room to make sure we had enough to drink. And to announce new appetizers. Chips and salsa, marinated shrimp. Then we were served dinner. Grilled of course. Chicken, steak, lamb chops and hot dogs. There were two types of potato salad and fresh fruit. We all ate. Licked out fingers and then the men cleaned up. I had a wonderful time. It was a great game too. I am SO VERY HAPPY that the STEELERS won. My dear hubby is a HUGH STEELER fan.
I slept very well. They have one of the most comfortable couches.....
Friday, February 6, 2009
(Did I do okay for you Rosemary?)
I would have made them longer, but I am on my daughters laptop and I don't like her keyboard and it doesn't like me. So it is taking me a LONGGGGG time to get these small posts out.
I can't wait for MY new laptop. Stay tuned thisweekend for a REAL Cruise Bulletin.