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I don’t have much going on, but thought I’d leave you with some random musings. In any event, just something so you don’t have to be greeted with Senor Scott’s face first thing.

1. Summer is knocking.

2. My world-saving friend RC found this awesome blog post written by a high school freshman that totally breaks down the amazing fashion of Rayanne Graff from My So-Called Life. If you don’t know who/what/when Rayanne Graff or MSCL is, you can skip this.

3. It’s not until really far away, but … we’re going to Alaska!! I had to say something because I’m really excited, but that’s all I’ll say for now.

4. I’m stoked about the new Publix that just opened in Lake Worth. I have Boar’s Head subs at my fingertips. Well, a mile and a half-ish from my fingertips. Does anyone else get excited about a grocery store opening?

Happy Sunday! How’d your weekend go??

I’m sitting in front of a computer.  That means, I’m not on vacation anymore.  That means, I’m bummed.  No more pina coladas, no more Michael Jackson trivia, no more after-dinner shots 😦  Free ice cream at 11 a.m. is gone.  Rock climbing is over.  Free pizza has come to an end.  Back to the real world we go.

For seven glorious days, I was riding the seas of the Eastern Caribbean aboard the massive (4,000+ people!) Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas.  I miss island life.  I miss room service.  I miss watching my brother tear up a dance floor like a 9th grade report card.

Shrimp pasta in lobster sauce!

The entire fam made it on the ship, which was great!  Despite a rocky start (just a little food poisoning to get us moving!), we made it to Port Canaveral.  Our cruising destinations were: Coco Cay, St. Thomas and St. Maarten/St. Martin.  What was my fave?  St. Maarten 🙂  The French side!  The Dutch side!  The nudie beach!  The free housing for firemen and teachers!  The cheap drinks … I could go on.

View from St. Maarten

You know when you get somewhere and you just feel … comfortable?!  That’s what St. Maarten gave me.  Seeing all the ships moored in the bays made me want to sell my house, quit my job and buy a sailboat.  I could deal with the tourists, the cruise ships sailing in and out, the hurricanes … all for a bit of paradise and amazing views.  Ahhh, if only… lotto, anyone?

Check out more of my cruising pics here.

I wish we had 366 days in the year.  We could have January 1/2 followed by January 1.  That way, we can have the 1/2 day to fully recover from whatever shenanigans we engaged in on New Year’s Eve.  And, we would have one day to not work out or eat right, and we could still feel like we started the New Year off on the right foot. 

In other words, I want a ‘mulligan’ on New Year’s day.  Then, I could forgive myself for only seeing a very small part of the A.M., eating at Cheeburger Cheeburger, watching Bachelor Party on Comedy Central followed by Van Wilder, and closing my night with KFC and Corona in a can.  If I were in college, this would be a totally acceptable schedule of events; in fact, it would be just another day, maybe Monday, maybe Saturday, whatev.  However, since I am clearly not in college anymore, I have to take these turn of events and yell, “DO OVER!”

Regardless of how my first few days of 2009 go, I do have some resolutions (I use this term like shoelaces on a 5-year old – loosely).  I am anticipating just trying to be a good person.  It’s easier said than done, right?  Of course.  But, I want that to be the general idea of 2009.  Just be good.  A good wife.  A good friend.  A good person, in general.  There’s always room for improvement. 

In addition to the character improvement, I have some travel goals for 2009.  Actually, there are some things I really want to do before my 30th birthday (so, 2009, 2010…my calendar is very open).  The order is there is no order:

1. Cruise

2. Chicago

3. Vegas

4. Ski trip

5. NY

What are your resolutions for 2009?  Well, if anyone’s interested in #1-5, you know where to find me 🙂 

Happy New Year to you all!!!

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New Year’s Eve 2008

Twelve days of cruising and sightseeing down, only three more to go 😦 It’s amazing how fast it goes by. Before we jumped ship, we were thinking, “What are we going to do for 15 days!?” Oh, but how we hardly had a minute to think of an answer.

Newcastle, New South Wales:

I remember the first time I heard about Newcastle; the ship Pacha Bulka had run ashore by Nobby’s Headland back in June or so, and it was big news as it was stuck there for quite awhile. Anyway, we walked along Queen’s Wharf to Nobby’s Beach. It was a beautiful day and we decided to chill at the beach. The water was loaded with huge, crazy seaweed, but JP jumped right in like the fish he is. After frolicking, we grabbed some lunch at the Starfish Cafe, then hopped on a free bus to check out the city. It was a hop on-hop off type of bus that took us by Nobby’s Beach, Newcastle Beach, the Ocean Baths and Christ Church Cathedral. We hopped off on Hunter Street to check out the Hunter Street Mall/markets.

Although Newcastle was a nice little town to visit, I think a better port would have been Hobart or something. On the other hand, maybe it was strategic – give the people a day at a slow pace in a small town, then hit ’em with Sydney.

Speaking of Sydney, our last 😦 stop. We had a full day to explore, granted that’s really not enough to explore a huge metropolis like Sydney. But, we did our best. It was awesome, the ship docked right in Sydney Harbour! Like, for breakfast I had scrambled eggs with a side of the Sydney Opera House! It was even more awesome to see this place for the second time…the first time, you don’t take it all in.
After bumping around the Opera House and taking pics, we jumped on another hop on-hop off sightseeing bus. While downtown Sydney is very walkable, there’s so much more to see in the surrounding areas outside the CBD. So, we thought it best to get in as much as we could in the little time we had. For lunch, we stopped at the infamous Doyle’s for some – can you guess?! – fish & chips. After our late lunch, we checked out the cliffside sights and then hopped back on the bus heading for Bondi Beach. We all still had that just-ate-so-full-can’t-move feeling, so we just rode out on the bus for the rest of the journey. All in all, I think we did pretty good getting a “feel” for Sydney.

To sum up, the cruise was awesome! Sometimes there just wasn’t enough time to do everything you wanted to do, but there was at least enough time to get a good feel of every place we stopped. And, the ship itself was great – the food, the service. The weather prevented a lot of poolside time & activities, which we just replaced with indoor bingo. That’s right, BINGO! haha! I had won like $40 at one game, but my mom took the prize by winning $500 at a game! Yeah, we bought a bottle of wine with dinner that night 🙂 haha!

The cruise was also invaluable time spent with family – and travelling. What a time, really.

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